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Staying Charged at CES


I went to CES last week. Unlike last year when we descended on Las Vegas for the full six days required for journalists to fully exhaust themselves among a flurry of PR pitches and devices that won’t make it out of January, I decided it was a good idea to get everything done in one day.

To accomplish this, I would need to assemble a setup that could survive 9 hours of flights, 11 hours on the ground with no extended outlet access (more than 10 minutes), and that was light and small enough to carry around in one bag. This wasn’t going to be your typical journo-mega-conference bag — I had to narrow my choices down to five devices. An iPhone 5S, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, 13” Macbook Pro with Retina Display (late-2013), Anker Astro Mini, and a ChargeKey.

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The Segue, Episode 17: Blenders Connected To The Internet

art_smallIn our first episode of the new year, we discuss some of the news we missed over the holiday break, including Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg’s new site Re/code, Biz Stone’s new app Jelly, and the recently released iOS 7 jailbreak. Then we take a deep dive into CES 2014, discussing “the internet of things” and some of our favourite products from the show this year: Pebble Steel, LG’s webOS TV, PlayStation Now, Oculus Rift’s Crystal Cove prototype, Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact, and – of course – 4K Televisions.

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CE at CES: CES 2013 in Photos

The Photo of CES

No matter where you go on this planet, there will be someone taking a photo with something they shouldn’t be using.

I attended CES last week. I saw a ton of gadgets, more TVs than any normal person would come across in their lifetime, and a few very strange keynotes that involved Steve Ballmer, Big Bird, Malibu, multiple videos of young parents with their children professing how their smart refrigerator brings their family together, and an electric Rolls-Royce. All in all, CES 2013 was an amazing trip that opened a door to the immediate future of the tech industry, even if that future may not be as bright for the conference itself. We’ve put together a photo essay so you can experience the madness and magic that was CES 2013.

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CES 2013: Kickstarter funded Pebble smartwatch starts shipping January 23rd

PebbleHeroThe Pebble smartwatch was the first big Kickstarter success story. In a little over a month, Pebble raised over $10.2 million dollars, thanks to nearly 69,000 backers. Today, Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky announced at CES that Pebble has finally entered manufacturing, and that the first devices will begin shipping out to backers on January 23rd. At full power, Pebble’s manufacturing partners will crank out 15,000 watches per week, so Migicovsky says it will take 6-8 weeks to fulfill all of their Kickstarter orders, at which point Pebble will start shipping to those who preordered through after the Kickstarter campaign ended.

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CES 2013: Canon’s New PowerShot N is an Adorable, Pocket-Sized Point-and-Shoot

CanonPowerShotN_2xI’m not sure what it is about cameras, but I love them. It’s quite odd actually, since I’ve never been much of a photographer. So it comes as no surprise to me that one of the first gadgets of CES 2013 to catch my eye is Canon’s new PowerShot N. Is this not the cutest little camera you’ve ever seen? The PowerShot N is nearly all lens on the front, while the back is dominated entirely by a 2.8-inch touchscreen that tilts up 90 degrees. In fact, as far as I can tell from the press photos, there are no physical buttons on the PowerShot N, save for the power switch on the left side, so I’m assuming the shutter and zoom buttons will be on-screen. The camera is also packing WiFi, and a new “Mobile Device Connect” feature that allows you to instantly send photos to your iOS, Android, or Windows smartphone.

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CES: The Best of The Best, as The Lights Dim… (Wrap-Up)

The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show has come and gone, and while there may not have been many high profile products announced (in fact many claim there was no clear “Best of Show”), this years CES brought a ton of awesome new gadgets just the same.

As there was not much activity on Day 3, the final day of the show, I decided I would highlight some of my personal favorite announcements – the best of the best – from throughout the week.

Google’s Android Style Guide
Although it isn’t really a product per-se, the Android Style Guide was released to developers on Day 3, and aims to help them in creating and designing beautiful apps for Android using the new style conventions introduced with Ice Cream Sandwich. The style guide is available now on Google’s Android Developer portal.

