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CES 2009

World's largest consumer technology trade show hits Vegas

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    Sunday at CES

  • Show attendees browse the different booths in the Las Vegas Convention Center  during the Consumer Electronics Show  in Las Vegas on Saturday.

    Vaporware? What vaporware? I don’t see any vaporware

    January 11, 2009

    Wired magazine's annual Vaporware Award winners are still difficult to find, even at Consumer Electronics Show.

  • Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin talks to Gary Shapiro, president and chief executive officer of the Consumer Electronics Association, not pictured, during a discussion Saturday at the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of the Consumer Electronics Show.

    FCC chairman urges Obama to keep digital TV date

    January 10, 2009

    President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team last week asked Congress to delay the heavily promoted Feb. 17 transition from analog to digital broadcasting to later date – a suggestion that doesn’t sit well with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin.

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    Mr. Gadget - Top Tech Toys

    Mr. Gadget - Top Tech Toys

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    Mr. Gadget spent another day with the crew, this time on the various floors of the general CES Convention space. Steve Kruschen combs the entire convention to highlight his favorite tech toys. Here are just a few.

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    Saturday at CES

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    Faces at CES

  • Counting Crows plays the Intel/ party that was held at LAX nightclub inside of the Luxor

    Techies know how to party, for charity

    January 10, 2009

    Adult starlets were scattered all across Las Vegas on Friday night at various soirees and nightclubs for pre-AVN award fun, but the techies from the other convention in town seemed to have more substantial star power. While Diana Ross was belting out tunes at the annual Monster Cable’s Retailer Awards, a handful of other celebs mingled with invite-only Consumer Electronics Show attendees at the party at LAX at the Luxor.

  • The Best of CES 2009 awards were given at Saturday morning's Consumer Electronics Show. Awards were given in 10 categories.

    Palm Pre among Best of CES winners

    January 10, 2009

    The Palm Pre swept the CNET Best of CES 2009 at the Consumer Electronics Show on Saturday, picking up the Best Cell Phone and Smart Phone Award, as well as the People’s Voice Award and Best in Show.

  • The new set of the game show 'Jeopardy!' debuted at CES.  The set includes 36 new high-def Sony televisions and one original Alex Trebek.

    ‘Jeopardy!’ films at CES, unveils new technology

    January 10, 2009

    The first game show to embrace hi-def technology made history again this week at the Consumer Electronics Show when it became the first TV series to film an episode at the convention.

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    What is Jeopardy at CES?

    The new set of the game show Jeopardy was debuted at CES where they are filming 11 episodes to air in March. The set includes 36 new high-def Sony televisions and one original Alex Trebek.

  • Show attendees photograph a phone watch by LG Electronics during CES on Friday in Las Vegas. The phone features voice dialing, a touchscreen and text-to-speech technology. It is expected to be introduced in Europe in the second half of 2009.

    iPhone as a disruption? Tech execs say yes

    January 9, 2009

    Most wouldn’t see the iPhone as a disruption in their lives. But executives view new products like this as disruptive technology to their industry.

  • Matthew Stutzman, left, and Jeff and Teresa Sowers watch the BCS championship game in 3-D. The audience was told the special 3-D glasses work best worn upside down.

    Three cheers for football in 3-D

    January 10, 2009

    Nearly a full theater of football fans and techie types watched the first live 3-D sporting event to be made available to the public.

  • Diana Ross performs to close the Monster Retailer Awards held at the Paris Hotel Friday night.

    CES brings shimmering star power to invite-only crowd

    January 10, 2009

    Diana Ross has still got it -- the pipes, the presence and the diva personality -- and she proved it late Friday during a performance at Monster Cable’s Retailer Awards.

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    Friday at CES

  • With scenes from "Call of Duty: World at War" playing on the screen behind him, Activision Publishing president and CEO Mike Griffith addresses the crowd Friday at the Las Vegas Hilton as part of the annual Consumer Electronics Show.

    CEO: Video game popularity tied to social experiences

    January 9, 2009

    With games like those in the "Guitar Hero" and "Call of Duty" series becoming ubiquitous in households across the country, it’s not difficult to see why Activision Publishing president and chief executive officer Mike Griffith thinks video gaming is primed to eclipse other forms of entertainment in the next 10 years.

  • Hollywood film executives discussed the future of 3-D at the movies Friday during a panel discussion at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Among the panelists, from left, were Chris Cookson, President of Sony Pictures Technology and Sony Pictures Entertainment; Bob Lambert, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Technology Strategy and Development, The Walt Disney Company, and Andrew Setos, President of Engineering of Fox Group, Twentieth Century Fox.

    Hollywood panelists say more 3-D on the way

    January 9, 2009

    What does the future hold for Tinseltown? A panel of four “Hollywood studio visionaries” today said they don’t know for sure, but 3-D will probably be a big part of it. While the Hollywood heavyweights on Friday's panel were encouraged by Thursday night’s showing, they also agreed that much work still needs to be done.

