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January 12, 2007

CES: Stick a fork in it

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano at 1:21 PM

Here are links to stories and blog posts out of the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show, which officially concluded Thursday. The show's promoters say this year was its biggest ever in terms of floor space -- more than 1.8 million square feet -- and exhibitors -- more than 2,700.

Before the show really got rolling, Ford and Microsoft announced a partnership on new in-car media technology. It elicited some intense comments from readers of the Tech Tracks blog. Sony was one of many other companies to make noise Sunday.

The scene before Bill Gates' Sunday night keynote was crazy. Microsoft announced the launch of new capabilities for Xbox 360. Here's Brier Dudley's take on the new Windows Home Server, also announced during the keynote and a follow-up blog the next morning. He and other reporters chatted with Bill and other Microsoft execs at an on-the-record reception after the keynote.

To get a sense of the size of the show and how companies prepare for it, check out this story from Monday. Tech Tracks posts cover the scene at Microsoft's booth, and from Brier the evolution of "booth babes"; the big items on display at CES; his experience in a race to assemble a PC; life in the Bloghaus; and hot cars on the show floor.

The keynote presentations continued with Motorola's Ed Zander, Dell Chairman Michael Dell, and Robert Iger of Disney.

The "new convergence" of platforms -- notably the PC and the television -- was a big theme at the show and at Macworld with Apple TV. Here's a run down of TVs from Brier, and a look at new remote controls.

Steve Jobs stole the spotlight from CES with the announcement of the long-awaited iPhone at Macworld in San Francisco. These links are to coverage from our Practical Mac columnist, Glenn Fleishman, who also noted that Apple aimed more barbs at Microsoft than he'd seen in years.

Not everyone is charging full-speed ahead toward the new convergence. Actors, directors and other content creators have concerns about what anytime, anywhere access will mean for their professions. Readers worried that it might already be too late.

Check out our Personal Technology section on Saturday for a look at some of the coolest gadgets on display at CES.

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