The top 5 CES trends that will matter in 2012

If you couldn’t tell by the avalanche of product news hitting VentureBeat over the past few weeks, the next Consumer Electronics Show is almost upon us. The annual trade show, which has been held in Las Vegas for more than a decade, is where many of the world’s biggest electronics companies debut their new products, announce major news, and desperately try to remind us that they exist.

Nature is overrated, NYC park goers choose screens over trees

Fresh air, green grass and the sound of birds chirping: These are the joys of the outdoors — or, they used to be. Now it’s more likely that you’ll hear the tap-tapping of laptop keyboards and the “ping” of iPhone notifications, as New York City residents and visitors alike have traded in Mother Nature for free Wi-Fi at parks across the five boroughs.

Verizon fixes technical issue blamed for nationwide 4G LTE outage

Wireless provider Verizon is America’s favorite national network, but it is not immune to an occasional case of the sniffles. A technical issue is being blamed for a service disruption that knocked out 4G LTE service to wireless customers nationwide, and left them without high-speed voice, data and SMS service. The disruption began on Tuesday evening and was resolved by Wednesday night.