January 8, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - In only a few years, smartphones and tablets have dramatically altered how people connect with one another via the Internet. This year's International Consumer Electronics Show, which opens here Tuesday, illustrates how the next frontier centers on using the Web to connect devices. The long-heralded "Internet of things" is finally taking center stage. Interconnected devices were everywhere this weekend as journalists and bloggers got an early look at some of the 3,200 exhibitors expected to draw 150,000 visitors to the massive show.
January 8, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - HAL, do we still have a problem? As the sneaky computer character in the classic sci-fi flick "2001: A Space Odyssey," you put out those malevolent, controlling vibes. But now, in 2014, you're no scary villain - you're the dude! In fact, you are resonating all over this week's International CES tech fest, here in Vegas - although in a much kinder, gentler fashion. There's a new catchphrase going round - "The Internet of Everything," or IoE - to describe human codependence and willing surrender to the global networks, deep data banks, tracking technology and eerily predictive software that help steer today's high-tech goods and services to give us what we want, when we want it. There's even a new home automation system named HAL debuting at the consumer electronics show.
January 17, 2014 |
LATE-NIGHT TV host Craig Ferguson took rude pleasure last week, pondering what CES means: "Cucumber-Enhanced Shorts?" Don't think so. The giant Las Vegas tech fair no longer calls itself the Consumer Electronics Show, but rather International CES. That helps with branding/trademarks and in pulling more foreign exhibitors. The name vagueness also reflects the diversified nature of 20,000-plus products unveiled at the trade show, with the significant refocusing of old-line exhibitors like Panasonic, Sony and Toshiba into more profitable, "business-to-business" products serving, say, the medical, construction and automotive industries.
January 18, 2012
IF YOU'RE expecting a "Best of CES" awards column from the Gizmo Guy, think again. Yes, I was in Las Vegas at the consumer electronics megashow from start to finish, and I figure I was exposed to maybe 400 new products at CES. Sounds impressive, huh? But according to Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro, there were "20,000 product introductions" at this year's trade show, sprawled over a record-breaking 1.8 million square feet of exhibit space. That means I saw all of 2 percent of the show's offerings.
January 15, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - Concert pianist Bob Taub watched his teenage daughter strive to learn the violin, and wondered: Could he design a digital tool to help her see and hear the exact notes where she was going astray? Last week, six years into an add-on career as an inventor, Taub was here at the massive International Consumer Electronics Show, moving his idea a bit closer to reality. His invention, MuseAmi, is already at the heart of an iPhone app that may prove to be the ultimate Karaoke tool.
January 17, 2013
CAN WE BE frank? Numerous media organizations taking the pulse of the giant CES consumer electronics show put out "Best of CES" lists. But with 3,300 exhibitors unveiling something like 20,000 new products, who can claim to have judged them all? And this year, it became painfully clear the choices can be manipulated. Popular tech website CNET was forced to disqualify the innovative, second-generation DISH Hopper satellite receiver/DVR from its "best of" awards. CBS, a sister operation of CNET parent company Viacom, is suing DISH over Hopper's automatic commercial skip feature.
June 2, 1986 |
When the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) comes here each June, McCormick Place becomes more than an exhibit hall. For four days, it is transformed into the hypercharged nerve center of the $35 billion audio, video and computer industries, filled with manufacturers showing off their flashiest equipment and retailers making decisions on what - and how much - to buy. The 20th summer CES - another CES is held each January in Las Vegas - opened yesterday,...
December 19, 1991 |
New Hope-Solebury has taken a bold new step in experimental education, state Department of Education representative Jean diSabatino told the school board Monday night. Speaking to more than 30 residents, parents and the newly installed school board, diSabatino praised New Hope-Solebury for participating in a drastic restructuring of education through a program called the Coalition for Essential Schools (CES) The plan puts less emphasis on a broad-based survey of all disciplines and a greater emphasis on mastery of skills employing a variety of disciplines.
January 7, 2012 |
The largest trade show in the Americas must be a great place to show off new products, right? Wrong. The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is quickly becoming a launch pad for products that fall flat. When the annual gathering kicks off next week, organizers expect more than 140,000 people to descend on Las Vegas. They will mill around 1.8 million square feet of booths and exhibits, equivalent to 31 football fields. The 2,800 or so exhibitors are hoping to set the tone for the year by showing off tons of tablet computers, throngs of 3-D TVs, and untold numbers of slim, light laptops called ultrabooks.
July 5, 1994 |
Faced with declining enrollment at many of its two-year campuses across the state, including Ogontz in Montgomery County and the Delaware County campus in Media, Pennsylvania State University is planning cutbacks to offset a projected $12 million shortfall in tuition income. The cutbacks, to be spread out over the next two academic years, include laying off workers, eliminating unfilled positions and deferring projects. In addition, some schools have begun to look into joint efforts between campuses.