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Faster Forward: January 2, 2011 - January 8, 2011

Glassless 3-D looks for a spot in the living room

LAS VEGAS--Interest in a 3-D television seems a lot higher inside the convention center here than in stores elsewhere, and one reason (along with a lack of 3D content and high prices) is the need to don expensive "active shutter" glasses to see a 3-D effect. At this year's show,...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 8, 2011; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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4G fog thickens as AT&T upgrades vocabulary

LAS VEGAS -- CES would not be CES without a surplus of cryptic abbreviations. But while most of these shorthand terms have agreed-upon meanings, that's not the case with "4G," the term wireless carriers use for a variety of upgraded services. Before the show, we already had a situation where...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 8, 2011; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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CES 2011: Day 3 preview

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is starting to wind down: Keynotes are over, and most of the big announcements have dropped, but there are still some things worth noting. The winners of contests that have been running through all of CES will be announced. CNET is naming their...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 8, 2011; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Samsung's Galaxy Player: an Android iPod touch?

LAS VEGAS--If you've wondered why there's no Android equivalent of Apple's iPod touch, combining the smarts of a smartphone without its phone bill and lengthy contract commitment, you've got company. Samsung moved to fill that gap by adding two WiFi-enabled Galaxy Players to its lineup of music players. (You didn't...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 7, 2011; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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CES 2011: Dual-screen tablets intrigue, but don't impress

Tablets are everywhere at CES this year and there are at least two that offer double the screen with builds that are meant to mimic books. (Remember those things?) The Kno Tablet and the NEC LT-W Cloud Communicator both have their flaws, but their extra screens make them stand out from the sea of tablets at this year's convention.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 7, 2011; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Will Verizon announce iPhone next week?

Verizon has sent out press invitations for an event on Jan. 11, adding to the rumors that they will announce the Verizon iPhone on that day.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 7, 2011; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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CES 2011: Day 2 mystery gadget revealed

Curious about that mystery gadget we showed you Friday morning from the Consumer Electronics Show? It's finally time for the big reveal. (Drumroll, please...) The white, vice-like contraption is the Breo Head and Eye Massager. Did Washington Post videographer A.J. Chavar actually feel more relaxed after taking it for a...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 7, 2011; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ford announces Ford Focus Electric

Ford has formally announced its Ford Focus Electric and has promised five Ford electrics in the U.S. by 2012.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 7, 2011; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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CES 2011: GM, Powermat team up to make the Volt cord-free; plus more car tech

General Motors and Powermat announced Friday that they would team up to integrate cordless charging into the new Chevy Volt. Pictures from GM show an iPhone charging on a mat set into a recess in the center console. That means no more fumbling with those cigarette lighter chargers when...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 7, 2011; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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CES 2011: What tablet stands out from the pack?

Some predicted CES 2011 would be the year of the tablet, and it appears those forecasts were right. new TWTR.Widget({version: 2,type: 'search', search: '#tablets', interval: 6000, title: '#TABLETS', subject: 'Readers are talking tablets at #CES2011', width: 'auto', height: 300, theme:{shell: {background: '#444444',color: '#ffffff'},tweets: {background: '#ffffff', color: '#444444', links: '#3785af'}}, features:...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 7, 2011; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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CES 2011: What is this? Guess the function of today's mystery gadget

Another day, another mystery gadget. Speculate here or at The Washington Post's Facebook Page.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 7, 2011; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A peek at RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook

LAS VEGAS--Research In Motion may have a contender in its upcoming PlayBook tablet. The BlackBerry vendor introduced this iPad competitor in September but provided few useful details at the time. Now it's showing off prototype devices here that make it a little easier to judge the PlayBook's prospects. I got...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 7, 2011; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mystery gadget revealed: Cyberdyne HAL Robot Suit

Yesterday's mystery gadget was the Cyberdyne HAL robot suit, which -- as many of you guessed -- is a suit designed to help with physical training, support for disabled people, and heavy lifting. It works by reading the nerve signals on the surface of the skin.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 7, 2011; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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CES 2011: Day 2 preview

Day 2 brings some more interesting keynote speeches and announcements from major corporations at CES, but gadget buzz will probably die down today, as fewer big companies have scheduled press conferences today.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 7, 2011; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lady Gaga, Polaroid announce Grey Label line

Lady Gaga was back this year with a big announcement for Polaroid, after being named a Polaroid creative director at last year's CES. The company and the songstress launched a new line of gadgets designed by Lady Gaga called the Grey Label. Yesterday the company debuted three of them: the GL10 Instant Mobile Printer, GL30 Instant Digital Camera and the GL20 Camera Glasses.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 7, 2011; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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A closer look at Motorola's Xoom tablet

