Tag Archive for ‘CES’

Michael Bay Meltdown ➝

Samsung brought Michael Bay on stage to talk about their new curved televisions. It didn’t go as planned.

2012 Marks Final CES Keynote for Microsoft ➝

we have decided that this coming January will be our last keynote presentation and booth at CES. We’ll continue to participate in CES as a great place to connect with partners and customers across the PC, phone and entertainment industries, but we won’t have a keynote or booth after this year because our product news milestones generally don’t align with the show’s January timing.

I never understood why CES was in January. It suffers the same problem that Macworld did: why would companies want to announce new products a month after Christmas?

(Via Engadget.)

Samsung to Showcase Galaxy Player at CES ➝

Samsung Hub:

Samsung says the new music player takes inspiration from its successful Galaxy S phone and is spec’d similarly sans the cellular connectivity.

This is the first real Android-based iPod touch competitor. Why in the world it has taken so long for Android to have an iPod touch-like device is beyond me, but it’s available for pre-order from Amazon UK (8GB, 16GB) and will be coming to the US this summer.

The device runs Android 2.2, has a 4-inch 800×480 display, a 3.2MP rear-facing camera, a VGA front-facing camera, GPS, and has the Android Market built in.

This device is very tempting to me. I’m not much of an Android fan but would like to have a device laying around that I could use from time to time. And as long as it’s priced right when it hits the US, I would expect it’ll be pretty popular with children whose parents aren’t ready to pay for a data plan quite yet. This is going to put Android within reach of a whole new group of people who would never buy a smartphone.

Ballmer to Unveil ‘Slate-Type Computer’ Today ➝

Ashlee Vance, reporting for the New York Times, says that Microsoft and HP are planning to unveil a “slate-type computer” during Steve Ballmer’s keynote at CES this evening. Ashlee Vance’s source said that the device could be available by mid-year.

Everyone has seen Gizmodo’s piece on the Microsoft Courier. Whether this HP-made device is similar, or even the same device, is yet to be known.

If Ballmer actually plans to announce a tablet device less than a month before Apple is rumored to announce a similar device, it better be good.

Who knows, it could be awesome. But, Steve Jobs was right when he said:

Nobody wants a stylus.

Microsoft Courier

Update 1/6/10: Kara Swisher reports that Microsoft will certainly not be unveiling the Courier tablet. She says that Microsoft may be working on the Courier with HP but if a tablet is shown it won’t be much different than the tablet devices they’ve shown in the past.

The Ballmer keynote has ended and just as Kara Swisher said, the tablet (or slate as Microsoft is now calling them) was just a boring device running Windows 7. It’s not surprising, I didn’t really expect much innovation from this keynote. And honestly, did anyone else?

Apple Won’t Be Attending CES ➝

Ben Charny of the Wall Street Journal:

Apple plans to attend the show’s 2010 version, marking the first time in memory the Cupertino, Calif., consumer-electronics giant will be there.

This was stated as fact, but not only has there been zero rumors leading up to this (unless you count the ones from back in January, but most of them seemed to come from speculation) but the only sourcing in Charny’s article was a dinner he had with CEA’s Gary Shapiro and other journalists. It just so happens that another one of the journalists at that dinner was Ryan Block who wrote a piece in Engadget in response to Charny’s saying that Shapiro never said that Apple was going to be attending CES. Instead Shapiro said that if, hypothetically, Apple did want to attend CES “they might be able to come up with a small 2,000 square foot booth.”

Ben Charny has lost a great deal of credibility.

Update 7/30/09: In an attempt to salvage whatever credibility Ben Charny has left, his Wall Street Journal piece has been updated saying:

It is not clear whether Apple will attend the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show. This post previously stated that Apple would attend.

Update 7/31/09: Jason Oxman, senior vice president of Industry Affairs for the CEA, has confirmed what we already know. While talking with MacUser, Oxman said:

Apple is a member of the trade association, but they are not signed up as an exhibitor for CES.

Update 8/3/09: Chris Nuttall, who also attended the dinner, has posted a transcript of the conversation.