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Tech 2013: Events, Phones, Gadgets, Gizmos, Games, and other Technology to Look Forward to

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The year 2012 offered countless technological breakthroughs and products. But tech fans all over the world have more to look forward to when it comes to the world of tech 2013. Here are some of the phones, gadgets, gizmos, games, and other technology worth waiting for this year!

Tech Conferences

Starting with conferences, the annual international Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is currently ongoing (Jan. 8-11, 2013) at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. This event features upcoming tech products from giant companies.

Another tech event for 2013 which should be on your itinerary is the E3 or the Electronic Entertainment Expo. We featured about it last year through this post – E3 the Electronic Entertainment Expo – Happy Days. This year, the E3 will be held on June 11-13, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This venue will hold all upcoming E3 annual conferences until 2015.

Both conferences will feature some of the products or items listed below.


First on the list of smart phones is the Blackberry 10 with RIM’s own QNX based operating system. This phone features a smart keyboard enabled simply by swiping specific hand movements. HTC’s Android phone called Butterfly featuring a 5-inch full HD display screen, similarly HD-powered cameras, and 2 GB of RAM plus 32 GB internal memory storage has already been released in Japan and the U.S. Another HTC phone, the M7 is also anticipated with its full HD display, 4G data capability, quad core processor, and aluminum design.

Still on phones with 5-inch full HD screens, you can include the Sony Experia Odin (also called Z with codename C660X Yuga) on the list of smart phones to anticipate this year. It features a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad core processor, 1080p resolution, 13 MP camera, and 2 GB RAM. This phone will be water resistant too.

As for Samsung, expect several phones this year including the Galaxy SIV or S4 which also features a 5-inch screen and an Android Jelly Bean OS. Another Samsung baby is a Windows 8 based ATIV device, the Samsung ATIV Odyssey. Although it appeared to be similar to the Galaxy S3, it’s actually more comparable to the Nokia Lumia 822. This phone will be equipped with the following features: 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED screen, 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1080p resolution, 5 MP camera, 4G LTE data, NFC technology, and 1 GB of RAM with 8 GB internal storage.

Since Nokia is mentioned, an upcoming Lumia 940 with carbon fiber frame is currently being conceptualized. Another potential concept is as always a new iPhone. This year, predictions are up for a possible iPhone 5s or an iPhone 6.

Even Microsoft as well as popular Chinese manufacturer ZTE doesn’t want to be left behind when it comes to phones. Allegedly, Foxconn will manufacture the Surface Phone for Microsoft along with a tablet. ZTE on the other hand will soon release its Grand S smart phone. It’s a variation of the Nubia Z5 with super thin body, 720 x 1280 pixel display, 13 MP rear camera, Android Jelly Bean OS, quad core processor, 2 GB RAM, and 5-inch full HD display like most 2013 phones. ZTE will also release the P945. It will be equipped with a 1.2GHz quad core processor, 3000 mAh battery, and an 8 MP camera. Above all, it boasts of a large 5.7 inch display.

Phone Features

If you think these features are amazing, wait till you hear about separate phone features currently being developed. Some of which include the following:

1. Smart Skin Phones. Enabled by the smart device-skin functionality, this technology can take digital snapshots and have it displayed on the device’s skin.

2. Bendy Screen Smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Skin phone not only features 800×480 high resolution AMOLED screen, 1.2GHz processor, an 8 MP camera, and 1 GB of RAM; it also comes with a slick bending screen! Yes, it bends!

3. Gorilla Glass 3. If you think your Gorilla glass designed phone or tablet is tough enough, wait till the Gorilla Glass 3 gets released.


Speaking of tablets, the Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon is beyond superb. It can lie flat on any surface and allows multiple users to touch the screen at the same time including during gaming moments. It’s powered by i7 processors and can actually convert itself into a 27-inch desktop PC.


I don’t know just where exactly to categorize the Fujitsu Lifebook 2013 so might as well create its own category. This device combines a laptop, tablet, smart phone, and a digital camera all in one! No one knows how much it costs yet but it’s coming to you this 2013.

PC Parts and Pieces

Let’s start with the Nvidia Tegra 4 processor. It comes with a 72 graphics core which is 6 times higher than the Tegra 3. Its CPU features the ARM Cortex A-15 which is more improved than the current ARM Cortex A-9 Tegra 3 quad core chipset. The LTE powered i500 modems are also due for release. These empower up to 1.2 trillion operations per second which may pave the way to the Tegra 4 being utilized for smart phones and tablets soon.

