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CES 2013 Part 3: Up-And-Coming Smartphones

clock January 23, 2013 02:18 by author Jeremy

Although CES officially ended more than a week ago, many of us remain in the grips of its luster. In the next few months, crowds will finally be able to get their own versions of the new gadgets that were only just recently unveiled.

Cell phones took a bit more of a back seat this year around in comparison to last year, but the tradeshow didn't leave us completely empty-handed. Sony and Huawei are two champions of the smartphone category; their flagship phones, the Xperia  Z and Ascend W1, are currently two of the most highly anticipated phones.

The Xperia-series is no small name amongst phone enthusiasts. Sony has so far produced a long list of Xperia-branded phones, from entry-level to high-end. The latest model, the Z (along with their other flagship phone, the Xperia ZL) boasts a 5-inch screen, 1.5-Ghz processor, 16GB of space (more available due to a microSD slot), and a non-removable Li-Ion 2330mAh battery. What really makes this phone shine, though, is its ability to survive underwater by a little over 3 feet. Your phone can take the occasional tumble through a washing machine or accidentally drop into a sink, and you won't have to worry about it suffering major damages.

Huawei, while not new to the cell phone industry, hasn't been a popular name under high-end smartphones. It's certainly aiming to change that with the Ascend W1. Already available in China, the Ascend W1 is Huawei's first attempt at a Windows 8 phone. It boasts a 4-inch screen, 1.2 Ghz processor, and a Li-Polymer 1950mAh battery. With the rising popularity of Windows 8, this smartphone brings about a new appeal to those looking for a little change in the current meta.

CES 2013 Part 2: Wearable Tech

clock January 11, 2013 00:08 by author Jeremy

It seems CES has created a new category this year named "Wearable Tech," which features, you guessed it, technology that you can wear. This has come in the form of mostly wrist accessories; whether they tell time or measure your heart rate, however, depends on the product.

One of the more popular items is the Pebble Watch, claiming itself to be the "first watch built for the 21st century." Funded through Kickstarter, this smart-watch will sync to your phone and provide a multitude of functions, from displaying messages and caller information, to custom alerts. Depending on the app that you use, the Pebble Watch can even function as a bike computer (to display distance traveled or change songs playing on your phone) or a golf rangefinder. Pre-orders are available now in 5 different colors for $150.

Other watches are a little more health-oriented, however. The Basis Band, for example, serves as a sleep tracking and heart monitor. On top of measuring your blood flow and skin temperature, it can also take logs of how many steps you've taken and calories you've burned, all while keeping the simple functionality of telling you the time of day.

To see more products like these, check out CNET's video recap of the Wearable Tech category.

Sources: CNETtv, Pebble, Basis


CES 2013 Part 1: Tablets Galore!

clock January 10, 2013 20:09 by author Jeremy

What has tons of batteries and chargers available, and is currently present at CES? eBatts, of course! We're roaming the halls of Las Vegas, seeing what fancy new gadgets are coming out from the woodworks.

What caught our eye on this particular morning, you ask? Not one tablet, but four! Archos has introduced their Titanium series, consisting of the Archos 70 (7-inch), 80 (8-inch), 101 (10.1-inch) and 97 (9.7-inch). Each tablet will tout a 1.6Ghz quad-core processor, and will range from $119 to $250 depending on which size you get. Fairly good pricing, considering what you're getting.

If you lean towards Windows-products, don't feel left out - CES has already seen some intense Windows 8 tablets snatching the eyes of gadgeteers-on-the-go. For those that believe bigger is better, Vizio's 11.6-inch aptly-named Tablet PC will be running a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1080p screen. Also in the running for new 11" tablets are Gigabyte's S1185 (for consumers) and S1082 (for businessfolk).

Of course, you could be entirely different and aim for a slider, courtesy of MSI. The Slider S20 was actually seen even before CES began (having been seen at Computex last year), but nonetheless impresses with its admirable specs: 11.6-inch 1080p screen, i5 processor, USB 3.0 and 720p front-facing camera.

CES isn't over just yet, though, so perhaps we'll see even more of these portable inventions!

Sources: engadget (Archos) (Vizio) (Gigabyte) (MSI)


Samsung's Futuristic Smart Window

clock January 13, 2012 20:28 by author Jeremy

It's always exciting when you see technology in futuristic/sci-fi movies come to life. The most recent example of this would be Samsung's aptly-named LCD Smart Window, shown off at CES 2012.

Imagine looking through an office window, only to tap it and update your twitter account about what the weather is like today (which you'd be able to see for yourself through that very same window!). Or, picture yourself browsing a store and using this touch-screen to check for products and prices. Alternatively, you could also be the navigator of a spaceship in outer space, or a secret agent looking through files! No matter what the scenario, this touchscreen-television just looks cool.


Fret not, secret agents, as this see-through wonder is one-sided; people on the other side can't peek at what you're up to. You'll need ambient light to see the screen, but there is also a special transparent BLU (back light unit) for when lighting is inaccessible.

Unfortunately there are no solid release dates or prices yet for this Window Panel, but rumors state that productinon could start soon.

Sources: webpronews.com, cnet.com

BlackBerry PlayBook Competes with Apple iPad for Battery Life

clock January 27, 2011 00:19 by author Jeremy

It's common knowledge that Apple's iPad comes with a hefty battery life: it's almost magical how it manages to stay alive without being plugged into a wall for so long. And yet RIM (Research In Motion) promises that their BlackBerry PlayBook will be able to compete with the iPad in this particular feat of strength.

"It's going to be equal or greater than the iPad with smaller battery size," says Jeff McDowell, RIM's Senior Vice President of Business Marketing and Alliances.

That's a hefty call to make, but I suppose we'll just have to wait and see if it's true. We saw the PlayBook at CES and were sad to hear it didn't have a release date - and it still doesn't.

Even if it fails to beat the iPad's battery life, they can at least make the claim that they've outlasted my patience. Waiting is hard. :(

Picture: us.blackberry.com

Source: Reuters


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