The CES show floor officially opens today, but yesterday was Press Day – a day where, if you’re a tech writer who likes surprises, the Consumer Electronics Show cat gets let out of the Consumer Electronics Show complimentary tote bag. It’s basically CES before CES even starts.
Most of the big companies trot out their wares in controlled press conferences, then e-mail individual press releases for each and every product with such rapidity that every message that gets deleted is immediately replaced by two new ones.
The bigger issue, to my mind, is an issue that nobody seems to want to talk about here in Las Vegas: the casinos here are utterly devoid of India Pale Ales. If you’re a beer lover like I am, and the style of beer you love above all other styles of beer is the hoppy, complex, delicious IPA, then Vegas isn’t the place for you. At one bar, which shall remain nameless, I asked if they had an IPA and the bartender looked at me like I’d asked for an explanation of string theory.
Anyway, nobody cares about my problems so let’s talk gadgets. Here’s what happened today:
- Photos: Day Two of the Consumer Electronics Show [Techland]
- Motorola’s Droid Razr MAXX Almost Achieves the 24-Hour Battery [Techland]
- AT&T’s 4G LTE Lineup: Six Android Devices and Two Windows Phones [Techland]
- Liveblog: Steve Ballmer Delivers Microsoft’s Final CES Keynote [Techland]
- Microsoft CEO Hits Familiar Chord in CES Swan Song [Techland]
- ‘iCade Mobile’ Wraparound iPhone Gamepad? Yes, Please! [Techland]
- Now OnLive Is Putting Windows in the Cloud [Techland]
- Intel to Launch Biggest Ad Campaign in Eight Years [Techland]
- ‘SpareOne’ Phone Uses Single AA Battery, Holds Charge for 15 Years [Techland]
- That’s a Wrap: Microsoft 2012 CES Keynote Recap [Microsoft]
- HP Unveils Extraordinary Glass Design in New HP ENVY 14 Spectre [HP]
- Nokia and AT&T introduce the new Nokia Lumia 900 on AT&T’s 4G LTE network [Nokia]
- Samsung Doubles Down on TV at CES, Makes Smart TV an Internet Hub [ReadWriteWeb]
- Panasonic details Smart Viera, new apps at CES 2012 [The Verge]
- Intel’s Ultrabook Army Enlists Some Hardcore Features: Touch Display, Siri-Like Voice Powers, and Gesture Commands [Gizmodo]
- CES 2012: Dish goes after rural households with new Broadband service [ZDNet]
- Live from Sony’s CES 2012 press conference [Engadget]
- What mattered on CES press day [CNET]
And here are my Fitbit walking stats for Monday:
Scheduled for Tuesday: The show floor officially opens – gadgets aplenty!