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CES is expected to be smaller and more sedate this year. Still, it will feature some big news from industry giants like Sony, Intel, Ford, and Microsoft. Netbooks, OLED displays, and 3-D TV are expected to be the hottest items.  (Source: REUTERS/Steve Marcus)
CES in Vegas is expected to be smaller this year with less glitz

The tough economy has hit everything from the internet business, to the auto industry, to the computer manufacturing industry.  Trade shows, long an exciting part of the industry, have suffered with the slowing economy.  Once unthinkable moves, like Apple announcing it will no longer be coming to Macworld, became more frequent over the latter half of last year.

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), arguably the world's biggest electronics show, which takes place later this week, is expected to become the latest victim of the bad economy.  The show is expected to have fewer manufacturers, retailers and people expected in attendance.

Where last year featured massive 150-inch prototype TVs and focused on big, those showing this year will be shifting their focus to lean.  Green items and small money-saving gadgets are expected to be the hot tickets as consumers' wallets tighten.

CES 2009 is reporting that 130,000 people will likely come to the show, down from the 141,000 who attended last year.  Exhibitors have dropped from 3,000 to 2,700, spread over the same 1.7 million square feet space.  There's even room at Las Vegas hotel rooms and resorts, something that was unheard of in the past.

One trend is that many businesses are reserving meeting rooms.  Many of the business are expected to meet with each other's representatives, and engage in business otherwise reserved for customer visits at the show.  Such measures help businesses justify the cost of coming to CES in these troubled times.

Jason Oxman of the Consumer Electronics Association describes this shift, stating, "A lot of companies are asking us for meeting rooms that haven't done so in the past.  Companies are looking to do business at the show that they would otherwise do with individual customer visits."

Kumu Puri, a senior executive with Accenture Ltd's emphasizes the shows focus shifting to smaller gadgets like mobile devices, video games and personal navigation systems.  He states, "Those are the categories that really continue to appeal to the consumer ... they're at price points that are a little bit more manageable.

One of the hottest tickets at CES 2009 is expected to be netbooks.  With every manufacturer besides Apple jumping on the netbook trend, netbooks are expected to litter the CES floor.  Some are predicting that the market will see netbooks at or beneath $200 this year.

While Acer Inc. and Asustek Computer Inc. have dominated the netbook market, PC sales market leaders HP and Dell have struggled to catch up.  Sony, which thus far has stayed out of netbooks, is expected to be cooking up a model of its own, possibly to debut at CES.

The show still is drawing some of the biggest names in the tech business with Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, Cisco Systems Inc CEO John Chambers, Sony Corp CEO Howard Stringer, Intel Corp Chairman Craig Barrett and Ford Motor Co CEO Alan Mulally all giving keynotes.

Other hot items for the show are organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays, which offer superior picture and less power use, and 3-D television.  NVIDIA, Sony and others are pushing 3-D video as the future of entertainment, with the technology already deployed in many movie theaters.  The technology may hit the consumer market this year.



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I'm so sick of hearing about our "slowing economy"
By zombiexl on 1/5/09, Rating: 0
By Mitch101 on 1/5/2009 1:06:48 PM , Rating: 5
You might not see it or you might not know where to look but its there.

There are a lot more houses everywhere up for sale and a lot of them are foreclosed. Many months later those same houses are still for sale even if they are priced well. You might notice new housing developments that aren't building any new homes.

Because people are at the mall doesn't mean they have the money to spend. Some do it just to get out of the house and walk around. Especially in winter because parks are too cold to take the kids.

Jobs I am starting to get friends who are now unemployed and those that have been unemployed are finally coming out and telling people. The phone is not ringing even for the most highly skilled people. I know a few people changing careers right now also because the phone is not ringing. I can even find places to park where normally I wouldn't be able to.

Seen and heard of a few auto dealerships in my area that have closed. Porsche and a Chevy dealership that is closing one of its locations. Used car lots are filling with high end cars like BMW and Hummers.

No lines at a lot of restaurants especially places that used to have 45 min waits you can now walk right in and sit down.

Even if you aren't experiencing it or don't see it directly it is happening.


