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Best of CES 2014: The Gadgets and Gizmos You Need

January 10th, 2014 by Christen

I’m all about unique and exciting tech toys and it’s only right that we close out highlighting the Best of CES with a bang!

Best of CES gadgets

Check out the final day of fun from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  For the fourth year in a row, has been on the ground running to highlight only the biggest and brightest trends at CES 2014 – check out the video below with the best of CES gadgets and gizmos that you’ll want to own right away!

This year, we’ve partnered with OnStar and General Motors to bring the hottest trends in tech directly to a screen near you with daily “trendspotting” videos daily on and  From flying drones to energy-efficient smart bikes, there’s no shortage of ways to stay entertained with these tech toys that’s sure to be on your wish list soon.


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First Day CES Trends With Chevrolet #CES2014 #ConnectedByOnStar

January 8th, 2014 by Christen

For the fourth year in a row, will be on the ground running to show you only the biggest and brightest stars that CES trends of 2014 has to offer.

CES Trends


This year, we’ve partnered with OnStar and General Motors to bring the hottest trends in tech directly to a screen near you with daily “trendspotting” videos daily on and  Automotive technologies are one of the most buzzed about trends from International CES 2014, but driver aren’t the only ones benefiting from access to real time data about their lives.

Check out the full video featuring, Mimo, FitBit Flex and Valencell below:


Automotive technologies are one of the most buzzed about trends from International CES 2014, but driver aren’t the only ones benefiting from access to real time data about their lives., is on the scene to take a closer look at the wearable technologies connecting users to better sleep, improved fitness and ultimately living well.

For more #ConnectedByOnStar CES 2014 coverage, please visit:



What do you want to see from the CES 2014 show floors this year?  Tweet us at @DivasandDorks and we’ll get you the photos and news you need!

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Trendspotting At CES 2014: What To Expect

January 1st, 2014 by Christen

We’re less than one week away from one of the biggest industry events in the technology world.  Once again, the world turns its’ attention to Sin City for CES 2014.  CES remains one of the most important events in the world of technology and it’s where the latest gadgets battle for the spotlight they think they deserve.

 CES 2014 Trends


For the fourth year in a row, will be on the ground running to show you only the biggest and brightest stars that CES 2014 has to offer.


This year, we’ve partnered with OnStar and General Motors to bring the hottest trends in tech directly to a screen near you with daily “tendspotting” videos daily on and  What trends can you expect?


CES 2014 Galaxy Gear

4.  The Evolution of Wearable Technologies

We’re talking everything from fitness trackers, smartwatches and plenty of smartglasses will be in tow.


3.  The Evolution of the “Smart Home”

Gadgets are meant to enhance the human experience right?  Check out what the notion of “smart home” really means when we redefine smart appliances and connectivity at CES.



2.  Bigger, Better, Curvaceous Screens

From TVs to tablets and even the next greatest smartphones – expect to see a variety of bigger screens, higher-resolution displays and even a few curves to tickle your fancy.


1.  The Evolution of Connected Cars

We won’t be highlighting the flash and flair of the latests cars at CES (We’ll save that for later this month at the North American International Auto Show.) but what you should expect to see is an entirely new way we connect with vehicles and more.


Starting this weekend, I’ll be in Las Vegas covering everything you want to know see at the big show!  Sunday afternoon, the fun begins with CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay and Monday, the official CES press day kicks off with press conferences early in the morning until late in the evening.  CES officially begins next Tuesday, January 7, 2014, and runs through Friday.

What are some of the futuristic gadgets you hope to see take off at CES?  Share your predictions below…


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Best of #2013CES: Top Smartphones and Laptops

January 18th, 2013 by Analie

CES 2013 Logo
There was a lot to see at this year’s CES. Everything from cars, home appliances, home theater systems, and let’s not forget smartphone cases that do everything for your phone; there was a lot to take in.

But there are always those few items that stick out. Those products that you know are going to make a bang when officially released later in the year. After a lot of hands-on demos and briefings on all these great products we came up with our faves. Here are our top picks from 2013 CES.


