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100 iPad clones shown at CES, more coming soon

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

An unofficial count from Shawn Dubrovac has revealed the sheer numbers of tablets that have leapt onto the tablet market following the early success of the iPad. The list shows that at least 100 tablets and crossover e-readers have shipped, including not just major names like the BlackBerry PlayBook and Motorola Xoom but also newcomers like Enspert’s Identity Tab line and the Notion Ink Adam. The list includes 24 generic tablets at Freescale’s booth as well.

And that is not even a complete list. It doesn’t include some close relatives, like Enspert’s S200 VoIP Home Hub, and devices that have been confirmed officially but weren’t formally unveiled at the show.

Azpen shows off Dual-Boot Windows 7 / Android Tablet at CES

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2011

Azpen has been busy showing off their latest dual-boot Windows 7 / Android tablet at CES. The device comes in two versions. There’s a 10.1-inch model with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 9.7-inch model with 4.3 aspect ratio.

Both models feature a capacitive touchscreen display, an Intel Atom N455 processor, up to 2GB RAM, up to 32GB of storage space, a microSD card slot, two USB ports and they come pre-loaded with the Windows 7 / Android 2.2 OS.

BlueAnt S3 Speakerphone launches at CES

Posted in BlueAnt by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2011

BlueAnt, makers of all kinds of Bluetooth gear has launched a new device at CES 2011 called the S3. It connects to the visor in your car and offers hands free calling as well as a lot of other features. The device features a convenient auto reconnect that connects your phone back to the S3 each time you get in or out of the car. It also supports text-to-speech for text messages when used with a separate downloadable app.

The S3 will cost you $79.99 and ships in the first quarter of 2011. It can also be paired with two devices at one time and supports five languages. In addition to the other features, the speaker is full-duplex and it has wind and echo cancellation.

iRiver to show off new Story HD e-Reader at CES

Posted in iRiver by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2011

It’s been awhile since we have heard anything from iRiver, but now they’re getting ready to release the iRiver Story HD in the second quarter. They are calling it “the World’s highest resolution 6-inch e-reader,” and the Story HD now has improved page turns and an e-paper display from LG. The display delivers a resolution of 768×1024 pixels and can support PDF/ePub formats using DRM.

Other features include built in WiFi, up to three weeks of battery life, and a QWERTY keypad. We don’t have many other details at the moment, but we should know more in a few days once it makes an appearance at CES.

Enspert launches Identity Tab E301 at CES

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2011

Korean electronics maker Enspert has just unveiled the Enspert Identity Tab E301 at CES 2011. The tablet is powered by a 1GHz processor, with Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a 7-inch display. This one is about education and entertainment.

The Enspert Identity Tab E301 comes in three versions. There’s a WiFi model, 3G, or WiFi and 3G. The screen has wide viewing angles and the Korean version will come with a TV tuner for your on the go entertainment needs.

VIZIO unveils Cinemawide HDTV

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on January 5th, 2011

VIZIO wants to redefine the “Home Theatre” in your living room with their Cinemawide HDTV LED LCDs. They are available in two sizes, 50″ and 58″ and will feature a 21:9 Cinema aspect ratio that can display native 2.35: 1 “CinemaScope” movies without any black bars for a true cinematic experience.

The TVs also feature VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA) in Cinema mode which will allow you to have browser apps side-by-side with 16:9 Full HD content. These are also Edge Lit Razor LED HDTVs with Smart Dimming and are capable of displaying 3D content with battery-free, lightweight glasses.

Avatar Kinect Xbox feature to be unveiled at CES?

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2011

We don’t have much info on this one, but an apparent snapshot from Microsoft has surfaced with the name Avatar Kinect displayed on it. While we don’t yet know exactly what that means, you can be pretty sure it translates to you awkwardly moving your body to play something while your avatar does the same.

However, Winrumors is claiming that there will be a separate channel for this arriving in an Xbox Live software update. Sounds plausible enough. Microsoft’s CES keynote is tomorrow, so we should find out pretty quickly.

