NEW ORLEANS--CTIA took place at the Ernest Morial Convention Center on the banks of the Mississippi.
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AT&T goes southern
The night before the show began, AT&T debuted home security, called Digital Life (read CNET's report), at an event in a century-old private home in New Orleans' Garden District.
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Blowing smoke at HTC
At HTC's booth, a performer blew smoke bubbles that flew over the crowd.
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And smoke rings
He also used a glass tube to blow smoke rings.
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LG shows off
Though it introduced no new phones, LG's booth was one of the biggest at the show.
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Time for some tunes
A four-piece jazz band played for members of the press and analysts at the Pepcom press event on the show's first night.
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At the same event, a performer juggled Jabra Bluetooth headsets.
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A sand artist at Kyocera's booth performed with sand and music to illustrate the waterproof ability of the Kyocera Hydro.
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LG threw a party at the Royal Sonesta Hotel on Bourbon Street.
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The CEO speaks
At the show's last keynote, CTIA CEO and president Steve Largent opened for a special guest.
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Hail to the chief
During his speech, former President Bill Clinton said that the wireless industry is a good example of people working together to solve problems, and he urged politicians to take note.
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The FCC chimes in
At the first keynote, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski defended his agency's decision to deny AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile.
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You won't find them here
Handset manufacturer Eyo showed its wide range of handsets that are available only overseas.
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One of the worst accessories we saw at the show, the iKeep Charger ($49.99) is a cheaply made, oversize plastic carabiner with a pull-out cord that attaches to a two-in-one charging plug. The 30-pin iPhone connector is on the end of the cord, but you can also flip down the top to access the Micro-USB connector. Flip too enthusiastically, like we did, and you'll easily pull off the plastic panel to expose some circuitry underneath.
To retract the cable, just keep pulling until the string snaps back. Or, if you're like us, pull it out all the way without successfully retracting it, then hand the iKeep charger back to its minder and walk away.
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Cases on display
Skinit's magnetic wall of iPhone and iPad cases urges you express your love of mustaches, vintage bikes, and "The Hunger Games."
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For the real fan
This "Star Wars"-themed Bluetooth headset with Boba Fett by Earloomz may be the geekiest thing ever.
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We loved these USB sticks in the shape of super heroes and "Star Wars" characters.
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iPads get love, too
iWalk showed off a cool iPad extended battery that doubles as a stand.