CES 2009: Gadget extravaganza

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the premier event for gadget makers and aficionados alike. Check here for the main CNET News stories from CES, and more.

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The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the premier event for gadget makers and aficionados alike. On this page we're gathering some of the main CNET News stories from CES.

CES 2009

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* JANUARY 12 *

CES and the recession: What was the impact?

While there were tens of thousands of people at the annual consumer electronics bacchanalia, many on hand felt that attendance was far lower than in the past. Just how bad was it?
(Posted in Geek Gestalt by Daniel Terdiman)
January 12, 2009 4:00 AM PST

* JANUARY 10 *

Photos: Best of CES

CNET's editors have spent three days whittling down hundreds of products to these 10. We consider each of these the best in its class at CES 2009.
(Posted in CES 2009)
January 10, 2009 11:36 AM PST

CES 2009: Everything connected and mobile

The annual gadget confab delivers wireless TVs, Web-connected cameras, watches, and set-top boxes--and, of course, the newest, most-buzzed-about smartphone.
• Why Netbooks are good for Seagate
• Photos: Scenes from CES
(Posted in Crave by Erica Ogg)
January 10, 2009 2:24 PM PST

Intel's My Wi-Fi makes my Internet yours

New wireless technology from Intel called My Wi-Fi, available to Centrino 2-based laptops, makes the computer's wireless adapter work concurrently as an adapter and a a wireless router.
(Posted in CES 2009 by Dong Ngo)
January 10, 2009 9:00 AM PST


Execs see technology as economic equalizer

Intel's chairman Craig Barrett and Cisco CEO John Chambers see technology as the key to eliminating poverty throughout the world.
(Posted in CES 2009 by Marguerite Reardon)
January 9, 2009 8:01 PM PST

CES notebook: Less money, less sushi

CNET News' Ina Fried shares her observations from this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
(Posted in Beyond Binary by Ina Fried)
January 9, 2009 2:11 PM PST

Green gadgets get middling report card

Amid a green-themed Consumer Electronics Show, Greenpeace says electronics firms are getting more eco-conscious to meet consumer demand but fall short of what's possible.
(Posted in Green Tech by Martin LaMonica)
January 9, 2009 11:56 AM PST

Dell officially unveils Adamo, Mini 10

The PC maker continues expanding Netbook lineup, but goes high-end with luxury notebook lineup. Details on Adamo are thin, like the device itself.
(Posted in Crave by Erica Ogg)
January 9, 2009 9:50 AM PST

AMD aims supercomputer at mobile gaming, movies

The massively parallel "Fusion Render Cloud" machine is intended to deliver high-definition content to mobile devices.
(Posted in CES 2009 by Jonathan Skillings)
January 9, 2009 9:22 AM PST

Getting hands-on with the Sony Vaio Lifestyle PC

We managed to be among the very first to snag a coveted Sony Vaio Lifestyle PC, so check out some in-the-wild photos, plus first hands-on impressions.
(Posted in CES 2009 by Dan Ackerman)
January 9, 2009 1:50 AM PST

CES Day 1: Webware wrapup (mostly Palm)

Palm lights up CES with the announcement of a new OS and a new piece of hardware.
(Posted in Webware by Rafe Needleman)
January 9, 2009 12:22 AM PST


Palm calls it a comeback with the Pre

The company finally demonstrates its next-generation OS on a new smartphone called the Pre, leaving out many details but impressing early reviewers.
• Answers to burning Palm Pre questions
• Live blog: Palm keynote at CES
• Photos: Palm previews Pre
• Palm's WebOS app strategy needs more details
(Posted in Wireless by Tom Krazit)
January 8, 2009 12:50 PM PST

Toshiba undecided on Netbooks in U.S.

The company whose name is practically synonymous with laptops is still undecided about committing to one of the hottest mobile PC markets in the U.S.
(Posted in Nanotech: The Circuits Blog by Brooke Crothers)
January 8, 2009 10:50 PM PST

Ford touts its leadership in in-car connectivity

During a CES keynote address, Alan Mulally, the CEO of the automotive giant, talked up his company's initiatives in getting Internet-based applications into millions of its cars.
• Photos: Highlights from Ford's CES keynote
• Alan Mulally talks up Sync 3.0 at CES keynote
• Ford Sync Version 3.0
• Ford trucks getting LogMeIn remote PC access
(Posted in Gaming and Culture by Daniel Terdiman)
January 8, 2009 9:40 AM PST

Sony chief stresses convergence to save CE industry

Howard Stringer makes liberal use of celebrities to outline principles to help industry weather economic storm.
• Photos: Highlights from Sony's CES keynote
(Posted in Business Tech by Erica Ogg)
January 8, 2009 12:27 PM PST

Skype Lite landing on Android phone, others too

Skype's first release for Java-enabled phones will come to Google Android and five other mobile brands.
• Skype thrives amid tough economy
(Posted in Wireless by Jessica Dolcourt)
January 8, 2009 10:45 AM PST