By zombiexl on 1/5/2009 1:35:52 PM , Rating: 2
I dont doubt people are having problems. I'm not seeing it to the doom and gloom extent of the claims.

Of course I bought a house i could afford, unlike most of those people who bought those foreclosed houses you refer to. I didnt fall for the interest only, or 80/20 ARM crap.

I would guess that people carrying bags from macy's, jc penny, disney store, etc probably bought stuff and most of the people I see at the malls are carrying bags. Like I said I see people buying plasma's and lcd's everytime i go to BB, WalMart, etc.

The economy needs correcting, no doubt. I dont think bailing out companies and banks and overblowing the situation is helping.

The main things that I see is the housing and stock market correcting from a vast over inflation.


By TheDoc9 on 1/5/2009 3:44:02 PM , Rating: 2
I'm with you on this one, everything in austin seems to be fine. I have heard of people loosing their jobs here, no one I know personally. I do know one person speaking of ongoing cuts with more expected soon from their huge company in this area.

My company is hiring and I know personally of a few others hiring that are descent mid-level tech jobs.

People are still driving their Lexus's, BMW's, ect. Of course most people around here buy these cars used to begin with to keep up with the jones's. I did see one nice brand new infinity g37 a few weeks ago...probably on lease.


By codeThug on 1/5/2009 7:25:29 PM , Rating: 3
Austin is within the Oil Belt. This time it will probably fair ok compared to the rest of the country. Austin has also diversified quit a bit since the late eighties when it's ass got kicked by a downturn.

Keep your fingers crossed when you say stuff like this.


By MrPoletski on 1/6/2009 12:06:33 PM , Rating: 2
It all seems to be fine?

You might find yourself in for a rude awakening..


By jonmcc33 on 1/6/2009 7:17:34 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'm not seeing it to the doom and gloom extent of the claims.


Come to Florida. It leads the nation in foreclosures. Many smaller businesses that used to thrive down here are all gone. There's a strip mall here where every store is closed.

There is no "claim". It's reality.


By Dreifort on 1/6/2009 9:49:51 AM , Rating: 2
A local car dealer in my city was indicted. He's one of the reasons for the bad loans which lead to this mess we're in. He was charged with overseeing his employees purposely approve and "modify" loans to get them passed through the bank to get the customer a loan for their car they were buying from the now indicted car dealer.

He's been in business for over 30 years in my area.


By MrPoletski on 1/6/2009 12:07:44 PM , Rating: 2
The fundaments of the US economy are strong!

(snigger..)


By Regs on 1/5/2009 9:23:14 PM , Rating: 2
We have nothing to sell! Lets blame the economy.

Ok, sometimes that works in some markets. You can't build houses if construction costs too much or the banks won't give out the loan to the contractors.

Though I think the root of our problems is from us not having to muchto compete with or offer. Our judicial branch are using laws and philosophies 100 years old, our legislative branch is too busy making laws like the patriot act, and Wall Street is polluted with a bunch of greedy blood sucking leeches.


By AlexWade on 1/5/2009 10:10:11 PM , Rating: 2
It does affect different areas worse than others. Where I live, in eastern North Carolina, houses are still being built. Just not as much as they used to. There are foreclosures, but there are no ghost town areas. Of course, this is a small town, about 50,000 in the city, 100,000 in the area. My business has never been better. A short drive away in Raleigh, it is worse but still not terrible. Where my brother lives, in Florida, it is really bad. He has two houses adjacent that have been foreclosed for over a year.

Any business that depends on credit but not credit cards is hurting. One of my customers is a car dealership, and they are in trouble.

I think that the places that grew too fast or was overpriced are the ones that are hurting the most. Places that have slower growth and reasonable priced houses are the ones doing okay. Just because it is not bad where you are at does not mean it is overblown.

It will pass in time. I rather have the peaks and valleys of capitalism than the always bad economy of communism and socialism.


By Doormat on 1/5/2009 1:45:29 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe its a factor of where you live.

In Las Vegas, the housing market is kaput - my home is down almost 50% from its peak price in 2005, and I'm underwater 75K because I bought at the end of 2004, so I cant move up to a bigger house that I would otherwise be able to afford the mortgage on.

