CES 2012: the highlights

CES 2012 is crazier than ever, and we're rounding up all the biggest and best news right here. And remember, you can keep track of everything that's going on at our CES 2012 hub!

P.S. A big thanks to our friends at BorrowLenses.com for hooking us up with lens rental once again this year — that's why we took so many pretty pictures.

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    Samsung Smart Window demonstration (video)

    We always thought the window was pretty mature technology, but Samsung's here at CES to prove us wrong. The Smart Window, currently in prototype phase, casts a touch-controlled interface onto transparent glass with ambient light. Samsung was demonstrating a whole range of applications, from Twitter to Microsoft Office, all touch-controlled and viewable directly on the glass. Images are viewable in daylight, and there's a nighttime mode that uses side-lighting and flipped colors. You can even...

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    A window into the future
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    AMD Trinity demo: full HD gaming, video playback, and transcoding

    AMD's next generation of Accelerated Processing Units, Trinity, was shown off to us at CES this year with an impressive multithreaded workload. One display was running Dirt 3 in DirectX 11 mode, another was on the Windows desktop with a video transcoding app in full flow, and the third — part of the laptop running the entire operation — was playing back a full HD movie. The upcoming Trinity chip was handling all three tasks simultaneously, offering compelling evidence for AMD's bold claim...

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    The power of Llano at half the energy consumption
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    Vizio CTO Matt McRae: Internet-based TV provider with 50-100 channels coming within 18 months

    I sat down with Vizio CTO Matt McRae yesterday to talk over the company's huge number of CES announcements, from its CinemaWide 21:9 TVs to the $99 VAP430 Google TV media streamer to its entirely new lineup of laptop and desktop PCs. We also talked a lot about smart TV and the challenges of integrating live television with internet content, and Matt said something particularly interesting — he believes that a full internet TV provider that offers 50-100 channels to consumers will launch...

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    I hate IR blasters.
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    FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski on SOPA, Reddit, and the future of the internet

    I caught up with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski here at CES for a quick chat — he gave a speech yesterday arguing for speeding up spectrum auctions by implementing incentive auctions. I wanted to start with something a little closer to the ground though: the general outcry over SOPA and the planned Reddit blackout on January 18th. Surprise: Genachowsi is a Reddit reader, and he says he definitely hears the frustration — and while he thinks intellectual property need protection, he doesn't...

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    We have to find a way to protect intellectual property and not break the internet.
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    The best ultrabooks of CES 2012

    By my count, there have been more than 20 ultrabooks announced here at CES 2012. That's a lot of laptops, especially when you consider that most of them have the same attributes: thin cases, Core i5 processors, solid-state drives, chiclet keyboards and single-button touchpads. But one has to be the best right? One would think, but choosing just one ultrabook amongst all of them isn't really fair. Some are cheaper than others, some aren't coming until the end of the year, and some have put a...

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    CES lesson #1: not all ultrabooks are created equal
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    Google introduces Android Design guidelines for Ice Cream Sandwich

    Matias Duarte just dropped by our trailer at CES 2012 to tell us about Google's new effort for ensuring consistency in the Android user experience: a style guide. Android OEMs and app developers will be provided with a set of in-depth guidelines on how to build atop of Android. All the instructions will be made available on a new website — Android Design, a subset of the Android Developers site — which will be built out over time with ever more granular and detailed best practice advice.

    The...

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    The manual for building software for and on top of Android 4.0
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    Matias Duarte interview: Android Design guidelines announcement

    Google's director of Android user experience Matias Duarte just stopped by The Verge trailer here at CES to make a special announcement, and we've decided to try something new — we're streaming the interview live. We'll be kicking things off in just a moment, and Matias will be taking viewer questions for a while after the announcement.

    Update: We've now uploaded our recording of the live interview for you to enjoy below.

    We'll do it live
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    CES 2012 on video: what we've seen so far

    You know, there's a lot of action here at CES. We mean a lot. A ton.

    The entire Verge team has been set on rapid-fire trying to capture everything that seems meaningful at the show, and some of the best moments have been the videos that we've cranked out. From exclusive interviews, product demos, live events, and more — our team has been there, cameras running, getting the story.

    We thought we'd compile some of our favorite moments (thus far) below, so check out the impressive and insane news...

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    Ultrabooks, smart TVs, Android, and Justin Bieber — just regular CES stuff
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    The Verge CES 2012 SuperSession: arguing the future with Drew Bamford, Ryan Bidan, and Aaron Woodman

    CES is a show about the future of technology, so what better way to celebrate it than with a roundtable discussion about what it may hold? Our own Joshua Topolsky and Nilay Patel were joined this week by Drew Bamford of HTC, Ryan Bidan from Samsung, and Microsoft's Aaron Woodman to thrash out what the big trends of today are and where they will lead in the future. Their CES SuperSession lived up to its name by running to a full hour, which was just long enough for us to squeeze in a quick...

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    What better way to celebrate CES than with a roundtable discussion about what that future will hold?
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    'Skyrim' on Eee Pad Transformer Prime demo video

    Nvidia's Jen-Hsun Huang dedicated a portion of his CES 2012 presentation this week to playing a game of Skyrim on an Eee Pad Transformer Prime. The Tegra 3-powered tablet was running a specially optimized version of Splashtop, dubbed Splashtop THD, which allows you to interact with your Windows PC on Android tablets with Tegra hardware under the hood. It's not a complicated setup, you just run the requisite apps on the PC and tablet, and it gives you access to the full breadth of Windows...

