Live from the Engadget CES Stage: an interview with Arianna Huffington

Live from the Engadget CES Stage an interview with Arianna Huffington

Huffington Post president, editor-in-chief and namesake Arianna Huffington will be joining us to discuss the site’s new GPS for the Soul app, along with Verizon’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Peter Tippett.

January 5, 2013 2:00 PM EST

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Verizon narrows AT&T’s smartphone lead

Earlier this week, AT&T (T) announced it had activated 10 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2012, up from 9.4 million in the same quarter a year earlier. On Wednesday, Verizon (VZ) announced it activated 9.8 million smartphones last quarter. This is just 200,000 units below AT&T. But more importantly, it’s up a robust 2.1 million units from the 7.7 million smartphones Verizon activated a year earlier. The two U.S. mega-carriers closed the year running neck and neck in smartphone activations. It’s fascinating that Verizon has been able to improve its competitive position relative to AT&T so much in just one year. It is worth pointing out that the iPhone represented 55% of Verizon’s smartphone activations in Q4. Verizon

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Verizon narrows AT&T’s smartphone lead

Earlier this week, AT&T (T) announced it had activated 10 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2012, up from 9.4 million in the same quarter a year earlier. On Wednesday, Verizon (VZ) announced it activated 9.8 million smartphones last quarter. This is just 200,000 units below AT&T. But more importantly, it’s up a robust 2.1 million units from the 7.7 million smartphones Verizon activated a year earlier. The two U.S. mega-carriers closed the year running neck and neck in smartphone activations. It’s fascinating that Verizon has been able to improve its competitive position relative to AT&T so much in just one year. It is worth pointing out that the iPhone represented 55% of Verizon’s smartphone activations in Q4. Verizon

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Eyes-on with Valve’s Steambox prototypes

Eyeson with Valve's Steambox prototypes

The Steamboxes are here! Well … sort of. The prototypes for various Steambox designs are certainly here at CES 2013, and we just spent a grip of time acquainting our lenses very closely with them. The devices range in size and form factor, as well as origin — several of the devices we saw originate from Valve internal, but inclusions like Alienware’s X51 and Digital Storm’s Bolt were also being held up as examples of the ongoing “Steam in your living room” initiative (note: all the controllers are off-the-shelf Logitech wireless devices, not prototypes). The idea here, as Valve hardware engineer Jeff Keyzer told us, was to show off a variety of form factors for living room-friendly designs. We’ll have more from our meeting later today, but for now you can feast your eyes on the elegant prototypes — as well as Xi3′s Piston, and the aforementioned other two third-party PCs — that we’ll be sure to see more of as 2013 goes on.

Terrence O’Brien contributed to this report.

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Microsoft and Samsung demo Illumiroom display, fills room with images (video)

Microsoft and Samsung demos 'shapeshifting' display, fills room with images

Microsoft just demonstrated an interesting display technology called Illumiroom at the Samsung CES keynote that apparently fills up the room with images and lights beyond the confines of a television screen. We were shown a video of someone playing Xbox games and making it seem like it’s snowing in the room, for example. It’s unclear how the technology is being implemented, but we were promised it wasn’t just video tricks and was indeed a video of a lab demo. We’ll try to suss out the details for more.

Update: It’s actually a Microsoft Research project called Illumiroom that uses a Kinect for a Windows camera combined with a projector. It apparently “uses the appearance and the geometry of the room (captured by Kinect) to adapt the projected visuals in real-time without any need to custom pre-process the graphics.”

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