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What we learned at CES 2014

The dust has finally settled over in Las Vegas and CES 2014 has drawn to a close, but not before a number of important stories broke cover over in Sin City. You can relive all the action from CES 2014 as it happened (opens in new tab), or read on for my digest of the event's biggest talking points.

Samsung Galaxy NotePRO a sign of things to come

Samsung's new Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 slate was arguably the most important product at CES. It's no great secret that an increasingly mobile workforce is desirous of new ways to lighten their satchel, and for many professionals, a powerful tablet is ample to carry out day-to-day tasks.

As such, Samsung's pro tablet pitch likely foreshadows another showdown with bitter rival Apple, who insiders predict will launch an iPad Pro later this year. If previous release patterns are anything to go by, that likely won't be until Q3 or Q4, meaning Samsung has the best part of a year to woo workers. In the meantime, you can see how the two firms' current flagship tablets compare in Will Dalton's Apple iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 first impressions comparison. (opens in new tab)

The key selling points of the Galaxy NotePRO are its impressive display (2,560 x 1,600 pixels), productivity boosting software features like the ability to split the screen into four parts for multi-tasking, and of course the firm's trademark S Pen stylus. A lot of businesses are still inherently wary of the iconic green robot for compliance and security reasons, but if this impressive product is any indicator, Android could make serious strides into the modern enterprise in 2014.

Mayer's new-look Yahoo takes shape

CES 2014 offered a stimulating keynote lineup featuring the likes of Intel's Brian Kraznich and Sony's Kaz Hirai. However, it was the address delivered by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer that we expected to cause the biggest splash and we weren't disappointed. In a star studded speech, Mayer revealed the new Yahoo News Digest app, which represents the fruits of the company's 2013 Summly acquisition. Elsewhere, Mayer announced new technology and food websites as part of her vision of Yahoo "simplifying its business and simplifying the way it delivers information." It was an impressive session and further signifies Yahoo's remarkable revival under the Mayer stewardship and it will be intriguing to see how the company continues to evolve over the course of the year.

3D printing enters the mainstream?

3D printing is one of the hottest topics in the tech world, yet despite considerable interest, it's still something of an immature market. With a typical price tag comfortably clearing the four figure mark (the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop, for instance, is nearly £1,800) it's very much the territory of well-heeled enthusiasts and few mass market products exist. So we were pleased to get the chance to meet with the team behind the crowdfunded 3Doodler pen, the "world's first 3D printing pen" (opens in new tab)and a relative bargain at just £99. Following our meeting, we understand that the 3Doodler pen is coming to the UK in spring. Does its arrival in Blighty herald a new wave of 3D printing products with broader appeal? Put it this way: it wouldn't surprise us at all if the 3Doodler or a similar product becomes the must-have gadget for the summer holidays.

James Laird
James Laird

James is a freelance editor, journalist, and writer with 10+ years experience in digital media, SEO and news writing. He has produced content on a number of Future sites, including TechRadar, ITProPortal, Tom's Guide, and T3, and was Senior Staff Writer at ITProPortal.