CES 2011: Razer Switchblade Gaming Netbook (Almost) Makes Hardcore Gaming Portable

Razer Switchblade Gaming NetbookThe iPad was set to add a new dimension to portable gaming. Did it succeed? Yes and no. It supported casual gaming to a degree but it was never meant to be a serious competitor for those seeking hardcore gaming. Could the Razer Switchblade Gaming Netbook change this? Again it’s yes and no.

CES 2011: 2012 Ford Focus Electric

Ford Focus Electric The new Ford Focus Electric was announced by Ford CEO Alan Mulally in a keynote speech at CES.

With claims that the car will provide better mile-per-gallon equivalent (mpg-e) than the Chevy Volt and a full recharge in three to four hours which is half the time required to recharge the electric Nissan Leaf, the all electric car turned a few heads. According to the EPA, the Volt gets an estimated 93 mpg-e on electricity, 37 mpg on gasoline, and 60 mpg average. The all-electric Leaf gets a 99 mpg-e rating from the EPA.

CES 2011: Green Trends

Green Technology at CES Green technologies have been hot for the past four to five years at CES, and 2011 was no exception with everything from energy-efficient gadgets to fully electric cars were on display at CES this year. Below are seven Green trends spotted at the 2011 CES show:

The first green trend includes a rebranding of the home automation industry into home energy management. When times are tough for an industry, you need to adapt are focus on the trends. The typical companies where at CES like Control4 and iControl, but startups including GreenWave Reality (started June 2010 by former Cisco execs) and 4Home (which was acquired recently by Motorola) showed products. 4Home will provide connected home service with energy management in a service that will be piloted through Verizon in New Jersey next month.

CES 2011: Motorola Xoom Tablet Best CES Gadget

Motorola Xoom Android Tablet
The Motorola Xoom tablet won the coveted top honors at the Best of CES awards in Las Vegas and leads the crowded tablet market introduced at CES as the front-runner to compete against the juggernaut Apple iPad.

Motorola Mobility’s hotly awaited tablet computer, the “Xoom,” will be available in the first quarter of the year with a 10.1-inch (25.6-centimeter) screen, which is about the same size as Apple’s iPad, which hit stores in April and has other leading technology companies around the world scrambling to catch up.

Google built their “Honeycomb” software specifically to power tablet computers and Motorola believes that helps enable the Xoom as the next generation of tablets.

CES 2011: Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor Wins “People’s Choice Award”

Barnes & Noble's NOOKcolor Barnes & Noble’s NOOKcolor won the “People’s Choice Award” at the Last Gadget Standing competition in Las Vegas at CES 2011. With over 60% of total votes and 5,000 votes by consumers and technology lovers online, the NOOKcolor won in a landslide.

In addition to winning the “People’s Choice Award”, the gadget was selected as a top ten finalist in the Last Gadget Standing competition from over 200 consumer electronics products and was nominated by leading technology media representatives.

“We’re thrilled and honored that the people have spoken and chosen NOOKcolor as the Last Gadget Standing “People’s Choice Award” winner. This recognition is further testament to the innovative product we’ve created that delivers the ultimate reading experience,” said Jamie Iannone, President of Digital Products, Barnes & Noble. “It’s clear that people are excited to read everything they love – books, magazines, newspapers, kids books and more – in rich beautiful color as NOOKcolor has quickly become our bestseller. We’re grateful to all the employees and partners who worked tirelessly on the product in order to bring NOOKcolor to our valued customers.”

To see what the Geeks think about Barnes and Noble’s NOOKcolor, sign-up for our free eReader comparison report.

[Barnes and Noble Press Release]

CES 2011: Dell shows off 7″ Streak tablet. Could be a 10″ later too

Dell Streak 7 Android tabletYup, we’re featuring yet another tablet, but let’s face it – that’s the hot product this year kicked off of course by the iPad last year. This time it’s the Dell Streak 7, a 4G tablet that will run T-Mobile’s 4G network.

As the name implies, the Streak 7 is a 7″ tablet with a multi-touch 800×480 screen, Android (of course), Adobe Flash Player (suck on that Apple), WiFi, and front- and rear-facing cameras. Runs on the now very popular Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, and has 16GB of storage expandable via SD cards.

There’s a Streak 10 (a 10″ version) that may make an appearance later this year. And of course, you can get the 5″ Dell Streak mini (on AT&T) for $99 with a 2-year contract.

[Dell press release]

CES 2011: Verizon getting 10 new 4G LTE devices

So far, this seems like a very smartphone- and 4G-heavy CES. For example, Verizon announced 10 new 4G LTE devices including smartphones, notebooks and tablets.

Smartphones include the LG Revolution, the HTC Thunderbolt, one from Samsung , and the Motorola Droid Bionic (when are they going to run out of relevant names for that line eh?).

Motorola has the smart-looking Xoom Android 3.0 tablet (which we’ll cover later). And Samsung has the Galaxy Tab (Android 2.2). By the way, what tablet today besides the iPad isn’t running Android?

HP/Compaq has 2 4G notebooks and Samsung has a tiny 4G LTE mobile hot spot.

These 4G devices will show up on Verizon as early as March.

[Verizon press release]

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