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16 most-anticipated tech products of 2012 - Part 2

CNET.com – Fri, Dec 23, 2011



Each year around this time I do a roundup of the most-anticipated products of the coming year. This year I came up with 16 things we can’t wait to see. Since many companies like to keep future new releases under tight wraps so they don’t short-circuit sales of their current products, we can’t predict what all the new hot gadgets will be. But as usual, we expect to see a fair amount of intriguing stuff at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, and we know that plenty of sequels to today’s popular products are on the way–whether the company wants you to know it or not.



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Next-gen MacBook Air



Rumor has it that the next generation of MacBook Pros and Airs will get new designs, and we may very well see a 15-inch Air. Will the Air get even slimmer?

More-affordable Apple AirPlay products

In case you don’t know what it is, Apple’s AirPlay is a wireless streaming feature available on Apple mobile devices that allows you to stream audio and video over Wi-Fi. However, except for Apple TV and AirPort Express, AirPlay-compatible products tend to be pricey (most are speakers). They could all stand to shave $100 off their list prices (and more in some cases). Hopefully that will happen in 2012.

Kindle Fire 2 (and Amazon’s 10-inch tablet)

The Kindle Fire’s been a big hit and it isn’t even that great. Just imagine what the Kindle Fire 2 will be like. And oh, Amazon may well release a 10-inch tablet that undercuts the iPad’s price significantly. Can’t wait for that to happen.

iPhone 5

For those of you who waited all 2011 for an iPhone 5, we’ve got news: you get to do some more waiting in 2012. When we’ll see the iPhone 5 launch is anybody’s guess, but whether it’s released in June or November, it seems like a safe bet that it will have a new design and most likely support for 4G networks.

Apple iTV

Rumor has it that Apple will enter the TV market in 2012 with a set that will be a game-changer and once again turn another market on its head. We’ll believe it when we see it.



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Posted by chantal Thu, 26 Jan 2012 17:11:00 GMT

16 most-anticipated tech products of 2012 - Part 1

CNET.com – Fri, Dec 23, 2011



Each year around this time I do a roundup of the most-anticipated products of the coming year. This year I came up with 16 things we can’t wait to see. Since many companies like to keep future new releases under tight wraps so they don’t short-circuit sales of their current products, we can’t predict what all the new hot gadgets will be. But as usual, we expect to see a fair amount of intriguing stuff at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, and we know that plenty of sequels to today’s popular products are on the way–whether the company wants you to know it or not.



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Nintendo Wii U



Once again Nintendo is trying to revolutionize the gaming industry with a system that has a new controller with an embedded touch screen that allows you to continue a gaming session on the portable controller even when your TV is off. On a more mundane level, this Wii supports 1080p visuals and is backward-compatible with all Wii gaming accessories and games. That latter trait may be its biggest selling point. No word on pricing or exactly when the Wii U will hit the market, but Nintendo says it will be in stores in 2012. CNET’s game experts got some early hands-on time with the Wii U.

Google Ice Cream Sandwich products



The first Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) smartphones have just started trickling out onto the market. Loads more are coming in 2012. Yummy.

iPad Mini

Will Apple do a 7-inch iPad? Some say no, some say yes, particularly with the success of Amazon’s Kindle Fire. We hope Apple does go small. $299. 16GB. Slam dunk.

Better, more-affordable ultrabooks

Forget those underpowered Netbooks. The ultrabook is the new Netbook. We already saw the price for these lightweight machines head into reasonable territory in 2011. Now we look forward to the next batch offering similar performance for even less money.



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Posted by chantal Wed, 25 Jan 2012 17:14:00 GMT

15 Top Products of 2011 - Part 5

Between product reviews, manufacturer visits and trade shows, CE Pro comes in contact with many products. Here are the best products Robert Archer saw in 2011.



By Robert Archer, December 20, 2011



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TiVo Premiere Elite



The THX-certified device aggregates all of a home’s digital media, including Netflix and Pandora into TiVo’s highly respected user interface. What separates this unit from the company’s other products beyond its THX certification is its four tuners, 2TBs of storage, a storage upgrade path, lots of HDMI options and provisions for iPhone and iPad control, and the ability to transfer stored media on portable devices like Apple’s iOS line of products.

Wi3 Coax Networking Products



The Wi3 is a well designed product that provides existing homeowners a retrofittable networking solution that’s much more reliable than wireless and faster than powerline. With this product, homeowners can extend the range of their home network to add things like Apple TV, Web-enabled Blu-ray players, and smart TVs without sucking up their wireless bandwidth capabilities.

