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By M D Caprario

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San Francisco, California, USA – The stunning view from the Metreon’s penthouse events hall paled in comparison to the brilliant gadgets and gizmos media visitors were treated to at PepCom’s Holiday Spectacular in San Francisco this year.  The event brought hundreds of media representatives out for a “sneak preview” of what has just hit the market or soon will be out there and, most exciting, available for holiday purchasing.

 

Newest Dell super sleek model

Demoing were Absolute LoJack, AMD, Basis, Combat Creatures, Creative Labs, Cricket, Dell, Doorbot, DropCam, Escort, Fujitsu, GoPro, Honeywell, HP, iHealth, Intel, Kingston, Lenovo, Lifeproof, Logitech, Mashalot, Mobiles Republic, MySocial GPS, olloclip, Parallels, Phiaton, Philips, RadioShack, SanDisk, Sure, Slingbox, Sonos, Speck, The Gun  Box, Trip-It, T-Mobile, TYLT, and ZTE.

 "Gift possibilities galore” is an understatement.  From life-sized remote-controlled fighting robots to remote-controlled door locks, and from expedited travel planner systems to waterproof cell phone covers to even disaster-proof gun storage cases, of all things, there was something for everyone.

 

iHealth's products to help monitor your health

Inside the Computers…

AMD was there showing off the latest enhancements their products are bringing to computers and other devices, including AMD Gesture Control and AMD Face LogInAMD Gesture Control allows one to use a wave of the hand to control machine function and optimizes accuracy in low-light conditions.  The system works with many favorite applications like Microsoft PowerPoint, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Gallery, and Adobe Acrobat.  AMD Face Login permits the user to log in to their PC and popular websites using a built-in or connected webcam, or to automatically put the PC to sleep or lock the PC screen when leaving the computer.  Pretty cool.  AMD Face Login allows one to login to their computer with just a photo- and no need for remembering yet another useless password!  Yay!  Thank you for saving us brain space!  This enhancement features adjustable accuracy settings for added security and works with Windows login and Internet Explorer with sites like Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Amazon, eBay, Flickr, and Twitter.

 Devices bragging AMD enhancements hitting the shelves in time for holiday shopping include:  tablets and 2-in-1 PC’s with Z50 and A4 accelerated processors such as the HP Pavilion13 x2, available starting November 17 with an AMD A6 Accelerated Processor (starts at $600 USD); small screen touch notebooks such as the Acer Aspire V5-122P Touch Notebook, available with a choice of an AMD A4 or A6 Accelerated Processor  (starts at $400 USD); mainstream and performance notebooks such as the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite , available with an AMD quad-core processor optimized for Samsung (starts at $750 USD); and all-in-one desktop models such as the HP Pavilion 20 TouchSmart All-in-One PC, available with an AMD E1 Accelerated Processor (starts at $450 USD) and the Samsung ATIV One 5 Style, available with an AMD A6 Accelerated Processor.

 

Slingbox's version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" brings it all into your hands

Outside the Computers--- and Smartphones…

Star picks came from San Diego’s award-winning maker of waterproof solutions for smartphones and tablet PC’s, LifeProof®  LifeProof was the first case manufacturer to offer a waterproof case with a device protection program that also enables full functionality/ interactivity under every daily life-type condition--- including water, mud, dirt, and snow. LifeProof’s team was there demoing their newest nüüd and frÄ“ cases for iPhones and now also for Samsung GALAXY S III and GALAXY 54 models.  The company’s product takes device protection to new heights, offering a one-time device repair or replacement if it sustains accidental water damage while properly installed in a LifeProof case.  Particularly impressive was the company’s footage being displayed at the show depicting various scenarios in which any smartphone not protected would have been destroyed- as well as their display of a tablet protected by their patented case which was fully functional even submerged in water.  The company developed their Total Water Protection Program after extensive consumer research indicated that consumers wanted an added level of assurance when using their devices around water. (I’m thinking about the jacuzzi, you?) These amazing products are affordable gifts for everyone- for more information, visit www.lifeproof.com.

