Posts tagged with: CES 2013
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    The week before CES, Michael and I were discussing what Pebble could possibly announce at the show. We knew it had a press event scheduled for Monday, January 6 in Las Vegas, one day before CES actually started. I recall blatantly saying, "Whatever it is, it isn't hardware. That's for sure." I was at the Pebble press event in 2013 and CEO Eric Migicovsky stood in front of a small group of press and boldly said, Pebble is future-proofed. He explained how the major updates for Pebble in the foreseeable future would be software-only, no hardware updates. I don't think anyone could have ...

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    Sometimes, you push obligations back for too long and they just pile up, week after week after week, until they never get done. Well, when we started the Pocketnow Weekly technology podcast just over one year ago, we decided that listener mail -your mail- was going to be a big part of it, and it's consistently added flavor to the show. But the last few weeks have been so packed with news that we've been forced to neglect our listener mailbag - much to the justified consternation of some of our loyal writers-in. So today, we're finally making good on a long-held debt: we're devoting an ...

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    CES 2013 was many things: a beacon of hope offering tons of potential for the new year in tech; a smorgasbord of cool devices and odd offerings to drool over; and, to hardware-hungry mobile mavens like me, something of a disappointment overall. Still, there was enough newsworthy content for the Pocketnow team to generate over 30 videos packed with mobile-tech reporting. And in the process of shoving all those frames into the YouTubes, we became well-acquainted with the constraints of mobile data networks. Amid the throng of over a hundred thousand people trying to do the exact same thing ...

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    I remember a day when CES was the final frontier. It was the event everybody looked forward to, and I'm not just talking about the people that attend the show. Companies would seriously fight for a good spot to not only exhibit their products, but also used the show to tell the world about their plans and concepts for the year or years to come. It was even a sort of elite membership where if you didn't use CES to promote your new gadgets, you simply didn't exist in the world of tech. There was a lot of wisdom behind the development of the show. I'm sure that whenever CEA came-up with the ...

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    Doing a behind-the-scenes of CES 2013 is as crazy as the thought of covering the event. That said, we did take some time to film ourselves as we filmed stuff for you. Whether it was running down the trade show or figuring out where we left the car in one of the biggest parking lots in the world, we've got it all on film. In our first episode of Pocketnow Insider we go through the various challenges and solutions that we faced in order to bring you the best coverage for the largest show in tech. As you expected, not everything went right at CES, and if you think of how bad it is to pack a ...

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    As you've no doubt noticed, with this year's Consumer Electronics Show now a memory, the team here at Pocketnow has grown a little retrospective. We're still processing all the announcements, new gear, and surprises the CES had to deliver, and thinking about just what all this news means for the mobile industry, especially concerning how the industry is likely to evolve over the next twelve months. There's a degree of disappointment to a number of our CES impressions, and while some of that might be due to setting hopes too high, we've also got to consider that maybe CES just isn't going ...

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    CES 2013 was crazy and boy do we have video to prove it! If you think it all goes right on the first take, you’d be surprised. Sure we could just get tongue-twisted, continue talking, and make our videos just like everybody else’s, but we strive to make each of our videos worthy of the time you invest in watching them. Sometimes we get it right the first time, sometimes after the third or second try, and some footage just misses the final cut completely because it was plain-out terrible! In our second episode of Pocketnow Bloopers we focus on some of our fun moments at CES 2013. Now it ...

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    CES 2013 is over, and despite the fact that we cranked out about thirty videos covering products ranging from super-phablets to fuel cells, some of us still came away a little disappointed by what was ultimately a very light show, hardware-wise. Whether you were encouraged, let down, or completely unmoved by CES 2013, two things are true. First, you probably missed something amid the torrential downpour of 24-hour news; fortunately, our own Anton D. Nagy has you covered with an extensive wrap-up of our coverage from start to finish. Second -and more germane to our current focus- the ...

