Author Archives: John Hoff


Google TV dead, mothership to push Android TV, Chromecast

When Google TV came out, it was the new kid on the block and it was immediately liked for being the “different one”. Sadly, the ecosystem for the device – the app development, the OEM support, the hardware maturity – stagnated, especially when Chromecast came out and immediately proved the wireless streaming was the way to go. And so it comes as no surprise that Google has decided to pull the plug on Google TV development.

iRig 2 launches at CES 2015, now available for Android

You don’t have to tell us how pissed you were when as excited as you were, you picked up an iRig guitar interface device, only to realize you can't gig with it on your Android phone or tablet. (You can record stuff, but that's not the same thing.) Yeah, we’ve all been there and cursed the heavens for it. But it seems that the guitar gadget gods have heard us, for lo and behold, iRig 2 has been launched at the hallowed halls of CES in Las Vegas, and the new version brings Android compatibility with it.

BLU Products launches multiple Android phones at CES

If you have a batch of new Android products, the CES International Trade Show would be the ideal place to display it to gadget fans. Who knows, if your products have what it takes, they just might get noticed. That is exactly what BLU Products is hoping as they launch a bunch of new Android smartphones targeted firmly at the lower niches of the smartphone market at CES 2015.

Razer Cortex game launcher will stream games from PC to living room

Razer’s new Forge TV – an Android microconsole for your living room – is grabbing all the headlines at CES 2015, but a new feature that will leverage on the Forge TV being an Android-based TV console (and all Android TV consoles for that matter) will likely blow you away once you realize the potential it brings for gamers. Enter Razer Cortex’s “Stream” function.

The Dell Venue 8 7000 series tablets on sale now via Best Buy

We wrote about the Dell Venue 8 7000 series tablets a few months back in 2014 (here and here) because of its solid claims to be the world’s thinnest tablet at a slim 6.0mm. Although not the thinnest device by some distance, some slim form factor smartphones won’t even come close to that number, let alone tablets – but Dell has done it, and they’re up for sale now via Best Buy.

VW shows Android Auto in car system at CES 2015

European carmaker Volkswagen has rolled out a massive amount of new technology at CES 2015 that will soon be standard fare on their cars and vehicles. One of these is MirrorLink, VW’s second generation “modular infotainment platform”, which integrates Android Auto (and Apple’s CarPlay) into its system.

Hands-on with the Livescribe 3 Smartpen at CES 2015 [UPDATE]

Last year, the Livescribe 3 was launched – an interesting little toy that digitized your handwriting. One slight problem, the app and the smartpen was compatible only with iOS devices. Now CES 2015 comes rolling in and brings with it Android compatibility for the Livescribe 3, and we got some alone time with the gadget at the CES floor in Las Vegas.

ASUS announces the ZenFone 2 flagship at CES 2015

Finally, we get to see the much hyped new flagship phone from ASUS – and no, it doesn’t have dual rear cameras, if that’s what you immediately wanted to know. But the rest of what was unveiled at CES 2015 in Las Vegas as the ASUS ZenFone 2 makes for a pretty strong argument at the mid-range price point.
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