CES 2011

The claim of Berlin’s International Radio Show (IFA) to be the biggest consumer electronics show in the world is fiercely contested by the Consumer Electronics Association in America, which organises the better known CES in Las Vegas.

But this week’s IFA is certainly better attended as well as being better timed than its January counterpart in terms of gauging what sort of year the industry is having and revealing what are the likely best-sellers in the upcoming holiday season. Read more

The Consumer Electronics Show has closed its doors in Las Vegas for another year, with attendances back to 2008 levels, after two years of recovering from recession. It certainly felt like it was back to the good old bad old days – with long lines at bus stops, taxi stands and the monorail, crowded halls and crashing communications. Preliminary attendance estimates from the Consumer Electronics Association bear this out with more than 140,000 people visiting the four-day event. Read more

“You shouldn’t have to have a PhD as a consumer to be able to figure out how to get this stuff,” Jeff Bewkes, Time Warner’s chairman and chief executive said at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Anyone trying to navigate through the forest of new entertainment devices and services unveiled at CES would sympathise, but for the media companies present the event served up a particularly complex mix of promise and challenges. Read more

Heading into its second official day, coverage for this year’s Consumer Electronics Show isn’t letting up. While our team has been updating from Las Vegas, and will continue to do so, let’s take a look around the web for what others have been talking about. Read more

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Microsoft has outlined plans to adapt the next version of Windows for the low-power ARM processor architecture that already underpins the iPad. Steven Sinofsky, head of the Windows and Windows Live division, went onstage at CES in Las Vegas to lay out an important shift in Microsoft’s technology strategy (though, in an attempt to appease Intel and AMD, he also described this as a broader evolution that includes them.) Read more

Web-connected cars could be the next big thing, according to the steer we’re being given about CES announcements from the likes of Audi, Ford and Toyota this week. But you can even feel connected in an old banger, thanks to a rear-view mirror device launched by OnStar at a press conference on Tuesday night. Read more

The growing number of sensors in devices and the symbiotic relationship between the latest hardware and the apps that enrich them were picked out as 2011 CES trends to watch by analysts from the Consumer Electronics Association on Tuesday. Fitness, health and sporting activities are new areas being exploited – among the gadgets highlighted at the CEA’s opening press conference were Zeal Optics’ Transcend ski goggles, which feature a heads-up display as you race down the mountain, showing speed, distance covered, temperature and altitude – the latter statistic measured using a pressure sensor. Read more

No secret about where much of the attention will be directed when this year’s Consumer Electronics Show officially opens on Thursday in Las Vegas: tablet computers – lots of them. Click the link below to see our coverage of the early news around CES. And come back the rest of this week for updates from our team at the show, including live coverage of some of the big announcements. Read more

We have one new fact to report and one new prediction to make about Hewlett-Packard’s webOS-based tablet computing gadget or gadgets, which will not be on display in Las Vegas. Read more

Following Dell’s Duo, with its flipover screen, Lenovo has come up with another take on the hybrid tablet/netbook with the Ideapad U1 and its detachable LePad slate. The concept may look familiar – Lenovo first showed it at CES 2010, but we finally have a release date and proper specifications for the machine, which make interesting reading. Read more

Much of the excitement around HP at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week is over whether it will unveil a long awaited tablet powered by Palm’s webOS. No sign of it yet, but, in the meantime, HP has announced its new notebook, netbook, PC and monitor lineup with the Pavilion dm1 looking the pick of the bunch. Read more

Not content with sending Apple past Microsoft in market value last year, investors on Monday gave it a new bragging right on the first trading day of 2011: a market cap exceeding $300bn. Competition for the iPad may be just around the corner, but for now, the stock market is betting that Apple will continue to lead the field by a large margin. Read more

Vizio, the leading LCD TV brand in the US, is working with Google to promote 3D apps for its televisions as it switches to Android from supporting Yahoo’s Connected TV technology. Vizio is also announcing plans to break out from televisions and launch a smartphone and a tablet device at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Read more

And we’re off… as the clock struck midnight in Las Vegas for the beginning of CES week, Toshiba unveiled the first of many tablet devices expected to be shown at the Consumer Electronics show.

The Toshiba Tablet is the first aimed at the US market by Toshiba and looks an advance on the Folio tablet it introduced in Europe towards the end of last year, which I saw unveiled at the IFA show in Berlin. Read more