Ballmer: Google, Google, the economy, Google

q&a In an interview with CNET News, Microsoft CEO talks about Windows, taking software to the Web, and competing with the search king. But there's no escaping the bad economy.
(Posted in Beyond Binary by Ina Fried)
January 8, 2009 2:58 PM PST

Windows boss weighs in on version 7 plans

q&a In an interview with CNET News, Bill Veghte talks about Windows 7 and gets a little protective of Vista while telling consumers his company's software is a good deal when money's tight.
• Microsoft's Bach: We'd do Zune differently
(Posted in Beyond Binary by Ina Fried)
January 8, 2009 11:23 AM PST

Notebooks of note at CES: HP, Asus

Asus concept PC and a notebook with a massive 512GB solid-state drive are some of the laptop highlights on the CES show floor.
(Posted in Nanotech: The Circuits Blog by Brooke Crothers)
January 8, 2009 2:10 PM PST

Gimmicky gadgets at CES

Walking the floor at this year's gadget fest, there's a lot of cool stuff on display that qualifies for the title of "in search of a practical purpose."
(Posted in Larry Magid at Large by Larry Magid)
January 8, 2009 10:43 AM PST

Under-the-radar tech at CES 2009's Digital Experience

photos At the show-within-a-show, we we go on the hunt for nifty gadgets and technologies that haven't caught the limelight, from iRobot's Looj to 3M's teeny-tiny, MM200 portable digital projector.
• Car Tech tour of CES 2009
• WowWee 2009 product line
• Sixense remote improves on Wiimote game plan
• The Sony P-series Lifestyle PC: Just don't call it a Netbook
(Posted in CES 2009 by Lindsey Turrentine)
January 8, 2009 7:54 AM PST

Microsoft releases Songsmith: Karaoke in reverse

Redmond is delving into music software with Songsmith, a program that lets anyone sing into their computer and see what it would sound like with musical accompaniment.
• Boxee plugs into Joost, MTV Music, Apple TV
(Posted in Webware by Josh Lowensohn)
January 8, 2009 12:01 AM PST


Ballmer touts Windows 7 beta, new deals

As he fills the CES keynote duties formerly handled by Bill Gates, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer aims to show that Microsoft can tackle a dominant Google, a resurgent Apple and a weak economy.
• Windows 7 beta ready to go
• Windows 7 not a lock for '09
• Windows 7 beta: First impressions
• Live blog: Ballmer at CES
(Posted in Beyond Binary by Ina Fried)
January 7, 2009 6:30 PM PST

Cisco CEO beats the consumer electronics drum

John Chambers says the company has plans to ramp up its consumer efforts over the next few years.
(Posted in Wireless by Maggie Reardon)
January 7, 2009 4:01 PM PST

MySpace chats up the Widget Channel

A limited version of the News Corp.-owned social network will come to the new TV product that Yahoo and Intel jointly developed.
• CES Day 0: Webware wrapup
(Posted in The Social by Caroline McCarthy)
January 7, 2009 3:45 PM PST

Intel warning casts cloud over CES

The bellwether chipmaker foresees a 23 percent drop in revenue. It's especially untimely news as it comes on the eve of the premier consumer electronics event.
• Video: Daily Debrief: Bummers at CES
(Posted in Nanotech: The Circuits Blog by Brooke Crothers)
January 7, 2009 11:45 AM PST

LG pushes ahead despite backpedaling consumer economy

The Korean electronics maker introduces wireless, Netflix-equipped TVs and Blu-ray players at CES, and says it has no plans to reduce its spending this year.
• LG Blu-ray players stream Netflix, CinemaNow, and YouTube
(Posted in Crave by Erica Ogg)
January 7, 2009 9:37 AM PST

CES plan: Damn the calories, pass the egg rolls

As usual, products on display will range from the somewhat wacky to the actually practical. The biggest challenge: Avoiding the endless finger food on the reception lines.
(Posted in Larry Magid at Large by Larry Magid)
January 7, 2009 10:46 AM PST

Verizon, Microsoft in mobile-search deal

Software maker will see its search engine take center stage on all Verizon Wireless phones over the next five years.
(Posted in Beyond Binary by Ina Fried)
January 7, 2009 9:04 AM PST

* JANUARY 5-6 *

Cisco adds social networking to its forte

The world's largest maker of Internet infrastructure equipment is now helping big media companies build social networking Web sites.
• Q&A: Cisco's home-networking push
(Posted in Digital Media by Maggie Reardon)
January 6, 2009 9:00 PM PST

New HP ultraportable first to use AMD Neo chip

AMD is introducing new chips at CES that target the no-man's land between Netbooks and notebooks. Enter HP's Pavilion dv2.
• HP shrinks Firebird gaming PC with Voodoo
• Can the HP Pavilion dv3 take on the MacBook?
• Can the HP Pavilion dv3 take on the MacBook?
(Posted in Nanotech: The Circuits Blog by Brooke Crothers)
January 5, 2009 9:01 PM PST