LAS VEGAS -- We're getting toward the end of our time here at CES 2014, and what a time we've had: curved TVs aplenty, more smartwatches than could fit on the longest wrist, and Doc Brown of "Back to the Future" wearing Google Glass.
The end of the show is traditionally a time for our reporters to hunt down the really innovative gear, the life-changing tech that's going to matter to you. Like the Voyce, which is a bit like a Fitbit, but for dogs. For a mere $299 plus $15 per month, it tracks … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Will it bend?
If the answer is "no," then it's probably not a TV weird enough to catch the attention of the mainstream media at CES 2014. Samsung's brilliantly bizarre bendable TV, followed closely and predictably by LG's, made the biggest splash by far among TV announcements at the show (except for this). The most amazing news to me is Samsung's follow-up that it will actually be available to buy this year. It'll probably cost six figures, but yes, it will bend.
Beyond a set with the bends, the depth … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Google TV may not officially be dead, but it sure looks like it's evolving into something else.
Hisense is showing a nifty little set-top box at CES 2014 called the Pulse Pro, running software called "Android TV v4." It's not exactly Google TV, but it's clearly built on the same foundation, with the same PrimeTime Guide and the ability to run Google TV apps.
I haven't exactly been a Google TV fan in the past, but the Hisense Pulse Pro was impressive in the few minutes I spent playing with it. … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Well, that's a wrap for me here at CES 2014. It's only because I miss Mrs. Cheapskate and the little Cheapskates that I'm willing to return to the frozen tundra that is Michigan. (Got that, family? I hope you're happy!)
A few quick takeaways: Curved TVs are a joke. 4K TVs may finally gain some traction in 2014, but they're hardly the sea change that was the transition from SD to HD. And product manufacturers want to cram Bluetooth into everything, from spoons to hearing aids to -- I kid you not … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- When Nuvyyo launched the Indiegogo campaign for the Tablo, the company's new over-the-air DVR, the project sounded promising, but there was little to judge it on other than some impressive specs and a slick video.
Here at CES 2014, I finally got my first chance to spend some hands-on time with the Tablo, which is scheduled to start shipping in February. To recap, the Tablo works a lot like Simple.TV, recording free over-the-air TV to an external hard drive, then streaming those shows over your home network to other devices, like an iPad or a … Read more
Android Mobile TV doesn't work often enough to be better than just finding online TV to watch on your own. In fact, it will fill your phone with more ads and performance issues than it will with actual online video. With so many free, entertaining things to watch, readily available online, it's tough to find room for an app like this.
Android Mobile TV claims to connect you to online TV from all around the Internet, but mostly connects you to shows that are already available and relatively easy to find with a Google search. The app presents … Read more
At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, some TV makers are getting big props for a TV innovation -- simplicity -- that feels out of fashion at a confab that breathlessly idolizes bells and whistles.
Amid TVs that morph from flat to curved at the touch of a button and Ultra HD sets bigger than the standard American household door, TCL and Hisense announced they would integrate Roku streaming right into their televisions -- no box required. A bigger rival, LG, unveiled an operating system for its 2014 TVs, WebOS, that promises improved on-screen navigation by marrying simple on-screen "… Read more
LAS VEGAS -- "We're trying to bring a new experience to TV viewing, trying to combine live TV and access streamed content as well."Read between the lines if you can, because Sony President and CEO Kaz Hirai wasn't dishing a lot of details on the just-announced streaming TV service he revealed during a CES keynote earlier today. But in a short roundtable discussion with a small group of journalists (including CNET) a few hours later, Hirai was clearly excited about the service that Sony promises will come to the US by the end of the … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Televisions have already made a huge splash at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. Samsung unveiled the world's largest curved UHD TV as well as an 85-inch bendable LED TV, while Sony promoted 4K resolution at an affordable price for everyone. Check out these unveilings and more in our video roundup. And continue to check back for more additions to our list as the show goes on!
CNET's TV reviewers talk the most notable screens of CES 2014 From curved LEDs to 120-inch behemoths to Chinese brands with Roku built in, our experts pick apart … Read more