Tizen push to begin early next year
Samsung will launch a smart refrigerator running its Tizen operating system at CES next year, sources tell Ubergizmo. January's Consumer Electronics Show will see the unveiling of Samsung's second Tizen-powered product, with the first being a digital camera that shipped earlier this year. The appearance of a smart refrigerator supports prior indications that Tizen was an eminently scalable platform that Samsung would push onto appliances as well as mobile devices.
Google launches Connected Classrooms initiative
Google has introduced a new initiative, Connected Classrooms, that aims to enable "virtual field trips" via Google+ Hangouts. Upcoming events include sessions from the Seattle Aquarium and the Minnesota Zoo, along with a program "from the cockpit of a solar plane."
Company mum on details
Ultra HD televisions stole the show this year at CES, however none of the companies brought along a consumer-level 4K camera. Sony is a partial exception, showing off an extremely early prototype of a 4K Handycam that is claimed to be geared for the mainstream market.
Netgear differentiates Google TV offering
Several Google TV devices appeared this week at CES in Las Vegas, where Netgear unveiled its contender: NeoTV Prime. Electronista met with the company to try out the new set-top box, which brings all of the standard Google TV features alongside a few Netgear-exclusive enhancements.
S9 breaks from traditional form factor
All of the biggest companies at CES introduced Ultra HD televisions, but Samsung's S9 arguably brought the most distinctive design. Electronista stopped by the company's CES booth to take a closer look at the unique televisions, which float the display panel inside a larger square frame.
Microsoft demos Youm-based Windows Phone prototype
Today Samsung unveiled a new flexible OLED technology, dubbed Youm, during a second-day keynote at CES. To demonstrate the technology the company brought in Microsoft, which showed off a prototype Windows Phone device. Microsoft also presented video from a lab test, in which a display was projected onto an entire room for the sake of an Xbox game.
ZTE brings its Grand S LTE phone to CES touting 1080p, 5-inch screen
We stopped by the ZTE booth to check out a new smartphone the company hopes to bring into a number of new markets. The high-end device hasn't been confirmed for the US market yet, however. Its specs are certainly impressive, however, with a five-inch, 1080p resolution touchscreen and a fast 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU with four cores paired with 2GB of RAM.
Claimed largest Ultra HD OLED TV
Panasonic was among the many tech giants focusing on Ultra HD and OLED display technology this week at CES. While other companies vied for industry records such as largest Ultra HD TV or largest OLED TV, Panasonic claims to have built the world's largest TV that combines both technologies. Electronista took a look at the prototype television on the CES show floor.
Sony pushes 4K
Ultra HD televisions have been a resounding theme this year at CES, and Sony was among the electronics giants pushing to promote the higher resolution in its premium models. The company last year introduced the gigantic 84-inch XBR84X900 with an Ultra HD panel, however the Bravia lineup has been expanded to include 65- and 55-inch options that edge slightly closer to the mass market.
Sony brings new Android flagship
Sony continued its five-year tradition of Xperia smartphone introductions at CES, unveiling the Xperia Z and ZL at the 2013 expo. Electronista had a chance to handle the new Android handsets at the end of the company's high-profile press conference.
IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC coming this summer
Lenovo has unveiled a new table PC at CES 2013 that can function both as a standard desktop computer and an interactive table top device. The 27-inch Horizon features a multi-touch display that can register up to 10 fingers simultaneously, as well as a Core i7 processor, and Nvida GeForce graphics. A hinge allows the device to be transitioned between standing and flat positions, and moving the device into the table top orientation automatically activates the multi-touch interface.
Measures 85 inches, upscales HD content to UHD resolution
Samsung has revealed it's 4K-capable television at the company's CES press event, one which the electronics giant teased as having an "unprecedented new TV shape and timeless design." The S9 Ultra-HD resolution screen measures 85-inches diagonally, and is fitted inside a freestanding and minimalist metal frame.
F8000 series ranges from 46 to 75 inches
At CES today, Samsung unveiled its new line of flagship LED televisions, the F8000 series. The new range of televisions will range between 46 and 75 inches, and they feature a quad-core processor, allowing users to interact with their televisions with a range of gesture and voice controls. The processor in the F8000 series is said to be three times faster than the processor found in Samsung's 2012 models.
Sleek adds 4G support for US, Canadian carriers
Wilson Electronics has updated its Sleek cellphone signal amplifier, adding support for 4G standards used by a wide range of carriers. Electronista took an early look at the Sleek 4G at a media event in Las Vegas ahead of CES, while we wait for the US and Canadian variants to arrive on the market.
