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  • Marissa Mayer unveils revamped Yahoo! Advertising [CES2014]

    If Yahoo! really is to rise from the ashes in 2014, advertising is undoubtedly one of the areas it has to get right. And when CEO Marissa Mayer took to the CES stage in Las Vegas, we got an idea of how it intends to do that. During her keynote, Mayer announced the launch of a revamped Yahoo! Advertising, at the same time showing exactly how the company intends to make money from Tumblr. The new approach, the company claims in an official blog post, allows it to deliver unified campaigns “across premium and audience-focused display, native and search...

  • Our vote for best digital fitness device at CES 2014: Skulpt Aim

    Squint your eyes while looking at the lineup of fitness gadgets at International CES this year, and they become almost indiscernible — that’s because they basically all do the same thing. Little wearable gadgets that clip onto your clothing or wrap around your wrist, diligently calculating your calorie consumption based on your body movements or heart rate. These devices are great for managing body weight, but what if you’re interested in monitoring your body’s muscle composition? Read more on Gearburn.

  • Sony announces cloud-based TV service and PlayStation Now

    Sony announced today that it will be testing a cloud-based TV service in the US later this year. The service will combine TV shows and live programming, as well as video on demand into a single source of entertainment. The service will allow for seamless device switching — from a PS4 to an iPad, for example. Combining cable television and on-demand services has been an illusive holy grail up to this point, one which Microsoft is attempting to crack with the Xbox One. With 70 million internet enabled Sony devices — 4.2 million of which are PS4 units as...

  • Things heat up as Valve reveals 14 Steam Machines [CES2014]

    Steam Machines are a go. Today at CES 2014 Half Life 2 creator Valve announced its lineup of Steam Machines, PCs custom-fitted to run Steam OS — which is in turn based on a custom build of Linux. Starting from “as low as US$499″, there are the 14 Steam Machines coming in 2014. Read more on Gearburn

  • It’s time for a change as revamped Pebble goes Steel [CES2014]

    Last year this time, people were blown away by the quirky looking e-paper watch, Pebble, which is compatible with iOS and Android devices. Pebble then managed to raise more than a record-breaking US$10-million via crowdfunding on Kickstarter. It was all about functionality, and it worked. At CES 2014 however, the company focused more on the style and build quality of its product as it launched the new Pebble Steel together with a dedicated app store. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Sony drives home its 4K commitment [CES 2014]

    Sony has just finished its press conference at this year’s CES and largely continued the overarching story, which, so far, has been all about 4K. The company harped on its “scene to screen” coverage of all things UHD, ranging from production to screening. Sony laid out its plans for this year and highlighted its TV, smartphone and camera, lineup, oh and it had something to say about wearables as well. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Michael Bay freaks out at Samsung’s CES 2014 press conference

    Proceedings took a strange turn at Samsung’s press conference today, when director Michael Bay abruptly left the stage after a teleprompter apparently failed during Samsung’s 2014 UHD TV product line presentation. Instead of ad-libbing, Bay offered a brusque apology and exited stage left, leaving Samsung Electronics America Senior Vice President, Joe Stinziano, to smooth things over. Following the incident, Business Insider caught up with Bay, who admitted that he “accidentally skipped ahead a line while reading the teleprompter, but the lines kept scrolling and he lost his place.” As a veteran director it would have been interesting to hear his thoughts...

  • Samsung: ‘We have UHD TVs too, and they can bend’ [CES2014]

    Samsung’s International CES 2014 press conference just wrapped and as expected with didn’t see any trace of a Galaxy Gear 2 or the Samsung Galaxy S 5. Instead we got to see what its 4K TV battalion looks like — Samsung will go up against LG, Sharp, Panasonic, Sony and others in the upcoming war for UHD supremacy. We learned more about Smart Home, Samsung’s play to rule the Internet of Things, and we caught a glimpse of the Galaxy TabPRO and the Galaxy NotePRO, “professional-grade” devices. Read more on Gearburn

  • Beast mode: Asus unveils world’s first quad-mode, Dual-OS laptop [CES2014]

    After some 4K TV announcements by LG, Panasonic and Sharp at International CES today, Asus Chairman Jonney Shih jolted us awake with his usual energetic flair, revealing Asus’s 2014 lineup which includes new phones, a gamer-oriented monitor and the craziest four-in-one laptop-tablet we’ve ever seen. Read more on Gearburn.

  • LG reveals its plans for 2014: texting your washing machine [CES2014]

    Lenovo had its moment in the sun last night and this morning it was LG’s chance to woo the press. TV A packed room watched as LG detailed its SmartTV line-up for 2014, 56% of which will have the fabled webOS at their core. From what we saw, webOS appears to be polished, user-friendly and might be a much-needed breath of fresh air in a market that is saturated with an estimated 160 million SmartTVs — many of which contain complicated, tacky interfaces. Read more on Gearburn.

  • KEECKER is the closest thing to R2-D2 we’ve seen yet [CES2014]

    You’ll have to look hard to find this one at CES 2014, but it’s a jaw-dropper. Imagined and brought to life by ex-Googler, Pierre Lebeau, KEECKER has just taken the wraps off its smart, connected robot. This is no Roomba. Billed as a “connected computer for lifestyle and home entertainment,” this little guy is equipped with a powerful video projector and 360 degree audio and video capture system. It’s sort of like an internet-connected projector meets media PC — on wheels. KEECKER allows you to project movies, listen to music, browse the web, make video calls, play video games...

  • Put down the cookie: iFit Active band sees and tracks all [CES2014]

    CES 2014 seems to be the launchpad for a bunch of fitness apps and hardware. Take the newly announced and originally named iFit Active band, a fitness tracker that monitors activity, steps, movement time, sleep patterns, and “more” all through a single user account where the information is uploaded via Bluetooth 4.0. Just like the FitBit, another fitness tracker that is almost exactly like iFit, Active can be clipped to clothing or worn as a watch. But unlike FitBit, iFit connects to other internet-enabled fitness equipment at the gym and at home, with most functions relegated to a single button...

  • The coolest gadgets of CES 2014 so far [CES2014]

    The press got a sneak peek at what will be unwrapped in the coming week. We battled through the crowd to find the most interesting gadgets at the pre-show, and here’s what we’ve come up with. Catterpillar Inc (CAT) isn’t exactly renowned for making phones, but the company just dropped something right out of 1990 — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The B100 is a feature phone that can be dropped from a height of 1.8 meters onto solid concrete, submerged in water for half an hour and can even withstand temperatures from -25 to 55 degrees celsius. Read...

  • Kolibree unveils the world’s smartest connected toothbrush [CES2014]

    One of the big trends at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year, is digital health. Moments ago, Kolibree, took the veil off its connected electric toothbrush — a world first the French company says. Kolibree’s war on periodontal disease involves a BlueTooth-connected smart toothbrush and a free mobile app that analyses your brushing habits. The result is a solution that will monitor your brushing sessions, and make recommendations for improving your dental care. The data about how you brushed automatically syncs with your smartphone and scores your efforts based on things like: how long you’ve brushed and whether...

  • The problem with an Intel push for an Android Windows marriage

    Android and Windows running in harmony on the same machine isn’t something new. Whether it’s by dual-booting — choosing which OS to boot when starting a device — or virtualisation — think BlueStacks — we’ve seen companies like Samsung and ViewSonic take a stab at the idea with the Ativ Q and ViewPad 10Pro, respectively. But now, Intel is said to be poised to throw its weight behind the idea. Just as the world’s largest consumer electronics show is about to begin, rumours are surfacing that we are about to see a flurry of Intel-blessed devices emerge from International...