January around these parts means only one thing, and that thing is our old friend obesity CES. Yes, the techstravaganza is upon us once again, and so Jason, Andy and I dust off the crystal ball and get ponderin' over what we can expect to see in the forthcoming mass unveiling of new products. Will there be 4K tellies? Laptops that turn into tablets? Bendable phone screens? 4K tellies that turn into tablets with bendable screens? Almost certainly. While we all may have lapsed into sloth and gluttony over the past few weeks, the tech world has powered through with the stamina of that 10-year-old Nokia that's still alive at the back of your drawer. Ubuntu is first to stamp its mark on the new year by taking the lid off its intriguing mobile operating system, quickly followed by Vodafone, which is attempting to lure you in with second hand phones and cheaper contracts on its 'Nearly New' plan.
In other news: cats and cake and coffee, altogether, in a cafe, in the UK? Could it really be? Perhaps, if the latest Indiegogo project to grab the team's attention is a success, One bike and yellow iphone case entrepreneur is proposing to bring Japan's famous cat cafes to London, Fingers crossed she raises the cash, eh?, From oracles to agony aunts, we also turn our attention to you, loyal listener, as we take it upon ourselves to tackle your questions and dilemmas, Our powers of divinity fail to let us see when the Nexus 4 will be back in stock (sorry!), but feel free to throw any other tech-related queries our way over on our Facebook page and we'll always do our best to find you the answers you seek..
Make sure you don't miss out on the opportunity to observe the team's fresh faces and 'holiday weight' as we natter by hitting play on the video below. To listen to the podcast simply press play above, or roll on over to the iTunes Store and search for CNET UK. Click on Subscribe Free and brace yourselves for the booming techsplosion that will ensue. And don't forget to tell your friends too on Facebook and Twitter. In the first CNET UK podcast of 2013, the team gaze into the crystal ball of tech and predict what products will be at this year's CES.
The third-generation glass promises to be three times better at resisting scratches thanks to improvements made right down at the molecular level, We've misplaced our electron microscope so we'll have to take their bike and yellow iphone case word for it on that, You might not know the name, but you'll find Corning's Gorilla Glass 2 on the front of the majority of high-end smart phones, The iPhone 5, Galaxy S3 and HTC One X all feature it and benefit from its ability to avoid being scratched and damaged by everyday wear and tear..
After its debut next week at CES in Vegas, expect to find it slathered over the front of all manner of mobile and tablets from the major players. Exactly how much more burly it is remains to be seen until I get a phone and a set of keys in my hand. If it can remain pristine after weeks of rattling around my pocket with my loose change then I'll be pretty chuffed. Hopefully, it'll also be able to cope better with drops, reducing the number of people you see walking about with depressing and distressing shattered screens.
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