Top Smartphones

With a lot of major phone companies out of the competition this year; it was easy to spot the stars of the  smartphone category. It seems to be all about quad-core processors and water-resistant bodies. Which did we think were top shelf?


Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z 2013 cesSony is finally back! After not doing so well in the Android world with their previous phones; they seem to have gotten it together! They came back full blast with the Xperia Z. Here are some of the mind-blowing specs.

The phone’s 5” reality display is stunningly beautiful! Sony phones have always had beautiful sleek bodies. The Xperia Z is no different. The handset’s shiny industrial design calls for attention. The phone has NFC technology; which is the latest craze. You can view and share media from the Xperia  Z to other NFC products. That includes everything from speakers to Sony TVs. Featured items like the Sony’s stereo Bluetooth headset (DR-BTN200m of the SBH-20) allow you to listen to music instantly with just a touch of the phone.

The most standout feature of the Sony Xperia Z is that it’s waterproof. It’s the right type of waterproof. It’s not made to be submerged in deep oceans. But it can handle water and dust. (Certified IP55 and IP57). The phone is highly durable despite its thin frame. The phone will launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (with an update to 4.2 shortly after) and it’s expected to be released by the spring.

Lenovo IdeaPhone K900

Lenovo ideaPhone K900This phone has style and tech written all over it! At 0.27 inches thin, the phone doesn’t sacrifice a strong body. Made from stainless steel alloy and polycarbonate; the body is squared sharply. It definitely sticks out from the rest of the phones with soft round corners.

What makes the IdeaPhone K900 stand out from the rest? It’s one of the first phones to sport an Intel 2 GHz dual-core  Atom processor. Lenovo brags about the K900’s speed and response. Running and switching through apps should be no problem for the Intel chipped device.

It has a crisp 5.5 inch screen. Similar to the Sony Xperia Z; the IdeaPhone K900 has a 13 megapixel rear camera. It has a Sony sensor for great pictures.

While the protype at CES was running Google Android 4.1; Lenovo says the phone will be running 4.2 at launch.

 Huawei Ascend Mate

 Huawei Ascend Mate 2013 cesIf you believe that bigger is better; then the Huawei Ascend Mate is great.  At  6.1 inches this phone is more like a tablet. But that won’t stop many consumers who prefer carrying one large device as opposed to two.  Manufacturers are really taking a note from Samsung here (pun intended).

This massive device is of course supported by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor. Also, with a 4050 mAh battery to support that massive display; you can surf the web for up to 14 hours. With features such as Magic TouchSmart Reading, and Easy Panel; users can make the most out of this smartphone.

The phone is being released overseas first. Unfortunately, we have no release for the states.


Best Laptops

Ultrabooks were the big thing at the 2012 CES! This year, companies seem to be perfecting performance and portability. So which were the best laptops at 2013 CES?


Samsung Series 7 Ultrabook

Samsung Series 7 Ultrabook ces 2013



This is the first ultrabook for the Series 7 lineup. You won’t sacrifice mobility and performance. The aluminum body is both thin and light. With a crisp display (1920 x 1080 resolution); watching movies and editing files is always fun. It has great viewing angles for showing content with ease. With JBL speakers and an AMD graphics card; this is definitely the ultrabook for multimedia.

You can upgrade it up to an i7 processor and have up 256 GB of SSD. The ultrabooks ten-finger intuitive touch capabilities make for easy navigation and use of Windows 8. It will even be available with 4G LTE connectivity capabilities; enhancing accessibility.

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix ces 2013Lenovo makes the list again with their new clamshell. The ThinkPad Helix brings the the best of the snap-in laptop features. Its “rip and flip” design brings versatility for work and play.

Allowing ultimate freedom when you don’t need the keyboard; the ThinkPad Helix detaches easily from the keyboard for regular tablet use. If you don’t want to detach the keyboard you can just flip it completely for touch screen capabilities and still use the available ports. The keyboard is also spill resistant. You’ll love the bright IPS 11.6″ display (the brightest on the ThinkPad brand).

Just because the ThinkPad Helix acts like a tablet; it doesn’t perform like a regular tablet. It really outdoes itself  in the tablet category. With long lasting battery life (up to 10 hours) and a spill resistant keyboard; the ThinkPad Helix is your new work buddy. And it doesn’t skimp on connectivity. It has 3G/4G antenna options and a NFC chip.

