Sony hasn't been left behind in the Ultra HD gush, with its own oversized 4K TVs as well as a concept Ultra HD media player which we're hoping spawns a commercial version. The company announced a line of up to 84-inch Ultra HD sets at CES this week, including the X9000A series with its prominent speakers taking pride of place around the bezel.
A couple days ago here at CES 2013, Ford held their presser and announced a few new things, specifically concerning the company's Developer Program for its in-car Sync AppLink API. Ford announced open and free availability of the SDK to any mobile app developer. We ended up stopping by the company's booth to find out more, and got some quality hands-on time with the platform.
CES 2013 has already brought some very exciting news about mobile processors, with NVIDIA revealing its Tegra 4 processor during its press conference earlier in the week. Not one to be outdone, Samsung today officially pulled the veil off its 8-core Exynos 5 Octa chip. Comprised of two sets of four cores, the Exynos 5 Octa is obviously geared toward keeping things moving fast and fluid, even when multiple applications are running on your mobile device.
There's nothing quite like a war between television manufacturers to bring our the WOW factor at CES, and this year's Westinghouse presentation includes quite the looker - a 110-inch 4K TV that'll just swallow your room up whole. This machine is not yet ready for the market, but certainly will be soon - coming in at a cool $300,000 USD when you want to pick yours up with your life savings. Of course this machine isn't exactly built for the everyday consumer, but getting up close and personal with it will br bringing on the heat to anyone's eyeballs and brain.
To be completely honest, the YotaPhone is one of devices I've been most looking forward to seeing during Slashgear's stay here at CES 2013. The device was announced last year and was immediately turning heads with its dual-screen setup. Dual-screen phones are nothing new, but the folks at Yota have put their own little spin on the dual-screen setup: instead of offering two LCD screens, the YotaPhone sports an HD LCD display on the front, and an eInk display around the back.
We've been given another opportunity to get right in deep with Lenovo's newest convertible tablet running full Windows 8: the ThinkPad Helix, and this time we're making a point of checking out not just the ripping and the flipping, but the spoiler on the back and the precision ruined craftsmanship as well. As you may well know from our previous look at this machine, you're able to open it up in its notebook form to use it as a full-function Windows 8 laptop, press the button on the lower left of the display, "rip" it out, use it as a tablet, and place it back in place the other way around - then you can push it back down flat and have a massive battery capacity as well.
This week we got the opportunity to speak with Jane from ONGUARD about the company's new family of folding cases and covers for the iPad, iPhone, and Google Nexus 7. What you're seeing here is a brand new line of cases and covers, the company bringing on a new generation of magnet-toting amalgamations of protection and display for your devices. What we've seen here is a unit for the iPhone 5 that's a case and a stand in one, a similar solution for the iPad (3/4), and another for the Google Nexus 7 tablet that's not just a stand, but a sleeve as well.
Pebble's smartwatch begins shipping out to Kickstarter supporters this month, but we've grabbed some early wrist-action at CES today to see what the surprise sensation is all about. It's a surprise how close it is to the original concept shown on the crowd-sourcing site, though our favorite of the color range - the transparent one, which Pebble created for water-resistance testing - won't actually be offered to buyers. Read on for some first impressions.
The first Pebble developer SDK is already in limited testing, the company has confirmed, allowing coders to create custom watchfaces for the smartwatch. Pebble is paving the way for new features that won't be in the initial feature-set, too; although it uses Bluetooth 2.1 to connect currently, there's actually a Bluetooth 4.0 chip inside for lower-power wireless in the future, and there's an ambient light sensor which developers will also be able to tap into. On the software side, there's If This Then That integration for extra flexibility. Read on for more details.