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G4TV's Best of CES, Halo Wars RROD at CES

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So, i watched about 30 minutes of G4tv's live stream of their views of the best products at CES. I was originally going to blog about it live, but i really just felt like listening for a change. I also already missed 15 minutes of it, so there wasn't really a point. It was interesting to see the hosts in-sights on all different kinds of products and, in the end, i learned a lot more. Since, i didn't write down any notes while i was watching the live stream, i'm just going to pull some information from g4tv's official site. Some of their winners in the Mainstream Technology were: the Sony Walkman X Series, the Neo FreeRunner Android Phone and the Nextar GPS. In the Media Technology the winners were: the SlingPlayer Mobile / DISH Network Sling ViP 922, the Linksys Wireless Home Audio System and the LG LHX 55" Slim Wireless HDTV. In the last category, the Maximum Technology category, the winners were: the Boxee Software, the Checkolite Lamp Speakers and the Pogoplug. I'll just do a brief summary about each product quickly, since G4tv is still currently uploading the rest of the press conferences that took place today.

Mainstream Technology
First off, the Sony Walkman X Series (see left side) is Sony's new OLED 3 inch touchscreen mp3 and video player that also has built-in Wi-Fi. It includes "Sony's 'Digital Noise Cancelling', 'Clear Audio Technology' and 'S-master Digital Amplifier Technology.'" This will be available in both 16 and 32GB. The Neo FreeRunner Android Phone is an open source that you can completely customize on your own, if you know how to. This phone will also have Wi-Fi with a 400MHz processor. The Nextar GPS rounds out G4's top 3 in this category. This GPS has internet connectivity and can tell you certain movie times, the gas prices and a bunch of other good stuff. In real-time.
Media Techonlogy
First in this category is the SlingPlayer Mobile / DISH Network Sling ViP 922. I, myself, knew nothing about this until i watched the live stream. This Slingbox technology will connect to your Blackberry and your iPhone, if you have one. "You can access your DVR from anywhere in the world." Did i also mention that you will be able to watch your stuff in HD and that this box has memory of 1TB (1,024GB)? Up next is the Linksys Wireless Home Audio System. This brand, Linksys, is the same brand that dominates the router category. They're deciding to broaden their market by introducing this wireless and digital music center. My favourite in this category, is the LG LHX 55" Slim Wireless HDTV (pictured). I've blogged about this TV before. It is LED-backlit and features the new wireless HD technology. "This internet-ready device can deliver content from Youtube and other video sharing sites as well as Netflix and CinemaNow." Need i say more?
Maximum Technology
Boxee Software. You can use Boxee on anything, whether you decide to use a laptop or your HDTV set. This software will let you "enjoy your movies, TV shows, music and photos, as well as streaming content from websites like Hulu, Netflix, CBS, Comedy Central, Last.fm, and flickr. The Firefox of media players. With the 'social networking' twist." That is a lot of stuff packed in this new software and it sounds great in my book. The Checkolite Lamp Speakers are unique, to say the least. This "offers whole-house music and lighting control functionality for retrofit applications - no new wires required." All wireless. Impressive. "The software will give the user the ability to control the light and sound of each device as well as set up room themes that can be triggered by the in wall touchpad or set up on a schedule." This will be compatible with iTunes or Rhapsody. Last on the list, is Pogoplug. This connects to a router and to any USB drive. "Users can access media and files from any locally networked computer." I don't really understand what the Pogoplug is used for, but i think it's supposed to make networking easier, or something. I have no clue.
The Host's Favourties
As i mentioned earlier, my favourite was the LG LHX 55" Slim Wireless HDTV. But, i'm no expert. So, let's see what the hosts' favourite products were at this year's CES. Natali Del Conte chose the Boxee Software as her favourite product at CES and i don't blame her, it sounds like a great software. I'd love to watch Hulu, but i can't since i'm not in the United States. Kevin Pereira and Chris Hardwick's favourite product was the SlingPlayer Mobile / DISH Network Sling ViP 922 (pictured). I think they both have iPhone's, so it would, of course, be useful to them. I don't have a Blackberry or an iPhone, so there'd be no point for me to get it.

At Microsoft's press conference one of the speakers mentioned that Halo Wars was going to be released on February 28. This is, apparently, a mistake and is still going to be released on, the scheduled, March 3. All that aside, Microsoft wanted to show off their Real-Time Strategy game, Halo Wars, at this year's CES. They made it a memory all right. Apparently, the Xbox 360 showcasing Halo Wars at CES came down with the RROD (Red Ring of Death) virus. Microsoft commented and said that this was, most likely, due to an overheating problem, since they [the Xbox's] were left on for a significant amount of time. Still, epic.

G4TV's Best of CES (and pictures): http://www.g4tv.com/ces2009/bestofthebest/index.html
Halo Wars RROD: http://www.gamertagradio.com/vbportal/forums/showthread.php?t=9140


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