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The Best of CES 2012

The Best of CES 2012

Welcome to our massive "best-of" wrap-up for CES 2012, complete with everything from smartphones to PCs and headphones and back, topped off with our own "most used gear" section for the curious. What you'll find is that though there were more exhibitors, attendees, and media attention payed to the show than ever before, the overall result was a lot of the same gear re-hashed with a few new specifications. Pay special close attention to the conclusion of this post for a bit of a whopper if you're a big fan of the largest show of the year here in the United States.

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CES 2012 comes to a close as SlashGear exits Las Vegas

CES 2012 comes to a close as SlashGear exits Las Vegas

We've had one whole heck of a lot of fun this past week at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, but all good things must come to a close, and so too must we exit Las Vegas Nevada. What we've seen has been wrapped up a bit by Chris Davies in a set of posts listed later in this post, but we've got plenty of content left to go - stacks of hands-on video and photos of oddities, hidden treasures, and items that require just a bit more in-depth processing than your average feature from across the show floor for you to peek at throughout the weekend. That said, we'd like to thank everyone at CES for all your hard work and for making such an event of massive size take place for the pleasure of us and our readers.

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Tamaggo’s 360-imager takes navigable hi-res images

Tamaggo’s 360-imager takes navigable hi-res images

Tamaggo is previewing its 360-imager at CES 2012, showing off the unique little consumer picture-taking device equipped with advanced panomorph technology. The 360-imager, as its name implies, allows users to easily capture a 360-degree image via its patented optics with one click. But that's not all, the image is high-resolution and navigable, meaning you can zoom and pan around the final image.

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Play by Native Union, hands-on

Play by Native Union, hands-on

Post-it notes are great, but they'll never be able to give the same interaction as the "Play" by Native Union. Instead of leaving a message on the counter for a friend or family member, those with a Play can just quickly record themselves for video playback later. The Play has a magnetic black panel, so it can easily attach to your refrigerator.

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Your Pod Coffee Tastes Bad

Your Pod Coffee Tastes Bad

Coffee and geeks go together. Yet, given geeks can be the most obsessive about getting the very best user-experience, it's surprising how many are content to drink bad coffee. I'm talking about pods, pads and K-Cups, and the shiny, alluring machines that fire hot water through them. Like many people, my morning wouldn't be complete without at least one cup of coffee, but what really frustrates me is when people who I know love coffee just as much talk in hushed and reverent tones about their latest "heavenly" pod experience. Those super-convenient little Senseo pads, or the Keureg K-Cups? They're selling you stale coffee.

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Mogees contact microphone brings out the musician in you

Mogees contact microphone brings out the musician in you

Contact microphones turn vibrations into electrical signals, and can then be transcoded into sound waves. This is precisely what the Mogees project does, and it does it well. The gadget can stick to any surface and turn it into your musical playground. There are multiple settings to help produce one's desired sound, but the real key resides in the gestures.

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CES 2012: basics for beginners

CES 2012: basics for beginners

For those that have never heard of CES, aka the Consumer Electronics Show, think of it like this: it's like a comic book convention where everything is brand new and instead of superheros, there are robots, gigantic computer displays, and so many USB sticks we'll never again have to buy a new one. The following is a very basic guide on what you should expect from it as it occurs this month. CES 2012 will be taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will this year start on Monday the 9th of January, 2012, and end on Friday the 13th (bum bum bummm), but there will be events before (and possibly after) this depending on where we (SlashGear, the site you'll be watching for the world's greatest coverage of the events), decide ultimately to go. CES 2012 will have nearly 150,000 attendees this year, this including everyone from attendees to investors to analysts to representatives from manufacturers, developer groups, mobile carriers, and much, much more.

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CES 2012 Preview: handfulls of leaks

CES 2012 Preview: handfulls of leaks

It's less than a week before we're diving face-first into the most gigantic gadget show of the whole year the Consumer Electronics Show 2012: and it's time to take a look at everything that's been teased and leaked thus far. There's official previews, invites, unofficial photos and bits let loose by people whose goal in life it is to bring you in on the good stuff before its masters reveal in ernest, and a real schedule so you can see where we'll be the whole time. Our team will be spread out like the fingers of a hand, and when we bring them together we will CRUSH the news each day for you!

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MSN Direct service ends, SPOT watches go dark

MSN Direct service ends, SPOT watches go dark

If you are a geek who has been around for a wheel, you might remember the SPOT watches that Microsoft rolled out way back in 2004. These big and geeky looking watches could connect the wearer to data using an FM signal. That data could give you all sorts of details like the score from your favorite games and more.

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Snoop Dogg on The Price is Right and Celebritarianism in Tech Reporting

Snoop Dogg on The Price is Right and Celebritarianism in Tech Reporting

When its time for a celebrity appearance on any manner of show or ad spot that can be construed as cool, you can expect that Snoop Dogg wont be far behind. Last time we spoke about Snoop Dogg specifically, it was about a set of viral videos made for MetroPCS in which he re-named himself Snoop DoGGGG, a contestant on the G-Connection with Warren G. Here in the gadget and technology reporting world, there's something to be said about having your favorite hero reporter or, more likely, your favorite hero blog report the news you want to hear.

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