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CES 2016 Day One: Everything you need to know

Today (January 6th), was the first official day of CES 2016 but there were announcements made before today. You can read more about them: CES Unveiled 2016, CES 2016 Day Zero (Press Day).


SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick (200GB version)
SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick (200GB version)

SanDisk has announced two new models of some their existing products at CES 2016. The first is a bigger storage capacity of their SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick. It now comes in a 200GB option.

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick essentially creates a small Wi-Fi network that you connect your devices to and then you can stream your media stored on the Wireless Stick.

The highest capacity before this new model was only 128GB. The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick. It is available now and will cost $119.99 USD.


SanDisk Ultra® Dual USB Drive 3.0 (128GB version)

The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 now has a 128GB variant. The Dual Drive has a regular USB 3.0 on one end and microUSB on the other. The Drive is now available and costs $59.99 USD but is selling it for $39.99 but it is temporily out of stock (as of this post).

Both the new models of the SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick and the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 are available right now from, Best and SanDisk’s website.


Samsung Chromebook 3
Samsung Chromebook 3

Samsung isn’t done unveiling new products (even after their CES press conference). They have introduced the Chromebook 3.

It weighs 2.5lbs in metal boday. The screen is 11-inches and has a resolution 1366×768. Inside, you’ll find a Intel Celeron N3050 and you can get either 2GB or 4GB of RAM. For internal storage, you’ll find 16GB. The Chromebook 3 also has a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 4.0, a 720p webcam, one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port and HDMI.

Samsung hasn’t announced the pricing for the Chromebook 3, it should be priced under $500 USD. It will be released in the next few months.

Samsung has also said that their Gear S2 smartwatch will gain iOS compatibility later this year.

Samsung Pay will also be making it’s way to Australia, Brazil and Singapore later in the year.


Huawei Honor 5X

Huawei’s Honor sub-brand will be making their U.S. debut with the Honor 5X. The screen is 1920×1080 and is 5.5-inches. The 5X will also have a 3,000mAh battery.

It will have a Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage. It will be running Android 5.1 Lollipop with Huawei’s EMUI 3.1 skin.

The rear-facing camera is 13-megapixels and is paired with Huawei’s SmartImage 3.0 processor. The front-facing camera is 5-megapixels.

The Huawei will cost $199.99 USD and will launch on January 31st. You will be able to buy it from Huawei’s and



Speck has unveiled a collapsible plastic version of Google Cardboard. It’s called Pocket VR.

The Pocket VR is made up of three pieces of plastic and a elastic band. It is designed to hold your phone and then be able to collapse it and put it in your pocket.

Speck_PocketVR 5


The one thing that the Pocket VR is missing is a button that would allow you to interact with your smartphone screen. That means that the Pocket VR is essentially a viewer and can’t be used for any VR games or stuff with interactivity.


Speck will be including their Pocket VR with their CandyShell lineup of case starting this spring. The first ones will be for the Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6 & 6S and each will cost $69.95 USD. That is about $30 more than a CandyShell case on it’s own (they go for about $34.95 USD).

New Balance


New Balance has launched a whole new division that they’re calling their Digital Sport division. This division will mix physical activity expertise with new technologies to help bring a new more modern era of active lifestyles.


With this new division, New Balance will also release a new line of New Balance-branded wearables including a Android Wear smartwatch that will come in late 2016. The smartwatch will use an Intel processor inside.



Netflix has announced that they have expanded to 157 new countries. Some of those new countries include India, Russia and South Korea.

Netflix is available basically everywhere in the world except for China (but that’s in the works), Crimea, Syria and North Korea

Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings has said that even though their service isn’t available in China, they are working on adding their service to the country in  the near future. LG and Netflix have a new partnership that will help offer prepaid access to Netflix in a number of new markets who may not have reliable internet access.

