It's no secret that 3D TV was a big theme at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. Electronics companies are banking on 3D to sell the next wave of flat-panel TVs starting this holiday season.
Laptops & Desktops
John Morris and Sean Portnoy deliver straight talk about notebook and desktop computers.
John Morris is a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine.
Sean Portnoy is a former executive editor at Computer Shopper magazine and editor at CNET Networks.
Qualcomm isn't known as a consumer electronics company, a fact that CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs acknowledged in his first CES keynote.
AMD continues to make waves with its graphics. At CES, the company announced the industry's first mobile GPUs that support DirectX 11, the ATI Mobility Radeon 5000 series.
Nvidia is known for hardcore PC gaming hardware, but at CES company execs instead focused on new areas such as mobile gadgets, smarter cars and 3D display technology.
Since reviews posted earlier this week there wasn't much left to announce, but Intel held a press conference at CES early this morning (Jan. 7) to officially introduce its 32nmWestmere technology.
Lenovo is getting creative with a laptop that converts into a slate tablet, ARM-based smartbook, and touchscreen netbook among other new PCs.
Intel has lifted the embargo on reviews of its first 32nm Westmere processors, and several sites have posted results on both Arrandale laptops and Clarkdale desktops.
One of the rare success stories of a tough 2009 in tech, the netbook is set to get an overhaul courtesy of Intel's Pine Trail technology. Intel released Pine Trail earlier this week, and a few computer makers have announced new netbooks based on it.
It remains to be seen whether Google will sell a branded smartphone (though it seems increasingly likely), but after a day or two of all Nexus One, all the time, the world has moved on to rumors of yet another Google-branded device. TechCrunch reported that Google will release its own netbook in time for the holidays next year.
This weekend The New York Times published its annual catalog of the Year in Ideas. One of them, Good Enough is the New Great, is a concept derived from a story in the August issue of Wired (The Good Enough Revolution), which noted that some of the most successful gadgets and applications of late are a triumph of mediocre technology over the latest and greatest.