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Linksys @ CES 2016

Linksys always has a good presence at CES and this year was no different. Things on the Belkin side of the business were really busy as they were putting on high quality screen protectors for people as they brought their devices by. On the Linksys side of things, they seem to be aiming toward the consumer enthusiast once again as they have resurrected some of their WRT routers that are DD-WRT compatible.

On the super-fast side of things, they have just announced their new Max-Stream Next-Gen Tri-Band router. This is the EA9500 and they claim it can push as much as 5400Mbps through the 802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies while ramping up the 802.11ac and stacking it on top for crazy speeds. You will need a client device that has at least six antennae to maximize the power of your router.


 

One feature of the EA9500 is the MU-MIMO capability. It supports multiple users on the multiple-input, multiple-output protocol. This means that you can stream 12 4K streams at once over a wireless connection. It looks impressive, but we'll have to see how it performs in the real world and not in a theoretical environment.

Please check out more of our CES images here.

NexDock - Continuum Laptop Passes $300K Goal

The NexDock looks like a laptop, but it lacks a processor, graphics card, memory and pretty much everything that you need to make a laptop, well, a laptop. What it does have is a keyboard, screen, touchpad, USB ports, Bluetooth and a few other bits that allow you to plug in your Windows Continuum device - or other device with Bluetooth and HDMI out. It turns your tablet or phone into a laptop - and aims to do it for a mere $149. It sounds like a good idea, but it means you'll still be packing an extra device on your holiday or business trip. Still, at half the price of a Chromebook, it's a worthy investment - especially if you're a Windows Phone user.

But that's not all. At the time of this writing, the campaign sits at $306,346. The company promises that if that number reaches $500,000, one of the USB ports will be a USB C port. If that number reaches $1,000,000, the display will be replaced with a higher resolution one.

Source: Neowin

Voice Access Comes to Android

Google is working hard to make their devices appeal to people who have trouble using technology. This is perhaps due to disabilities or other challenges and Google has several ways that they are tackling this. Their latest effort is called Voice Access and it's currently in Beta form. This allows a user to speak to their device and have it do many other things that have never been possible before. Voice Access allows you to perform functions such as scrolling, opening a browser nad much, much more.

We recently launched Voice Access Beta, an app that allows people who have difficulty manipulating a touch screen due to paralysis, tremor, temporary injury or other reasons to control their Android devices by voice. For example, you can say “open Chrome” or “go home” to navigate around the phone, or interact with the screen by saying “click next” or “scroll down.”

Source: GoogleBlog

Xbox One Spring Bundle is Solid

If you've been waiting for a good deal to come along before you drop money on a new Xbox One, this could be it. Microsoft's new Spring bundle includes the 1TB Xbox One as well as four games. The games may not all be your top picks, but the include Halo 5, Ori, Rare Replay and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. Two of the games are worth spending money on at least.

Spring is here and so are the Xbox deals. Microsoft started its Spring Sale back in March, which included a chance to pick up an Xbox One for $299. While the game sale ended going into April, the sale on Xbox One has not.

Source: Neowin

Google Play Music Finally Supports Podcasts

It's only been years coming, and it's finally here. Google Play Music finally supports Podcasts. While the mobile rollout will be done in stages, you can log into your PC, go to Google Play Music and browse the Podcast section on the left hand side. Take a look and keep watching for the Google Play Music App to update so you can easily get and listen to podcasts on the go.

It's currently unknown if Google has any plans to support video podcasts in the future, as it wasn't mentioned in the blog post. If they do have such plans, it would be interesting to see if they end up supported in Play Music, Play Movies & TV, or if they stick with YouTube. We've reached out to Google for comment.

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Source: Google Play Podcasts via Neowin

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