Samsung unveils latest products
Samsung has scheduled a press conference in Las Vegas ahead of CES, where the company will show off its latest products. Check our live page at 2pm Pacific for images and details from the event.
To reveal 32-inch UHD monitor, 84-inch UHD touchscreen
ViewSonic has said it will be showing off a number of displays at CES next week, including two UHD screens. An 84-inch 4K display that could be used as an interactive digital sign will be accompanied by a more practical 32-inch 4K-resolution desktop display aimed at cinematographers and graphic designers.
Evolution Kit to provide hardware, software upgrade for HDTVs
Samsung is set to reveal a way for owners of televisions in its 2012 range to add features from its upcoming 2013 HDTV catalog. The Evolution Kit, to be fully unveiled at CES next week, will make changes to the way existing smart televisions will work, not only in terms of software, but also by adding more hardware to the TV set.
NFC, WiDi, Miracast accompanies content recommendations
LG has revealed more details about its range of televisions for 2013, ahead of CES. Adding to the announcement of Google TV-enabled screens the company has already shown, it has also opted to give more information on features the HDTVs will have, including NFC, Miracast, WiDi, and a new recommendation function.
Xperia Z Yuga to have first 1920x1080 display in Sony range
Sony is set to announce the next in its Xperia smartphone series at CES before its introduction to the Chinese market, according to reports. The Xperia Z, also known as the Yuga, is said to debut at the exhibition next month and in China on January 15th, and will be the company's first mobile phone with a five-inch,1920x1080 resolution screen.
Updated interface divided into five sections, includes VOD content
Samsung has started to disclose what it will be demonstrating at CES 2013 by detailing its new Smart Hub interface. The new hub for Smart TVs has an updated initial screen design that shows a range of different accessible content divided into sections, in an attempt to make navigating the available content easier for its users.
Presenting winning products at CES 2013
Samsung has won 27 CES Innovation Awards for a number of products, bringing the total number of awards won to 117 over the last four years. While such products as the Galaxy S III, Note 10.1 and the TecTiles NFC sticker system received recognition, a number of HDTVs set to be shown at CES 2013 also received the award.
Qualcomm to open 2013 CES instead of Microsoft
Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs will reprise his role from 2012 and 2010 and deliver the pre-show keynote address at next year's Consumer Electronics Show, it was announced today. Jacobs will speak at 6:30 p.m. PT on January 7, with the show kicking off the next day and running through January 11. The choice of the Qualcomm CEO struck some observers as peculiar, as some had expected CES' organizers to choose a representative from a more well-known company, given that Microsoft will not be in attendance.
New tech to be displayed at CES
Toshiba has announced that it will show off several upcoming products next week at CES, including a waterproof tablet and a large glasses-free 3D TV. Aside from the waterproof tablet, which also offers wireless charging, the company will show off a different model that integrates an OLED display.
Apple-made TV also not expected to show
Contrary to a recent DigiTimes report, Apple is not planning to show off new iPads at Macworld|iWorld, says The Loop's Jim Dalrymple. The writer cites "a number" of his sources, who say that an iPad 3 won't show at Macworld, or even at the Consumer Electronics Show; both events are scheduled for January. The sources also add that Apple's upcoming TV set won't make an appearance.
Microsoft CES 2012 keynote plans leak
Microsoft's CES 2012 keynote has not only been narrowed down but may give the first publicly available copy of Windows 8, both official and unofficial sources said Wednesday. CEO Steve Ballmer was confirmed to be taking the stage on the evening of January 9, unusually at Las Vegas' The Venetian hotel and not the usual Hilton Center venue. The executive has traditionally given the CES keynote.
About 76 tablets and e-readers shipped at CES
An unofficial tracker from Shawn Dubrovac has revealed the sheer extent to which companies leapt on the tablet market following the early success of the iPad. The list shows at least 100 tablets and crossover e-readers having shipped, including not just major entries such as the BlackBerry PlayBook and Motorola Xoom but also relative newcomers such as Enspert's Identity Tab line and Notion Ink Adam. The list factors in 24 generic tablets at Freescale's booth.
Sony, Kenwood and Pioneer's flagship head units
In the midst of a hall packed with countless car audio and multimedia devices were the latest offerings to come from major brands such as Pioneer, Kenwood and Sony. While some brands appear to have followed more of an evolutionary path than revolutionary, others, like Sony, have revealed new head units with substantially more technology than was available just last year.
Skype video calls, Track ID new for 2011
Sony has launched a new line of TVs for 2011. The Bravia LCD HDTV line sports 16 new 3D models and 22 Internet-connected models, with 27 sets sized from 22 inches to 65 inches. 3D technology will be available on more affordable entry-level models, continuing the use of active shutter technology.