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    This year's Consumer Electronics Show from Las Vegas has come and gone. As usual, we've been both on-site bringing you coverage from events as well as the show floor, and here on Pocketnow, keeping you up to date with what's going on in the mobile world. For some the show has been excellent; for others it has been a letdown. We can't compare CES to a specialized mobile event like MWC (maybe with IFA); still, our experience from past years has taught us to expect certain things to happen at CES. They might or might not have happened in a straightforward way but there was a lot of innovation ...

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    There's no disputing it: in terms of smartphones, Sony stole the show at CES 2013. Granted, that didn't take much doing, but we shouldn't let the lack of meaningful competition rain too heavily on Sony's parade. The devices the company unveiled at its booth a week ago are truly impressive. Those devices are the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, a duo of high-end smartphones with quite a few specs in common. Each features a 5-inch, 1080p "Reality" display front-and-center, its graphics driven by Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine 2 and powered by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro with 2GB of RAM. The camera ...

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    Veni, vidi, vici! We were looking forward to CES 2013, pretty much like we're always looking forward to trade shows where there's a possibility of seeing new and exciting things from and related to the mobile world. Good or bad as it was, this year's Vegas show is just one of many to come and, probably the biggest problem related to CES is the fact that it is followed shortly by MWC, a show related to mobile and only mobile. We're seeing companies slowly moving away from shows to announce their gadgets, following Apple's lead, but even those companies who are show-centric have probably ...

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    While I've only been writing about mobile technology for a year, I've followed the space closely for over a decade. During all that time, the absolute high point of my geek-year has been CES. The international Consumer Electronics Show has a history that stretches all the way back to 1967, but the first one I remember being conscious of was the 2002 show in Las Vegas. It was this CES that, for me, first cemented the concept of "trade show" as "awesome event where cool new gadgets get trotted out." Of course there are other mobile-tech trade shows, some of them much larger and more ...

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    Huawei put on a pretty nice CES showing, and even managed to get us a bit excited about some of what it has planned for the future. We had already heard that the company was coming out with its own A15-based SoC later on this year, and now the company's Consumer Business Group CEO, Richard Yu, adds that Huawei has its eye on an eight-core chip, just like we recently saw Samsung announce. Besides being an eight-core design, the only other detail that's been shared so far is that the chip would use A15 cores. We don't yet know if that means that half the cores would be A15s, like in the ...

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    As you could have seen from various CES headlines, this year's Las Vegas show was very much about TVs, as our own boys mentioned in this week's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast, recorded on-site. LG's event was about connected devices as well as a hint at another Nexus, but the South Koreans also brought some new displays to Vegas. In order of their screen size, these AH-IPS displays are 5.5-,  7-, and 12.9-inches in diagonal, with their respective resolutions of full HD 1080p, 1920 x 1200, and 2560 x 1700. They all use the same technology LG also used in the screens found on ...

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    Archos has a reputation for making some inexpensive electronics of decent quality, and it's using its expertise in that field to release four new budget-priced Android tablets that make up its Titanium line. With dual-core 1.6GHz SoCs, these tablets aren't going to be the fastest things around by a long shot, but at least they're equipped with modern software, all running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and there sure are a lot of options, all with low price points. The lineup consists of the 70, 80, 101, and 97 Titanium models, representing 7.0, 8.0, 10.1, and 9.7-inch tablets. The first three ...

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    Single-core processors are going the way of the dinosaur, and dual-core processors are all around us, but today's powerhouses run quad-core. Some chips even throw in a low-powered fifth-core just for good measure. Just days ago NVIDIA announced the Tegra 4, which outclassed everything else, hands down. That victory was short-lived as Qualcomm introduced us to their new Snapdragon 800. Both new product offerings come in quad-core (or fifth-core) configurations. Not to be left out, Stephen Woo (the president of Samsung's System LSI division) dropped a bomb on the SoC world shortly ...

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    When Damian Dinning left the company many were left wondering just what will happen to the imaging capabilities of future Nokia phones. Under Dining the Finnish manufacturer released two PureView branded products, the Nokia 808 PureView and the Nokia Lumia 920. Despite what we've been told about PureView after MWC -- the 41-megapixel camera, sensor, lens, software, the entire system as a whole -- how it worked and what exactly it was, with the addition of the Lumia 920, Nokia started slowly shifting focus up to a point where the current head of imaging at Nokia, Juha Alakarhu, tells us we ...

