Typically during coverage of a major trade show or event, if you’re reading Thedroidguy than you hear about Pepcom. Whether it’s in stories, or mentioned in videos, Pepcom events are regularly attended by Thedroidguy and thousands of other accredited, and working technology journalists.
Pepcom events or “Digital Experience”, events are demo events for working journalists where they can see multiple companies in one room, in one evening. These events, give journalists and exhibitors unprecedented access to one another. Companies that range from Samsung, HTC, Motorola to 3M, Slacker Radio and more, are regular featured companies at Pepcom.
As with any event, these companies spend money to get into these demo events. The exhibitors are paying for access to the thousands of journalists that show up for Pepcom events, out of the over 10,000 journalists in the Florida based companies database.
Warning this has absolutely nothing to do with Android so if that’s going to upset you for some crazy unknown reason stop reading…
Every geek loves Lego’s right? And while we all wish we had the Lego sets coming out now as a kid, at least many of us can live vicariously through our kids. That’s why $99 for a Lego program is going to be no big deal.
The Lego Master Builder Program is a new subscription based program from Lego designed for more experience Lego builders aged 8 and up. The projects in the Master Builder program are a little harder and more intuitive than other sets.
The Lego Master Builder Program is a subscription based service. You can sign up completely online and have all 6 sets mailed to you (one every 2 months for a year) or you can go to your local Lego store and get the first set for $99 and the other five in the mail for more instant geeky gratification.
Master Builders get a more advanced project set along with a thick, book filled with project ideas, instructions, tips and the information you need to know to design your own Lego project. Once you sign up online you’ll find a community where you can share pictures of projects and progress.
So if you’re a Lego fan or your kids are, this is a really good deal. The sets that come in the Lego Master Builder Program are about the size of Lego sets that retail for $45-55 dollars in the Lego store or Toys R Us, so not only do you get access to the program, you’re saving some money too.
At CE Week NY we had time to catch up with Oovoo. What is OOvoo? Think Tiny Chat for multiple platforms including Web, PC, Android, Mac, and iOS.
Oovoo allows people to video chat, video conference, on the go whether on wifi, 3G, or 4G. You can chat with one person or multiple people and it doesn’t matter what device they are on. Popular video chat application FaceTime requires an iOS device or OSX device and a wifi connection to video chat.
Oovoo has a free plan, free app and premium plans available based on how many people you are regularly going to use the service with. You can have up to 3 people video chatting on oovoo.com for free.
We caught up with the guys from the social network Tagged at CE Week NY. They’ve reported that in the last two months since having an Android app they’ve seen some explosive growth. They can currently be found as the number 3 social networking app in the Android Market with only Facebook and Twitter in front.
Tagged is a social network that encourages you to meet new people. Where Facebookers sometimes frown upon getting friend requests from people they don’t know, tagged actually encourages it. Tagged also encourages meeting new people by using their social games. Are you on tagged? If so go grab the Android app in the Android Market.
Tagged currently has over 100 million users with over a million using it every day.
We took a press briefing with the great people at WYSE the day after Google IO ended back in San Francisco. They wanted to show off some of the really cool things that they were working on for the next version of PocketCloud, the best, bar none, remote desktop for Android.
Shortly after that meeting, we tweeted that the “Drop Box Killer” was on the way. Many people thought we were talking about competitors box.net or sugarsync. Nope, we were talking about PocketCloud. It is one of the many Dropbox alternative options available today.
We saw the Social Passport people at TechCrunch Disrupt earlier this year in New York, but didn’t get a chance to check out exactly what it is.
Today, at CE Week NY we did. Basically social passport takes all of your social media accounts and rolls them into one. You then get a QR code ID, which is yours social passport. The Social Passport QR code ID can be used on an Android Phone, iOS phone or any smartphone, a tablet, a computer, a laptop, on a dumb phone or printed out.
Social Passport plans on forming a network of merchants, and events nationwide where your social passport gets an incentive, discount or “free gift” everytime you swipe it at the location. Once you do swipe your Social Passport QR code at a merchant or event, it automatically notifies your social media feeds that you did it.
We caught up with our good friends Danny and Pinakin from Amzer at CE Week New York. We got a chance to shoot some video of two Amzer products that we use every day and then we got a chance to look at their new “Go Cases” which are part leather case, and part plastic. Well, the case itself is leather and the holster is plastic.
Amzer specializes in making very useful accessories affordable. Amzer’s President Pinaken Dinesh doesn’t over inflate his pricing, explaining to Thedroidguy today that as Amzer customers cycle through cell phones they continue to come back to Amzer for their next case, charger or other accessory. Take a look at their site, where most companies are charging $29.99 and up for cases, Amzer typically charges half, and the prices here on their website aren’t dealer prices you can order anything you want right now.
If you told me that I would be impressed with a couple of pieces of velcro and a wristband I would probably laugh, and that’s just what I did when I received some initial press information about the cell handle. However, when we got to their booth at CE Week NY I was actually impressed, very impressed.
The Cell Handle and E-Handle are both accessories that when you realize the idea, you think “wow how come no one has thought of that?” Again it’s so simple it’s almost laughable.
We took a little time with the upcoming Vizio tablet at CE Week NY. What we found is that it’s a solid Android tablet and a great universal remote control with endless possibilities.
The Vizio tablet comes in a unique 8″ form factor. One of the best parts of this tablet is the ability to use the integrated IR blaster to control just about every remote controlled device in your house. To make it even better it allows you to store multiple profiles in the remote control app. Have one profile for the living room with your big LCD screen tv, stereo system and set top box. Go into your bedroom and the Vizio tablet knows that there’s a smaller tv and a blu ray player in there.
But the Vizio tablet is by far from just a remote control. Since it’s using Android 2.3 instead of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, it has access to over 230,000 apps in the Android market. Via wifi you have access to the same Android experience you’re used to from Gingerbread.
While at CE Week NY we spent a lot of time with a great tablet, the Toshiba Thrive. After the Folio fiasco which we saw unfold personally last year at IFA, Toshiba has taken their time and expertise in other consumer electronic areas and given us the Toshiba Thrive Wi-Fi tablet. This tablet is amazing.
The Toshiba Thrive runs on a bare bones Vanilla Android Honeycomb. Toshiba has packaged this with their laptop experience in mind.
Wow there’s those words “Game Changing”, and this time we’re talking about a game so it’s got to be good right?
The folks at Viewdle have released a new vampire game to the Android market called Third Eye. So what makes a vampire game so earth shattering and game changing? It’s the way that Viewdle is integrating it’s device based facial recognition to gaming.
With all of this cloud talk, between iCloud, Music by Google, and now even Best Buy’s Music Cloud it can get confusing on what service to use. Many people aren’t there yet with trusting corporate clouds either. There is a lot of concern about privacy, piracy, drm and streaming. Seagate has an answer for all of those questions.
The Seagate GoFlex Satellite is a 500gb personal cloud for you to take on the go wherever you go. All of your music, movies, videos and files can be stored on the Seagate GoFlex Satellite. It’s essentially a wireless portable hard drive.