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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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
Sony and Microsoft said on Sunday they hit sales targets as their PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 video game consoles battle for top billing in the $30 billion game market.
Here we are, on the eve of the huge Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. We had pretty good anecdotal data from some of the industry's biggest names that 2006 was a strong year for the business, but now we have hard data, courtesy of the Consumer Electronics Association, the group hosting this week's event in Las Vegas. And 2007 looks even stronger!
Where else but Sin City during CES can you and hear these snatches of conversation ... In the elevator: "I hear this Microsoft's "SYNC" is pretty cool - supposed to be some bluetooth-device for the car that syncs up a portable music device and navigation together. Gotta check it out ...
Sure, there's plenty of sexy, pocket-size gadgets at the CES, but there's a world of wonder for couch potatoes in the form of HDTV. And for those of you thinking big, here's what you need to know about the new generation of boob tubes.