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Magellan unleashes the power of GPS at CES 2015

Magellan unleashes the power of GPS at CES 2015

Once simply a hi-tech luxury, GPS navigation is becoming more and more common, not only for professional drivers and truckers, but also for your day-to-day drivers. They now even come inside wearable devices for athletes and active people. Magellan, one of the most notable names in the GPS industry, is showing off a new batch of its devices at CES 2015, ranging from 7 inch tablets to 5 inch navigators to sports watches, each addressing a different class of users and fulfilling their navigation and tracking needs.

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Trunkster zipperless “smart” luggage is a traveler’s dream

Trunkster zipperless “smart” luggage is a traveler’s dream

Nowadays, anything that can be made smarter is getting a facelift, from watches, to smoke detectors, and now to luggages. While we've seen our fair share of these smart traveling companions, like the BlueSmart connected carry-on a few months back, this Trunkster Kickstarter seems to promise all that and more. In addition to GPS tracking and a built-in weighing scale, these luggages also offer a new and fancy "zipperless" door design as well as something every mobile user wished they had at an airport: a high capacity charger.

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Audi’s Android tablet: hands-on with a crash-proof slab

Audi’s Android tablet: hands-on with a crash-proof slab

Audi is really giving mobile devices a good run this year. After a new smartwatch custom made by LG, the car maker is also turning to tablets. But make no mistake, this isn't your regular Android tablet simply slapped on with some car-related features. Like the Audi smartwatch, this tablet has been meticulously designed and curated by Audi not only to bring the latest car diagnostics, navigation, infotainment features to backside passengers, they have also been designed to protect said passengers in case of an accident.

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Bang & Olufsen Play H8 wireless headphones hands-on

Bang & Olufsen Play H8 wireless headphones hands-on

Acclaimed audio makers Bang & Olufsen are no strangers to the mobile industry, but here at CES 2015 they are unveiling some rather interesting products that represent a few firsts. Among these is the Play H8 headphones. B & O are positioning this as their first wireless headphones, but they are definitely more than just that. Not only do they offer active noise cancellation for an even better listening experience, they also have a touch interface that makes it easier to control your music on the go.

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Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Moment: hands-on with touch-sensitive wood

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Moment: hands-on with touch-sensitive wood

Bang & Olufsen has a few wares on display here at CES 2015, but undoubtedly the most eye-catching piece of them all is the BeoSound Moment, a sound system, practically a sound system controller in the form of a large tablet-like slab, that has a few gimmicks up its sleeve. Of all those features, the most prominent, because also the most visible, is the wooden side, which features what B & O calls the world's first touch-sensitive wood interface. Fortunately, that isn't its only great feature.

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Motorola returns to China with Nexus 6-alike Moto X Pro in tow

Motorola returns to China with Nexus 6-alike Moto X Pro in tow

Now that Chinese company Lenovo holds the reins over Motorola, it was only natural that the smartphone maker will be making its presence known in one of the fastest growing mobile market in the world. All that will start this year with the arrival of three Motorola smartphones in the Chinese market. But Motorola has one rather odd surprise to add to its other odd surprises last year. There's a new Moto X Pro in tow, but, for all intents and purposes aside from the branding, it's basically the Nexus 6.

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Monster sues Beats, HTC for fraudulent business

Monster sues Beats, HTC for fraudulent business

If you thought that Apple's acquisition of Beats would be the last big news for the audio accessory and streaming company, think again. Monster, Beats' previous partner in the business, is now suing the company, its founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre (Andre Young) and HTC. Its claim is that the two companies conspired to trick Monster out of a deal with Beats. Interestingly, Monster isn't naming Apple as one of the defendants in the lawsuit, despite Cupertino's ownership of Beats and perhaps its involvement in latter episodes.

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Hands-on with ReSound’s collection of smart hearing aids

Hands-on with ReSound’s collection of smart hearing aids

We've always believed that aside from benefiting the masses, technology should also be of use to those who are physically handicapped in one way or another. ReSound is one of those companies that have taken up that call and have produced quite an assortment of hearing aids that not only help people to hear better, they also help them stay connected with the latest trends in media streaming. ReSound also has a rather smart app that really drives home the "smart" point.

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Meccanoid G15 KS Hands-on: your programmable, 4-foot buddy

Meccanoid G15 KS Hands-on: your programmable, 4-foot buddy

Not, this isn't Johnny 5, but you might as well mistake it for him if not for the lack of tank treads for mobility. But then again you can probably add those to Meccanoid G15 KS later on as well. This 4-foot robot at CES 2015 is more than just a 4-foot robot. He's (or It's) a completely programmable, interactive, and configurable mechanoid that is being advertised as a personal robot for makers, players, and even, quite amusingly, fanatics.

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Button-sized Curie module is Intel’s latest wearable bet

Button-sized Curie module is Intel’s latest wearable bet

Intel has almost pretty much given up on the smartphone market, except for a few models from ASUS and Lenovo, so it has set its eyes on wearables instead, where things are still somewhat in flux and no clear winner is in sight just yet. In 2013, it announced the Intel Quark, what is to be its bargaining chip (no pun intended) in the wearables race. Now at CES 2015, it is announcing the latest real-world application of that chip: the button-sized Intel Curie module.

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