CES 2012 starts this weekend, and we'll be there!

It's creeping up quickly, the booths are about to go up and the news of what's going to be announced is slowly trickling out. Consumer Electronics Show is one of the worlds biggest technology shows, and Neowin will have a team of writers on the ground to cover it as it happens.

Covering CES is not a small task, it's hours upon hours of people trying to get your attention so that you'll cover their new self watering dog bowl or the 200-odd iPad knock offs that look nothing like the real deal. But, overshadowing those are the big guns, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Panasonic, Verizon, Sprint and many others will be there to show off all their latest gadgets.

This year marks Microsoft's final year at CES, and we're hoping they'll go out with a bang showing off tidbits of Windows 8 or even the next Windows Phone. However, it's unlikely we'll see anything earth shattering, considering the company itself has said that's not going to happen.

2012 is going to be the year of super thin devices, such as TV's, and the big new "trend" appears to be ultrabooks among manufacturers. Perhaps Google TV will start showing up in every device, too? It's hard to say yet, but we'll know in just 7 days. Our staff will be on the ground beginning January 8 to bring you the early goodness.

Brad Sams, Owen Williams, Doug Bemis and Christopher White will be on the ground, working hard, long hours to bring you the latest and greatest in technology. Make sure to follow each of them (@bdsams, @findingnewo, @dougbemis, @Fezmid) as well as @Neowinfeed on Twitter if you want a play by play of what's actually happening at CES. We'd love to discuss what's going on with you too.

Get ready to see what's going to be the next big thing, next week, January 10-13. Stay tuned.

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