Having cut its teeth on the still-successful NVIDIA SHIELD and their first tablet, the Tegra Note, NVIDIA brings the culmination of years of research and implementation to fruition in the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet. This device is being released this season with the NVIDIA SHIELD Wireless Controller and a magnetically-attaching SHIELD Cover, the whole collection of which we're having a peek at here.
Apple’s Mac platform has had a great year. At a time when traditional PC consumption is shrinking, more people are diving into OS X, and the next big upgrade is Yosemite 10.10. Revamping the interface, eroding the barriers between iPhone, iPad, and your MacBook, and seamlessly connecting local apps and the cloud, Yosemite promises to be not only an ambitious upgrade, but a capable one. Now, on the eve of the new OS X Yosemite Beta Program, we’ve been putting the latest release through its paces. Read on for our full preview.
Further bridging the gap between physical and digital this week are the creators behind LEGO Fusion, a toy-to-screen environmental switch for iOS and Android devices. You’ll be purchasing a LEGO set in the Fusion brand, creating sets, and effectively scanning them in to the LEGO Fusion app using your iPad, iPhone, or Android device.
Honeywell may have created the round thermostat back in 1945, but its new Lyric smart thermostat will be reminiscent to most of a more recent rival, Google-owned Nest. Both thermostats promise to deliver convenience and energy saving in equal measure, though go about it in slightly different ways, so how do they shape up?
Upstarts like Apple may be plowing into the smart home segment, but security and automation stalwart Vivint isn’t taking that lying down, launching a new system called Vivint Sky. Centered around a new, 7-inch color touchscreen and a cloud system of Vivint’s own creation, Vivint Sky promises not only centralized control in the home and remote smartphone apps, but learning algorithms that automatically pick up on the users’ own patterns.
With Logitech’s new Case+ accessory kit for the iPhone, you get just about every accessory trinket you could possibly want, and definitely everything you need. A battery backup is almost always necessary for iPhone users, and a car mount is something many take advantage of. With so much going on with the Case+, and the fairly large price tag, is it worth the investment? We went hands-on to find out.
Blumoo, a device that works like a universal remote for home entertainment devices, began life around this time last year as an Indiegogo campaign. Fast-forward 12 months, and the company behind it -- Flyover Innovations -- has officially launched the product for increasingly-connected consumers.
Volvo has demonstrated Apple's CarPlay in action, as well as confirming that a wired connection won't be the only way to hook up an iPhone to your dashboard. Although CarPlay will initially require a physical link via Lightning cable between iPhone and infotainment system, Volvo says that "in the near future" there'll be a WiFi option for wireless use. Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz has revealed a batch of its own screenshots showing CarPlay running on its cars.
Apple has brought its iTunes Festival to the US for the first time, announcing that it will be streaming concerts across five nights at SXSW 2014 in March. Having run for several years as the iTunes Festival in London, the new US push for the free entertainment offer will be streamed to iTunes on PC and Mac, as well as to iOS devices like iPhone and iPad, and to the Apple TV.