Microsoft will soon offer its Xbox Live to iOS and Android devices. While they believe that it is best paired with Windows, the company is smart enough to admit that there are more out there who would also like the service. Microsoft has also decided to end its Points System in favor of the almighty dollar by the end of the year.
There is nothing worse than having to convert audio or video files when you just want to play them. The Tipard Ultimate iPad Transfer can convert and deliver them to your PC (or vice versa.) Download as a free trial for thirty days for $45.00 There is one for Mac users as well, with a price of $25.00 (no iTunes needed.)
Amped Wireless' Smart Repeater can extend the range of a signal up to an amazing 10,000 square feet. The SR 10000 has dual 600mW amplifiers and 5dBi detachable high gain antennas. The router works with all WiFi networks via its USB adapter. Needless to say, it can go through walls and attach to five ports for access to home theaters, A/V devices and game consoles. An Analytics Tool Android App comes with it to optimize your devices.
Marmitek's Digital TV pairs up a transmitter and a receiver that connects to a set top box and a TV. Video, audio and IR commands are sent wirelessly from your remote. With the £149 (~$232.00) system you can reroute to a second TV anywhere in your home singals sent from decoder. And of course your DVR and any VOD channels are still accessible. Take a peek at the somewhat cheesy video with the happy, peppy family.
Turtle Beach has a deluxe wireless gaming headset compatible with both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The Ear Force XP500 is an advanced version of the PX5 and includes an Bluetooth technology for Xbox Live chat. Experience Dolby 7.1 surround sound while blasting through your favorite game and personalize to fit your mood. The phone has 18 custom presets and you can change your own voice while enhancing those of others.
Of course the phones can also be used for movie watching or listening to music and are comfortable to wear with fabric cushions and soft headband. The top 'o the line XP 500 comes with 15-hour rechargeable battery.
Wear your music with this Android SmartWatch from Sony. The LiveView successor can detach from its strap and be put on another. It features a capacitive touchscreen, connects to Bluetooth through your Sony cellie, can be used to play music or alert you to messages. Hook up to your fave social network, check email or use it to answer phone calls.
Apple has always included students in its fan base and we can still remember when the first computers in school were Macs. These days they are hoping it will be the iPad that makes the proverbial grade with iBooks, with over 20,000 educational apps for teachers to take advantage of.
And for writers who want to self publish, the free iBooks Author is a fairly simplified tool that uses copy/paste for text or importing from a Word or Pages document. Drag and drop images and use included widgets if desired.
So no more excuses. Go write the next great American (or international) novel. After completion convert to PDF or peddle it in the iBookstore.
Belkin has some of the most innovative accessories so it is no surprise that it won a CES Innovation Award for Portable Multimedia Accessories. This Kitchen Cabinet Mount can keep your iPad handy for following a recipe or watching a flick while washing dishes. It can also be used to attach to shelves or other surfaces. No tools are needed as it has a simple adjustable clamp.
SOL (Soundtrack of Life) Republic, a company created from Monster Cable Kevin Lee's son Noel, made a huge splash at the CES 2012, bringing out audio products that ranged from Livestrong in-ear headphones ($179.95) to Nick Cannon's line of N-Ergy Earbuds ($70.00.) Other offerings from the company included sweat-proof iSport headphones and Gratitude, a line of earwear co-designed by the group Earth, Wind and Fire (because one can never find enough products endorsed by '70 stoner rock bands.)
For those musicians who aspire to loftier products to put their name on than perfume or nail polish comes Ludacris' Soul Electronics line of audio products including headphones and Party In a Box. Okay, the name is a bit silly, but the speaker system can dock an iPad, is both Bluetooth and AirPlay compatible, and has a 5.8GHz 2-way transceiver and FM RDS tuner. It features two 6.5" woofers, four 1" tweeters and two 3" drivers and made its debut at the CES 2012.
Always Innovating is making it possible to get Android on your TV. Plug the HDMI Dongle into yours and it runs 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, bringing the interweb to your TV. It carries a TI dual-core OMAP 4 to the big screen with WiFi, Bluetooth, 1 GB RAM and MicroSD card support. Release is set for mid 2012 and the catch? AI licenses its products rather than selling them outright.
