CES 2012

Why CES Is A Necessary Evil

Why CES Is A Necessary Evil

The Consumer Electronics Show is boring; it’s too big; and for the most part, few companies are able to get their products into the spotlight for long enough to actually impress many customers.

And yet, CES is a necessary evil. Like it or not, the show is what the industry needs to ensure that the average non-Apple company can actually get some attention in a world dominated by the iPhone maker.

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Sony VAIO T15 Touch and T14 Touch hands-on

Sony VAIO T15 Touch and T14 Touch hands-on

It's all-fingers-on-screen for Sony's latest VAIO ultrabooks, the T15 Touch and T14 Touch, which each slap a 10-digit multitouch layer on top of the regular display for some swiping Windows 8 action. Fresh at CES this week, the new Intel-powered duo is more of the same from Sony's ultrabook line-up, with brushed aluminum chassis and backlit keyboards.

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Acer CloudMobile Android 4.0 ICS smartphone revealed and detailed

Acer CloudMobile Android 4.0 ICS smartphone revealed and detailed

Today Acer has both revealed the Acer CloudMobile smartphone and shown it to be a winner of the iF design award 2012. This award is given to Acer for the smartphone for recognition of outstanding achievement in design, and the device is set to be revealed again in detail at Mobile World Congress 2012. This device is the first smartphone in the Acer line to offer AcerCloud technology and is set to be released with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich aboard.

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Mercedes-Benz mbrace2 in-vehicle technology and apps hands-on

Mercedes-Benz mbrace2 in-vehicle technology and apps hands-on

The folks at Mercedes-Benz have given us a demonstration and hands-on look at their second-generation in-car technology environment mbrace2, here with a set of built-in apps as well as a mobile application working on an iPhone connected directly with the vehicle. In the group's brand new SL-Class we get to check out how a fabulous looking set of menus will bring us everything we could possibly need or want to the drivers seat of our car. No need for a dongle anymore also, as mbrace2 brings with it a brand new mobile application that is able to control your car from your iPhone.

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Mercedes-Benz DICE interior concept hands-on

Mercedes-Benz DICE interior concept hands-on

Attendees exploring CES 2012 earlier this month traveling through the automotive section of the convention would have had a difficult time not at least glimpsing the Mercedez-Benz DICE Interior Concept. In a giant mirrored box sat a completely cushiony set of seats with car dashboard and driving wheel as well as a front windshield, both the windshield and the dashboard proving themselves instantly to be more than meets the eye. This was the DICE, or Dynamic and Intuitive Control Experience, and it was with gestures that one controlled this futuristic dream technology.

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Qualcomm AllJoyn proximity-based peer-to-peer technology hands-on

Qualcomm AllJoyn proximity-based peer-to-peer technology hands-on

This month we got the opportunity to speak with Qualcomm on a technology of theirs by the name of AllJoyn, made to allow proximity-based device-to-device communication possible without the use of an intermediary server. We've got hands-on looks with smartphone games, tablet games, music and document applications, and some tablet-to-television action as well all lined up for you here. Discover what makes Qualcomm's all-inclusive framework surrounding this powerful technology so great!

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Dancing Bieber-bot a six-figure spectacle

Dancing Bieber-bot a six-figure spectacle

Pop fop Justin Bieber's show-stopping CES 2012 appearance is believed to have cost toy manufacturer Tosy a six-figure sum, according to insiders, meaning the firm will have to sell plenty of $200 robots just to cover the singer's fee. Exact details of the Tosy deal have not been revealed, but Bieber apparently pocketed more than $100k for the brief appearance alongside the mRobo Ultra Robot, The Daily was told.

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Powerbag Business Class Pack review

Powerbag Business Class Pack review

During this last week at CES 2012, an absolute massacre of running, typing, snatching quick snacks, tripping over wires, smashing into walls, and most importantly, transferring electronics in and out of my rucksack of choice, I've got to say one thing about the Powerbag Business Class Pack: I've never seen another backpack keep all the pieces separate and organized the way this one does so very successfully. It's almost like the fact that this sack has a rechargeable battery in the bottom of it is a bonus feature, that's how much I've enjoyed using it to tote my devices through Las Vegas. The 6,000 mAh battery certainly does add frosting to the cake, also, when it comes down to it.

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ASUS Rampage IV Formula and Gene hands-on

ASUS Rampage IV Formula and Gene hands-on

The desktop market is a little quiet as of late, but there will always be room for hardcore PC gamers, and those who are more than willing to relieve them of their excess cash. To that end, Asus showed off two new high-end motherboards in its Republic of Gamers line at CES 2012, both of which use Intel's X79 chipset. We got some hands-on time with the Rampage IV Formula and the Rampage IV Gene in a meeting with Asus, and came away impressed.

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