Adam Audio Artist 5 Powered Monitors



The Artist 5 includes RCA, XLR and USB inputs, and a front-mounted volume knob, on/off switch, and 3.5mm input. Sonically the two-way speaker sounds much more neutral and balanced than the first generation products.



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Posted by chantal Tue, 24 Jan 2012 17:42:00 GMT

SDGE Unveils Energy Innovation Center in San Diego

Audio Impact, Inc. was proud to partner up with SDG&E in the design and installation of the Green Smart Home in their new Energy Innovation Center.



Energy resource center will help customers find the most cost-effective and energy-efficient solutions for their home or business



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SAN DIEGO, Jan. 18, 2012 – /PRNewswire/ – Today, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) introduced its new Energy Innovation Center (the Center), a showcase facility where residential and business customers can learn about energy efficiency, alternative fuel transportation, Smart Grid, and clean generation.

The Energy Innovation Center offers an array of seminars on energy efficiency; classes in the food service demonstration kitchen; tours of the Smart Home full of energy-saving technology; information in the resource library, and guided tours of the water-wise walkway which showcases drought tolerant plants that save water and energy.

“The Energy Innovation Center will be a valuable resource for the community,” said Hal D. Snyder, vice president of customer solutions for SDG&E. “We are committed to helping southern California reach a more sustainable energy future and the Center will provide businesses and residential customers with the tools and resources they need to make smart energy decisions to be more energy efficient, save money, and help the environment.”

In December 2010, SDG&E began construction on an existing 27,000-square-foot building and focused on designing and constructing a facility that is designed to meet U.S. Green Building Council’s Platinum LEED certificate, the highest level of certification for energy-efficient buildings. In order to meet the LEED platinum certification, SDG&E was required to incorporate the latest sustainable design elements in the Center’s design. Some of the sustainable elements of the Center include:

85 percent of the original building’s materials were reused or recycled. The roof will have a rain water collection unit that stores water used for the Center’s irrigation system. The state-of-the-art Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning (HVAC) system has sensors that shut off the A/C when the windows are open. The solar panels heat the Center’s water and help offset the building’s energy use by 34 percent. Most of the items seen in the Center are made from recycled materials, including the carpet which is made from recycled tires. The Center showcases different examples of highly efficient lighting, HVAC units and leading technologies to demonstrate the choices available for businesses and design professionals to incorporate into their buildings. Many of the program offerings and design features are the result of a collaborative approach with community-based organizations, local businesses and other key stakeholders and technology sponsors.

Key features that customers can experience at the Center include:

Smart Home experience tours;

Sustainability tours;

Interactive kiosks, displays and resource library;

Solar Trees® in parking areas that provide both shade for your car and power for the region;

Water-wise walkway with drought-tolerant landscape demonstrations;

Produce Demonstration Garden;

Food Service Demonstration Kitchen.

A key component of the Center is the full commercial Food Service Demonstration Kitchen that boosts numerous energy efficient appliances that introduce new features to the food service world that saves energy and saves money for chefs, restaurant owners and facility managers with food service kitchens. At the Energy Innovation Center, chefs will have the opportunity to utilize the demonstration kitchen to test their recipes on energy efficient equipment to ensure that the updated appliances work well with their dishes.


“The San Diego County Chapter of the California Restaurant Association commends San Diego Gas & Electric on the opening of their new Energy Innovation Center,” Chris Duggan, director of local government affairs for the California Restaurant Association. “This state-of-the-art facility will provide our industry professionals the opportunity to experience cutting-edge technologies and utilize educational resources that will increase energy efficiency and environmental leadership.

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Posted by chantal Mon, 23 Jan 2012 22:32:00 GMT

15 Top Products of 2011 - Part 4

Between product reviews, manufacturer visits and trade shows, CE Pro comes in contact with many products. Here are the best products Robert Archer saw in 2011.



By Robert Archer, December 20, 2011



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SnapAV Episode 700 Bookshelf Speakers



SnapAV’s Episode 700 is a front-ported two-way loudspeaker that incorporates a 6.5-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter. The product features an open, natural and dynamic sound. When the Episode 700’s performance is combined with its modern looking, piano-gloss finish and rounded curves, this speaker is a competitively priced, fun speaker option for electronics professionals to consider for their audio needs.

