Xooming along at CES 2011
Xooming along at CES 2011
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Xooming along at CES 2011

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WELCOME TO THE 2011 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW. ITS THURSDAY, JANUARY 6. I'M NATALI MORRIS COMING TO YOU FROM LAS VEGAS THIS WEEK. IT'S TIME TO GET LOADED. [*] MOTOROLA MADE SOME IMPRESSIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS. FIRST OFF, THE MOTOROLA XOOM, A TABLET RUNNING THE HONEYCOMB VARIETY OF GOOGLE'S ANDROID OPERATING SYSTEM. IT WILL HAVE BOTH 3 AND 4G AND A HI-DEF WEBCAM. THEY ALSO ANNOUNCED 3 ANDROID PHONES: THE MOTOROLA CLIQ 2, THE 4G DRIOD BIONIC, AND THE ATRIX 4G SMARTPHONE ON AT&T WITH A WEB TOP DOCKING STATION. THIS IS A COOL THING, IT IS BASICALLY A LAPTOP SHELL THAT YOU PLUG YOUR SMARTPHONE INTO. IT TAKES YOUR PHONE AND PULLS IT ONTO YOUR SCREEN WHERE YOU CAN NAVIGATE IT WITH A KEYBOARD AND TRACKPAD. [*] LG SHOWED OFF A LOVELY NEW PHONE. IT IS THE LG OPTIMUS 2X. IT RUNS THE NVIDIA TEGRA 2 CHIP, WHICH NVIDIA IS TOUTING AS ITS SUPER SMARTPHONE CHIP THAT BRINGS BROWSING AND GAMING TO THE PHONE EVEN FASTER THAN BEFORE. LG ALSO UNVEILED 5 NEW TV'S WITH AN APP STORE FOR THEIR CONNECTED DVS THAT CAN BRING YOU ONLINE SERVICES LIKE HULU PLUS, NETFLIX, AND MORE. [*] AT&T ANNOUNCED ITS 4G PLANS HERE AT THE SHOW ON WEDNESDAY ALONG WITH 20 NEW PHONES. THAT'S RIGHT 20. AT&T PROMISED TO HAVE ITS 4G LTE NETWORK UP AND RUNNING BY THE MIDDLE PART OF THIS YEAR. MOST OF THE NEW PHONES THAT THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED ARE ANDROID PHONES, USING GOOGLE'S MOBILE OPERATING SYSTEM. THEY WILL BE MADE BY MOTOROLA, HTC, AND SAMSUNG. AT&T ALSO ALUDED TO A MOTOROLA TABLET BUT DID NOT GIVE ANY DETAIL ABOUT IT. [*] WE HAVE SOME OFFICIAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE BLACKBERRY PLAYBOOK. RESEARCH IN MOTION ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL RUN ON SPRINT'S 4G NETWORK. THE 7-INCH TABLET WILL COME OUT IN THE SUMMER, WHICH IS A LONG TIME IN TABLET AGE. WE HAVE A FIRST LOOK AT THE PLAYBOOK SO BE SURE TO LOOK FOR THAT TODAY ON CNET. [*] TOSHIBA IS SHOWING OFF A 3D TV THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE GLASSES. IT IS CALLED THE GLASSES-LESS 3D REGZA GL1. IT IS ALREADY AVAILABLE IN JAPAN IN 12 AND 20 INCH MODELS BUT THE U.S. VERSIONS BEING SHOWN HERE COME IN 56 AND 65 INCHES. WE DON'T HAVE SPECIFICS ON HOW THEY DO THIS AND WE DON'T KNOW A PRICE YET EITHER BUT THE SMALLER VERSIONS IN JAPAN ARE NOT CHEAP. THEY COST BETWEEN $1400 AND $2800. [*] MITSUBISHI ANNOUNCED A 3D PROJECTOR. THE DIAMOND HD9000 3D PROJECTOR CAN DISPLAY IMAGES IN 3D ON SCREENS THAT ARE 100 INCHES OR BIGGER. WE DON'T HAVE A PRICE ON IT YET. THE 2012 FORD MUSTANG WILL HAVE SOMETHING CALLED SYNC APP-LINK WHICH WILL LET THE DRIVER CONTROL SMARTPHONE APPS USING VOICE CONTROL. APP-LINK WILL CONTROL THE CAR'S NAVIGATION SYSTEM AS WELL WHICH WILL INCLUDE A TOUCH-BASED 8-INCH SCREEN. [*] MICROSOFT FOCUSED HEAVILY ON KINECT AT THEIR PRESS CONFERENCE THIS YEAR. THE COMPANY IS GOING TO BRING KINECT FUNCTIONALITY TO NETFLIX AND HULU PLUS MEANING YOU CAN CONTROL YOUR MOVIE SERVICES WITH BODY MOVEMENTS. [*] AND FINALLY GM HAS PARTNERED WITH POWERMAT TO PUT WIRELESS CHARGING IN YOUR CAR. GM HAS BOUGHT A $5 MILLION DOLLAR STAKE IN POWERMAT, THE COMPANY THAT MAKES WIRELESS PHONE CHARGERS. THE PLAN IS TO PUT THESE WIRELESS CHARGERS IN THE CHEVY VOLD SO THAT WHEN YOU DROP YOUR PHONE DOWN ON THE CONSOLE, IT CHARGES UP. THIS FEATURE WILL COME TO MARKET IN ABOUT 18 MONTHS. [*] THAT IS YOUR NEWS OF THE DAY BUT OF COURSE CNET TV WILL HAVE A LOT MORE ALL WEEK. BE SURE TO STAY TUNED TO CNET-TV-DOT-COM FOR LIVE COVERAGE OF THE SHOW OR CATCH UP LATER FOR FIRST LOOKS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT ALL THE HOT NEW ITEMS COMING OUT OF THIS YEAR'S SHOW. I'M NATALI MORRIS FOR CNET.COM AND YOU'VE JUST BEEN LOADED.

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