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    Gaming on your PC has never been this footloose
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    Microsoft's Aaron Woodman on Windows Phone: 'We feel really good about the trajectory'

    Josh just grilled Aaron Woodman on camera about Windows Phone here at CES 2012. With the Nokia Lumia 900 finally announced, Aaron was able to rave about the phone, and expertly skirt Stephen Elop's proclamation that it's "the first real Windows Phone." Still, there was some good insight to be gained about what it will take for Windows Phone to succeed in the market. Theoretically, at least. Check it out.

    What will it take for Windows Phone to succeed in the market?
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    Kopin and Motorola's Golden-i head-mounted PC (hands-on video)

    The Golden-i is a futuristic wearable computer that you need to see to believe. The technology behind comes from the Kopin Corporation, but Motorola Solutions — the arm that makes enterprise solutions, not consumer products — has licensed the technology and plans to bring it to market by the end of the year (though the form factor may change). The Golden-i unit is a head-mounted PC running Windows CE embedded, controlled completely by gestures and voice. An internal accelerometer controls...

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    This is Jetsons-style stuff
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    Behringer's iNuke Boom is the essence of Vegas

    There are ducks, and there are decorated sheds.

    Most booths at CES are decorated sheds, boxes adorned with color and light, structures with signs to entice you to look at the gadgets within. They call to you with thumping music, colored kliegs, and shouting carnival workers hawking their wares with boy-band boom mics floating an inch from their mouths like buzzing flies at the end of thin electronic wires. Sweeping yet taut reams of fabric are buttressed by steel and mesh create faux tents...

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    Learning from Las Vegas
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    Intel Windows 8 tablet with Clover Trail first hands-on pictures

    Here's your first look at a tablet running Intel's 32nm Clover Trail processor and Windows 8! Unfortunately, precious little is known about this tablet since it was teased last night at the Intel keynote beyond the fact that it has Intel's new 32 nanometer chipset inside and tablets like this are destined to take on ARM-based devices head-on. Intel is keeping this tablet under glass but we managed to get a good look at the ports, which consist of a single USB port, HDMI-out, an SD card slot,...

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    32 nanometer is coming
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    Google TV product manager Rishi Chandra: 'Android is going to be a successful operating system on TVs'

    Google's playing CES 2012 pretty low-key, even as Google TV products from major manufacturers like Sony, Vizio, LG, and Samsung have become one of the major stories of the show. We caught up with Google TV product manager Rishi Chandra to talk about what's going on with the platform, how Google's going to succeed this time around, and what he thinks of other Android-based TVs like the Lenovo K91. Oh, and buddy boxes — that's a thing now.


    What's the best way to bro down with your buddy box?
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    LG Smart TV with Google TV hands-on photos and video

    We just spent some time with LG's Smart TV with Google TV — it's the company's first TV running the Android-based OS, and it's added some interesting twists to the usual formula. Of particular note is the remote, which has a scroll wheel in place of the center button on the D-pad and eschews a touchpad in favor of Wii-style motion control for the mouse. The motion control works about as well as the original Wii, which is to say it's fairly imprecise. The scroll wheel / D-pad combo is genius...

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    LG's Google TV remote is a clever new riff on the usual formula
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    Lenovo K800 hands-on: first Intel-powered phone, with Android 4.0 and 720p display

    We're at Showstoppers at CES in Vegas, and we just got a first look at Lenovo's new K800 smartphone, the first in the world to run on Intel's Medfield chipset. We liked the design of the phone's hardware, though it's a little thick. It will run a heavily skinned version of Android 4.0 (though the model we saw ran Android 2.3.7), which looks similar to the skins on Lenovo's tablets. It's got a 1.6GHz Intel processor, a 4.5-inch 720p HD TFT display, an 8-megapixel camera, a WCDMA HSPA+ 21Mbps...

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    It's a shame we won't see this in America anytime soon
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    Amazon is UltraViolet's first retail partner; Samsung offering disc-to-digital on 2012 Blu-Ray players

    UltraViolet announced a few big new partnerships that should give the fledgling digital distribution system a big boost. Amazon is the first official retail partner, while Samsung will offer disc-to-digital features in its 2012 Blu-Ray players. Bill Carr, executive VP of digital media at Amazon and Tae-Jin Kang, senior VP, media solution center at Samsung, were on hand as part of a roundtable discussion to make the announcements. Unfortunately, there's very little information on Amazon's role...

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    UltraViolet just got two major warriors in its battle for digital supremacy
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    Razer Project Fiona gaming tablet hands-on video and pictures

    We saw Razer's Core i7 winged gaming tablet under glass just over an hour ago, but here's Project Fiona in the flesh! We just got our hands on the prototype machine, and it's a pretty interesting piece of kit, to say the least. The 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 capacitive touchscreen is glossy but very crisp, and it definitely plays games: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine looked glorious on the display. The fixed (not detachable) controls feel pretty good, with nice tension on the depressible...

