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Tough tablets? Panasonic's got a couple of new ones to introduce at CES 2013. The Toughpad line of enterprise-grade tablets is gaining new models this week: the Toughpad FZ-G1 (a 10" tablet running Windows 8 Pro) and the Toughpad JT-B1 (a 7" Android-powered unit). Both of them follow the original 10" Android-powered Toughpad FZ-A1 which became broadly available late last year. Toughpad tablets are designed for mission-critical and highly mobile workers in fields such as the military, construction, healthcare, public safety, utilities, retail, maintenance, supply chain logistics and insurance. Perhaps not the best option for mainstream consumers, but those who need something who can take a beating... Read more...
Earlier, we came across a hot item about Valve and their rumored Steam Box gaming console. Word came out that modular PC maker Xi3 was Valve’s hardware partner on the project and was showing off the result, a beautifully designed computer called the Piston. However, when we eagerly scooted over to Valve’s booth here at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, they told us that the story simply was not true. According to Valve, there are several--potential--hardware partners, and in fact that’s pretty much all Valve’s booth is for at CES; press wasn’t allowed in. When we pushed a bit for more details, Valve’s representative was polite but firm: We were unable to enter the booth... Read more...
NVIDIA made some serious noise and surprised just about everyone in attendance a couple of days before the official opening of this year's Consumer Electronics Show, with the company’s official unveiling of its next-gen Tegra 4 SoC and a portable gaming device, code-named "Project SHIELD." We posted details regarding Tegra 4 and SHIELD late Sunday night and we’d suggest checking out this post for some additional information, photos, and specifications.  Today we got a chance to see SHEILD up-close and personal in a closed-door meeting with some representatives from NVIDIA. Take a look... Although it’s easy to categorize Project SHIELD as a portable gaming system, which... Read more...
Just when you thought that tablet resolutions couldn't get any more ridiculous, here comes Panasonic with the unveiling of a 4K resolution model. Yes, 4K. But that's not all that makes this tablet unique: it comes in at a staggering 20-inches in size. Clearly, this isn't meant to be something you toss into your backpack and use while on the go. Instead, it seems obvious that Panasonic's intentions here are to give designers, photographers and perhaps developers huge space to work with. As you can see in the below shot, the Start screen in Windows 8 looks almost scrawny. While the exact resolution hasn't been made available, "4K" usually means at least 8 million pixels, as covered in an earlier... Read more...
A humorous thing about CES is that every year, there's always a couple of buzzwords that you can't ignore. "3D" has been a big one in recent years, as has been "cloud", "ultrabooks", "superphones' and so on. This year, a major buzzword is one that really caught fire throughout 2012: "4K". We're of course talking about display resolutions here, though exactly how it's used varies. While true 4K displays are going to take a while to catch on due to their cost (we are talking ~8 million pixels+, after all), some companies have found ways to use the buzzword elsewhere, such as GIGABYTE. At CES, the company is showing off its dual-Thunderbolt motherboards that are able to drive a 4K resolution with... Read more...
For the past several months, the Internet has been flush with rumors about a so-called Steam Box that has the potential to revolutionize PC gaming. Such things have an unfortunate way of disappearing into a place called VaporwareVille (the only "Ville" not owned by Zynga), but lest you fear the same fate awaits the Steam Box, check out what showed up at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. A company called Xi3 showed up with a modular computer codenamed "Piston," which Valve and Xi3 confirmed is a "computer game system optimized for Steam gameplay." In other words, this is the Steam Box we've been hearing so much about, Polygon reports. Image Source: Polygon The Piston is an altered... Read more...
Remember Mushkin? The company isn't in the headlines as much as it used to be when it was cranking out enthusiast grade memory at a breakneck pace, but it hasn't faded off into obscurity either. Mushkin's on hand at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and among the products it brought with it is a new line of enterprise-class solid state drives (SSDs) Mushkin's ProSpec SSDs are powered by LSI's SandForce SF-2582 controller and Enterprise MLC (eMLC) flash memory that supposedly is able to achieve 10X the write endurance as regular SSDs, and without any performance degradation. On the topic of performance, random read and write performance checks in at 80,000 and 42,000 IOPS, respectively,... Read more...
