CES 2010

Microsoft CES 2010 Tablet is HP slate PC not Courier [Video]

Microsoft CES 2010 Tablet is HP slate PC not Courier [Video]

Microsoft's CES 2010 keynote is only just starting - plagued by power cuts and temperamental on-stage PCs - but already Steve Ballmer's surprise tablet unveil has been scooped.  The culprit is, ironically, Microsoft itself, prematurely posting the press release to their media site.  As for that mystery tablet, despite pre-show rumors its turned out not to be the Courier; instead, it's turned out to be an as-yet unnamed HP touchscreen device.

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Motorola Backflip hands-on

Motorola Backflip hands-on

We hardly waited until Motorola had finished announcing their third Android smartphone, the Motorola Backflip, before heading up to have a play with the handset ourselves, and we have to say we're in two minds about it.  Motorola's concept is certainly interesting: the nature of the hinge means you can use it as a desk clock and widget station without, say, the dock the DROID demands, but there have been payoffs in the keyboard hardware that we're note sure are worth it.

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Sanyo XACTI VPC-SH1 and VPC-CS1 drop bulk, keep Full HD recording

Sanyo XACTI VPC-SH1 and VPC-CS1 drop bulk, keep Full HD recording

Sanyo have announced two new XACTI Full HD camcorders, one upright and one a more traditional palmcorder-format, and they've managed to slim down both impressively.  The Sanyo XACTI VPC- SH1 is the traditional model, with a 35mm wide-angle lens and 30x optical zoom, Full HD 1080p recording and a body that tapers in sharply after the lens bulk at the front.  Meanwhile the Sanyo XACTI VPC-CS1 is the upright model, capable of capturing the same Full HD video as previous high-end XACTIs but only measuring 1.06-inches across.

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Motorola Backflip official; CLIQ getting Android 2.1; DROID getting Flash 10.1

Motorola Backflip official; CLIQ getting Android 2.1; DROID getting Flash 10.1

SlashGear is at Motorola's press conference at CES 2010 today, and the company has just announced the Motorola Backflip.  While they're not mentioning carrier partnerships today, it's worth noting that the Backflip image shown now is the same as AT&T showed earlier today.  Meanwhile Moto also confirmed that the CLIQ (aka the Motorola DEXT) will be upgraded from Android 1.5 to 2.1, and that Adobe Flash 10.1 will be pushed out to the DROID in future releases.

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Sony Blu-ray Players and Home Theater Systems get WiFi and iPhone control

Sony Blu-ray Players and Home Theater Systems get WiFi and iPhone control

If you're looking for a 3D-capable Blu-ray player or Blu-ray equipped home theater system to go with your new Sony HDTV, it should come as little surprise that Sony have a few options on hand.  The company has announced three standalone players together with three home theater setups, and they offer such niceties as WiFi (integrated on some models, optional on others) and - using a free Sony app from the Apple App Store - remote control from your iPhone or iPod touch.

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