Seems odd that the CES runs early in the year, when having it before the holidays might help electronics companies get potential buyers and journalists/bloggers all fired up. Although this may be the last year for some of them to party in Vegas, many of them came out full guns products blazing.
Sony brought out a gazillion new devices, well, almost that many, including its new line of Bravia HDTVs, some with 3D, Blu-ray players, two with built-in Google TV, and home theaters with Blu-ray as well.
UK based Dbest claims to have the planet's smallest Bluetooth Rechargeable Mini-Speaker Set. A mere 3.9 x 2.6 x 8.2" and 8.3 ounces, they can be set down or hung up. With a built-in amp and compatibility with most devices, they promise 20 hours of wireless playback (40 wired) with a range of 45 feet and can charge via USB. The PS4001BT works via 2.1+EDR Bluetooth and comes with its own travel pouch.
WowWee has turned from its usual botty stuff to AppGear, a combination of iOS and Android applications with action figures. Launching at the CES 2012, six of them will launch at prices between $9.99 - $19.99. Foam Fighters, Alien Jailbreak and Zombie Burbs are some of the titles and, from a peek at the video, it would seem that the physical toy is the object of the attack.
SiriusXM wants you to have more tunes with this Lynx Portable Radio. Running Android, you can create a library with about 200 hours of tunes from various stations. The satellite radio is compatible with both WiFi and Bluetooth. One of the coolest aspects is that it will automatically play the current song from the beginning when you create a Favorite channel. Look for a $250 price.
Have Skype and want video communication? tely Labs produces a device that can do that via WiFi. Hook the telyHD to your TV and video chat, send and receive photos, and transmit video mail. The set top device runs Android, has a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor and four directional noise-cancelling microphones. No computer is needed and you will not have to worry about monthly fees.
Samsung has a couple of new audio docks that support not only Galaxy S phones and players but Apple devices as well. The DA-E750 Speaker/Dock has "hybrid vacuum tube amplifier technology" that reportedly combines clear digital sound with a natural one produced by a vacuum in its preamp. The DA-E670 lacks the tube, but both stream wirelessly with AllShare or Airplay and charge while you listen. They make their debut at the CES 2012.
It may look like a glorified speaker, but Belkin's wireless N150 Router with MultiBeam technology is as functional as it is decorative. Testing found it to be 38 - 135% faster than others with speed up to 150Mbps. Easily set up for use, it comes preset with a security code to keep others from infringing on your personal Internet space. The N150 is compatible with older wireless networks as well as wireless-N and 802.11 n networks.
Instead of cramming their heads with Saturday morning cartoons, kids in grades K - 12 with AT&T'S 3G network may soon be opting for TVTextbook. They get access to both educational and entertaining content on any TV, PC, tablet or other device. Debuting with Florida's Duval County Public Schools, this will be especially useful to those who cannot get the interweb otherwise. Eight hundred accessible dongles will connect the TVT service through USB to start.
While it used to be that software was downloaded to facilitate combining PC and TV, there are now plenty of devices that come Internet ready. Boxee's latest 1.5 beta will soon be released as a streamlining interface for Windows, Mac or Linux. This is the final version of the UI as the company plans to concentrate more on its Streaming Box, Blu-ray players and TV. It will be open source for plenty of upcoming applications.
Acer has a 27" Display Monitor that up-converts 2D to 3D when used with a 3D enabled PC that has an HDMI output. It can hook up with cameras, Blu-ray players, game consoles or set top boxes for a 100 million:1 contrast ratio. Other features on the HR274H include integrated speakers, adjustable angle displays, USB/VGA/DVI ports. The $699.00 price does not include 3D glasses.
The Archos 35 is an Android-based 4GB radio that will stream your tunes anywhere you like. The compact device can reach over 50,000 stations with its pre-loaded TuneIn Radio Pro app. Other available apps include weather, traffic, sports and social networking. With a 3.5" touchscreen for ease of use, it has two built-in stereo speakers, alarm and headphone jack for privacy.