Our second live CNET Showcase event was all about the market for smaller-than-laptop computers: Slates, tablets, and Netbooks. We brought Dan Ackerman out from our New York office to argue with Donald Bell about the merits of different technologies and platforms, in front of a live audience.
The video above is our discussion, in which we focus a lot on Apple's iPad and what it took to give it the market position it has: more than 3 million devices sold since it first … Read more
It went about as well as we could have hoped. In our first live CNET Showcase event for local tech fans, we brought together five manufacturers, two independent experts on 3D, a whole mess of pizza, and dozens of active-shutter glasses to give people a 3D glimpse into the future of home entertainment. See Brian Cooley's video here for an overview of the event.
With the majority of the Treo-toting crowd decamped from the desert Wednesday night, it's time to call Demo '07 officially over. With that in mind, let's recap--in no particular order--our favorites from the two-day emerging-tech conference.
Garnering the most buzz among attendees was Zink, an inkless printing technology. Or as Webware.com's Rafe Needleman called it, "Polaroid 2.0." Because Zink doesn't require any printer heads, just heat and special paper made of polymer, it leaves a really small footprint. The first applications will be a small, standalone printer and a--gasp!--self-printing camera.
PALM DESERT, Calif.--Attendio helps you avoid that dreaded circular conversation: "What do you want to do tonight?"---"I don't know, what do you want to do?"---and so on.
More specifically, Attendio is a social-events discovery service that continuously feeds events directly to a calendar program based on specified interests and geographic location.
Launching here at Demo '07, Attendio is not shy about how new it is--its tagline is "seriously beta." (Speaking of names here at Demo, can we talk about that? Attendio, Yodio, Vringo... the names sound to me like … Read more
PALM DESERT, Calif.--Like so many mobile trends, GetaBuz has its genesis in the creativity of teenagers.
GetaBuz licenses hit songs from major record labels and allows users to record personalized voice mail greetings and messages over the song, which cost $1 to $3 each.
It's a smoother way of doing what teens had already figured out--they wanted to send clips of songs to their friends from their mobile phones, Steve Ehrlich, co-founder of Buz Interactive, told me.
I got a quick demo, and the interface is pretty smooth. Just choose a song and record a message--up to 30 … Read more
PALM DESERT, Calif.--The series of tubes is rife with rich content, but a few companies are finding ways to let us print it on-demand.
Do you skip right to the blank-inside greeting cards like I do? It's not just that I hate the contrived sentiments pre-chosen for me, but I want the power to customize. Ink2 could be a good option for extreme customization.
Any content you find on the Web is game. Choose an image, slap it on a card, calendar or postcard. Fiddle with the layout however you want, pick your text, font, color, size, style … Read more
PALM DESERT, Calif.--An early leader in the "name soon to be a verb a la Google and TiVo" category here at Demo '07 is Yodio, an audio-publishing system to produce and send audio with digital photos.
After 3-1/2 years of development, the Seattle-based Yodio (short for "your audio") is being unveiled in the next hour here at Demo '07. It works like this: Take a digital photo. Call their toll-free number and record a message (but keep it under two minutes). Yodio syncs the MP3 file with your photo, which can then be sent … Read more
PALM DESERT, Calif.--Instead of clogging up a MySpace page with multiple video boxes, Panjea.TV hopes users will opt to build their own channel.
The Panjea people are billing it as a kind of self-produced MTV, where you pick videos from your favorite artists and put them in a single window that you can update whenever and from wherever.
Depending on the awesomeness of your channel, other users could decide to embed your channel on their own site, or create a channel themselves.
Here's a smattering of Demo '07 coverage so far from Dan Farber's Between the Lines blog on ZDNet.com:
Remote mobile management via 3G: Alcatel-Lucent showed a prototype of its Mobile Endpoint Management System, a 3G wireless platform for managing remote mobile computers.
A 6th Sense for developers: 6th Sense Analytics demoed an on-demand tool for gathering performance metrics in software development projects.
WorkLight unleashes enterprise data via RSS: Serendipity Technologies introduced WorkLight, a server-based application that traffics in secure RSS within a corporate setting to deliver what the company describes as "Web 2.0-style" access … Read more