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Panasonic showcases Windows 8 Toughpad FZ-G1 and Android JT-B1 rugged tablets

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Tablets are once again making headlines at CES with Panasonic being the latest to show off new offerings.

The company unveiled the Windows 8 Pro-running Toughpad FZ-G1 with the Android 4.0 ICS JT-B1. Both are extra durable and coming later this year. Read more »

Archos 97 Platinum hands-on: Getting the 9.7″ Retina treatment on a budget

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There are quite a lot of tablets here at CES 2013, but probably very few of them will catch the consumer’s attention as much as the Archos 97 Platinum.

Built around a 9.7″ IPS display pushing an iPadeqsue resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels (264 PPI), the Archos 97 Platinum packs a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM that help the slate run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean very decently. Read more »

Kuaiyong and Zeusmos are down as iOS piracy keeps taking hits

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Remember how Installous went dead, killed by its admins? Shortly after a few other services became popular for allowing the side-loading of apps, unapproved or just cracked apps for iOS even without jaiblreaking. Yes, I am talking about Kuaiyong and Zeusmos.

Now both of those services are gone. Read more »

Huawei is working on K3V3 chipset with quad-core Cortex-A15 processor

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Huawei announced the Ascend D quad at last year’s CES and said it uses a homebrewed chipset, the K3V2. While the phone never got a proper release, the company has a successor to the chipset in the works.

It’s called the HiSilicon K3V3 and might (or might not) be used in their two new quad-core devices, the Ascend Mate and Ascend D2. Read more »

Polaroid unveils 7″ and 10″ Android 4.1 tablets on a budget

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Polaroid, better known for its photography and eyewear products, wants to play a part in the tablet game as well.

The company unveiled two tablets over at the CES 2013 floor – the 10″ M10 and 7″ M7, both running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and featuring expandable storage and below-$250 price tags. Read more »

SkyDrive adds HTML5 features for touch devices

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Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud sharing platform gets some welcome upgrades, including optimizations for touch devices and drag-and-drop support.

The new implementations are enabled by HTML5, so you know they’ll be future-proof for a wide range of browsers. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z gets a charging dock so you don’t have to open the flap over the USB port

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The new Xperia Z has a cool angular design and Sony will be releasing a matching angular dock for it. The DK26 charging dock uses the two exposed pogo pins on the phone to charge it but that’s about all it does.

The port doesn’t extend the MHL USB port, it’s just for charging. Read more »

Razer’s ‘Project Fiona’ is now Razer Edge

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Almost exactly a year ago we talked about the Razer Project Fiona, a tablet running Windows 8 with integrated joysticks on the side for gaming.

Now, a year later, the product has gone through several revisions, including a new form factor (or four of them, to be precise), new specs, a launch date and a price. Oh, and it’s now called the Razer Edge. Read more »

Panasonic announces 20-inch, 4K Windows 8 ‘tablet’

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In times when people are slowly starting to migrate from bigger 10-inch tablets to the more convenient 7-inch ones, Panasonic has decided to go the other way. And perhaps a bit too far, if I might add.

What you see above is Panasonic’s latest ‘tablet’, a 20-inch monstrosity that has a mind-boggling 4K resolution display. And on the inside it’s running on the full Windows 8 operating system. Read more »

Sigma launches 50mm compact camera at CES

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The DP3 Merrill from Sigma was just announced here at CES, offering a fixed 50mm f/2.8 lens, which is equivalent to 75mm in 35mm terms.

The DP3 joins the existing DP1 and DP2 models. Read more »

Valve and Xi3 to bring out a Steam optimized mini-PC dubbed Piston, could be the long awaited Steam Box

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Valve and mini-PC maker company Xi3 have announced their collaboration on the first ever Steam-optimized mini PC.

The project, which carries the Piston codename, is still in active development, but prototypes are on display at the booths of the two companies. Read more »

Tablets shipments are predicted to overtake notebook shipments this year

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Tablets killed the netbook star, but are notebooks next? According to analysts at NPD DisplaySearch, tablets shipments will overtake laptop shipments this year and will start building a gap to push them out in the following years.

What’s more interesting is that according to NPD‘s projections, the most popular screen size by the year 2017 will be 7.9″ and not the currently popular 7″ or 9.7″/10.1″. Read more »

Swype beta for Android now available without registration

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Swype, the quick-type keyboard for Android, has had its beta version become available for download to anyone without the need to register.

The new beta features include a Smart Editor that lets you quickly edit a typed sentence, and Living Language, which suggests trending and popular words. Read more »

Samsung announces a handful of connected Smart Cameras, touts them in a video ad

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Samsung announced its new lineup of Smart Cameras 2.0 at CES 2013. Featuring no less than six new models, the new Smart Camera lineup allows users to share their images directly from the camera or to control the camera with their Android smartphone or tablet.

The new camera models include the WB250F/WB200F, the WB800F, WB30F, DV150F and ST150F. The Samsung WB250F and WB200F are identical but the latter uses a CCD sensor instead of a backlit CMOS one and it doesn’t shoot 1080p video unlike its CMOS sibling. Read more »

Sony shows voice control enabled remote for Google TV, NFC-enabled wireless speakers

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With the big ticket items out of the way, we can turn our attention to the other gadgets that Sony has brought to CES. The company has a new range of four NFC-equipped speakers to work with the One-Touch tech that Sony introduced with the new Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL smartphones.

There’s also a voice-controlled remote for Sony’s Google TV box, the NSZ-GS7. Read more »