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Pete King, a New York congressman, has proposed a new law that would require cell phones equipped with cameras to make noise when taking photos. Furthermore, the noise must be "audible within a reasonable radius."

It is dubbed the "Camera Phone Predator Alert Act" and is aimed at protecting people from having their picture taken without their knowledge. There are similar laws on the books in Japan and South Korea already.

I am NOT entirely in favor of this law because it would prevent us from taking covert photos of celebrities while they try to enjoy a meal.

The law doesn't even include digital cameras or video recording functionality. Finally, it offers no solution for the millions of camera phones already out in the wild. While privacy issues are a big deal... this probably isn't the best use of government time. How about you put the brain trust on the economy, folks?

What do you think about this issue? Are you a stealth photo-snapper?

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The technology in the iPhone's touchscreen and interface -- which Apple has been granted a patent for -- may make things difficult for the Palm Pre, as well as the rumored multi-touch PSP2 from Sony.

If you recall, both Raymond Padilla and I picked the Palm Pre in our informal Best of CES lists and I was very impressed with its similarity to the iPhone. Maybe it is a bit too similar!

Apple's acting CEO Tim Cook, who is currently holding down the fort while Steve Jobs deals with his health problems, has said that "[Apple] will not stand for having [its] IP ripped off, and [they'll] use whatever weapons that [they] have at our disposal."

The patent that Apple holds covers "touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics." It's that heuristics part that could be troublesome for other companies. The gesture of pinching to zoom could be covered under this patent.

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Alienware Area 51 X-58 PC Review »


Alienware is all about getting you the sharpest PCs for gaming and the Area 51 X-58 is liable to fit into that class of desktops with up to 12 GB of RAM, 4 terabytes of storage, and a decent starting MSRP of $1,650.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

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Sanyo HD1010 Camcorder Review »


Camcorders keep shrinking and adding great features while the prices seem to be leveling off. So, what's up with this new HD camcorder from Sanyo and can the 10x optical zoom and face detection stand up to the modest price tag?

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

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Before we kick this off, I want to give a shout out to Raymond Padilla for giving me yet another negative Sony story to write. He loves throwing me to the fanboys. Now, onto the story:

We already knew Sony was going to post its first operating loss in 14 years and the company expected losses of $1.1 billion. That figure has now been revised to a whopping $2.9 billion. At over 100% more than its original estimate, Sony cites the strong performance of the yen and lowered worldwide demand for its products as the culprits.

As previously mentioned, it looks like Sony will be fast-tracking its planned restructuring, which would cut 16,000 jobs by March 2010. The games division (PlayStation) was also cited for underperformance and is expected to lose $338 million.

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Acer Aspire 5735 Laptop Review »


Alison and Kevin have monkeyed with the new ultralight Acer Aspire laptop which is a steal at $650 with its Intel dual-core processor and up to 4 GB of RAM. Find out if it all adds up to a worthy purchase.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

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A slow moving, sweeping change occurred over the course of last year's cell phone sales: Korea's LG Electronics overtook America's Motorola in handsets shipped to snatch up 3rd place, worldwide.

Global phone juggernaut Nokia has solidly remained at the top of the list with 470 million phones shipped, while Sweden's Sony Ericsson brings up 5th place with a very respectable 96.6 million handsets shipped.

Not making the list this year was the G4TV E-Z Phone 3.8 with a disappointing 0 handsets shipped.

The actual numbers (in millions):
Nokia - 470
Samsung - 200
LG - 100
Motorola - 99.9
Sony Ericsson - 96.6

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Sony XPERIA X1 Phone Review »


Incorporating the power of Windows Mobile, a 3" touch display, QWERTY keyboard, a 3.2 megapixel camera, 3G and Wi-fi connections, the new XPERIA X1 smartphone from Ericsson just may be a good pickup. However, is the $700 price tag a bit too high? Today's tech review will be telling.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

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Philips' New 21:9 Cinema TV

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Posted January 15, 2009 - By TylerColfax

We missed it at CES, because it wasn't there, but the new Philips 21:9 aspect ratio TV is just what the cinephile ordered. There are many aspect ratios by which film and video can be displayed. Standard Defintion TV is typically 4:3, while HD TV is 16:9, and cinema-style films are 21:9. Some folks who purchased a new widescreen television have still found black bars on their Blu-ray movies, some of which have maintained their original aspect ratio.

