CES 2012

Chris Nuttall

TVs, Ultrabooks and smartphones may have grabbed the headlines at the Consumer Electronics Show this past week, but there was a quieter wireless revolution also taking place that is set to provide important connectivity benefits for all our devices this year.

2012 could be the year of 5G – the 5th-generation of Wi-Fi - along with the maturity of a number of other wireless and wired technologies that will provide a major leap in speeds and easier ways to transfer video and other content from device to device. Read more

Chris Nuttall

CES is over for another year and the awards have been handed out for best in show, with the CNET tech site choosing the HP Envy 14 Spectre in the PC category and Simple TV in “Home Theater”.

I liked both at close quarters when I was briefed on them, but also had some reservations. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Surviving the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas requires comfortable shoes, plenty of liquids and some indispensable and inspirational gadgets to get you through the day – my Jawbone Up band tells me I walked more than 30 miles over 4 days.

Yomping through the show floors can be made bearable with a rechargeable rucksack, an all-over massage chair and the uplifting sight of an ultimate command and control centre that can make you emperor of all you survey. Read more

Joseph Menn

Smack in the middle of the ultrabook and tablet hoopla from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas comes a sobering report from the market researchers at IDC: PC shipments in the critical fourth quarter were down 0.2 per cent from a year before. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Despite getting flack for a lack of major announcements from some of the biggest technology companies, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas just keeps rolling on.

As the show floors were officially opened on Tuesday, the Consumer Electronics Association announced a record number of exhibitors – more than 3,100, up from 2,865 last year – more than 20,000 new products being shown and in excess of 140,000 attendees. Read more

Richard Waters

As widely expected, the wraps were taken off the Lumia 900 on Monday – a 4G handset for the AT&T network that is meant to lead a Nokia resurgence in the US.

But where were the other handsets and mobile operators? And where were the details of launch timing and price? Read more

Chris Nuttall

While Cisco infamously abandoned in April its Flip unit, which popularised value-priced and easy-to-use camcorders for consumers, Sony has stuck it out with the Bloggie brand that tried to imitate the Flip’s success.

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, two new models are being introduced, although the Bloggie 3D, which I liked when I reviewed it last year, is being phased out. Read more

Richard Waters

The thumb-jockeys have had their moment: now is the time for the rest of us.

That is the message coming loud and clear from Las Vegas, where consumer electronics companies and technology suppliers have been lining up this week to show off ways of controlling devices using touch, gestures, voice-recognition, sensors, eye-tracking, new styluses – anything, in fact, as long as it doesn’t require exercising the thumbs (with or without the aid of the odd finger or two.) Read more

Chris Nuttall

Samsung, the biggest exhibitor at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, has unveiled new Smart TV technology and updates to its smartphones, tablets, laptops and cameras at its main press conference on Monday.

Making Smart TVs easier to use was a focus, with new voice and gesture recognition technology being announced. Our live blog from the event is after the jump: Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Ultra-thin notebooks and tablets to rival Apple’s MacBook Air and  iPad 2 respectively are expected to take centre stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which officially opens on Tuesday. Read more