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#CES2011 — The Mobile iPhone 4 Headphone Amp and Battery Charger by Go-DAP

If you’re into the high-end portable audio scene, you’ve probably heard of Go-DAP before. They already have one successful battery + amp design on the market for the iPhone 3G/S. This week at CES, the company took the wraps off of their next generation of portable headphone amp and battery for the iPhone 4…
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#CES2011 — Gear4: UnityRemote, SmartLink, Angry Birds Cases, and PlayLoops.

This year at CES I had the pleasure of meeting with gear4′s Tom Old. Even though I was two days late (my schedule was constantly getting delayed and shuffled unfortunately), he took the time to sit me down and show me several of gear4′s coming to the U.S. market in 2011. For those who aren’t familiar with gear4: gear4 is a UK-based company which started out in the early 2000′s as PodGear and was more recently rebranded to gear4 in 2006.

With that said, hop inside to check out some of the newest products from gear4 including the UnityRemote, SmartLink Home Alarm and Dock, PlayLoops iOS app and keyboard attachement, and the much awaited Angry Birds cases the world has been waiting for.
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#CES2011 — Slacker Unveils Free, Basic Service In Canada.

Popular music streaming service, Slacker Radio, announced a free, basic service tier for Canadian users. From here on out, Canadian users don’t have to worry about 30-day trials any longer, as they can enjoy Slacker Radio 24/7. If you’re really into music however, the Slacker Radio “Plus” tier costs only $3.99/month and offers such things as unlimited song skipping, complete removal of ads, and song caching for mobile devices.

#CES2011 — PowerMat Booth, Chargers, and Chevy Volt.

With CES being the largest electronics show in the world combined with the increasing importance of going wireless, it makes since that Powermat — who specializes in wireless recharging technology — would have a big showing at this years show. I had the pleasure of being shown around the Powermat booth by CEO, Ran Poliakine. In past years, cases and replacement battery covers for your favorite gadgets were the big thing. This year, it was all about expanding the wireless charging to multiple devices in multiple places, as well as introducing some new and exciting features. Everything from wireless laptop charging to wireless batteries to Powermat equipped cars was unveiled. Hop inside for the full rundown.

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#CES2011 — BlackBerry PlayBook Hands On

One of the biggest products to be on display at the 2011 CES is no doubt RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook. The device is important for two reasons. One: The “Year of the Tablet” is going to be filled with countless crappy options, with only a few shining examples of innovation. But the second and more important reason is because of the QNX operating system’s ability to allow RIM to create products that actually get us excited again, and its eventual porting to the BlackBerry smartphone platform.

The hardware and software we held and saw at CES wasn’t final. So there’s more optimizing to be done. But even then, 90% of the experience we saw was fluid and intuitive. Most intriguing was the Palm/webOS-like card style that RIM has given apps in QNX. Though the tablet itself isn’t bad to look at. In fact, it’s quite slick. But the kicker to RIM climbing back to the top of smartphone supremacy or wallowing in the low-end smartphone badlands depends solely on their ability to port QNX to BlackBerry smartphones. And from what we saw today, we can’t wait. However, RIM still has some big things to worry about — (1) Battery life and (2) Core features such as email and calendar functions are tied to a separate BlackBerry device.

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#CES2011 — Sonomax DIY Custom Ear Phones.

If you’re into headphones and audio, you know that headphones which require custom ear molds aren’t cheap. But as the saying goes: “You get what you pay for”. Not only that, the process of getting the actual molds done takes many days to weeks. But a new product from Sonomax cuts the price and time dramatically.

At CES, I was fortunate enough to get a pair of the company’s PCS 100 single-drive units made for my ears. The process is quite simple — a pair of pumps and medical grade silicon are inflated within 4 minutes to give you your very own custom ear phones. As far as audio quality goes, they are on par with other single-driver products despite the higher $199 price tag. Though remember, custom ear molds will cost you a pretty penny, so you’re actually getting quite a deal.

If you want higher quality, Sonomax has a dual-driver PCS 200 model availabe for $299 as well.

