LG continues its steady pre-CES 2011 drip of announcements with the LT Smart TV Upgrader ST600, an 11cm-square STB that brings all of the functionality you'd normally expect from an LG internet-connected HDTV to your regular set. Hooking up to your network via WiFi or ethernet, the DLNA-compliant box also has a USB port for attaching a mouse or an external drive.
ASUS has let slip more details about its upcoming CES 2011 tablet range, publishing - and then yanking - a video partially detailing the new Eee Pad EP71, EP101, EP102 and EP121 models. NetbookNews and Notebook Italia grabbed the best bits before the video disappeared; the Eee Pad EP101 and EP102 will each run Android on a 10-inch display, the EP101 having a dockable keyboard while the EP102 has a slide-out keyboard.
Ford has pushed out their new SYNC Destinations mobile app today, allowing iPhone, iPad or Android device users to hook up to the TDI systems in their Ford vehicles and get Predictive Traffic advice for route mapping. Hooking up with the device's address book, as well as allowing up to 25 saved locations, the app lets you search for turn-by-turn directions and have them ready and waiting when you actually get into the car.
Ford's predictive systems take into account real-time speed, accident and incident information for all highways, interstates, arterials and city streets in 126 metropolitan areas across North America, and then use that to pick what the system reckons is the best route for your journey. So far, so good, but it then throws in local school schedules, sports games and concerts as well.
Take a peek! You know that new version of Android coming out soon, 3.0 Honeycomb? Well not only do lots of people have their hands on bits of it, they're setting them free into the wild. Which piece will it be today? Why, a brand new music player of course. You can grab the download link below if you like, or continue to read some words about it as I type them out. I know which one I'd do if I didn't already have it. It looks like the 3D photo gallery you're used to and works like a charm.
Ohh! Pretty Colors! Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be any more iterations of the idea that the iPod Nano acting as a watch face, here comes along HEX with a super awesome (and super inexpensive!) version in not one, not two, but NINE different colors. This band has a "Pop-in, Pop-out" design that lets you toss your iPod Nano in and out of it with what we can only assume is ease, and majority of the watch being made of premium silicone. There's integrated control buttons and a fancy pattern around the edge so you'll be sporty and fully functional.
If you know anything about the history of video games, you know about one of the most maddeningly addictive action puzzle games of all time: Frogger. What you might not know is that this sort of game has been played by real people more than once - most recently just a couple of days ago in South Carolina by a man and his friends. He didn't exactly get crunched, but he didn't really make it all the way across, either, getting hit by a Lexus SUV on his way across. This should remind you of two relatively famous reenactments of similar nature: Seinfeld and the Prodigy. Their respective games (or terrible lapses in judgement) went way better (or funnier, at least.)
Jarvis, a cup of tea please? Certainly sir. Verizon will be dipping their fingers in the home automation cup, demoing a brand new Home Monitoring and Control System next week at CES. This system will be totally sweet, just like in the movies, allowing users to view security cameras, lock doors, and control lights, thermostats, and appliances via their FiOS TV boxes or their smartphones. This sort of thing isn't brand new, but when you take something that works and add a big name brand behind it, well, great things happen (at least for profits.)
A mystery to anyone other than Sony and LG, anyway. While the lawsuit was filed on Tuesday, it seems that the majority of pertinent details aren't being outlined quite yet. It is known that Sony is specifically targeting LG Electronics Mobilecomm USA inc., as well as LG Electronics USA Inc. The lawsuit could touch on many things, but considering LG Electronics Mobilecomm's marketing for cellphones, accessories, and 3G notebooks, we can imagine that it has something to do with that, in one fashion or another.
Archos is on a roll today. After officially announcing, and making available for purchase the Archos 70 Internet tablet, the company has also released a pair of Personal Media Players. Smaller form factors, but with the Android Operating System (OS) tucked away inside, making the devices more than just your average MP3 or MP4 player. You'll get to connect to friends, and play games, all on a small "tablet" device.