Hewlett-Packard Company has announced the HP 8 1401. The HP 8 is an Android-based tablet that has a low price of $169.99. The HP 8 measures at 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.31 inches and weighs 0.69 pounds. The resolution is 1024 x 768 pixels (163 pixels per inch). The HP 8 has a quad-core chip from Allwinner and 1GB of RAM. It also has 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot that is expandable up to 32GB with a battery that is 3800 mAh. The tablet is WiFi only and connects through 802.11b/g/n. It runs on Android Jelly Bean (4.2.2). When you buy the tablet, you will get 25GB of free lifetime cloud storage from Box.
Samsung Electronics has announced that the Samsung Galaxy Pro 12.2 is going to go on sale on March 9th with a price of $650. The specs of the Pro 12.2 includes a 12-inch display, 32GB storage, 2560×1600 resolution, 3GB memory, and a large battery.
Roku has launched a new version of the Streaming Stick, which lets you move video from the web to the TV. The Streaming Stick is priced at $50 and competes against the $35 Google Chromecast stick and the $99 Apple TV. The Roku Streaming Stick is purple and is made to plug into a spare HDMI port on your TV. The Roku Streaming Stick is 3 inches long and has an indicator light. There is also a tiny button to reset the stick. The Roku Streaming Stick is scheduled to arrive in April.
Sony Corporation (TYO:6758) has sold over 6 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide as of March 2nd. The number of consoles sold in Japan was at 370,000 since launched there on February 22nd. This surpasses the goal that Sony set in September of last year.
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Janus Friis, known as being a co-founder of companies like Skype, Rdio, Joost, and KaZaa, is launching a new hardware startup called Aether. Aether used to be known as The Morse Project. Aether is a 6.3-inch megaphone-like wireless music player called Cone. You can operate the device using a dial, your voice and an app.