Circus Circus, a low end hotel/casino on The Strip, usually has at least a few small parties for CES, maybe 400-500 people. This year they have none. Zero.

Such is the same up and down the strip, parties that used to be held by the manufacturers and other organizations are slimmed down or gone.

Finally, how "busy" stores are might not accurately reflect the lines at the register. I've seen busy stores where the lines aren't that long at the register. People aren't going on vacation, so they go to the mall to walk and look around at stuff. I did this over New Years - I didn't buy anything but I spent the afternoon at BB, the Apple store, Express, etc...


By Burned on 1/5/2009 2:38:26 PM , Rating: 2
Go back to those malls in a month then tell us how busy it is. Its still the boxing week sales.


By BigPeen on 1/5/2009 2:49:26 PM , Rating: 3
Ya we're not in economic turmoil. We just have the highest unemployment rate since before WWII, highest foreclosure rate, and the largest mfg. and banking companies on the verge of bankruptcy.....You sir, are nothing short of retarded. Or you live in a cave, on Mars, with your eyes closed, and your fingers in your ears.


By Oregonian2 on 1/5/2009 3:40:18 PM , Rating: 2
Although single month jumps in unemployment (which hit me in November.. still looking) may have set highs since WWII, the actual rate has been higher than now fairly recently (in the dot com crash recession). Now, it's projected to get higher than now, and may eventually get to a post-WWII high, but AFAIK it hasn't hit there yet (although some areas may have).

Having banks go bankrupt isn't so bad so long as the services they provided gets provided by someone else (or the purchased version of the bank). That's not been happening, and that's the problem -- not so much having particular institutions thriving. Long term thinking prefers having weak large banks go bankrupt and healthy ones thrive at it's wake... but the intermediate dynamics of that happening is pretty catastrophic, so that's causing practical vs theoretical philosophy problems of what to do (in addition to knowing what to do even if the philosophic problems were gone).

A great deal of the problems are secondary side effects of the primary one of having the availability of financing going bye-bye (this also is the fundamental reason that my job went away.. along with most all of those I was working with).


By zombiexl on 1/5/2009 3:50:51 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
A great deal of the problems are secondary side effects of the primary one of having the availability of financing going bye-bye (this also is the fundamental reason that my job went away.. along with most all of those I was working with).


Which is a secondary side effect of legislation forcing funding of mortgages for people who probably couldnt get a credit card with a $500 limit.

On a side note, sorry to hear about your job loss.


By Oregonian2 on 1/5/2009 5:25:14 PM , Rating: 2
Good point. That is at least a good piece of the cause of the problem (lack of financing to legit borrowers), but isn't the problem per se. But then, that's like me saying that someone being a murderer isn't bad, it's people being killed. One is the cause of the problem, the other is the problem. :-)


By Doormat on 1/6/2009 12:17:02 AM , Rating: 2
Too bad you're full of crap, says former head of the Federal Reserve Ed Gramlich...

http://www.federalreserve.gov/boarddocs/speeches/1...

"The repayment experience has generally been very good for CRA loans. Confidential data for one large but anonymous mortgage lender give a cumulative three-year foreclosure rate of 2.3 percent for loans that were likely to be made under CRA"

The CRA loans were nearly as profitable as non-CRA loans.


By ekv on 1/6/2009 5:27:15 AM , Rating: 2
umm, slight problem, this link is from a 1999 speech.

Suppose Gramlich is correct. Ignoring the structure of loans with the built-in balloon payments, and the predicted wave of defaults (2004 time frame). Supposing Gramlich is correct, how do we get to the point of needing rather large bail-outs? How do you see it?


By zombiexl on 1/5/2009 3:45:37 PM , Rating: 2
Since we're flinging mud...

You must watch too much tv news. You are being brainwashed by the media and would probably believe anythign they feed you.

I'm sure the fact i'm not hurting has nothing to do with my own ambition to run my own business and make sure i keep myself working. If you are unemployed I feel sorry for you, but you have the ability to help yourself and should do so.


By Dreifort on 1/6/2009 10:03:21 AM , Rating: 2
Sheep follow in many directions.