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    It's kind of like a Wii U, PS Vita and hefty Windows tablet all rolled into one
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    Nokia Lumia 900 video preview

    We simply can't get enough of Nokia's Lumia 900 here at CES 2012. After having a quick play with it at Digital Experience last night, we returned to Nokia's booth today for another hands-on session. Its design is unmistakably that of the N9 / Lumia 800: softly rounded sides, sternly flat top and bottom, and a single plane of glass covering the front. Nokia has moved to a 4.3-inch form factor with the Lumia 900, so it's appreciably larger than the Lumia 800, however its top and bottom bezels...

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    Nokia's LTE Windows Phone for AT&T
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    Nokia CEO Stephen Elop at CES 2012: The Verge interview

    Our own Joshua Topolsky just sat down with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop to discuss the company's big announcements at CES 2012. Between the Lumia 710, 800, and now the LTE-powered 900 for AT&T, the company is suddenly very much back in the public eye, and we wanted to hear from the man leading the charge on just what the next stage of Nokia's life was looking like. Check out the video below and see what Stephen had to say.

    We sit down for an intimate chat with Nokia's leading man
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    iRobot Ava takes a non-violent tour of The Verge trailer

    So iRobot dropped by the trailer today with its Ava robotics platform prototype, and I spent some quality time with the robot. After a quick mapping job of the trailer, Ava was able to navigate around our cluttered war room autonomously, while I set waypoints for it from an iPad app. Ava worked flawlessly, with zero injuries sustained by The Verge staff. In addition to the map controls, Ava can be manipulated by the bumpers on the bot itself, and the camera view lets me tap a point on the...

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    Zero injuries were sustained by The Verge staff
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    I'm Watch hands-on pictures and video

    The I'm Watch, if you're not familiar, is a wristwatch running Android 1.6 on a 1.55-inch 240 x 240 display, though it's highly customized. It's come along a bit since we last saw it in November, but it's still more of a fun gadget than a serious notification tool — though given the current state of smart watches, that doesn't necessarily put it behind any of its competitors. I'm SpA, the company behind the watch, tells us that it should last around a day and a half on a single charge,...

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    Sprint LTE device hands-on: Galaxy Nexus, LG Viper, and Tri-Network Hotspot

    Though its first four LTE market launches are still a few months away, Sprint decided to do a little advance planning by showing its first LTE-compatible devices here at CES 2012: the midrange LG Viper, the Sierra Wireless Tri-Network Hotspot, and — of course — the Galaxy Nexus.

    Starting with the Galaxy Nexus, there's not a lot to say here: it feels like it's exactly the same thickness as Verizon's version, and Sprint says that it is. That makes sense since they've got essentially the same...

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    In a rare move, the hardware is here before the network
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    MakerBot Replicator first hands-on (update: video)

    MakerBot's newest 3D printer — the Replicator — is on display here at CES 2012, and it's the kind of toy that'll instantly make you both the coolest and nerdiest kid on the block. It's got a wooden enclosure with wide cutouts on the front and sides that allow you to access the printing plate and watch as your item gets printed in ABS or PLA biodegradable plastic. An LCD screen up front lets you monitor your build and see statistics, and since it also has an SD card slot, you can start...

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    This is one printer that won't ever run out of ink
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    OnLive Cloud Desktop hands-on: Windows 7 streaming to an iPad (video)

    Yesterday, we told you how OnLive is breaking away from its gaming roots to deliver a Windows 7 thin client from the cloud. Today, we've got video of Windows 7 on an iPad, streaming a desktop complete with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and mulititouch apps, far smoother than your average remote desktop solution. See it action below, and / or try it for yourself free on iPad when the app launches this Thursday!

    Update: OnLive says the app is actually coming Friday, due to an additional deployment of...

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    Not as sexy as streaming video games, but still
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    Sony VAIO ultrabook prototype shown behind glass

    Sony doesn't technically have an ultrabook — the VAIO Z or VAIO SB doesn't really count — but it seems Sony's planning to look at the category sometime in the future. Labeled as a "future ultrabook concept," Sony's displaying a laptop that looks a lot like its current VAIO Z. Unfortunately, it's behind glass, but from what I can tell it has a different touchpad than the current VAIO Z and is a bit thicker. That's all I could really glean from the chassis trapped behind glass, but it seems...

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    The VAIO Z ultrabook?
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    Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime running Android 4.0 (hands-on video)

    Jen-Hsun Huang got the clearance from Google to announce that the Android 4.0 update for the Transformer Prime will be rolling out a little ahead of schedule, namely today. In celebration of this momentous occasion, we got to grips with the Asus tablet, running the fresher and tastier Ice Cream Sandwich software, for a little hands-on time. This is the older Transformer Prime, not the brand new TF700T model (we enjoyed a separate hands-on session with the very latest Prime variant), but we...

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    Getting our hands on a serving of ICS
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    Sensics Smart Goggles put your head in the game (hands-on pictures and video)

    Pepcom's the perfect place to find things you might not hear about otherwise — like Sensics' Smart Goggles, which we got a chance to play with tonight. The Smart Goggles are basically an insanely heavy helmet containing a heads-up display that runs Android (Android 4.0, to be exact, though we're not sure if that really matters) — it's kind of like the virtual reality helmets many of us played with as a kid at science museums, with a few 21st-century upgrades. You can run regular Android apps...

