The biggest exhibition on the tech calendar has arrived, as the Consumer Electronics Show – more commonly known as CES – hits Las Vegas once again.
True to form on the big occasions, ITProPortal is on the ground Stateside to bring you all the news and products as they emerge, and this page will serve as your one-stop-shop for everything CES 2014.
Expect breaking news, hands-on reviews, photos, interviews, analysis and more as we cover all corners of the sprawling conference. Make sure you’ve got this page bookmarked for the week ahead; the show runs from 7-10 January and we’ll be updating the page throughout each of those days and beyond.
So how is CES shaping up this year?
James Laird has already offered us some insight, with the companies, people and products he expects to make the biggest splash in Las Vegas rounded up in this comprehensive preview.
Elsewhere, we’ve narrowed the scope to examine the likely movers and shakers in the smartphone, tablet, HDTV and laptop segments, as well as the burgeoning health and fitness category which looks set to make a major impression this week.
Background reading under your belt? Excellent, enjoy the show.
- 13 January
Our coverage here has pretty much come full circle now - for a final bit of reading, find out what we learned at CES 2014 and see you at MWC!
- 12 January
JUST IN: Organising body the CEA has confirmed CES 2014 as the biggest show ever, also announcing dates for CES 2015 in the process.
- 10 January
Here's a big one. We've rounded up the best products of CES 2014 in this barnstorming review which takes on each major category one by one. This really is the digest you need to make sense of the mayhem from the past few days. Get stuck in.
The show may be winding down here in Vegas, but the content keeps coming on ITProPortal as we take stock of a hectic week.
Make sure you didn't miss any of the action on day 3 - check out our recap here.
Up to date with all the action in our CES 2014 hub? I should hope so. It now features a roundup of the most important health and fitness tech trends here at the show too. Do check it out.
If you've never heard of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, it's worth reading into. The OLPC team are here at CES, unveiling a duo of new education-focused tablets that will soon be in the hands on children around the world.
The show rumbles on here in Las Vegas, and amid the product launches and announcements we've found time to sit down with companies right across the tech sector. This includes upcoming startups as well as industry heavyweights, and belonging to the former camp is the team behind MiiPC, who spoke to us at the show.
The creators of the innovative, family-friendly plug-in PC discussed the impact their Kickstarter campaign had on their rise to prominence and heartily recommended the crowdfunding route to other small firms. For more on that and MiiPC itself, check out the full story.
- 08 January
Is the Kiwi Move the most under-rated gadget at CES 2014? It's a distinct possibility - learn more by following the link to our hands-on preview.
We've got a snazzy hands on preview of the new LG Chromebase all-in-one PC, one of CES 2014's most eagerly anticipated products - check it out now
What do you get when you cross a BlackBerry with an Apple? No, it's not some sort of delicious dessert. It's the Typo iPhone keyboard, which brings the Canadian firm's much-loved physical keyboard to one of the world's most popular smartphones.
Do you think it's handy? Do you think it ruins the iPhone? We're pretty sure this little guy is going to split opinion.
We popped over to the BlackBerry camp here at CES, where the company's consumer services chief told us that a different direction was being enforced by new CEO John Chen – as consumer stunts like the ill-fated Alicia Keys partnership look set to become a thing of the past. Follow the link for more.
- 07 January
What do you do if you can't decide between a laptop and a tablet? Get a hybrid, of course! The world seems to have really bought into this inbetween-y device, and HP hasn't disappointed at this year's CES. The pick of the company's bunch of new products is the Pro x2 410.
This hybrid is built around an 11.6in 1,366 x 768 resolution display, which weighs in at 0.9kg and packs 4GB of memory. It can be complemented by a detachable keyboard dock, which brings with it additional battery life and a number of very handy docks. Has HP hit the spot?
Smartwatches, health monitors integrated into baby clothes and earbuds with built-in heart monitors: these are just a few of the things boosting Intel onto the wearable technology bandwagon this year.
Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon 602 and 802, targeting vehicles with the former, and the next generation of 4K displays with the latter.
ITProPortal had a lot of fun with Panasonic's Toughpad FZ-G1 a few months back. I'll tell you something, this thing makes a hell of a racket when you drop it.
If you like tough, you might not like me but could fall in love with Panasonic's new Toughpad tablet duo. The 7in FZ-M1 is, at 0.7in thick, the thinnest in its class, and has been tested against military-grade standards for drops, shock, vibration, altitude, humidity and extreme temperatures. Meanwhile, the beastly UT-MA6 features a 20in Ultra HD 4K display and is aimed at professionals working in visual-intensive fields.
We've spent some quality time with Samsung's Galaxy NotePRO, the company's new flagship tablet that it hopes will be able to hold its own against Apple's formidable iPad. The slate features a glorious 12.2in, 2,560 x 1,600 display, Android KitKat 4.4, an 8-megapixel snapper and an alleged $700 (£430) worth of pre-paid apps and subscription offers.
