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January 10, 2017

MediaTek’s Finbarr Moynihan talks smartphones and more at CES 2017

At CES 2017, Android Authority’s own Darcy Lacouvee had a conversation with Finbarr Moynihan, the general director of sales at mobile processor company MediaTek. During the chat, Moynihan talked about how his company grew during 2016 and much more.

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During the chat, Moynihan stated that MediaTek actually puts a lot of time and effort on software and system solutions development, on top of its more well known hardware business.  He says that gives the company a way to offer a better end-user experience.

Moynihan said that MediaTek can also offer [...]

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January 10, 2017

Check out this 210 square foot smart home with Amazon’s Alexa and Intel tech

At CES 2017, we got to see how Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant is getting incorporated into a ton of different current and upcoming smart products. During the show we also got a chance to see a demo of how Alexa, combined with a smart hub from Intel, could be used in a tiny 210 square foot home.

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Yes, the small home trend that you may have seen on TV shows like Tiny House Nation on HGTV made it to CES last week. In this case, Intel used their version of a tiny home to show how a number of things could be controlled with voice commands. With an Amazon Echo connected speaker and an Intel smart [...]

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January 6, 2017

The photo-themed Kodak Ektra is coming to the US and Canada in April

After launching in Europe back in December, the unique looking Kodak Ektra smartphone, with its emphasis on its camera hardware and software, is coming across the Atlantic. During CES 2017, the company announced the phone will be sold in the US and Canada sometime in April for the price of $549.

In a press release earlier this week, Kodak said that it has been “overwhelmed with the success” of the Ektra phone’s launch in Europe, which is why it decided to bring the phone to North America. The handset, which will have Android 6.0 Marshmallow installed out of the box, features a 21MP fast focus rear camera with f2.0 aperture, dual flash, and support for Phase Detection [...]

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January 5, 2017

The Misfit Vapor touchscreen smartwatch is targeting Android Wear users

There have been a few Android Wear smartwatches revealed this week during CES 2017. Today another smartwatch was introduced that is not using Google’s OS, but clearly looks like it is targeting current Android Wear watch owners. Fitness tracker company Misfit revealed their first touchscreen smartwatch, the Misfit Vapor, which will sell for $199 when it is released.

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Visually, the Vapor looks very similar to many Android Wear devices. It has a 44mm stainless steel case with an 1.39-inch round AMOLED display, and inside it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100, 4GB of onboard storage and a battery that is suppose to last up [...]

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