Cloud library accessible from Mac, PC, iPhone, web
RealNetworks is using CES 2011 to preview a new cloud-centric media library, Unifi. The service tracks all a user's media, from local devices, social media and into the cloud. It catalogs and organizes the content into a single library, supporting search limiters such as media types, devices or tags. The library will track mobile devices, networked data and will eventually track media on Internet TVs and game consoles.
Sony brings latest 2D and 3D camcorders to CES
For 2011 Sony has released an extensive list of new camcorders with a sizable range of feature content, ranging from 2D to 3D video capability, to models with built-in projectors, to models equipped with hard disk drive-based storage to models with flash memory storage. Pricing ranges from just over the $200 mark, to the $1,500 neighborhood for the HDR-TD10 3D HD flash memory Handycam camcorder.
Sony unveils $250 3D camcorder, bloggers rejoice
Bloggers are increasingly becoming accepted as not only producers of content, but as identifiable and targetable consumers. As such, Sony has created the world's first pocket-sized 3D camcorder, known as the MHS-FS3 Bloggie 3D. This new camcorder comes with an entry-level price tag "around" $250, despite being capable of capturing HD 3D, as well as ull HD 2D MPEG-4 video or 5.1 megapixel photos.
Playlist, auto-off motion sensor also added
Kodak has announced new versions of its Pulse digital frames. The new versions will expand on the frame's ability to receive photos from a dedicated email address by allowing users to respond from a pre-set list of comments. The updated digital frames will gain a motion sensor that will turn the frame on when someone is nearby and conserve energy when no one is in the area. A playlist feature also will be added.
Entune system is scalable, upgradable
Harman announced it will preview the new multimedia and navigation system, dubbed the Entune, at CES2011. Developed with Toyota, the Entune system will appear on select Toyota vehicles later this year. The Entune system is compatible with most smartphones and feature phones, and provides hands-free calling, music playback controls, and navigation features by voice command. It also has a text-to-speech function to read incoming SMS messages aloud.
Striking design unveiled ahead of CES 2011
Samsung has previewed its new 9 Series LED-backlit 3DTV ahead of its formal unveiling at CES 2011. What sets the TV apart from most other TVs on the market is its striking asymmetric design. With hints of Apple’s black and silver color schemes, the new design features a sculptured stand that emerges fluidly from its base on the right side with the screen appearing to be suspended in mid-air.
Rechargable Bluetooth speakers add flexibility
iHome announced that it will demo several new products in its line of audio accessories for the iPad at CES. The iDM70 Sound Sleeve integrates its own rechargable lithium-ion battery into a into a premium iPad case with NXT flat-panel speakers. As the name implies, the iDM70 includes a faux leather case with a protective inner silicone inner sleeve that has cutouts for headphone jack, dock connector, on/off and volume controls. The Sound Sleeve also functions as a six-position stand for the iPad.
Video preview demos zooming, scrolling functions
In a short video, Opera announced on its blog that it will demo the new Opera for Tablets at CES 2011. The video shows the browser running on the Samsung Galaxy Tab and highlights its scrolling and zooming functions. The video did not clarify whether Opera for Tablets would be available solely as a download, such as Opera Mini for iOS (App Store) and Mobile for Android, or if it would also be customized and embedded in yet-to-be specified tablet devices.
OTA update rumored coming for Verizon customers
Another rumor has Palm's webOS 1.4 going live on Februrary 25. An anonymous source claims that the new OS for Palm smartphones will begin rolling out to Verizon customers on February 25th. Palm had announced at CES in January that it would push an over-the-air update this month but hadn't given a date; a similar rumor that Palm would release webOS 1.4 to Sprint earlier in the month turned out to be unsubstantiated.
StealthType SMS iPhone app updated
The Consumer Electronics Association has announced that the 2011 CES iLounge Pavilion will feature the largest display of iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Mac related products and services in the shows history. The iLounge Pavilion was a new addition to this year's exhibition, with more than 100 companies. For next year's show, the Pavilion will feature 50,000 square feet of floor space with companies such as iSkin, Mophie, and Scosche displaying new products. The 2011 show will take place in Las Vegas from January 6th to 9th.
JVC outs Boombox, virtual surround, portable docks
JVC has announced five new options for docking an iPod or iPhone to play music over external speakers. The SP-A130 is a compact, portable speaker available in four iPod nano 5G colors. It features a sliding cover and stand and uses two one-inch speaker drivers each powered by 160 milliwatts. An active/passive mode switch provides the choice of powering the speaker with its own amplifier or by the connected device. The SP-A130 is powered by two AAA batteries, and arrives in March in black, silver, pink and blue for $30.