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    After a bumpy start, wireless charging is starting to pick up a little bit of steam. We've seen the feature included on some high-profile smartphones, a far cry from its early days when you had to hunt-down a custom battery cover and install it yourself. The Qi standard is at the forefront of the movement, and we swung by the company's CES booth to learn what they've been up to. Seeing all these Qi-supported devices at once really drove home the point that wireless charging is only going to pick up the pace and become even more prevalent in 2013. Besides phones, Qi had a ton of chargers on ...

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    We told you about one of Panasonic's ruggedized Toughpad Windows 8 tablets overnight, but when browsing around the CES showroom floor we got the opportunity to check out a similar version instead, though this time for Android: the Toughpad MA1. The MA1 runs on Verizon's LTE network, and features some serious security features to help secure your data. Sadly, this one's not going to show up in your local Verizon store anytime soon, and will instead be targeted at corporate and government clients. We're a little jealous, considering just how reliable this guy looks.

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    Tizen may end up being one of the big new things this year, and if OpenMobile has anything to say about it, we just might be running our favorite Android apps on the platform. We take a look at the company's CES booth: This system isn't necessarily Tizen-exclusive, but for this demo, that's what OpenMobile elected to use. As you'll see, it's capable of playing the normal Android APK of Angry Birds, without the need to customize the software for the foreign OS. Rather than emulating anything, the software translates the system calls and passes them right on to the host OS, for as speedy ...

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    I'm all about convenience -- and I'm a terrible judge of time. My smartphone (and PDAs before that) helped me keep track of appointments, contacts, and stuff that I need to get done, but they were never terribly convenient for checking the time and date. My watch, on the proverbial "other hand" only told me the time, date, and day of the week. For as long as I can recall I've wanted to combine the two -- well, sort of. We've seen PDAs and even cell phones crammed into wrist watches before, but they've never succeeded at really marrying the two technologies. Various manufacturers tried ...

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    Smartphone manufacturers are getting a little smarter about forgetting the super-slim designs and putting a little more serious thought into battery life. If you still find yourself hurting for juice on the go, you might want to give a mobile power solution a look. We checked-out just such a system at this year's CES, the NectarMobile Fuel Cell. Unlike a battery-based system, this one converts hydrocarbon fuel to electricity on-demand, so it's never going to go dead from a period of inactivity. When the fuel canister is empty, you just recycle it and pop on a new one. NectarMobile says ...

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    We love seeing new hardware confirmed at trade shows like CES, but they’re also great places to take a peek at designs that aren't yet ready for the commercial phase. That's what we did when we stopped by the Noitavonne booth, taking a look at some of the company’s ideas for what could be next for smartphones and tablets. These Noitavonne designs are very colorful, with bold accents, and feel really nice in the hand. Noitavonne extends its same basic design principles to phones, small tablets, and large tablets alike. To be clear, we don't know if any of this stuff will ever be ...

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    Virtual keyboards have been around for years, projecting an image of a keyboard out onto a flat surface and using a camera to track your finger movements as you tap away on the projection. It's a nice idea, and seems to solve a number of problems with other portable keyboard designs, being a snap to pack up and carry around. We've always heard that, in practice, these kind of systems tend to fall pretty short of expectations, and don't make a good replacement for a regular Bluetooth keyboard, or even the on-screen software ones already on our phones. At the CES in Las Vegas this week we ...

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    "The Snowball, the 6-Inch Mate, & the In-N-Out Experience." That's the summary that led us out of our most recent podcast, and it narrowly missed becoming the title of this here episode, number 26 in our weekly series. This is a very special episode, coming to you straight from the luxurious Pocketnow suites overlooking the blink-tastic Las Vegas strip. For the past few days, we've been covering the happenings from CES 2013, bringing you video after video of devices from manufacturers of all stripes. It hasn't been the most hardware-heavy show in memory, but that doesn't mean we don't ...

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