If the herd goes to greener pastures, then they all rejoice in the great food. If they herd goes over a cliff, they all complain someone should have had the foresight to see the cliff.

It's not being brainwashed by the media, it's allowing the media to do your thinking. More like laziness. Its part of the cycle that ambitious ppl will pay for the lazy ppl. Just as on the flip side, ambitious ppl sometimes push ppl out of the way and into trouble.

The only fault I find with our current economic situation is no one is really looking to solve the problem. Everyone (media, gov't, passer bys) all want to poor sugar on the problem and blame anyone but themselves.

Is the problem that low income ppl can't afford their $50,000 Mercedes? no.

Is the problem that a wealthy person can't afford their $3M home/estate? no.

The biggest problem is a middle income worker can't afford their middle income price ranged house/car because their interest rate ballooned. The banks are at fault for letting this happen, but it’s not entirely the banks fault for getting forged loan documents to begin with.

But the source of the problem is the inherent spending spree America fell into. It's like getting married making $50k/yr. In 10 yrs you are making $500k/yr. You get a divorce and your wife sues for alimony saying she is use to living off of $500k/yr.

America wants alimony.


By Hiawa23 on 1/5/2009 5:21:00 PM , Rating: 2
Ya we're not in economic turmoil. We just have the highest unemployment rate since before WWII, highest foreclosure rate, and the largest mfg. and banking companies on the verge of bankruptcy.....You sir, are nothing short of retarded. Or you live in a cave, on Mars, with your eyes closed, and your fingers in your ears.

I agree, I am not one to call names, but he has to be living in some vacuum. I live in Florida, & I too bought a house I could afford back in 2000, but times are tough now, things have changed for many, especially since my company has slashed hours from 50 to now 35week, & when you have a mortgage, car note, child, & all the other living expenses that has risen, many Americans are hurting right now, so everytime I hear someone trying to bash the homeowners who may have bought more home than they can afford while trying to prop themselves up, it aint just them hurting, & I think that's wrong. We are all affected. I have been trying to find a part time job, but not many places are hiring period & I have a Business degree, so everyone is hurting with this economy, & I am not sure where the guy above lives but here in central Florida over the holidays it's clear people were not spending money like they did in the past, & my little nest eggg that I had called my 401k is now a 201k. It just really angers me that alot of good people are going to lose their homes, & stuff due to jobs continually being cut, & let's be realistic here, if most people lost their jobs & they were the primary earner in their home then they would most likely end up losing their home, so again, all those foreclosed homes are just not from people who were irresponsible, alot of good people, good families might go down with this mess Obama now has to try to clean up.


By zombiexl on 1/5/2009 9:46:14 PM , Rating: 2
Since everyone keep[s saying it's where i live, let me set that straight. I live in a hole in the wall town about 60 miles north west of pittsburgh. This town is the product of an over bearing steel unions that had people hardly working and getting paid to not work.

Also I have a wife and 2 kids, so it's not like i'm some single guy who has all kinds of extra money. I worked/work hard to get what I have and I keep my eyes and ears open for any new opportunities to make money. Thats what this country and free enterprise are all about.

I grew up pretty poor so it's not like i dont understand people have hard times. I just dont see it to the extreme extent that every media outlet is trying to push. Maybe its becuase this town was already crap, or that I just dont care how the jones' are doing.

The point is I see money moving like crazy when i go out to the stores. I'm not talking about casual window shoppers, unless they've started loading up carts, arms, etc and checking out of the store as part of window shopping..


By bridgeman on 1/7/2009 12:03:30 AM , Rating: 2
It is where you live. Pittsburgh and the surrounding area isn't hurting much because it's been slowly dying since the late 70s. The housing market's ok because nothing was overpriced to begin with (thank you, population decline). Jobs are mostly stable, at least until the pain elsewhere catches up to western PA.


By Dreifort on 1/6/2009 1:59:17 PM , Rating: 2
You’re assuming Obama can clean this up.

This is not a political spill that just needs wiping up. This "mess" was caused by spending-spree American citizens. This shopping spree mentality was created/re-created under Bill Clinton and allowed to continue under Bush. While Obama may or may not continue try and get American's to spend their way out of problems - this is not something he can simply fix.

