Given that ZDNet is primarily for a business audience, I'm constantly on the lookout for those products that straddle the fence between work and play. Smartphones that can store pictures and movies of your kids while managing your corporate email inbox are one example of a technology that qualifies.
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Earlier this year, my colleague Dan Farber interviewed Sling Media CEO Blake Krikorian. Sling has gotten a lot of attention over the year for its Slingbox.
Not only does the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas bring out the hottest technology products, it brings out the hottest professional gamers: people who make money and lots of it doing nothing but playing video games. Well, actually, the best ones are like the sports players who get paid the big bucks to endorse certain products.
CNET Networks, ZDNet's parent company, has a major editorial presence here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with dozens of editors crawling the show floor looking for the greatest products. It also has a humongous television studio set up right in front of the entrance to one of the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center where they're doing all sorts of interviews and product shots and streaming the coverage live over the Web.
It was a little more than two years when OQO practically created the ultra mobile PC (UMPC) computing segment went it launched its Model 01. Back then, in 2004, I did a webcast interview of OQO's CTO Jonathan Betts LaCroix and here at CES in Las Vegas, I got the chance to catch up with the company's Founder and CEO Jory Bell who updated me on the Model 01's successor; the Model 02.
One of the big themes here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is miniaturization. The ever shrinking size of memory and the ever increasing capacity of small hard drives has fueled "total packages" in smaller industrial design impelementations.
When Microsoft's Zune music player came out, there were a lot of questions about its so-called "social features" that were enabled by its WiFi radio. To share music with others, another Zune with a WiFi radio had to be within "beaming" distance.
While I was preparing to come out here to CES in Las Vegas, a lot of people were asking what it was I'd be paying attention to while I was out here. When I mentioned one of the topics -- big screen flat panels (henceforth referred to as BSFPs) -- the responses were rather inquisitive.
Among the bumper crop of VoIP phones here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is GE's $170 DECT 6.0 phone.
CES: Given how it shatters long distance costs, maybe the ChatterBug should be called the shatter bug
Update 4/11/2007: Since originally posting this blog, it has come to ZDNet's attention that LagunaWave, the manufacturer of the Chatterbug, has run into some serious difficulties and engaged in some questionable business practices. I have therefore removed the video from this blog post and would recommend staying away from this product and its associated service.
CES VIDEO » As broadband Internet connectivity continues to penetrating every corner of the planet and Voice over IP platforms like Skype become ecosystems unto themselves, VoIP devices of all shapes and sizes (many of which are supporting Skype) are turning up everywhere and especially here at CES where VoIP is clearly a major theme.
When you take a step back and look at the new crop of cell and smart phones coming onto the market these days, it's almost as if all of the entries are working off of one or two designer's playbooks. Whereas one handful of entries (ie: Motorola's Q, Samsung's Blackjack, etc.
CES VIDEO » 3J Communications is here at CES 2007 in Las Vegas showing its latest and greatest: the SkyPartner SP101 Dual-Mode wireless phone. Compared to NetGear's $200 WiFi-based Skype phone, 3J's SkyPartner (pictured left) does something that's particularly special: it supports both Skype and landlines simultaneously.
As components for PCs get smaller and smaller, they've enabled a new and growing breed of Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPCs) and here at CES in Las Vegas, a bumper crop of these sub-1 lb. systems are expected to make a showing including ones that support Microsoft's Origami initiative.
CES VIDEO » Here in Las Vegas, the forklifts may have still been driving across the show floor getting booths ready for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the carpeting may have yet to have been rolled out, but that didn't stop the pre-show known as "CES Unveiled" from getting underway. Here at CES, I'll be pumping some videos into the Testbed blog and one type of those videos is going to be what we're affectionately referring to as our "driveby shootings.
The best of ZDNet, delivered
- 1 Video: Corel's Wordperfect Lightning is a free, lightweight collaborative word processor
- 2 Dan Egerstad's Tor exit nodes get him arrested and proves a point I made in July
- 3 Windows Activation trips up virtual machine clones, even on same system
- 4 I've got a free G-Tech wireless 'smart fabric' keyboard for the ZDNet reader who...
- 5 Intel's vPro brand debuts in HP's dc7700 desktop, manages the system even when off