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    We miss those crazy virtual reality helmets
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    Motorola Droid 4 hands-on pictures

    Along with the super-skinny Droid RAZR Maxx, Motorola has its all new Droid 4 on display at Pepcom's Digital Experience. Its .5-inch enclosure feels really sleek and solid in the hand, and the sliding mechanism seems like it'll stand up to regular use quite nicely. Design-wise, it's much improved over the Droid 3 and it feels like a higher-end device overall. The laser-cut and LED-backlit keyboard looks sleek in its cool blue hue, and keys seem to have a nice bit of travel. Like all physical...

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    It's great to see someone making a device with a keyboard
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    Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx hands-on pictures

    We got got to check out Motorola's new Droid RAZR Maxx and boy is it thin. The 8.9-mm-thin device feels great in the hand, if not a little too large given its exceptionally skinny body. Regardless of its super thin enclosure, the 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen is crisp and bright, with great viewing angles and solid color reproductions. The 1.2 GHz TI OMAP4 processor under the hood made everything run super smooth. Reps on site praised its purported 21 hours of talk time — though we're...

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    21 hours of battery on a device this thin seems too good to be true
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    Nokia Lumia 900, the first hands-on video and pictures

    We had to take a long elevator up to the Playboy Club at The Palms to find it, but after some searching we got our hands on a lone black Lumia 900. Nokia touted the 900's solid construction at its press conference earlier today, and we can't argue — the thing feels very solid in the hands at first blush, and the screen is vibrant and colorful. Unfortunately we weren't granted access past Windows Phone 7's lock screen, but we hope to get some more hands-on photos tomorrow when the Lumia 900 is...

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    Nice to meet you, Lumia 900
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    Sony Crystal LED Display prototype pictures, videos, and impressions

    It's the viewing angles, really. Sony's 55-inch Crystal LED display prototype is an impressive piece, but being able to view clearly from near-90 degree angles, color intact, is quite a spectacle in person. We did our best to recapture it that from the showfloor of Sony's CES 2012 booth, which you can view in the gallery below. We spent some time watching a series of slides and video clips on the device, both in bright light and in a more cavernous unit next to an LCD TV. The colors were more...

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    Seriously impressive viewing angles
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    Sony Google TV-powered NSZ-GP9, NSZ-GS7, and motion remote hands-on video and pictures

    Sony's just announced its second stab at Google TV products with the NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray player and the NSZ-GS7 streamer. We just snuck a look at a few of them during the press conference and even lived to put The Verge up on a 55-inch HDTV.

    So the remote isn't exactly what you'd expect. It's a little lighter than it looks, the entire trackpad is a button, and the keyboard is made of rubber — there's sort of a springy feel to the whole thing. Sony's done a little additional work smoothing out and...

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    Did Google and Sony right all their previous wrongs?
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    Sony Ericsson Xperia Ion hands-on photos and video

    We just snagged some hands-on with with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ion, the company's first LTE smartphone for AT&T. It's running Android 2.3.7 with Sony Ericsson's custom skin on top, which is relatively lighter than it has been in years past, limited to a custom app launcher and the ability to pinch the homescreen to view all your widgets.

    From a hardware perspective, the Ion felt solid with a evenly-curved back and didn't feel especially heavy in the hand, despite (or because of?) the...

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    Sony goes LTE on AT&T
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    Sony Xperia Ion coming this spring on AT&T: LTE, 4.6-inch 720p display, 12MP camera

    After launching the Xperia Play in September, AT&T is back with the Sony Xperia Ion, one of the first Xperia devices to drop the Ericsson name. If you can look past the fact that it's launching on Android 2.3, you'll notice that this is one of the most muscular phones ever to hit the market thanks to a 4.6-inch 720p display, a 12-megapixel Exmor R primary camera that's advertised to go from standby to ready in 1.5 seconds, NFC, and LTE — a first for Sony's line. It comes housed in an aluminum...

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    The fanciest Sony phone the US has ever seen
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    Envy 14 Spectre: HP's Gorilla Glass covered, $1,399 ultrabook (hands-on video / pictures)

    HP let our imaginations run wild with its Spectre teaser video last week, but it's time to put all those dreams of it being a flying, self-opening laptop to rest. The company is officially releasing its Envy 14 Spectre today, and while it may not be what you imagined, it's one heck of a machine. Termed a "premium ultrabook" the laptop takes everything we've liked about the Envy line and brought it to a .78-inch / 3.9 pound laptop. There's a lot to talk about inside and out of the Spectre — a...

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    The best ultrabook of CES 2012?
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    Sony tries Google TV again with motion controls, voice search, and gaming

    Sony just announced two new Google TV devices at CES: the NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray player and the NSZ-GS7 media streamer. Both feature a new remote with a backlit keyboard, a touchpad with gesture navigation support, and three-axis motion sensing for gaming. (We're guessing that means phone-style tilt and rotation, not full six axis control like the PS3, but we'll have to confirm that.) The Blu-ray player remote also has a built-in microphone so you can access Google voice search and find content...

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    Sony's second shot at Google TV is all about the remote
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    Lenovo IdeaCentre A720: a Microsoft Surface for the rest of us (hands-on video)

    Okay, so it's not a 46-inch table that supports 20 points of input, but Lenovo's IdeaCentre A720 does morph into a pretty sweet flat panel horizontal surface for only $1,299. Not only does it have a unique hinge that allows it to adjust the screen at almost any angle — it can be folded back to a 90 degree angle and then be pulled forward to a 5 degree angle — it's also only 25.4mm thick. Lenovo's claiming that's the "industry's thinnest" 27-inch all-in-one, but I have to say that Samsung's...

