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Sony releases Core Smartband, the wearable that will track your life

Are you looking to have metrics for every aspect of your life? Measurement of the amount of time you spend sleeping, the amount of time you spend walking around, exercising, text messaging, browsing the web, or talking on the phone? Then you’ll be happy to know that Sony plans to make all of this data available to you via their new wearable: the Sony Core Smartband.

Named a “life-tracking” device, the Sony Core connects with your smartphone via bluetooth (no word yet on whether or not this will exclusively work with Sony devices) and tracks every aspect of your life: from workout routines to social interactions, the Core presents the data in a grid to show you how much time you spend on each activity you partake in.

If for some reason your phone and Core are disconnected, fret not, the Core continues to record the data and will (presumably) transfer the metrics to your handset once the connection has been re-established.

Unfortunately not that much additional data has been given on the Core. Sony’s CEO, Kuni Suzuki said that the Core’s unveiling today was a tiny sneak peek of the device. We will keep you updated on any additional details on Sony’s Core Smartband to see if you’ll finally be able to get all of your life stats marked down, RPG style. Take a look at the Core’s video promo below to see the device in action.

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Sony sold 4.2 million PlayStation 4 units in 2013

It was not long ago when Sony last updated us on the sales numbers of its PlayStation 4 gaming console. However now that Microsoft announced that it has sold more than 3 million Xbox One units in 2013, the Japanese were eager to show that they have topped that number.

Today, Andrew House, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, took the stage for a brief moment during Kaz Hirai‘s CES 2014 keynote to announce that the company had managed to sell more than 4.2 million PS4 gaming consoles.

Sony’s PlayStation 4 sales stood at 2.1 million on December 1 and about 30 days, there were as many more PS4 consoles at the users end. The Japanese manufacturer will certainly be looking to build on its sales momentum to take the upper hand in its rivalry against the Xbox One.

In addition from breaking the news of its latest sales numbers, Sony also unveiled its new PlayStation Now streaming and cloud TV service. Sony’s PS Now assistance will now give you instant access to games from previous models like PS2 and PS3. According to House, even the non-console owners will be able to access the service when it rolls out this summer. Meanwhile, the beta testing of service will begin in US by the end of this month.

With the cloud based TV service, you can access TV content through the PlayStation console. The new service will give you the flexibility of watching your favorite TV shows and movies on iPads and smartphones whenever you want. Sony will be testing out the service thoroughly in the US before rolling it commercially.

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Mophie’s new Space Pack cases add battery life and storage to your iPhone

If you find yourself constantly running out of space or juice on your iPhone 5 or 5S, Mophie’s Space Pack could be right down your alley.

The creators of the popular Juice Pack line of battery cases have released a new model for the latest Apple smartphones that helps boost battery life while also adding more storage space.

The new cases connect via your iPhone’s Lightning port, and promise to double both battery and storage of your iPhone 5/5S.

You can even manage your files with Mophie’s free Space app, which lets you organize what’s on your Mophie case without having to sync with a computer.

The Space Packs will become available on March 14 for $149.95 for the 16GB model, and $179.95 for the 32GB model.


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Asus Transformer Book Duet hands-on

The last device Asus announced on CES at Las Vegas was the innovative Asus Transformer Book Duet. It’s a dual-boot slate with a detachable keyboard dock that looks a bit like MacBook Air and can run both Android 4.2 and Windows 8.1 in both tablet and laptop modes.

The slate is based on Intel i3/i5/i7 with the latest Intel’s dual OS platform that allows running Android and Windows on a single device and supports switching instantaneously between them via a single button. Asus rates the switching time to 4s and it appears about right when trying it for real.

Asus Transformer Book Duet

The Transformer Book Duet will have two options for its 13.3″ touchscreen display – 768p regular TFT or a 13.3″ IPS unit. You will be also able to pick between the latest Core i3, i5 and i7 Intel processors, 64 or 128 GB SSD, while the RAM amount is fixed at 4GB.

The dock has lots of ports, a secondary HDD and, of course, a keyboard. But first things first.

Asus Transformer Book Duet entire front is occupied by the 13.3-inch display of your choice – either an HD TFT or a Full HD IPS unit. There is nothing on the black frame but the video-call camera above the display.

Asus Transformer Book Duet front

The left side of the tablet has some air-venting shafts plus the full-sized SD slot. The right one is completely bare.

Asus Transformer Book Duet left and right sides

The top also offers even bigger venting shafts, while the bottom is crowded – there you can find the mandatory Win key, the docking ports, a 3.5mm audio jack and the small charging port.

Asus Transformer Book Duet crowded bottom and bare top

Quite expectedly, the aluminum dock offers a keyboard with a dedicated dual-boot key. In case you are not using the dock, both operating systems offer a virtual key. Switching between Windows 8.1 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (or vice versa) is blazing fast in less than 4 seconds. The dock also packs a huge multi-touch pad.

Asus Transformer Book Duet keyboard dock

The dock also offers an Ethernet, HDMI, USB and a 3.5mm audio ports on the left side.

