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Friday, December 31, 2010

CES 2011 Preview: Digitizing Photos To Share on Tablets

With twenty thousand new consumer products and gadgets scheduled to be introduced during the International Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the big news next week will be tablets, tablets, tables.

This is the twentieth year that executives will be attending CES and perhaps it will be the most exciting yet. Back in 1990 there were two annual shows, the winter CES took place in Las Vegas and the summer event was in Chicago. The hot gadget was.... Game Boy! has been invited to provide live blogging and Tweeting from the NBC pavilion and we will provide updates on the hottest "new-new" products throughout the show.

This will be the year of photography and the launch of new products and services to link pictures with digital devices, like Apple's iPad and electronic picture frames. is introducing new photo digitization services, including a prepaid fill-the-box 35mm slide scanning service to simplify the process to scan slides to DVD. The average household has about 5,000 photos, and even more slides that are still analog and urgently in need of updating for today's all-digital world. The tie-in with an expected seventy new tablet products is that consumers need a reliable, fast and affordable system to scan pictures to share and preserve.  The best example of this urgency is I saw two people peddling away on exercise bikes at the gym passing an iPad as they shared their recent vacation photos. Just think of how much fun it will be to also show those memories from the 60's, 70's and 80's.

Look for CNBC's in-depth coverage of CES 2011 online and on-air. Julia Boorstin will report from the show beginning Wednesday, January 5 and Maria Bartiromo will anchor "Closing Bell" from CES on Thursday and Friday, January 6 and 7, 3-5pm ET.

Follow us throughout CES on Twitter, Facebook and Blogger.

Happy New Year!

Mitch Goldstone
president & CEO

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

CES 2011 Preview: Digital Cameras | News & Opinion |

CES 2011 Preview: Digital Cameras News & Opinion

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Exploring 3D at CES 2011 TopTenREPORTS

3D was all the rage at CES 2010, and we're going to see a lot more of it at CES 2011. 3D will play a bigger role on TVs as well as on computers, smartphones, camcorders, cameras and other technology. No-glasses 3D will also make a dent. Many companies have announced they plan to show off their autostereoscopy tech at CES. Look for small devices that don't require glasses to watch 3D content.

WSJ Digits: Introducing the Super Chip at CES2011

What to expect in chips at CES - The Consumer Electronics Show. Chip makers soon will deliver one of biggest advances in years in the technology that powers laptop and desktop computers. But how much it will benefit consumers is still to be determined. WSJ's Don Clark reports on Digits.

Mossberg’s Best and Worst Products of 2010

Mossberg’s Best and Worst Products of 2010

Walt’s Best Products of 2010

1.Apple iPad

2.4G wireless networks

3.Samsung Galaxy S and Apple iPhone 4

Walt’s Worst Products of 2010

1.Dell Streak

2.Google TV

3.TiVo Premiere

Sunday, December 26, 2010

A sweet Kodak Christmas commercial from 1985, titled "The Gift"

Partying With a Camera Geek: New York Times Personal Tech Columnist David Pogue Explains Three New Small Cameras With Large Sensors

Goodbye Kodachrome Slide Film

Kodachrome film first hit the photography market in 1936 and on June 22, 2009, Kodak officially retired Kodachrome color transparency film after 74 years. On December 30, 2010, the last roll of Kodachrome will be processed at Dwayne's Photo in Kansas. 

Any photographer who ever took a picture has fond memories of this film and probably a few thousand 35mm Kodachrome slides stashed in a closet somewhere. Paul Simon immortalized Kodachrome film and the Nikon camera with this song in 1973.

Lyrics to Kodachrome:

When I think back on all the crap I've learned in high school It's a wonder I can think at all Though my lack of education hasn't hurt me much I can read the writings on the walls Kodachrome, they give us those nice bright colors They give us the greens of summers Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah I got a Nikon camera, I love to take a photograph So mama don't take my Kodachrome away If you took all the girls I knew when I was single Brought 'em all together for one night I know they'd never match my sweet imagination Everything looks worse in black and white Mama don't take my Kodachrome away . . .

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Touchless Gesture User Interface for tablets from Elliptic Labs at #CES2011

Prior to the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we are providing our readers with a glimpse at the coolest new technologies, gadgets and electronics to make life simpler and more fun. This is one of the coolest new devises yet that is sure to be on top of every CES New

The technology works on tablet device like the iPad and is controlled by hand / motion gestures. 

