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    Ultrabooks, tablets and 3D TVs dominated recent versions of the International Consumer Electronics Show, the annual launching pad for tech innovation.

    This year's conference, which runs Tuesday through Friday in Las Vegas, should carry a slightly different flavor.

    While TV manufacturers will try to draw attention to yet another display technology Ultra HD a single, game-changing product line isn't expected to flood the show floor like a year ago when computer makers unveiled about 50 Ultrabooks or in 2011 when tablets went wild.

    Instead, a few early themes have emerged:

    A platform war for control of a vehicle's in-dash touchscreen.

    A growing focus on startups and early-stage companies

    The rise of perceptual computing, where controlling a laptop moves beyond type and touch to gestures and face recognition.

    "Mobile and wireless is becoming the centerpiece on a lot of this stuff," said Jefferson Wang, mobile practice lead for IBB Consulting Group. "If you look at the companies that did really well (in 2012), they had heavy mobile strategies Google, Apple and those guys. If you look at the folks that didn't have a heavy mobile strategy, like Facebook and Yahoo, they were punished."

    The preshow keynote to be delivered Monday by Qualcomm chairman Paul Jacobs will focus on mobile technology. The cellphone chipmaker is taking over the high-profile kick-off position vacated by Microsoft, which said last year that CES' January slot no longer fits with the timing of its product announcements.

    This year's show is expected to attract at least 150,000 attendees and 3,300 exhibitors covering nearly 2 million square feet of exhibit space.

    "This is going to be a record-breaking show for us as far as exhibit space is concerned," said Karen Chupka, senior vice president for


    John Shippy, left, and Roger Chavez test the Emperor 1510 computer workstation at last year's CES show. This year's show will focus on computers that go beyond touch, like cameras and sensors, says Intel's spokesman.
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    Eight automakers are among this year's exhibitors, an unusually high number for the show. There were six car manufacturers in 2012. The connected car is the primary focus this year.

    Will automakers control the smart-dash, or will it just be a mirror image of the smartphone stream? Initially, the brains of the system will be built into the car itself, Wang said.

    "Ultimately, as the ecosystem matures, it may just be an extension of the smartphone," he said.

    While the trade show has always been a place for emerging companies to showcase products, this is only the second year for the startup-specific Eureka Park.

    The area is expected to feature 140 startups, up from 101 a year ago. Fees for the often cash-strapped early-stage companies start at $1,000, compared with $3,700 to $4,300 for standard exhibit booths.

    "The technology industry is really helping to drive startups, drive new technology, and so we wanted to make sure that there is a focused area for companies that want to do this," Chupka said. "It is a way to make it more cost-effective for small, truly new startups to come into the show to be able to find a place for themselves."

    Eureka Park will include a Startup Stage this year where speakers will cover topics such as how to raise funding. The Consumer Electronics Association, the industry trade group that produces the show, also recently announced a reduced-rate membership category exclusively for startups.

    Technologies to be showcased there include an air-based, multitouch computer monitor think "Minority Report" and speech-recognition software that may enable natural language voice conversations for consumer-oriented websites.

    In the main CES exhibit halls, more touchscreen computers will be introduced this year as manufacturers realize that Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system doesn't offer the same experience on a standard machine. There should also be another wave of convertible laptops machines that can quickly transform into a tablet, such as the Lenovo Yoga.

    Intel's next-gen computer chip, code-named "Haswell," will give Ultrabooks and convertibles more processing power as well as longer battery life. It will also provide the muscle for perceptual computing, integrating voice, gestures and facial movements to operate the machine.

    "This is where things are headed, beyond touch," said Intel spokesman Bill Calder. "There are a lot of technologies camera, sensors, etc. coming together now to enable some new experiences."

    One example would be a program that uses a computer's webcam to monitor a user's eye movements to zoom in on a section of a website.

    For every hit that debuts at CES, like the Xbox gaming console, there are plenty that flop.

    One of the biggest duds in recent years is the 3D TV, which has failed to gain widespread adoption. The latest TV technology is Ultra HD, previously known as 4K because it offers four times the resolution of HD.

    But Ultra HD will generally be geared toward 55-inch TVs or bigger, pricing it out of most households.

