CES Consumer Electronics Show 2011

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    By: Chris Morris|Special to CNBC.com

    With a slew of new product offerings, 3D will continue its assault at retail this year. LG, Samsung and Panasonic all plan to include the technology in a wider array of products— most importantly in TV sets and Blu-ray players that aren’t being aimed at the high-end, early adopter audience.

Features

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    Corning is making its Consumer Electronics Show (CES) debut this year. And though it's a newcomer, it's one of the most talked about and prevalent companies at the convention. This year the CES is focused largely on touch screen tablets and smart phones, and Corning makes the material—called Gorilla Glass-that encases nearly all these devices.

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    Here are the best performing companies in the technology sector in the last twelve months. 

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    By: Chris Morris|Special to CNBC.com

    With Apple having paved the way for tablets last year, 2011 is when the competition is hoping to chip away at the company’s dominance in the category. It’s going to be a tough fight, though.

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    The US consumer is spending again, Sir Howard Stringer, chairman, CEO and president of Sony, told CNBC Thursday.

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    Microsoft and the industry are in the middle of a “great product wave,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told CNBC Thursday.

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    This year streaming music service Pandora is everywhere at CES — in the tablets, mobile phones, flat-screen TVs, and even the autos.

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    Apple rolled out its new Mac App Store, in an effort to steal some buzz from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  It officially went online on Thursday morning with Apple releasing a software update for the Snow Leopard OS.

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    By: John Moore|Special to CNBC.com

    Apps and Internet connectivity are everywhere. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, you’ll see more devices incorporating PC-like functions. And they'll be not just smartphones and set-top boxes, but TVs, digital cameras and printers as well.

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    By: Peter Suciu|Special to CNBC.com

    This could also be the year fitness goes high tech, as 2011 Consumer Electronics Show is including a Sports and Technology summit. This follows a growing trend in exercise related video games, including the  Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect and PlayStation Move.

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    While much of the market was focused on weakness in the Dow and S&P 500, the Fast traders were very impressed by gains in the semiconductor space.

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    The tech giant today introduced a new business called "Cisco Videoscape," which combines traditional TV service, streaming web video, and access to social networks like Facebook

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    Apple has zero official presence at CES but the specter of Steve Jobs shadow looms large over every single bit of activity at the annual tech convention.

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    By: Justin Solomon|Producer

    A company known for its adult-themed dating website is jumping into the venture capital game.

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    By: Peter Suciu|Special to CNBC.com

    After predicting in his last two keynote addresses at the Consumer Electronics Show that innovation from the consumer electronics would help the U.S. economy rebound, Gary Shapiro is standing by his message. The question is now whether there is enough innovation to jump-start things for 2011, especially after consumer confidence unexpectedly dipped in December.

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    By: Chris Morris,|Special to CNBC.com

    New smart phones, tablet computers and apps for televisions will be among the hot new products unvieled at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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    By: Lance Ulanoff |Editor-in-Chief, PCMag.com

    Robotics company iRobot has unveiled its re-imagined Scooba robot floor washer at the Consumer Electronics Show. It's smaller, faster, quieter and definitely ready to go where few robot mops have gone before—and no human ever really wants to go—behind the bathroom toilet.

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    CES kicks off today and buzz is already building about the hot new devices and services that will grab the attention of consumers and investors. Some clear themes have already emerged and it's all about new mobile devices, seamless integration of streaming and traditional content, more powerful chips, and persistent 3D.

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    By: Roger L. Kay |President, Endpoint Technologies Associates

    Another year, another CES. I’ve seen so many that they all begin to blend. But change is always afoot in the consumer electronics business, and so there’s something new every time.

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    By: Chris Morris,|Special to CNBC.com

    It’s pretty astonishing just how quickly Apple iPhone users have grown to rely on the phones—and how much control they have given it (along with the iPod Touch and iPad) over their day to day lives.

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    Ever since Apple introduced the iPad, tech experts have predicted that consumers will all but abandon their laptops for lighter and more compact tablet computers. But others believe those predictions are premature..

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    By: Andrew Ross Sorkin and Evelyn M. Rusli|The New York Times

    The popular social networking site has raised $500 million from the investment bank and a Russian investor in a deal that values the company at $50 billion, the New York Times reports.

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    Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday afternoon announced that it will hold an event in San Francisco on February 9 at 10 a.m. to announce new developments in its mobile strategy.

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    By: James Altucher|author of "Trade Like Warren Buffett"

    You want to see a "V"? Look at the rebound last year in spending of software and equipment by businesses:

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    By: Bob Tedeschi|The New York Times

    Many apps are available to entertain every moment, wherever you are. You don’t have to be sitting on the dock of the bay, the New York Times reports.

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    Oracle goes hardware shopping, Carol Bartz tames Yahoo and the Android overtakes the iPhone in sales

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    Apple continues to be the second most valuable U.S. company behind Exxon Mobil, which has a market cap of $375 billion (a 52-week high).

Slideshows

  • With more than 2,700 companies displaying new products at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, there’s a lot of competition for attention. While many are fighting for a coveted “Best of Show” nod, that label is too often given to products that simply have a “cool” factor but won’t necessarily have a lasting impact. So as we’ve wandered the floor this year, we’ve kept our eyes open for items that can have a momentous impact on their market segments. Here are a few gadgets we think wil

    We’ve kept our eyes open for items that can have a momentous impact on their market segments. Here are a few gadgets we think will move beyond novelty status.

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    Action games are the largest sales category in gaming – making up 32 percent of all sales.

  • In less than a decade, Google became one of most powerful technology companies in the world.  The creation of the Google Internet search engine has changedthe way we interact with information, the Internet, and each other. Google's creative business sense, innovation and work culture allow them to dominate the search industry and make it a lucrative business.  Click ahead to look Inside the Mind of Google!

    Google's creative business sense, innovation and work culture allows it to dominate the search industry and make it a lucrative business. Click ahead to look Inside the Mind of Google!

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