Real tech at CES? The rumors are true

Beyond the shiny TVs and smart kitchen goods, CES 2014 offered true tech breakthroughs too. Check out the highlights

CES 2014 has been a hotbed of activity for the likes of of smart watches and smart cars and smart Crock-Pots. But if you're not into "smart" prototypes, but instead want real, useful technology? Surprise, you can find that at the show, too.

For starters, storage market analyst Tom Coughlin views nonvolatile types of memory (MRAM and RRAM) as potential game-changers as they achieve cost parity with DRAM, leading to more reliable systems and possibly features like instant-on computers:

Nvidia CEO Jen Hsun Huang introduces the Tegra K1 chip, which features 192 cores and packs serious processing power:

Apparently, 2-in-1 tablet/laptop systems are passe, as Asus is already stepping up to 4-in-1s with its TD-300. To be clear, that doesn't mean it has four form factors (it'd be a heck of a Transformer, though!); it means the TD-300 is a 2-in-1 that can run either Windows or Android, giving you a grand total of four possibilities:

Asus isn't the only one getting in on the dual-boot action. Intel also showed off a dual-boot platform that lets users toggle between Windows and Android:

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