January 8, 2013 |
Even if you're not going to the Consumer Electronics Show , running Tuesday through Friday in Las Vegas , you can still test drive one of the world's newest gadgets this week. With the right kind of smartphone you can find what's hot at certain hotels and even find out when a big jackpot last hit on a particular slot machine. The new product, called TecTile , will be unveiled Tuesday (today) at various Caesars Entertainment resorts on and near the Strip. The manufacturer, Samsung Mobile, is installing 4,500 programmable stickers throughout the various properties as a way to make information easier to access. For example, visitors to Caesars Palace and Paris will be able to scan a sticker outside certain restaurants to view the menus and determine average check totals.
January 8, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - At this year's International Consumer Electronics Show, everything is getting a bit "smarter. " Smartphones ushered in the notion that cellphones didn't have to be limited to just making calls, and tablets uprooted the definition of the personal computer. Now, the buzz at the world's largest tech gadget conference has shifted from the devices themselves to the growing crop of accessories and technologies that are piggybacking on their massive popularity. Connectivity is one of the main reasons smartphones and tablets became blockbuster hits among consumers, and tech manufacturers want to bring that feature to other objects - many of them everyday, non-digital household items.
January 6, 2013
3:42 p.m . : The Consumer Electronics Assn., the organizers of CES, kicked off the annual technology convention Sunday afternoon with a discussion of technology trends to watch in 2013. Among them: the growth of connected devices; the increasing importance of data; better screen resolutions for TVs, smartphones and tablets; and improvements in gesture and voice control. FULL COVERAGE: CES 2013 Shawn DuBravac, chief economist of the electronics association, also singled out the "post-smartphone era," in which 65% of mobile use is now for non-communication -- a swift change from just a few years ago, when talking on the phone was the main purpose of having a mobile phone.
January 4, 2013 |
The International Consumer Electronics Show next week may be facing questions about its relevance in an Internet world that makes new things seem old in minutes, but it is still the foremost gathering for all things gadgety and geeky. The annual trade show in Las Vegas has a rich past showcasing such groundbreaking devices as the VCR, the CD player, the camcorder, high-definition television and the Blu-ray disc. "It was the singular most important technology event of the year," said Zack Zalon, a longtime show attendee and managing partner at the digital product design firm Wilshire Axon in Westwood.
January 14, 2012 |
The Consumer Electronics Show's exhibitors have long employed lavish parties, Hollywood star power and Las Vegas headliners to draw attention to a new technology. Seldom, however, has a promotion involved organized fisticuffs. ESPN, Walt Disney Co.'s dominant sports network, put on the gloves — literally — in its promotion of 3-D television by staging a series of boxing matches in the center of the annual event's exhibit hall Thursday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
January 11, 2012 |
When Jason Mockford bought a DVD of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" with the words "digital copy" on the box, he assumed that he would be able to watch it on his iPad. But the digital version of the film was accessible only through a new technology called UltraViolet. It required him to register on two different websites and download new software. It wasn't compatible with the iTunes application he uses for all his other music and video. Finding the process too difficult, the 30-year-old San Luis Obispo resident said, "I just stopped at some point because it asked me to do too much.