LAS VEGAS -- The thing they don't tell you about the International Consumer Electronics Show is that it's massively front-loaded with news. What ends as a lovely, almost relaxing tradeshow begins as a balls-to-the-wall burst of products, platforms and proclamations.
We wouldn't have it any other way, of course. But that means the news starts coming down the pike long before you have your Monday morning coffee.
To get your week started right, here's what you missed over the weekend:
- Flight attendants made adjustments for a new digital era.
- Tech industry experts came together to discuss the evolution and "sensorization" of computing.
- Roku, the TV set-top box company, paraded around more big-name content partners.
- Seagate rolled out a new wireless hard drive for road warriors.
- Vizio did a little more dabbling in the tablet segment with an 11.8-inch model.
- Our own Jason Perlow threw in the towel, as they say. (Yes, already.)
- HP mentioned quietly that it had some new displays on offer.
- U.S. cellular carrier Verizon broke in and entered your car without you even knowing it.
- Toshiba threw a candy-coated bash in a bar at the top of the hotel in the Mandalay Bay complex, but not before saying a few words about its television strategy and unveiling a bunch of new "4K" TV sets.
- NVIDIA, the graphics chip company, ended the night with a sprawling, unfocused press conference that culminated in its entry into the "cloud gaming industry" -- with a rack of proprietary servers and a database infrastructure to boot -- as well as its announcement of its "worst-kept secret," the Tegra 4 chip, and the unveiling of a nifty-slash-nutty personal gaming project called "Shield."
Plus, Lenovo decided to reorganize its PC business to compete directly with Apple. Fun!
As a reminder, we at ZDNet have several people covering CES from the ground, including Rachel King, Kevin Kwang and myself. For every little crumb of product news, head over to our sister site CNET, which will have ongoing coverage through the entire show. For posts that help you put the puzzle pieces together, stay right here on ZDNet. Tomorrow: Press Day.
Photos: Josh Miller