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CES 2014: Microsoft and the PC have seen better days

LAS VEGAS -- The PC running Microsoft Windows will have a bumpy ride in 2014.

That's my takeaway from the Consumer Electronics Show after seeing little that was really new from the Windows PC crowd like Hewlett-Packard (at a pre-CES function), Toshiba, Samsung, and others.

In fact, the only truly new/novel Windows device that I saw was the dual-OS Windows-Android Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300.

Of course what makes the Duet unique is that it also runs Android, an operating system that dominates the mobile market. (See CNET video of Duet switching between Windows 8.1 and Android.) … Read more

MicroMax LapTab takes on dual-booting tablet/laptop trend

LAS VEGAS -- Is dual-booting the next big thing for tablets? India-based company MicroMax thinks so, adding the LapTab hybrid laptop/tablet to the mix. The 10.1-inch tablet runs both Windows 8 and Android 4.1 and ships with an attachable Bluetooth keyboard.

The hybrid tablet packs a modest 1,280x800-pixel resolution, a dual-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. It also houses a microSD card expansion slot and a variety of ports, including USB 3.0 and HDMI.

Spec-wise, it isn't anything amazing. However, the ability to run both Android and … Read more

Samsung: Galaxy S5 due by April, maybe with iris scanner

Samsung's Galaxy S5 will be stylistically distinct from S3 and S4 predecessors, and the next-generation flagship Android phone could include an iris scanner when it ships in March or April, according to the company's mobile-products leader.

"Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology... We are studying the possibility," said Young-hee Lee, executive vice president of marketing for Samsung mobile's division, in a Bloomberg News interview at the CES conference in Las Vegas published Thursday.

Iris scanners can identify a person based on patterns in the eye, and adding one would be a competitive response … Read more

Tablets of CES 2014

Though companies flock to CES to show off big tech, like TVs and smart appliances, there are still plenty of tablets shown off at the event. We've already seen two big releases from Samsung, the Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro and plenty of models from Asus. Stay tuned to this page for videos of the tablets from our CNET team on the ground. We'll update this page with new releases as they happen.

Snakebyte Vyper is a 3-in-1 home and gaming console Available starting January 31, the Vyper is an Android tablet packaged with a docking … Read more

Logitech delivers keyboard case for new Samsung Galaxy NotePro and TabPro tablets

Logitech pulled the wraps off a new case at CES 2014 for Samsung's brand-new Galaxy NotePro and Galaxy TabPro tablets. Appropriately named the Logitech Pro, this folio-style case comes with a full-size Bluetooth keyboard and doubles as a tablet stand.

Designed to fit the new 12.2-inch tablets, the Logitech Pro has a thin design and "durable and wipeable" exterior, according to Logitech. It wraps around the edge of the tablets to prevent scratches on the screen and even protect against spills. Logitech uses its SecureLock system to hold the tablet in place, which is just a … Read more

Samsung turns pro with new Galaxy TabPro line of premium tablets, set to hit stores Feb. 13

LAS VEGAS -- Samsung's new Galaxy TabPro line makes a significant step toward the company leaving behind the traditional Android interface in favor of something more graphical and immediate. The tablet comes in three sizes: 12.2-inch, 10.1-inch, and 8.4-inch. Look for Wi-Fi and LTE versions -- as well as a 3G variant in international markets -- in the first quarter of 2014.

The 8.4-inch and 10.1 inch models will arrive on February 13, while the 12.2-inch is coming in March. The 32GB Wi-Fi model of the 12.2-inch will hit at $650. The … Read more

Asus enters the small tablet stylus game with the VivoTab Note 8

LAS VEGAS -- Asus is eyeing Samsung's current tablet stylus dominance with its new Vivotab Note 8, a Windows 8.1 tablet with a Wacom digitizer and stylus pen. There's no price or firm release date just yet, so whether it undercuts the $399 regular price of Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 remains to be seen.

Whatever its eventual price, Asus doesn't appear to be shy about adding value. The VivoTab Note 8 includes a copy of Microsoft Office Home and Student, which, in addition to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, throws in OneNote for good measure.

Asus … Read more

LG dotes on appliances, unveils rash of TVs at CES 2014

LG Electronics lavished its appliances business with a big chunk of time and three speakers during its presentation at the Consumer Electronics show, while it also unveiled its Lifeband Touch smartwatch, new TV and home theater products, and the planned US launch of its G Flex smartphone.

The Korean electronics maker unveiled the news at a press conference in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay hotel, as part of CES press day. President of LG Electronics USA William Cho kicked off the presentation bragging that LG gained market share in the US in 2013 in each of its key areas. … Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro tablets revealed via new images

Samsung's new Galaxy Tab Pro tablets are no longer a secret.

A photo of an incomplete Samsung billboard at the 2014 CES mentions the Tab Pro along with the Galaxy Note Pro, seemingly Samsung's first official hint of the new devices.

Actual purported photos of two of the new tablets come courtesy of leaker @evleaks. One photo reveals the 10.1-inch version, while another offers a peek at the 8.4-inch model. A 12.2-inch edition also will be part of the lineup reportedly.

According to the leak, all three tablets will include Android 4.4 KitKat, a … Read more

LG at CES 2014: Join us at 8 a.m. PT Monday (live blog)

Move over, Samsung. You're not the only Korean electronics maker in town.

Crosstown rival LG Electronics on Monday will host a press conference at 8 a.m. in the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas to demonstrate its newest products. CNET's David Katzmaier, Lynn La, Sarah Tew, and I will bring you all the news and commentary live from the event starting around 7:30 a.m. PT.

Check out CNET's LG live blog here.

We already know many devices that LG will introduce, including TVs, PCs, and a fitness band.

The South Korean company, which has … Read more