Behind the making of the first tablet — Razer Edge — designed to meet the demands of PC gamers.
Intel’s Mr. Bluetooth (by IntelFreePress)
We got together Ericsson, Nokia, Toshiba and IBM. That probably represented 60 percent of both the cellphone and notebook markets at the time. The key was to define the goals of what we wanted to do. We formed a SIG, all agreeing that we wanted to build this universal, very low-cost, private, wireless cable.
— Jim Kardach, retired Intel mobile computing power architect
Analysts questioning how 7-inch tablets, convertible touchscreen notebooks will redefine PCs leading into the Consumer Electronics Show — Tablets, Competing Form Factors to Dominate CES 2013.
Tablets will take center stage at CES 2013, but Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies, expects the focus to be on new 7-inch tablets. Rob Enderle, principal analyst at Enderle Group, says that these new tablets will face stiff competition from souped-up smartphones while more new 10-inch and larger tablets will be countered by new Ultrabook computers that convert from a thin notebook into a tablet. John Jackson, vice president at IDC, says this CES could reveal whether or not tablets remain a distinct device or is seen as a logical evolution of the PC.
As the first day comes to a close, much of these predictions came true, as there’s talk of high quality and value smartphones (and possibly an iPhone mini), marriage of phone and tablets dubbed phablets, convertible Ultrabook-tablets and adaptable table-top touch screen all-in-one PCs.
An independent study commissioned by Intel concluded that the recent explosion of computing devices in market will lengthen the time to purchase beyond the 30 to 40 days that had been the norm.
"Our new question is how long will it take now?” said Kerry Sama Rubio, a market research analyst for Intel. “Shoppers who once came in looking for a laptop now look around and say, ‘What’s that?’ There are so many more device types, and now you have small tablets just hitting with the Nexus 7, iPad Mini … and then you have all the operating systems with Win 8, Windows RT, Android, iOS, Google has its own OS …. Shoppers hadn’t really thought about what operating systems they’re running, but now Microsoft, Apple and Intel want to have them think about it. Intel wants them to care.”
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Medical school graduate, NFL linebacker and practicing attorney aren’t typical resume entries for most executives at hi-tech startups, but CrowdOptic Chief Operating Officer Jim Kovach has spent a lifetime reaching beyond expectations. Below is an excerpt from a Q&A with Kovach where he shared his thoughts on what opportunities for technology to improve healthcare and the risk of overdependence on tech.
Will the new healthcare laws spur adoption of technology?
I think what you’re going to see after healthcare reform gets rolled out is hospitals will start to fail. We don’t really see a lot of failed hospitals, but with healthcare reform there are going to be winners and there are going to be losers. And when you have competition essentially as survival then people start to change and hospital and healthcare executives will start to see the writing on the wall. That’s when you’re really going to see change in the adoption of technology. Right now, it reminds me of the Wild Wild West. They’re just forming the rules. You’re putting the stakes down for the new way of doing business.
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How you can dry out wet smartphones, cameras and other electronic devices.
“The more you step back and embrace complexity, the better chance you have of finding simple answers,” Eric Berlow says of his big picture approach to tackling big data with his collaborative Vibrant Data Project.
"This is the year that we’re going to see smartphones really beginning to push the performance envelope … and a lot of other capabilities like better imaging," said Omar Javaid, vice president of product management for Motorola Mobility. ”The phones themselves are becoming larger, so the trend has been towards larger displays. A number of companies have smartphones with five-inch or greater displays. We’re seeing a blurring of the line between what a tablet is compared to a smartphone. You see tablets that are under seven inches and then there are also a number of interesting accessories where they can essentially transform into laptops.
In the U.S., wireless carriers are selling into the value segment with new LTE, or so-called 4G-ready smartphones. Verizon Wireless is selling a LG Lucid smartphone for $79.99 after rebate and with a 2-year agreement. AT&T is poised to release theNokia Lumia 900 running Windows Phone.
Snooki gets techie in Vegas.
Nicole Polizzi, aka “Snooki” of “Jersey Shore” will be at CES to promote Zeikos USA’s new line of iHip audio accessories.
She joins pop stars appearing at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV to promote gadgets and gizmos.
Kids need laps not smartphone & tablet apps, say experts in Washington Post story
How are mothers today raising the next wave of digital natives, or so-called the Touch Generation?”
The Most In-Demand Consumer Technology of the Season Selected by Leading Industry Experts When it comes to predicting the hottest tech gifts this holiday shopping season, top retail analysts have the inside scoop on the latest and greatest. This is the My Keepon.
"Is this the new Furby? You can’t help but love a dancing robot.” — Jason Blackwell, ABI Research