The Consumer Electronic Show, the world’s largest consumer technology trade show, is upon us. Starting Thursday and running through Sunday, technology companies from all over the world gather in Las Vegas, Nevada to show off their best and latest technology products. Feedback has been following CES since it began, and this week I’ll share the technology that caught our eye.
Tech Trends of CES
Innovative car technology is another trend we’re seeing at CES. Ford chatted about “teen-proof” technology that will allow parents to use MyKey technology to block explicit satellite radio programming and limit driving speeds. Hyundai discussed their Blue Link assurance system, which among other things, can drastically slow down a stolen car, and Toyota touted Entune, which allows cars to access smartphone applications such as Bing, Pandora, Movietickets.com, and Open Table.
A plethora of tablets have been announced at CES, all trying to capitalize of the success of the iPad. The tablets getting the most attention include the Motorola’s XOOM tablet, which uses Google’s Android 3.0 operating system codenamed Honeycomb, can be upgraded to use Verizon’s 4G LTE network, and has a duel-core processor. Another notable tablet is the LePad Tablet and Hybrid. This Android tablet can actually secure into a keyboard base and become a notebook. These new tablets will likely hold our attention, that is, until the iPad 2 is announced.
Apple Launches Mac App Store, 1 M Apps Already Downloaded
Although not at CES, Apple is still making attention-grabbing announcements. On Thursday, Apple launched the Mac App Store, essentially the desktop version of the iTunes mobile app store. Apple already has around 1,000 apps available for your Desktop. iPhoto, Keynote, iMovie, and Garage Band are now available for individual purchase (rather than an expensive bundle), and there are tons of other useful apps you can purchase. Apple announced that over 1 Million desktop Apps were downloaded in the first 24 hours after release.
Keep Up with CES
According to Mashable, “CES is mentioned as many as 5,267 times on Twitter every hour and yesterday [Wednesday] was mentioned more than 110,000 times in tweets.” So as you can see, there is a lot of buzz around CES 2011. Here’s how you can keep up with the latest news about CES:
- Live Streaming
- Follow the #CES Hashtag on Twitter
- Official CES Channels: Facebook, Twitter, Social Circle
- Gadget blogs such as Gizmodo and Engadget