 

Good look at LifeProof's waterproof iPhone 4 case

Alongside the Computers…

SanDisk was showing off their latest storage devices in the SanDisk Connect line, both of which make great gifts for anyone in the family or in the office:  the SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive and the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive.  The first handy item provides a convenient and affordable way to wirelessly store, share and stream content, across mobile devices and computers.  The company claims this is the smallest wireless USB storage device available to date, yet the drive offers up to 32GB of extra storage without any need for Internet connection or cables.  The SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive is available in 16GB or 32GB capacities at an MSRP of $49.99 and $59.99 respectively.  The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive is touted as “the perfect companion for road warriors or parents who need entertainment ready to enjoy” and offers ease of portability in taking content such as high-definition (HD3) movies, videos, music and photos just about anywhere.  It’s a good-looking, pocket-sized item that also offers up to eight continuous streaming hours on a single charge. The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive comes with 32GB or 64GB storage capacities at $79.99 and $99.99 respectively.  The SanDisk Connect line of products is compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Kindle Fire and Android™ devices as well as PC and Mac computers.

 

San Disk's wireless drive

Apps of Note…

Reps from local software company Concur were at the show letting everyone know that their mobile travel organizer, TripIt, has recently received upgrades.  A flatter design now improves itinerary viewing, and it’s just a “one click” move now to see additional updates.  Google Maps as default client for maps and directions, and even a playful drifting cloud effect has been added for entertainment.  Other improvements just might be in the works regarding group itinerary shares- at least that is “the word” I heard as Fox Morning News tech maven Al Hernandez had the company PR rep’s ear.  He loves the app, has been using it “since forever” and can see it becoming perfect.  That’s a pretty great endorsement.

 

Newest Dell model for family

Computers…

Dell had exciting news about forthcoming retails sales in stores new you... stay tuned.  They are also excited abou their new 8-inch tablet, the Venue 8 Pro weighing in at about less than a pound...  Starting at $299.99 with 32GB of storage (keyboard, case and other items optional), this model is expected to start shipping in November.

The news from HP was all about their continued efforts with Microsoft Corp. to help business customers transition from Windows® XP to a more current version of Windows.  With Microsoft support for Windows XP ending April 2014 timeframe, there is pressure in the business marketplace for customers there to deploy an alternative operating system.   Sales reps at the show were touting the creative ways that new systems can improve data security by, among other things, monitoring devices brought in and out of the workplace.  And to take advantage of changing work styles in a touch-enabled world (not to mention the “app’s” concept of the iPhone and other similar handheld devices), HP’s new portfolio of business desktops, notebooks and all-in-ones is optimized for Windows 7 and Windows 8.HP is transforming the workforce with a new style of IT with innovative devices like the HP ElitePad 900. Company promoters note this product is a lightweight, stylish design and has enhanced security.  This writer would add that the product is also very sturdy: the sales rep dropped it on the floor for me to demonstrate its indestructibility…

 

LifeProof's waterproof case for iPhone 5 in fashion color Lime

For a more complete list of exhibitors, please visit www.pepcom.com or www.facebook.com/pepcom.

 

About Pepcom Inc.
Pepcom
® Inc., based in Delray Beach, FL, is the leader in technology showcase events.  Each event enables technology companies to demo new products and services to the most influential press and analysts.  Pepcom's showcases include DigitalFocus®, MobileFocus®, Digital Experience!®, Holiday Spectacular!® and Wine, Dine & Demo!®. Visit www.pepcom.com or www.facebook.com/pepcom for more information.

 

Pepcom's upcoming events include Wine, Dine & Demo! on November 21st in New York and Digital Experience! on January 6th in Las Vegas during CES.

 

M. D. Caprario is a very non-technical writer and editor working in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York who has a keen interest in empowering everyone to properly deploy technology…

Published on Oct 18, 2013

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