LIVE: LG Press Event CES 2014

Well, folks, here we go. Even though NVIDIA put on their own song and dance last night, CES 2014 officially begins today with press day, a string of 45-minute press events from some of the biggest names in tech. LG is up first again in their typical 8AM slot, so as usual, we’re here to cover whatever it is they announce.

From what I can tell, there is no live stream, so you’ll have to put up with me talking about appliances and TVs – hopefully something mobile-related too. Maybe smart home stuff? Who knows. It should be worth a look, though.

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Google Announces Open Automotive Alliance, Wants to Bring Android to the Road

Noticing that our lives lacked true connectivity with cars, Google today announced the Open Auto Alliance (OAA) with partners like Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia. In other words, they are bringing Android to the car. Can you imagine taking all of your Android life with you in the car, meaning you’d have access to your music, photos, Google searches, etc. with you at all times only with a “driving-optimized experience.”  (more…)

NVIDIA Announces TEGRA K1, the World’s First 192-core Super Chip

NVIDIA, in a press event to kick off CES 2014, just announced the TEGRA K1, the world’s first 192-core “Super Chip.” We’re talking mobile architecture that’s as good as PC architecture.

At this point, we still don’t have devices that are running the processor, but we do have a bunch of demos. As you can imagine, the K1 is impressive on a number of levels. If you were looking for the ultimate gaming chip for mobile (or any platform for that matter), this would be it.  (more…)

LIVE: NVIDIA Press Event CES 2014

We’re live at NVIDIA!

Welcome to CES 2014, friends. The kick off to this week of electronics madness is NVIDIA, for the second time in two years. We still aren’t sure what we’ll see, but on stage we can already see an Android device mirrored to a TV, if that means anything.

We are working on embedding the live stream of the event, but if we can’t, you can watch along with us here. Otherwise, we’ll be live blogging below with pictures and just as much fun. This should be a great event, just like last year’s.

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CES 2014 Preview: Them “Geek Guys” Return

Fans of technology, the week you look forward to at the beginning of each year has arrived. It’s time for CES (Consumer Electronics Show). Our bags are packed, all the gear we could ever need is loaded up (and pictured below), and we are about to take off on our journey to Las Vegas. Thankfully, we aren’t on the east coast where media members are already having to cancel meetings due to winter storms. Our sunny west coast couldn’t be happier, and will ensure we arrive on time to bring you all of the happenings as they…happen(more…)

Qualcomm Automatically Transcribes the Written Word with Ultra Sound NotePad

As an avid user of pencils, I’ve long wished for a viable way to quickly digitize my handwritten work. Sure, styli-compatible smartphones and tablets are one answer, but far as digital note-making has come, it still hasn’t advanced sufficiently enough to supplant my trusty graphite.

Qualcomm thinks it might have a solution to my and like-minded others’ problem: pen-monitoring devices that automatically copy written work. The company’s approach uses microphones embedded within a tablet or smartphone to pick up ultrasonic vibrations emitted from a digital pen. The recordings are then processed by the tablet/smartphone CPU and interpreted as onscreen movement, so that whatever is drawn on paper is mirrored on the device. The technology appears to be one of many new features that Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 805 can take advantage of.

This demo isn’t new, exactly – Qualcomm first previewed the technique in 2011. Still, it’s an undeniably easier way to copy paper than using a Xerox machine, so I’m for it.  (more…)

Pebble Has “Something Special” to Announce at CES Next Week

According to Pebble’s official blog, the smartwatch maker has “something special” to announce at next week’s Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. On January 6 at 11am PST, the company will take the stage to possibly unveil next-gen hardware, given that the original design is nearing its first birthday. Although, if it’s not hardware, it could be along the lines of the opening of their new app store. Pebble fans will just have to wait and see.  (more…)

Archos Unveils 45 and 50 Helium 4G LTE Smartphones, Both Feature Quad-core Chips and Android 4.3

Archos is to pull back the curtains on two new smartphones at CES next week, the 45 Helium and the 50 Helium. Both phones are for the budget-minded buyer, sitting at $199 and $249 respectively. Each device features 4G LTE radios, as well as Qualcomm quad-core processors clocked at 1.4GHz, and an Android 4.3 OS which is upgradeable to Android 4.4.2. Archos looks to be re-entering the budget device field with the right idea.