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me, sl, jhWelcome to Tech News Today, I'm Mike Elgan --- I'm Sarah Lane --- I'm Jason Howell

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meTech News Today delivers the top tech news in 30 minutes or less.

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International CES just started! (Show floor opened at 10am)

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me[me] Alcatel is privately showing at CES a prototype solar-powered smartphone, but with a difference. The solar panel is transparent and overlaid on the screen! The blog Pocket-lint says Alcatel hasn’t perfected the technology yet, and that both the screen quality and solar charging power are not ready for the consumer market, but could be as early as next year. Start at 0:15 - http://youtu.be/T7InTsZAGBk?t=15shttp://www.pocket-lint.com/news/126245-transparent-solar-panel-display-charges-your-phone-through-the-screen

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sl[sl] It's not a post-PC world, they're just getting really small. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced the Edison, a Pentium-class PC powered by a dual-core Quark system on a chip, and the size of an SD card. It runs Linux, has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and Intel says an app store is in the works. Krzanich showed off the Edison with a bunch of prototype examples, like a “smart onesie” baby outfit with sensors and blinking lights to tell you whether the baby is happy or not. Because there's no other way to tell with babies. The Quark system on a chip was unveiled four months ago, and is designed for very small applications that don't need a lot of power. http://photos.pcpro.co.uk/images/front_picture_library_PC_Pro/dir_407/it_photo_203881_52.jpg

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http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/6/5282472/intel-announces-edison-a-computer-the-size-of-an-sd-card

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me[me] Garmin’s new Dash Cams automatically record your car crashes in glorious HD. The Dash Cam 10 and Dash Cam 20 stick to the windshield with a suction cup. They run and start recording automatically when you start the car. As they record, the cams constantly delete older video. When the Dash Cams’ accelerometer detects the G forces from heavy braking or a crash, the video footage leading up to the crash is saved, as well as the crash itself. They ship in February. The cheaper Dash Cam 10 model costs $219. The more expensive one is $249.99, and includes GPS to record “black box” like data such as date, time, speed, and direction of travel. Crash investigators are going to love this. http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/adam/f10e72d3d0c5dfa9cc6ee3cbce04e546/Garmin-Dash-Cam-Emb.jpghttps://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/prod152032.html

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sl[sl] Sony thinks you are really interesting. Yesterday the company announced a new life-logging app that tracks and records all your activities - like talking to your friends on your phone, or listening to music, on an interactive timeline. A companion bracelet called SmartBand knows when you’re walking, running, sleeping or driving in a car, and It even has what Sony calls a “Life Bookmark key.” You press it, and the bracelet remembers whatever it is you’re doing. .A separate Core device supposedly can handle more advanced tracking and can attach to clothing or even the SmartBand watch, but we don't know much else yet. No pricing or ship dates announced on either product. http://images.fonearena.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Sony-Smart-Band.jpg

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25633647

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me[me] Remember that Lytro camera that lets you shoot pictures now and focus later? Toshiba announced today a new camera module that does something similar for phones and tablets. The device has 2 five-megapixel sensors, plus a chip that processes image and depth data. The chip can also scale up the two 5-megapixel images to create a new, 13-megapixel photo. The resulting pictures can be re-focused as part of the editing process. Toshiba expects to have their new technology in devices you can actually buy some time next year. http://photos.prnewswire.com/featured/prnthumbnew/20140107/SF40356http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/toshiba-ships-industrys-first-dual-camera-module-able-to-simultaneously-output-recorded-images-and-depth-data-239024871.html

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sl[sl] A billion devices isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion point one devices. That’s how many phones and tablets will be running Android by the end of 2014, according to a new report from Gartner. Not only is 1.1 billion a lot, but it's a 26% rise over 2013. By comparison, Microsoft Windows will be on 360 million devices and Apple’s iOS and OS X systems will rise to 344 million by the end of 2014. http://youtu.be/1CVbQttKUIkhttp://www.businessinsider.com/google-android-forecast-2014-1

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me[me] The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Apple has made the unusual move of opening an official store on China's Tmall for selling iPads and other Apple products. Tmall is an online store run by the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. That means Apple is paying Tmall’s annual service fee, plus a commission on each transaction. Apple already has its own online store for China, so Chinese Apple fans can take their pick. http://goo.gl/XTVukPhttp://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/01/07/apple-opens-store-on-alibabas-tmall/

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sl[sl] Sony's not done with wearables yet - at CES, the company announced a virtual reality headset designed to compete with Oculus Rift. It's called the HMZ-T3Q, which is a really great name and easy to remember, it has a virtual screen that can span up to 750 inches, it’s designed for gaming and handles head tracking with what Sony says is low latency. You know what Sony doesn't say? How much it will cost and when we can buy it.http://venturebeat.com/2014/01/06/sony-vr/

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me[me] Father Robert Ballecer is in Las Vegas covering the show for TWiT. Here's his report. Details

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sl[sl] Apple never goes to CES but there's a whole hall of 3rd party idevices
- Cupertino said customers of its App Store spent more than $10M in 2013, & over $1B for iOS devices in December alone.
- customers download almost 3B iOS apps — Apple says that's the most successful month in the history of the App Store. Apple has paid $15B to iOS app developers
- smartphone profits vs marketshare. Yesterday data put out by marketshare watcher Kantar underlined how Apple losing market share to Android and Windows Phone
- Google’s Android platform may be continuing to dominate device shipments — also yesterday Gartner put out its forecast for devices in 2014, with a prediction that of the - Apple says the App Store now has over 1M apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, available in 155 countries globally — including more than 500,000 native iPad apps.
http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/07/apple-10b-in-app-store-sales-in-2013-15b-paid-out-to-developers-to-date/

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me[sl] Samsung and LG announced bendable TVs yesterday. Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics introduced TVs that can become curved at the push of a button.