The First Digital Camera (via Kodak: Plugged In)

Kodak: Plugged In - We Had No Idea

[This is another extraordinary article from Kodak: Plugged In]

Written by Steve Sasson, the inventor of the digital camera, will be inducted today into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame.

In December of 1975, after a year of piecing together a bunch of new technology in a back lab at the Elmgrove Plant in Rochester, we were ready to try it. “It” being a rather odd-looking collection of digital circuits that we desperately tried to convince ourselves was a portable camera. It had a lens that we took from a used parts bin from the Super 8 movie camera production line downstairs from our little lab on the second floor in Bldg 4. On the side of our portable contraption, we shoehorned in a portable digital cassette instrumentation recorder. Add to that 16 nickel cadmium batteries, a highly temperamental new type of CCD imaging area array, an a/d converter implementation stolen from a digital voltmeter application, several dozen digital and analog circuits all wired together on approximately half a dozen circuit boards, and you have our interpretation of what a portable all electronic still camera might look like.

Vintage 1975 portable all electronic still camera

It was a camera that didn’t use any film to capture still images - a camera that would capture images using a CCD imager and digitize the captured scene and store the digital info on a standard cassette. It took 23 seconds to record the digitized image to the cassette. The image was viewed by removing the cassette from the camera and placing it in a custom playback device. This playback device incorporated a cassette reader and a specially built frame store. This custom frame store received the data from the tape, interpolated the 100 captured lines to 400 lines, and generated a standard NTSC video signal, which was then sent to a television set.

The playback device and TV

There you have it. No film required to capture and no printing required to view your snapshots. That’s what we demonstrated to many internal Kodak audiences throughout 1976. In what has got to be one of the most insensitive choices of demonstration titles ever, we called it “Film-less Photography”. Talk about warming up your audience!

Side-by-side comparison – Hardcopy vs. Film-less Photography

After taking a few pictures of the attendees at the meeting and displaying them on the TV set in the room, the questions started coming. Why would anyone ever want to view his or her pictures on a TV? How would you store these images? What does an electronic photo album look like? When would this type of approach be available to the consumer? Although we attempted to address the last question by applying Moore’s law to our architecture (15 to 20 years to reach the consumer), we had no idea how to answer these or the many other challenges that were suggested by this approach. An internal report was written and a patent was granted on this concept in 1978 (US 4,131,919). I kept the prototype camera with me as I moved throughout the company over the last 30 years, mostly as a personal reminder of this most fun project. Outside of the patent, there was no public disclosure of our work until 2001.

The “we” in this narrative was largely the people of the Kodak Apparatus Division Research Laboratory in the mid 1970’s and, in particular, several enormously talented technicians - Rick Osiecki, Bob DeYager and Jim Schueckler. All were key to building the camera and playback system. I especially remember working with Jim for many hours in the lab bringing this concept to life. Finally, I remember my visionary supervisor, the late Gareth Lloyd, who supported this concept and helped enormously in its presentation to our internal world at Kodak. In thinking back on it, one could not have had a better environment in which to “be crazy.”

Many developments have happened between this early work and today. Personal computers, the Internet, wide bandwidth connections and personal desktop photographic printing are just a few of these. It is funny now to look back on this project and realize that we were not really thinking of this as the world’s first digital camera. We were looking at it as a distant possibility. Maybe a line from the technical report written at the time sums it up best:

“The camera described in this report represents a first attempt demonstrating a photographic system which may, with improvements in technology, substantially impact the way pictures will be taken in the future.”

But in reality, we had no idea …

HP to launch three webOS tablets at CES 2011 | Mobile Phone News | DialToSave

HP to launch three webOS tablets at CES 2011 Mobile Phone News DialToSave

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Consumer Electronics Show [CES 2011] Press Event Calendar

Tuesday, January 4

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Bellini 2006, the Venetian

MSI: MSI 2011 CES Press Conference


Wednesday, January 5

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Casanova 501, The Venetian

LG Electronics: LG Electronics Press Conference

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Galileo 1006, The Venetian

Monster Cable: Monster Press Conference *INVITATION ONLY*

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Marco Polo 701, The Venetian

NETGEAR: NETGEAR Press Conference

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Marco Polo 804, The Venetian

