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The wackiest, weirdest gadgets of CES 2017

Folks, in case you don’t know, The Consumer Electronics Show is where companies bring out new technology products.. it’s a chance to look into the future. And also a chance to see what the big brains think we (the ‘average consumer’) want.. or will want someday.

Not only do I NOT want any of this.. I really wish they weren’t developing it. Half of it has kinda scary implications.. But, here you go –> Your glimpse into the future is here:

* The wackiest, weirdest gadgets of CES 2017

I really hope zero people buy any of that. Ever.

But you know people will.

Because they’re.. well.. humans.

Today’s quote:How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~ Anne Frank

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January 9, 2017 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, gadgets, hardware, News, tech | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Consumer Electronics Show 2015 (CES) Recap

Folks, here is the best article on the recent CES I’ve seen to date.

* CES 2015, from tablets to curved screens and wireless charging: A pragmatist’s verdict

CES can show you whatever you are looking for, so whatever you think of the industry, this one event won’t change your mind.” Read more..

Rel: CES 2015: Meet the worst tech of the show

The biggest tech expo of the year drew to an end with some remarkably strange, weird, and in some cases entirely pointless gadgets, gizmos, and technologies.” VIEW THE GALLERY

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Coulda’ Been Worse Dept:

That guy should go buy a lottery ticket…

Today’s quote:Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” ~ Carl Jung

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January 15, 2015 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, hardware, News, Portable Computing, tech | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Consumer Electronics Show 2013

Unfortunately, nobody sponsored a free ride to ole’ Tech Paul to the CES 2013.. so to find out what the future of tech is going to look like, I turn to CNet.

CNET brings you complete CES 2013 coverage ~
Join us at the world’s largest tech show where CNET editors will scour the showroom floor for the hottest new tech around!
With 90 people on the ground in Vegas, if it happens at CES, it’s happening on CNET. Our comprehensive CES special coverage brings you every moment of the show.CES 2013 features more than 3,000 tech companies from around the world unveiling the latest devices and services. From impressive-looking TVs to strange, bone-conducting headphones to giant robotic spiders, we’ve got it all here.
Visit CNET's CES coverage
CNET’s Next Big Thing: The Connected Revolution
CNET’s Next Big Thing SuperSession is one of the most popular events at CES, and in 2013, hear what big names in tech and business are saying about the post-mobile revolution.

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Qualcomm’s keynote at 2013 CES
Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs takes the stage to talk up the mobile revolution.

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Always On’s live torture test at CES
Want to see if the iPad can survive liquid nitrogen? Or how about dropping the Surface tablet from a ladder? Molly Wood and Brian Tong torture a slew of gadgets at CES 2013.

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Adriana Huffington showcases her new app
CNET’s Dan Farber interviews Huffington Post’s Ariana Huffington about her new app called GPS for the Soul, a heath app to combat stress and promote a healthy lifestyle.

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CNET’s Sharon Vaknin slays the Mondo Robot Spider
Check out EatArt’s 50-foot mechanical snake and watch Sharon take the reins on the Mondo robotic spider.

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Go from sweeps to swipes!
Don’t miss your chance to win* a Samsung Galaxy Tablet
Enter the CNET #Hashtag contest!
Find the “#” for a chance to win* a tablet!
*No purchase necessary. See official rules for details.Get started now!
LL Cool J drops in on the CNET stage at CES 2013
CNET’s Brian Tong interviews LL Cool J on his new Liquid MyConnect Studio App, a real-time music collaboration tool for a mobile device.

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The LG Smart Refrigerator know what you have, knows what you need
Donald Bell plays around with the LG Smart Refrigerator that will remind you that you need more beer.

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50 Cent comes back to CES 2013 with SMS Audio
Brian Tong talks to 50 Cent about the growth of SMS Audio and his favorite headphones.

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I hope there’s an item there (or two) that interests. (Maybe the Galaxy Tab Sweepstakes?)

Today’s quote:The obvious and fair solution to the housework problem is to let men do the housework for, say, the next six thousand years, to even things up. The trouble is that men, over the years, have developed an inflated notion of the importance of everything they do, so that before long they would turn housework into just as much of a charade as business is now. They would hire secretaries and buy computers and fly off to housework conferences in Bermuda, but they’d never clean anything.” ~ Dave Barry

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January 10, 2013 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, gadgets, hardware, Internet, News, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

From the Consumer Electronics Show..

CRN’s CES 2012 Coverage

CES 2012

CES 2012, the largest tech show in the U.S., highlights the consumerization of IT and is a hot bed for the introduction of new smartphones, notebooks and other tech gadgets. CES also serves up keynotes from a range of big name IT executives, with Steve Ballmer, Ursula Burns and Paul Otellini all speaking at this year’s event.

CRN is on hand at CES 2012, bringing up-to-the-minute coverage of the biggest keynotes and providing an exclusive look at our favorite tablet PCs, ultrabooks, new cloud technologies and everything else from the show floor.

