The World Gets a Little Thinner After CES 2012

This Week’s Top Story:

  CES, the Las Vegas-based Consumer Electronics Show thats ends today, has been a whirlwind of the thinnest this and the fastest that from ultrabooks to smart TVs. It can be a bit overwhelming (some have even complained that the conference has gotten “too big”), so we’re sharing the big announcements and some of our favorite shiny new gadgets:

     
  • AT&T announced the Samsung Galaxy Note and five other new devices, including the HTC Titan 2 (the first Windows phone with LTE).
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  • MySpace made an appearance (with celeb owner Justin Timberlake) to announce that they are partnering with Panasonic to create a social TV experience.
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  • Samsung unveiled a voice and gesture controlled television
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  • Vizio brings the first ultra widescreen television to the US, with a 21:9 aspect ratio
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  • RIM displayed the Playbook 2.0, a huge advancement on the first version of the product equipped with the company’s exemplary messaging client that allows for multiple windows to be open at once.

Newsworthy Tidbits:

  Album sales up for the first time since 2004, and digital sales beat out physical music sales in 2011 for the first time ever.

  Spotify free unlimited music service to end for initial users. New users are granted a 6-month free trial when they sign up. 10 hours of music from here on out unless they upgrade to one of paid plans ($4.99/month for the ad-free version or $9.99/month for offline and mobile access)

  Google adds G+ results to search, causing an outcry from Twitter that the move is “bad for people.”

Be on the Lookout:

  Verizon confirmed the Droid 4 early this week, a 4G LTE supported device with a slide-out keyboard.

  Facebook “Listen With” button has been rolling out for Spotify users. The button allows Facebook users to chat and listen to music controlled by their friends.

  AT&T will be allowing HTML 5 apps in their App Store, removing the pressure on developers to choose iOS or Android.