It has been a rough few years for AMD. The company has found itself increasingly behind the eight ball and outmaneuvered, thanks to strong competition from Intel and less-than-stellar performance with recent releases of their A series integrated APUs. At a press event yesterday at CES 2013,  the Sunnyvale-based company focused on demonstrating new product wins and continued execution of its own APU roadmap. New devices shipping soon are courtesy of partnerships Asus, HP, and Vizio. Vizio's hardware was big news at the show, though AMD did talk up partnerships with other companies. The first two companies are familiar names, but Vizio has focused on HDTVs and other consumer electronics up... Read more...
With CES getting underway, Lenovo treated us to some one-on-one time with one of its more unsual products: The Horizon Table PC. The 27-inch tablet is not only big enough to be used as a table, it is one. As we discussed earlier,device fits into (and becomes the centerpiece of) a special, high-tech table that runs Windows 8.   In action, the Horizon is impressive. It has bright, crisp images and it responds well to the touch - in fact, it can handle simultaneous gestures from multiple people. I was able to move and resize photos while another user did the same nearby without any graphical stuttering. Lenovo points out that the Horizon is meant to bring family members - who are often... Read more...
Let's say you're out playing golf and you shank the shot so badly, you end up near a pond. You walk over, whip out your smartphone to snap a pic for Facebook, and then...oops! That slippery sucker jumps right out of your hand and dives into the drink. You then fish out your phone, but it's dripping water and appears dead. What a day! That's just one of many ways you can get a smartphone wet, and it's not necessarily the end of the world (or your phone). Try sticking it in a bag of uncooked rice for at least 24 hours. Or just wipe it down and resume playing golf, which is entirely possible with Sony's newly announced Xperia Z handset. The Xperia Z ascends rank as Sony's flagship Android smartphone,... Read more...
If there's one company worth watching out for at any CES, it's Corsair. More often than not, the company unveils a slew of products that catch our attention for all the right reasons, and sometimes even cause us to want to rebuild our PCs using its latest collection of kit. Another stature from Corsair is the unveiling of something we weren't expecting, and this year sticks to tradition. For many years, Corsair has slapped the "Voyager" name on a variety of storage products - namely thumb drives - however with this CES, a piece of wireless storage bears its name. "Voyager Air" is an external hard drive that's meant to be accessed a variety of ways. You can connect it to your PC via USB as is... Read more...
Looking for something small and useful out of CES? How about this? Kanex has just introduced the meDrive, a file server for iOS products that can be used to expand storage and provide a secure local cloud. It essentially turns USB storage into a network drive, which can then be accessed from an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Mac + PC. iOS file management is available through the Kanex meDrive app, which is available at no cost at the Apple App Store. There are no extra service fees and users can have the peace of mind of private local storage. Users can also hot-swap in other USB storage drives to expand their storage needs, and the associated app also supports Bonjour. Interested? It's on sale... Read more...
We had a chance to stop by Lenovo’s suite today at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, to check out some of the latest and greatest offerings from the company. First up is the new Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2. This tablet runs on Windows 8 Pro and features a 10.1-inch multi-touch HD display. Lenovo claims this is the lightest Windows 8 tablet on the market with a starting weight of 1.25 pounds. A dock is available for this tablet that offers port replication. On the dock, you’ll get HDMI out, LAN, speaker, power, and USB ports. A Bluetooth keyboard stand is also available for this tablet. Next up is the ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabook that has the footprint and weight of a 13-inch notebook but features... Read more...
A few months ago, we detailed Intel's low-power plans with Haswell and how the company was planning to push mainstream x86 processors into much lower TDPs than it had previously discussed. Santa Clara still intends to deliver Haswell parts at 10W or below, but it's accelerated the delivery of sub-10W parts even further. Today, it officially announced a series of chips with a 7W "Scenario Design Power." SDP is a new-ish metric Intel is introducing with these new processors. SDP is defined as an additional thermal reference point based on mainstream workloads on tablet devices. This is the sort of change-up that tends to touch off allegations of lying and misrepresentation. I'm going to try to... Read more...
One of the most active companies at CES in the announcements department is Intel, and it wasted no time in getting things kicked-off today. It's obvious that the company would love a much larger piece of the mobile pie, but to date, it's had a difficult time penetrating the North American market. However, it's been doing fairly well in other places - especially in emerging markets. So, it's of no surprise that the company is retaining a good focus there, and is doing so with its just-announced Atom Z2420 mobile processor, codenamed "Lexington". The SoC - which is so new, it's not even listed on Intel's own site yet - is clocked at 1.2GHz, supports 1080p and HSPA+ wireless speeds. Thanks to it... Read more...
