By Lisa Johnston
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LAS VEGAS – Linksys will bring back its classic blue and black router chassis design made famous by the WRT router line for its latest line of home networking devices.
Chris Bainer, Linksys senior product manager, said that when Belkin completed its purchase of the Linksys brand from Cisco, it thought it would be proper to use the historically important WRT line as a model for future home-networking products.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
LAS VEGAS – External storage maker LaCie will show a new pair of drives this week whose design philosophies are about as polar opposite as possible.
The first is the Fuel 1TB wireless portable drive. The Fuel’s industrial design is based on the World War II Jerry can, a 5-gallon can that both the Allies and Germans used to transport gasoline.
The second is the Sphere, a globeshaped drive the size of a tennis ball that is plated with silver by the world-renowned French silversmith Christofle.
LAS VEGAS – Lenovo will introduce its first Android operating system-equipped desktop computer and personal cloud storage device this week at 2014 International CES.
In addition the company has several hybrid tablets and an upgraded Horizon 2 Table PC on display.
The Lenovo N308 running Android 4.2 is an all-in-one desktop with a 19.5-inch touch display, 500GB hard drive and webcam. While the N308 is designed as a desktop replacement, it also has an internal battery capable of running it for four hours.
LAS VEGAS — 3D printers are making their first big play at the 2014 International CES.
AIO Robotics is showing the Zeus AIO
Solidoodle will exhibit its $999 Solidoodle 4 3D printer.
XYX Printing is exhibiting its first 3D printer, the $499 da Vinci 1.0. It ships in March.
Matterform will unveil the $579 Matterform 3D color scanner at the show this week.
Wobbleworks will show the $99 3Doodler printing pen.
LAS VEGAS – 3D printers are still in their infancy as a mainstream consumer product, but a number of companies are charging ahead, attempting to change this situation, especially during International CES, here, this week.
The research firm Gartner is forecasting that by 2015, 3D printers will be found on store shelves in many of the top national retail chains.
NEW YORK — PC shipments during the back-to-school selling season, also known as the third quarter, showed some signs of life in the U.S.
The research firms IDC and Gartner each had PC shipments in the U.S. market higher — up from basically flat, according to IDC, to up 3.5 percent, according to Gartner. The latter company noted that this uptick marked the second consecutive quarter of increases following a string of six quarters of decreases.
NEW YORK – The days when kids clamored for a desktop or laptop for Christmas are long gone, but analysts and vendors are optimistic that the category will enjoy a decent 2013 holiday season.
That does not mean tablets are in any danger of being supplanted as the No. 1 tech gift on most consumer’s wish list, but the influx of new form factors and price points will give the mobile computing category a boost.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. — Symantec has updated its line of Norton Internet security products.
The launch includes improved versions of Norton Internet Security, Anti-Virus, 360 and 360 Multi-Device. All become available at retail and direct from Symantec on Sept. 4.
• Norton 360 Multi-Device, $99.99, provides one year of protection for up to five devices.
• Norton 360, $89.99, provides one year of protection for up to three PCs.
• Norton Internet Security, $79.99, provides one year of protection for up to three PCs.
NEW YORK — The tablet market will face competition from within and without in the fourth quarter.
Competition from without comes from the growing selection of big-screen smartphones called phablets, defined by some analysts as smartphones with screen sizes of between 4.6 to 5.5 inches in size, though Samsung in August brought the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega smartphone/tablet hybrid to the U.S. market through AT&T.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Touchscreenequipped portable computers will enjoy a rapid growth over the next three years, according to HIS iSuppli.
The research firm is predicting that 25 percent, or 78 million units worldwide, of all mobile computers will feature a touchscreen by 2016. This adoption will be driven by Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system, which was designed from the ground up as a touch application. Intel’s Ultrabook initiative will also begin to bear fruit and help drive consumer interest in touch laptops.