Vegas Diary – Day 2 – Getting Curvy

Day 2 of pre-CES saw a day of press conferences from all the big tech players. Standing out for me was certainly Samsung and its offering. CES sees the launch of Samsung’s first Ultra High Definition Television, the Bendable TV, an impressive Chef Collection for the kitchen and some hard-working, multi-tasking additions to its tablet range.


In the world of television for 2014 Samsung is embracing the curve for what is tipped to be a truly cinematic experience, The firm explains that with a wider field of view the audience is given the illusion of a larger screen size and also the effect of 3D without the awkward glasses. The unveiling of Samsung’s forthcoming Bendable TV range caused much excitement here in Las Vegas. At the touch of a button the Ultra High Definition flat screen television shape-shifts to become curved – offering the viewer multiple viewing perspectives.


Samsung’s Chef collection was also a highlight. The firm teamed up with Michelin starred chefs to create a multi-zone fridge offering varying temperatures for optimum food preservation. Thanks to a metal cooling plate and triple cooling system, meat and fish can be stored at a separate temperature to fruit and vegetables.


CES also sees the launch of the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO series. Key features include a large 12.2″ screen size with multi-window capability, 10 hour battery life, a full size virtual keyboard, 3GB of RAM and the S Pen. Samsung has also incorporated a remote PC feature to the series making this a seriously hard-working and exciting tablet series launch.

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A Very Techie Holiday Gift Guide

You can’t avoid it any longer—it’s time to start thinking about holiday shopping. But this year, skip the traditional go-to gifts of sweaters and boxers, and instead impress your family and friends with cutting-edge gadgets and gear. From the latest and greatest smartphone to the best handheld gaming system, we reveal the hottest gifts of 2011.

Samsung GALAXY Note

Samsung has taken the smartphone to a whole new level with the GALAXY Note. Featuring a large and immersive screen, best-in-class mobile input ‘with a touchscreen and the advanced S Pen, a full suite of features including built in photo and video editing capabilities, this is must-have for your most discerning gift recipients.

Samsung Galaxy Note

Samsung LED 8000 Series TV

This incredible television is something everyone should experience: From its visually stunning LED HD picture to its Smart TV capabilities with a solid collection of apps including Facebook and Skype, it’s a must-have for anyone who’s a gadget lover.

Samsung LED 800 Series

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch

The latest generation of the Barnes and Noble e-reader is faster, lighter, and thinner than its predecessor. And we haven’t even gotten to the best part: The new Nook has a two-month battery life (that’s an entire month more than the Kindle!). With its library of more than 2.5 million books, this is a dream come true for any book lover.

Barnes and Noble e-Reader

Casio Tryx Camera

There always seems to be a snazzy new handheld camera hitting the market—but this one rises way above the rest. The insanely flexible 12-megapixel Tryx can turn, twist, hang, and stand unassisted to get shots you never thought possible.

Casio Tryx Camera

Sony HD 3D Camcorder

Sony’s new camcorder isn’t the first to tout two lenses—but it is the first to have two imaging sensors and two processors. What does that mean? Unbelievably clear playback and the ability to seamlessly go from 3-D to 2-D HD and back.

Sony HD 3D Camcorder

Jawbone ERA Bluetooth Headset

Want to really impress him? This is the only headset on the market equipped with military-grade noise-cancelling technology to ensure the least amount of background noise possible during important phone calls. The design is really cool too.

Jawbone ERA Bluetooth Headset

Garmin GTU 10 GPS Tracker

This lighter-size tracker combines a Web-based tracking service with GPS technology so you can keep an eye on children, pets, or personal property. View the location of your tracker from your computer or, if you prefer, your mobile device. Perfect for the person who can’t get enough James Bond.

Garmin GTU 10 GPS Tracker

Livescribe Echo Smartpen (2GB)

Not only does this pen create digital backups of handwritten notes (when used with special paper), it also can record up to 400 hours of audio. Did we mention it has a camera too?


Nintendo 3DS

In the landscape of handheld gaming devices, the 3DS might not have the deepest selection of game titles. But what it lacks in selection it more than makes up for in its incredible, all encompassing 3-D experience (minus the glasses!). Once you play it, you’ll never put it down.

Nintendo 3ds

Nike Plus Sportswatch GPS (Powered by TomTom)

When Nike partnered with GPS powerhouse TomTom to create the Sportswatch GPS, we knew greatness would happen—and we weren’t disappointed. The watch tracks your time, distance, pace, and calories burned and seamlessly connects all this info with the NikePlus website to help you manage your running. Pretty slick.

Nike Plus Sportswatch GPS

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Five top phone releases for Autumn 2011

There are always new mobile phones emerging on the market and the autumn release window is looking pretty exciting this year because a fifth iPhone is promised. Here are five other recently rumoured handsets that might pique your interest ahead of the Christmas rush.

BlackBerry Curve 9360

 Appealing to the budget-conscious buyer, the Curve 9360 will pick up from where its predecessors left off, providing a compact, slim smartphone with great email and messaging credentials. With BB OS 7 onboard it will be geared towards social networking to a greater degree than previous BlackBerry handsets and as contract phones go this should be an affordable option.

Nokia 700

 Nokia has proved that the Symbian operating system is not as dead and buried as many had assumed with the speculation circulating around its new 700 smartphone. Running Symbian Belle, the latest augmentation to this ageing platform, the 700 will reportedly have a 3.2 inch OLED screen, a 1GHz processor and an interesting, elongated design which helps it to stand out from the other contract phones on the market at the moment.

