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theONbutton@CES – Windows 7 Beta new features hands-on

If you tried to download the Windows 7 Beta yesterday you may have been part of the huge demand which overwhelmed Microsoft’s download servers.  Fear not, theONbutton is at hand with an exclusive video of many of the new Windows 7 Beta features to help you make up your mind…

Neil Berman

www.theonbutton.com

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Jan 10, 2009 Posted by | CES, Computing, Microsoft, Reviews, Software, Video Features | , , , , , | Leave a comment

theONbutton@CES – MSI X320 differs from Macbook Air design by providing removable battery?

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This is a shot of the underside of the MSI X320, which as we already know looks very very similar to the Macbook Air.  However those of you salivating in anticipation of the X320 release may be even further encouraged by what appears to be a battery release catch.  Thank you  MSI for keepin it real and thinking of great design, real-life practicalities and the environment.

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Neil Berman

www.theonbutton.com

Jan 10, 2009 Posted by | Apple, CES, Computing, Hardware, Mobile | , , | Leave a comment

theONbutton@CES – Blackberry Curve 8900 announced and fondled

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Blackberry’s Curve has been a popular smartphone to date, balancing size, weight and features to good effect.  The new Curve 8900 seeks to capitalize on its predecessor’s success, adding a 3.2MP camera, a Bold style screen and revised keyboard.  The new Curve 8900 is due to be released in the US in February on T-Mobile, although with EDGE data only unlike the Bold which offers 3G on AT&T.

Gallery…

Neil Berman

www.theonbutton.com

Jan 10, 2009 Posted by | CES, Hardware, Mobile, News | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

theONbutton@CES – Palm Pre wins CNET Best In Show

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Could this be Palm’s come-back moment?  Click the images for close-ups.

Neil Berman

www.theonbutton.com

Jan 10, 2009 Posted by | CES, Mobile, News | , , , , | Leave a comment

theONbutton@CES – Images of CES 2009

Neil Berman

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Jan 10, 2009 Posted by | CES, Hardware | , , , , , | Leave a comment

theONbutton@CES – Asus CES 2009 booth walking tour including EEE Top

Neil Berman

www.theonbutton.com

Jan 9, 2009 Posted by | CES, Computing, Hardware, Video Features | , , , , | Leave a comment

theONbutton@CES – MSI booth walking tour including X320 and U115

MSI’s X320 is about as close as you’ll ever see to a Macbook Air without an Apple logo on the back of the screen.  When the lid is closed the laptop is a dead ringer for the Cupertino model, aside from MSI’s black and white color models which accompany the silver one.  The X320 should be released in the US in Q2 this year for under $1,000, sporting an Intel Atom and 13″ screen.

The U115 hybrid has a SSD and a traditional hard drive as well for mass storage.  The spinning hard drive can be turned off for extended battery life, MSI claims up to 12 hours of total usage.

Note that the white X320 in the video is a mock-up concept.

Neil Berman

www.theonbutton.com

Jan 9, 2009 Posted by | CES | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

theONbutton@CES – Nokia N97 Hands-On

The Nokia N97 is one of the most exciting smartphones to emerge for a long time.  Resembling an iPhone with a slide-out keyboard, the N97 is due to be released later this year.  Here’s the video tour…

Neil Berman

www.theonbutton.com

Jan 9, 2009 Posted by | CES, Hardware, Mobile | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

theONbutton@CES – Sony brings out the stars for its keynote…and the Vaio P

p1030659Tom Hanks, Usher, Reggie Jackson and Dr. Oz all starred in Sir Howard Stringer’s Sony keynote this morning.  Oh, and the Vaio P  also appeared out of Sir Howard’s suit pocket for a brief outing.  Gallery below…

Jan 8, 2009 Posted by | CES, Computing, Hardware, Mobile | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

theONbutton@CES – MIDs & UMPCs everywhere

p1030701UMID’s M1 is the cutest ultra-tiny-light MID I’ve seen so far.  The 4.8inch screen needs to be close to your face, but the device is so light that it can easily be held for prolonged periods of time.  The keyboard is usable, but in fact I found the keys have slightly too much travel for fast typing.  The screen looks great however and is touch sensitive.

p1030721OQO’s model 2+ is awesome.  Why?  Because it has an awesome OLED screen, which is sooo bright and showed an HD video sooo well that I totally want one.  $1,499 of ultra-light awesomeness.  The non-OLED version starts at $999.

Neil Berman

www.theonbutton.com

Jan 8, 2009 Posted by | CES, Computing, Hardware, Mobile, News | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

theONbutton@CES – Internet TV and 3D HD in your home

Common themes from Samsung and Panasonic today were internet enabled TVs and 3D HD viewing.

Internet TV is a great idea, although possibly

Panasonic has partnered with Amazon and Picasa as well as other content providers

Panasonic has partnered with Amazon and Picasa as well as other content providers

 hampered by the different content partnerships each vendor has chosen.  For example Samsung has paired up with flickr whilst Panasonic has gone with Picasa.  Both offer good content but neither offers the universality of choice available on the internet as a whole.  Some kind of common platform would be great to provide standardization and greater availability of content across vendors.

 

 

Samsung hosted a Q&A today

Samsung hosted a Q&A today

3D HD is a totally different proposition.  The idea of coming home and putting on the Jaws 3D glasses is just simply not appealing.  Plus for the significant percentage of people who either wear glasses already or can’t see 3D drawings, this might be more a curse than blessing due to the hassle of the whole viewing experience.  Anyhoo this something which is surely coming, and Panasonic announced today that it is creating 3D Blu-ray authoring studios in Hollywood. 

 

Neil Berman

www.theonbutton.com

Jan 7, 2009 Posted by | CES, Hardware, Home Theater, Photo & Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

CES 2009 Preview: Manhattan November 11, 2008

CEA presented some interesting research at this week’s CES 2009 preview in Manhattan.  Their surveys were conducted within the last month, so the results are right up to date.

Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of CEA

Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of CEA

Unsurprisingly CEA identified that consumer sentiment is the lowest in 15 years and predicts holiday spending down 14 percent at $1,437 per person compared to $1,671 per person in 2007.  Additionally CEA found that one in four consumers is adopting a wait and see approach, which will likely make it harder to determine how much people are really spending until later this year.

The good news however for the consumer electronics sector is that CEA believes the allocation of CE gift spending is growing.  Additionally consumers are more willing to eliminate home decor, furniture and sporting goods expenditure than CE spending.

What’s the reason for this?  CEA believes that consumer electronics are becoming so integral to our lives across a growing age range that CE expenditure is becoming less discretionary.  In fact some CE items are viewed as cost saving investments as families spend on ‘cocooning’ themselves at home in surround sound instead of blowing $50+ on a family outing to the cinema.

nbcLater in the proceedings George Kliavkoff stepped onto the podium to announce for NBC that the Today show, Power Lunch, Access Hollywood and Nightly News would all broadcast live from CES 2009.  Steve Mosko announced for Sony that a 25th anniversary filming of Jeopardy will take place at CES.  The announcements make it increasing likely that the January expo will marry up platform and content providers more closely than ever. 

Neil Berman
www.theonbutton.com

Nov 15, 2008 Posted by | CES | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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