Asus Transformer Book Duet keyboard dock • the virtual keys for switching between Windows and Android

As far as we understood there is no extended battery within the docking station, but you can get it with a 320, 500, 750 GB or 1 TB additional HDD for expanding your storage space.

The slate plus the keyboard dock weigh 1.9 kilos. Pricing starts at $599 for the base version, but upgrades haven’t been detailed just yet. Availability hasn’t been confirmed just yet.

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Motorola to bring another smartphone to EU next week

Motorola is planning to add a new smartphone to its European family of products. The company has sent out invites for a special event in London, UK on January 14, where it'll launch the new device. Information is scarce at the moment and we don't kno...
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Gartner: Android will surpass one billion active users in 2014

Android, the Google-developed mobile operating system, will have more than one billion active users by the end of 2014, according to a report from the popular research firm Gartner. Gartner predicts the open-source platform will reach about 1.1 billi...
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Next-gen Samsung TouchWiz UI leaks

Thanks to @evleaks, we can now catch a glimpse of an upcoming smartphone user interface that Samsung is currently working on. A trio of leaked screenshots show a phone UI that looks like the next major version of the company's TouchWiz UI. According t...
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Micromax Canvas LapTab hands-on

Micromax outed its new Canvas Laptab at CES 2014 and got a chance to take it out for a spin. The device is a part of a new trend of devices that’s able to dual-boot both Android 4.2.2 and Windows 8.1, and seamlessly switch between them.

It’s all thanks to Intel’s new “dual OS platform” technology that allows you to run both OSs on a single device, and we already saw it in action on the Asus Transformer Book Duet.

Micromax Canvas LapTab hands-on

The LapTab comes with a 10.1-inch display of 1280×800 pixels, as well as dual 2 MP cameras on the front and back. Inside you’ll find a 1.46GHz Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage expandable via the microSD card slot. The hybrid is powered by a 7,400 mAh battery, and comes with mini HDMI and USB 3.0, which is a nice surprise.

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The tablet comes in at 650 grams and features a thickness of just under 10mm, which makes it about average for the class. The Celeron processor won’t give you as good performance as you can expect from the Core i3, i5, or i7 processors powering most Windows notebooks, but it’ll hopefully be priced competitively enough so as to not fall too far behind the pack.

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The LapTab comes with an optional snap-on wireless Bluetooth keyboard cover that’s also detachable from the back panel.

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Expect the Micromax Canvas LapTab to go on sale starting next month.

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Apple’s App Store makes $10 billion in 2013

We all know that Apple’s App Store makes lots and lots of money, but every now and then it still manages to surprise us. The app repository has shattered previous records, generating the whopping $10 billion in earnings in 2013.

What’s so impressive about this number is that it pretty much doubled 2012′s revenue estimate of $5 billion. December 2013 proved to be the most lucrative for the App Store, with over 3 billion app downloads and $1 billion in sales.

A lot of the sales can be attributed to the iOS 7 upgrade. A significant number of apps incurred update charges for the re-designs necessitated by the software update. The numbers indicate that there were plenty of users who were willing to fork over the cash to continue using their beloved apps on iOS 7, however.

Senior VP of internet software and services for Apple, Eddy Cue, had this to say about 2013′s resounding App Store success, “We’d like to thank our customers for making 2013 the best year ever for the App Store. We look forward to seeing what developers create in 2014.”

To date, developers who sell their wares on Apple’s digital marketplace have made over $15 billion.

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EXCLUSIVE: Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo leaks in detail

We knew Samsung was working on a smartphone that sits right between the Galaxy Grand and the Galaxy Grand 2, but it was a mystery what exactly it will be. Now we know virtually all there is to know of the upcoming addition to the Galaxy Grand series, thanks to a leaked internal document that we got hold off.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo will come with a 5-inch TFT display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Under the hood, there is a 1.2 GHz quad-core A7 chipset powering the smartphone along with 1 GB of RAM.

The 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and the front facing VGA shooter completes the camera department, while the 8GB internal memory along with the microSD card slot takes care of storage.

The connectivity options of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo include Bluetooth 4.0, HSPA+ (21Mbps down, 5.76Mbps up), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, micro USB, GPS and GLONASS support. However, there is no LTE or Wi-Fi ac radios built-in.

Comparison chart • Promotional materials • Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo has a design, which is quite similar to its predecessor and the device measures 143.7 x 77.1 x 9.6mm. The Neo will be powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS and will feature the TouchWiz customizations on top of it. Lastly, a 2,100mAh battery will provide the required juice for the smartphone.

The smartphone will cost €299 after tax in Europe and while we have no info on its availability, it can't take too long now that the sales materials are ready. We also know that the smartphone will be available in multiple color options.

Special thanks to our anonymous tipster!

Latest Technology, Misc. Mobile Phones
Latest Technology, Misc. Mobile Phones

LG G-Flex coming to US in April via AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile

LG said Monday that its curved and slightly bendable G-Flex smartphone will hit the US by April in partnership with telecom firms AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. The South Korean consumer electronics giant introduced its new flagship smartphone in late ...