Samsung, HP, Ford, Xi3 Show Off Holiday Products

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Samsung, HP, Ford, Xi3 Show Off Holiday Products

by Nicholas Kolakowski

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2012 Ford Focus

The 2012 Ford Focus features voice control, in addition to an 8-inch touch-screen for controlling in-vehicle systems such as navigation and climate control.

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MyFord Touch

Ford worked to replace many of the vehicles traditional buttons with LCD screens and, mounted on the steering wheel, the same sort of five-way buttons found on MP3 players and television remote controls. Call it the iPod-ification of Detroit.

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HP Photosmart eStation

This all-in-one printer from Hewlett-Packard features a detachable touch-screen for Web browsing, e-mail and—oh, yeah—printing documents without a PC.

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Android Ink

The HP Photosmart eStations tablet runs Android 2.1; the company promises an upgrade around the holidays. The product retails for $399.

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Galaxy Tab

Samsung hopes its 7-inch Galaxy Tab will appeal to consumers who would otherwise gravitate toward the Apple iPad for their tablet PC needs.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab features dual cameras for videoconferencing, a variety of apps through Android Marketplace, Android 2.2 and a 1GHz processor.

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Samsung Galaxy S

Samsung is also marketing the Galaxy S, a series of Android-based smartphones that the company hopes will challenge both the Apple iPhone and other high-end Android smartphones from rival manufacturers.

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The Cricket Crosswave is a dual-mode CDMA EvDO/WiFi device that creates a mobile hot spot.

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Cinemin Slice

This product is a portable pico projector audio dock—with a 30-pin connector for an iPhone, iPod or iPad—which can project up to a 60-inch image on a nearby flat surface.

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Energizer Inductive Charger

The Energizer Inductive Charger uses Qi—a charging standard developed by the Wireless Power Consortium—to power devices without wires. For the moment, devices need a "Qi sleeve" in order to charge (Energizer offers a Qi sleeve for the iPhone and a "Qi door" for the BlackBerry curve), but apparently Qi will be integrated into future devices.

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Xi3 Modular Computer

The Xi3 Modular Computer integrates three boards—one board for processors and RAM and two I/O boards for connectivity and input/output—into a 1.4-pound PC "cube."??í

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Basic specs for the Xi3 Modular Computer (5 Series model) include an AMD 1.8GHz, 64-bit Athlon dual-core processor; 2GB of DDR2 memory; two internal Xi3 I/O cards; and an external Xi3 Xm3dia port.

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