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 MOREJon Fortt - Jan 9, 2008 5:05 PM ET
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 MOREJon Fortt - Jan 9, 2008 3:25 PM ET
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 MOREJon Fortt - Jan 9, 2008 2:33 PM ET
LAS VEGAS - Why did Warner Bros. choose last week to exclusively back the Blu-ray format for high-definition DVDs and ditch HD DVD, a move that could end the bitterest battle in the electronics industry?Jon Fortt - Jan 7, 2008 4:06 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
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
Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers gives a presentation in July. Image: Cisco
To understand why Cisco CEO John Chambers is still bullish on the company's growth prospects in an uncertain economy, consider the change underway at the BBC.
The European public service broadcaster is in the throes of a major digital transformation. Its online operation, bbc.co.uk, moves a staggering 1.3 petabytes of data every month to its audience – the equivalent MOREJon Fortt - Dec 12, 2007 8:30 AM ET
The executive briefing center on Dell's campus. Image: Dell
Dell is held up as one of the business world's train wrecks of the moment, sort of a tech version of Britney Spears. The stock is down near the levels where it traded when founder Michael Dell re-took the reins as CEO in February, and the pundits have plenty of questions about the company's prospects. How could things have gone so wrong? MOREJon Fortt - Dec 6, 2007 8:27 AM ET
If Dell wants to regain its former glory, it will have to do a better job selling laptops like its XPS m1330; and that means new marketing methods. Image: Dell
Two years from now, we'll be hailing Dell as a marketing innovator -- or snickering about its failed attempt to decode the art of hype.
Either way, the struggling computer maker is promising a spectacle that marketing experts everywhere will be MOREJon Fortt - Dec 5, 2007 8:21 AM ET
The iPod family. Image: Apple
Greg Joswiak has what you might call a busy job -- he's charged with marketing two of Apple's biggest hit products, the iPod and the iPhone. That might sound easy considering the buzz Apple's product announcements generate, but there's more to the task than promotion; he works with the company's engineering teams to decide what the next iPods and iPhones will look like, what features they'll MOREJon Fortt - Nov 25, 2007 12:49 PM ET
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