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Casio Smart Outdoor Watch 2 comes with Android Wear 2.0, GPS

Casio Smart Outdoor Watch 2 comes with Android Wear 2.0, GPS

If you ever needed proof that Android Wear is still alive, Casio just gave one. Somewhat. Almost exactly year after it announced its first smartwatch, the WSD-F10, the famed watch maker is announcing its second Smart Outdoor Watch, the WSD-F20. And while the big new feature here, at least as far as hardware is concerned, is the addition of GPS functionality, smartwatch enthusiasts might be a bit more interested in its software. That’s because the WSD-F20 is coming with the already delayed and somewhat doubted Android Wear 2.0.

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NVIDIA GeForce NOW can now stream games to PCs, Macs

NVIDIA GeForce NOW can now stream games to PCs, Macs

The bar for gaming PCs is being set higher and higher each year, faster than some gamers can catch up with. But just because your still fully functional PC doesn’t meet a game’s minimum requirements doesn’t mean you have to give up on gaming. And just because you don’t have a PC at all doesn’t mean you’ll have to miss out on PC titles. NVIDIA is proposing a middle ground called GeForce NOW, which, for a fee, gives gamers, whether on PCs, Macs, or even Android-based SHIELD, the ability to play some of the biggest PC titles. All without installing anything other than the GeForce NOW app.

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Mega Man Mobile is here, six games for $2 each

Mega Man Mobile is here, six games for $2 each

True to its word, Capcom has indeed released the mobile port of its first six Mega Man games, though it should have probably chosen a better time to do so. Mega Man Mobile’s launch is likely to be buried under the flood of CES 2017 announcements this week. But that might also work in its favor, considering the rather low rating the game is getting. Hate it or love it, Mega Man 1 to 6 is now available on Android and iOS, but you’ll have to pony up $1.99 to get each and every single game in the list.

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Sony EXTRA BASS wireless speakers brings light to the party

Sony EXTRA BASS wireless speakers brings light to the party

Wireless Bluetooth speakers and headsets have traditionally been seen as a compromise between portability and quality, but recent market and product trends have been trying to push against that connotation. Take for example Sony’s EXTRA BASS lines that adds much needed depth to these portable audio equipment. At CES 2017, the company is introducing four new members of that family that not only puts a spotlight to the music’s thump, it literally puts light into your music that also dances to the beat.

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Sony BRAVIA X and A series bring 4K HDR, Android TV together

Sony BRAVIA X and A series bring 4K HDR, Android TV together

Android TV, just like Android Wear, isn’t dead yet. At least not if you judge it based on the devices and announcements made at CES 2017. First there was DISH’s AirTV box, powered by Android TV. Then there’s the fresh new NVIDIA SHIELD, also powered by Android TV. Sony is also joining that fray with two new series from its BRAVIA line, the X and the A TVs. Both boast of handling 4K HDR with precision, accuracy,and beauty. Both also offer an augmented TV viewing experience made possible by Android TV.

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Google Assistant coming soon to an Android TV near you

Google Assistant coming soon to an Android TV near you

When Google first revealed its new take on the smart, personal, virtual assistant, we were skeptical about the Google Assistant’s immediate chances, given how limited its availability and reach were. Those fears, however, may have been unfounded, as Google moved quickly to fill in the gaps. Its latest venture? To put Google Assistant on your personal big screen. Yes, Google Assistant is coming to TVs, but only if you have a recent Android TV box or TV. Good thing, then, that there are lots of those to go around at CES 2017.

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Sony Walkman NW-A35 looks like a thick, tiny Xperia XZ

Sony Walkman NW-A35 looks like a thick, tiny Xperia XZ

Some have declared the Walkman dead in the advent of iPods and then smartphones, but Sony refuses to give up on such an iconic brand. It has revived the name, given it a digital focus, and reshaped it with sometimes odd designs. The new Walkman NW-A35 that it just revealed at CES 2017 is such an example. You wouldn’t be blamed if you mistook it for one of Sony’s smartphones because it pretty much looks like a smaller but thicker version of the its Xperia XZ flagship. Without Android inside as well.

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Samsung Chromebook Plus, Pro flaunt stylus, Android apps

Samsung Chromebook Plus, Pro flaunt stylus, Android apps

While Samsung may have been one of the earliest adopters of Google’s Chromebook vision, it has languished in recent times compared to other more enthusiastic Chromebook makers. At CES 2017, however, it has returned with a vengeance. Chromebooks that can fold into tablets are nothing new. But one that also has a stylus to boot? Practically unheard of. And that is exactly what Samsung is bringing to the table. And even better, it is coming with Android apps as well, before other existing Chromebooks can get their hands on them (officially, that is).

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ZTE Hawkeye, formerly Project CSX, jumps on Kickstarter

ZTE Hawkeye, formerly Project CSX, jumps on Kickstarter

From crowdsourcing to crowdfunding. That basically sums up the conception and infancy of the ZTE Hawkeye, the formal and final name of the smartphone that was born out of ZTE’s unexpected Project CSX, short for “Crowd Sourced X”. Now that smartphone, which is basically a self-adhesive device with built-in eye tracking, will be put to the test to see if there really is a market for such a smartphone. Or if supporters of the CSX initiative are truly ready to see this through and raise $500,000 to start the Hawkeye’s production.

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ZTE Blade V8 Pro brings brand and dual cameras to the US

ZTE Blade V8 Pro brings brand and dual cameras to the US

By now, ZTE should no longer be an unfamiliar name in the US smartphone market. Having started out with the budget nubia sub-brand, the Chinese manufacturer has brought a stronger and higher end Axon line to the West. Now it is filling in the gaps by bringing its Blade brand to this major market as well. Known for mixing usually premium features with mid-range specs and prices, the Blade V8 Pro, the first Blade to step on US soil, indeed sports dual cameras are earlier leaked. Fortunately, the actual facts turned out to be even better.

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Sleep Number 360 tries to make the case for smarter beds

Sleep Number 360 tries to make the case for smarter beds

Sleep is perhaps both the most undervalued and, at the same time, overrated aspects of our biological lives. We use technology day in and day out to improve our food intake, our activities, and sometimes even our grooming. But very few of those technologies actually focus on the time when we’re not active, aside from the very basic sleep monitoring function of fitness trackers. At CES 2017, Sleep Number is aiming to change all that with the Sleep Number 360 smart bed that employs all sorts of sensors, temperature controls, and even IoT communication to give you the best sleep of your life.

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OWC DEC is an inconspicuous dock for the 2016 MacBook Pro

OWC DEC is an inconspicuous dock for the 2016 MacBook Pro

Among the things the latest MacBook Pros have been criticized for, aside from the debatable battery life, is Apple’s abandonment of traditional ports and connectors in favor of going all out with Type C Thunderbolt 3, which are, in shape and compatibility, USB-C holes. Sure, there are dozens of hubs and extensions out there to remedy that, but those just mean yo have another thing to carry and potentially get lost. OWC, famous for their Mac upgrades and accessories, might have come up with a prettier solution: the OWC DEC. It is practically a storage and port expansion dock that looks like it’s actually part of the MacBook Pro itself.

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