Special Reports CES


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    Las Vegas and CES have done a really good job this year making sure attendees can easily get to the show. They have shuttle buses leaving every ten minutes. Join me on my ride down Paradise Road.

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    There are two stories I'm looking forward to investigating as the crowds hit the floor Monday. First, there's the state of the struggle between Toshiba, with its HD DVD high-def disc format, and Sony's rival Blu-ray format. Secondly, there's a new batch of electronics that incorporate motion-based controllers similar to Nintendo's Wii.

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    In his keynote speech, Microsoft's founder sees new opportunities for the tech giant's technologies and outlines deals with some big-name content partners.

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    Bill Gates' introduction as keynote speaker started with a video that seemed to focus on the Xbox and its fairly obvious Microsoft is thinking this is the big ticket to consumers' living rooms. On a more broader note, Gates made it clear that high-definition will be everywhere. The quality of 3D environments will enhance the Web experience, Gates says.

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    Bill Gates is calling this period in the company's history the dawn of a new digital decade, and his annual, keynote address at CES is chock full of news, both technologically and financially.

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    U.S. video game industry sales growth is expected to slow in 2008 as accelerated demand forsoftware is tempered by a decline in hardware revenue, the Consumer Electronics Association said.

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    Sony's game console sales figures for the holiday shopping season reached more than 3.9 million units in North America, but Playstation 3 is still well behind Microsoft's Xbox 360.

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    Awareness. That's the word CES exhibitors use most when you ask what they hope for out of the show. Everyone turns out all the stops to alert everyone else to their presence—and everyone does it at the same time. That's why "CES Unveiled," a pre-show press event, takes on the air of a Tunisian bazaar or a Chicago futures trading floor

  • Samsung's flat-panel television display is shown at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

    Its big, loud, crowded and a feast for the senses – which is why rookie visitors to the greatest show on earth may need to know these ten dos and don’ts.

  • Leggett & Platt's Starry Night bed.

    Talk about a life of leisure. At CES, you'll find a bed that has theatre-in-the-round capability, wireless connectivity, an iPod docking station and a DVR. Oh, and by the way, it is also supposed to eliminate snoring.

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    Think CES is about playing with fun, new electronic toys? Think again. Success in our business is not just predicting the new, new thing, but predicting the new, new thing's timing," says VC partner Don Rainey.

  • Dr. Buorn Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center testifies on global warming evidence along with former Vice President Al Gore. The two shake hands prior to the beginning of the testimony as Tipper Gore looks on..

    Euphoria over the iPhone and its slick, sleek, slim design quickly gave way to sticker shock when Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the pricetag: $499 for 4 gig model; $599 for the 8-gig. Let the pundit-parade begin: Too expensive, they clamored. Elitist, said others. But lets' look back: Remember that Apple was an expensive Johnny-come-lately to the world of digital music, and that was nearly 100 million iPods ago!

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    At CES this week, Microsoft founder Bill Gates called it connected entertainment.  Tuesday at Macworld, Steve Jobs called it Apple TV. At best, both allow universal access to every piece of digital content on a PC. At worst, it’s another complex device consumers don’t want to figure out-like a Windows Media Center PC.

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    Warner Bros just unveiled its new Total HD format - works on either Blu-Ray or HD DVD player - guaranteeing that Warner is one company that can't lose in this format war. With The Beatles song, "So Happy Together," playing loudly on the speakers, and "One Disc For All" heralded up on the big screens, Warner Bros Chairman and CEO, Barry Meyer, looked a lot happier than...

  • Americans are a bit stodgy when it comes to using their cell phones for anything other than talking or text messaging, so don’t expect Yahoo’s New Go for Mobile 2.0 to take the country by storm. But the future of Internet distribution of news and entertainment is in hand-held devices and Yahoo is planting its flag firmly atop The Next Big Thing.

  • The latest thing in cars isn’t being flaunted at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It’s in a booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Autonet Mobile CEO Sterling Pratz told “Squawk Box” of his company’s business model: creating “an ISP for cars.” Speaking from the Nevada gaming town, Pratz described Autonet’s system that converts autos into wireless broadband – or WiFi -- “hotspots.”

  • With over 150,000 CES attendees in town this week, Vegas hotels are mobbed and most folks are having a rip-roaring good time. Over at the Bellagio, the endless snow crab buffet sends masses swooning. The Mirage is pulsating with activity...  Even that elderly woman at the five-cents slots--you know the one: a vodka tonic in one hand, cigarette in the other and the death stare if you try to edge in on her territory--even cracked a smile. So why is everyone so darn serious at the Wynn?

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    Microsoft’s presence can definitely be felt at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. CNBC's Bill Griffeth spoke with Robbie Bach, the president of the company’s entertainment and devices division, about the Xbox, Zune MP3 player and new operating system Vista – which will finally hit the market at the end of January.

  • For companies that make electronics, few markets are more competitive (and crowded) than the flat screen TV market. At today’s Consumer’s Electronic Show, CNBC’s Bill Griffeth looked at the future of flat screens TV’s and which companies are dominating right now. His guest was Gee Sung Choi, CEO of Samsung Digital Media.

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    Just before leaving the Silicon Valley on our way to CES, Palm CEO Ed Colligan stopped by the bureau to give us an exclusive sneak-peak at his new Treo 750.  It's sleek, super-powerful, and finally has eliminated the annoying big antenna that easily distinguished the Treo (and not in a good way) from competitors like Blackberry, Blackjack and everyone else.