Spin Clean Record Cleaning System MK II



The Spin Clean line offers a basic $80 solution and a step-up $125 solution. The more expensive of the two includes more cleaning products and both work on the same simple premise: fill the basin with the cleaning fluid and watch the records clean instantaneously. This product line is a no-brainer for anyone needing a quality recording cleaning product.

TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Pedal



The Dark Matter produces a nice amount of distortion that isn’t noisy and doesn’t color the tone of an amplifier. The versatile product includes functions for controlling EQ and tone voicing. The product can be used to drive a clean channel or it can be added to a crunch channel to provide an extra level of gain.



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Posted by chantal Fri, 20 Jan 2012 17:27:00 GMT

CES 2012: Samsung Smart TVs Include Comcast, Time Warner Cable Apps

The TVs will also support Adobe Flash, making it easier for app developers.



January 07, 2011 | by Grant Clauser



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So who needs a cable box anymore when there are app-laden, internet-connected smart TVs everywhere? That’s a question a lot of people have been asking, and one that got a lot more interesting at the CES keynote presentation by Samsung’s Boo-Keun Yoon.

Yoon, along with Comcast president Brian Roberts, announced a new partnership between the two companies that puts access to Comcast’s Xfinity service on Samsung’s smart TVs. Through a new “web-like” interface, users can search though TV programing and video-on-demand offerings as well as program their DRVs for recording, all though a smart TV interface without going to the menu on a set-top-box. A similar level of access will be available on Samsung’s Galaxy tablet PCs and will allow users to view streaming content on the portable device.

But Comcast isn’t the only new TV partner. Time Warner Cable’s CEO Glenn Britt also joined Yoon in announcing that Time Warner Cable customers will be able to access their subscription content on Samsung smart TVs and the tablet PCs. TWC already announced a similar feature for Sony smart TVs earlier this week.

One of the features of the new TWC app (available on Samsung’s app marketplace on their TVs) will allow users to access DVR content from any smart TV in the house without the need for additional set-top-boxes. This function can greatly extend the user’s TV subscription without the additional box rental fee.

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Posted by chantal Thu, 19 Jan 2012 17:19:00 GMT

CES 2012: Sony introduces Crystal LED technology

Like a fusion of OLED and LCD



TELEVISION NEWS By Gareth Beavis



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Sony has announced a new prototype display technology called Crystal LED that it hopes will prove to be the next step in image quality for consumers.

Taking on the likes of Samsung and LG, both of which have unveiled 55-inch OELD TVs at CES, Sony’s 55-inch prototype uses millions of tiny LEDs to act as pixels and offers a Full HD self emitting display.

The light source is mounted directly onto the front of the television in a red-green-blue formation. This method apparently ‘dramatically improves the light use efficiency and offers higher contrast ratios, wider colour gamut and high refresh rates and response time when compared with current LCD and plasma displays.

Bright as a button

The full HD screen uses over six million LEDs, packed into a tightly designed space, and can produce 400 nits of brightness, which is comparable with OLED displays of the moment.

Intriguingly, Sony added this new technology was “parallel to its continued development and commercialization of OLED displays, and Sony will work conscientiously to bring the “Crystal LED Display” to market.”

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Posted by chantal Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:39:00 GMT

OmniMount Introduces TV Mounts for the Active Lifestyle

OmniMount says that the ActionMount series can offer an interactive experience.



January 12, 2012 by Rachel Cericola



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Some TV mounts can tilt and swivel. However, OmniMount is giving the mount a makeover with its new ActionMount line.

Designed for active lifestyles, the new trio of TV mounts offers a full range of motion. That basically means that users can raise the TV up to 21 inches or lower it 21 inches. That makes this mount perfect for activities such as gaming, exercise, 3D and even group viewing.

Designed and engineered in the USA, the ActionMount series includes a total of three mounts. The PLAY20 and PLAY20X can fit TVs up to 32 inches and 20 pounds, offering up to 15 inches of vertical and horizontal adjustment. The PLAY20X also comes with a 9-inch arm extension. The PLAY40 can hold TVs that are 60 inches and beyond, up to 40 pounds. This is the one that offers the widest range, with up to 21 inches of vertical and horizontal movement.

All three mounts also have post-installation leveling, tilt and pan, and cable management.