The problem is America is now a country built on transactions and not product. With the exception of a few industries still thriving, we no longer rely on manufactured products to generate our economy, but the transaction of importing and reselling to generate our economy. In other words... if you don't buy something, our economy takes a hit.

Bush has done nothing different than what Obama is proposing to do. Give everyone money and hope they spend it.

In the past, we bought things on credit. Thanks to a bad promotion of giving bad loans (by Clinton's admin) and the continued overlook of this (by Bush's admin) we now have low credit to continue buying things. So our economy is taking a big hit.

This is not something Obama can "clean up". Even if he tries throwing money at it.

If we continue to support the ideology of buy now, pay later - we will always face this problem with our economy....

If we want to keep our buy now, pay later economy... it will take EVERY citizen to act responsibly. Do you think this will happen?

Sadly...judging by our media trained citizens today - it won't happen anytime soon.


By kattanna on 1/5/2009 2:50:43 PM , Rating: 2
funny.. the big mall by me 3 of the major stores are now closed, or going out of business sales.


By Oregonian2 on 1/5/2009 3:44:15 PM , Rating: 2
I'm curious, what three major stores are going out of business?

Circuit City is the biggie that I know of having troubles. There are some other chains that went out this last year, but most of them were ones that should have anyway -- even if things were booming, they were crummy and/or overpriced stores (CompUSA for instance).


By Dreifort on 1/6/2009 3:41:50 PM , Rating: 2
Circuity isn't going out of business legistically. Not yet. They have only filed for bankruptcy.

Is it the media that has trained everyone to think backruptcy = never to do business again?

Tell that to millions of Americans who have filed for bankruptcy and are still buying cars and electronics at places like Circuit City.


By Oregonian2 on 1/6/2009 5:09:10 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Circuity isn't going out of business legistically. Not yet. They have only filed for bankruptcy.


Yes, I stand corrected. I meant out of business for the particular store in that mall that was mentioned. CC is indeed closing (or has closed) quite a few stores, and those stores are out of business.

As to bankruptcy, if it's chapter 11, yes they're still ongoing, but if it's chapter 7, then they're becoming history.

I hope CC lasts, they probably are/were my favorite store of its kind with comparatively friendly/helpful sales droids -- at least before they fired their experienced help to save money (so I think less of them now).


By Dreifort on 1/6/2009 3:45:16 PM , Rating: 2
also...CompUSA didn't go out of business because of a failing economy.

The cheap bastard owner didn't want to try and find solutions to right his own ship (a profitable company having one bad yr). So he sold the company to the cheapest bidder -- a liquidation company who bought all of CompUSAs retail outlets and then TigerDirect who purchased Comp's warehouse inventory.

CompUSA just got out of the market and screwed their employees. The owner isn't complaing of a bad economy while raking in the dough from the sell of his company. He was just to lazy to keep his company going.


By Oregonian2 on 1/6/2009 5:04:32 PM , Rating: 2
My understanding is that the Mexican fellow (richest in the world I think, passed Gates) had invested quite a bit of money into CompUSA and didn't want to invest more. They had been losing money for many years and didn't look like they would stop doing so (even with the purchase of "the good guys" and adding general consumer electronics). But as I said, they'd be gone anyway. I once was in there and there was only ONE cashier in the place with a long line, and that one cashier volunteered to take purchased items out to the car of a (pretty) woman customer (leaving there no cashiers at all). Compare with Fry's where there will be twenty or more cashiers and a person at the front of the line who spots open cashiers and directs the line-front-person to go over to it. Plus CompUSA prices were usually obscenely high and sale items tended not to exist (although a lot of stores are that way). Only thing they had going for them was a great location (for me).


By Bateluer on 1/5/2009 3:18:37 PM , Rating: 3
Hits some cities and states harder, I suppose.

Some are saying its the second Great Depression. Others are saying its nothing more than a simple recession. I'm inclined to agreed with those who think its merely a recession.

However, I do believe that the government seeds to stop trying to correct the market and let the market correct itself. Government interference usually causes more problems than it solves.