  • CES announces award nominees

    January 9, 2009

    The CNET Best of the Consumer Electronics Show 2009 nominees were announced today. The CNET Best of CES are the official awards of the show.

  • Ford president and chief executive officer Alan Mulally delivered Thursday night's keynote address at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show. Mulally introduced the next generation of Sync, along with other in-vehicle technologies.

    Ford president skirts industry’s woes to discuss future

    January 8, 2009

    The failing auto industry was hardly the topic of Ford chief executive officer Alan Mulally’s keynote address Thursday night. Instead, the Ford president and chief executive officer used the Consumer Electronics Show stage to show his company is continuing to reinvent the driving experience.

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    Mr. Gadget and Me

    Mr. Gadget and Me

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    Steve Kruschen is an expert at interpreting new technological innovations for everyday consumers. Mr. Gadget took on a behind-the-scenes tour of the invite-only Showstoppers showcase to highlight his new favorite toys and explain how they can benefit consumers.

  • Usher performs during Sony's presentation at the International Consumer Electronics Show on Jan. 8, 2009, in Las Vegas.

    Sony exec gets a little help outlining 2009

    January 8, 2009

    Sony's chief executive officer showed off the latest developments in company products and partnerships, and surprised the audience with celebrity friends Tom Hanks, Hall of Fame baseball player Reggie Jackson, Oprah Winfrey’s Dr. Mehmet Oz and musician Usher.

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    Thursday at CES

    Images from CES on Thursday in Las Vegas.

  • CES to inject $204 million into Vegas economy

    January 8, 2009

    As the largest annual trade show in North America, expectations are high for the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show to bring a much-needed shot in the arm to the ailing Las Vegas economy.

  • CES keynote speaker Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talks about Microsoft's new technology for the coming year.

    Ballmer: Microsoft building a digital ‘life without walls’

    January 7, 2009

    Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer addressed a packed ballroom Wednesday evening at the Venetian on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show, announcing Microsoft’s plans for 2009 and the release of a testing version of the Windows 7 operating system.

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    Wednesday at CES 2009

    Photos from Wednesday at CES in Las Vegas.

  • Soulja Boy (center) and his manager, Michale Croom (left), talk to Bill Werde, editorial director at Billboard magazine, about how they have used the Internet to build the Soulja Boy brand.

    Teen rap sensation outlines success to CES crowd

    January 7, 2009

    Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em has made millions marketing his music online and today the 18-year-old sensation told a room full of industry insiders just how he did it.

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    Soulja Boy at CES

    Soulja Boy talks to Bill Werde Editorial Director at Billboard Magazine about how he has used the internet to build the Soulja Boy brand.

  • Akon and Rio Caraeff, executive vice president at Universal, talk with Bill Werde, editorial director for Billboard magazine, about music in the digital age.

    Musicians cash in digitally despite piracy concerns

    January 7, 2009

    Akon can see the future, and it’s full of dollar signs. The rapper said he believes the digital age of music presents artists like himself with a range of lucrative possibilities. “Creatively, I always think financially, too,” he said Wednesday during a keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

  • Blog: Culture and Entertainment

    CES, porn expo sharing the Vegas stage

    Two very different trade shows are coming to town this week that share an undeniably strong and common bond: the Internet. And as luck would have it, this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the annual Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE) run right on top of one another: CES takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, from Thursday to Sunday and AEE runs from Friday through Sunday.

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    Akon and CES

    Akon and Rio Caraeff, EVP at Universal talk with Bill Werde, Editorial Director for Billboard about music in the digital age at this years CES.

  • Panasonic Electronics technicians set up a display of flat panel televisions in preparation for the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show Monday,  Jan. 5, 2009, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. In the background is the 150-inch plasma television which was introduced at last year's show. The consumer technology trade show begins Thursday and is expected to attract 2,700 exhibitors and 130,000 attendees.

    CES opens Thursday in Las Vegas

    January 7, 2009

    The latest in gadgetry and technology will premier on convention show floors when The International Consumer Electronic Expo hits Las Vegas Thursday.

  • A worker sets up the Panasonic booth for last year's Consumer Electronics Show. This year's begins Thursday.

    Trade shows bringing mobs to Vegas when it needs it most

    January 5, 2009

    Strip resorts, restaurants, show producers and exotic dancers reeling from slumping tourism will get a boost in coming weeks with four major conventions and trade shows each bringing more than 80,000 attendees to town. The largest of them, the International Consumer Electronics Show, anticipates 2,700 exhibitors, about the same as last year.

  • Even in recession, CES to have stuff worth seeing

    January 7, 2009

    The recession figures to tone down the flashiness of this week's International Consumer Electronics Show, but the lineup of innovative products likely will measure up to those of past years.