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    Hold on one second while I turn my all-in-one into a giant tablet
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    Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga: a Windows 8 laptop that bends backwards into a tablet (hands-on video)

    Lenovo has indeed saved the best for last here at CES 2012. After days of interminable laptop announcements, the company has one more to share: the 13.3-inch IdeaPad Yoga, which opens like a normal laptop but can then flip backwards to become a tablet. Yes, it's as crazy as it sounds, and even better it's running Windows 8. This is the sort of thing that is really best seen in video, so I suggest you scroll on down as soon as possible, but what I can tell you is that the .6-inch thick laptop...

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    This is not just another Lenovo laptop
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    Sony Xperia S first hands-on

    Want to know what a Sony Ericsson phone looks like without the Ericsson? Here you go: the Xperia S, presented here today at CES 2012. Oddly, the live phone still has the old-school Sony Ericsson branding, so it's hard to say what's going on here — it's entirely possible that this prototype was made prior to the Sony-only press photos we've seen today.

    We just had a few brief seconds with the phone so far, but stay tuned for more shots and impressions and soon as we can get them. We've played...

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    Nokia Lumia 900 LTE Windows Phone, exclusive for AT&T

    Nokia's Lumia 900 LTE Windows Phone is official. We've witnessed speculation and leaks over the past few weeks, but Nokia CEO Stephen Elop unveiled the device on stage at CES 2012 today. Nokia's latest and greatest handset includes a 1.4GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, an 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss f2.2/28mm rear camera, and a 4.3-inch AMOLED display — an improvement over the Lumia 800 screen. Nokia has also added a 1-megapixel front-facing camera with an f2.4 lens, to enable video conferencing with the...

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    The Lumia 900 is finally here
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    Samsung 'future-proofing' Smart TVs with Evolution Kit

    Samsung's apparently releasing technology for future-proofing its smart TVs — all 2012 TVs will have a slot in the back where users can plug in an "Evolution Kit." Apparently Samsung's built a proprietary system-on-a-chip will "easily enjoy the benefits of the latest TV technology year after year, without purchasing a brand new set." Details were scarce at Samsung's press conference, but we'll try and get more information afterwards.

    All 2012 Samsung TVs will support the upgrade kit
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    Interview: Samsung's David Steel on Apple, the future of TVs, and what's next

    David Steel, Executive Vice President of Strategy for Samsung North America. Yeah, it's a long title. He's responsible for Samsung's marketing strategy, and he just sat down with our own Joshua Topolsky. As a marketing guy, he hews pretty close to the company line, but he's still a fun guy to talk to — and obviously a primary source if you're looking for Samsung's "official" word on anything. This is a huge show for Samsung, and there was a lot to cover, including Samsung's interesting...

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    Our goal is not to create a unique samsung ecosystem... We're living in an open world now
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    Fujifilm X-Pro1 hands-on photos

    Fujifilm's press conference just wrapped up and we had a moment to snap a few pictures of the just-announced X-Pro1 before it was whisked away. The camera feels extremely well built and is very sturdy, but also quite heavy. Lens construction matches that of the camera — there's a weighty feeling, but everything's solid and reassuring to hold. Both the screen and viewfinder are beautiful, as well, and there's tons of manual controls (just like the X100 and X10). The $1700 price tag is going to...

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    It's expensive, but it's pretty
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    Fujifilm X-Pro1 official: 16-megapixel APS-C sensor and multiple lenses, available in February for around $1,700

    That Fujifilm would announce a mirrorless camera at its CES press conference was perhaps the worst-kept secret so far at CES, but at least now it's official: the X-Pro1 is really coming. (Technically, we found it in the press kit first before the event even started, but we figure that's good enough.) The shooter has a new 16-megapixel APS-C X-Trans sensor, which Fujfilm claims will exceed the resolution of most typical APS-C sensors, and could rival some full-frame DSLRs. It uses Fujifilm's...

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    Not exactly a shocking revelation
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    HTC Titan II for AT&T first hands-on

    In the wake of AT&T's monster device announcement this morning spanning multiple Android and Windows Phone devices, we're embedded with HTC to take a first look at the Titan II. The phone bears a striking resemblance to the Titan of old as you might expect, but it's got that wild "16 Megapixels" label on back. It feels both like the old Titan and also a number of other 4-inch-plus HTCs of recent memory — the Thunderbolt comes immediately to mind — and it definitely trends toward the thick end...

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    16 megapixels — need we say more?
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    27 over 2 years ago 65

    Asus Transformer Prime TF700T hands-on

    Asus' new Transformer Prime TF700T Android 4.0 tablet was just introduced, and we've got hands-on photos. It's a variant of the Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet, and the most significant upgrade here is a move to a 1920 x 1200 resolution, which looks quite sharp and bright. The rear cover design has also been altered to allow for better GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth performance. It's an incredibly light and thin tablet — the prototype feels mostly like plastic, as opposed to the aluminum we're...

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    A big, beautiful high-res screen is the highlight here
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    26 over 2 years ago 22

    AT&T will be the first US carrier to offer LTE Windows Phones

    AT&T will be the first US carrier to offer LTE WIndows Phones, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer just announced. Ballmer appeared on stage at AT&T's CES 2012 press conference this morning to reveal both companies plans. We've heard that Samsung, HTC and Nokia will all announce LTE Windows Phones at CES later today, and Ballmer's AT&T news backs that up.

