Weekend Roundup: A brand new design for the Galaxy S5, all the news from CES 2014, and a possible fatal error from Google+

CES 2014

The news dominating this week has been the Consumer Electronics Show , or CES 2014. ITProPortal headed to Las Vegas for the biggest technology event of the year, where the great and good from our wonderful industry are gathered in order to blow us away with their brand new goodies. We sampled an incredible range of technology at CES this year, from stungun phone cases to 3D printed chocolate, and we've been following all the events live as they unfold.

CES 2014 is slowly inching its way towards the finish line, with smartwatches, adventurous startups and more curved TVs than you can shake a 3D-printed stick at.

Oh, and some celebrity meltdowns, of course.

A Galaxy far, far away

Intriguingly, Samsung's mobile executive VP, Lee Young Hee has dropped the tantalising tip that the Galaxy S5 will be a departure from the design of the S3 and S4. he claims the Samsung Galaxy S5 will see a radical departure from the Galaxy S4, whose design was notably similar to its SIII predecessor. "Mostly, it's about the display and the feel of the cover," Lee teased.

An architect has released his own renderings of what the Samsung Galaxy S5 will look like with two variations that include a high-quality 5.25in flexible OLED display. Is this anything like what the new Galaxy will look like? Only Samsung insiders know, for now.

G Minus?

Depending on how you look at it, Google now has a very useful or very creepy new use for Google+: The search giant is allowing Gmail users to contact any Google+ connection, regardless of relationship.

Didn't exchange email addresses with a business colleague or personal acquaintance, but suddenly need to get in touch? Just type the connection's name into the email's recipient field, and send your message.

This move, according to Google product manager David Nachum, is an extension of some 2011 improvements to the email service and social network which help users grow their circles, filter emails and contacts, and automatically keep all data up to date.

It's got a number of users pretty angry, though.