CES Live

T-Mobile Un-carrier 4.0: “Get Out of Jail Free Card” for network switchers

T-Mobile Un-carrier 4.0: “Get Out of Jail Free Card” for network switchers

T-Mobile USA has launched its "Un-carrier 4.0" phase, with outspoken CEO John Legere taking to the stage at CES 2014 to announce a "Get Out of Jail Free Card" to allow subscribers on rival networks to escape the early-termination fee and join his network. The carrier will pay off the ETF for AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint customers, as well as take their old phone as a trade-in, for what T-Mobile says is worth up to $650 per line. Meanwhile, there's a new set of smartphones too.

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Griffin Square Reader iPhone case hands-on: Merchant aimed

Griffin Square Reader iPhone case hands-on: Merchant aimed

When you’ve created a product that you’ll be presenting a CES 2014 that’s as simple as the Griffin case we’re having a peek at today, it’s not entirely easy to stand out. But with the names Square and Griffin up front, even a simple black iPhone case like this can catch your eye. What we’ve got here is a case that allows the Square reader accessory to be carried with the iPhone without it constantly being plugged in - a win for personal-level merchants to be sure.

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Sinister gamepad hands-on: a modular crossover oddity

Sinister gamepad hands-on: a modular crossover oddity

While there’s been one whole heck of a lot of oddities appearing in the gaming space this year at CES 2014, one of the strangest has to be the Sinister gamepad from Tivitas. This machine has gone through a lengthy set of development phases that’s still going on today - you’ll notice that these units are made of custom-fitted bits and 3D-printed prototype parts. Most important of all - what exactly is it? Sinister is certainly a mystery to behold, that’s for certain.

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ZTE Grand S II hands-on: 5.5-inch Full HD and voice controls

ZTE Grand S II hands-on: 5.5-inch Full HD and voice controls

ZTE unveiled a full range devices during the show, including their first phablet and their entry in the the wearable space. Those were the Iconic Phablet and the BlueWatch. Along with those devices were a few smartphones, including the follow-up to the Grand S, appropriately dubbed the Grand S II. Similar to the other devices unveiled here, the release date and price for the Grand S II are still up in the air.

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Mionix NASH 20 hands-on: premium gaming headset in all black

Mionix NASH 20 hands-on: premium gaming headset in all black

The team at Mionix can never be called out for not taking their time with a product - certainly not in the case of the Mionix NASH 20 headset. Here we’re seeing a pair of headphones with a mic that were originally scheduled to be released last year - here at CES 2014, we’re seeing them in their final form for the first time. For an idea of how high-end these cans sound right this minute, Mionix points toward the meaning of NASH: “according to Arabic mythology, NASH is an Arrowhead, which is a suitable name for a top class gaming headset with superior precision and sharp sound.”

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ZTE BlueWatch smartwatch hands-on

ZTE BlueWatch smartwatch hands-on

ZTE is showing their entry into the wearable space here at CES 2014. This is the ZTE BlueWatch and as one would assume based on the name, this is a smartwatch. We also couldn't help see quite few similarities with another smartwatch -- the Pebble. Device support includes Android and the display measures in at 1.26-inches with a resolution of 144 x 168.

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Qualcomm’s Ultra Sound NotePad, our hands-on in real-time

Qualcomm’s Ultra Sound NotePad, our hands-on in real-time

When Qualcomm announced their Ultra Sound NotePad last week, we were instantly interested. The ability to write something down and have it transfer to a digital copy is nothing new, but Qualcomm was promising it in real-time. No lag, and no extra hardware. They promised it would be a feature that the new Snapddragon 805 could handle. Skeptical of those claims, we went hands-on with the NotePad here at CES 2014.

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Snakebyte Vyper, hands-on with the sleeper hit of Android gaming

Snakebyte Vyper, hands-on with the sleeper hit of Android gaming

Android gaming can be a dime a dozen proposition. So many are getting into the console realm that it complicates the mindshare. Ouya, Gamestick, and the Mad Catz Mojo are the better known competitors in the field, but here at CES 2014, we had the chance to go hands-on with the Snakebyte Vyper. If you’re not familiar with the new “console”, it might be worth keeping in mind for your next Android purchase.

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Epson’s Pulsesense wearables, hands-on and heart stopping

Epson’s Pulsesense wearables, hands-on and heart stopping

Epson has come to market with a new line of wearable technology. On the surface, they’re your normal ‘monitor the heart rate’ wrist wear devices. Epson has surprised us with their forward thinking approach to wearables, though. We got the chance to check out their new wrist wear at CES 2014, and we were a bit surprised by what was on offer.

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