Here is the list of the new countries that Netflix just added:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Algeria
  4. Angola
  5. Armenia
  6. Australian Antarctica
  7. Azerbaijan
  8. Bahrain
  9. Bangladesh
  10. Belarus
  11. Benin (Dahomey)
  12. Bhutan
  13. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  14. Botswana
  15. British Indian Ocean Territory
  16. Brunei Darussalam
  17. Bulgaria
  18. Burkina Faso (Upper Volta)
  19. Burundi
  20. Cambodia (Kampuchea)
  21. Cameroon
  22. Cape Verde Islands (Cabo Verde)
  23. Central African Republic
  24. Chad
  25. Christmas Island
  26. Cocos (Keeling) Islands
  27. Comoros
  28. Cook Islands
  29. Croatia
  30. Cyprus
  31. Czech Republic
  32. Democratic Republic of Congo
  33. Djibouti Republic
  34. East Timor (Timor-Leste)
  35. Egypt
  36. Equatorial Guinea
  37. Eritrea
  38. Estonia
  39. Ethiopia
  40. Falkland Islands
  41. Fijian Islands
  42. French Polynesia
  43. Gabon
  44. Gambia
  45. Georgia
  46. Ghana
  47. Gibraltar
  48. Greece
  49. Guinea
  50. Guinea-Bissau
  51. Heard Island and McDonald Islands
  52. Hong Kong
  53. Hungary
  54. Iceland
  55. India
  56. Indonesia
  57. Iran
  58. Iraq
  59. Israel
  60. Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire)
  61. Jordan
  62. Kazakhstan
  63. Kenya
  64. Kiribati
  65. Kuwait
  66. Kyrgyzstan
  67. Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  68. Latvia
  69. Lebanon
  70. Lesotho
  71. Liberia
  72. Libya
  73. Liechtenstein
  74. Lithuania
  75. Macao
  76. Macedonia
  77. Madagascar
  78. Malawi
  79. Malaysia
  80. Maldives
  81. Mali
  82. Malta
  83. Mauritania
  84. Mauritius
  85. Mayotte
  86. Moldova
  87. Monaco
  88. Mongolia
  89. Montenegro
  90. Morocco
  91. Mozambique
  92. Myanmar (Burma)
  93. Namibia
  94. Nauru
  95. Nepal
  96. Netherlands Antilles
  97. New Caledonia
  98. Niger
  99. Nigeria
  100. Niue
  101. Norfolk Island
  102. Oman
  103. Pakistan
  104. Palestine
  105. Papua New Guinea
  106. Philippines
  107. Pitcairn Islands
  108. Poland
  109. Qatar
  110. Republic of the Congo
  111. Réunion
  112. Romania
  113. Russian Federation
  114. Rwanda
  115. Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  116. Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  117. Samoa
  118. Sao Tome and Principe
  119. Saudi Arabia
  120. Senegal
  121. Seychelles
  122. Sierra Leone
  123. Singapore
  124. Slovakia
  125. Slovenia
  126. Solomon Islands
  127. Somalia
  128. South Africa
  129. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  130. South Korea (Republic of Korea)
  131. South Sudan
  132. Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
  133. Sudan
  134. Swaziland
  135. Taiwan
  136. Tajikistan
  137. Tanzania
  138. Thailand
  139. Togo
  140. Tokelau Islands
  141. Tonga
  142. Tunisia
  143. Turkey
  144. Turkmenistan
  145. Tuvalu
  146. Uganda
  147. Ukraine
  148. United Arab Emirates
  149. United States Minor Outlying Islands (Baker Island, Midway Atoll, Wake Island)
  150. Uzbekistan
  151. Vanuatu (New Hebrides)
  152. Vietnam
  153. Wallis and Futuna
  154. Western Sahara
  155. Yemen
  156. Zambia
  157. Zimbabwe


Android TV Home Screen Framed

Google has announced new partners to produce products that run Android TV and ones that run Google Cast.

You can already buy TVs that have Android TV running on them from manufacturers such as Sony, Sharp and Philips. However later this year, you’ll be able to buy TVs from Arcelik, Vestel, RCA, Hisense and TCL.

On the Google Cast side, we’ll see compatible speakers and audio equipment that use Google’s technology from manufacturers like Bang & Olufsen, Harmon Kardon, Philips, Pioneer and Raumfeld.


Google also announced that Google Cast speakers will soon gain the ability for multi-room playback just like the Chromecast Audio has.

Google’s Project Brillo, which was announced at Google I/O 2015, was Google’s own version of the InternetOfThings (IoT). But since it was first announced, we haven’t heard anything up until now.

Google has announced some hardware partners for their Project Brillo including, Marvell, Harmen, Asus, Kwikset and LG. They will all be releasing Brillo and/or Weave compatible devices over the next year or so.


Stay tuned to TheCanadianTechie this week for more awesome stuff from CES 2016.


By Sachin Bahal

Sachin is a talented and versatile writer with a passion for technology and loves to write about gaming, entertainment, tech and more. He started TheCanadianTechie back in 2012 to become the ultimate, independent source for tech enthusiasts or “techies”.

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