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January 7, 2011 at 11:20 AM

CES photos: The hottest cars, bikes and …

LAS VEGAS — The hall full of car stereos and auto gadgets is getting smaller, squeezed by new areas for health products and accessories for the iPad and other Apple gadgets. Carmakers are also higher profile as they recast cars and trucks as rolling gadgets, with electric propulsion and dashboard computers. But there are still a few…

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January 4, 2011 at 2:09 PM

CES 2011: Lenovo relaunches LePad, a Windows 7-Android combo

Say bonjour — or ni hao — to the LePad, a Windows-Android hybrid tablet launched today by the giant Chinese PC company Lenovo. The hybrid, first unveiled at last year’s CES but which didn’t go on sale, is basically a laptop with a detachable display that functions as a standalone “slate” running Google’s Android operating system. When…

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January 4, 2011 at 11:30 AM

CES 2011: Tablet sales doubling, iPad dominates, report says

Sales of tablet computing devices will double in 2011 to 24.1 million units, and keep climbing through 2015, according to a report issued today by Forrester Research. “Of those sales, the lion’s share will be iPads, and despite many would-be competitors that will be released at CES, we see Apple commanding the vast majority of the…

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January 4, 2011 at 10:01 AM

CES 2011: Toyota taps Inrix, Bing for new dash system

The first major CES 2011 announcement for a Seattle-area company is from Inrix, the Kirkland provider of traffic and vehicle information services. Today, Inrix announced that it’s going to provide real-time traffic information to “Entune,” Toyota’s response to the successful Ford Sync in-dash multimedia system. Entune, which is appearing in some Toyotas later this year, connects…

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January 4, 2011 at 9:18 AM

CES 2011: Live chat rewind – tablets, phones, Qwest and more

Here’s the transcript of a reader chat session yesterday discussing the Consumer Electronics Show, tablets, phones, Qwest and other topics. Thank you to those who participated. Feel free to send more questions via email or participate in another chat session with Sharon Chan on Friday. [do action=”custom_iframe” url=”http://www.coveritlive.com/index2.php/option=com_altcaster/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=0113eaf6e1/height=550/width=630″ scrolling=”no” height=”550px” width=”630px” frameBorder=”0″ allowTransparency=”true” > More

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January 3, 2011 at 2:16 PM

CES 2011 preview: Tablets, TVs and more

(Today’s column is a look ahead at CES …)

You’d think people would have enough gadgets, after spending billions on TVs, computers, Web tablets and other gizmos this past holiday season.

But there’s more to come in 2011.

The cycle starts all over this week at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the nexus of a $165 billion a year industry.

More than 2,500 companies are presenting new electronics and tech products that will appear in stores, shopping carts and credit-card bills later this year.

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It’s a global event. At least 120,000 attendees from 130 countries are expected to peruse the show floor, then haggle with suppliers and retailers in meeting rooms and hotel suites.

Following tradition, Microsoft will give the opening keynote, with a Wednesday night presentation by Chief Executive Steve Ballmer.

The actual show begins Thursday and runs through Sunday, but most of the major announcements come earlier in the week before the rush.

Here’s an overview of what I’m expecting to see this year:

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January 3, 2011 at 10:58 AM

CES 2011: Vizio unveils phone, tablet and GoogleTV

Upstart TV maker Vizio jumped the CES gun today by announcing new TVs, a Web tablet and a smartphone the company will be showing in Las Vegas this week. Vizio also disclosed that several of its new sets will include the GoogleTV software, even though Google has asked electronics companies to hold back on releasing new…

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