Intel: Intel Press Conference

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Galileo 1001, The Venetian

Audiovox: 2011 Audiovox Press Event

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Marco Polo 705, The Venetian

Pioneer: Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. Car Electronics Press Conference

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

San Polo 3404, The Venetian


12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Galileo 902, The Venetian

Sharp: Sharp 2011 CES Press Conference *INVITATION ONLY*

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Casanova 605, The Venetian

Casio America, Inc.: Casio Press Conference

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Murano 3205, The Venetian

Cisco: Next Generation Video Experience *INVITATION ONLY*

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Murano 3201, The Venetian

Samsung: Samsung Press Conference

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Bellini 2101, The Venetian

Panasonic: Panasonic 2011 CES Press Conference

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Marcello 4402, The Venetian

Motorola: Motorola Mobility Press Conference

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Booth #14200, Central Hall, LVCC

Sony: Sony Press Conference at 2011 International CES *INVITATION ONLY*

7:30 PM - 11:59 PM

Ghost Bar, Palms Resort

Audi: Audi CES night 2011 *INVITATION ONLY*

7:30 PM - 11:30 PM

Marco Polo 707, The Venetian



Thursday, January 6

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

S221, LVCC

ION Audio: ION Audio Press Conference

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Booth #26111, LVCC

Kenmore: Kenmore Celebrates CES *INVITATION ONLY*

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

S227, LVCC


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

#5230, Grand Lobby, Lower Level Meeting Rooms, LVCC

DryCorp: DryCorp Introduces New Waterproof Technology for Your Hand Held Electronic Devices

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Booth #CP28, Silver Lot 2, LVCC

General Motors R & D: Media Demonstration and Ride Opportunity for GM's EN-V Concept Vehcile *REGISTRATION REQUIRED*

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

CP #20, Central Plaza, LVCC

Visteon: Visteon / 3M Press Conference

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Shimmer Lounge, Las Vegas Hilton

JVC: Digital Imaging Product Announcement *INVITATION ONLY*

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

S227, LVCC

Skype: Skype Press Conference

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Casanova 501, The Venetian

Esoteric: ESOTERIC K-01/K-03 Digital Source Devise Introductions

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Booth # 25307, South Hall, LVCC

Microgenesis MEDIA: Connected Devices: The "Four Screens Challenge"

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

S221, LVCC

HeartMath: HeartMath News Conference

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

S227, LVCC

Living in Digital Times: Connecting Life's Dots Press Conference: Technology to Take You from Cradle to Grave

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Veronese 2402, The Venetian

Verizon: Verizon Wireless 4G LTE News Conference *INVITATION ONLY*

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Booth #35750, LVCC

Ty: Ty Together with Celebrity Aiden Turner, Celebrity Co-Founder of Ty.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

S221, LVCC

PocketBook-USA: PocketBook-USA News Conference

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Prima Suite #107, The Venetian

Sony: Sony Audio Press Brief *INVITATION ONLY*

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

S227, LVCC

Skunk Juice: NEW PRODUCT

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

S227, LVCC

Hoyos Corp.: Biometrics - Security & Mobility: The Future of Identity


Friday, January 7

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

S221, LVCC

LensPen: SideKick -- How to Really Clean the iPad

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

S227, LVCC

Scott Creations: Versetta Bag Product Launch

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Casanova 502, The Venetian


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Casanova 501, The Venetian

bsg technologies, llc: Introduction to a Revolutionary Audio Technology - qol TM

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Suite #48001, Las Vegas Hilton

LYD Technology USA: LYD Technology USA

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

S221, LVCC

Icron Technologies: Future of Connectivity: Unveiling New Video and USB Technology

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Booth #CP28, Silver Lot 2, LVCC

General Motors R&D: Media Demonstration and Ride Opportunity for GM's EN-V Concept Vehicle

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

S227, LVCC

P2i: Discover Aridion, the ultimate invisible protective shield for high performance consumer electronics, at P2i's 2011 CES press event.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Booth #9540, Mobile DTV TechZone, LVCC

iMovee Corporation: Bridging Mobile DTV to Smartphones and Tablets

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

S221, LVCC

Livio Radio: 2011 Livio Radio Product Unveiling

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

S227, LVCC

MusicSkins: MusicSkins Announces Viacom Partnership

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Booth #22016, South Hall, LVCC