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Posted by chantal Tue, 17 Jan 2012 17:17:00 GMT

CES 2012: LG 55-inch OLED TV behemoth headlines

World’s biggest Ultra Def set also featured



TELEVISION NEWS By Kate Solomon



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LG’s 2012 TV line up is out of the CES 2012 gates, and it’s looking pretty tasty with diminishing bezels and growing screens and ever-better image quality all round.

The top of the 2012 TV tree is the LG EM9600, a 55-inch OLED TV that LG is claiming as the world’s largest.

It’s a mind-blowing 4mm thin, comes with “unrivalled” 3D picture quality and comes in the LG Cinema Screen design that we told you about earlier (meaning bye-bye bezel).

We should see the LG EM9600 UK release date land in the second half of this year. We’d tell you to start saving up but, to be honest, we don’t think six months’ of saving is going to do it.

Get thee to the bank

Size is everything to LG this year, it seems, as it’s also busted out what it’s calling the world’s largest Ultra Definition 3D TV – it’s a ridiculous 84-incher with 3D and Smart TV connectivity, known as the LG LM960V.

That Ultra definition promises picture quality of 8 million pixels – that’s four times the resolution of existing full HD TVs (3840x2160). Yikes.

You can also tinker about with the 3D depth as you watch and play on the set, while 3D Sound Zooming takes care of the tri-dimensional audio layout – the UD TV is heading to market in the second half of 2012 as well.

And the rest…

The rest of the range – you know, the TVs you might actually be able to afford to buy – seem to pale in comparison to all that world’s ultra largest excitement.

The LG LM660T, LM669T and LM670T all fall into LG’s Cinema Screen range, which means they’ll rock the 1mm bezel and come with Cinema 3D (4 pairs of 3D glasses and 2 pairs of Dual Play glasses will be included). The LM660T comes in a 32-inch edition, while all three will be available in 42-inch, 47-inch and 55-inch flavours.

The LG LM760T is equally catchily-named, and will come in 42-, 47- and 55-inch editions, what with its LED display, Cinema 3D glasses, stupidly thin bezel and magic remote.

Not had enough product names thrown at you yet? Good news, there’s more LED goodness in the form of the LM860V with 3D capability, Wi-Fi, magic remote and a dual-core processor to power Smart TV premium.

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Posted by chantal Mon, 16 Jan 2012 17:24:00 GMT

CES 2012: Smart TVs Take Over at LG, Samsung, Sharp, Panasonic and Sony

Gesture control, smart search and social sharing are in store.



January 10, 2012 | by Grant Clauser



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While 3D still will play an important role in all the major TV makers’ 2012 plans, all of them also will be focusing strongly on smart TV features that go beyond just a screen full of apps for Netflix and Pandora.

At the opening “press day” at the Consumer Electronics Show, LG spoke a lot about the company’s new line of Google TVs. The new models will include the Google TV platform built into a CINEMA3D TV that uses LG’s FPR passive glasses technology. Also included will be a Magic Remote Qwerty—a remote that combines the features of LG’s Wii-like remote and a QWERTY keyboard to make use of social media and other web features easier. The system allows for multitasking, so users can tweet or browser the web while watching TV. LG’s Magic Remote also adds voice recognition this year to allow voice-controlled commands to access TV features.

Not all LG smart TVs will include Google TV. For the non-Google models, the company’s Netcast system will provide access to about 1,200 apps and include smart search functions to make it easier for users to search for content over a variety of apps at the same time.

Other CES news from LG included the expansion of the company’s FPR passive glasses CINEMA3D TV line, including a 4K 3D LED model, an 84-inch LED TV and a 55-inch OLED 3D TV that’s only 4mm thick.

Sony, one of the original product partners with Google TV, will also launch new products featuring that platform, including a line of TVs, a set-top-box and a connected Blu-ray player.

Sony also demonstrated a 4K Crystal LED TV that does not require any backlighting and two prototype glasses-free 3D TVs

Sharp’s biggest news was about their new largest screen size (an 80-inch LED 3D TV), but the company also has developed a new smart TV system called Smart Central. Smart Central combines the TVs content apps into a system that’s categorized into areas such as video, games, photos, social and more. Also included is Sharp’s Aquos Live feature that allows users to get help with their TVs live directly through the online connection. New feature called Beamzit lets you play content from wirelessly-connected PC—it sounds like a DLNA variation, which we’ll check on later at the show. Smart Central will be available on 60-inch and larger TVs

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Posted by chantal Fri, 13 Jan 2012 17:31:00 GMT