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January 8, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LAS VEGAS -- Samsung may have given consumers a sneak peek at its smartphone plans with a new TV it announced Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show. At its booth in the Las Vegas Convention Center, the South Korean company displayed the world's first curved OLED TV. From afar, the TV looked like any other set that might be on display at a tech show, but once Samsung spokesman Scott Cohen pointed out the new gadget, I began to notice its unusual curved screen. The picture quality was, unsurprisingly, remarkable and the weird curve didn't really affect the way my eyes saw the image.
January 9, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Consumer Electronics Show has a dizzying array of tech accessories, but every once in a while, a few of those find a way to stand out. Here are some of the ones that caught my eye. Lucien Element's $650 iPhone 5 case In a world of iPhones, there are cases and then there are cases . Lucien Elements makes the latter, specializing in luxury cases for iPhone users who want to protect their phones with style. Their top product at CES? A $650 crocodile-skin case with studs for the edges of the iPhone.
January 7, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Amid the big and small ideas floating around at a Sunday evening media preview at CES 2013, Lenovo and 3M seemed to hit the sweet spot in terms of bringing a big idea closer to reality while still capturing our imagination.  The two companies demonstrated table-top PCs that allow multiple users. It's a relatively new form factor, although it's one that people have been dreaming about and showing off in beta for years now. Indeed, I can remember one Microsoft executive showing off a table-top PC during a talk at the UC Berkeley three years ago.  FULL COVERAGE: CES 2013 Although there are key differences in the approaches by both companies, each product points to the way that touch interfaces, thanks to tablets and smartphones, are coming to dominate computing and expanding the types of forms it takes.  I'll start with Lenovo's IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC. This product is clearly aimed at consumers.
January 6, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Michael Bay is known for his big, loud action spectacles, but an appearance at CES 2014 in Las Vegas on Monday afternoon found the "Transformers" director awkwardly, uncomfortably quiet. While participating in a Samsung news conference to hype the company's new curved UHD TVs at the Consumer Electronics Show, Bay was rattled by a teleprompter glitch, then flubbed his lines and walked off stage. Bay was initially brought up with "Transformers" footage playing and said, "My job as a director is I get to dream for a living.
January 6, 2014 | By Andrea Chang and Salvador Rodriguez
LATEST: More fireworks at CES 2014 -- T-Mobile's chief executive gets  kicked out of rival AT&T's event. LAS VEGAS -- Director Michael Bay stopped short of offering an apology for storming off the stage at Samsung's news conference. In a blog post on the director's website, Bay said: "Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES. " Bay was blindsided by a malfunctioning teleprompter Monday afternoon while appearing on stage at Samsung's news conference to help tout its new 105-inch curved UHD (see video above)
January 8, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
LAS VEGAS - Tucked into the tiniest of corners of the gargantuan Consumer Electronics Show one night this week was Sonny Vu, the founder of Misfit. The Redwood City, Calif., company did not have an elaborately constructed trade booth with flashing lights or blaring dance music. It just had Vu, undeterred by his lack of props, standing next to a table displaying a few samples of Shine, the company's new activity monitor that's about the size and shape of a Nilla Wafer. Though the company and product are small, they are emblematic of the biggest trend on display this week at CES: This has become a golden age for consumer electronics start-ups.
January 4, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
To glimpse the future of consumer electronics, get a grip on the world's first Internet-connected tennis racket. With tiny sensors embedded in the handle, the racket measures a player's strokes, topspin and just about everything else that happens when the ball is struck. All that information is instantly relayed via a wireless Bluetooth connection to a smartphone app. The player can later view and analyze it on the Web. "It's going to be a huge change for the tennis player," said Thomas Otton, director of communications for Babolat, the French tennis company that invented the original cow-gut racket strings 140 years ago. "They are going to have access to all kinds of information and data that will help them progress much faster and have more fun. It's a true revolution.
January 11, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien and Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
LAS VEGAS - For a corpse, the International Consumer Electronics Show was pretty lively. The 2013 trade show, which ended a four-day run Friday, attracted a record 3,250 exhibitors and was on pace to match last year's 156,000 in attendance despite being pronounced all but dead before it started. The reason for the grim diagnosis by some pundits and analysts was simple: Many of the most influential tech companies in the world didn't officially participate: Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., Google Inc., Facebook Inc., Inc. Although this year's show won't be remembered for any ground-shaking innovations or jaw-dropping product launches, it did highlight several ways the global technology industry has evolved.
January 10, 2012 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
At the Consumer Electronics Show, models walked around with large, lightweight flat-screen televisions showing vivid nature scenes, executives waved next-generation "magic" remote controls and audiences were treated to demonstrations of massive, wall-size TVs. On Wall Street, Apple Inc. pulled off its own TV trick as its stock hit a record high. Though the Cupertino, Calif., iPhone maker didn't attend the CES, Apple cast a huge shadow over the world's largest personal electronics show Monday as rumors continued to spread that it had its own TV in the works.
December 22, 2011 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Microsoft Corp., a 20-year stalwart of the annual Consumer Electronics Show, has decided to pull out of the largest trade show of its kind. The company's chief executive often gave the keynote address, highlighting its own products and broader tech trends. But the company said it would stop doing so after the 2012 CES. It also will no longer have an exhibit. CES is one of the world's largest trade shows and annually attracts more than 100,000 visitors to Las Vegas from all over the globe.
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