From the Show Floor at CES

Hitting the floor at full speed today. First stop the Asian Pavilion. Here's where you find the cool gizmos and gadgets like Bluetooth headsets with rhinestones on them, tiny MP3 audio players, Video players that sell for 20 bucks and HD camcorders that sell for $100. My daughter asked me to pick up another ladybug Bluetooth headset.

Over to the main hall where the joint is jumping. If the crowd size and enthusiasm is any indication, the consumer electronics industry is alive and well. I guess people just love shiny gadgets that make their lives more fun. On the way there, I  read more »


What's Really New at CES?

Lots to See But Nothing Earth Shaking Yet

The show is a veritable three ring circus, everywhere you look there is something to check out whether it's the megabooths in the main hall, the conference room demos, the press-only mini-trade shows at night, the sessions, and on an on. There are lots of new products here but so far they seem mostly like incremental or evolutionary changes and not anything dramatically new and different. For example there are beautiful new flat panel TVs that are bigger, thinner, and have gorgeous pictures on the screens. Yes there are new lines like the Sony X  read more »


So Many TVs


PCs and TVs

So many TVs at CES; big ones and thin ones. At the convention center all the big manufacturers have stacks of TVs on display. At the Sands center is where you typically find the smaller innovative startups. A couple of interesting companies at the Sands caught my eye. DisplayShare software will send video from your PC through your home network to your PlayStation 3 and on to your TV. It costs $49.95 and could be an easy way to get what's on your PC (pictures, video, etc.) onto your TV. Boxee  read more »


Fresh from the Palm Event

Palm Returns to Its Roots as the Master of Personal Information Management

The big Palm event at CES brought out all the journalists, analysts, and venture community to see what the rumors of a new mobile platform were all about. Ed Culligan, President of Palm came on stage and presented the problem; everyone has difficulty managing all the information in their lives. The solution is their new Palm pre and web OS. My first reaction is it look s like possible contender but unless the developer community jumps on the bandwagon it may have a challenge taking away market share from the rest  read more »


Retrevo Has Landed at CES

This is the way CES should be; no lines, no hassles, low prices, and new technology. The Digital Experience mini-trade show was packed with exhibitors and journalists. I'm at the Cntrstg blogging suite at the Wynn right now taking advantage of the WiFi, refreshments, and camaraderie.

I'll be reporting on all the cool stuff I run across at the show over the course of the next few days. Tonight I talked to the AstoundStereo people who will be selling some software to make iTunes on the Mac or Windows Media Player on a PC sound ri  read more »


Seven Super Bowl HDTV Mistakes You Can Avoid

It's Super Bowl time again and big flat screen TVs are cheaper than ever. Watching the big game in high definition is the next best thing to being there and a lot cheaper too. Now is a great time to go high def but unfortunately, it's not that easy to select the best TV especially when you want the best set for watching fast action sports like football, basketball, and hockey. Even if you're not a football fan you still deserve the best HDTV equipment for fast action programming on a high definition set  read more »


2008 Year End CE Trends and 2009 Predictions

Retrevo Pulse Report Covers Significant Consumer Electronics Price and Demand Trends in 2008, Predictions for CE in 2009

This Free 20-page report covers:  
  • Key drivers of growth of CE products in the first half of the year
  • The impact of the financial crisis and recession on consumer demand for electronics products in late summer/early fall
  • 2008 price and demand trends for noteworthy categories
  • The 2009 outlook for top CE product categories, including HDTVs, laptops, GPS receivers, digital cameras, camcorders, mobile phones and more.

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Gift Ideas for Your Non-Tech Savvy Best Friend

antecHere is a small wishlist if you're clueless on what to get your best friend (who is afraid of electronics and gadgets). These gifts will come in handy, even with their limited use of electronics.  read more »


Buy Now or Later? Will the kids care if they receive gifts in January?


 My wife and I have been discussing buying our 10 year old daughter a qwerty based cell phone "from Santa" for Christmas. The discussion has now turned into a major disagreement of how to go about this. She wants to get the phone now so we can have it under the tree on Christmas morning so the kids experience the excitement. I on the other hand want to wait until January as it's a given the retailers are going to aggressively slash handset prices because they have too much supply. This is a logical, non-emotive approach in my opinion.  

What should I do?

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Gift Recommendations for a Computer Gaming Teenage Son

gamerHe goes to school, comes back home, and goes straight to his room playing games until dinner time, and continues playing afterwards and does not leave his room. If that sounds like your son, here are some gifts that will definitely make him happy.  read more »