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Sony at CES 2017

Sony brought a few new TVs to CES this year - along with a bunch of products that are already on sale - and are quite impressive. They also brought along a prototype project that should make it to market in the coming years. Sony’s XBR-A1E Bravia is their first consumer ready OLED TV that will come in 55-in, 65-in. and 77-inch sizes. This TV also sports a unique sound system in that there is no speaker but instead use a bar to vibrate the screen to produce sound all the while having a subwoofer to help with the bass. Oddly enough some of the Sony reps won’t call the OLED their flagship TV and instead point to some LED TVs as the prime examples of what can be done with them.

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These 4K HDR LED TVs will eventually have more shutters in them than currently on the market, to turn off the LEDs to achieve the same blacks in the OLEDs all the while pushing the power to the other parts of the TV to help improve the brightness of the picture to give it a brighter picture than OLEDs.

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Sony also introduced some amazing projectors with short throw lenses in them so that they only need to be about six inches away from the surface that it will be projecting on. These projects can either rest on the floor or shelving unit, or be mounted to the wall and can produce a 4K HDR picture up to about 120 inches. When powered off the projector will hide itself inside of its unit making it look like normal decor in the room. Because these projectors use lasers instead of what’s currently on the market these projectors can still display clear and crisp images even when the lights are on full blast. One of the cooler things that you may not hear about when it comes to sony is their small scale projector that is currently in prototype mode. When connected to your home or google home network you can use the image that is being projected onto your tabletop the same way as if you were looking at your phone or your computer screen.

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For more images from our Sony visit, please check the gallery here. Also, you can find all of our CES 2017 coverage right here.

Destiny 2 Lets You Play for Free

It looks like game developers - most likely publishers are getting the idea. Their games are very expensive to produce and the price of a new game has gone up quite a bit to reflect that. As such, there are a growing number of people that aren't playing the new titles as they are priced too high and people take a "wait-and-see" approach. Destiny was a huge blockbuster game and Destiny 2 has a lot of improvements and changes that are highly regarded - but some don't like it at all. To encourage plays to upgrade to the second title, as well as to get new players, their is now a free version. You don't get the entire game, but they are hoping it's enough to get you hooked.

So you missed out on Destiny 2's beta tests and didn't want to buy the game without giving it a try. Are you stuck? Thankfully, no. Bungie will offer a free Destiny 2 trial on PS4, Xbox One and PC starting on November 28th, and it's giving you a sizeable chunk of the game to try before you fork over your money. You can explore Earth's European Dead Zone and Titan (though you won't get all the campaign missions), fight fellow players in the Crucible's Quickplay rotation and progress up to level 7.

Source: Engadget

Boox by ONYX: eReader, Monitor, Writing Tablet & More

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Every now and then a company comes along with a product that claims to have some pretty unique features. CES is all about showcasing these products, but often there are many products that leave us disappointed. The BOOX (pronounced books) from ONYX is a product that shows a lot of promise and delivers exactly what they promise. 

Select BOOX devices will be running Android 6.0 and the range in size from 6-inch basic units to the massive 13.3-inch unit we looked at today. This big reader can be used as an external monitor via a MicroHDMI cable, a standard large eReader or even a writing tablet with a pressure sensitive stylus. 

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While the e-Ink BOOX in computer monitor mode has limited use, the fact that it can do it and provides a very easy-on-the-eyes display is pretty awesome. This is a very premium device with a lot of features, and that comes at a cost - a fairly large cost in fact. MSRP is about $800 on this, but when we referenced their products on Amazon, we found them for a little over half-price of their MSRP. This could make it the perfect, premium, large format reader for professionals or anyone that consumes a large amount of print media.

 

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The fact is, I'd love of these to play around with and use on the road. It could be a great companion for any journalist. 

More info on BOOX here.

Google Working on Texting from Browser

Google is stepping up their game with Android Messages and will soon allow you to pair your phone with your PC and then use your PC to send actual SMS's. This integration is what HP rocked with the Elite X3 Windows Phone and is something that other companies lack. Yes, there are 3rd party applications that do something similiar, but I've tried many of them and nothing worked as good as the Windows solution. Still, this is a step in the right direction. Also coming in Android Messages is the ability to send payments directly using Google Pay - or something similiar. 

All told, Google appears to be transforming Android Messages into an Allo-like app, except for mobile SMS texts instead of web-based ones. It could also be monetizing it to a degree via Google Pay. Considering the power it yields over the Android smartphone ecosystem, that could amount to a lot of dollars. Take all the changes with some salt, though, because APKs don't necessarily mean features are set in stone, and some of the aforementioned features are still half-baked.

Source: Engadget

iwown P1 Power Sport Watch Evaluation

We have just posted our evaluation of the P1 Power Sport Watch from iwown. This fitness tracker enters a very crowded market, but brings a lot of features, performance and battery life to help it rise to the surface. The app support is very well thought out as well. There is a lot to like, but a couple of things to note. Check the article for all the details.

The fact is that the P1 can hold its own in the market and do very well. It offers fantastic week-long battery life, a bright and clear display, touch interface, buttons as a backup, a comfortable band, enough sensors to keep most people happy and to top it off, it's water-resistant to 50M.

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