Here’s our roundup of the week’s biggest tech business news. First, the most popular stories VentureBeat published in the last seven days:
The good thing about braving the crowds at the Consumer Electronics Show is that you get to see a lot of the future’s gadgets. And if you see the same thing over and over again, that’s a trend. Last year, every TV maker embraced 3D and web connectivity. That trend continued this year with more than half of all new TV models including those features. This year, we’ve sniffed out similar trends that could play out throughout 2011 as companies execute on their grand ambitions:
The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas ended yesterday with a bang, not a whimper. Drawing more than 140,000 attendees to the Las Vegas Convention Center, the show was back to its pre-recession size. More than a trade show, CES has become a spectacle. Each of the 2,700 vendors tried to outdo the others, with bigger booths, splashy tech gear, and marketing tricks such as giveaways and booth babes. Here’s a sample of the show’s scenery, from beginning to end. Our top photo shows off the beauty of Microsoft’s newest Surface touchscreen table, which will be built by Samsung and sold for $7,600. The hands belong to Microsoft’s Surface exec, Chip Wood.
WowWee showed off a projector that piggybacks on the popularity of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch gadgets. At the Consumer Electronics Show, the gadget was one of many that are part of Apple’s multibillion-dollar peripheral economy.
Some wags have talked for a long time about the “internet of things.” Now that’s being replaced by the “intelligence of things,” as evidenced by the latest web-connected gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show. In the internet of things, companies added web connectivity to dumb gadgets.
The age of the domesticated robot is upon us. Dream Bots showed off its Whee Me portable massage robot at the Consumer Electronics Show this week.
Believe it or not, you can control a video game with your eyeballs.
Sure, we touch our computer’s mouse all day. But are we all prepared to get deeply intimate with it?
Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski returned to the Consumer Electronics Show this year to discuss the growing importance of wireless spectrum to the US economy.
Samsung announced today that it will let users of its tablet computers, smartphones and TVs access content directly from Comcast and Time Warner Cable via the internet.
LG isn’t the only company with a 4G tablet for T-Mobile on the horizon. The carrier announced today that Dell will be bringing its Streak 7 tablet to its 4G network in the next few weeks.
T-Mobile has grand plans to double its 4G network’s speeds from 21 megabits per second to 42 Mbps in 2011, the carrier announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Tablets, tablets, tablets. That’s what the Consumer Electronics Show has felt like so far, and both Motorola and LG continue the craze with their newly announced 4G Android 3.0 tablets.
Microsoft’s Surface touchscreen technology for large displays has shed a lot of bulk in its newest iteration, and in the process it has also given liquid-crystal displays — the ubiquitous screens used in everything from laptops and smartphones to smart TVs — the power to see with its new PixelSense technology.
Microsoft said earlier today that its future version of Windows will run on chips based on ARM’s chip architecture. In front of a huge crowd at the Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer showed once again that the software worked fine on test systems based on chips from Intel, Qualcomm (Snapdragon), Texas Instruments, and Nvidia (Tegra 2).
Music service Slacker plans to launch its long-anticipated premium version this month, marketing vice president Jonathan Sasse told me yesterday. The company’s executives are at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week to demonstrate Slacker Premium, but the big launch is still a of couple of weeks off.
Sony said today that it is doubling down on its investments in stereoscopic 3D, even though the technology is off to a somewhat slow start.
Samsung today showed off something at the Consumer Electronics Show that many couch potatoes have surely dreamed of: TVs that are virtually all screen, with almost no ugly bezels separating the on-screen image from your home theater.
Nvidia announced that a number of companies are using its Tegra 2 mobile chip in their power-efficient and graphics-rich mobile devices known as super phones.
AT&T finally spilled the beans on the plans for its next-generation network at its Developer Summit today, an event held in conjunction with the giant Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The company says that it expects to launch its 4G network using LTE technology by the middle of the year; it just completed the deployment of its slightly-faster HSPA+ network (which AT&T also considers “4G”).
Intel chief executive Paul Otellini said today that Intel’s newest chip will generate $125 billion in revenue this year for PC makers. The chip, codenamed Sandy Bridge, combines graphics and general computing functions; it will account for an estimated one third of Intel’s total sales this year and has been designed into more than 500 computer models.
Reading the minds of countless consumers, Netgear today unveiled a simple way to extend the range of any wireless network at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
LG Electronics said today it is launching a series of home appliances with Internet connectivity. Yes, now you can connect your refrigerator, washing machine, oven and other appliances to the Internet.
LG kicked off the day at the Consumer Electronics Show describing how it aims to make televisions, mobile devices, and yes even household appliances, smarter in 2011.
The press got the first peak at all the cool new gadgets at the opening reception for the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday. There were more than 60 vendors showing off their wares to hundreds of press in a carnival-like setting. We took plenty of pictures and here are our picks for some of the coolest new offerings at the event.
OnStar, which has more than 6 million customers using its emergency service in General Motors cars, said it will now sell its car communications network service as a retail product that can be attached to any car.
As the world’s economic recovery continues, the global consumer electronics market is expected to grow 10 percent in 2011 to $964 billion, according to a new forecast by the Consumer Electronics Association.
For the longest time, mobile devices came in clear, separate categories: laptops, phones, handheld game players, and music players. But with the arrival of smartphones, tablets, and smarter everyday gadgets, the market is exploding, mixing together, and fragmenting into different subsectors.
Google TV was supposed to be one of the stars of the show at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas. But the star just got the hook.