With 1.83 million square feet of floor space to cover, it's not easy to gather in one place the 600 media representatives who have flocked to Las Vegas for the orgy of marketing excess that is the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show. But in the press lounge on Sunday, Valleywag's Jordon Golson found 129 reporters and bloggers (they wear different badges this year), and he used the opportunity to take MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 7, 2008 10:47 AM ET
By Michal Lev-Ram
LAS VEGAS -- While Korean mobile phone manufacturers LG and Samsung Electronics made significant headway in mobile sales last year, they've come empty-handed to the Consumer Electronics Show, a showcase for companies to introduce their hottest new gadgets.
Ehtisham Rabbani, vice president VP of product strategy and marketing for LG's mobile phone business, said cell phone sales rose 28 percent in 2007 but he was vague about what new MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Jan 7, 2008 2:32 AM ET
Bill Gates is offering his view on the tech landscape he shaped. Last year, the Microsoft chairman used his CES keynote to tout ideas including an in-car technology partnership with Ford. Image: Consumer Electronics Association
LAS VEGAS - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates used his last speech opening the technology industry's biggest trade show Sunday night to announce that the software giant will challenge rivals such as Apple (AAPL), Sony (SNE) and MOREJon Fortt - Jan 7, 2008 12:48 AM ET
By Michael V. Copeland
LAS VEGAS - One thing technology should have nailed by now is evading speed traps set by radar-toting officers. The old days of the "fuzz buster" were a bit hit and miss (just ask my insurance company.) But come on, if we can remotely land and guide a robotic rover on Mars, I should never get a speeding ticket again. And what? You bought that Porsche MORETodd Woody - Jan 6, 2008 10:30 PM ET
Journalists prepare for the start of the Sony pre-CES press conference. Image: Jon Fortt
LAS VEGAS - Fresh from its news that Warner has backed its Blu-ray format for high definition, Sony (SNE) is vying to show that it is still an electronics innovator, and isn't languishing in the shadow of iPod maker Apple (AAPL).
To that end, the electronics giant said it will immediately begin selling an 11-inch version of a MOREJon Fortt - Jan 6, 2008 7:24 PM ET
By Michael V. Copeland
LAS VEGAS - Solar-powered Bluetooth headsets, radio-controlled beer coolers, a $2,000 iPod dock, and it's hard to tell whether it's day or night. Welcome to the Consumer Electronics Show, 2008 version.
While the show doesn't kick-off officially until Sunday evening with Bill Gates' annual keynote speech, the press on Saturday got an advance look at what the world's largest electronics trade show has to offer over the MOREyiwyn - Jan 6, 2008 1:39 AM ET
Trying to pick the winners in '08? Watch these three conferences.
In January, politics has Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Tech has DEMO, Macworld and the Consumer Electronics Show.
Just as primaries and caucuses define the year's political landscape, these three big technology trade shows compete to introduce trends that will shape 2008. Each show has its own personality and its own surprises – and its own part in influencing whether MOREJon Fortt - Jan 3, 2008 8:23 AM ET
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