Samsungs: 85-inch prototype called the "Bendable TV."

Don’t confuse “bendable” with “curved”

Samsung Electronics started developing in 2010; shows 4.5-inch prototype at CES 2011.

LG: 77-inch OLED

LGs 7.5 cm to bend

May never ship; different from permanently curved TVs.

Most flexible display technology reduces manufacturing costs because you can make a curved device more cheaply.

Samsung’s Galaxy Round curved smartphone uses a flexible Super AMOLED display.

LG G Flex actually bends a little

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sl[sl] China has temporarily lifted a 14-year-old ban on selling video game consoles.
- china is world's 3rd largest video game market. revenues were almost $14B last year . PC games are 2/3 of market, mobile games 14%. kids didn't grow up w xbox, nintendo, playstations
- China banned games consoles in 2000, said they had an adverse effect on the mental health of its youth.
- state council said in statement The suspension of the ban permits "foreign-invested enterprises" to make game consoles within Shanghai's free trade zone and sell them in China after inspection by cultural departments
- most popular video games are often free to play, with gamers only paying for add-ons
- Hong Kong-based brokerage CLSA says More than 70% of Chinese gamers earn less than 4,000 yuan ($634) a month. will they buy consoles?
- Games consoles have been made in China for export for many years, with Foxconn, the trading name of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, making the devices for Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/07/us-china-gamesconsoles-idUSBREA0606C20140107

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me[me] Stephen Wolfram initiative called the Connected Devices Project

Adds “sophisticated computation and knowledge” to the Internet of things

1st step: a database of connected devices and everything about them -- their sizes, prices and specifications.

Already contains products from 300 companies

Next step is to make all these devices “seamlessly integrated” using the Wolfram Language

plus special drivers that will let any device connect to all other such devices.

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Thinking about the smart toothbrush and the recent trend of trying to connect everything to the internet, I think its a trend that will quickly burn out, with only the most useful products surviving beyond a niche market. It reminds me a lot of when cell phones were really reaching the masses, and there was this glut of products based around that technology, from simplified phones for kids that could only call a few numbers to tracking devices so you'd never lose your someone. While you can still buy these products, they never had any mass market penetration. I feel that smart silverware and toothbrushes will be in the same camp. While I do think that there are novel uses for connected devices (Nest is making nice headway to make the connected home a reality and I love what Belkin is doing with their WeMo line), I think the added convenience of a connected device will have to be considerable for people to deal with the added complexity.

Rich in Lovely Cleveland

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me[me] [me] Apple was awarded a patent this week for a concept that could allow users to crowd-source street-level, three-dimensional mapping data by simply taking pictures on their iPhones and sharing them with the world. Sounds downright Googlely, to me. The idea is to enable Apple to crowdsource the equivalent of Google StreetView cars. iPhone users could take panoramas, or the equivalent of Photospheres, and upload them automatically into Apple Maps. As an alternative to Google StreetView, though, this isn’t going to cut it. Because nobody is going to take pictures in the middle of the desert or go to bad neighborhoods just to help Apple make Apple Maps better. http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/01/07/apples-3d-recording-concept-could-allow-user-generated-street-views-in-maps

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sl[sl] T-Mobile CEO John Legere crashed AT&T's CES party at the Palms Hotel last night wearing a T-Mobile t-shirt, and was promptly told that if he didn’t leave immediately he would be charged with trespassing and was escorted out by security. Legere told Re/code: “I just wanted to hear Macklemore." Around the same time Legere was being 86'd, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega was onstage at the Audi keynote announcing AT&T was replacing T-Mobile as the provider of wireless services for the German automaker’s cars. T-Mobile is expected to announce the next phase of its “Un-carrier” effort at a press conference tomorrow.http://recode.net/2014/01/06/t-mobile-ceo-on-being-thrown-out-of-atts-party-i-just-wanted-to-see-macklemore/

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mcafee

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http://www.zdnet.com/passing-the-red-shield-intel-security-to-replace-mcafee-brand-7000024869/

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Intel SmartWatch

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http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/6/5282130/intel-debuts-prototype-smart-watch

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Maker Bot

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http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/6/5281882/makerbot-replicator-mini-announced-ces-2014

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3D cameras in laptops

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http://www.technologyreview.com/news/523336/ces-2014-intels-3-d-camera-heads-to-laptops-and-tablets/

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Razr Nabu band for gaming

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http://www.slashgear.com/razer-nabu-smart-band-hands-on-made-for-gamers-not-just-gaming-06311620/

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Kia In-Car Infotainment System

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http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/07/kia-previews-next-gen-infotainment-systems-at-ces/

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First-ever 3D-printed book cover

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http://entertainment.time.com/2014/01/06/check-it-out-the-first-ever-3d-printed-book-cover/

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Samsung Giant Tablet

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/01/07/samsung_introduces_professional_tablet_line/

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Nuance built into PCs

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http://www.pcworld.com/article/2084063/nuance-intel-build-speech-commands-into-pcs-finally.html

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XOne Safety Glasses

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http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/7/5283020/xone-brings-google-glass-like-interactivity-to-safety-glasses

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TiVo demos DVR prototype

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http://www.marketwatch.com/story/tivo-demos-network-dvr-prototype-for-operators-at-ces-2014-01-07?reflink=MW_news_stmp

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OnePlus will launch its first smartphone this year with a custom version of CyanogenMod

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http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2014/01/07/oneplus-will-launch-first-smartphone-next-six-months-custom-version-cyanogenmod/#!rC9bf