#CES2011 — Confirmed: Motorola XOOM Coming To UK

Eager UK tech enthusiasts excitedly watching countless streams of CES wondering what products will make the jump across the pond have a treat for them this morning. UK online merchant Clove, announced they have the Motorola XOOM and XOOM accessories live on their website. The significance is of course that one of the hottest tablets of CES and 2011 will be coming to UK residents.

As a quick refresher: The Motorola XOOM tablet incorporates an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor running at 1GHz, 1 GB of RAM, 10″ 1200 x 800 display, 32 GB of internal storage (with support for microSD cards up to 32 GB), and WiFi b/g/n + Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.
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#CES2011 — Dell Venue Now Official. Coming Soon.

This week at CES, Dell officially announced the Dell Venue Pro’s keyboard-less, Android-powered sibling, the Dell Venue. Featuring the same sleek lines, 1GHz processor, and 4.1″ AMOLED display as the Venue Pro in addition to an upgraded 8-megapixel camera and Android 2.2, the Venue aims to be another solid release for Dell as it re-enters the mobile hardware market. Now let’s just hope Dell can actually get Venue hardware into consumers’ hands, as thus far, the Venue Pro distribution has been a nightmare. Look for pricing and availability information in the near future. Unfortunately Dell didn’t share any such information with us at CES.

#CES2011 — Razer Switchblade Mobile Gaming Device

No doubt one of the coolest gaming related devices shown off at CES 2011 is the Razer Switchblade. This portable device is what gamers who are constantly on the go really need. Power comes by way of Intel’s Atom platform so the full range of Windows PC games can be installed and played on the Switchblade. However, the coolest feature is hands down the keyboard — transparent keys placed over an LCD screen. This allows the keys to change depending on what the user is currently doing while still giving tactical feedback.

Sadly, the Switchblade won’t be released in the near future as it is just a concept for now. With that said, it does show where mobile gaming could be in a rather short 1-2 years. Perhaps we’ll see some more production-reader Switchblade hardware at CES2011.

Follow us after the break for a short video and gallery showcasing the hottest mobile gaming device of CES 2011!
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#CES2011 — Samsung LTE (SCH-i520)

This unnamed fine lookin’ lady is the Samsung SCH i520. While it may not look that spectacular in the picture above (mostly my fault) and is equally “meh” on paper, take my word that this is a slick phone in person. Besides the pretty face, the SCH-i520 features a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display (more subpixels = better clarity and sharpness) 8-megapixel rear/1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, WiFi b/g/n, accelerometer, gyroscope, and Android 2.2.1 w/ Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.

Look for more important details such as pricing, official name, and release date in the not too distant future.

#CES2011 — LG Revolution Drops. Underwhelms?

While we are a fan of LG smartphones and have been looking forward to seeing the Revolution in the flesh, we must admit that we’re a little underwhelmed — anti-climatic is a good word. But don’t let our lack of enthusiasm spoil your potential next purchase. It’s still a great device, though the specs scream mid-2010 instead of 2011 and beyond: Android 2.2, 1GHz processor, 4.3″ 480 x 800 display, 16 GB of internal memory, and a 5-megapixel rear/VGA front cameras. Nevertheless, we’re positive that the Revolution will find a happy home with at least a few of you out there.

We’re really trying to get into the Revolution. Honest. But Motorola’s Atrix has blinded us.

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#CES2011: myCharge, recase, udrop, and powerbag by rfa.

Besides the gadgets that we love and lust after each and every day, the accessories that accompany them are perhaps just as important. A new startup company called rfa has four umbrella brands that aim to cater to various aspects of a gadget lover’s life: myCharge, recase, drop, and powerbag. Hop inside for the rundown.
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#CES2011 — ViNCi Tablet: The Tablet for Babies and Young Children.

“The tablet for babies”? It may sound crazy to give a baby who may not even be able to walk an electronic that normally costs many hundreds of dollars and is incredible fragile. But the ViNCi tablet developed by Rullingnet is something different.
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