Defying expectations, Day 1 of CES was not dull. Palm stole the show with a new and important product. And last night, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made an interesting announcement about Windows.
Here are the Webware-related CES highlights from the first official day of the conference:
- The Palm announcement at CES--a new OS and new hardware--was everything people had been hoping for, and more. Palm WebOS looks solid, and the UI looks fun and easy. The device, the Pre, is pretty slick, with both the pebble-in-the-stream smoothness of the iPhone and a slide-out keyboard. One thing that's less clear: how will developers get their apps into the hands of users, and how will Palm (and Sprint, the Pre's launch carrier) ensure reliability of the apps? Also, ? Shortly after Palm's press conference, about the announcement.
- Ballmer also and said the tech economy is in the middle of a "reset."
- LG revealed even more about its . Panasonic announced .
- Wednesday night, I got a look at a demo (video link) of Yahoo Connected TV, a new platform that will enable viewers of new televisions to pop little content widgets up over their programs.
- My favorite Internet toy, the Chumby, got grown-up supervision through a
- Is Skype the recession-proof phone company? The VoIP provider is .
- In the "we'll just pretend that Palm didn't just steal our thunder" department, INQ claims it's the
- Scariest news of the show: . Can't wait to meet one of these barreling down the interstate.