LAS VEGAS--For General Electric, the energy business is going digital.
The company's booth at the Consumer Electronics Show showcases different home energy products, nearly all of which are connected on a home information network and the Internet.
Using home automation to better manage energy, security, and improve entertainment is a theme here at CES where companies from different areas are touting connected devices beyond just PCs and even TVs.
GE is showing off its smart appliances which use Zigbee to communicate with a smart meter and Nucleus, a phone charger-size gadget which acts as a networking hub for connected … Read more
LAS VEGAS--Sony's Vaio line adds several new models, including a high-end 3D gaming laptop and a slim 11-incher that is clearly aimed at replacing less expensive Netbooks in the company's lineup. Here are the new models, rounded up for easy viewing.
Victorinox Swiss Army, makers of the popular multitool, today announced three new secure flash drives for travelers who want more than just your generic USB-powered storage key. The Slim and Slim Duo devices are outfitted with Victorinox's classic folding pocket knives, scissors, and nail files, but each also includes a USB flash drive, with up to 64GB of storage for the Slim and 128GB for the Slim Duo.
Both drives are waterproof and shock-resistant, available for purchase in a variety of bright colors (red, blue, orange, pink, green, silver), and also available in knifeless flight-friendly versions.
LAS VEGAS--Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime stopped by the CNET stage early this morning to give us first access to the brand-new Nintendo 3DS portable gaming system scheduled to hit stores this March.
We were really impressed with the overall design of the device, and the 3D effect is certainly eye-popping the instant it's picked up. Fils-Aime explained that the 3DS is a "game changer" in terms of how people consume 3D content.
We were then treated to a quick 3D demo of Pilotwings, which really showed of the effectiveness of the 3D slider. Gamers will … Read more
LAS VEGAS--Browser-maker Opera Software is taking advantage of the tablet rage at CES this year to demo a preview build of the Opera browser for tablets and Netbook PCs.
We got a look at it last night on an Android-powered Galaxy Tab and on a Windows 7-powered IdeaPad tablet. We even took a video, but unfortunately, one important feature--Flash--wasn't implemented on the demo units we saw.
What we did see has potential. Opera for tablets has the usual URL and Google search bars, and tabbed browsing. It also has the typical features of search, bookmarking, and history, to name … Read more
LAS VEGAS--As 3D continues to infiltrate all things at CES 2011, should we really be surprised that the Dell XPS followed suit? Not really, but it is a nice new option on the top end of the XPS lineup. With its high-end GeForce graphics, the XPS 17 should certainly be able to handle the load. We assume, based on the photos we've seen, that the XPS uses Nvidia 3D Vision with active shutter glasses.
There are a few more tweaks to last year's model as well: new Sandy Bridge Intel processors, of course, but also new Nvidia graphics … Read more
Editor's note: This live event has concluded, but as expected, Verizon took the stage to unveil a range of new 4G devices, including the LG Revolution, HTC Thunderbolt, and Samsung Smartphone. For a brief rundown of what was announced, check out our summary post here. You can also replay our live blog in the Cover It Live module below.
Dell made a concerted push into the consumer space today, targeting Generation Y as its "new brand advocates" of devices optimized for gaming, Facebooking, and other activities that apparently characterize the hoodied hipsters displayed on huge screens at the company's CES press conference.
"Dell is in the middle of a major transformation," said Paul Henri Ferrand, Dell's chief marketing officer. "Some companies just sell to one set of Gen Y, but we're in a position to make technology affordable."
Taking center stage was the now-official Dell Streak 7, a 7-inch Android tablet that Dell dubbed "the ultimate social-networking device."
The bigger version of the Dell Streak will be powered by a dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra T2 processor and have support for T-Mobile's 4G network. It runs Android 2.2 (upgradeable to Honeycomb) and has a 5-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calling.
The Dell Streak 7 is expected to become available through T-Mobile retail stores and T-Mobile.com and through Dell in the weeks to come, though pricing has yet to be announced.
"This is an impressive device," T-Mobile's Jeremy Korst said of the Streak 7, which will be sold globally. "Tablets are category revolutionizers. Smarter than a smartphone, more personal than a PC."
The company's press conference kicked off with colored lights and loud music, which, noted Dell Vice President Steve Felice, emanated from a Dell laptop--specifically the new XPS 17.
That machine, like many announced at CES, will feature dual-core and quad-core Sandy Bridge CPUs. It will be available on February 1 (in some regions at least) starting at $1,449. For entertainment types, the i7 version supports 3D. The company's XPS 8300 desktop is also 3D-ready. … Read more
LAS VEGAS--If you're on the market for a replacement for that aging iPod Touch, Samsung's new Galaxy Player probably isn't going to cut it. Not that we think the Android-based device, announced at CES today, is a terrible thing. In fact, it has a lovely-looking 3.2-inch touch screen, a rear- and front-facing cameras, and a retractable antenna for picking up DTV broadcasts. Add to that Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS functionality as well as an SD card expansion slot and easily-removable battery, and this device is actually looking pretty sweet.
The Suede isn't much of a looker on its own, but it does have basic provisions like a 3-megapixel camera and a microSD card slot. More interesting is the dedicated music button that switches the Suede from phone to music mode. But the monthly music plan is the most noteworthy feature, hands down.
The Suede will cost $199 without a contract, and $55 per month for an unlimited, all-inclusive … Read more