Your cheat sheet to CES' notable mobile happenings

What's actually challenging, changing, and new at CES 2012? Here's a primer.

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  • Google’s newest Android phones have NFC chips installed, and the Google Wallet project is all about paying for your stuff with your phone. But Sony is showing off at CES a really neat use of NFC that doesn’t require spending more money. Sony’s SmartTags are tiny little tags that you can place anywhere you want your phone to do something specific. Place one in your bedside drawer, and your phone turns into an alarm clock. Put one in your car, and your Bluetooth goes on, your phone’s car mode activates, and--well, you get the idea. It’s realistically futuristic, and very usable today, which is kind of a rare CES treat.

  • And that is honestly it. Mostly, CES is a place where the new models of products you already known are shown off, and where prototypes of future products you might already want are put in the best possible light. No, seriously--you probably didn’t need to skip a week of work for CES. Use the time off to bank some time at work so you can wait in line for the next notable phone.

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