CES 2012

Sony outs 2nd-Gen Google TV boxes with streamlined remote

Sony outs 2nd-Gen Google TV boxes with streamlined remote

Sony promised second-gen Google TV hardware, and the company has delivered with the new Sony Network Media Player NSZ-GS7 and Blu-ray Disc Player NSZ-GP9, streamlining the remote and boosting cross-platform support. Gone is the button-festooned madness of the original line-up, replaced with a straightforward trackpad on one side and a backlit QWERTY keyboard on the other. However, either can be bypassed thanks to an integrated microphone for voice-recognition and control.

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Olympus VG-160, VR-340 and Tough TG-320 point-and-shoots launch

Olympus VG-160, VR-340 and Tough TG-320 point-and-shoots launch

Olympus has outed three new compact cameras at CES, the VG-160, VR-340 and Tough TG-320, offering point-and-shoot practicality along with 720p HD video recording. The Olympus Tough TG-320 packs a 14-megapixel sensor and 3.6x wide-angle optical zoom lens into a waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and dustproof casing, with a 3D photo mode - that works underwater - and an HDMI port for easy TV connectivity.

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Olympus SP-620UZ and SZ-12 superzooms revealed

Olympus SP-620UZ and SZ-12 superzooms revealed

Olympus has launched a set of new super-zoom cameras, the SP-620UZ UltraZoom with a 21x lens and the SZ-12 with a 24x lens in a compact body. Fresh to CES 2012, the SP-620UZ has a 16-megapixels sensor and can create 3D shots by combining a pair of slightly-offset 2D images; the SZ-12, meanwhile, has a 14-megapixel sensor and dual image-stabilization along with 720p HD video recording.

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3M MP220 Mobile Pico Projector hands-on

3M MP220 Mobile Pico Projector hands-on

Pico and pocket projectors have continued to evolve and improve and are become increasingly popular. While just a few short years ago the thought of having 50 lumens of brightness on a battery powered device seemed out of reach. 3M has continued to bring the latest and greatest in projectors to the table. It might not be the brightest, or last the longest but they've found a great happy medium with the MP220.

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Huawei Ascend P1 S and P1 hands-on

Huawei Ascend P1 S and P1 hands-on

This week the folks at Huawei have dropped a bomb: they've got the new "world's thinnest" in smartphones with the Huawei Ascend P1 S - and we've got a hands-on look at both it and its slightly heavier brother, the P1 (with no S). These devices are, as they've told us at Pepcom, essentially the exact same as one another except for their size and price. The P1 S will cost slightly more than the P1 and is just a tiny bit thinner. Both models also run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a special "3D" home screen launcher working here in the demo units.

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Dropcam HD hands-on

Dropcam HD hands-on

There's a camera out there today, folks, a camera by the name of Dropcam HD - one that when we got a hands-on look at, we were flabbergasted at the awesomeness and simplicity of as not only is it able to monitor your home environment in a completely non-intrusive way, it's all quite inexpensive. This device is the "easiest way to check in on what you care about" as they say, and is able to work with you to bring the video and images it captures to you need in a rather sleek form factor as well. The whole thing also works in pitch dark and is able to pick up 720p HD video for superior quality viewing.

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Gametel adds a wireless controller to your smartphone

Gametel adds a wireless controller to your smartphone

Unlike other wireless gaming controllers, Gametel includes a universal built-in dock for any smartphone. The controller is compatible with tablets as well - but you can't dock it in. Sometimes it's not practical to play some of the more intense games on iOS, Android, or PC with a touchscreen, and a D-Pad with buttons can make a world of difference.

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Nokia: Unlocked US Lumia 800 in February, 20 game EA deal incoming

Nokia: Unlocked US Lumia 800 in February, 20 game EA deal incoming

Nokia has confirmed that the Lumia 800 will be coming to the US as an unlocked, SIM-free device in February, with the T-Mobile Lumia 710 going up for order on January 11. Meanwhile, Canadian would-be Nokians will be able to grab the Lumia 710 on Rogers and the Lumia 800 on TELUS, though release dates haven't been confirmed. The Finns are hoping to differentiate themselves from their Windows Phone platform-pals, too, with news that a deal with Electronic Arts (EA) will see twenty of the "most popular" titles from the publisher brought to Windows Phone, launching initially as Lumia exclusives.

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Harman JBL OnBeat Air hands-on

Harman JBL OnBeat Air hands-on

This year at Pepcom's showing for CES 2012, Harman brought some lovely sounds to the show, not least of all with the JBL OnBeat Air dock for iOS devices. This dock is more than just your everyday iPad dock, but not quite as imposing as the slightly larger OnBeat Xtreme. At half the price you get essentially half the device, here the OnBeat Air providing amplifier power of 7.5 watts per JBL Phoenix transducer and a total weight of 1.9 pounds.

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Brookstone iPhone 4 DLP Projector Sleeve hands-on

Brookstone iPhone 4 DLP Projector Sleeve hands-on

For a while we thought smartphones would start to adopt the idea of having built-in projectors but that never hit the mainstream. For those still looking for such an option and have a new iPhone 4S loaded full of pictures and videos of friends or family Brookstone has you covered. Showing off their iPhone 4(S) DLP projector case sleeve at CES 2012.

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Sony Xperia S: 12MP, 720p display and NFC

Sony Xperia S: 12MP, 720p display and NFC

Sony isn't keeping all the Xperia ion fun to itself: the company also has an international version, the Sony Xperia S, for those outside the US, and while you lose out on LTE you do still get the 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 HD display and 12-megapixel main camera. Set to arrive globally this quarter, the Xperia S has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of storage and 1080p HD video recording support, along with quadband UMTS/HSPA.

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Canon PowerShot Digital ELPH 520HS crams in 12x zoom

Canon PowerShot Digital ELPH 520HS crams in 12x zoom

Canon's newest ELPH is tiny. Seriously tiny. While not as quite slim as some of its former models, the PowerShot Digital ELPH 520 HS has an overall volume that's impressively tiny for its specs. A 10.1 megapixel sensor should allow most users to get as many pixels as they like, and a 12x-rated optical zoom will let them get in close to capture them. The whole camera is just a little thicker than and deck of cards, and much shorter and more narrow.

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