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Reactions to the new iPad: Something old, something new

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The new iPad, which has been anticlimactically named “the new iPad,” has the tech world buzzing after its unveiling by Apple CEO Tim Cook at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts today. So what’s in a name? Well, aside from a lukewarm reception to the letdown name itself (as TechCrunch.com marveled, “The new iPad will just be called ‘iPad.’ That’s not confusing at all,”) it’s those noticeable, but not entirely groundbreaking new features like the retina display, a 5-megapixel rear camera, access to 4G LTE networks and A5X GPU chip for sharper graphics. With no major changes to the iPad itself, much of the feeling around the web is:,“The new iPad is a minor update, but you’ll buy it anyway.”
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Apple unveils 'new iPad,' heralds the 'the post-PC revolution'

Today was a huge moment for Apple as CEO Tim Cook took the stage at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to announced Apple’s latest riff on the “revolutionary” iPad. It was the first announcement since Apple founder Steve Jobs’ passing in October (just a day after Apple iPhone 4S announcement), and Cook, joined by marketing chief Philip Schiller, did not spare the drama as he touted the company’s “post-PC revolution.”

“We think the iPad is the poster-child of the post-PC world,” said Cook in his introduction. “When we set out to create the iPad, we set out to create not just a new product, but a new category.” With LTE download speeds, retina display, HD video recording, and more, the iPad (on sale March 16) may just live up to its promise. We break down the news below. READ FULL STORY

Apple iPad3 to be unveiled today: What to expect when you're expecting

It’s a not-so-secret secret that Apple will introduce the iPad3 today at a company event at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, but there’s still the mystery of what your new best friend (let’s be honest here) will be bringing to the table. Er, tablet.

The tech world is buzzing with what could be and what they are hoping for with the latest incarnation of the iPad. Or, as The Washington Post points out, will likely be called the “iPad HD.” READ FULL STORY

Flying musical helicopter robots play the James Bond theme. Seriously.

You may have already seen this video circulating, the one with the flying robot quadrotors — which are much cooler than non-flying humans with single rotors – autonomously performing the James Bond theme at a tech conference in California last week. But that doesn’t mean it still won’t blow your mind this week.

At this year’s TED 2012 conference, an international meeting of idea-filled folks in the fields of technology, entertainment and design, a group of engineers from the University of Pennsylvania demonstrated their musical fleet of flying quadrotors, which utilized a handful of instruments to play the instantly recognizable twang of the James Bond theme song. Keyboard, cymbals, a giant guitar made out of a couch frame — you name it, they play it.

The freaky part? The robots aren’t controlled by humans standing off camera in an RC car type of deal; rather, they’ve been pre-programmed with instructions to perform music, and they’re doing it successfully in unsettling fashion. The future of music is here, people, and it is musical robots. (Could these be the same masterminds behind Lana del Rey?)

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CES 2012: Wireless speakers, robot paparazzi, houses with brains and taking pity on poor Microsoft

And that’s a wrap — the largest CES in history finishes up today, and we’d be lying if we didn’t say we were more than a little relieved. We’re disappointed at the lack of any one bona fide blockbuster that left everyone raving — but then last year that was Motorola’s Xoom tablets and slick Atrix phone with its lapdock and, in the end, neither sold gangbusters anyway. Still there was plenty to love, often smaller trinkets or clever simple solutions or simply stuff that points to where technology and entertainment is heading. In no particular order, here are items that intrigued, along with trends to watch out for in the future.

The wireless wave is still building, but quality gear sans tangle of cables has arrived, and not soon enough. The premiere wireless home-stereo system Sonos was on-hand, but had reserved announcements for “a few important products” for later this year. But alternatives abounded for smart, high-quality Bluetooth or wi-fi speakers that are easy to set up and sound great — we especially liked Altec-Lansing’s 5000 series, as well as Eton’s simple and slick Rukus (which also comes in a solar charging version). And several companies were finally putting out speakers that use Apple’s Airplay technology to stream music easily. READ FULL STORY

CES 2012: Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Justin Timberlake among drove of celebs

The hustle and bustle of sharp-elbowed gadget-watchers is a time-honored lament at CES, but this year it’s getting to the point where a journalist can’t even get to look at the darn products, what with all the celebrities hanging around. While celeb endorsements are nothing new, the stars are out in full force this year. We’re not sure whether they’re feeling geek chic as Hollywood’s latest status symbol or simply see hopping on the tech bandwagon as the next logical biz opportunity — like having a clothing line, perfume, or brand of booze.