Though prices have not yet been set, expect to dig deep into those pockets. The device is expected to ship globally in the first quarter of this year.
Poor Michael Bay...
Transformers director Michael Bay has somewhat overshadowed Samsung's parade of its flagship 105in curved 4K HDTV, which boasts a staggering 11 million pixels. Eagle-eyed viewers will know that this device actually launched way before CES, in late December.
If you think the TV is huge, wait until you hear about the unfortunate Mr Bay's gaffe. His teleprompter malfunctioned during the presentation, which he clearly hadn't quite committed to memory. Then, following a question about how the curved television could boost the user's viewing experience, he completely crumbled and walked off stage. Painful. Oh, so painful.
- 06 January
Audience has unveiled its next-generation advanced voice processors for mobile devices, due out this year, which build on the chip maker's human hearing system-based audio processing technology.
Pebble is kicking off 2014 and this year's CES with a new smartwatch called Pebble Steel, a grown-up version of the original, playful Pebble. We take a closer look at what it has going for it
Asus has released the Transformer Book Duet, which boots Windows 8.1 and Android in a hybrid tablet form factor, as well as a Windows 8.1 slate tablet called the VivoTab Note 8.
Panasonic may have finally called it quits with plasma TVs, but it's got plenty of other irons in the fire, including 4K TVs with voice and face recognition capabilities.
Seagate has bounced into CES with the second generation of its Backup Plus external storage drive. The compact (3in x 4.5in x 0.38in) device weighs in at 150g but it's no lightweight gadget, packing up to 2TB in storage capacity.
As demonstrated above, it comes in four distinct colours and is bundled with apps that allow you to back up your photos and videos on Flickr, Facebook and your mobile devices. Nifty indeed.
Ey up, we've got some more car-themed news for you, with Google's announcement of the Open Automotive Alliance, in collaboration with Audi, Honda, Hyundai and GM. The search giant is trying to make it safer for drivers to access Android devices from the driving seat.
We're all hoping for some wearable tech news to spill from Google's lips within the next couple of days, so hang on tight and we'll let you know the score as soon as we hear something juicy.
Nvidia has really got tongues wagging here in Sin City, with pretty much everyone chatting about the company's triple announcement. It's all about games, the Tegra K1 chip, more games and even cars.
Withings has come to Las Vegas with the Aura "smart sleep" system, which is apparently designed to wake users up at the optimum moment.
In my case, that would be approximately 13.30 every single day. Just kidding...
With only hours to go before Samsung officially announces its latest two iteration of the Galaxy Note tablet series, a number of leaks have let loose just about everything there is to know about the new 12.2in Galaxy Note Pro, the GTab Pro 12.2, Tab Pro 10.1 and Tab Pro 8.4.
By the way, products featuring Nvidia's new Tegra K1 chip will launch throughout 2014, so all you gamers won't have to be particularly patient!
Belkin is betting the farm on connected homes this CES, with a whole new range of WeMo smart devices, including a DIY starter set to turn anything with a DC switch into a smart device. With LED lightbulbs, coffee makers and slow-cookers, this is definitely the year that smart home technology hit the mainstream.
Nvidia has made a massive CES statement with the launch of the Tegra K1, its latest flagship mobile chip.
The company reckons the 192-core processor will bring next-gen PC gaming - such as that seen on the PS4 and Xbox One - to smartphone and tablets. Samsung and Qualcomm, it's time to step up to the plate.
Lenovo has also been busy putting the finishing touched on a new series of Windows 8.1 PCs, including an ultralight 14in ultrabook and updates to existing innovative designs like the Yoga and Miix lines.
One of the most intriguing devices on display at CES 2014 is the eccentric TrewGrip keyboard - check out hands on preview to find out more!
Lenovo has amped up its CES game announcing the Horizon 2, a 27in all-in-one portable desktop, as well as an Android-powered counterpart, the N308.
We've managed to wrap our sneaky hands around the Meizu MX3, a snazzy 5.1in Android smartphone that's already big in China.
The Chinese company - which has a cult following in its homeland due to its founder's constant digs at the likes of Apple and Samsung - has confirmed it will be making its way to the US, and we're hoping it finds its way to our shores too.
As we've already mentioned, the realm of health and fitness looks like one to keep an eye on this year. Check out Mother, the motion-sensing tracker that could help you and your family with that pesky New Year's resolution.
Don't forget you can also dip into our dedicated CES 2014 hub, where you'll be able to find all the news and reaction from Vegas in one place. There's already plenty to get stuck into so get involved.
CES 2014 is beginning to whir into life in Vegas and announcements are thus beginning to dribble out from some of the show's key players.
For its part, Acer looks set to bestow the Android tablet market with some new additions, as redesigned Iconia slates are now ready to break cover. Follow the link for the full story.