ECOVACS: ECOVACS - Enjoy Smarter Life

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

S221, LVCC

TAITRA: 2011 COMPUTEX TAIPEI Innovation Pre-Show Press Conference

3:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Booth #36255, South Hall, LVCC

PrimeSense: Come Behind the Velvet Rope with PrimeSense to Create. Discover. Experience. Natural Interaction

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Booth #20425, South Hall, LVCC

Sonic Emotion: Sonic Emotion 3D Sound for Bloggers

3:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Casanova 501, The Venetian

TOP BRANDS FROM CHINA: 2010-2011 TOP Brands from China

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

S227, LVCC

Shuttle Computer: Shuttle Press Event at 2011 CES

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

S227, LVCC


6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Booth #26111, LVCC

Kenmore: Kenmore Blogger Roundtable with C.C. Chapman


Saturday, January 8

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Booth #CP28, Silver Lot 2, LVCC

General Motors R&D: Media Demonstration and Ride Opportunity for GM's EN-V Concept Vehicle *REGISTRATION REQUIRED

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

S221, LVCC

Consumer Reports: Consumer Reports 101 *RSVP REQUIRED*

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Booth #20425, South Hall, LVCC

Consumer Electronics Show [CES 2011] Exhibitor Press Event Schedule

Sponsor Location Description

MSI Bellini 2006, the Venetian Launch of new desktop/mobile computer platforms. Showcase and briefing - new MSI products

LG Electronics Casanova 501, The Venetian LG Electronics will showcase its upcoming 2011 product line.

Monster Galileo 1006, The Venetian *INVITATION ONLY*

NETGEAR Marco Polo 701, The Venetian Get a sneak peek of NETGEAR's award-winning solutions and technologies for digitally networked lifestyles, including a live demo and Q&A opportunities with NETGEAR's industry leaders.

Intel Marco Polo 804, The Venetian

Audiovox Corporation Galileo 1001, The Venetian Audiovox will unveil its newest mobile, consumer and accessories products under the Company's major brands including: Audiovox, RCA, Acoustic Research and Jensen.

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. Marco Polo 705, The Venetian Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. Car Electronics Division announces its exciting 2011 in-vehicle offerings including ultra-high-end audio, navigation, A/V receivers and other mobile components. Top level executives will present cutting edge technologies at

NVIDIA San Polo 3404, The Venetian NVIDIA awakened the world to the power of computer graphics when it invented the GPU in 1999. Since then, it has consistently set new standards in visual computing with breathtaking, interactive graphics available on devices ranging from tablets and porta

Sharp Electronics Corp. Galileo 902, The Venetian At its annual CES press conference, Sharp will introduce one-of-a-kind technologies and products that will change how we access and view information and entertainment. Sharp will also unveil new eco-friendly technologies and initiatives that will improve

Casio America Inc. Casanova 605, The Venetian

Cisco Murano 3205, The Venetian "Come see John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco, discuss Cisco's video strategy, highlight new technologies, and showcase the next generation user experience.


Samsung Electronics America Murano 3201, The Venetian

Panasonic Bellini 2101, The Venetian Panasonic will highlight technology and product developments, including the latest in 3D and connected VIERA, Blu-ray and other product news, as well as innovative solutions for consumer entertainment. The company also plans to make announcements on impor

Motorola Inc. Marcello 4402, The Venetian Motorola Mobility is leading the convergence of wireless, computing, the Internet and media by bringing personalized, intuitive media and multi-screen experiences together to meet consumer expectations. Motorola Mobility will be showcasing its latest offe

Sony Electronics Inc. Booth #14200, Central Hall, LVCC Sony will unveil a variety of products and technologies during their press conference at the 2011 International CES. Sony's new products and technologies will demonstrate the company's commitment to deliver innovation, style and quality to consumers. *INV

Audi Ghost Bar, Palms Resort *INVITATION ONLY*

GIGABYTE Marco Polo 707, The Venetian GIGABYTE, the world's leading motherboard manufacturer, will be unveiling for the first time a new series of motherboards that will once again revolutionize PCB design. Several GIGABYTE partners including industry leader Intel will be on hand to help take

ION Audio S221, LVCC ION Audio, the leader in consumer electronics, will be announcing and showcasing their upcoming 2011 product line. Top executives will be giving the media a sneak peek at ION Audio's award-winning consumer products along with live demonstrations and Q&A o

Booth #26111, LVCC Be one of the first to see the 2011 products and innovations from Kenmore. Featuring connectivity, innovations and exciting, fresh uses of social engagement. Kenmore is proud to showcase its forward thinking with a media reception on day one of CES. Pleas

The NCC S227, LVCC Introduction of the Stanley Brand power Squid. Introduction of the Stanley Brand Energy Saving Power Line. Release of Green Peace, Hand Held Devices, Green Survey.