The Tobii Rex eye-tracking interface has already been showcased during last year’s CES. This year, it will come in smaller sizes and can soon fit the space between your laptop and keypad and hopefully as small as downloadable apps. This USB connected device enables the so-called Gaze interface which lets your eyes move your cursor to scroll, open folders or files, and even zoom in and out.


Full HD is disadvantageous for TVs with large screens and for viewers watching closely because the pixels become noticeable. 4K resolves that problem through a screen resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels. 4k TVs are designed with 4x the number of pixels full HDTVs have, thus, the 4K name. But TVs with this capability are of course VERY expensive. So if you’d like TVs that are more affordable, consider Google TVs GA7900 and GA6400. Combined with LG’s new Magic Remote Qwerty design, you can experience improved Voice Search and PrimeTime quick guide with these units. You will also have access to VoD or Video on Demand, YouTube, and apps.

Speaking of YouTube and still on TV, brace yourself for the mobile/TV pairing feature soon to be available for gadgets from Bang & Olufsen, LG, Panasonic and Sony. This feature will enable viewers to watch HD videos or channels, find new subscribed videos and search for them faster, and to create 1080p based playlists.

New Platform: Glasses

Still another Google project is the Google glass. You can wear them like regular eye glasses. It features 4G, GPS, Bluetooth connectivity with Android powered devices, and a camera. Vuzix M100 Smart Glass will also set foot on CES 2013 with its Android 4 OS, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4 GB storage, and 720p video. The company had even released the product’s SDK to encourage developers to create apps.


The next PlayStation named PS4 is technically the 8th from Sony already. It is predicted to be smaller, lighter, faster, with a bigger storage capacity than the current PS3. Microsoft’s new Xbox on the other hand is called Kryptos, Loop, Durango, 720 and numerous other code names. Expect improved performance, an updated Kinect, new controllers including TV controls, two-way directional audio, support for virtual reality glass system, cloud storage and media capabilities, digitally downloadable games, and of course a new design. This gaming console may see the light of day on E3 2013.


Well, there’s only just one so it’s not cars but car. So last but not the least on this list is MIT’s folding car, Hiriko or the urban car. It will soon be released in Europe and selected areas in the U.S. European countries are the targeted areas because these places are known to be amongst the most crowded, especially their cities. To help ease space parking problems, Hiriko can be folded to fit only 1/3 of a parking space. This means that 3 of this car model can occupy just one parking space. It’s also environment friendly as it runs on electricity. The only problem is that its electric powered battery can only run a 75 miles distance.

There you have it! These are what all tech fans can look forward to for tech 2013! Excited? Let us know what you think by dropping a comment below. You may also click on that Facebook ‘like’ button or share this article through various site through the ‘share this’ bookmarking button.

E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo – Happy Days

E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo

Every year, there’s a video games fest called E3 ( Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles which sees geeks collect together and view what the uber geeks have in store for them over the next year or so. And the 2012 event has just closed. But just what future does the industry have over the coming years?

The video games industry has always been keen to portray itself in the same way as Hollywood and the film business does. Although the number of people whose ‘game’ has actually increased, the nature of gaming has in reality stayed the same for many years.


Serious, hardcore gamers lap up the big productions and keep the belief going that the industry has a major future. The remaining gamers are softcore participants who are happier with a simple game on their smartphone.


And therein lies the problem for the gaming industry: the platform tends to lead the way.


A video game is content, just as a film is content. But movies and TV shows can be shown across all platforms, whereas games have to be coded differently for them to work on individual platforms. Because of the degree of interaction, games need this individual platform (PlayStation, Xbox, PC, etc) coding and what’s more, they have to be made with the technical criteria firmly in mind. Obviously, a game built for a hi-end spec PC is not going to work on a smartphone.


So what you have in the gaming industry is the potential slowdown of the mega-game (there will always be huge demand for a small number of the major franchises) and an increase in popularity of the more simplistic app game which can be played across most platforms (mostly handheld devices).


And it’s this shrinking of the mega-game market that worries the industry companies. A modern blockbuster game will take at least two years to produce and cost millions. Indeed, the timescale and budgets will rival a movie.


Yet an app game can be produced for a fraction of the cost and in a very short time. Thus, the App market is not a bad place to be right at this moment; whereas a full-blown video game project can literally bust a company.


For the likes of Electronic Arts and Microsoft, they have deep enough pockets to take the hit, but smaller games companies are finding that too much crystal ball gazing into the future of the market is upsetting.


In these economic times and with the consumer’s preferences in doubt, the number of major games being commissioned will fall, whereas the smaller productions are likely to rise.


There are indeed interesting times ahead!