LAS VEGAS --The most promising iPad competitor at CES may be Motorola's Xoom, but it's a little too soon to write that in pen instead of pencil. I got a quick tour of this Android tablet computer at Motorola's booth this afternoon that both outlined what could make it an...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 6, 2011; 9:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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CES 2011: Verizon announces 4G smartphones, tablets, and hotspot

Verizon announced several devices at its Thursday afternoon press conference, unveiling the HTC Thunderbolt, the LG Revolution, a Samsung 4G capable Galaxy Tablet and a Samsung 4G hotspot.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 6, 2011; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Panasonic points: Connected TV, tablets and 3D

LAS VEGAS -- Panasonic would like your next TV to be a 3D model. It's all but ensuring that it will be a "connected" model that can access Web content in app-size chunks. For 2011, the Japanese firm is renaming its Viera Cast feature to Viera Connect and adding an...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 6, 2011; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Star Wars coming to Blu-ray in September

LAS VEGAS--You'll have yet another chance to buy Star Wars this September, when the sci-fi classic--with its two sequels and three prequels--arrive on Blu-ray high-definition discs. A bundle of all six movies will sell for $139.99, with sets of the original three films (Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 6, 2011; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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CES 2011: What is this? Guess the function of our mystery gadget

A Washington Post videographer sent back this perplexing image from the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas. We've put it up on Facebook and asked people to weigh in on what they think it could possibly be.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 6, 2011; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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CES 2011: RIM Blackberry Playbook will be on Sprint this summer

A 4G version of RIM's Blackberry playbook will be available on the Sprint network this summer, according to a press release from RIM.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 6, 2011; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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LinkedIn goes down after IPO talk

The professional social networking site, LinkedIn showed a 404 Not Found error on its site on Thursday afternoon for about an hour, prompting a flurry of aggravated Tweets. The Web site went back up around 1:30 p.m, with no apparent data loss.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 6, 2011; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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iPhone 3GS is now $49

AT&T announced Thursday morning that it will be selling the iPhone 3GS for $49 in its retail stores on online, starting Friday.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 6, 2011; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Mac App Store launches, offers iLife, iWork and more

Mac App Store launched Thursday morning at 5:30 PST with over 1,000 apps available for download.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 6, 2011; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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CES 2011: What gadgets do you have your eye on?

The Consumer Electronics Show marks the debut of a dizzying array of new products and devices from some of the world's top electronics makers....

By Washington Post Editors  | January 6, 2011; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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CES 2011: Day 1 preview

Today is the first full official day of the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, after kicking off with a keynote from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer last night. Looking ahead to today, a lot of buzz will likely be about mobile and the move to 4G.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 6, 2011; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Motorola unveils Atrix, a smartphone that's also a laptop

The novel idea behind the Atrix is that it's a smartphone that plugs into the shell of a laptop.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 6, 2011; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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T-Mobile, LG announce G-Slate tablet

T-Mobile sends out a first look at the G-Slate.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 6, 2011; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Liveblog: Steve Ballmer's CES keynote

LAS VEGAS--Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer will soon be giving the opening-night keynote for the Consumer Electronics Show in the theater of the Las Vegas Hilton here. You never quite know what to expect at these things. Last year's keynote, for instance, began with a 50-minute delay caused by... wait...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 5, 2011; 9:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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CES 2011: Day "0" wrap-up

Day 0 of the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show is in the can, and it's hard to believe that the real show doesn't technically start until tomorrow.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 5, 2011; 7:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sony: 3D TV for everyone

LAS VEGAS--I haven't found a company more enthusiastic about 3D technology than Sony. Chief executive Howard Stringer (below) and other executives with the Japanese electronics giant adopted the theme "3D goes personal" for its news conference. Beyond shipping the expected lineup of 3D high-def TVs, Sony will also ship a...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 5, 2011; 7:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Microsoft to ship Windows for ARM processors

LAS VEGAS: Windows will no longer be tied to Intel processors ... eventually. Microsoft announced that the next major release of Windows--which it's not calling "Windows 8," although many people already are--will ship in a second version compatible with the compact, energy-efficient ARM processors used in many mobile devices. But...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 5, 2011; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Intel debuts 'Sandy Bridge' processors, makes Web-video pitch

LAS VEGAS: Day zero of CES--the day before the show's formal opening--consists of a long series of press conferences by vendors talking up the products they'll be showing off on the floor over the rest of the week. For me, the day led off with Intel, which put on an...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 5, 2011; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nvidia announces 'superphone,' new site for 3D, plans to make processor

At its CES news conference Wednesday, chipmaker Nvidia announced that its Tegra 2 chip will be in a bunch of new products, including the LG Optimus 2X, which ZD Net reports Nvidia is calling the "superphone." The superphone is pretty amazing, offering up console-quality gaming in the palm of your...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 5, 2011; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Netgear says it can fix your spotty WiFi