In addition to the major system and graphics card announcements ASUS made at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the company was showing off a number of other interesting products as well. We just spent some time with representatives from ASUS at a suite in the Trump Hotel and got to check out some new monitors, motherboards, notebooks, mobile devices, and networking products first hand. One of the most interesting products on display was a new wide-screen monitor dubbed the MX299Q. This 29” display sports a 21:9 ultra-wide aspect ratio and a high-quality IPS panel with a native resolution of 2560x1080. The design language is similar to the MX series monitor we showed... Read more...
CyberPowerPC has gone all out with its announcements at CES, unveiling not only a new notebook and small form-factor PC, but one of the beefiest and most robust water-cooling kits we've seen in a while. Let's take it from the top. It seems that lately, "console-sized" is all the rage, and that's exactly how CyberPowerPC is describing its brand-new Zeus SFF. It offers an attractive full-tower chassis (9.5" x 9.84" x 3.9") sporting two front USB 3.0 ports. Because of its size, it could be assumed that Zeus SFF could be used with a television or PC that's far from a router. As such, it includes support for 802.11n wireless. The base Zeus SFF includes an Intel Core i5-3570L CPU, AMD Radeon HD 7750... Read more...
OCZ is planning to showcase several storage products this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and among them is a pre-production version of its new flagship Vector SSD Series for PCI Express (PCIe) interfaces. Armed with an Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller and the above mentioned PCIe interface, the latest Vector SSDs will offer improved input/output operations per second (IOPS) burst performance and superior real-world sustained performance compared to the SATA-based version. It doesn't matter if the data is compressed or uncompressed, OCZ claims the PCIe-based Vector SSD Series won't break a sweat either way. "Residing directly on the PCIe bus, this new addition to the Vector... Read more...
Ford and Rhapsody are teaming up to deliver the latter's streaming Internet music service to more than 1 million Ford and Lincoln vehicles. An official announcement will be made later today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, but in the meantime, some details have already trickled out. According to Bloomberg, Rhapsody's service will be piped through Ford's Sync-enabled cars and trucks. Listeners will be able to manipulate their music using voice commands, physical buttons on the steering wheel, and through their mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. "Our customers see the limitations of terrestrial radio and Sirius XM satellite radio," Jon Irwin, president of Rhapsody,... Read more...
You better believe Asus intends to make a splash at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, like a rhino jumping off the high-dive. It starts off with a canonball unveiling of the "Asus Qube with Google TV" (just "Qube" from here on out), a square shaped device intended to add Google TV to your high definition television. The Qube is a rather intriguing device, not just because it represents another product in the second coming of Google TV, but also because it offers both motion control and voice search that integrates Google Play, Chrome, and YouTube in a single compact device. "Asus has developed the unique Qube interface, which displays functions via a rotating on-screen cube shape.... Read more...
Windows 8 opens up a whole new world of possibilities in computing, and one of the recurring themes we've seen thus far is that of the convertible laptop. There are plenty to be seen at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, including two from Lenovo. The first is the ThinkPad Helix with a "groundbreaking 'rip and flip' design" that transforms the 11.6-inch Ultrabook into a powerful Windows 8 tablet. It's equipped with a Full HD 1080p IPS (In-Plane Switching) 10-point multi-touchscreen panel with pen touch input and Gorilla Glass, up to an Intel Core i7 processor (Ivy Bridge), up to 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory, up to a 256GB solid state drive (SSD), two USB 3.0 ports, mini-HDMI and mini-DisplayPort... Read more...
Audience has just announced their latest smartphone/mobile audio processor, the earSmart eS515. The earSmart eS515 combines the company’s advanced voice processing technology, which is already employed in many popular smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II, with a high-performance, low-power audio codec for enhanced voice quality and speech recognition and a better multimedia experience. By combining the sound processor with an audio codec onto a single chip, Audience is also able to cut power consumption and reduce off-chip communication for potentially better battery life as well. We’ve got the full press release announcing the earSmart eS515 below and... Read more...
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