Business Tech Powers Forward at CES

From fast 4G networks to sizzling smartphones shown off at CES 2011, working on the go is set to become more powerful.

Business Gear From CES

For business tech, the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show started the new year off with a splash. Not only were 4G devices including tablets plentiful, but powerful smartphones and work-friendly storage gear emerged. Here's a look at the technologies poised to change the way you work for the better.

Buffalo Terastation

The TeraStation Pro looks like an affordable and powerful backup system with cloud connectivity. You can replicate it by pairing it with another remote TeraStation, and it offers Active Directory security for added peace of mind.

BlackBerry PlayBook

RIM may be falling behind in the smartphone wars, but the company hopes to prove it's still serious about mobility with its PlayBook. The 7-inch, 1GHz dual-core tablet offers BlackBerry Enterprise Server support and runs on a QNX-based, proprietary OS. It's supposed to cost more than the iPad and work with Flash 10.1.

Buffalo CloudStor

This network-attached storage drive lets you keep your data in your company's hands rather than on unseen servers owned by someone else. You can reach your files online from a number of devices, and stream videos without the sluggishness of Internet data transfer. The CloudStor costs $170 for 1TB and $270 for 2TB.

4G on Tablets

Among the seemingly endless parade of 4G-enabled devices and tablets, the Cisco Cius and Samsung Galaxy Tab (which Samsung also will offer in a Wi-Fi-only version) will be available on Verizon's LTE network. Competitors include the LG G-Slate on T-Mobile's HSPA+ network.

Android Tablets Everywhere

The operating-system wars are increasingly being fought on tablets. Google appears to be reserving Android 3.0, code-named Honeycomb, especially for tablet PCs. Vendors showing off Android tablets--many of which appeared behind glass--include Asus, Dell, Motorola, Lenovo, and Samsung. Windows 7 is also popping up on tablets, but Microsoft's announcement that Windows 8 will be ARM-compatible indicates that Redmond may have OS changes in store for future slates. The long-awaited BlackBerry PlayBook will run on an entirely different OS.

PogoPlug Video

PogoPlug showed off network-attached storage drives that can enable video streaming videos to mobile devices over the Internet. Although the company is targeting media-hungry consumers, the feature could be great for businesses aiming to show off videos of their wares.

Motorola Xoom

The Xoom is one of the most promising 4G tablets to appear at CES. It runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which is built for tablets. The 32GB Xoom features a 10.1-inch screen with 1280 by 800 pixel resolution and 1GB of RAM, and 32GB, as well as an SD card slot, unlike the iPad.

TP-Link Surveillance Camera

To guard your office or store with an electronic eye, the $299 TP-Link surveillance camera can point, tilt, and zoom. You can control its angles from the Web and customize it to watch from any of 32 pre-programmed positions.

Energizer Qi

Inductive chargers can power portable electronics without cords, but devices like the Powermat have required that phones wear a clunky case in order to get a charge. The $89 Energizer Qi, on the other hand, uses the Qi industry standard so it will work with any device wrapped in a Qi cover or sleeve. The forthcoming LG Revolution smartphone will have Qi baked-in.

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15 Sizzling Smartphones for 2011

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