Dry Corp, LLC #5230, Grand Lobby, Lower Level Meeting Rooms, LVCC DryCorp is introducing a new waterproof technology that can keep any hand held and portable electronic device dry with its new vacuum-sealed, one-size fits all product, DryCase. DryCase even has a headphone and stereo jack, allowing you to continue using

General Motors Booth #CP28, Silver Lot 2, LVCC Chris Borroni-Bird, GM's director of advanced technology vehicle concepts and world-reknown automotive futurist, will host daily media demonstration and ride sessions of the EN-V concept at select daily times from Thursday, January 6th though Saturday, Ja

Visteon Corporation CP #20, Central Plaza, LVCC Visteon and 3M have collaborated on a growth market vehicle that features the latest in-vehicle electronics. Visteon will also present its advanced technology demonstration vehicle, "C-Beyond," that highlights in-vehicle integration of the consumer electr

JVC Americas Corp. Shimmer Lounge, Las Vegas Hilton 2011 Product Launch *INVITATION ONLY*

Skype Communications SARL S227, LVCC

Esoteric Casanova 501, The Venetian Esoteric, a subsidiary of the TEAC Corporation, introduces models K-01/K-03, setting new standards for PCM and DSD data retrieval, and for PC/NAS media playback. Esoteric's hardware and D/A conversion process include advanced VRDS-NEO transports, 32 bit p

Microgenesis Media Booth # 25307, South Hall, LVCC This event will addres the challenges that the new generation of Internet -connected devices presents to the digital content industry. MgMEDIA will showcase its "Four Screens" platform and its last product: Samsung Movies.

HeartMath S221, LVCC A cutting-edge performance company that provides a range of unique services, products and technologies to improve health and well-being HeartMathLLC will unveil their full line of personal stress relief products including the emWave Personal Stress Reliev

S227, LVCC With so many new products to see at CES, what's the quickest way to hit the highlights and see all the trends in action -through the eyes of the people who use the technology? Living in Digital Times will be highlighting the hottest products from its six

Verizon Wireless Veronese 2402, The Venetian *INVITATION ONLY*

Ty Booth #35750, LVCC Ty Founder, celebrity Aiden Turner, along with Ty team will demonstrate and discuss the evolution of Ty, a cool, sleek, cloud and Bluetooth enabled new piece of technology, a disc the size of a poker chip, that attaches to personal possessions and keeps y

PocketBook-USA, Inc. S221, LVCC One of the world's top five producers of electronic reading devices and the best selling e-reader in Eastern Europe and number three in Western Europe, Pocketbook-USA will unveil its newest line of products and accessories available for the US market, inc

Sony Electronics Prima Suite #107, The Venetian *INVITATION ONLY*, The Venetian. Presenting new bulk 35mm slide scanning service featuring a new fill-the-box service

Skunk Juice S227, LVCC Press conference for the launch of Skunk Juice earbuds.

Hoyos Corp S227, LVCC Media briefing highlighting current Hoyos iris-based biometric access control solutions as well as a tease for future consumer applications

LensPen S221, LVCC The LensPen Company introduces SideKick - designed for cleaning fingerprints on iPads and other Tablets. No Liquids, no sprays, no cloths. Safe, compact and stylish! Patented carbon cleaning technology - unique in the market.

Scott Creations LLC S227, LVCC Versetta Bags solve the iPad's portability problems. The brilliant and elegant designs allow for quick access to your tablet without the cumbersome fumbling and unpacking. Versetta Bags keep your device where you need it most; by your side and at your fin

Casanova 502, The Venetian CEATEC JAPAN is a comprehensive trade show gathering and showcasing everything from electronic components and devices, to digital home appliances, network services, next-generation technologies. With a strong presence in the world of trade shows, CEATEC J

bsg technologies, llc Casanova 501, The Venetian qol TM is a new technology that extracts information from audio signals that, until qol TM, has always been hidden and buried due to cancellation effects. The result? The most complete and natural sound ever through electronics.

