CES: Technology for the blind and deaf

January 9, 2009

Technology is supposed to make life easier for everyone, and at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, we found some gadgets that are accessible by the blind and deaf.

CES: Robbie Bach on Microsoft’s 3 screens strategy

January 8, 2009

We gave you our notes from a Q&A with Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division, yesterday. Here’s a clip of him talking about Microsoft’s three screens strategy (PC, phone, TV) and what it means for the consumer.

CES: Is Sony’s new Vaio a netbook?

January 8, 2009

In the old days -– say six months ago -– netbooks were easy to describe in a few short words. Cheap (less than $400), small (10-inch screen or less) and light (less than 3 pounds). Alas, things are not quite so simple anymore.

Ballmer upstaged at first-ever CES keynote?

January 8, 2009

After watching Bill Gates deliver Microsoft’s keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show for 12 years, CEO Steve Ballmer finally got his moment in the sun on Wednesday.

CES: Microsoft’s Robbie Bach speaks

January 8, 2009

Robbie Bach, President of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division, sat down to talk to Reuters at CES in Las Vegas, ahead of the big keynote address by CEO Steve Ballmer. Topics discussed ranged from the Windows 7 beta and eventual launch, Microsoft’s mobile search deal with Verizon, and how the tough economic environment is affecting the company.

CES: Samsung gadgets get reporters hot and bothered

January 7, 2009

If gadgets were fashion models, Samsung would probably send its TVs, Blu-ray players and camcorders sashaying down the runway, with reporters and photographers scrambling to get close. That’s how proud they were of their gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show — admittedly, they were all slim, sexy and worth a slip of drool.

CES: Toshiba’s Regza gets a facelift this year

January 7, 2009

Toshiba’s pricey Regza LCD televisions are getting cosmetic surgery this year, the Japanese electronics maker announced at the Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday.

CES: Gadgets, from the corny to the cute

January 7, 2009

We reporters got the usual sneak peak at some of the gadgets on display at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, a couple days before the official start on Thursday.  Nothing struck us as terribly exciting or revolutionary, but there were a number of things that caught our eye. Just because they were cute, earth-friendly or designed to make life — or rather, downloads — a little easier. Here’s a selection of what we’ve seen so far:

CES: LG’s watch a secret agent could love

January 7, 2009

Mention a watch phone and many people will say the same thing: “sounds like something out of a James Bond movie.”

CES: Consumer gadgets still hot, hotter than cars at least

January 7, 2009

Recession or not, people like gadgets and they’re going to buy them. At least that’s what Consumer Electronics Association economist Shawn DuBravac and industry analyst Steve Koenig suggested in their presentation at CES in Las Vegas.