CES 2012: What to Expect
It’s turning out to be an odd year for the 40-plus-year-old trade show. Microsoft announced just weeks before the big event in Las Vegas that 2012 would be, essentially, its last CES.

Motorola Motoluxe and Defy Mini

Motorola Announces MOTOLUXE and DEFY MINI Android Phones
Motorola Mobility on Thursday announced two new smartphones to launch this spring, the MOTOLUXE and DEFY MINI. The MOTOLUXE features a 4-inch display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1,400 mAh battery and a VGA front-facing camera. The “life proof” DEFY MINI is water resistant, and dust and shock proof.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 to Be Shown at Official CES 2012 Event, BB 10 OS Coming at MWC
PlayBook OS 2.0 will be on-hand, and given that we'd heard it was delayed until February, one can only hope that it's launch has been accelerated. There's also BlackBerry 7 OS, which we suspect will generate roughly as many snores as it has the past eight months.

While We Wait, Three Android Alternatives to Instagram
Android users are no strangers to iOS-only app envy. Instagram is among the top of that list, though a port is planned for this year. In the meantime, there are plenty of filter-friend alternatives to choose from.