Phones have done a number on watches--all too many people have ditched the wristwatch in favor of just whipping out their phones to check the time. But Casio's new watch uses Bluetooth to work with phones (in particular, Android smartphones), delivering crucial information and offering some pretty sweet new features, including a "find my phone" feature and caller ID.
Pop Motorola's new Atrix 4G smartphone into its laptop-shell docking station, and like a lifeless corpse jolted with lightning, the laptop comes to life, giving you Motorola's Webtop. It's a desktop experience, powered by Android, including a file browser, HD media playback, and a full install of Firefox 4. All powered by the phone.
Sony's conference at CES had one obvious theme: Make everything 3-D. It seemed like everything they announced last year was back, except now it's in 3-D. That includes camcorders, cameras, pocket camcorders, TVs, Blu-ray players, and laptops. Pretty much the only thing that wasn't 3-D was the new Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc--a really nice-looking Android smartphone focused on entertainment and media above all else.
The legions of CES tablet wannabes can give up now: Motorola just killed it with their much-rumored Xoom tablet, an iPad-sized black slab whose beauty is within, in its Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS. Designed by Google from the ground-up with touchscreen tablets in mind, it's the first software experience that looks like it can go toe-to-toe with Apple's iOS.
Samsung's CES press conference is usually the most lavish, and this year seems to be no different. Check out an up-close look at Samsung's standout new gear here, including their best new TV and an interesting tablet-notebook hybrid.
The only thing more connected than their new TVs are, um, their ovens.
By Al GriffinPosted 01.05.2011 at 5:33 pm 0 Comments
Smart TV might seem like an oxymoron, but if LG has its way, not only will your next Internet-connected TV be smart, so will your oven, washing machine, etc.
The key thing being pitched at the company's crowded early morning press conference was a Home Dashboard GUI that will grace the screens of forthcoming LG Smart TVs — a sort of home page that serves as a streamlined jumping-off point to access live TV, streamed content from Netflix, Vudu, Hulu Plus, or Amazon VOD, and movies/ photos/music stored on a networked computer or connected USB drive via the set's Smart Share feature.
Nvidia had a surprising announcement left for the end of an otherwise hyperbolic press conference: a chip known as "Project Denver" (mysterious!) that'll be the company's first processor, based on the ARM core but destined for higher-power machines. What does that mean in real-world terms? It means your next laptop might have amazing battery life, maybe even the mythical all-day battery, without sacrificing too much performance.
Camera makers are reimagining the boxy point-and-shoot. Shrunken sensors allow for crafty designs, while faster processors create shots old models can’t match. Casio’s slim TRYX is the first of this new breed.
The TRYX is nimble, turning 180 degrees on two axes. Its three-inch LCD spins to show you what’s in the shot, be it around a corner or over a crowd. A frame rotates around the lens to support the camera as a stand, handle or hook.
Hopping on CES 2011's biggest bandwagon is Sharp, who announced a U.S. launch of their Japanese Galapagos Media Tablet with few if any details. But if you needed any indication of just how tablet-crazy everyone is this week, take a look at that media scrum.
Almost every high-profile smart phone to be unveiled at CES this week boasts a super-fast "4G" network connection. But depending on the carrier, "4G" can mean many different things. Here's the breakdown.