CES 2012

15 Mind-Blowing HDTVs From The CES 2012 Show Floor

HDTVs are typically one of the most amazing parts about CES and this year was no exception, as all the usual suspects — Panasonic, LG and Samsung — were represented.

Solution Providers: Intel Smartphones, “Wintel” Here To Stay

Intel has announced an alliance with Motorola as it prepares to enter the smartphone and tablet space for the first time ever. Intel’s new mobile strategy doesn’t signify the demise of “Wintel,” though, solution providers said.

CES 2012

New Storage Devices Come To Light At CES 2012, Storage Visions

While the buzz in Las Vegas was focused on tablets, TVs, and smart mobile devices, there was plenty to see at CES 2012 for anyone looking for the latest storage innovations.

ViewSonic Undercuts Android Tablet Market With $170 ViewPad E70

ViewSonic also introduced two more 10-inch tablets: the ViewPad 10e and the ViewPad 10pi.

SAP CIO: It’s Always Bring Your Smartphone To Work Day

In an interview at CES, Oliver Bussman explains why SAP gave the green light to personal iPhones, iPads and Samsung Android-based devices in the corporate environment.

CES 2012

Ballmer Touts Windows 8, Phone In Microsoft’s CES Farewell

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, in the company’s CES farewell, sticks to his knitting by focusing on progress with key products like Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

CES: Cisco Says Videoscape Platform Still Top Priority

Despite Cisco’s struggles in 2011, its Videoscape digital television and social media platform is still an important strategic platform for service providers.

CES 2012

10 Hot Items From CES 2012 Opening Night

CRN provides a look at 10 items that caught our eye on opening night of CES 2012.

D-Link, Netgear Join CES Cloud Services Fray

Cloud services continued to dominate CES 2012, with home and SMB networking players D-Link and Netgear pledging allegiance to the cloud with new services.

CES: LG Set To Launch VMware-Equipped Smartphones

LG says its carrier partners are getting ready to launch the first smartphones loaded with Horizon Mobile, a VMware virtualization technology that tackles consumerization issues.

CES 2012

25 Must-See Products At CES 2012

It’s that time of year again. Here are 25 hot items on tap for the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show.

CES 2012

Seven Scintillating Ultrabooks From CES 2012

Las Vegas was full of Ultrabooks. Here’s a look at seven standout models from CES 2012.

It’s Personal: 10 CES 2012 Products That Showcase The Individual

CES isn’t just about gadgets: This year, there were many products that showcase individual style and the personalization trend. Here are 10 examples from the show floor.

Intel Signs Mobile Alliance With Motorola, Throws Support Behind Android

Intel’s alliance with Motorola shows the chip maker is throwing its weight behind Android — not Windows — in the smartphone and tablet markets.

CES 2012

CES: Seagate Teams With Verizon On 4G Wireless Mobile Hard Drive

Seagate and Verizon unveil what the two are calling the world’s first 4G mobile wireless storage device.

Report: Dell Plots Its Entry Into Consumer Tablet Space

Dell is reportedly making plans to launch a consumer-focused tablet later this year, according to reports.

CES: HP Unveils ENVY 14 Spectre ‘Premium Consumer’ Ultrabook

HP put its stake in the ground in the premium consumer Ultrabook market with the unveiling at CES of its HP ENVY 14 Spectre, which is slated to ship on February 8 with a starting list price of $1,399.

CES 2012

10 Weird, Wacky And Wonderful Things To See At CES 2012

CRN takes a look at the weirdest, wackiest, and intriguing products and events happening at this year’s CES.

Samsung Launches 7.7-Inch Tablet, Notebooks, Ultrabooks

Samsung is expanding its smartphone portfolio with the Galaxy Note, which features a 5.3-inch, high definition, Super AMOLED display and will run on AT&T’s LTE network.

CES 2012

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga Combines Ultrabooks With Tablets

What do you get when you mix an Ultrabook with a Windows 8 tablet? Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga.

CES: Lenovo Brings New Tablet, Ultrabook, All-In-One Offerings

Lenovo gets busy at CES, rolling out the IdeaTab S2 10-inch tablet, IdeaPad U310 and U410 Ultrabooks and IdeaCentre B540 and B340 All-In-One PCs.

CES: Acer, Lenovo Vie For Piece Of The Cloud

Cloud services take center stage early at CES as Acer and Lenovo each come out swinging with new integrated cloud plays.

February 25, 2012 Posted by | News, tech | , , , | 3 Comments

A Big Question For A Little Monday

* The more I use Windows 8 Developer’s Preview Edition (on my Desktop), the more I do not like Metro.
So much for the idea that my comfort would grow with familiarity…
But, that’s just me. Perhaps others will feel the opposite.
While this is a very early “beta” I am playing with.. I don’t see anything here that would make me want to spend to “upgrade” from Windows 7. I hope that changes as official release draws nearer.

* The subject of the Internet causing divorces has come up in conversation several times for me lately. It seems many people believe the Internet is causing more and more marriages to fail.. an epidemic, to quote a few.