By Oregonian2 on 1/5/2009 3:47:14 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
All in all, I'd say the stores were busier this holiday season than christmas time in 2007. Maybe the profit margins are slimmer, but that doesnt mean people arent buying stuff.


Thing is that I don't think one can really tell. When you read the reports in the financial pages, they'll report a 5% drop in sales as "falling off a cliff" death-spiral sales -- where a person shopping probably couldn't tell a 5% drop if their life depended on it (and where it might have been that level on the way up a year or two previously).


By kart17wins on 1/5/2009 7:53:46 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
When you read the reports in the financial pages, they'll report a 5% drop in sales


What the media doesn't tell you is that if you subtract gas and auto purchases the drop in sales is only 1.5%-2%.

Not nearly as bad as they make it out to be.


By Yawgm0th on 1/5/2009 5:03:50 PM , Rating: 3
Anecdotal evidence based on your shopping experiences isn't really valid in the context of the strength of the economy.

Unemployment is high. Fewer companies are hiring; more companies are cutting back. Gas is cheaper than it has been in years. Every major stock index and most individual stocks have plummeted. Most companies are reporting lower profits.

The economy is in rough shape, regardless of your retail experience.


By Gzus666 on 1/5/2009 5:13:20 PM , Rating: 3
So you are saying his "retailometer" is not an accurate depiction of how the economy is doing and there are other factors involved? No way!


By Oregonian2 on 1/5/2009 5:29:02 PM , Rating: 3
Interesting thing is that even companies that are currently doing well are laying off people and cutting back "just in case", being "proactive". Thing is that this being done on a widespread basis is a self-fulfilling downturn.


By zombiexl on 1/5/2009 9:49:44 PM , Rating: 2
That was my point exactly. I dont think its as bad as the media is making it. They are only causing more problems with their scare tactics.

I'm glad someone here has some sense to realize that its not as bad as people are trying to make it.


By Zshazz on 1/6/2009 12:06:04 AM , Rating: 2
Luckily, since the media loves Obama so much, as soon as he gets into office it'll be "Oh, Obama's done x, y, and z, and this will almost definitely improve the economy. It's all rainbows and butterflies from here on!"

So, I guess it works to our advantage.


By MrPoletski on 1/6/2009 12:13:15 PM , Rating: 2
The media love Obama?

How do you figure that?

Just because somebody gets a lot of press coverage, doesn't mean they like him. He's the bloody president elect, if he was invisible from the news I'd think that would be more of an issue.

You only need to watch Fox news for 5 minutes (the most watched media outlet in the USA btw) to find out how much they hate Obama. I mean, they even allowed 'lets hope the magic negro does well' ticker across their screen FFS.


By zombiexl on 1/5/2009 9:57:40 PM , Rating: 2
I guess that makes sense if you dont think the stock market was over inflated. Most people who werent trying to rip off someone know that it was over inflated and due for a major correction.


By preslove on 1/6/2009 11:22:27 AM , Rating: 2
And, so every single economist in the world is wrong?


By zombiexl on 1/7/2009 12:26:24 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure most economists aren't sayign this is the worst thing since the great depression. That started as a dem talking point during the election and caught traction in the media.

They say things are down, times are tough, etc. Not that every-freaking-thing that happens is becuase of our slowing economy.


By MrPoletski on 1/6/2009 12:14:28 PM , Rating: 2
Soon you will see stalking elk past department store windows and stinking racks of beautiful rotting dresses and tuxedos on hangers; you'll wear leather clothes that will last you the rest of your life, and you'll climb the wrist-thick kudzu vines that wrap the Sears Tower. Jack and the beanstalk; you'll climb up through the dripping forest canopy and the air will be so clean you'll see tiny figures pounding corn and laying strips of venison to dry in the empty car pool lane of an abandoned superhighway stretching eight-lanes-wide and August-hot for a thousand miles.


ces
By semo on 1/5/2009 5:55:41 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
netbooks are expected to litter the CES floor
very well put. netbooks are tat and are getting too much undeserved attention. notice how the term olpc has been forgotten... started oh so nobel but when average joe started buying these devices it's a case of "children? what children?"

