CES 2013: Tablet roundup

The tablet landscape has changed greatly in a year’s time, at least if you gauge what we’ve seen on the CES show floor. The 2012 expo was led mostly by high-end Android tablets. This year, Windows 8 understandably garnered much more of the spotlight now that it’s available, while Google’s platform mostly surfaced in the budget […]

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Three things I saw at CES that I’d actually buy

One seriously good bargain on a mammoth tablet, plus two handy gadgets for travelers. I’ll open my wallet for all three. LAS VEGAS–So I’ve pretty much wrapped up my visit to CES 2013, and you know what? I enjoyed it. Most of my fellow bloggers and journalists will tell you it’s a crowded, noisy, soul-sucking […]

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Reebok and mc10 team up to build CheckLight, a head impact indicator to help diagnose concussions (hands-on)

Concussions have always been a concern for those who play contact sports. However, there’s been a renewed focus in recent years by the sports community — the NFL in particular — to learn more about concussions in the interests of promoting player safety. Pro leagues aren’t the only folks tackling the problem, though. Verizon, Intel and Ridell are all building […]

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Plextor trots out M5M series mSATA drives at CES

Plextor just unearthed a new lineup of mSATA drives that will be targeted at enthusiasts looking to give their ultraportables an additional shot of adrenaline. Known as the M5M series, the diminutive chips will come in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB sizes, each which boast a highly respectable sequential read speed of 540 MB/s. Meanwhile, sequential write speed for […]

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Rapoo TV claims to make ‘any HDTV smart,’ is compatible with iOS and Android

Less than 24 hours after announcing the H9080 wireless headphones, Rapoo’s let it be known that its CES 2013 repertoire also includes a little something for the living room (or bedroom, depending on where you prefer to enjoy your downtime). With its Rapoo TV, the company’s touting the ability to turn any HDTV into one with intelligent features — […]

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Geonaute’s 360 degree sports camera catches all the action, even our hands on

Sport and action cameras are big business, and even though there are a couple of main players, it doesn’t stop other’s trying to get a bite of the apple. Geonaute, however, have come at the situation from a different angle. Heck, they’re coming at it from every angle, with its 360-degree offering. Equipped with three 8-megapixel wide-angle lenses the camera captures an almost spherical […]

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TCL shows off MoVo Google TV box, ‘China Star’ 110-inch 4K TV

Chinese manufacturer TCL has a rather significant showing at CES 2013, with a number of TVs and TV-related products. We’re not sure if we’ll be seeing any of these debut in the US, but among them were a 110-inch “China Star” 3D 4K TV that’s got a brand tie-in with Iron Man 3, and its MoVo Google TV […]

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Amazon AutoRip deal gives a free MP3 version of any CD purchase made since 1998

Amazon launched a new service that will start offering a free MP3 album of any CD you buy from them. Better still, you’ll get versions of any album you’ve purchased in the last 15 years. The service will link to over 50,000 albums (with more incoming) and you’ll be able to grab said digital copy before your […]

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Visualized: Hello Kitty paints CES 2013 pink

Massive TVs, check. Slim laptops, check. Hello Kitty gadgets galore, check. So goes the typical CES checklist, and 2013 isn’t any different. Several of the feline-adorned paraphernalia we saw on the show floor were repeats from last year, but we did manage to find a few new Kitty-branded appliances and accessories that are sure to give you an insulin […]

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Eyes-on with LG’s streaming Smart Sound Bar

Among the many, many things that LG is unveiling at CES this year is the curious addition of a sound bar with built-in video streaming. That still sounds like a contradiction of purpose to us, but the Smart Sound Bar, also known as the NB3730A, is more fascinating once you dive into the details. The large-sized bar […]

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Nuance Wintermute hands-on: a cross-platform, cloud-based personal assistant

It’s becoming increasingly clear that the next wave of mobile computing is going to be voice driven. Mobile assistants like Siri and Google Now are garnering plenty of media attention and earning legions of fans. Nuance, the company behind Dragon — often cited as the gold standard in voice recognition software — wants to make sure it doesn’t get left […]

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Hands-on with eFun’s Nextbook 7GP and 8GP budget-friendly tablets

Not content with showing off its handy aPen Touch8 for those Windows 8 laptops which lack touch capabilities, eFun also let us play around a bit with two of its newest Nextbook tablets here at CES 2013. For starters, the 7GP, as its moniker would indicate, is a 7-inch (1024 x 600) slate that’s sporting Android 4.1, a 1.5GHz dual-core […]

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LG Ultra HD Touch Display hands-on

We bet you’re yawning at the mention of 4K TVs by now, but here’s a slight twist on that high-res concept. LG is showing off the so-called Ultra HD Touch display at its CES booth. It’s pretty much what it sounds like: a 4K TV with five-point multitouch. LG isn’t demoing this product as a TV — though technically […]

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Neonode’s Proximity multi-sensing technology hands-on

Remember Neonode? The company’s troubled N2 handset was so beleaguered with problems that less than a year after it launched, the company filed for bankruptcy. Since its lowest ebb, the company has reinvented itself as a component manufacturer leveraging its infrared-based user interface technology. Now it’s demonstrating proof of concept hardware that shows off a way to add touch to any […]

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Polaroid shows off M10 tablet for $229, we go hands-on

Polaroid had its 7-inch M7 slate on hand at CES 2013, and you best believe there’s an older sibling in that other requisite slate size: the 10.1-inch M10. (We dig the straightforward naming scheme with these products, by the way.) Like the M7, it sports a 1,280 x 800 resolution. It runs a quad-core Cortex A7 CPU […]

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DLNA already in use by TV providers, but not exactly what we had in mind

Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, Orange and Time Warner Cable are already using DLNA to deliver premium content around your house, but perhaps not exactly the way you had in mind. The dream that DLNA promises has never really lived up to expectations, but we still can’t help but hold on to the dream of accessing our favorite shows […]

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