January 11, 2013 |
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., Amazon.com 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 8, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- Past CES attendees Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga won't be at this year's convention, but the trade show will still roll out the red carpet for a number of Hollywood actors and high-profile singers. The celebrities are scheduled to be on hand to promote their own brands, endorse big tech companies and give live performances. Here's a roundup of who's slated to appear at CES this week: Qualcomm's pre-show keynote on Monday brought out a slew of surprise celebrity guests, including director Guillermo del Toro, actress Alice Eve and even Big Bird.
January 6, 2013 |
Back in 1998, I was a fresh-faced technology reporter from North Carolina making my first journey to a mega-tech trade show in Las Vegas. Then, it was COMDEX that drew seemingly every tech company with a pulse to this desert city. During my four days there I walked miles of trade-show floor, wrote far too much, drank even more at way too many corporate networking parties, and slept about six hours total. My good judgment so completely abandoned me that at one point, I actually watched an entire performance by the B-52s. It was an epic week, but it almost killed me. And so I vowed: Never again.
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.
December 26, 2012 |
In the days just before the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft dropped a bombshell: This would be its last major appearance at the mega trade show. Over the last decade, Microsoft had served as an "anchor tenant," with its chief executive giving the opening night keynote and having one of the largest booths on the show's floor. With the tech giant gone, and other biggies like Apple and Google not officially participating, this led to some speculation that CES would suffer a decline this year.
November 30, 2012 |
Two up-and-coming indie brands, skin-care company Ursa Major and backpack and gear bag maker Topo Designs , have teamed up to stock a holiday Dopp kit, with some proceeds going to benefit the American bison. The set consists of one of Topo's sturdy, triangular-shaped Cordura-fabric Dopp kits in a teal and duck camouflage color way, filled with four of Ursa's signature men's grooming products -- face wash, shaving cream, tonic and after-shave balm -- for $125. While that's already a bargain -- the suite of skin-care products plus the Dopp kit to house them would cost you at least $135 purchased separately -- the brands are making the money work even harder by donating 5% of sales to help preserve the winter habitat of the American bison, an initiative organized by high-end purveyor of hunting and fishing goods Orvis (which is headquartered in Vermont)
November 15, 2012 |
Jennifer Bigelow, who has helmed the Southern California Assn. of Independent Booksellers for 13 years, has announced she is leaving the organization. Known as SCIBA , the nonprofit trade organization represents independent bookstores and other publishing professionals in Southern California and Southern Nevada. Each fall, SCIBA presents a trade show and authors dinner in conjunction with its literary awards. This year, the event was held at the Queen Mary. A report in industry newsletter Shelf Awareness says that Bigelow's move is effective Dec. 31, but she tells Jacket Copy that she plans to take the balance of the year off. SCIBA board president Mary Williams of Skylight Books thanked Bigelow for her service in a message to Shelf Awareness, saying, "Her work has built SCIBA into the organization it is today, and has raised the profile of Southern California's literary community nationwide.
October 31, 2012 |
Car lovers, Las Vegas is the place to be this week. Autos writer Bill Hennigan reports there from the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show about some of the interesting aftermarket auto parts and accessories he's seeing. Photos: Highlights from the 2012 SEMA Show The annual show has more than 2,250 exhibitors this year -- a SEMA record. California companies make up 1 in 4 of the exhibitors, and many of those are from Southern California, which has a longtime hot-rodding history.
October 31, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - Nearly every inch of floor space in this city's convention center is crowded with vendors hawking automotive products. There are pedestals hoisting horsepower-generating superchargers. Then there are stacks of colorful custom carpet samples. Nearby is a display case filled with high-performance head gaskets. If it has anything to do with a car, it can be found here at the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show. With more than 2,250 exhibitors in attendance this year, it is the largest show in SEMA's history.
October 12, 2012 |
L.A. Fashion Week's kickoff event, the first day of newcomer Los Angeles Fashion Council's two-day run of presentations and runway shows at the Carondelet House venue in MacArthur Park, was a reminder that the city is home to a considerable amount of talent. Not just in terms of the fashion designers, but also in terms of how those movers and shakers continually undertake the Sisyphean task of organizing and launching ever newer efforts to showcase them in a way they deserve.