Aside from all the smart TVs and 4K resolution TVs and smart watches at last week’s CES, there was this takeaway lesson: The era of any major differentiation between mobile and desktop is coming to an end. Your mobile will soon every bit as powerful as your desktop and the only reason left to own a non-mobile desktop-like workstation, whether it be a laptop or a tower, is because you’re a professional or a gamer that just needs that kind of serious upgrade in horsepower. And the chip to take us across that bridge will be new, crazy as fuck 192 CUDA core Tegra chip. Unreal Engine 4 will be coming to this chip, which is kinda a big deal, because that’s going in your tablets and phones and Android game consoles.
Roku has done really well with three different versions of its set top box, but at CES this year, it introduced a Roku TV, because you probably need a new TV set anyway, right? It’s a slick flat silver set that comes in sizes between 32 and 55 inches, with all the best Roku goodness already built inside so there’s nothing extra to plug in or lug around.
Polaroid is down, but not out. Not quite dead, but almost. For a couple years they’ve been teasing an Instagram-logo-like camera, and this fall it will finally be here. The Polaroid branded Socialmatic camera will not only let you share your photos quickly and easily on social networks, it will also allow you to print the photos from the camera like a proper Polaroid.
Of the oversized tablets at CES this year, Panasonic showed up with a 20 inch tabletop tablet sporting a Retina Display-destroying 4K resolution screen. That’s some incredibly high detail for all that porn of yours.
There are thousands and thousands of companies making a showing at this year’s CES, but one surprise appearance is by Bitcoin. The digital currency, once a thing of only hackers and underground internet drug dealers has been trying to go legit lately, and their booth at CES highlights this emergence from the dark web.
While Valve has yet to officially show off the Steam Box, hardware manufacturer Xi3 was at CES showing off a Valve-branded mini computer box called the Piston. This is very likely Valve’s Steam Box console, but neither Valve nor Xi3 were offering any more details for now.
Oh you thought you were cool with your 64gb flash drive? Later this year, Kingston will be selling this hefty 1TB USB 3.0 flash drive, so you can store every god damn thing you come across on the internet and keep it in your pocket.
Trying to stay on the curve, Netflix announced at CES that it’s adding 3D and Super HD movies to its disc library as well as 4K resolution movies to its streaming library. Granted, the number of 3D and 4K movies are really low right now, but it’s better to start now than to be last one on the bus.
You think your mobile phone or tablet processor is bad? You ain’t seen bad. Today at CES, Samsung introduced the Exynos 5 Octa, a massively powerful yet tiny 8 core processor that could make your phone the speediest computer you own.