Out of all the Windows 8 clamshells that have been recently released; this seems to be the most durable and usable. The ThinkPad Helix is not as awkward as previous clamshells. Though it may be a bit heavy; weight doesn’t make it any less portable.



Vizio Thin and Light Ultrabook

Vizio Thin and Light Ultrabook ces 2013Vizio has been on the come-up for the last decade. They meet quality with affordability without sacrificing performance. The same can be applied to their thin and light ultrabook.

The 14″ thin and light touch ultrabook brings the best of Windows 8 to the table. With a HD display (1600 x 900 resolution) that’s touch screen; you can experience the best of the features that Windows 8 has to offer. (I really do believe that Windows 8 is experienced best through touch screen).

With AMD’s powerful quad-core A10 processor and fast boot-up with SSD; you’re guaranteed stellar performance.  It’s a portable weight at 4 pounds. Pricing hasn’t been officially announced. But you can count on Vizio to make it affordable.

There you have it; our best of CES list! Which devices are you keeping tabs on? Are you impressed with what  these companies came up with? Did the features blow your mind? 

(CES 2012) Ladies Who Tech: Anya Ayoung Chee’s Journey From Tech To The Runway

January 17th, 2012 by Christen


Kicking my Las Vegas and CES experience off right, my first CES soiree was hosted by Clever Girls Collective and Beth Blecherman of TechMamasLadies Who Tech Happy Hour which took place at the ultra luxurious Wynn/Encore hotel. An evening filled with appetizing snacks and delectable drinks, I got the chance to catch up with some of my old friends and met some new ones as well. Event sponsors were also on hand to talk about the fabulous goodies provided in our giftbags including a new Sony Bloggie Live video camera and a Kingston Wi-Drive.

With all the excitement in the air and the abundance of women who tech in the building, we all were graced with the presence of Project Runway Season 9 winner Anya Ayoung Chee, who joined the event behalf of HP and Intel. Anya, the former graphic artist-turned beauty queen spoke with us about her former career goals, her family and how Twitter got her onto the hit reality television show – Project Runway.

CES + Las Vegas = Great Expectations…

January 5th, 2012 by Christen

As the new year has fully arrived (in full frigid fashion) – I am ready for one of the biggest conferences of the year!  The International Consumer Electronics Show is the world’s largest consumer electronics tradeshow.  (think of it as the Disney World of electronics for geeks, nerds and dorks…)

Over a year ago, I aimlessly wandered into the Las Vegas Convention Center as a new blogger but moreover as a complete fanatic of all things gadget & tech.  As my first major conference, I had all the ingrediants for a CES disaster:

1.  I arrived to the conference later than I actually expected on Thursday vs Tuesday as originally planned.

2.  I had no set schedule & planned to take on almost 3,000 vendors and 1.6 million net square feet of exhibit space all by myself…Whaaaaa?

3.  Did I mention, I went to CES all by myself?  NOT COOL!


This year however, things will be different.  I’m a little stronger, wiser & absolutely ready to get it on at CES.  With my calendar filling up faster than ever, I have over 72 hours filled with plans, meetings and partying in Las Vegas January 10th – 13th.  And with all this planning comes a huge bag, filled with electronic expectations, technical anticipation and an outrageous outlook on how this year’s CES experience will be.

iLounge Pavillion

There’s the iLounge pavilion, a section devoted to Apple-related products, which has grown huge this year. The iLounge has expanded from 4,000 square feet in 2008 to 85,000. As much as I (as well as you readers) enjoy Apple related products, I’m sure there’ll be plenty to report on, so expect to see DivasandDorks exploring this section of CES 2012 in a big way.

In addition to the variety of products available to check out I’m really looking forward to checking out all of the new ultrabooks, new DSLR and CSC cameras, Android tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich, Next-gen game consoles, Windows 8 news, Beautiful OLED TVs and the smarter cars & accessories to go with them.

What else am I expecting to check out at CES next week?  Engadget has some great preview points that has me excited to see what happens next.



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