The missing ingredient at CES and Macworld

Summary:Dana Gardner brings up a critical issue that tends to get overlooked in the frothiness surrounding the cool products unveiled at the CES and Macworld events. We will certainly have megabytes of coverage of the products and trends this week on ZDNet.

Dana Gardner brings up a critical issue that tends to get overlooked in the frothiness surrounding the cool products unveiled at the CES and Macworld events. We will certainly have megabytes of coverage of the products and trends this week on ZDNet. But Dana makes the case that CES and Macworld will "amount to zip...until we get better interplay among the companies controlling the parts."

The news from the shows still primarily address the disparate parts — and not on how to accomplish the required convergence. The marketplace (not to mention the FCC and U.S. Congress) so far has been a poor facilitator to bringing the necessary constituent ingredients together for creating satisfying and economically attractive offerings.

For any price, myself as a consumer or business can not get "it." And what I want from "it" is feasible, possible, tantalizingly close — yet fundamentally unrealized. The lack of "it" is holding us all back.
"It" means I want the best notebook PC available (Mac OS X is my current choice), connected via a wireless broadband connection (preferably right in the chip set) in any major metro area, seamlessly. I want the best handheld device too (who knows which at any given time?) to deliver voice, PIM, some data-based services, music/video, and it must interface fully and seamlessly with my PC and host-based services. They should share network and roaming.

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Topics: CES

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