The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held every January in Las Vegas, Nevada, showcases technology from all over the world in every category imaginable from kitchen appliances to automotive technology. With the deluge of reviews and recommendations that surface in the wake of the event, it is difficult for consumers to choose the hardware, software, and accessories that reliably meet their needs. As such, Black Enterprise Magazine would like to take the opportunity to step in as your technology advisers. Here, we’ve chosen products in 17 categories, which we believe have achieved success in their commitment to excellence in innovation. Congratulations to our 2013 CES Best in Show Award winners!
Smartest Mobile Phone<br><br>HTC DNA<br><br>
The DROID DNA by HTC is the first smartphone to feature a true 1080p HD super LCD 3 display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection. HTC VideoPic™ allows you to capture video and still images at the same time. And by simply holding the shutter button, continuous shooting takes multiple photos at up to four frames per second to catch all the action.
Most Inventive Tablet/Reader<br><br>Asus Taichi <br><br>
With a double-sided, full HD, IPS display, the Asus Taichi is a combination of tablet and notebook that seamlessly switches with a single touch.
Best Laptop for Business<br><br>The ThinkPad Helix by Lenovo<br><br>
With its “Rip and Flip” design, the ThinkPad Helix gives business professionals two devices in one form factor. It is a high performance, thin and light Ultrabook with a detachable Windows 8 tablet with a 11.6 inch display. It runs up to 10 hours for a full day of work and play, has enhanced security and manageability features that large businesses depend upon, comes with optional LTE2 high-speed wireless and Near Field Communications (NFC) technology that allows devices to share data seamlessly when touching.
Best Mobile Office Accessory<br><br>xPrint Server by Lantronix<br><br>xPrintServer enables wireless printing for iOS devices such as iPads® and iPhones® using their native print menu. It eliminates the need to print through apps, install software, or email yourself documents for printing. It works with more than 4,000 top brand USB and network printers.
Most Accessible Storage Device <br><br>Hyper Drive by Sanho<br><br>
The 1TB Hyper Drive is the World’s only iPad compatible USB hard drive. It stores and transfer to iPad up to 1TB of high definition videos and photos.
Best Home Office Technology<br><br>Ooma Office by Ooma<br><br>Ooma Office is the free internet phone service that provides a second phone line, gives you a custom phone number, ability to conduct three-way conference calls, and a virtual receptionist.
Trendiest Consumer Lifestyle Product Line<br><br>i.am+ foto.sosho fashion camera accessories<br><br>
Musician and entrepreneur, Will.i.am, and London-based Selfridges department store added a new twist to the rapidly expanding world of social-digital photography with i.am+™ foto.sosho fashion camera accessory for the iPhone 4/4s. It is the world’s first digital camera accessory and app combination designed to turn an iPhone 4/4s device into a sophisticated point and shoot digital camera with on-board editing, filters, and social media connectivity. The i.am foto.sosho V.4 has a vintage camera look and feel with a full qwerty keyboard. The iPhone 5 foto.sosho model, coming soon, will push it up a notch by adding its own 14 mega-pixel sensor and 5x zoom to the mix.
Smartest Automotive Tech Solution<br><br> Kaliki<br><br>Kaliki, the audio newsstand, is a software platform that allows consumers to hear streaming audio from their favorite print newspapers and magazines in addition to weather, traffic and other local content, read to them by professional voices, on demand, in the car, online or anytime on the go. Kaliki is being rolled out throughout the U.S. and Canada as a part of the industry’s connected car initiative. It will be available for all Ford Vehicles equipped with AppLink in the US.
Best Security Software or Hardware <br><br>Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013<br><br>
In addition to malware, spyware, and antivirus software, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013 also protects online banking and e-shopping, has a Facebook and Twitter privacy guardian, an ID Theft protector, and watches over your kids online. It was rated product of the year by AV-Comparatives in an independent lab test of antivirus software.
Most Integrated Peripheral Technology<br><br>The HP ENVY 120 e-All-in-One<br><br>
The HP ENVY 120 e-All-in-One printer is a sleek, web-connected printer featuring a slim and compact design that provides sophisticated versatility for your home. It is quiet, has a large, adjustable touchscreen display that retracts after printing, and comes equipped with HP ePrint and wireless direct for printing from a mobile device. It’s available now for $249.99.
Most Innovative Digital Imaging Concept<br><br>Sony Cyber-shot WX80Cameras<br><br>
The new Cyber-shot WX80compact camera features built-in wi-fi for easy sharing, a high-resolution 16.2 MP sensor, an 8x optical zoom lens with 16x Clear Image digital zoom and a new advanced flash which boosts the cameras sensitivity and extends the effective range of the flash. Additionally, the new “Beauty Effect” feature gives users several post-shooting “re-touch” options, including skin toning and smoothing, teeth whitening, eye widening and shine removal.
Most Promising New /Digital Media Technology<br><br>Qubeey<br><br>Qubeey, a browser-free technology platform, transforms Internet communications through interactive and assertive outreach, social networking, video chats from user profiles, user channels and content streams, all available through Qubeey’s Qube interface. Qubeey 2.0, which launched at CES, features integrated streams based on user interests. These streams can be bridged to user networks for follower access, and action cards that provide real-time, interactive notifications of all activity within a user’s social and business networks. Qubeey is available on PCs, Macs, iPads, tablets, mobile phones and soon on gaming devices and smart TVs.
Best PC for Consumers <br><br>Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC<br><br>
The 27″ IdeaCentre Horizon multimode PC is the first consumer table PC. It enables comfortable multi-angle use as a desktop, and provides a unique multi-user experience as a table PC. It is equipped with Windows 8 Pro, and a backlit full HD (1920 X 1080) multi-touch display, meaning more than one person can interact with it at once. It holds up to 1TB of memory and 8GB of DDR3. It is preloaded with educational apps for kids, an integrated 720P HD front-end webcamera, and Dolby Home Theater V4 Certified Stereo Speakers.
Most Creative Tech Solution<br><br>Magisto<br><br>
Storytelling app Magisto by SightEra Technologies Ltd. simplifies and automates the extremely time-intensive process of video-editing to a few clicks–without compromising production quality. This year, Magisto introduced a new proprietary algorithm to inject the users’ intended emotion in the editing process. Users can choose from new “themes” to inform the look and feel of their movies. Each theme includes custom special effects, title treatments, and song suggestions.
Best New Device for Entertainment<br><br>Nick Cannon’s NCredible NTune On-ear headphones by Monster Cable<br><br>Ncredible NTune headphones were specifically designed for distortion-free reproduction at the highest volumes meaning bass and clarity aren’t at odds with one another. The on-ear design, ControlTalk™ Universal controls to manage your phone and your music, tangle-free cables, in-line controls, and affordable price make it easy to enjoy any music genre with style and comfort. NTune headphones come in an array of bold colors.
Most User-Friendly Digital Health Program or Technology<br><br>Basis<br><br>Basis, a new wrist-based health tracker and online personal dashboard by Basis Science Inc., is designed to help people easily incorporate healthy habits into their daily routines. The multi-sensor Basis band and free web service, priced at $199, provides a comprehensive picture of health and a simple way to help people adopt and maintain improvements in activity and sleep.
Most Dynamic Mobile App <br><br> Mindmeld by Expect Labs<br><br> Mindmeld by Expect Labs is a group voice and video calling app for the iPad. It analyzes your conversations in real-time and searches for keywords in order to anticipate the information you need as you talk. It proactively finds and displays relevant information during your conversations so that you can quickly jog your memory, share important facts on the fly and brainstorm more effectively. The app was one of 10 finalists to compete in the CES Mobile Apps Showdown.