    LTE Windows Phones heading to AT&T first
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    25 over 2 years ago 61

    Vizio Google TV first hands-on!

    Vizio's here at CES 2012 with its riff on Google TV — and it's something. The company has totally skinned Google's smart TV OS with a skin just like the one on its tablets, and it's built in a layer of DLNA-based content sharing services. (Think AirPlay, but compatible with anything DLNA and made smoother when sharing from Vizio tablets and PCs to the new smart TV.) There's still Android Market, of course, and Vizio's staying up to date with the platform as it develops — they told me they...

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    Vizio's taking Google TV and running with it
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    24 over 2 years ago 49

    Samsung Galaxy Note announced for AT&T (hands-on pictures and video)

    AT&T has just announced that it'll be bringing the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note to the United States, a beastly half-phone, half-tablet that spans the divide between two white-hot product segments. The feature list should sound familiar: it's in many ways the same Galaxy Note already available in Europe, featuring a 1280 x 800 Super AMOLED display, 8-megapixel primary and 2-megapixel secondary cameras, and the so-called "S Pen," a stylus integrated into the rear that can be used to register...

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    23 over 2 years ago 65

    Sony Xperia Ion coming this spring on AT&T: LTE, 4.6-inch 720p display, 12MP camera

    After launching the Xperia Play in September, AT&T is back with the Sony Xperia Ion, one of the first Xperia devices to drop the Ericsson name. If you can look past the fact that it's launching on Android 2.3, you'll notice that this is one of the most muscular phones ever to hit the market thanks to a 4.6-inch 720p display, a 12-megapixel Exmor R primary camera that's advertised to go from standby to ready in 1.5 seconds, NFC, and LTE — a first for Sony's line. It comes housed in an aluminum...

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    The fanciest Sony phone the US has ever seen
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    22 over 2 years ago 72

    Intel Nikiski laptop prototype with see-through touchpad hands-on pictures and video

    Sure, Intel revealed a lot about its future ultrabook platforms at its press conference a few minutes ago, but its prototype Nikiski laptop was the star of the show. The laptop has a transparent touchpad that spans the length of the palmrest. It's a clear piece of glass that does double duty as a touchpad for the Windows 7 laptop, but also transformers into a exterior touchscreen when the laptop is closed.

    The exterior touchscreen is a pretty interesting trick. It reminds me a lot of what...

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    I can see right through you, touchpad!
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    21 over 2 years ago 21

    Ubuntu TV Unity UI video demo, more details revealed

    Yesterday we brought you the news of Ubuntu TV and its Unity-inspired UI, but today the company has shared a video showing exactly what to expect. It will have DVR capabilities and support for broadcast channels in US and EU formats, and a "shared-screen experience" with iOS, Android, and Ubuntu devices, letting you use a phone or tablet to view information related to whatever you're watching. There will also be smartphone apps for controlling your set. We get a look at the interface for...

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    Ubuntu throws itself into the smart TV ring
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    20 over 2 years ago 155

    Sprint LTE Galaxy Nexus with Google Wallet now official

    Ads leaked out last week, but now Sprint's officially taken the cover off of the LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Unlike Verizon's model, Sprint is highlighting the Galaxy Nexus' NFC capabilities and Google Wallet software. There's no mention on whether the processor has indeed been bumped to 1.5GHz as we saw earlier, but we do know that the storage space has unfortunately been cut to 16GB. Other than that, it looks like the Sprint Galaxy Nexus could be the closest to Google's vision of what...

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    If you want Google Wallet, Sprint's the place to go.
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    19 over 2 years ago 106

    Vizio thin-and-light laptops first hands-on!

    Don't call them "ultrabooks" — Vizio says they're thin-and-lights that meet or exceed Intel's ultrabook specs, but the company isn't using the name. Whatever they are, they're certainly thin, and that keyboard is something else. Vizio CTO Matt McRae told us the company is doing extensive testing on it to make sure it's comfortable, and we found it easy enough to type on, although the individual keys felt sort of huge. The build itself is nice and sturdy, with unibody construction, but Vizio...

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    We've got pictures and previews of Vizio's first laptops
  • Update
    18 over 2 years ago 44

    Vizio M-Series tablet first hands-on!

    We just spent some time with the Vizio M-Series tablet. It's nice and thin, with three speakers and Vizio's custom Android skin on top of Honeycomb. Vizio's not saying what processor it's using because it's not announced yet, but performance on this early unit felt snappy enough. There's the requisite IR blaster on top for control of all your home theater gear, and the screen tech "similar to IPS," but something else — IPS is a trademark and VIzio is using a different supplier. We were told...

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    Vizio tries again with tablets, and we've got hands-on photos
  • Update
    17 over 2 years ago 62

    LG 55-inch OLED TV first video and pictures

    It's real, people! LG's mythical 55-inch OLED TV was just unveiled here at CES 2012, and honestly, it's even more amazing than the words "55-inch OLED" would lead you to believe. It was making love to our eyes for half the press conference after the sheet was whipped off, and now that we've had a chance to get up close for a better look, we're even more impressed. Honestly, we can't wait to see what Samsung will counter with later on at CES.

