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VW adding CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink in 2015

VW adding CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink in 2015

Volkswagen will add CarPlay and Android Auto support to its cars later this year, the company has confirmed, with the arrival of a new second-gen "modular infotainment platform" in models like the Golf. The system will bring both Apple and Google's smartphone connectivity - which each offers a pared-back interface more suitable for prodding while driving - under VW's App-Connect branding, in addition to MirrorLink support for four of the company's smartphone apps, including building a shared playlist from all the phones and tablets in the car and streaming them for the perfect driving soundtrack.

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Lenovo P90 smartphone puts Intel’s best foot forward

Lenovo P90 smartphone puts Intel’s best foot forward

Lenovo might be more known for its notebooks, but its smartphones, especially its VIBE line, is definitely catching up in fame. Here at CES 2015, the manufacturer is showing off a new kind of smartphone, the P90. This 5.5 incher boasts of the best that Intel has to offer in the market space, being the first to bear the chip maker's newest 64-bit smartphone processor as well as its new LTE-A compatible modem, giving buyers the power and speed that consumers expect in this smartphone day and age.

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Lenovo introduces new tablets, AIO desktops & laptops at CES

Lenovo introduces new tablets, AIO desktops & laptops at CES

At CES, Lenovo has brought with them another full product line meant to entice first time buyers and impress long-standing users. Their A-series tablets are aimed squarely at the first-time tablet owner who wants something affordable than can keep up. Their C-series all-in-one desktops fit any home or office, and are priced to suit any budget as well. The S41 laptop strikes a nice balance between desktop power and portability, and like we trust Lenovo to do, keeps the price-point low.

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ASUS rolls out Zenfone 2, enhanced camera experience

ASUS rolls out Zenfone 2, enhanced camera experience

During their CES announcement, ASUS laid out the details on their incoming Zenfone 2. The ZenFone is pretty impressive at first blush, too, boasting a high screen-to-body ratio, meaning more to look at and less to hold. They’ve also got an improved camera on the new Zenfone, and some new technology that could have oyur pics looking better and brighter than ever. It’s also 64-bit, but not carrying a Snapdragon processor. ASUS went with an Intel Atom processor for the Zenfone 2.

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ASUS ZenFone Zoom packs 3x optical zoom into Android

ASUS ZenFone Zoom packs 3x optical zoom into Android

ASUS was gleefully teasing something special for its flagship CES 2015 smartphone, and sure enough it is, with the ASUS ZenFone Zoom squeezing in a 3x optical zoom. The new Android handset has a 5.5-inch Full HD display and runs the latest version, 5.0 Lollipop, but it's the backside which we're most intrigued by, with its 13-megapixel camera and laser auto-focus system. The latter we've seen on handsets from LG, such as the G3 and today's G Flex 2, but an optical zoom in a smartphone is altogether more unusual.

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Archos unleashes slew of new 4G devices

Archos unleashes slew of new 4G devices

Archos might not get the amount of love some bigger name companies do, but it has faithfully released products over the years, and this CES 2015 is no exception. The company seems to have concentrated its efforts this year, however, zeroing in on 4G products in particular with several new products including the new Archos Diamond smartphone and 80b Helium Android tablet. All the devices bring with them modest hardware and, more importantly for some, a modest price tag to go with them.

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SanDisk Ultra Dual flash drive targets Android phones, tablets

SanDisk Ultra Dual flash drive targets Android phones, tablets

In mid-November, SanDisk introduced its iXpand flash drive for the newest iPads and iPhones, and not to leave Android users in the dust, the company has now taken the wraps off its microUSB-toting Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 for Android smartphones and tablets. As its name suggests, the flash drive can connect to two types of devices: Android units with microUSB ports and any device with a regular USB port, something made possible by the inclusion of two different USB connectors on the drive.

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Chromecast opens up for streaming music to connected speakers

Chromecast opens up for streaming music to connected speakers

The greatest thing about Google’s Chromecast is not that it’s cheap (even though that’s an amazing aspect), it’s that Google made it wide open. All any software provider has to do is support the Chromecast rather than wait for it to come around to them. To that end, Google is aiming for the growing connected speaker market, and will make their dongle available for streaming to speakers and soundbars. They’ve also got a lineup of heavy-hitting partners in Sony, LG, and Denon to kick this new functionality off.

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LG G Flex 2 hands-on – A curveball keeper

LG G Flex 2 hands-on – A curveball keeper

I guarantee that the first time you hold the LG G Flex 2 in your hand, you're going to ask yourself why aren't there more phones with a curved display. And that's LG's hook. Instead of making you read this entire hands-on to really know how I feel about the G Flex 2 (though, you know, you really should read it anyway), I'm going to just come right out and tell you that it's beautiful to look at and it's beyond comfortable to hold. I'm not just saying this just because this is another new device coming to market but because, for the first time in a while now, I feel that LG has hit a home run.

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