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CES 2012 Buzzwords: 5 Tech Terms You Won't Be Able To Avoid

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 01/08/2012 9:30 am EST   Updated: 01/08/2012 9:30 am EST

The tech world's buzzwords, jargon and lingo could fill a dictionary.

Sometimes, as with terms like "tablet" or "smartphone," techie buzzwords become so integrated into the vernacular you can't imagine what words you used to use in their place.

Other times, even when heavily advertised, these terms just don't catch on. This can be due to the failure of the gadget they describe -- remember the Squircle -- or because the device became obsolete, as with the PDA. It could also be a word like "clicktivism" that no one is ever going to say it with a straight face.

With the Consumer Electronics Show, the Super Bowl of tech, right around the corner, we're about to be bombarded by a plethora of the "next big things" in the gadget world.

We've compiled the five terms that, according to the chatter in the blogosphere, you are going to be hearing a lot more about in the coming year. Check out our slideshow below to prep for your CES-related cocktail chatter, then follow our full coverage of CES 2012 here.

'Ultrabooks'
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Wired called it the "year's hottest gadget," but what exactly is an ultrabook?

No, it's not the best novel you've ever read. Yes, it is a super-slim, super-light, super-fast, super-reasonably priced, super-long battery-lifed laptop that is, according to eWeek (and everyone else), expected to "storm CES" and "explode" in 2012.

Cult of Mac suggests that the ultrabooks are a response to the success of Apple's own lightweight offering, the MacBook Air. With almost every major PC manufacturer expected to bring an ultrabook offering to CES, there will likely be 30-50 of these amped-up laptops on display, according to PC Pro.
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