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Estimote Mirror beacon will make smart screens personal

Estimote Mirror beacon will make smart screens personal

The Estimote Mirror is a new product in a line of Bluetooth beacons that react to smartphones around them. This device uses similar technology to that of the rest of the Estimote Beacon line, but here makes a display - a TV screen, poster-sized billboard display, anything with am HDMI-input - show content based on a user being within proximity. This device may well bring about the age of Minority Report shopping at last.

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USB-C will soon output HDMI directly, no adapters needed

USB-C will soon output HDMI directly, no adapters needed

USB Type C, or USB-C for short, aims to be the end all and be all of connectors. Reversible in both orientation and flow, USB-C allows a single port to function as data conduit, charging channel, and even video output. The problem with the latter, however, is that it usually requires some adapter of sort. Soon, however, that will be a thing of the past. HDMI Licensing, LLC, the force behind the HDMI standard has announced a new Alternate Mode, or Alt Mode” that will allow USB-C devices, like smartphones and laptops, to output HDMI video to any compatible display, but this time with just a cable, without adapters or dongles.

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Philips 6000 Series 4K TVs adopting Google Cast

Philips 6000 Series 4K TVs adopting Google Cast

This week the folks at Philips have revealed that their next-generation 6000 Series 4K TVs will be adopting smartphone casting abilities via Google. Also known as "Google Cast", this technology allows the owner of an Android smartphone, Android tablet, or desktop (or laptop) computer with Chrome web browser to send media to their television over a Wi-Fi connection. This content is then played independent of the original device or controlled by the original device, dependent on the application used to do the casting.

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Acer H7 USB-C monitor hands-on

Acer H7 USB-C monitor hands-on

With the Acer H7, Acer is jumping in on the USB-C party with what may be the first USB Type-C monitor to be released to the public for sale. What we're doing today is having a peek at what its panel looks like. Here at CES 2016, we're having a peek at this monitor as it's connected to both USB-C and HDMI cables - for power and video. What's great about this monitor is that, while it works with USB-C for video, you can also roll with a slightly more universal (for now) bit of video connector.

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Azulle Access PC Stick and Logitech K400 Plus keyboard turn TVs into PCs

Azulle Access PC Stick and Logitech K400 Plus keyboard turn TVs into PCs

Personal computing has definitely changed a lot these past years. First, what was once an activity tethered to a desk moved over to laps and sometimes even couches and beds. Today, you can take your computing almost anywhere. Even TVs, appliances associated more with entertainment, can now talk serious business too. That's thanks to gadgets like Azulle's Quantum Access PC HDMI stick, which now comes bundled with the new Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus, to turn TVs into devices for both productivity as well as family fun.

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ASUS Chromebit finally launches for just $85

ASUS Chromebit finally launches for just $85

It was many months ago that Google and Asus announced the Chromebit, and now it's finally available for a price of only $85. Like a big brother to the Chromecast, the Chromebit is similar to other PC-on-a-stick models, except instead of Windows it's sporting Chrome OS. Just plug it into any HDMI-equiped TV or monitor, and it becomes a full-fledged Chromebook computer. The candy bar-sized stick is made by Asus, and features a full-sized USB port on the end.

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Chromecast Review (2015): Utilitarian Smart TV Masterpiece

Chromecast Review (2015): Utilitarian Smart TV Masterpiece

The 2015 version of the Chromecast is just nice enough to want to upgrade from the original and certainly worth the cash for new users. Chromecast is, at its core, a doorway for your smartphone to access your TV. Like its predecessor (also called Chromecast), this device acts as the courier for content from the internet to your living room, allowing your smartphone (or tablet, or laptop) to act as the controller and the explorer. This version of the Chromecast is faster than the original and a bit more versatile as it works with a cord now instead of just a dongle.

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Premium HDMI cable certification launches for quality 4k content

Premium HDMI cable certification launches for quality 4k content

One of the things that has caused flame wars on various home theater forums for years is whether you need high-end cables to get the best picture quality available. Some want to spend extra money on super thick and expensive cables while others claim that there is no different in image quality compared to a cheap Wal-Mart cable. The HDMI Licensing LLC has just announced a new Premium HDMI Cable Certification Program.

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Chromecast 2 and Chromecast Audio revealed by Google: everything goes smart

Chromecast 2 and Chromecast Audio revealed by Google: everything goes smart

Today the Chromecast has been redesigned and detailed by Google in three new colors - Coral, Lemonade, and Black. This device has its own HDMI cable and a magnet to keep the cable stuck to the device when not in use. This device has "significantly improved Wi-fi support". This device has a new set of antenna inside for optimum connectivity for Wi-fi for ultra-quick connectivity. This is one of two new devices being shown today by Google's Chromecast team - the other goes by the name Chromecast Audio.

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Next Chromecast tipped to be faster, more circular

Next Chromecast  tipped to be faster, more circular

The Google Chromecast was an unexpected miracle of a product the proved to be more than just a one hit wonder. Now more than two years old, the little streaming dongle continues to have appeal and has become something that others want to emulate, leading to a new generation of "computing on a stick", well, sticks. It is, however, due a refresh, and it seems that Google thinks so, too. Later this month, the company is tipped to unveil the 2nd generation, which is promised to be faster all around and more rounded too.

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ASUS VivoStick offers up a Windows 10 PC for only $129

ASUS VivoStick offers up a Windows 10 PC for only $129

Hot on the heel's of Intel's new Compute Stick, Asus is revealing its own PC-on-a-stick in an attempt to one-up the competition. The Asus VivoStick is pretty much what you'd expect from the form-factor: a pocket-size HDMI stick that plugs into a TV or monitor, turning it into a Windows 10 PC. Priced at $129, the VivoStick already trumps Intel's Compute Stick in value, and it offers a few extra to boot.

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Intel Compute Stick Windows 10 edition might be near

Intel Compute Stick Windows 10 edition might be near

It is, of course, inevitable, though probably something we didn't expect to happen soon. Intel's Compute Stick, which turns any display with an HDMI port into a PC, is barely a year old. It came with Windows 8.1 naturally, which makes it eligible for a Windows 10 update any time soon, depending on your luck at the reservation queue. It seems, however, that Intel might have a treat for those impatient to get their hands on the latest Windows, with a Windows 10 version of the HDMI dongle just around the corner.

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