The Inside Microsoft blog has scored an exclusive first look at Windows Mobile 7, and boy is it hot. Taking some user interface cues from the iPhone as well as throwing some truely unique and possibly revolutionary ideas the whole package looks slick, usable, and very much ‘the future’. The OS features a multi-touch interface similar to the Microsoft Surface table, and additionally features gesture based actions allowing a user to shake or rotate the phone to perform on-screen operations.
Windows Mobile 7 looks to be leaps and bounds ahead of the currently released Windows Mobile 6 and 6.1 OS’s. This kind of software revolution may just be the edge Microsoft needs to keep their market share in the mobile space and help give them an edge in the upcoming generation of portable internet and media centric devices.
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Sling Media, Inc. has announced the newest iteration of Slingbox. The Slingbox PRO-HD is capable of placeshifting over the air, cable, satellite and even DVR HD signals to a computer in the house.
When the PRO-HD is used with a Slingcatcher, the PRO-HD will stream HD content in either 4:3 and 16:9 to another TV in the house, and when the PRO-HD and Slingcatcher are combined with an upload connection speed of 1.5 - 2Mbps, the PRO-HD will stream HD content to another television or computer anywhere, without down-converting the resolution to EDTV.
Slingbox PRO-HD will be available in the 3rd quarter of 2008 with an estimated MSRP of $400.00. We will have some video up of this, along with the Slingcatcher, up on our CES 2008 video page.
Magellan has premiered their newest GPS unit for autos, the 5340+GPRS, the first GPS unit with Google Local Search. Users can search their area for events, businesses and services, receiving real-time results from Google based upon the user’s current location or a specified location.
The wireless GPRS service also enables the unit to deliver up-to-the-minute information on traffic and weather. Additionally, users planning trips in advance can send addresses or other information directly to the unit using the wireless service. In case a change to an itinerary is needed while the trip is in progress, third parties can send changes to the unit using the Magellan website.
Like the rest of the recently-introduced Elite line, the 5340+GPRS features voice command, a USB port and 6 million points of interest. It also features a 533 MHZ S-Media 3362 processor and and a 5-inch WQVGA widescreen. The Maestro 5340+GPRS will be available for puchase in March for and estimated $1299. Full press release available, after the break.
It was only a question of time until SIRIUS got involved with more than the droning voices of Howard Stern and Martha Stewart, and their Backseat TV was innovative enough to get them the In-Vehicle Video Overall Award. The device comes with a child-friendly remote for audio front/rear access to their satellite entertainment or attach by the dash mounted control for both radio and video. Parental locks are available to keep the kidlets confined to the g-rated stuff. Compatible with most video monitors with NTSC and audio outputs, the Backseat will set you back $299.99.
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Emtrace Technologies’ Photoskins PS100 has won the Best Overall in Personal Electronics. The portable photo frame can fit in your wallet with only a 4.7 mm thickness and a 2.5-inch hi-def TFT LCD display with 320 x 240 16m colors. Attachable by USB 1.1, the Net connection allows you to download and select between Widgets with only one button, with others giving you further control. With a black gloss front and silver back, Photoskins come with a leather case for portability and a cradle for times when you are busy online.
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Kef America won Best of High Performance Innovation for their MUON Loudspeakers. They come in a Limited Edition of only 100 pairs. Created from super-formed aluminum, the speakers were designed by Russ Lovegroove. The company claims its Uni-Q drive unit array makes for superior treble and midrange. Kef utilizes its Acoustic Compliant Enhancement tech which allows them to double the volume through absorption of air molecules via activated carbon. Contact Kef for price and availability.
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Winner of the Best Innovation in Headphones went to the MOTOROKR S9. Okay, they look a little weird, but the Bluetooth 2.0 phones weigh only about an ounce with 13mm speakers. The S9 is compatible with most phones and iPods with optional adapter and one button switchability. If you get a call when you are digging your tunes, the music will pause. A charge will last you up to 6 hrs. of play time and the phones are sweat and water resistant for the necessary times when you have to make a mad dash for the bus. The MOTOROKR have been marked down to $129.99 with a free car charger if you order at the Motorola Store.
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Want to know who some of the winners are at this year’s CES? Let’s start with the Best of Innovations Awards. The Computer Accessory chosen is the latest entry from Yoggie, the Pico, personal security with 13 applications such as anti-virus and phishing, parental web control, layer-8 eight security, and VPN client. With a dual flash memory system, the device blocks both known and unknown Internet baddies outside your computer while it boosts its performance. You can pick up a Yoggie for ~$130.00 online, depending on where you shop.
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Monster Cable has announced Beats, a new line of high-end headphones coming this summer. The headphones are promising to provide audiophile quality sound in a stylish set of cans. The $399 headphones have been made in partnership with Dr. Dre and other big names in the music industry, and are aiming to bring the sound of completely un-portable $5,000 sound systems to the mobile iPod and iPhone user on the go. Check out our Beats by Dr. Dre gallery.
Beats headphones are fully iPhone compatible - they feature a longer headphone jack to slip into the iPhone, and a microphone to allow users to make and receive phone calls without the hassle doffing their headphones. Monster Cable is hoping to bring out a whole range of high-bitrate fans by providing iPhone compatible headphones capable of reproducing every nuance (or artifact in low bitrate audio) of the music people love.
Read More | Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones Gallery
Gear Live’s live coverage of the 2008 CES keynote! Refresh this page to keep track of the announcements!
6:39 The lights are up, and Bill has walked on stage!
6:40 Bill is talking about the last decade. Photos and music have made a huge transformation from analog to digital. “Information anywhere” seems to be a major theme.
6:42 Lots of partners have contributed to this digital decade - While this is Bill’s last CES keynote he thinks technology is just getting rolling
6:44 Video spoof of Bill Gates last day at Microsoft - Bill driving a Chevy Malibu to work and cleaning out his desk. Very funny stuff!
Check out the rest of the coverage after the jump