Suite #48001, Las Vegas Hilton LYD Technology will introduce and demonstrate its new Digital interference free USB receiver and 4 channel wireless surveillance do it your self security kit windows 7 ready. This press conference will demonstrate the future of digital in home systems con

Icron Technologies S221, LVCC Icron will introduce and demonstrate new USB 3.0 extender and USB over DisplayPort technology plus unveil new uncompressed video and USB KMV (keyboard, video, mouse) Extender product. This press conference will demonstrate the future of connectivity and h

General Motors Booth #CP28, Silver Lot 2, LVCC Chris Borroni-Bird, GM's director of advanced technology vehicle concepts and world-reknown automotive futurist, will host daily media demonstration and ride sessions of the EN-V concept at select daily times from Thursday, January 6th though Saturday, Ja

P2i Ltd. S227, LVCC "Aridion is a revolutionary liquid repellent nano-coating technology that provides unbeatable protection against damage, corrosion and staining caused by liquids.

On treated surfaces, water forms beads and simply rolls off, ensuring cell phones and other"

iMovee Booth #9540, Mobile DTV TechZone, LVCC iMovee presents Mobeo - a Pocket WiFi receiver to bridge Mobile Broadcast TV to all Smart Phones and tablets. iMovee is redefining the concept of personal entertainment by introducing 'telefusion' i.e. combining Mobile Broadcast TV, VOD/Streaming TV and S

Livio Radio S221, LVCC Join Livio Radio as they announce plans for 2011 alongside special guests, Ian Gellar VP, Business Development (CE & Mobile), Pandora Radio and Zach Brand, Sr. Dir, Chief of Technical Strategy & Operation, NPR Digital Media.

MusicSkins S227, LVCC MusicSkins offers premium quality vinyl protective coverings known as "skins" for personal electronic devices (iPads, iPhones, laptops, gaming accessories, etc). MusicSkins will announce the details of their Viacom partnership which will involve their new

Ecovacs Booth #22016, South Hall, LVCC Well known for continuous innovation in Vacuum Cleaner Industry and establishing business strategy as result of global exposure and marketing strategy, ECOVACS specializes in intelligent home appliances and brings to our Consumers the latest innovative DE

S221, LVCC "Get briefed on 2011 COMPUTEX TAIPEI and its d&i awarded products. Turn on Taiwan’s

hottest Tablet PCs and 3D Tech. Leading companies will share insiders and map out the trends for

global ICT. Let’s shape the future together!"

PrimeSense Booth #36255, South Hall, LVCC Explore the unimagined potential of Natural Interaction as PrimeSense officially launches OpenNI, the open standard for development of Natural Interaction applications and algorithms. Join us for an exclusive VIP cocktail and demo featuring Mayamuna, the

Sonic Emotion Booth #20425, South Hall, LVCC Hear the world in 3D: Come and see an introduction for the newest consumer electronics powered by Sonic Emotion for the U.S. Market.

Casanova 501, The Venetian As host of the "TOP Brands from China" ever since was introduced in 2006, 2010-2011Y's event is the fifth. Who will those winners for the top brands of china after the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Who have successfully got the gateway to international busine

Shuttle Computer S227, LVCC Shuttle defined what a modern PC should be when it invented the XPC - the world's first small form factor PC - in 2001. XPC has since evolved into solutions for entertainment, gaming, workstations, digital signage, healthcare, and more. In 2011, Shuttle

Bits Limited S227, LVCC Bits Ltd. will be introducing their expanded product line during their 2011 CES press conference. The expanded product line will continue to support the Bits Ltd. reputation for having the best and most unique advanced power strip line of surge protectors

Kenmore Booth #26111, LVCC CEA has opened its doors to appliances this year and to celebrate advanced appliance technologies, Kenmore is opening its booth for an invitation-only blogger roundtable as hosted by Tech blogger, C.C. Chapman. To attend and discuss exciting new technolog

General Motors Booth #CP28, Silver Lot 2, LVCC Chris Borroni-Bird, GM's director of advanced technology vehicle concepts and world-reknown automotive futurist, will host daily media demonstration and ride sessions of the EN-V concept at select daily times from Thursday, January 6th though Saturday, Ja

S221, LVCC This session for public relations and product marketing professionals will offer a primer on the electronics program at Consumer Reports, one of the most influential voices in consumer electronics. Paul Reynolds, Electronics Editor of Consumer Reports mag

Sonic Emotion Booth #20425, South Hall, LVCC Hear the world in 3D: Come and see an introduction for the newest consumer electronics powered by sonic emotion for the US market.