At the end of the day, this 56" darling is a little ridiculous and ahead of itself when you consider that a 4:3 image of, say your favorite G4 show, would have an obscene amount of black space on either side. I, however, would seriously consider making this purchase if it meant I could watch two equally sized 4:3 images at once, with a pair of wireless headphones that separated the audio from each channel for each ear. Overkill? Or the future of media consumption?

We browse the Internet with multiple tabs and IMs and all kinds of crazy multi-tasking going on. Apart from the inevitable seizures, why shouldn't we be able to consume TV like that?

"TV, mute left channel." I hate commercials.

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Sony All-in-One RT Series PC Review »


In case you were dying to drop $4,000 on a really smokin' desktop PC, Sony's RT series might be the hardware for you, with it's 8 GB of RAM, 1 Terabyte of storage, an Intel Quad Core processor and a Blu-ray burner.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

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According to reports, there could be a significant loss in Sony's future. Instead of the predicted $2.2 billion profit for its 2008 fiscal year (which ends on March 31st, 2009), Sony could post a loss of $1.1 billion.

The report comes from the Nikkei Business Daily which was picked up by Reuters. This possible profit loss could make the planned restructuring get completed earlier than March 2010 -- which would cut 4% of Sony's workforce or 9000 jobs.

This would be Sony's first posted loss in 14 years and only its second publically reported loss ever. Ouch.

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Samsung MX20 Camcorder Review »


Samsung, not typically known for their camcorders, is looking to grab up some of the point and shoot camcorder market with their SC MX20. With a 34X optical zoom, 16 hours of storage, a mode optimized for YouTube encoding, and low price point of $200, they may have done just that.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

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So I'm back from CES 2009 and recovering from the Nerd Flu. I apologize if my intro isn't as upbeat as Raymond's Top Three Picks of CES 2009, but he didn't get sick... five out of five doctors recommend staying away from 100,000 consumer electronics professionals.

As always, be sure to check out the full Best of the Best of CES and submit your list for the Best of CES for a chance to win a totally sweet classic Sony Walkman.

And with that, here are my picks:

3) Toshiba Cell TV -- While everyone was pushing 240Hz and LED backlighting, Toshiba was looking to the future with Cell TV. This future is actually just later in 2009 if it can release its new set-top box when promised, but it will be a while before we all have displays that can take full advantage of the device. If you missed the announcement, Cell TV uses the same Cell processor that powers the PS3 to do crazy video-processing voodoo. Toshiba promises that its device will make SD look like HD and HD look like 4K x 2K, which is four times as awesome as 1080p. Expect this beast to cost a lot of money. Further, expect 4K x 2K displays to cost a lot of money. Start saving.

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If you thought CES was all about TV's and phones think again you Western World junkie!

Not to be neglected, Alison is out on the floor detailing the strangest possible tech coming out of Asia. Detailing: Gundam robot slippers, a Bandai Poking Box game (stick your finger in the hole!), and a highly programmable custom keyboard Alison better have her giddyap going on in her step to see all the unique sights.

CES '09: It Came From Asia

CES '09: It Came From Asia »


There's plenty more where that came from over at the CES '09 Video gallery.

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Microsoft's biggest push here at CES 2009 is Windows 7 and I got to spend some time with the most recent beta version of the OS. Is it better than Vista? Yes. Is it better than OS X? No.

Don't get me wrong. Windows 7 is looking to be a great release for Microsoft with many improvements to the user-interface as well as the way files are organized. Microsoft is also thinking to the future and including full touch support for hardware manufacturers to take advantage of. The HP demo unit they had running touch used IR to track touch and wasn't anywhere near as accurate as a capacitor-based touchscreen, but it did support multi-touch.

As for your documents, Microsoft is actually going to one-up Apple in the way they are organizing things like pictures, music, and movies. Windows 7 will create virtual folders for different document types that don't require files to be moved to show up. Instead, you point the virtual folder to several different locations to check for documents. It takes the concept of music libraries and expands it to all files. Very smart.

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