CES 2012

The Real Ultrabook Challenge: Forgetting the MacBook Air

The Real Ultrabook Challenge: Forgetting the MacBook Air

Ultrabooks have undoubtedly been the star of CES 2012 this week - heck, we counted up the top contenders and found almost a dozen - but the slimline notebooks' challenge is more than just shedding pounds and squeezing in as big a display as possible. For all Intel's hard work pushing the trademark, and its manufacturer partners' efforts coming up with their own slimline machines, the biggest threat to ultrabook success wasn't even shown at CES. Apple's MacBook Air.

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CES 2012 Smart TV Round-Up

CES 2012 Smart TV Round-Up

If ultrabooks and smartphones led the charge for your credit card in mobile gadgetry at CES 2012 this week, Smart TV did the same for living room scale tech. Google TV made its new strike on the market, having rallied for a second scuffle after its embarrassing first-gen flop, while homegrown smart TV systems did their level best to compete. All that was wrapped up with oversized LCD and plasma panels or in slick set-top boxes, with the promise of a world of video-on-demand, cloud-gaming and more just waiting at the end of your broadband pipe. Confusing times, perhaps, but not if you head on through to the SlashGear Smart TV round-up!

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Cygnett InSound Noise-Cancellation headphones hands-on

Cygnett InSound Noise-Cancellation headphones hands-on

The InSound noise-cancellation headphones were on display at CES: ShowStoppers 2012, and we took them home with us to put them to the test. After opening the protective case, it contained the headset, two audio cables (one red, one black), and an in flight adapter. Unlike conventional headphones, they require two AAA batteries to operate - noise-cancellation engaged or not. After installing the batteries, I tested to see how effective the noise-cancellation setting actually were.

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Corning shows off 82″ multi-touch display with Gorilla Glass 2

Corning shows off 82″ multi-touch display with Gorilla Glass 2

Today at CES we managed to run into an awesome 82" multi-touch display being ran by Corning. What we have on video below is actually a quick demonstration of the new 82" display showcasing its unlimited amounts of multi-touch points, stylus support, and more from the guys at Perceptive Pixel. What makes this display special is that it's the world's largest Gorilla Glass 2 display.

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Lumus DK-32 wearable display hands-on

Lumus DK-32 wearable display hands-on

Technology made by the Lumus group has been applied to a pair of glasses shown at CES 2012, and today we're getting our first chance to take a peek at a demo unit. These glasses are not a consumer product, instead being shown off here as a demonstration piece of equipment so that the Lumus technology can be picked up by a manufacturer and made into a real deal for-sale piece of equipment. The video below is also your rare chance to see your humble narrator without glasses on in the interim, only to move on into the 3D world with Lumus.

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Samsung SMART Hub streams DVD content over WiFi

Samsung SMART Hub streams DVD content over WiFi

There's a decent selection of WiFi gadgets here at CES, and Samsung seems to be combining a little of the old and the new. Their new SMART Hub combines an external DVD disc drive and a conventional WiFi router, allowing connected devices to stream DVD movies and CD music across the local network. In a time when more and more Ultrabooks, netbooks and the like are making do without an optical drive, this could be an extremely useful addition.

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Texas Instruments advances ahead in contactless temperature measurement

Texas Instruments advances ahead in contactless temperature measurement

Today we saw some amazing advancements in temperature sensor technology by Texas Instruments. The TMP006 is the first single-chip passive infrared temperature sensor to date, and is extremely smaller than any currently available. It can easily be incorporated into smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and countless other mobile devices. More accurate temperature readings through using the TMP006 will allow manufacturers to optimize system performance.

See that little square dot? That's TI's next generation temperature sensor, sitting next to the old model and the CES award it won the company. 

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Synology updates DiskStation Manager to 4.0 (Beta)

Synology updates DiskStation Manager to 4.0 (Beta)

Synology has added many new features and refreshed the user interface in their DiskStation Manager 4.0. When loaded up, there is a new pane that shows the health of your system, a resource monitor, recent logs, and cloud storage available. The health of your system is maintained by their new integrated virus protection. The service is updated by Clam AntiVirus but maintained by Synology.

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Samsung 60-inch Smart TV hands-on

Samsung 60-inch Smart TV hands-on

Just about every major TV manufacturer at CES is showing off web-connected televisions, and as one of the original makers of "Smart TVs", Samsung is no exception. They've revealed new models and designs for 2012, with the most notable additions being a built-in webcam and a new double arch base design. We took an in-depth look at the 60-inch version on the CES show floor.

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