[provided by CES]

Photography Tip: Winter scenes, how to shoot in the snow

Snow Photography Equipment Winter Photo Tips

Shooting in the Snow
Snow scenes are full of bright white color. Your camera will see this and will try to turn all the pure white into grey, leaving the resulting photo looking like a portrait of dirty snow. So, you have to trick your camera in order to take an accurate image of the snowy scene. Lower your ISO to 50 or 100, and open your lens up one or two f-stops more than the auto setting suggests. For example, on a bright and sunny day in the snow, set your camera to 1/1000 of a second shutter speed, f/8 aperture, and ISO at 50 or 100. Use the same settings for an overcast day, though the resulting photo will not be as bright because there is less available light. When shooting snow scenes at night, increase your shutter speed to about 5 seconds, and close down the lens to ISO 200 or 400. Set up a tripod, and use the self timer so you don't cause a blur when you push the button to take the photo. Adjust the shutter speed to make the photo lighter or darker (increase it for lighter photos; decrease it for darker photos.
After the Shoot
After you return from shooting in the snow, put your camera back in its case and keep it outside for a few minutes, then bring it in. As it warms up, pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate and turn on your computer. Transfer your photos from your camera to your computer, sort through them to find the best ones, and open them up in your favorite photo editing software. Play around with the brightness and contrast levels, and add more red and yellow into the photos if they appear too blue or grey. Save a few different versions, and try a few in black and white. When you are finished editing, upload them to your online account and use on a last minute holiday card or photo book! Or, just print a nice enlargement to frame in your home or office.

[via Lifepics]

Jezebel: The Nostalgia Gift Guide Profiles

Repost from the Jezabel Nostalgia Gift blog posting

"We look at the world once, in childhood / The rest is memory," as Louise Gluck put it. Here are some gifts that involve looking back.

The strange thing about memories right now is that we have an endless ability to produce records of our lives but not that many opportunities to reflect on them. Most of us have volumes of photographs in folders on our computers or on Facebook that we never look at, or pre-digital albums yellowing and ignored at our parents' or grandparents' homes. The Internet also makes it easy to use those photos in unexpected ways (customized photo-printed thong, anyone? Perhaps you'd like a sexy yoga mat?).

But the key here is not the product; it's the editing and the concept. For my parents' milestone anniversary, I put together a video with longish montages of photos of them together over the years, interspersed with greetings from family around the world. For a major birthday, I put together a photo book of my father with each of his five children throughout the decades, organized by theme (outdoor activities! Kissing babies!), knowing he dislikes purchased gifts. You could just as easily draw on a significant event from the past for giftgiving this time of year (though make sure you allow for printing and shipping time).

Snapfish won out among our brother site Lifehacker's photo-printing survey; I like Blurb's software for easy photo book-making. You could even get a free photobook from if you don't mind its removable ad supplement. Photowow has all sorts of photo gimmicks like turning them into comics or Warhol prints. is a David Pogue-endorse service to, well, scan your photos en masse.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

"Making a Photo Book With Scanned Images" (via J. D. Biersdorfer New York Times) is mentioned in The New York Times Personal Tech column. Click here to read article.


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Q. I would like to make a photo book, but instead of using images from my digital camera, I’d like to scan in old family pictures on my printer-scanner. What’s the best way to do this?

A. ...If you cannot find the information, setting your scanner’s software to capture the images at a resolution of 300 dots/pixels per inch should ensure your final images are high quality; the 300 d.p.i. setting is often used for image files by printed magazines. Some people prefer to have a company, like, scan the photos for them. also provides super affordable, easy and DIY photo albums that you can preview online free prior to ordering. Click here to order

3rd annual Free Shipping Day is Friday Dec. 17, 2010! is listed - @FreeShippingDay

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Free Shipping Day 2010

On Friday, December 17, more than 1,000 participating merchants will offer free shipping with delivery by Christmas Eve in the continental United States. is participating for its fill-the-box 35mm mounted slide and photographic scanning services.

Click here to view other participating merchants across the nation.

Free Shipping Day is a one-day event held each December and involving hundreds of merchants who offer free shipping with delivery by Christmas Eve.

