CES 2012 Pre-Thoughts

CES is coming for 2012 and I like to see what comes from the show. Last year it was all about 3D TVs and Android Tablets. This year it looks like tablets and apps on TVs will be some of the big things. I’m sure they will have more 3D TV but some without glasses but I don’t care because I can’t see the 3D.

Android Tablets were big last year but the ones that did come out in 2011 were flops and the main reason was that they were trying to do the old computer trick of having spec wars and charging too much. The iPad dose so good because it is not that expensive and is somewhat of a good device that has a sexy or prestige factor that the Android tablets lack because of marketing by Apple.

If they can make new tablets with Android 4.0 that are good specs and don’t cost over $500-600 then they may work out but if they want to sell lots they need to have it be good spec, Android 4.0 and cost less than $350.

As for the TVs with apps, it looks like they will be running Google TV aka Android TV, but the mistake that the companies are going to make is putting skins on them, they need to look and feel the same. Also Google and the TV companies will need to make deals to get the content producers to make apps to put their content on the system.

With Microsoft also pulling out I don’t see much coming from them, probably some new looks at Windows 8 and a recap of the new video options on Xbox 360. And I’m sure Sony and Nintendo will save most of their big things for games for E3 were I’m sure Microsoft will still have a big setup to pimp there Xbox stuff.

This year I will probably keep looking over some of the blog sites, and check out Twit.tv they have the most raw unorganized look from the floor as if you were there. CNet has some good stuff but it is more organized and almost too setup only with big names.

Tomb Raider E3 Trailer

Tomb Raider on Xbox looks like it should be fun, and the trailer has lots of hot wet shots of Lara Croft to help you want to play it! Just hope it’s not a bunch of jumping back and forth and killing tigers like the original game was. Looks like this will be on all the big systems too so that’s cool, GO PC!

Webluke Cast 2

Google, Black Ops, Power-Hook, and more in Episode 2 of the Webluke Cast. Better recording then last week so check out the stories below and download the podcast.

Samsung Galaxy Tab
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20022611-1.html

Hulu Revenue
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6A95C820101110

Color Comes to E Ink
http://www.pcworld.com/article/210248/color_comes_to_e_ink_lg_electronicpaper_displays.html

Amazon Increases Kindle Royalties to Publishers
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/09/technology/09kindle.html

Google Instant Previews
http://www.pcworld.com/article/210198/google_instant_previews_a_handson_tour.html

Google Gives Free Wi-Fi For Holidays
http://feeds.informationweek.com/click.phdo?i%3D1f6cfb07b1d055420ec02caade1654b4

Android Phone Solves Rubik’s Cube In 12.5 Seconds
http://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/11/11/2115235/Android-Phone-Solves-Rubiks-Cube-In-125-Seconds

Military Uses ‘Bat-Hook’ To Tap Power From Lines
http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/10/11/11/1720219/Military-Uses-Bat-Hook-To-Tap-Power-From-Lines

Battlefield Play4Free
http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id%3D273899

Call of Duty: Black Ops
http://reviews.cnet.com/Call_of_Duty_Black_Ops_Xbox_360/4514-11457_7-33657494.html?part%3Dcnet%26subj%3DCall%2Bof%2BDuty%253A%2BBlack%2BOps%2B(Xbox%2B360

GRC Domain Name Speed Benchmark
http://www.grc.com/dns/benchmark.htm

Savings & Support
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Webluke Cast EP 1

Big stories to cover:

Hulu Plus opens up and should start showing up on more devices soon, for now it’s on Sony Playstation and some TVs.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/209810/hulu_plus_now_open_to_all.html

Google Buzz settled with a $8.5 Million dollar fine that goes to privacy education. If you use gmail you should have gotten an email with a link to opt out of the settlement.

http://thenextweb.com/google/2010/11/02/google-settles-in-class-action-lawsuit-over-buzz-launch/

Skyfire for iOS came out then was taken down because of server overload. Mostly download because it converts flash video to HTML5 to view though iDevices.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/software/server_virtualization/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=228200217&subSection=All+Stories

Xbox 360 kinect came out with mix thoughts, $150 for new hard ware, has performance issues and doesn’t do faces very well. Some like it in games but only works in large areas.

http://www.gamespot.com/special_feature/konnecting-kinect/image-feature/index.html

Firesheep! Able to login as others using cookie jacking. Google Gmail fixed by going to SSL Facebook going to take months. Fix for some WIFI is to use WPA auth. Having a password on your WIFI is also good to keep other things out.

http://steve.grc.com/2010/10/28/why-firesheeps-time-has-come/

Download of the Week

Johns background switcher.

http://johnsadventures.com/software/backgroundswitcher/

Android App of the Week

Listen

Podcast app for android from Google. Get it from the Market.

Recommended Media

Last Exile

New Game Releases

James Bond 007: Blood Stone
James Bond 007: GoldenEye 007 Classic Edition Hardware Bundle with Gold Wii Classic Controller Pro
Bunch of Kinect Games – Xbox 360

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