CES 2014

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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Philips UltraClear Display 28-inch 4K Ultra HD monitor launches this spring

Philips UltraClear Display 28-inch 4K Ultra HD monitor launches this spring

In addition to the NVIDIA G-SYNC-harboring 27-inch monitor the company rolled out on Monday, Philips has introduced the 28-inch UltraClear Display, a 4K Ultra HD resolution monitor for professionals in need of high accuracy, as well as those who want a display above and beyond the traditional FHD staple. The monitor will be available some time this spring for $1,119.99 USD.

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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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ZTE Iconic Phablet hands-on: 5.7-inches, Jelly Bean and multi-window

ZTE Iconic Phablet hands-on: 5.7-inches, Jelly Bean and multi-window

ZTE has jumped into the phablet space. The device, teased just ahead of CES and shown off during the show is called the Iconic Phablet. This is a 5.7-inch device powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Some of the remaining specs includes 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.

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Braven BRV-X HD wireless outdoor speaker has noise cancelling, is water resistant

Braven BRV-X HD wireless outdoor speaker has noise cancelling, is water resistant

In addition to the circular Mira Bluetooth speaker introduced this week at CES, the company has also taken the wraps off its new BRV-X, a wireless offering it is calling "the first true outdoor speaker." Aimed solidly at outdoor enthusiasts -- but perhaps applicable to all sorts of outdoorsy individuals -- the BRV-X offers HD audio amidst a rugged case and design intended for outdoor usage in open-air locations.

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Hulu Originals 2014 lineup revealed with premiere of “Deadbeat”

Hulu Originals 2014 lineup revealed with premiere of “Deadbeat”

Hulu has announced its Originals lineup for this year at CES, detailing both the upcoming premieres that will be making their debut in coming weeks and returning original series that have been on the holiday season hiatus. Among the offerings detailed is the pending premier of "Deadbeat", a supernatural comedy directed by Arrested Development's Troy Miller that will be launching on April 9.

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Braven Mira Bluetooth speaker with kickstand debuts at CES

Braven Mira Bluetooth speaker with kickstand debuts at CES

Braven, maker of all sorts of speakers, has introduced its latest Bluetooth offering at CES 2014, the Mira. The Braven Mira is a small portable speaker that is being aimed at the "music connoisseur", bringing with it a variety of features, among them chiefly being a water resistant body for use in atypical situations -- out in the rain, or near the pool without having to worry about an accident dive to the depths of electronics destruction.

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HipShotDot hands-on: aiming with a suction cup on your TV

HipShotDot hands-on: aiming with a suction cup on your TV

The tiniest and most understated of gaming peripherals SlashGear has happened upon at CES 2014 is, without a doubt, the HipShotDot. This machine works with an LED that attaches to the center of your television’s display that allows you to know exactly where your rifle is pointed in whatever first-person-shooter you’re playing on your console gaming device. We’ve seen this device in full action working with no less than the Xbox One.

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