Posts tagged with: CES 2013
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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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    RIM's BlackBerry 10 launch event is coming up in just a few weeks, and everything we've seen suggests that the company will get the ball rolling with a pair of BB10 handsets, the full-touch Z10 and the hardware-QWERTY X10. Over the course of the past year, though, we've seen a whole lot of leaks and heard rumors discussing other potential BlackBerry 10 hardware, though with nowhere near the level of corroborating evidence we've seen for the Z10 and X10. Just how many BlackBerry 10 devices does RIM really have waiting in the wings? In a recent interview, RIM CMO Frank Boulben tackles the ...

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    Samsung's CES press conference was back on Monday, but today the company has even more news to share with us at its CES keynote address. The first go-round was a little bit of a letdown; thankfully, Samsung has followed through with some news worthy of our attention. It sure seemed like SoC fabricators were going to stop at quad-core designs, and focus their efforts on increasing both computational and power efficiency. Well, Samsung still has those goals in mind, but that's not stopping it from stepping-up the core count, announcing the eight-core Exynos 5 Octa. This isn't a pure ...

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    We've been excited about the Pebble smartwatch for the better part of last year, and after seeing the watch hit the FCC late last month, we've been anxiously awaiting word of just when if would finally become available. At the CES today, the company finally revealed just when we'll be able to get our hands on the Pebble. The first Pebbles will ship to those customers who backed the company's Kickstarter campaign, and will start going out on January 23. Pebble hopes to get watches out to all those backers over the following six to eight weeks. The 144 x 168 pixel screen isn't an electronic ...

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    Huawei's really been stepping-up its game at this year's CES, and between the Ascend D2, Mate, and W1, there's a decent chance that at least one of the company's new offerings has managed to intrigue you. We're already finding ourselves looking beyond even those brand-new smartphones to what the company could have next, after hearing about the company's pending move to A15-based HiSilicon K3V3 SoCs. There's little doubt that A15 is going to be huge this year; we've already seen what it can do for the Nexus 10, and as more chip manufacturers incorporate it into their designs, we'll get to ...

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    Overnight, we shared news with you of Lenovo's 2GHz K900 Android, but as it turns out, that's just the tip of the Lenovo Android iceberg. In addition to the K900, the company has five other new Androids making their debut at the CES this year. First up, in the S-series, a designation promising media and entertainment superiority, Lenovo is introducing the S890 and S720. The former has a 5-inch qHD display, while the S720 goes with a 4.5-inch component in the same resolution; both feature eight-megapixel main cameras. Lenovo doesn't mention the S890's SoC, but spells-out that the S720 runs ...

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