The latest happenings from around the web - January 6th, 2010
CES 2011 Coverage
- CES 2011: ASUS Announces Four Tablet PCs @ Legit Reviews
- CES Roundup - Jan 4th, 2011 @ PC Perspective
- ASUS & MSI at CES @ Techgage
- CES 2011: CES UNVEILED Roundup @ Techwarelabs
- CES 2011: SanDisk SSD, nPower PEG and House of Marley @ Legit Reviews
- CES 2011: Micron RealSSD C400 256GB 25nm SSD Speed Demo @ Legit Reviews
- CES 2011: NVIDIA Tegra 2 Phone and Project Denver Announced @ PC Perspective
- CES 2011: NVIDIA Talks Tegra 2 and Outs "Project Denver" CPU @ Hot Hardware
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Panasonic has been on the cutting edge when it comes to 3D technology, and they look to have no plans of stopping in their press conference at CES is any indication. Expecting over 20 new additions to their Viera line of HDTVs in 2011 with sizes from 32" all the way up to 65", they are fully locked and loaded to take the big chunk of the 3D TV market as they project 32% of televisions purchased will be3D capable by 2014.
The TVs are going to get bigger as well; Panasonic will be replacing their 54" models with 55" and te current 55" models will get a bump to 60". The big dog will be the VIERA 65" GT30, complete with 3D capability and more connections than you'll ever need. Panasonic is definitely looking to make a 3D TV for every consumer, and paired with their new 3D Bluray players they may just have success bringing this tech into the mainstream.
CES 2011, Las Vegas -Sony was rocking CES Press Day this year, complete with dancers and The Green Hornet Car. The big announcement on the mobile front was the official announcement of the Xperia Arc, a mobile device that promises outstanding multimedia tech from a mobile phone.
Boasting Android 2.3, a huge 4.2" Sony Reality display, and Sony's Mobile BRAVIA engine, this look like the must have device for the phone lover who wants a great multimedia experience from their phone. An HDMI port and 3.5mm audio jack brings full connectivity to nearly any device as well and the phone will sync with BRAVIA televisions as well. The Xperia Arc is expected to hit soon, although a carrier was not officially announced at this point.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Sony continued their huge amount of product announcements on the CES floor with their new line of Cyber-shot cameras that will boast several new and innovative features. The DSC-TX100V, DSC-TX10, DSC-HX7V, DSC-WX10 and DSC-WX9 cameras from Sony will be the world's first cameras with 3D Still Image mode for taking 3D images with one lens and will also be able to take still photos during video capture.
These cameras will boast a huge 16.2 megapixel lens, with the DSC-TX100V being the first compact camera to boast the ability to take full 1080p/60p videos. "Exmor R" back-illuminated CMOS sensor technology will provide excellent low-light ability, and Sony states these cameras will bring you very close to DSLR capabilities with a compact feel. These cameras will start hitting in March, so keep an eye out.
Bit of random but fun news here, in the TV show "Lost", one of the characters (Hurley) won millions of dollars by playing the numbers that were famous in the TV show, 4-8-15-16-23-42.
In the Mega Millions Draw the numbers were 4-8-15-25-47-42. Many people play with Hurley's numbers and if you were one of them, you would've won $150 with the correct 4 digits.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Kudos, Microsoft! 8 million Kinect sensors sold worldwide in 60 days. Keep in mind that Microsoft had planned for 5 million sold, so they're sitting on top of 3 million above their predictions - quite surprising!
Microsoft also announced they have 30 million Xbox Live members and 50 million units sold worldwide, also mentioning that the Xbox 360 has outsold all other consoles in the last 6 months.
NVIDIA have officially released the beta driver version 266.35 for the entire range of GeForce and ION based products.
The 266.35 driver is said to enhance performance for a fair amount of games, updates the SLI and 3D Vision profiles and support and also adds ambient occlusion to Starcraft II.
Remember when Sapphire nabbed the team from EVGA? Well, the results are below. Sapphire are now showing off their AMD Brazos based board with glee.
It may look small, but we all know that great things come in small packages. The board includes an Ontario CPU (which should be clocked at 1.6GHz), two SO-DIMM slots and a full PCIe 16x slot which allows some high end gaming to be had on this pint-sized board.
Android Developers from Google released a promotional video accidentally, which was posted but then moved to private. But, with the powers of the internet it has been re-uploaded, so even with the mistake, everyone is benefiting.
Android 3.0 is a huge leap forward for tablets and there are rumors floating around that it will be exclusive to the form factor, meaning it might not be available for smartphones. The video supports this with "Entirely for Tablet" text on the video itself.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Today NVIDIA announced the birth of a new generation of personal computing devices. Co-Founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage in a conference room in the Venetian and told the packed room that he was as excited about this year's CES as he was about the birth of DirectX and the Launch of Windows 95. Although by todays measure neither of these is a big deal and to many would seem comical Jen-Hsun went on to explain that with that single step the whole concept of the PC changed.
The reason he is this excited is because he feels the computing world is going to change again. After leading us through a few slides (mostly numbers and growth charts) he told us that he was not going to do an actual product launch (but he did a little later). He casually mentioned Tegra 2 and that there would be some announcements about it throughout CES. Instead he said he was going to introduce to us a new product family. He called this "The Super Phone".