Like an itch in the middle of your back, most people have a place in their house that WiFi won't reach. Today at the Consumer Electronics Show, Netgear put forth a couple of gadgets designed to make network bridging and boosting easier for the average homeowner. The Universal WiFi Range...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 5, 2011; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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LG announces Optimus Black, 'world's slimmest' smartphone

LG announced the Optimus Black smartphone at a press conference Thursday, which it claims is the world's thinnest smartphone. The phone has a 9.22 mm (.35 inches) profile, and tapers down to 6.0 mm (.24 inches) at its thinnest point.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 5, 2011; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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CES 2011: Google's Honeycomb tablets, Verizon smartphones, and other anticipated devices

The Consumer Electronics show is Jan. 6 through Jan. 9 and, as vendors arrive for set-up in Las Vegas today, speculation has reached a fever pitch. We can't get to it all, but here's a rumor roundup for those who just can't wait for Thursday.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 5, 2011; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Asus confirms Honeycomb tablets, smartphone

After tons of teasing, Asus has confirmed that two of its tablets will be running Android's Honeycomb.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 5, 2011; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CES 2011: iPad 2 case at CES in line with rumors

Endgadget snapped some pictures of an iPad2 case from Dexim that's lines up with a lot of the rumors floating around about the design of the iPad 2.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 5, 2011; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CES 2011 preview: Steve Ballmer's keynote speech

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been tapped (again) to give the keynote speech at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Wednesday evening at 6:30 PST. CES is the premiere electronics tradeshow and one of the best annual indicators of what technology may take off for the year.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 5, 2011; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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AT&T's first 4G Phone?

An HTC ad in the current edition of Rolling Stone sent 4G watchers into a tizzy, boasting the company's been the first to 4G on all four major networks -- including AT&T, which hasn't yet set a date for its LTE rollout, let alone made any sort of handset announcement.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 5, 2011; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sharp, Samsung's competing 3D and tablet visions

LAS VEGAS: Although a lot of the hardware on display here may look alike, the companies behind it may have differing views about where technology is heading. Consider what I heard from Sharp and Samsung in their news conferences today. Sharp led off by noting how it didn't rush to...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 5, 2011; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Weekly video: Packing for CES

Packing for the Consumer Electronics Show isn't like getting ready for the average trip. For one thing, I spend as much time picking out socks--preferably, the comfortable hiking kind--as I do shirts. For another, I wind up with a lot more chargers and cables in my luggage than usual. In...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 4, 2011; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Apple developers cautiously eye Mac App Store

One of the more interesting tech debuts this week won't happen at the Consumer Electronics Show. Instead, it will take place Thursday on the screens of Macs running the Snow Leopard release of Mac OS X: the launch of the new Mac App Store that Apple announced in October. This...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 4, 2011; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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iPhone alarm problems subsiding

When a bug kept iPhone and iPod touch alarms from sounding on Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, Apple suggested that those having trouble should set recurring alarms, and that the alarms would fix themselves by Jan. 3, the first work day of 2011. But users are still reporting problems with the alarms Monday morning.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 4, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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The mystery of the missing Hotmail messages (updated)

Hotmail users who made a New Year's Resolution to clean up their inboxes got some unexpected help in that project over the weekend: A glitch in Microsoft's free Web mail service mysteriously wiped out the folders of thousands of users from Dec. 30 to Jan. 2.

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 4, 2011; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Is 2011 the year of the tablet, 3DTV?

When analysts looked at the Consumer Electronics Show line-up last year, they predicted that 2010 would be the year of the tablet and 3DTV. Looking at this year's lineup, that seems to be the case again, and a recent survey suggests there may be more interest in purchasing the high-end...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 4, 2011; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Facebook status update: We're worth $50 billion!

Apparently, becoming the most widely-visited site on the Internet, knocking Google off that perch in the process, is worth a few bucks. The news that Goldman Sachs and a Russian investment firm called Digital Sky Technologies had combined to put $500 million into Facebook--giving the still-private social-networking firm a valuation...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 3, 2011; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Angry Birds hits PlayStation as a mini title

Angry Birds makes its way to the PSP and Playstation 3 as a mini title this week, spreading more castle-crushing, pig-hating fun.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 3, 2011; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bargain brand Vizio to unveil tablet, smartphone at electronics show

Bargain brand Vizio to show tablet, smartphone at electronics show

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 3, 2011; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Google may launch digital newsstand for Android

Google has been reportedly been talking with publishers about launching its own digital news stand to rival Apple's iTunes store.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 3, 2011; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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PostPoints tip: Privacy and screen sharing in Skype

The Skype Internet-calling program has probably shown up on many new computers this holiday season (even if it did suffer an extensive outage a few days before Christmas). If you're among the people to install this free download, take a moment to change one of its settings and familiarize yourself...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 3, 2011; 6:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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