• New chips will create the gadgets of tomorrow

    By Michael V. Copeland

    If you want a hint at where innovation in the gadget world is headed, talk to the chip guys. These nuggets of insanely complex silicon that companies like Intel, AMD (AMD), Atheros, Broadcom and Marvell (MRVL) are creating today will end up in the phones, laptops, televisions and mobile video/music/Internet devices of tomorrow.

    We all know that Intel is dead-set on making WiMax -- wireless access measured in MORE

    - Jan 14, 2008 2:00 AM ET
  • The $3,000 flight simulator

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    LAS VEGAS - One of the amazing things about the Consumer Electronics Show is all the cool toys you'd like to have, but don't really need or can't really afford. Like Panasonic's 150-inch plasma screen TV. Or a $3,000 flight simulator.

    The basic version of the DreamFlyer retails for $2,800, and the premium version that includes pedals costs $3,225. It does not include the PC, video game MORE

    - Jan 10, 2008 2:30 PM ET
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  • The battle for Internet TV

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    LAS VEGAS – Last month Veoh, an Internet TV startup that offers shows from "30 Rock" to "The Young and the Restless" online, discovered a telling statistic about consumers. Of the 23 million viewers who visited the site, a whopping 40 percent of them were watching shows on the Web during prime-time hours.

    "Given the option, instead of sitting in front of the TV watching cable or satellite broadcasts, MORE

    - Jan 10, 2008 12:23 PM ET
  • An MP3 player for your wallet

    The Wallet MP3 is only slightly thicker than a credit card, and it plugs directly into a PC. Image: Jon Fortt

    LAS VEGAS – At the Consumer Electronics Show, you often find those geeky product gems tucked away in a little booth away from the action. That's where I spotted the Wallet MP3.

    It's an MP3 player the size of a credit card, complete with a USB connector that plugs into a MORE

    - Jan 10, 2008 10:48 AM ET
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  • Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs on the future of wireless technology (and patent disputes)

    By Michal Lev-Ram

    LAS VEGAS -- Paul Jacobs got his start in a robotics lab in the south of France. Now he runs Qualcomm, one of the world's largest wireless technology companies. Fortune sat down with Jacobs at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to talk about the future of wireless services like mobile TV, 4G technology and Qualcomm's recent legal troubles. Late last month Qualcomm suffered a significant setback MORE

    - Jan 10, 2008 6:00 AM ET
  • Sony's little TV gets big buzz

    Sony's XEL-1 flat TV with OLED technology drew big crowds at the Consumer Electronics Show. Image: Jon Fortt

    LAS VEGAS - After chatting with Sony Electronics President Stan Glasgow, I had to see what the hype was about. So I headed over to Sony's booth here at the Consumer Electronics Show to check out a $2,500 flat-panel TV with a screen a little bigger than paperback book.

    Yes, at 11 inches, it's MORE

    - Jan 9, 2008 5:05 PM ET
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  • New life for plasma TVs?

    Pioneer showed off concept TVs that offer a first: near-absolute black in a flat-panel display, providing brilliant contrast. Image: Jon Fortt

    LAS VEGAS - In the United States, plasma televisions are losing the high-def battle with LCD screens. But at the Consumer Electronics Show, plasma backers including Pioneer and Panasonic clearly believe it's not over.

    Plasma's problem has always been the side-by-side comparison with LCD on the showroom floor. Because LCD screens MORE

    - Jan 9, 2008 3:25 PM ET
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  • Google at CES: Let's make a deal

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    LAS VEGAS - The Consumer Electronics Show is increasingly about media and content, so it's no surprise that online advertising companies were setting up parties in the parking lot outside the Las Vegas Convention Center. AOL and Microsoft have white tents and Yahoo has a purple one. But the biggest search giant is missing.

    While Google (GOOG) is not attending CES as an official exhibitor this year, don't MORE

    - Jan 9, 2008 3:13 PM ET
  • Good times roll again at Sony

    The innovative Rolly robotic speaker system, which is not yet available, is emblematic of the company's improved fortunes. Image: Sony

    LAS VEGAS - After a rough couple of years, Sony is beginning to look like its old self.

    It might be too soon to declare a total comeback, but the electronics giant finally seems to have momentum. Those quarterly losses that at times topped $500 million as Sony (SNE) struggled to turn MORE

    - Jan 9, 2008 2:33 PM ET
  • Wired wheels: New technology for your car

    By Michael V. Copeland

    LAS VEGAS -- I am not saying it's safe or smart (and it's probably illegal in most states), but I'll be damned if a little driving is going to keep me from checking e-mail on my BlackBerry. And if I already have driving directions on my laptop screen, why not prop it up on the passenger seat next as a sort of ad-hoc navigation aid?

    The point is, MORE

    - Jan 9, 2008 9:00 AM ET
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