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CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies

What happens at CES 2013 doesn't stay in Vegas. From giant tablets to $20,000 televisions, take a peek at a few early standouts for gadget lovers.
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Chevrolet was pushing the connected car experience at CES Sunday, touting the capabilities of its MyLink Radio, which allows a motorist to dock his or her smartphone and mirror a variety of apps -- including Pandora and TuneIn, to the car radio. "It's about making the car's radio even smarter," said Brad Wolfe, a connected customer specialist with Chevrolet.

Wolfe explained that MyLink also allows iOS users to integrate Siri into the driving experience via a voice activation button on the steering wheel. "If you want Siri to tell you a joke or set a calendar date or tell you the latest General Motors stock price, you can do that with the touch of a button while your hands are on the wheel and your eyes are on the road," he remarked, adding that the vehicle puts a connected phone into accessory mode so that "there's no temptation to mess around while you drive." Icons for various mirrored apps and services will be accessible on the vehicle's GPS touchscreen and the car will automatically charge connected smartphones.

Wolfe said the features will initially be available only on the Chevrolet Spark and Sonic. "There's a base model [of each vehicle] that doesn't come with it, but the 1LT and 2LT models will have it standard," he said. "There's no fun in not being connected, right?"

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moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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1/14/2013 | 10:59:18 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
Get a phone with Android 4.2, turn on the built-in "Always-on VPN" option. Done.

Though $50 a year isn't terrible for the service. Assuming it's decent (though looks like it requires stupid proprietary service) and speedy.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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1/14/2013 | 5:39:42 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
Thanks for pointing that out, vk. You're right; the screen is almost 83% larger diagonally, which is different than the increase in overall screen surface area.
rw
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rw,
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1/14/2013 | 4:01:58 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
Nectar Pod batteries for $9.99 and $300.00 for the base unit? Who is 2 weeks without power? Put a LI-ion battery in a box with a USB connector - done. Actually did it 2 months ago. Cost $5.00
robotanna
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robotanna,
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1/14/2013 | 2:46:01 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
No kidding, I'd easily pay $50/year for a set it and forget it VPN that I often forget I have running
vk
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vk,
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1/14/2013 | 2:41:49 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
A quick comment on the 3M screen, 46 -> 84 is the diagonal, but the screen is over 230% bigger, not 80%. You're talking about a screen that feels over 3x the size.
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Byurcan,
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1/9/2013 | 4:28:10 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
Come pretty cool stuff, wouldn't mind having my own drone!
Cara Latham
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Cara Latham,
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1/9/2013 | 1:29:54 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
I like the idea of invoking a VPN specifically designed to protect data on mobile phones. I would be interested to see how stable it really is. If so, I think this will be a hit.
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