</rant>

this year i'm rooting for oled (sed's dead right?). we all know ssds are the future and it is done deal. just question of (seemingly very long) time now.




RE: ces
By foolsgambit11 on 1/5/2009 8:51:09 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, the best way to get prices down on OLPCs is to get economies of scale. The best way to help kids in the 3rd world get computers is if the average Joe doesn't know they're getting them, anyway. Not to say keep it hidden, but we don't need to make a big deal about it. If it's a big deal, and people talk about a program to give computers to kids in Zambia (or wherever), inevitably, people will complain that it's a waste of money.


CES Cost
By mostlyaniceguy on 1/5/2009 7:02:43 PM , Rating: 2
One of the major reasons many smaller manufactures I have talked to bring up the real reason CES is going to be smaller this year...ongoing cost increases to attend the show. CES has become a 800 Pound Gorilla as the cost to 'show' at the show have become so high it doesn't make sense for a smaller manufacture to show off their new products. Not many exhibitors will openly talk about the skyrocketing cost to exhibit at the show like the 'rent' you have to pay for everything from electrical extension cords to the carpeting, oh and lets not forget the move-in (and out) cost of several thousand dollars just to bring in your products and booths. Oh and you have to use Union Labor at a minimum of over $65 per hour to put your booth together if your unlucky enough to have a bigger booth. Oh and the when rooms costs are factored in, now over a hundred dollars per night, CES and Las Vegas are not the 'deal' they used to be so why go. You just have to look at what happened to Comdex to see which way CES will go. Smart Manufactures...stay at home and market your products to your retailers without the cost or headaches of CES .




By crystal clear on 1/6/2009 8:27:08 AM , Rating: 2
Netflix and LG Electronics plan to introduce a new high-definition LG televisions that can screen Netflix movies directly from the Web without an external box.

These televisions which use broadband Internet technology to begin selling the Netflix-enabled LG TVs this spring,at around $ 1000 .

Expect others like Samsung, Toshiba etc (but certainly not SONY) to come out with similar models later on this year.

Technologies that bring the Internet to the TV "without destroying the TV experience" will be the best sellers of 2009.

Sony will not be happy about this. cause these HDTVs make their Blue-ray players redundant.

Blu-Ray becomes a transition technology with people moving from DVDs to internet on TV technologies skipping the BR players/techmology completely.

Expect Toshiba to addin to these HDTVs Internet to the TV their upscaling technologies developed before & after they dropped HDDVD.

Yes course this comment will upset a lot of Blu-ray fanboys but reality of the internet to TV has come.

Now who needs a Blu-ray player....skip it for these $1000 internet to HDTVs.....& yes dont forget to rate me down.




Boring Tech
By jskirwin on 1/6/2009 10:48:42 AM , Rating: 2
All the talk (and blame) seems to focus on the economy. How about the lack of new products? It seems to me that we are in a lull consumer tech-wise. Flat panel TVs are now mainstream. Ditto iPhone and its imitators. Next Gen gaming systems like the Xbox 360/PS3 are now 2-3 years old. Blu-ray has beaten HD-DVD but has yet to seriously threaten the regular DVD in terms of sales. As for downloading movies directly to the TV, few people have the broadband access that requires (although I'm sure most of DT readers do).

Honestly I'm bored; there simply isn't anything exciting out there right now.




Vegas is...
By Screwballl on 1/6/2009 10:57:51 AM , Rating: 2
Vegas is an "extra spending" locale. People go there when they have money to blow. This year as people are reducing their extraneous spending, Vegas and other vacation destinations are dropping like a rock. People and businesses are getting back to basics, only spending what they have and relying on credit much less than before.

This is not a new low, I suspect it is just the new standard which I am happy to see.




Show will scale to the times.
By teckytech9 on 1/6/2009 11:33:48 PM , Rating: 2
The extravagant spending habits in the past are diminishing. Folks are scaling back and purchasing only the necessities. Today, the consumer is interested in price points of $400 laptops and tech gadgets under $100. This spells lower profit margins for companies that produce these goods and services.




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