Things kicked off at Panasonic’s press conference when famed eco-warrior Ed Begley Jr. hopped onstage to tout the company’s green initiatives, and was later followed by a visit from U.S. soccer legend Brandi Chastain (and fellow ‘ballers Heather O’Reilly and Alex Morgan) to tout 3-D broadcasting of the 2012 Olympics. The otherwise sedate affair got a mainline adrenaline jolt when surprise guest Justin Timberlake hopped onstage to discuss the launch of Myspace TV — JT is a major investor in the moribund social network, after all.

Not a bad showing, but Sony’s presser upped the star wattage even higher with an appearance by Will Smith, who along with MIB3 director Barry Sonnenfeld did their best to banter amiably following a belabored plug for the movie (in theaters near you soon!). Sony capped its presentation with a performance from an aw-shucks Kelly Clarkson (yes, a Sony artist). READ FULL STORY

CES: Ultrabooks? 4K TVs? Ice Cream Sandwich? The 5 biggest trends to look out for at the mega trade show

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Las Vegas is about to become gearhead Nirvana once again.

The annual International Consumer Electronics Show opens tomorrow for 140,000 tech enthusiasts hoping to get a first glimpse at the latest cutting-edge computers, tablets, smartphones, gaming consoles, TVs, and cameras. With 1.7 million square feet of Las Vegas Convention Center space to cover, you can expect that the only sins coming out of Sin City until CES wraps up on Friday will be the unrealistic expectations fostered by the 2,700 vendors setting up shop. It’s a testament to the size and enduring power of the 45-year-old trade show that Spike will be devoting four hours of its Tuesday lineup, starting at 1:00 p.m. ET, to updates from the floor with host Eliza Dushku. Other celebrities expected to attend CES this year include 50 Cent and Justin Bieber, in addition to TV workout guru Jillian Michaels, who represents a growing trend connecting the tech and fitness worlds.

The relevance of CES may be on the wane. Many smartphone manufacturers are holding on to their most anticipated gear until February’s Mobile World Congress. And as usual, Apple won’t be in attendance. Nor will Amazon, Google, or Facebook, which run their own events throughout the year. And Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who’ll be giving the keynote address tonight, has announced that this will be the last year his company will attend as well. CES, though, is still the event that introduced the VCR to the world in 1970, the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985, the TiVo in 1999, and Blu-ray in 2003. So count it out at your own peril.

Here are five of the biggest trends we expect to see at this year’s show. READ FULL STORY

This year's must-have Christmas toy in the U.K.? An inflatable, battery-powered Dalek you can actually sit in!!! Dear Santa...

Last Christmas, my nieces gave me what at that time seemed like the best present a Doctor Who fan like myself could ever receive. That’s right, I’m talking about an inflatable Dalek! In fact, the sucker has been sitting outside my office door all year, prompting envious remarks from my co-workers like “What is that ugly thing?” and “Seriously, are you, like, 12?” and “This is definitely represents a massive fire hazard.”

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E3 2011: Nintendo unveils new console! But will it recapture hardcore gamers?

Just as the internet rumor mill predicted a couple of months ago, Japanese gaming giant Nintendo revealed its follow-up to the remarkably successful Wii home console Tuesday morning at their E3 conference at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Its name? Wii U. Let the pronoun wordplay marinate in your mind for a sec. Yeah, I’m not sure if I like the name either. But it’s the Big N’s way of building off a console that’s attracted millions of people who were traditionally apathetic toward video games, like septuagenarian school principals. Wii titles top the list of best-selling games of all time, and the system’s Grandma-accessible, motion-sensing gameplay has left Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3 kissing Mario’s brown, Goomba-bopping clogs, at least in terms of sales numbers. So, what went down at Nintendo’s presser, and what did we learn about their new hardware? READ FULL STORY

'Groovy!': Check out the trailer for the new 'Evil Dead' video game iPhone and iPad app

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They say evil comes in many forms. And so does the Evil Dead! Since Bruce Campbell‘s Ash and his pals made the mistake of heading out to the woods in Sam Raimi’s original 1981 horror classic, the movie has inspired sequels, comics, a notoriously generous number of DVD editions, and even a musical. Now Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures company has partnered with Trigger Apps to produce an Evil Dead shooter game for the iPhone and the iPad. The gore-drenched, boomstick-featuring, Deadite slaughterthon goes on sale today and you can check out the not-for-kids trailer below.

Take a look and tell us what you think. READ FULL STORY

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