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Category: Consumer Electronics Show
January 10, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Windows 7 marketing, Apple ‘iStick’ are butt of ‘Wait, Wait’ jokes

NPR commedy news quiz “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” took a few swipes at the tech industry on this week’s show. In the segment, “Who’s Carl This Time,” a listener contestant has to put a quote from the week’s news in context. The quote:

“The company has essentially changed its marketing message to, ‘It’s not as awful as you think.'”

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January 7, 2009 at 11:55 PM

CES: Q&A with Microsoft entertainment boss Robbie Bach

LAS VEGAS — Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division, talked about layoffs (“you won’t hear us comment”), the great 2008 for Xbox and its impact on profitability, Microsoft’s deal with Verizon Wireless (creating a good mobile search experience is the key), where entertainment fits in Microsoft’s mobile strategy and more. Read on for a condensed transcript of my conversation with him Wednesday afternoon.

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January 7, 2009 at 6:36 PM

CES: Ballmer realistic about economy, optimistic about technology

LAS VEGAS — Steve Ballmer is on stage now. For a rundown of what he’s expected to announce, see this post.

He asked the audience to join him in a round of applause for Bill Gates — Microsoft co-founder and chairman, and his predecessor on the International Consumer Electronics Show stage — for his decision to devote the majority of his time to helping people around the world, particularly children in Africa. The full house (though not overflowing) obliged.

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January 7, 2009 at 6:30 PM

CES: Microsoft announces Windows 7 beta, partnerships with Verizon, Dell, Facebook

LAS VEGAS — Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is set to take the stage here now. Here’s a rundown of the news he’s planning to announce, along with some analysis, based on an advanced briefing from Microsoft and an interview earlier today with Robbie Bach, president of the company’s Entertainment and Devices Division, who is expected to join Ballmer on stage. Check back for color from the speech and any surprises.

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January 7, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Bloomberg: Microsoft search to be on Verizon Wireless phones

Bloomberg is reporting that Ivan Seidenberg, CEO of Verizon Communications, told an investor conference today that Verizon Wireless is partnering with Microsoft “to provide Web browsing services to mobile-phone users, beating out search leader Google Inc.” Details are expected during Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s keynote speech here at the International Consumer Electronics Show, which…

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January 6, 2009 at 11:07 PM

CES: State of the Consumer Electronics industry

Here’s a preview of a story running in tomorrow’s paper on the outlook of the Consumer Electronics Association’s own economist and analyst.

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LAS VEGAS — The consumer electronics industry gave a sober assessment Tuesday of the hits its primary customers — consumers — have taken in the past year. But the industry’s economists also had plenty to cheer about as their products are accounting for a growing share of consumer spending.

“As you’d expect, as consumers lost a tremendous amount of wealth in real estate and in equity holdings, you saw them cut back on what they were buying,” Shawn DuBravac, economist with the Consumer Electronics Association trade group, said Tuesday as the International Consumer Electronics Show chugged to life here.

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January 6, 2009 at 9:36 PM

CES: Netbook maker Asus partnering closely with Microsoft on Windows 7, but showing new Eee PCs with XP

LAS VEGAS — The netbook market exploded in 2008 with significant implications for Microsoft’s flagship Windows business. The Consumer Electronics Association says in 2008 manufacturers shipped 10 million of these low-cost, lightweight computers meant for Web surfing, e-mail and other light-weight, connected activities.

One of the leaders in the market is ASUSTeK Computer, the Taiwan-based global computer hardware giant, whose Eee PC line helped kick-start the trend. Today the company rolled out the latest in that line, as well as several other new hardware devices, and highlighted its relationship with Microsoft.

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