TECHGEEK Weekly 27: CES is driving us GaGa

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And we’re back officially. CES was in full swing, and we saw a lot of tablets, 4G phones and 3D from Sony. We also had crazy Harvey Norman trying to put GST on our purchases online, Facebook being valued at $50 billion and the Mac App Store launch – and hack.

And yes, it is the first hour long podcast – and the only one as it seems. But, hey, we had a lot to cover, especially with Sony’s 3D addiction.

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The Top Stories

TABLETS OVERLOAD

Samsung to create “Sliding PC 7″ series, combines benefits of laptops and tablets
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/06/samsung-to-create-sliding-pc-7-series-combines-benefits-of-laptops-and-tablets/

Toshiba to release tablet – includes Honeycomb and dual-core Tegra 2
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/06/toshiba-to-release-tablet-includes-honeycomb-and-dual-core-tegra-2/

Lenovo’s IdeaPad U1 (+ LePad) becomes reality – in China
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/06/lenovos-ideapad-u1-lepad-becomes-reality-in-china/

Panasonic develops VIERA tablets, shows off at CES
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/06/panasonic-develops-viera-tablets-shows-off-at-ces/

Dell adds 7-inch tablet to Streak line, adds 4G
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/07/dell-adds-7-inch-tablet-to-streak-line-adds-4g/

4G PHONES

HTC launches three 4G phones for Verizon
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/08/htc-launches-three-4g-phones-for-verizon/

Dell announces new smartphone, dubbed “Venue”
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/07/dell-announces-new-smartphone-dubbed-venue/

Motorola to bring Verizon’s first 4G phone – the DROID Bionic
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/06/motorola-to-bring-verizons-first-4g-phone-the-droid-bionic/

Motorola goes big with the ATRIX 4G smartphone
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/06/motorola-goes-big-with-the-atrix-4g-smartphone/

Motorola brings out the CLIQ 2 – merges corporate features with social networking
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/06/motorola-brings-out-the-cliq-2-merges-corporate-features-with-social-networking/

3D EVERYWHERE

Sony releases laptop with 3D capabilities
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/06/sony-releases-laptop-with-3d-capabilities/

Sony brings out “Double Full HD” 3D camcorder – HDR-TD10
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/06/sony-brings-out-double-full-hd-3d-camcorder-hdr-td10/

Sony brings out 27 new LCD televisions
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/06/sony-brings-out-27-new-lcd-televisions/

THE OTHER CES STUFF

Samsung to bring out really thin laptop – the 9 Series
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/06/samsung-to-bring-out-really-thin-laptop-the-9-series/

Polaroid launches the Grey Label with Lady Gaga
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/07/polaroid-launches-the-grey-label-with-lady-gaga/

Audio-Technica brings out prosumer microphones for podcasters
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/07/audio-technica-brings-out-prosumer-microphones-for-podcasters/

Xi3 Unleashes Their Z3RO Modular Device
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/07/xi3-unleashes-their-z3ro-modular-device/

Microsoft launches Avatar Kinect, improves Xbox experience
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/06/microsoft-launches-avatar-kinect-improves-xbox-experience/

System on a Chip Architectures coming to Micro$oft
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/06/system-on-a-chip-architectures-coming-to-microsoft/

Sennheiser expand noise-cancelling headphones with the CXC 700
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/08/sennheiser-expand-noise-cancelling-headphones-with-the-cxc-700/

Stewart’s Briefs (1)

Skype brings group video calling to users
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/07/skype-brings-group-video-calling-to-users/

Android 3.0 ‘Honeycomb’ Promotional Video Leaks
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/06/android-3-0-honeycomb-promotional-video-leaks/

Samsung to bring out thinnest Blu-Ray player
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/06/samsung-to-bring-out-thinnest-blu-ray-player/

LG ST600 Smart TV Upgrader brings TV Apps, DLNA and a web browser to older TV’s
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/04/lg-st600-smart-tv-upgrader-brings-tv-apps-dlna-and-a-web-browser-to-older-tvs/

Gadgets

Razer’s new mobile PC gaming laptop concept – the Switchblade
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/08/razers-new-mobile-pc-gaming-laptop-concept-the-switchblade/

ASUS release new Tablets for CES
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/05/asus-release-new-tablets-for-ces/

Xi3 Unleashes Their Z3RO Modular Device
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/07/xi3-unleashes-their-z3ro-modular-device/

The Other News

Mac OS X gets installed on Sandy Bridge, instructions available for the willing
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/04/mac-os-x-gets-installed-on-sandy-bridge-instructions-available/

Mac App Store, Twitter for Mac
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/06/mac-app-store-twitter-for-mac/

Mac App Store hacked already.
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/07/mac-app-store-hacked-already/

US Government subpoenas Twitter logs of Icelandic MP, Wikileaks volunteers
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/08/us-government-subpoenas-twitter-logs-of-icelandic-mp-wikileaks-volunteers/

Vodafone class action suit attracts 9,000; company still tries to fix network
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/05/vodafone-class-action-suit-attracts-9000-company-still-tries-to-fix-network/

Gerry Harvey: it’s about GST, not the net
http://www.zdnet.com.au/gerry-harvey-it-s-about-gst-not-the-net-339308302.htm

Greens back retailers’ online GST fight
http://www.zdnet.com.au/greens-back-retailers-online-gst-fight-339308293.htm

Harvey won’t stop at GST: Kogan
http://www.zdnet.com.au/harvey-won-t-stop-at-gst-kogan-339308360.htm

Facebook investment ‘values firm at $50bn’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12106652

Facebook’s financials revealed in leak
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/facebooks-financials-revealed-in-leak-20110107-19hyt.html

iPhone still king; new smartphone buyers opting for Android
http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/01/iphone-still-king-new-smartphone-buyers-opting-for-android.ars

Stewart’s Briefs (2)

Firemint acquires Infinite Interactive
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/05/firemint-acquires-infinite-interactive/

Windows 8 reaches Milestone 2, according to leaks
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/03/windows-8-reaches-milestone-2-according-to-leaks/

Hotmail accounts missing emails
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/03/hotmail-accounts-missing-emails/

Nintendo 3DS has a 3-5 hour with 3DS games
https://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/08/nintendo-3ds-has-a-3-5-hour-battery-with-3ds-games/

Firefox takes top browser spot in Europe: StatCounter
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/firefox-takes-top-browser-spot-in-europe-statcounter-20110105-19fc6.html