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  • Apple accessories a hit at CES despite official snub

    While Apple may have snubbed the massive Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, vendors of accessories for its hot devices turned out in force. Dozens of manufacturers of covers, stands, headsets, speakers and other items for the iPad, iPod and iPhone crammed an "iLounge" on the Las Vegas Convention Centre floor dedicated solely to Apple accessories. Scott Sternick, owner of a sports bars in New York's Hell's Kitchen, was selling perhaps the simplest product in the entire show -- a strap with a suction cup on the end for carrying an iPhone or iPad around your neck. "It's old school for...

  • How the Nintendo Wii ruined gaming

    Left, right, up and down and side-to-side, now stretch. Now that Sony's PlayStation Move and Microsoft's Xbox Kinect are out and on sale alongside the Wii, I can guarantee in millions of homes across the globe, bodies are in motion. The gaming future is here. And what a bothersome future it is. As a gamer, it's my opinion that the entire motion control age is unhealthy for games. I am not opposed to the concept of motion controls but the history must be considered. When Nintendo pushed out the Wii in 2006 everyone marveled at the potential this new method...

  • Tablets, smart gadgets, balls, blocks and cars rule at CES

    Slick touchscreen tablet computers and smarter devices for the home and the car took centre stage as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) wrapped up on Sunday. The "always-connected" lifestyle was on full display at the annual gadget extravaganza as Internet technology ruled at a show traditionally dominated by eye-popping new television sets. Tablet computers to rival Apple's iPad were the hot new products on display along with powerful new smartphones, ultra-thin laptops and Web-connected and 3-D TV sets during the four-day event. "The tablet wars are now launched, with everybody under the sun producing tablets," said Endpoint Technologies Associates analyst Roger Kay. "A...

  • Memeburn’s top 10 must-have gadgets

    We've certainly entered the decade of the gadget in a big way. Tablet computing is going crazy. The iPad was easily the gadget story of the year. And there's more to come. As the new year begins, it is best not to be left behind in the race for ultimate gadget ownership. The time has come to put away those archaic phones and computers. Here is Memeburn's list of must-have gadgets: 1. Apple iPad The iPad has emerged as the undisputed king of tablets, and the iPad 2 will no doubt carry through its predecessor's legacy. The numbers speak for themselves. Having...

  • Trillion-dollar forecast for gadget sales

    Global gadget sales may top one trillion dollars this year for the first time ever. Organisers at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) in Las Vegas says that worldwide annual spending on mobile phones, computers, television sets and other items is expected to rise 10 percent in 2011 to 964 billion dollars. "We may very well hit the trillion mark," said Steve Koenig, director of industry analysis for CEA, organiser of the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES). "I'm bullish," Koenig told reporters. "That number is truly within reach." Sales of smartphones, touchscreen tablet computers, electronic book readers and flat-panel liquid crystal display (LCD) television...

  • ‘LePad’: The combined laptop and tablet

    Chinese computer colossus Lenovo has unveiled an IdeaPad computer that serves as a laptop for work tasks then converts to a touch-screen tablet for play time. The IdeaPad U1 hybrid, with a "LePad" slate that serves as a laptop screen but unplugs to become a tablet computer, made its debut on the cusp of the Thursday opening of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. "It is one device to balance life and work," said Lenovo product manager Leo Li. "A keyboard is more important and Windows software more powerful for a lot of things you need to work, especially productivity and...

  • Microsoft sold 8m Kinects in first two months

    Microsoft sold more than eight million gesture-sensing Kinect controllers for Xbox 360 game consoles in just two months, says the company's chief executive Steve Ballmer. Ballmer used much of his time on stage for a keynote presentation on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to tout the booming popularity of Xbox 360 devices and the Live online community linked to the consoles. More than 50 million Xbox 360 consoles have been sold worldwide, and Live membership has topped 30 million, according to Ballmer. "This has been the biggest holiday and the biggest year ever for Xbox," Ballmer said. "A new...

  • 1.5-million Windows 7 Phones sold in first six weeks

    Microsoft has released its first sales figures for new Windows Phone 7 smartphones, saying more than 1.5 million of the handsets were sold by manufacturers in the first six weeks. Achim Berg, vice president of business and marketing for Windows Phones, said sales were "in line with our expectations -- especially when compared to other new platform introductions." "We are pleased that phone manufacturers sold over 1.5 million phones in the first six weeks, which helps build customer momentum and retail presence," Berg said in a statement. Microsoft unveiled the latest version of its mobile phone operating system in October as it...

  • 10 geek gifts for the whole family this festive season

    Are you, or someone you love, filling your "Dear Santa" letters with 3Gs, MB’s, and USB’s? Hoping that Santa's little helpers know their way around the information super-highway? Well, rest easy with our shopping guide for the geeks who made the "Nice list" this year that’s sure to make all the "Naughties" think twice! Beyond the obvious holiday purchases like a new computer, an external hard-drive, or an iPod, buying for techies can be really tough. I myself struggle with holiday shopping for my PC-loving engineer husband just as much as he battles with gift ideas for his Apple-loyalist media-driven...

  • Have you played the best video games of 2010?

    2010 has been an amazing year for gaming. We saw the release of some ground breaking titles and also the return of some old favorites polished to perfection. Here is what the team over at Memeburn thought were the 10 very best games of 2010. 10. Call of Duty: Black Ops The highly-anticipated shooter that grossed more than Avatar, Call of Duty: Black Ops is at the top of every gamer's Xmas wish list. But does it live up to all the hype? Well, while the story is fresh and innovative, the gameplay is pretty much the COD that loyal...