Samsung Galaxy M Pro

 An alteration in the naming strategy for the Galaxy range has seen Samsung announce the M Pro, a mid-range Android 2.3 smartphone with its eye firmly on the business and enterprise market. Like the Curve 9360 it has a full physical QWERTY keypad and a modest display, although it is actually thinner than the BlackBerry rival, measuring just under a centimetre thick. A five megapixel primary camera, 1GHz processor and custom TouchWiz interface will make sure that the Galaxy M Pro is competitive despite its inevitably affordable price point.

Google Nexus Prime

 Details about this handset are thin on the ground, but it is likely to be manufactured by Samsung and feature a range of class-leading hardware features to make even Apple quake in its boots. Recent rumours suggest that it could have a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a native resolution of 1280×720. A dual core processor is a certainty, with clock speeds of up to 1.5GHz per core implied via industry insiders. Google has already confirmed that a third Nexus-brand smartphone will be emerging and given that the Nexus S was built in partnership with Samsung it would make sense for it to continue using this manufacturer in the future.

HTC WP7 Mango

 HTC has been working on a new batch of contract phones designed to run the Mango update for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform and an early September launch is anticipated to coincide with the software’s release. Specifications are still hazy at this point but it would not be a surprise to see dual core processors, full HD video capture and larger displays put on the table by this Taiwanese firm in an attempt to win over more users to WP7.

For more details on any of these handsets go to

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Christmas gadget guide to keep *everyone* happy this year

Christmas is fast approaching and for those who are worried about how to avoid the traditional family fall-outs and keep everyone from Nanny to  7-year old niece Millie entertained, Mio has put together a selection of the must have products to make Christmas this year less about the arguments, and more about the entertainment!

Mio Navman V505 TV

Not only will the Mio Navman V505 TV stop Santa getting lost this Christmas Eve, it also provides the perfect solution for those TV timing clashes – when mum and dad want to watch the Queen’s speech, and the kids want to chill  in front of whatever classic afternoon film makes the listings this year.

Boasting a wide-screen design and industry-leading navigation, as well as integrated Freeview TV, there is no denying this nifty little device has it all. If you are faced with travelling form house to house this year to keep the extended family happy, you are guaranteed the smoothest journey possible and some rest bite when you arrive at your destination. If you are spending the day catering for the 5000, pop the festive Christmas shows on in the kitchen – just put the turkey in the oven and put your feet up.

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab

With T-Mobile cramming everything from unlimited texts, free music downloads and even free internet access into some of their mobile phone offerings – when it comes to keeping loved ones entertained this Christmas the best things really do come in small packages.

 The Samsung Galaxy Tab is perfectly handbag-sized with a 7” touchscreen which is ideal for watching films, viewing pictures, reading your favourite magazines and ebooks on Readers Hub and sharing documents. The Galaxy Tab has 16GB internal memory which allows seven hours of movie play-back time and comes with Adobe® Flash Player for a brilliant web browsing experience – ideal for those who want non-stop entertainment on the move. It also comes with BBC iPlayer, BBC News, Sky + and Sky News built in (over Wifi) so you can catch up with the latest news and your favourite programmes. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is supported by Android™ 2.2 and will feature the latest app from T-Mobile – the T-Mobile Night In app – making it easier for customers to rent 5 things from Blockbusters for £5.

Logitech Harmony 300i

Be in control of all your home entertainment devices this Christmas with this universal remote. Controlling up to four devices at any one time, you can flick on your TV, DVD, Sky+ and hi-fi at the touch of a button and hold the key to all the Christmas day entertainment at your fingertips.

Cinematic Magic for Everyone

With the festive season fast approaching the Blu-ray Disc Association has compiled a list of what are expected to be the hottest titles this Christmas.

Whether you’re looking for something to entertain him, her, or all the family, Blu-ray movies are the ideal stocking filler and perfect for home entertainment over the festive period. Check out what is going to be topping the sales charts this year. 

For Him

Inception (Warner), The Karate Kid (Sony), Back to the Future Trilogy (Universal), The Expendables (Lionsgate), Salt (Sony)

For Her

Sex and the City 2 (Warner),  Dirty Dancing (Lionsgate), Moulin Rouge (20th Century Fox), Downton Abbey (Universal),  It’s a Wonderful Life (Universal)

For the Family

Toy Story 3 (Disney), Avatar (20th Century Fox), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Sony), A Christmas Carol (Disney), Beauty and the Beast (Disney)

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Gadget of the Week: Samsung Galaxy Tab

Using the latest Android operating system 2.2, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is packed full of great entertainment and communication features and is probably the closest rival to the iPad.

With its 7” touch screen powered by a 1.0 GHz processor this sexy looking tablet is small enough to fit in your hand yet big enough not to compromise on functionality. It offers voice and video calling as well as a Reader Hub full of the latest news, magazines and ebooks and web browsing with Flash.

The device’s front facing camera allows for video chat with friends and business partners around the world and the rear-facing 3 megapixel camera with flash captures still images and video that that can be edited, uploaded and shared directly from the Tab.

Samsung Movies allows you to access old and new movies alike and with its large battery it provides more than 7 hours of viewing time. Google Maps Navigation is available on the Tab for free and it also has a variety games and a handy integrated phonebook that combines all your social network contacts.

With 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth® 3.0, the Samsung Galaxy Tab takes mobile communication to a whole new level. Could this be a real rival to the iPad?

 Price to be confirmed.

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