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[CES 2014] Dacor's New Smart Range Has A Built-In Android Tablet And $11,999 Price Tag

Ever since Android was released, there have been attempts to build it into appliances. None of these products have kicked off the era of smart appliances we've all been dreaming about, but Dacor is back at CES this year with yet another Android-powered appliance in its Discovery iQ series. The Discovery iQ 48” Dual-Fuel Range has a 7-inch Android 4.0 tablet built right into the front panel.

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The Android tablet can run apps and control all the functions of the oven via the touchscreen and the included Discovery iQ app.

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[CES 2014] Hands-On With Parrot's Two New Drones: The Ground-To-Air AR.Drone Mini And The Long-Jump Champion Sumo

Parrot's AR.Drone has changed only slightly in its short history, but today the company has expanded the line in a big way. They're showing off two new models at the pre-CES Unveiled event: the smaller and impressively flexible AR.Drone Mini and the ground-only roller/jumper Sumo. To see what makes each version special, check out the promotional video below.

The Mini is indeed a smaller take on Parrot's popular AR - the housing itself fits in the palm of your hand.

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Falcon Pro Updated To v2.1 With New Stats Page, Live Streaming Over Mobile Data, And Bug Fixes

Even though Falcon Pro has long since been pulled from the Play Store after running out of Twitter tokens, the developer continues to build updates to squash bugs and even add new features. Today's update brings Falcon Pro up to v2.1 and includes some much needed options and tweaks.

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[CES 2014] Orbotix Announces Sphero 2B Coming Fall 2014, Reservations Start Today

When it comes to toys you can control from your smartphone, few are quite as fun or inspiring as Sphero. Orbotix blew onto the scene a little over a year ago with an awesome choreographed display in Union Square. The company followed up on the original with an upgraded v2.0 of the robotic ball which began shipping in September, but that wasn't to be the end of the line. Orbotix is at it again with a completely redesigned robot, dubbed Sphero 2B.

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[CES 2014] Lenovo Announces ThinkVision 28 Android-Powered 4K All-In-One Display Starting At $1,199

To get an early start to CES 2014, electronics giant Lenovo announced a new 28" Android-powered all-in-one 4K display to add to its substantial line of display products. According to Lenovo's press release and spec sheet, we can expect Android 4.3, a Tegra 4 processor, and a plethora of other features. Here's the official list according to Lenovo's spec sheet:

  • Cutting edge 28-inch ultra-high resolution 3840x2160 monitor
  • High performance SOC with Android 4.3 and powered by NVIDIA® Tegra® for a new entertainment experience
  • Full 10-point touch display for PCs
  • “Tap to Connect” technology allows for seamless syncing of secondary devices to the monitor
  • Miracast with back control for smart device connectivity
  • Extra USB ports for phone charging and peripherals, as well as additional HDMI ports for extreme connectivity
  • FHD 2.0 megapixel camera for high definition video
  • Powerful 5W stereo speakers
  • Noise-cancelling dual array microphones for clear voice recognition
  • Ergonomic design for users with slim/sexy ID (dual side diamond-cutting)

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As its release date draws closer, Lenovo will most-likely release more details in the hopes of exciting the "tech savvies", like a full list of inputs and what services it will be compatible with at launch.

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Android Police At CES 2014: Here's What To Expect At The Year's Biggest Tech Show

Another year has passed, dear readers, and with that year comes another CES conference in Las Vegas. This year's pilgrimage is being made by me and my esteemed colleague Cameron Summerson. We're not exactly sure what to expect this go around, but CES always brings something of interest and, given our very packed schedule, we're bound to see at least a few neat things.

As always, Monday is the big crunch day for members of the press, with press conference after unrelenting press conference unleashing barrages of product announcements ranging from smartphones to refrigerators.

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The Walking Dead Game From Telltale Shows Up In The Amazon Appstore, But It's Only For The Kindle Fire HDX

The last we'd heard of Telltale Games' celebrated adaptation of The Walking Dead, it was slated for an OUYA exclusive Android release. It looks like someone got tired of waiting, because The Walking Dead is now available for download on Amazon's branded Appstore. But don't open a new tab just yet, zombie fans - it looks like this game is restricted to downloads on the Kindle Fire HDX (and probably the larger HDX 8.9) at the moment.

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[CES 2014] Samsung Announces 'New Era Of Smart Home' With Single App, Protocol For Controlling Home Devices

Getting in some early news, Samsung has - as part of CES 2014 - announced its new Samsung Smart Home service, a means by which users will be able to control all their connected home appliances (from refrigerators to air conditioners to smart light bulbs) through a single app on their compatible smartphone, tablet, smart TV, or wearable device.

To start, the service will cover three main areas, which Samsung identifies as Device Control, Home View, and Smart Customer Service.

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CyanogenMod 11 (KitKat) M2 Snapshot Builds Now Available For Dozens Of Devices

It's been almost exactly one month since the CyanogenMod team published its first build of Android 4.4 for Nexus devices, and now the second M or "snapshot" release is rolling out. This time CyanogenMod 11 is going out to a much wider subset of the officially-supported device list, with most of the big players in the Nexus, Galaxy S4, and HTC One lines getting M builds, among many others. You can check to see if your device has a CM11 M2 ROM available at the download page.

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Google Buys Timely Alarm Clock Developer Bitspin, Premium IAP Content Is Now Free

In an odd bit of M&A news, the developers at Bitspin announced that the small company will be joining forces with Google. Whether Google has purchased the company outright or merely hired its Zurich-based development team isn't clear, but in either case, the big G will be benefitting from their impressive user interface experience soon. Google has not commented on the situation, and there is no dollar amount posted on the Bitspin website.

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