    LG has been tight-lipped around specs, only telling...

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    Wow.
  • Update
    16 over 2 years ago 101

    Asus Transformer Prime TF700T official with 1920 x 1200 res and new design to improve GPS

    Asus is today introducing the TF700T, a new variant of its Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet, whose major upgrade is a move to a 1920 x 1200 resolution. That makes two Android tablets moving to a 1080p res at CES 2012, following Acer's unveiling of the Iconia Tab A700 yesterday.

    The new Transformer Prime isn't sacrificing quality for quantity with its move to a much higher pixel density — its display is still made of the SuperIPS+ stuff that impressed us so much when reviewing the TF201....

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    Champion pixel density coming to the Eee Pad Transformer Prime
  • Update
    15 over 2 years ago 56

    Canon PowerShot G1 X announced: 1.5-inch sensor, ISO 12,800 for $799.99 in February

    Canon's G series has long been the company's flagship point-and-shoot line, and the PowerShot G1 X the company just announced might be the best yet. The 14.3-megapixel shooter has a 1.5-inch (18.7 x 14mm) sensor, bigger than a Micro Four Thirds sensor and nearly as large as the APS-C sensors inside most DSLRs. (It's also 6.3 times larger than the sensor inside the PowerShot G12.) Canon says it's the largest sensor ever in a PowerShot camera, which might also explain why the G1 X is much more...

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    You can barely even call the G1 X a point-and-shoot
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    14 over 2 years ago 57

    Belkin's Thunderbolt Express Dock finally goes on sale in September for $299

    Belkin's blowing the dust off its Thunderbolt Express Dock at CES and giving us a September 2012 release date for the US. You might recall that we first saw this dock — aka, the port replicator every MacBook Air owner has been waiting for — at IDF in September. Once again, we're looking at three USB 2.0 jacks, one Firewire 800, one HDMI, one Gigabit Ethernet, one 3.5-mm audio jack, and a pair of Thunderbolt ports: one for carrying 10Gbps bi-directional data to your Thunderbolt-equipped laptop...

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    At least it's cheaper than Apple's $999 Thunderbolt dock
  • Update
    13 over 2 years ago 42

    Thermador Freedom auto-sensing induction cooktop hands-on (video)

    Perhaps you're familiar with how an induction stove uses electromagnets to heat cookware, reducing the risk of burning your hands? Thermador's high-tech Freedom Induction cooktop kicks it up a notch by detecting the actual position of your pans, up to four at a time. Rather than put a single inductor under each burner and limit you to pre-determined locations to fry and simmer, 48 auto-sensing inductors under this stove light up (metaphorically) to match the size and location of your...

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    The freedom to cook anywhere, so long as it's on the speckled parts of this stovetop
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    12 over 2 years ago 9

    Toshiba Excite X10 coming to the US in the first quarter of 2012 for $529.99 (hands-on)

    Toshiba's Excite isn't exactly brand new — it was unveiled at IFA and then released in Japan as the Regza AT7000 — but it is finally coming to America. The very thin, .3-inch thick / 1.2-pound tablet will be coming to the US sometime in the middle of the first quarter of the year, Toshiba says. And while it will launch with Honeycomb 3.2, it will be upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich very soon after. The tablet has much of the same specs as the one announced overseas, including a 10.1-inch...

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    See ya later, Thrive!
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    11 over 2 years ago 68

    Lenovo IdeaTab S2: a 10.1-inch, dual-core Android 4.0 tablet with keyboard dock attachment

    Asus's Transformer tablets are getting some competition at CES, folks: Lenovo has just unveiled its own 10-inch tablet with a detachable keyboard dock for extra battery life, and on its own, it's just a third of an inch thick and weighs 1.1 pounds. Unfortunately, the new IdeaTab S2 isn't a quad-core rig like the Transformer Prime, but it will have Android 4.0 out of the box, running on Qualcomm's latest dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor. Lenovo says that it'll run its Mondrian UI...

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    About time we had some transforming competition
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    10 over 2 years ago 65

    Lenovo K91 brings Android 4.0 to the world's most advanced 55-inch TV

    Lenovo's K91 is not your normal 55-inch television. To start with, its two most notable features are its operating system and central processor: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich running on Qualcomm's 1.5GHz dual-core 8060 Snapdragon CPU. The TV can be controlled with your voice using natural language processing and recognition, and even includes video interaction (with facial recognition) thanks to a 5 megapixel webcam that's integrated into the bezel. Otherwise, the K91 remote control is up to...

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    Never has a TV felt so much like a gadget
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    9 over 2 years ago 26

    Parrot announces AR.Drone 2.0 with easier controls and 720p video (hands-on preview)

    Today at CES Parrot showed off the AR.Drone 2.0, the new version of the company's remote-controlled quadricopter. We got to play with the iOS and Android-controlled flying machine, along with some of Parrot's other new gadgets, and we definitely liked what we saw from the new flyer. And that's only mostly because we could finally fly this one without endangering ourselves and innocent bystanders.

    The original Drone required the skill of an expert, because there was a serious learning curve...

