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Our Tuesday recap is something of an unofficial Consumer Electronics Show 2014 edition, given that all five of today's stories hail from the trade show in Las Vegas that's consuming most of the tech news this week. Couldn't make the show this year? No worries, we'll give you the rundown on the hottest stories, right now!
Is the world ready for Polaroid to make another splash? This week, the company announced the Socialmatic, an Android-powered camera that connects to social networks such as Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and can spit out 2-inch by 3-inch ink-free ZINK prints from anywhere. Socialmatic promises to deliver "the appeal of classic Polaroid cameras paired with today's technology, bringing the nostalgia of photo sharing to a whole new level," complete with 14MP front and 2MP rear cameras, a 4.5-inch touchscreen LCD display and built-in Wi-Fi. Sadly, we'll all have to wait until this fall to actually get our hands on one.
As CEO of fourth-placed U.S. carrier T-Mobile, John Legere is used to shaking things up to get attention — and this week, that included crashing a CES party in Las Vegas hosted by rival AT&T. According to CNET, Legere and his entourage did just that, only to be removed by security 15 minutes later. Legere claimed his only intention was to see a live performance by Macklemore, but the timing seems rather suspect given that T-Mobile has a big announcement coming at CES on Wednesday. (FYI, Legere and Co. didn't actually "crash" the party — they had legitimate passes from Macklemore's agent!)
The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing in the Nevada desert, and tucked away amongst the big players is ASUSTOR, who's showing off their latest network-attached storage (NAS) goodies. This year's lineup includes rack mountable products as well as a new 7 series, but owners of existing NAS devices have something to look forward to as well. The ADM 2.1 operating system is on the way, which features a revamped File Explorer that allows drag-and-drop of files from computer to NAS as well as the nifty MyArchive, which allows hard drives to be used as removable storage archives. New apps include Takeasy for saving from online streaming websites and Photo Gallery as well as AiMusic, a new mobile app that works with SoundsGood on the NAS to provide streaming music from anywhere. No word on when the updates will arrive, but soon after CES seems to be a good bet.
The Google Chrome Blog announced Tuesday that the Chromebook was a big hit on Amazon last year, with two out of the three best-selling laptops powered by Chrome OS. But 2014 will bring even bigger plans now that eight manufacturers are building such machines, with Toshiba, LG Electronics and Acer all announcing new hardware at the CES show in Las Vegas this week. The most unique of these has to be the LG Chromebase, a 21.5-inch all-in-one computer that delivers Chrome OS to the desktop in an "elegant, integrated hardware package." Could this finally be the year of the Chromebook?
Former New York Times tech scribe David Pogue packed his bags and headed to Yahoo late last year, and now the first fruits of his labors are on display at the new Yahoo Tech portal, which the journalist launched during a rousing CES keynote on Tuesday. In a blog post, Pogue outlines how he intends to make Yahoo Tech different, such as distancing himself from "gearhead" websites like Engadget (?!), not being a PR schill and writing about value, elegance, simplicity and efficiency. Fair enough, time will tell if he's successful or not, but in the meantime readers can check out Yahoo Tech and judge for themselves.
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