Netatmo’s Urban Weather Station is for the weather guru

By Jim Gresham on Nov 20, 2012

I love the weather. No real reason in particular, but fascination started as a young child when I would rush home from school to track Hurricanes on the Weather Channel, despite living nowhere near the coast. When I first read about the first iOS specific Netatmo Urban Weather Station a month back, I was fascinated with the ability to monitor the temperature, both in and outside my house. A weather nerd at heart, I think this is an awesome piece of hardware. To the weather novice, it is still a great addition for your connected home. Below, we take a look at the personal weather station that just received CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Award honoree in three categories… Read More


Samsung to re-brand itself at CES 2013

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2012

It is no secret that the Samsung logo along with its brand appearance isn’t the best fit to convey the South Korean conglomerate’s many business. Samsung makes refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, smartphones, tablets, networked TV sets, computers and many more items. It’s also a big player in construction, weapons tech, life insurance, advertising and theme park industries, to name a few.

The word on the street is that the company will launch a new brand image at CES 2013 and has enlisted the talent of Scott Bedbury, a freelance brand consultant who has also worked with Starbucks and is now reportedly tasked with creating a “more vibrant International brand image alongside the likes of arch rival Apple”Read More


Samsung Executive Says Apple’s Rumored TV Set is “Old News”

By Cody Lee on Jan 12, 2012

Just by looking around the showroom floor at this year’s CES, you can see that Apple’s rumored TV set has already made an impact on the industry. The electronics show is littered with voice-activated “smart” televisions, and the like.

But you wouldn’t know it by listening to Samsung’s Australian audio visual director Phillip Newton talk. The executive made some interesting comments recently in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald regarding Apple’s TV set. Read More


$30,000 iPhone Speaker Dock Spotted at CES

By Cody Lee on Jan 11, 2012

Last month we told you about one of the world’s largest and most expensive iPhone speaker docks: the iNuke Boom. Made by Behringer, the speaker weighs over 700 pounds and can pump out a staggering 10,000 watts of power.

Want to try it out? You can, if you happen to be in Las Vegas right now. Behringer has a working iNuke on hand at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, which has completely taken over Sin City this week… Read More


Acer’s New PictStream and Cloud Services Look Awfully Familiar

By Cody Lee on Jan 9, 2012

Last night, during its CES keynote, Taiwan-based manufacturer Acer announced that it was getting into the cloud business. Dubbed AcerCloud, the service will allow users to keep content synced between their phones, tablets and computers.

Now, we’re not trying to jump to any conclusions here. But there’s something about the service that looks awfully familiar. We can’t quite put our finger on it, but it seems like we’ve seen this service and, come to think of it, these slides before… Read More


Blue Debuts New Microphones for iOS Devices

By Cody Lee on Jan 8, 2012

With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking over Las Vegas this week, we’re expecting to see an onslaught of new iOS-aimed hardware and accessories. A lot of manufacturers use the convention to show off their latest creations.

And it looks like one of those manufacturers will be Blue Microphones, the popular USB Microphone-maker. The company is looking to step outside its scope of professional desktop equipment and venture into iOS gear…. Read More


Rumor: Apple Working on 42-Inch TV In Jony Ive’s Design Studio

By Oliver Haslam on Jan 4, 2012

Not many companies can claim to be the biggest thing to hit a trade show without actually being in attendance, but Apple has that honor this year. With so much talk about the iPhone and iPad maker being ready to enter the television market, the competition is already sitting up and taking notice.

Not only that, but word has it that Apple is currently working on a 42-inch television in design guru Jony Ive’s top-secret studio. The flatscreen supposedly has onboard Wi-Fi and also comes in a 50-inch flavor. Rumors of such a device are keeping competitors on the edge of their seats. Read More


They Say Imitation is the Greatest Form of Flattery So Samsung Must Loooove the iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 6, 2011

I mean, really? Did Samsung just blatantly copy the iPhone 4 like that? Okay, to be fair the camera angle of this shot doesn’t tell the whole picture, but still, that’s some sincere flattery that Samsung’s dishing out right there.

Say hello to the Samsung TV Control Remote. Yes, that’s a remote control… for your television. I know, it looks almost exactly like a phone, but Samsung swears that the only thing this puppy will be talking to is your TV…

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Hive Dock Amps Up Your iPhone Both Audibly and Visually

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 5, 2011

Now this is one iPhone accessory that I could definitely grow to love. Introducing the Hive dock from Screendoor studio – a unique dock capable of cradling the iPhone in either portrait or landscape mode.

Just what makes this dock so unique from every other dock on the market? We’d love to tell you, but only video could do this one justice. Take a look inside for the full lowdown…

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Resistance Was Futile: Garmin Finally Launches GPS iPhone App

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 4, 2011

I don’t think there was any question as to if Garmin would release an iPhone app, it was more of just a question of when. After dragging their feet for what seemed like an eternity, Garmin has finally released its first iPhone navigation app, entitled StreetPilot.

Is it too late for the company who is widely considered to be the best manufacturer of stand alone GPS systems, or can they sway customers away from Navigon and TomTom?

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Skype Launches Teaser Site for Mobile Video Chat

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 29, 2010

As if this wasn’t already enough, Skype has further removed the veil concerning its pending announcement at January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

In what can only be described as an Apple-esque marketing approach, Skype video chat looks destined to make the jump outside of the desktop and into the mobile platform. The only question remaining is, which platforms will it jump to?

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Skype Video Chat is Finally iPhone Bound

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 24, 2010

Either the guys at Skype got the memo, or this was in the works all along, and they’re just a bit slow going about their business. Better late than never, right?

Just as Apple is gaining steam with its relatively new FaceTime video chat, here comes the blue elephant in the room. While I didn’t hesitate to give Skype a needed shellacking in a previous article, one thing’s for sure, if they get on the ball with mobile video chat, it could be a hard ball to stop.

Even with FaceTime continuing to gain footprint in various other areas with the upcoming iPad, and the recent desktop Beta release; all it would take is for Skype to release a decent competitor to make things interesting… Read More

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