Accessory maker launches new 10 products
Griffin has announced nine new products for iPhones and iPods at CES 2010. The iFM is an FM radio receiver which attaches to the dock connector of an Apple handheld. With a clickwheel iPod it activates embedded Apple radio control software, while on an iPhone or iPod touch, Griffin's free iFM Radio Controller app is required. It features user presets, and can tag songs for buying on iTunes. The iFM is due in March for $40.
Exec forecasts future "smart homes"
Intel CEO Paul Otellini, speaking at a CES keynote, addressed a variety of current and upcoming trends such as 3D video, smartphones, apps, and the company's new Wireless Display Technology. The executive predicts that 3D -- the dominating topic this year at CES -- is the next big thing that will gain popularity in consumers' homes.
Five-inch "Slate" technology concept demoed
Dell on Thursday morning unveiled its ultra-mobile gaming laptop as well a 5-inch tablet concept and an Android-based smart phone for AT&T -- both of which are slated for launch in 2010. The new "Slate" concept shown the demo was very thin, multi-touch device with a 5-inch screen, but the company said that you could imagine larger versions -- up to 10-inches. In addition, Dell also refreshed its Inspiron, Studio and Alienware systems incorporating the new Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors and announced that AT&T will become the next mobile operator to offer the Mini 3 Android-based smart phone.
Live from Nvidia's press conference in the Hilton
Electronista is on-site to cover the major announcements from Nvidia, including the new dual-core Tegra processor that offers "an entire computer" on a 3"x3" circuit board with very little power and 10x performance of average smartphone. Details are being updated after the jump in reverse chronological order.
3D technology focus of CES keynote
Confirming earlier rumors, Panasonic at CES announced a new partnership with DirecTV that will allow subscribers to access 3D content via satellite. The service will be available following a free software upgrade to existing set-top boxes. Subscribers initially will be able to watch three dedicated 3D channels, with a variety of material from various networks. The different channels will offer standard programming, on-demand content, and 3D sampler materials.
New radios interact with PURE's Lounge
PURE at CES (South Hall 2, Booth #36604) has introduced a line of Internet-connected digital radios. The new line with five different models will allow radio users to access online content and interact with Facebook and Twitter as well as connect to PURE's media portal, the PURE Lounge, which features music content, favorite stations memory and mood sounds, with additional premium future content promised.
New IceTouch, MyFit players offers new features
Samsung on Tuesday unveiled two MP3 players designed with a transparent touch AMOLED display and customized "wellness" applications. The new IceTouch (YP-H1) features the world’s first 2-inch, full color, transparent Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (AMOLED) touch-screen display; it includes functions for DVD-quality video and studio-quality audio playback, photo browsing, FM FM radio, and portable storage, while the MyFit (YP-W1, pictured) features the what the company calls "wellness-promoting technology" that claims to help users monitor stress level, fat thickness, calorie intake and burn, and exercise effectiveness. Both players will be on display at CES (Samsung booth #11026).
Booth to also showcase Boxee Box
Electronics maker D-Link has unveiled its CES lineup, which should include several products. Foremost is the previously-announced Boxee Box, which merges Boxee's media browsing interface with network, HDMI and audio connections. Further details will only be announced at the expo, which begins Thursday, but the set-top is expected to ship in the spring for approximately $200.
TiVo accidentally shows new DVR in guide
TiVo may have inadvertently spoiled its plans for an upgrade to its video recorders by shipping a manual for the TiVo Premiere (PDF) and its Premiere XL cousin. Packaged in with a TiVo HD, the paperwork shows a device unlike any existing TiVo DVR and would be the first to include a multi-stream CableCARD slot that would let it record more than one TV show without a second card. As a result of the upgrade, TiVo appears to have scrapped the second slot found on devices like the Series 3.
1st Samsung swappable lens cam not an SLR
(Update with Samsung confirmation and stance) Samsung's first camera with removable lenses has been seen in supposedly production-ready trim thanks to a forum leak late Sunday. It should now be called the NX10 in its final guise and is now known for certain to be closer to point-and-shoot cameras as it lacks the mirror system that would be needed for an SLR. It's thought the camera is using a Samsung-developed system rather than using another mirrorless system like Micro Four Thirds.
Supports document imaging apps
Plustek Technology has introduced a new product for its line of MobileOffice scanners, the D428. The compact 4 x 12 scanner handles everything from document imaging to working with content management apps, and is designed for small or large home offices, banks and pharmacies. It delivers a maximum 600dpi resolution and supports scanning speeds of up to 2.2 seconds-per-page or 28 pages-per-minute. It also supports a wide range of page and media sizes, enabling users to scan an item as thick as a credit card.