Open, Simple and Accessible this is how ARCHOS describes its latest smart home solution, the ARCHOS Smart Home Tablet Gateway. The new solution is design to become the central control centre in the smart home of the future. It offers long list of connectivity with other smart device not manufactured by ARCHOS, so users can mix and match the devices they use in their smart home.
Since Samsung acquired Smartthings the company has make qualms about its intension the dominate the connected space. Today at its developers conference the company announced new software release the will help developers create solutions for the connected health, smart wearable and connected home market. The company said it is expanding its domain from personal wellness to preventive healthcare service.
NOOK Media a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble has collaborated with Samsung Electronics America to offer NOOK’s reading software on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, 7-inch version. As part of the partnership owners of the new “Samsung Galaxy NOOK” will have access to Barnes & Noble’s content, of more than three million books, leading magazines and newspapers. Customers will also have the option to buy the “Samsung Galaxy NOOK” or NOOK eReader (NOOK GlowLight).
For 2014, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has awarded Sony four “Best of Innovations Honoree” Awards. The honorees were picked from 28 consumer product categories, which now include 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, Wearable Technologies and In-Vehicle Experience. From these Sony was able to walk away with awards in Digital Imaging, Headphones, Home Audio/Video Components and Tablets, EReaders & Mobile Computing. To make it five their HT-ST7 Sound Bar received an Innovations Design and Engineering Award in the Home Theater Speakers category.
German manufacturer tapHome has release a new home automation app for apple iOS devices based on Z-wave wireless technology. The app is free however, its part of a home automation kit, which features the tapHome’s EASYGate base controller, EASYPlug and the EASYPlugDim dimmer. The whole package can be configured to be hub of your home automation with the convenience of being controllable via your smartphone.
For most of us buying gifts this Christmas will undoubtedly have a request for a tablet. If the request is not brand specific then the Sony Xperia Tablet S is worth considering. The price is reasonable (just about) for what you are getting and the features are comparable to other tablets on the market.
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Microsoft has widened the functionality of its Xbox platform with the introduction of Xbox SmartGlass. The new platform and update will allow the Xbox 360 to connect to your PCs, Phones and Tablets and show content. According to Microsoft SmartGlass will make “entertainment more engaging, web surfing more effortless and playing games more immersive”, by delivering companion content and control to enhance a TV experience.
In March, Microsoft launched its new look Windows 8 operating system, now they have decided to enhance the sound quality with Dolby Digital Plus. According to Dolby Laboratories, its Dolby Digital Plus was selected by Microsoft for the upcoming Windows 8 tablets and PCs. All PCs and tablets licensed to run Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT editions will be able to enjoy Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 channel and Dolby Digital two channel encoding.
Mobile Operator Deutsche Telekom and on-demand content supplier MobiTV are collaborating to develop a media platform for tablets, mobile phones, PCs, Internet TVs and set-top boxes (STB). Through the partnership the MobiTV’s TV Everywhere solution will integrate into Deutsche Telekom soon to release converged media services. The MobiTV platform will play a big role is helping Deutsche Telekom to expand into the growing mobile TV market.
In conjunction with this week’s CE Show VIZIO as launch a new set of Smartphone, Tablet, HDTV and Blu-ray players as part of it’s VIA Plus range. According to VIZIO, the VIA Plus devices will unify user experience from the big screen to mobile device; to provide the very best in HD entertainment experience. With the latest in communication technology users will be able to transition their digital content across the different types of devices.