Tagged With ces 2013

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Being a gadget writer at CES may seem like a glamorous gig. Yes, we get to play with a lot of new toys. Yes, that is often a lot of fun. But canvassing the show floor and running to press conferences is brutal on the body. This year we attempted to measure just how hard a workout it really is.

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Las Vegas is probably a lovely place to live. But spending a week in the desert at a trade show like CES — talking to thousands of people, handling hundreds of devices that countless others have touched, spending all your time going from taxi to casino to buffet along the Strip — it can leave you feeling incredibly grungy.

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The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show isn't just a place for smartphone cases and big TVs. No, instead it's about showcasing some of the coolest car tech ahead of the Detroit Motor Show. Here are some of the best cars on show at CES 2013.

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CES 2013 was undoubtedly about big screens. 110-inch, 4K, OLED, 3D, lenticular, smart, self-aware: we saw it all. Each manufacturer showed off its CES 2013 wares in a booth on the show floor. LG's booth had what I'm calling the best gimmick of CES 2013: an installation of 122 Cinema 3D screens pumping out the best sights and sounds you've ever seen.

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2013 is shaping up to be a huge year for huge televisions. Almost every major manufacturer is rolling out gigantic sets and packing them with four times the resolution of current TVs. One curved display is even redefining what constitutes a "flat screen" TV, period. Here's what to watch in 2013.

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New gadgets take the spotlight at CES. And though we're occasionally blinded by the bright, shiny things, we know where our loyalties lie. Behind the barrage of posts and sprinting between booths, the real stars of the show are the tried and true bits of gear we're using behind the scenes. Each of us has our own beloved item — tech or otherwise — that we'll swear is the only reason we made it out of Vegas alive. Spoiler: There are a lot of batteries mentioned in this post.

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LEGO Mindstorms are incredible. It was teaching kids, students and grown-ups alike about programming long before devices like the Raspberry Pi mini-computer were even conceived. I stopped using them a while ago and while I wasn't looking, Mindstorms suddenly got amazing. Here's a bunch of robots working together to simulate a Las Vegas table game.

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At the end of December, a PR agency representing American footballer Tim Tebow's new signature line of Soul brand headphones — model number SL300, $US299.95 retail — emailed us to invite us to a CES event at which Tebow himself would be showcasing his headphones and "speaking with the media". The event was total bullshit. Just like celebrity headphones.