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Covering CES with Google: A Chromebook, YouTube, and the Moto X

As Editor of a growing technology blog, the International Consumer Electronics Show is the hallmark of conventions to attend for proper news coverage. Every major electronics manufacturer struts their hot new tech for the coming year, and thousands of bloggers and industry reps come to be sold and speculate on it. So I finally went. I applied for my press pass in December, bought a plane ticket to Vegas (with miles, thankfully), and booked a hotel room at the Riviera  just blocks from the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Tech Void CES 2014

So How Did we Cover it?

First off, we have to thank AT&T for their gracious hospitality, offering us us a Netgear UNITE Pro Mobile Hot Spot for wireless capabilities while covering CES 2014. This little device packs a 4020 mAh battery, offering 16-hours of 4G speed WiFi and/or smartphone charging known as Battery Boost. It also can connect up to 15 devices to the web. You turn it on, and you’re online in seconds. That’s it. This little monster got the 4G LTE speeds that were clutch during coverage.

CES 2014: How Curved UHD Televisions will Change your Living Room

CES 2014 nearly had more German sales reps than televisions…Nearly. But whether you like it or not, this year was yet again about televisions. The mind-blowing innovations coming down the pipeline for consumer television are beyond hyper-realistic. Curved screens are the game and Samsung, LG, and Vizio are some of the names blowing it away with 4K resolution. They have dozens of different sizes and technologies featuring the visual panorama screens, drawing the viewer into beautiful places out of this world. While last year was the beginning, manufacturers have reached firsts in size (i.e. Samsung’s 110-inch UHD television, VIzio’s 120-inch, though still flat) and quality previously unseen at CES.

CES 2014: I Rode the E-GO Cruiser Skateboard and Didn’t Die

A $699 death-board on wheels is coming to the US this year, and it’s known as the E-GO Cruiser, a personal electric skateboard. The minute I saw it at CES, I just knew I had to ride it. And film it. This took some fateful courage on my part, especially considering my thin stature’s lacking in center of gravity. Verdict?

This thing is an *expletive* blast. And if you don’t want to take my word for it, just watch the video of me riding it below.

The Yuneec Technology product is manufactured in China and will be distributed in the US later this year with a price tage of $699. It can cruise for 18 miles (30km) and recharge in three hours. It’s also remote controlled with an easy handheld button push. You can go forward or backward using your thumb, as well as brake. Top speed is 12 mph, but downhill seems likely to exceed that going max speed. One of Yuneec’s reps said even racing friends heavier than him downhill, the Yuneec managed to win out on top speed. Beat that, physics! They wouldn’t actually let me try it in reverse, and rumors have it they may simply get rid of it since it requires some messing with the controls. But who’s skateboarding backwards, anyway?

The E-GO weighs 13.9 pounds and the battery is slim enough underneath that no one would notice anything different from afar. It does sound like a remote controlled toy, nevertheless. We’re just lucky I didn’t crack my skull. Can you believe they didn’t make me wear a helmet?

I want the E-GO Cruiser and you likely will too if you want to long board around town without pushing off. Get in on the preorder at E-GO for $699.

 

CES 2014: The LG G Flex is Curvy, Kind of Silly

The LG Flex boasts a flexible display—the world’s first, actually. But it’s set in a curved casing that’s rigid and keeps it from actually flexing. Which makes us ask. Why? Why on earth would anyone create, let alone purchase, a smartphone whose main feature (the flexible display) doesn’t actually flex.

What I mean by that is, the phone is permanently curved unless trying to run it over or press it flat. The shape is downright weird compared to any other at CES this week. It’s even a bit uncomfortable to hold it in your hand and feels more than funny in your pocket (I swear we didn’t take it home, LG).  But most of all, for something you stare at for hours a day, it’s simply a really strange perspective to get used to. It’s like reading on a warped scroll, practically pre-renaissance. Slight exaggeration.

Our First Look at the LG G Flex

Our answer: It’s a gimmick. You can bend it flat, so maybe that will help withstand impact a little better, but so what? Glass isn’t going to be any less sturdy on a drop, Gorilla Glass or otherwise. A curved display on a giant television might make a difference in the quality of the image in 4k resolution, but the visual effects on a phone-sized display? Not really worth it. And the argument that the curve is to enhance the sound during a phone call is negated somewhat by the popularity of headphones and bluetooth headsets. Also, do you really need a phone to curve to your face? Okay, we’ll compromise. Hitting the mute button with your chin is a little less likely.

Why Bother With The LG G Flex?

The verdict? If you’ve got to have the latest crazy idea, one that doesn’t look like any of the other smart phones out, then maybe you’d want to give this a try. Otherwise, we’re recommending you imagine the awkward bulge in your pocket.  Is that an LG G Flex or are you just happy to see me?

Hisense Will Offer Smartphones to the American Market

Chinese Manufacturer’s EG-980 Looks to Compete; the X1 Looks a Bit Ridiculous

We had the chance to play around with the devices earlier today while on the floor of CES. The 5.5-inch 1080 HD display EG-980 boasts a sleek, boxy OS and felt extremely durable. Hisense tablets are currently available in the US, and the company is hoping to add smartphones to the mix by the end of the year.

Erik provides a brief look at the EG-980 below:

The EG-980 will reportedly ship with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and may come in both a standard and stripped-down model at a lower cost. Though we’re still waiting on price point info, this phone could do well here. Next, we checked out Hisense’s X1. Just looking at this thing, you’d never guess it was a phone based on sheer size. With a 6.8-inch display, this thing is huge. It dwarfs even the biggest, popular smartphones currently available in the US. This one might have some problems catching on. See it in the video below:

Let us know what you think in the comments, and be sure to check back for more news from CES.

QI Wireless Power Consortium to Bring Wireless Charging Standard to 60 phones in 2014

200 manufacturers have signed up for Qi, the Wireless Power Consortium started in 2008 by Texas Instruments, Philips, Samsung, Sanyo and Olympus. The cause for a wireless charging standard is a noble one (especially if you’ve ever busted your charging cable), and it’s starting to power blenders and smartphones alike. But yes, mostly smartphones. And there’s plenty of them to join the market. Nokia, Samsung, HTC…if you can name it, they’re on board. 60 new phones in 2014 will be supporting the technology, and we can only imagine it will be the staple of device charging to come.