To tech-obsessed consumers around the world, the start of a new year means more than watching the ball drop and having to hang a new calendar — it means the Consumer Electronics Show is right around the corner. CES is by far one of the biggest gear and gadget shows of the year, and CES 2012 is shaping up to be no exception. Smartphones ruled the connected world in 2011 and while 2012 is shaping up to be more of the same, CES will also see dozens of popular companies unveil hordes of new tablets, computers, TVs, home entertainment gear and plenty more. We’ll be in Las Vegas next week to bring you live coverage of all the press conferences and announcements you can handle, so be sure to tune in for all the latest CES news as it breaks.