Windows 8 tablets
Intel, along with a few other companies, showed off some prototype Windows 8 tablets at the show. I must say, Microsoft is on a roll with their Windows products lately, following up the awesome Windows Phone 7 with the equally new and unique Windows 8. It features the same gorgeous Metro UI of WP7, and aims to provide an experience tailored for touch input, as well as the conventional keyboard and mouse. Microsoft has promised a beta of Windows 8 will be released in February.

Nokia Lumia 900
I’ve recently become a big fan of Windows Phone 7, and if you’re looking for the iPhone or Galaxy Nexus of Windows Phone, look no further than the Lumia 900 from Nokia. The first LTE offspring of the Microsoft / Nokia deal, the Nokia Lumia 900 is described by company CEO (and fellow Canadian) Stephen Elop as “the first real Windows Phone”. It’s a gorgeous device that features an 8 megapixel Carl Zeiss shooter on the back, and a beautiful 4.3” display on the front.

LG’s 55 inch OLED TV and LG’s LM series 1mm bezel TV’s
LG pulled out the big guns at this years CES, showcasing a 55 inch OLED TV that The Verge states was “making love to our eyes”. LG also announced the LM series of TV’s that feature a tiny 1mm bezel. They are absolutely stunning, and all of these models will be arriving sometime in 2012.

Samsung Smart TV
This wasn’t necessarily one of my favorite products, but it is an interesting one nonetheless. Samsung announced a new Smart TV that the user can control using, yes, their voice. Wasn’t there another company rumored to be working on a voice-controlled television? Oh yeah…

Sony Xperia S
Sony’s first Android phone to debut sans-Ericsson was the Xperia S. It’s a cool looking phone that actually features a transparent plastic strip along the bottom which functions as the antenna. Neat! Unfortunately, it’s still running Gingerbread, and it is skinned, though not as heavily as some of Sony’s previous Xperia devices. This one will be hitting AT&T in the US soon.

Vizio’s all-in-one computer and thin-and-light laptops
Vizio, known mostly for their line of discount TV’s, unveiled their first foray into the personal computer market at CES. Their new all-in-one features a very modern design, announced alongside matching peripherals including a keyboard, external trackpad, and subwoofer. The all-in-one also features an HDMI input, meaning you could hook up a Blu-ray player or game console to it and essentially use the monitor as a TV.

Vizio also showcased a line of thin-and-light laptops that they insist are not Ultrabooks! Vizio says their new portables match or outdo Intel’s Ultrabook specs. The laptops are gorgeous for Windows machines, and feature the same modern and sleek design as the company’s all-in-one.

Canon PowerShot G1 X
Canon launched the G1 X, a camera with the power and performance of a DSLR, but in the body of a point-and-shoot. The $799 camera features a 14.3 megapixel sensor and a non-interchangeable 15.1-60.4mm zoom lens. The G1 X is meant for photographers that already own a DSLR, but want something more portable to carry around that can provide the same superior image quality. The G1 X is one sexy piece of kit, though a little out of my price-range…

And that is the best of the best at this year’s CES. Thanks for joining Current Editorials on our look at CES 2012!
Links via The Verge and Engadget.

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CES: The Best of The Best, Day 2

Hello again everyone & thanks for reading again! Today was a great day at CES with some of the usual expected announcements (bigger and better) but also some surprise concepts to usher in the first day. Today’s bests include some big and some little.

Samsung WF457 Washing Machine – TheVerge

As long as the WF457 and a smartphone are on the same wireless network, users can set alerts, change cycles, remotely start or pause the washer, and more.

Zik Parrot Bluetooth Headphones — Parrot

Designed by Phillipe Starck, these Bluetooth headphones appear to address all the reasons we never bought bluetooth headphones to begin with.

TOSY Robotics mRobo Ultra Bass — Engadget

Announced by TOSY & Justin Bieber, you can get 2 GB of dancing robot for about $200.

Ford Brings iHeartRadio to Vehicles — Mashable

Ford will be the first auto company to offer cars access toiHeartRadio, featuring more than 800 of the top broadcast and digital-only stations in the U.S.

Victorinox 1TB SSD Pocketknife — Wired

In the realm of small, this is it. The 1TB SSD drive is no bigger than a typical pocketknife, yet features USB 3.0/eSATA transfer functionality.

LG LM9600 Television — CNET

The LM9600 will have the thinnest bezel of any full-array LED TV yet.