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    It's like the first AR.Drone, only you can actually fly it
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    8 over 2 years ago 26

    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Hybrid preview: hands-on impressions, video, and pictures

    We told you we'd track down Lenovo's dual-OS, dual-processor ThinkPad X1 Hybrid when we got to Vegas, and that's exactly what we've done. Design-wise, the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid looks exactly like the original X1 — it's literally indescribable from the previous save for the X1 Hybrid logo on the screen bezel. However, the Lenovo Instant Media Mode widget on the Windows 7 desktop is where things start to look different. Select the Home in that widget and the dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon...

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    We're not sure Android was meant to live in a Windows laptop
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    7 over 2 years ago 74

    Acer Iconia Tab A700 video preview and specs: 1080p display, Android 4.0, quad-core Tegra 3

    Acer tried to keep the name under wraps, but we found it on the device itself: the title of the company's all-new quad-core tablet is the Iconia Tab A700. It's the same super-specced device we saw leak out a week ago, meaning 1920 x 1200 resolution, quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.3GHz, and Ice Cream Sandwich as the shipping OS. The A700 is expected to ship in the second quarter of 2012.

    The new slate will come with Bluetooth support, a microSD card slot, HDMI port, and a few of A...

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    A quad-core, 1080p tablet for Android 4 lovers
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    6 over 2 years ago 61

    Acer Aspire S5 hands-on video and pictures

    Acer's new ultrabook, the Aspire S5, is living up to the "ultra" in its name: it's the thinnest ultrabook yet, which is a feat for a category defined by its thinness. It also offers a Thunderbolt port, a first outside of Apple's Mac computers. Acer describes its design as inspired by a razor's edge, and the reason for it is clear to see, the sides of the Aspire S5 come down to a sharp edge, sharper even than on the MacBook Air.

    Another unique addition to the S5 is the way you access its I/O...

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    Acer's hot new thing, in pictures!
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    5 over 2 years ago 534

    Acer's AcerCloud unveil is a blatant iCloud ripoff

    Which is which? Acer just showed off its AcerCloud service, something that already sounded suspiciously like Apple's iCloud. Even the "PicStream" element sounds a lot like Photo Stream. Still not convinced? Acer basically ripped off Apple's slide wholesale, outside of the font, which is a simulacrum of Apple's font of yore. Check out both slides below.

    We try really hard to highlight the important distinctions that companies bring to their me-too services, but Acer isn't making it easy. Let's...

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    Acer ripped off Apple's slide wholesale
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    4 over 2 years ago 48

    Acer announces Aspire S5, 'world's thinnest ultrabook' with Thunderbolt port

    Ahead of its press conference at CES, Acer has just announced the new Aspire S5 ultrabook, which the company says is the world's thinnest — it's only 15mm at its thickest point. It's a black, magnesium-alloy and brushed-metal 13.3-inch laptop, weighing 1.35kg (2.97 pounds) and featuring Acer's Instant On technology that brings the computer back from sleep in 1.5 seconds. It also uses Acer Always Connect, which lets users manage data on their computers even when the machine is asleep — the S5...

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    It's only 15mm thick — at its largest point
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    3 over 2 years ago 70

    OLPC XO 3.0 tablet preview: impressions, video, and pictures

    There are going to be hundreds of tablets here at CES 2012, but the OLPC XO 3.0 isn't just any tablet. It's a tablet for children, and again, not just any children, but children living in some of the poorest parts of the world. Like its XO laptop, OLPC has built an educational tablet for use in low-power locations. It's been designed for outdoor use (a PixelQi outdoor readable display, a solar panel lid, and all) and has some different software options (Android and its own Sugar OS). Of...

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    So what do the adults think of OLPC's new tablet?
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    2 over 2 years ago 251

    NYT confirms Nokia Lumia 900 announcement at CES 2012, headed to AT&T

    Rumors about Nokia's unannounced "Ace" LTE Windows Phone have been building, and now the handset is all-but-official: The New York Times cites sources who say that Nokia plans to unveil the Lumia 900 on Monday at CES, and that it will be headed to AT&T in the US. We still don't have confirmation on specs, but if the rumors hold, we're looking at a 4.3-inch WVGA display, 512MB of RAM, and 8-megapixel camera, all running Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. We reached out to Microsoft for comment, and a...

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    It's getting more real by the minute
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    1 over 2 years ago 160

    Vizio enters the Windows game with all-in-one PCs, ultrabooks this May (update)

    Last night, a little bird told us that Vizio's Rose Bowl ad wasn't for a TV: it was actually the company's first all-in-one PC. We didn't believe it at first, but that's exactly what Vizio is about to do: enter the Windows PC business. The company has a slew of machines in its arsenal, including a 24- and 27-inch all-in-ones and 14-inch and 15.6-inch ULV-powered ultrabooks, and Vizio told the Financial Times that they will "exceed ultrabook specifications." (In fact, Vizio tells us it won't...

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    Vizio's taking a few pages out of Apple's playbook
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    over 2 years ago 117

    OLPC XO 3.0 tablet: an 8-inch tablet for $100, with Android and Sugar options for the children (update: pictures!)

    It was over four years ago that OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte showed off images of an XO tablet, and promised it would ship to kids of the developing world in 2010 for $100 each. Obviously that didn't quite happen, but it turns out both the company and the tablet are finally ready. Not only is OLPC is bringing the XO 3.0 to CES this week, it's also getting ready to put the slate into production.

    The XO 3.0 tablet doesn't have two screens like the prototype Negroponte described a few years...

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    OLPC's XO 3.0 tablet for children of the developing world is finally ready
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