Leadtek AMOR8210 videophone debuts at CES

Posted in Telephones by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2011

Whether you think we need video phones in our homes or not, you have to admit they are cool. Leadtek knows this and so they have announced the US launch of the AMOR8210. It’s already pretty popular in Taiwan. Will it make waves here?

Some of the features include a cordless handset, VoIP and regular telephone support (using RJ45 and RJ11 ports), widgets like audio and video players, and even integration with other devices for surveillance and health monitoring. We think it sounds pretty nifty.

Microsoft is getting into the TV set top box business

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2011

The time is right for Microsoft to make a play for the set top box market. Apple is never at CES and Google is asking its partners at CES this year to hold back while Google takes its Google TV back to the drawing board. The timing seems perfect.

And according to the Seattle Times that is just what they are doing. Looks like Microsoft is going to enter this market with a stripped-down version of Windows suited for set-top boxes and connected TVs. The software is a version of its embedded device software, overlaid with the Windows Media Center interface, with media streaming and remote-control capabilities.

Dell to launch Latitiude 2120 netbook at CES

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on January 1st, 2011

Looks like Dell will be launching a new Latitude 2120 netbook at CES next week. The 2120 is said to have specs identical to the previous 2110, but it packs double the power thanks to a dual core N550 processor. It features 3 and 6 cell battery options, a 10.1 inch display (with an optional touchscreen), 1 to 2GB of RAM, USB, Ethernet, and VGA ports.

The other interesting news about this latest Latitude is that it gets an optional Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator. There’s no info about price or availability just yet though.

Samsung ready to show off 23mm-thick 3D Blu-ray player at CES

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2010

Samsung is still obsessed with making the world’s thinnest Blu-ray player and so the company’s now announced plans to slim things down even more with a 23mm-thick unit that will be unveiled at CES 2011.

We don’t know much, but we do know it will play back native 3D content and convert 2D to “quasi-3D,” it will also come in a metallic, wall-mountable chassis, and it will feature YouTube, Facebook and Twitter integration.

Samsung SH100 Digital Camera to be unveiled at CES?

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2010

Our crystal ball tells us that Samsung has several cool gadgets lined up for CES 2011, not that we needed magic powers to figure that out. Now there is speculation that the Korean company’s SH100 point-and-shoot digital camera will be shown at CES too.

We don’t have any specific details on the SH100 yet, but we can tell you that the camera was recently at the FCC and will feature Wi-Fi connectivity and up to 5x optical zoom. With CES just a few days away, we will know soon enough.

LG bringing world’s largest LED-backlit 3D LCD HDTV to CES

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2010

LG has just announced that it will be bringing the world’s largest LED-backlit 3D LCD HDTV to CES 2011 next week. The LZ9700 handles both 2D and 3D content and also offers TruMotion 400Hz. It also comes with the company’s Smart TV functions, giving you access to TV apps, games, language classes, and more.

There’s no mention of price just yet, but it will be available in early 2011 to be large and in charge in your living room.

Toshiba prepping three tablets for CES

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2010

According to DigiTimes, three new Toshiba tablets are set for their debut at CES in a month. Two of them feature 10.1-inch screens and the third sports 11.6 inches. They each have a different os: Microsoft’s Windows 7 and Google’s Chrome OS and Android.

I guess Toshiba wants to see which one wins the hearts of consumers. At least you will have your OS of choice. We will learn more in a few weeks.

Nintendo will not be returning to CES after all

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on November 25th, 2010

Sorry Nintendo fans. You all put on your Mario clothes and celebrated when it was announced that Nintendo would be returning to CES after a 16-year absence, but the Consumer Electronics Association says Nintendo has some meeting rooms booked for the show, but that doesn’t mean that the company will be showing off the good stuff.

Sorry to dash your hopes like a Goomba getting pounced on. Ya never know, those meetings might be something extra awesome that will bear fruit. Or 1-up mushrooms.