I admit, smart business people, and media types,  have been quick to declare a new disease: Internet Addiction.. and yes, World of Warcraft is often cited. Some two years ago now, I wrote: Is Your (inner) Child Addicted to the Internet?, which is not only a good read, but contains a link to an assessment test you can take.

I will also admit, I have an opinion in terms of the question “is the Internet causing a higher divorce rate”, but today I will ask, not tell. What do you think?

Thanks in advance for your ‘feedback’.

* What’s new in the world of tech toys, devices, and gadgets? Well, the CES is where you go to see tomorrow’s technology.

Can’t remember if I ever mentioned it here.. not a big fan of Mondays…

Today’s quote:The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” ~ Isaac Asimov

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January 16, 2012 Posted by | computers | , , , , , | 11 Comments

Xoom, Xoom

As I mentioned in my My First Look At Android, part 1, I recently purchased an HTC smartphone, and have been exploring its Android operating system. In that article, I referenced Apple’s iPad, and this year’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show). I talked about the “year of the tablet”.

The iPad was the first consumer ‘tablet’, and its popularity (read “sales”) ensured that other manufacturers would produce their own tablet PC’s, and try to grab a slice of that market share. Well, a year later they’re coming, (or here) and Motorola’s Xoom – with it’s Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” operating system – seems to be the lead contender for unseating the iPad as the tablet to own.

I have been watching the tablets, as I really am not satisfied with my smartphone. Why? The small, 3.8″ screen. I really would prefer a 6″, or 7″ screen. Large for a phone? I guess. But if their were a tablet/phone available here in the US, that’s what I’d get. I am considering selling my phone, getting a tablet, and using Skype.. or waiting until a 4G phone/tablet hits the market.

So I was watching for the Xoom reviews, and, lo, two arrived today.

Motorola Xoom review: Google Android reaches adolescence

“The Motorola Xoom is the first tablet computer to use Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Is it ready to rival Apple’s iPad?”

First impressions of the Motorola Xoom: Five quick insights

“The Motorola Xoom is more of a PC replacement than the iPad, but it still has some frayed edges that need to be evened out before most early adopters will want to jump on board.”

I have been a tech for too long, and am too ‘seasoned’ to be anyone’s guinea pig (aka “an ‘early adopter'”), so I will not be rushing out and buying a Xoom. (I urge people not to buy version 1.0 of anything.. as kewel and hip as be-the-first-on-your-block might be.) But I will be watching developments. These gizmos do indeed look like they are here to stay; and, yes, I want one.
But just not yet. I agree with these articles, and I’m giving myself a year for this new stuff to shake out. (And competition will lower the price by then, too.)

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February 28, 2011 Posted by | computers, gadgets, hardware, Internet | , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Fools Rush In… (aka "Let’s Go Slate-boarding!")

Those who know me personally, know that a little thing like last week’s predictions setback (25% accuracy) is not going to stop me from continuing to post my Playoff Picks…


And Now For The Tech:
It has been published that sales of PC’s was better than expected this holiday season – Intel and Acer doing particularly well.

Yes. I said Acer. The big sellers were a relative newcomer to the PC market, the category of small, portable, “netbooks” (see, It’s Time We Talked About Netbooks) of which the Acer models seemed to be preferred. It seems everybody wants a netbook.

And Then Came Apple.. And CES

More predictions: But netbooks and Christmas sales are ancient history already, and everybody’s looking ahead. And the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is where we get to see what the manufacturers will be bringing us soon.

It seems our future is something called a “slate”.

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* Apple’s next “big thing” is supposed to be something named “iSlate”.
* Microsoft is hyping Windows 7’s “touchscreen” features.
* iPhone sales were ginormous, and everyone figured it was the ‘touchscreen’ that explained it.
* “gestures” and “multitouch” are seen as replacing the mouse and eventually the keyboard…

In spite of the fact that this all is vaguely reminiscent of the “voice recognition” and text-to-speech of Windows XP (that was supposed to give us “hands free computing“), you add up those bullet points, and you are not surprised when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer uses his CES Keynote Address to show us a tablet PC.. and refer to it as a “slate”. (As well he could, it was an HP prototype named “the Slate”.)

The HP Slate was underwhelming, to say the least. Hailed by Ballmer as “something that’s almost as portable as a phone and that’s as powerful as a PC running Windows 7“, the demonstration showed a flat panel computing device that seemed more equivalent to a color Kindle than to a Windows 7 wonder-tablet.

Yes.. the utter prior failure of tablet PC’s in the marketplace was simply due to the fact that touchscreen and gestures weren’t here yet. Windows 7 changes that, so… touch tablets. Oops. Excuse me. Touch slates.

For those of you who read this far, this article: HP Slate Lowers the Bar for Apple’s Tablet PC.

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January 16, 2010 Posted by | Apple, computers, hardware, Microsoft, News, PC, Portable Computing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment