Sony pitches Webbie HD webcam at YouTubers

CES Bought a Creative Vado or Flip Ultra recently? We hope you kept the receipt because Sony is about to enter the YouTube camcorder market like a bull entering a china shop. Just released in the US is the $199 (£132/€148) CM1 Webbie HD mini camcorder complete with 2.5in LCD screen, H.264 video recording at 1440 x 1080, 1280 x 720 …

Hands on with Samsung's touch-controlled P3 media player

CES As soon as you lay hands on the Samsung YP-P3, the first thought that will go through your head is what a nasty bit of plastic tat the P2 is by comparison. Clearly someone at Samsung has been looking at recent Apple and Cowon players and decided to up the quality of the company's builds. The results speak for themselves: with …

Mio enters spirit of motoring with new satnav UI

CES Mio has introduced a slick new satnav UI designed, it claims, to make it easier to spot interesting items en route. Mio Spirit santnav UI Mio's Spirit UI: Explore Mode in action The essential idea behind Mio's new Spirit navigation software is that other current systems don't put enough emphasis on the in-journey part of the …

Sony shows 'flexi OLED' curvacious concept kit

CES While commercial products are still probably a few years away, the Flex OLED Future Concepts designs on Sony's CES stand rapidly became a major focus of interest at the show. Three device designs were on display: a Future Concept Reader, Walkman and Vaio notebook, all using curved OLED screens made from what Sony are calling " …

Asus' angular laptop-of-the-future designs spied

CES Hidden away from the hordes of Eee PCs on Asus' CES stand - how many variants on the netbook theme can this company come up with? - was a set of concept laptop designs that quite caught our eye. Will their angular styling ever make it to market? Well, as one Asus staffer noted, a couple of years back, the company's bamboo-clad …

Hands on with Sony's PRS-700 ebook reader

CES Since we Europeans seem a far more literate bunch than our colonial cousins, it rather begs the question why on Earth the Shermans get the new Sony ebook reader while we don't. The PRS-700 was released in the US back in October 2008 - a month after its predecessor, the PRS-505, finally made to the UK. So we haven't had our hands …

APT finds fix for iffy Bluetooth stereo audio

CES APT reckons it can stop Bluetooth stereo sounding - not to put too fine a point on it - ghastly. Announcing the inclusion of its APT-X audio coding technology in JayBirds' Freedom Bluetooth earphones from April, APT was doing a spot of blind 'guess the source' audio testing at its CES stand. Jaybirds' Freedom Jaybirds' Freedom …

Logitech updates Harmony 1000 to 1100

CES Logitech has punted what it claims is the universal remote to end all universal remotes, and demo'd the product at CES this week. With the Harmony 1100 - sucessor to the currently available 1000 - in our hand, the first though that struck us was, "Hmmm... have Sonos' lawyers seen this?" Logitech Harmony 1100 Logitech's Harmony …

Edifier intros oh-so-stylish MP3 speaker sets

CES Edifier's CES presence further underscored the company's belief the great sounding portable audio doesn't need to have all the aesthetic appeal of a brick. Edifier Luna 2 Edifier's Luna2: sounded superb on the stand Pride of place on the stand went to the Luna 2 e20 speakers, which apart from looking superb and sounding even …

Sales show SanDisk's SD-not-CD player a hit with punters

CES Though its still too early to say if SanDisk's SlotMusic idea has been barking up the wrong tree or not a few interesting details cropped up at its CES launch event this week. During the time since its release, the SlotMusic version of Rihanna's ludicrously successful album Good Girl Gone Bad has accounted for six per cent of …

Lenovo shows swish monster multimedia all-in-one

CES Lenovo is pitching what it claims is the thinnest all-in-one desktop multimedia PC, the IdeaCentre A600. The A600 features a 21.5in screen, DVD or optional Blu-Ray drive, support for the full beans 1920 x 1080 HD, Dolby Home Cinema certification and an optional hybrid analogue/digital TV tuner. It's not touch-sensitive, mind you …

DivX rolls out DivX 7

CES DivX today launched DivX 7. Hoorah. The major points of the new version are: it's still free, you can get "high-performance true HD" - 1080p to the rest of us - playback, and it now supports H.264 HD files - in a .mkv container - and AAC surround sound. DivX also announced the launch of the DivX Plus Certification programme, …

iRiver edges in angular photo frame/ web browser/ clock/ pmp

CES Good news for fans of iRiver, a company that often gives the impression it doesn't know where Europe is to be found on the map. iRiver used CES to demo the Wave Home, a rather handy looking "multimedia communication device" that's part PMP, part web browser, part VoIP and IM device, and part digital picture frame/alarm clock. …

Firm pitches 'HD audio' wireless streamer

CES Getting music from A to B wirelessly has just become a little easier, thanks to the i2i Stream. Connect one Stream to any audio device with a 3.5mm output jack, connect another your headphones, speakers or stereo, and your music just flows from one to the other. Makers Aerielle reckons the 2.4GHz link warrants the label "HD …