It's official - the longest running rumor in the technology industry was finally settled today as Verizon Wireless announced their new partnership with Apple to bring the company's iPhone 4 to Verizon's CDMA network. The phone will become available starting February 10 at Verizon Wireless stores, Apple stores and online. As of right now, there appears to be no third-party sales of the device. Sorry, Best Buy.
There are a number of positives and negatives here. First of all, Verizon's 3G CDMA network has never been known for its data stability, so adding iPhones to the network could very well bring it to its knees. Also, 3G CDMA is incapable of making calls while accessing data, so many of the features that Apple has made a big deal about for years will not work on Verizon, such as talking to Bob while you find the address to a restaurant on Google.
For more on the iPhone announcement and what it means for you, hit the break.
Do you take photos or record video ever? Of course you do! Whether it is on your iPhone or a professional camera, there is one thing that is always a problem - stabilization. We found a product this year to solve that problem once and for all.
It's called the
Camtrol and it does exactly what its name suggests - helps you control your camera. In simple terms, it is a combination between and handle and a cradle, but it is a lot more than that. This seemingly simple gadget takes all of the weight of the camera from your wrist and suspends it from your entire arm. If you are anything like me, when recording long videos, my wrist is the part that becomes the problem, so this thing is great.
To read more about the Camtrol, hit the break.
We had the opportunity to check out Wacom's booth on the last day of the convention. For those who don't know, Wacom is the company who has perfected mouse replacement products for years now. Recently, their line of Bamboo products have made it easy for the amateur or beginning Photoshop and Premiere user to get step up to the plate and try out these products at a more affordable cost.
At CES, Wacom was able to show off the Bamboo line, as well as their higher levels of their products - the Intuos and Cintiq series. As we roamed around the booth writing "PLuGHiTz Live!" on every tablet or screen that we could, we ran into an expert of the products, Tech Man Joe Sliger (that's what his badge said.) Joe has been using Wacom products for a long time now and is a true hardcore user of the Adobe suite and hasn't owned a mouse in 9 years. One of the products he was most excited about was the Cintiq 21. While the Bamboo and Intuos are add-on products that use a small pad and pen to use as your mouse, the Cintiq turns your entire desktop and computer workspace into a completely immersive tablet experience. The screen attaches with one cable down to your computer's tower and with touch and pressure sensitivities along with 21 inches of space, the Cintiq was a really cool product that we had the privilege to see in action from an expert.
Want to learn more about this cool thing? Check after the break.
This year the BlackBerry booth didn't have a wide range of selections for us to gawk over but they managed to impress us with their new 7" tablet called the
PlayBook. For a long time now BlackBerry users, who are mostly business people, have relied on the stable services and equipment they provide to get things done. What most BlackBerry users can't forget about, because they have never had it, was a sleek and aesthetically appealing user interface to wrap things up in one awesome power tie, power suit, power device type package.
Some of the things that impressed us so much are noticeable right off the bat. For one, the weight distribution was even throughout the device which gave it a nice solid feel in our hands and the functionality didn't end at the edge of the screen area. The PlayBook has a 1" bevel around the screen which has functionality similar to WebOS devices like the Palm Pre. For example, if you place your finger on the bevel above the top-right corner of the screen and slide it down, a little drop-down menu slides down with your finger and displays information like battery life and WiFi connection strength. Likewise, depending on where you slide your finger from the bevel onto the screen certain functions will be available on the full version of the OS. As far as we can tell all parts of the bevel will have some type of functionality.
You want to know more about this device so hit the break.
Sennheiser, along with making great microphones and headphones that we use every day in our studio, also announced a new array of noise cancelling headphones this week at CES 2011, as part of their mobility line, along with three other lines they showed off today. The difference? They've added digital cancellation features.
Their CXC 700 in-ear travel earbuds have Sennheiser's exclusive NoiseGard /digital system. This enhancement allows you to select one of three noise-cancelling modes that take out different frequency ranges?
How does it all work? Find out after the break.
Day 2 of CES was even more mindblowing than the first, which I doubted was even possible. However, I'm okay with being proven wrong, this time by none other than
GM. I also don't feel bad because they are pretty intelligent people. There are more automobile companies than ever this year at CES 2011, with Ford, Audi, Hyundai and General Motors just to name a few. All of them showcased their newest and shiniest models for the masses to gawk over but GM certainly has the most unique showing this year out of all the automobile companies and just maybe CES.
To find out how GM made us green with EN-V, hit the break.