The 404 732: Where all our 2011 predictions will be wrong (podcast)

Hold onto your butts, ladies and gentlemen: The 404 Podcast is broadcasting live once again from the CNET stage at CES 2011!


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Hard to believe it's already been a year, but we're back with our first live broadcast from the CNET stage at CES 2011! Anyone that puts up with us on a regular basis knows how awful we are at forecasting technology trends, so this year we're leaving it up to the experts to make the calls. Today we invite CBS reporter and tech correspondent Kara Tsuboi to give us her perspective on the show and the innovative products she's seen so far.

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Each year we like to take a look back at the CES headlines from the previous year to see which products held up to the hype, so join us as we recap the hits and misses of CES 2010. The most notable showstopper was the Panasonic Viera TC-P50VT25 that won CNET's Best of CES Award for being the first 3DTV to feature 1080p 3D picture quality.

Although it remains one of only two TVs to earn the CNET Editors' Choice award in 2010, we're still unsure about the longevity of 3D technology in general, especially with prices around $2,000 and up if you plan to buy another pair of 3D glasses or the optional Wi-Fi dongle.

Nintendo is also in the news with an announcement about a potential health hazard for children using its new Nintendo 3DS handheld gaming platform. Last month, Nintendo Japan issued a press release advising parents with young children to steer clear of the device that could affect the development of vision for kids under six--the stereoscopic content apparently projects different left and right eye images that can adversely affect their eyesight. Parents who plan to purchase the device when it comes out next month should also take note of parental controls on the unit that can limit the amount of 3D content during gameplay.

You may want to hold off on buying an iPhone through AT&T, as an inside source at Apple reports to Rick Broida that a CDMA iPhone may be announced as early as next Tuesday, January 11 . All signs point to Verizon being the carrier, and the source also tells us that Apple is cutting staff vacation time short in the next two months, ostensibly to handle the increase in sales and service traffic pending the release. Head over to iPhone Atlas to vote in our poll !

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Check back with us tomorrow at 2 p.m. for another live broadcast from the showroom floor. We'll have plenty more stories to report, and be sure to drop by the CNET stage to compete in our Alienware gaming competition for a chance to win some cool prizes. And while you're at it, check out the Alienware Web site and register your e-mail for a shot at a trip to Aspen, Colo., during Winter X Games 15!


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