    Hovering over TV makers at this year's show is Apple's rumored effort to produce a TV set. With its loyal fan base and easy-to-use devices, its entry would likely shake up the smart, or connected, TV space. Thus far, difficult on-screen navigation, among other things, have plagued smart TVs powered by Google, perhaps Apple's chief competitor.

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    Lenovo unveils touch-screen table PC
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    Brett Molina, USA TODAY12:27p.m. EST January 7, 20130 CommentsShare

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    Lenovo's latest PC attempts to move computing from the desk to the coffee table.

    During the International Consumer Electronics Show, the personal computer maker unveiled the IdeaCentre Horizon, a device with 27-inch screen that functions both as a standard desktop and a huge tablet.

    The Horizon features a multi-touch screen that allows multiple users to input commands simultaneously. Users can place the device flatly on any surface as a tablet, or prop the computer up with a smart hinge, and use a mouse and keyboard in a traditional format.

    The device will run on the Windows 8 operating system, and features hard drives with up to 1 terabyte of storage and an Intel Core processor. If a 27-inch tablet seems ridiculous, Lenovo is also demonstrating a 39-inch wide-screen version at CES.

    "Horizon makes personal computing interpersonal computing with shared, collaborative experiences among several people," says Peter Hortensius, president of Lenovo's Product Group, in a statement.

    The PC will boast an app store with more than 5,000 apps, many of which will include multi-touch games tailored to Horizon, Lenovo says.

    The Horizon launches this summer, starting at $1,699.
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    LG Kicks off CES With 55-Inch 'Ultra-HD' TV




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    By RYAN NAKASHIMA AP Business Writer
    LAS VEGAS January 7, 2013 (AP)
    LG unveiled a 55-inch TV that sports "ultrahigh-definition" resolution with four times the sharpness of regular HD television sets, kicking off what is likely to be a mini-obsession with the latest super-clear format at the annual International CES gadget show.

    The model announced Monday is the smallest in a 2013 lineup that includes 65-inch and 84-inch versions. But the smaller size and smaller price tag begins the parade of TV makers that are seeking to bring ultrahigh definition to the masses.

    Also known as "4K," ultrahigh-definition screens are 3,840 pixels wide and 2,160 pixels tall, or more than 8 million in all. The higher resolution will let TV screens get larger without degrading picture quality, though initially the price tag will limit those sets to technology's early adopters.

    LG said the 55-inch and 65-inch versions will be available later this year in the U.S. No price was announced, but it will be less than $10,000. The 84-inch version that went on sale late last year cost $20,000.

    For a few years, though, there won't likely be a mainstream standard for getting native ultra-HD movies and TV shows to the screen either by disc or broadcast.

    LG Electronics Inc. said these new TVs will have upscaling technology that takes images of lesser quality and renders them in high detail. The Korean electronics maker also said it has formed an ultra-HD content agreement with Korea's top broadcaster, KBS, and is seeking out deals with other global content providers. The company offered no specifics.

    LG said that with an ultra-HD TV, it will be possible to play phone games with very sharp resolution and in 3-D. The company said it has been possible to hook up smartphones to the TV to play games with current sets, but the resolution isn't good.

    Along with the lineup of higher-resolution TVs, LG unveiled a new Magic Remote, which acts like a wand that is sensitive to motion and is used to navigate on-screen menus. LG said the new model responds better to natural speech and can be controlled with a single finger rather than "very tiring arm gestures." It also lets you change the channels by writing numbers in the air.

    The company also touted the ability to tap different devices so they can share data. With that capability, you'd be able to see what's inside your refrigerator while shopping, and you'd be able to monitor how clean your house is getting with cameras on a robotic vacuum. Washing machines will also have such capabilities.
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    CES 2013: Ford Adding Rhapsody Music Service to 1 Million Cars
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2413975,00.asp

    Google TV set-top box for $129 coming from Netgear
    http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/...-from-netgear/

    Huawei Unveils Huge 6.1-Inch Smartphone
    http://mashable.com/2013/01/07/huawei-ascend-mate/
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    Toyota, Lexus Show Off Autonomous Vehicle Tech at CES 2013
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2413964,00.asp
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    Lenovo's hybrid laptops get smaller with the Yoga 11S, Helix tablet
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/20238...ix-tablet.html

    Samsung Smart Evolution Kit, TV Camera and Multi-View 3D Glasses revealed
    http://www.slashgear.com/samsung-sma...aled-07263314/
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