By James Paladino/J.paladino@latinospost.com (staff@latinospost.com) | First Posted: Jan 04, 2013 10:53 AM EST


The Mercedes CL drives on stage for the keynote by Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche at the Consumer Electronics Show 2012 in Las Vegas (Photo : Reuters)

CES 2013 begins in just four short days and although Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have withdrawn from the event, smaller tech companies are more than happy to fill the void and supply plenty of bite-size announcements to compensate for the lack of fanfare which marked past Consumer Electronics Shows. Notably, Samsung will still maintain a major presence, although the Korea-based company will reportedly hold its Galaxy S4 reveal for a standalone event. So, what should you expect from this new year of technology?

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Televisions

Televisions are becoming smarter, and more importantly, more generous with their displays. Samsung hopes to take advantage of the latest technology and usher in a new age of design with its new upright 4:3 high-definition display which channels the look of "a giant iPad," according to a Christian Science Monitor report. Don't be surprised if Samsung shows off its new 85-inch UltraHDTV as well, as it competes for the limelight against LG.

LG's own UHDTV devices will be on display at the event, coming in three different flavors, 55-inches, 65-inches, and 3D, reports PCWorld. Westinghouse joins the party with its own UDHTV in the following sizes: 50, 55, 65, and 110 inches.

Windows 8

Now that Windows 8 has had time to develop, plan on seeing a bevy of hardware offerings which take advantage of the operating system. As CSMonitor notes, "The OS wasn't made until relatively late last year, and manufacturers are still coming up with spiffy new hardware that runs Windows 8." Although Microsoft does not have an official presence at CES 2013, its flagship software will likely be on the lips of many attendees.

Cars

The face of CES is changing, and Technology Review suggests that car manufacturers will become increasingly important as the years progress. Specifically, Ford, Audi, and Lexus are set to take the charge alongside Toyota in 2013, with a focus on "autonomous car development research."

Smart Appliances

As we move forward, the appliances that fill our households will become just as connected to web-based services as our smartphones and TV's. More specifically, refrigerator manufacturers will reportedly take center stage this year and showcase devices which may allow users to order groceries from the comfort of their kitchen.

CES 2013 kicks off on January 8th and lasts until the 11th.

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