This year's event begins at 12 a.m. EST on Friday, December 17 and ends at 12 a.m. EST December 18.

The response has been tremendous. More than 750 merchants participated in 2009; more than 650,000 merchant offers were clicked on; and more than 35,000 sales took place through

The goal for 2010 is to involve more than 1,000 merchants and push their free shipping sales above the 50,000 mark! Thanks to ever increasing national media coverage, major-merchant interest and consumer enthusiasm, we feel this is an entirely doable goal. Free Shipping Day was conceived and created by Luke Knowles in December 2008.

In just two weeks, Knowles and his team recruited hundreds of merchants to offer free shipping with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve on December 18, 2008.

Knowles expected a favorable response but didn't anticipate the overwhelming interest from national media, merchants and consumers. Knowles believes the opportunities are endless and would someday like to include the majority of online merchants in Free Shipping Day.

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.Pictures are everything, we make yours last a lifetime and more

Quick and Easy Access to Hundreds of Photo Sharing and Preservation Services

It is all about flexibility, super-easy navigation, instantly solving all your photo sharing and preservation projects that led to reinvent its entire business. Tour the site, share your feedback and visit all the new photo imaging services and updated discounts and specials.

Visit the redeveloped web site –

The simple and clean site design is a part of the company’s mission to continuously meet the needs of customers by providing easier navigation and better organization of content that incorporates current web technology. has streamlined the site by improving navigation, functionality and overall user-friendliness.

Improved Web site Features, Include:

“We are really excited about the new Web site redesign. It is all part of our effort to stay current with technological changes. The new is aesthetically polished and boasts all the most popular navigation and interactive tools and uses new technology to enhance loading speeds and design flexibility," said Mitch Goldstone, President & CEO of

The Web site uses social media networks, like: Facebook, Twitter and Yowza to interact with their customers to give each order a personal feel. specializes in photo scanning, slide scanning, negative scanning and VHS to DVD transfer and other personalized photo specialties. Kodak high-speed scanning technology and our innovative, easy-to-order prepaid box makes it super-fast and super-easy with photo scans getting as low as 5 cents per scan. began in 1990 as a boutique retail photo imaging center, based in Irvine, California. Today, the photo preservation company operates a retail photo center and its popular international online photo ordering service which regularly makes national news and social media buzz for its leadership, entrepreneurial innovations, super-fast and affordable photo services. In Irvine, the retail photo features Kodak Picture Kiosks and Kodak APEX printing services.
“Ever since the launch of the Internet, our company has been a model for constantly learning and improving by introducing the most modern photo imaging services. The company’s Ecommerce presence has evolved into a source for tech and photography reviews. Looking back, we were innovators, but the technology to boost our photography services were not yet invented. Today, we use Ecommerce and social media as the gateway to reach picture-takers around the world. The new Web site helps expedite ordering and instant “24/7” live support help to solve most photo questions,” said Mr. Goldstone. specializes in photo scanning, slide scanning, negative scanning, and VHS to DVD transfer and other personalized services to share and preserve your photo memories. “Pictures are everything and we make yours last a lifetime and more,” is the company’s slogan and mission.

Using Kodak high-speed scanning technology and our innovative, easy-to-order online prepaid, protected box makes it super-fast and super-easy to have pictures scanned to DVD. The popular prepaid fill-the-box services costs $184 and holds about 2,000 standard 4x6” photo snapshots with free shipping and handling and same day return (buy two-get-the-third free). The standard photo scanning service where you use your own box costs $79.50 to digitize up to 1000 photos (plus $19.95 for return shipping and handling).
Data Recovery, Photo Restoration, Online DIY Photo Albums, order reprints and other photos gifts online from your newly scanned pictures, 35mm slides and negatives, plus hundreds of other photo services are also available at

As a pioneer in social media, is also a leading advocate for Twitter and Facebook to engage, connect and share everything related to photography on a global level and then some.
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"Boxes of Old Photographs – And a Simple Solution" (via LA Times)

"Framework: Capturing the World Through Photography, Video and Multimedia" is the new The Los Angeles Times photography blog that profiled See and hear how does its magic.

OK, what to do with the thousands of snapshots sitting in shoe boxes stacked in the top of the closet? It’s a problem that’s bedeviled photographers, amateur shutterbugs and pros alike, since before the dawn of the digital age.
You could spend days and weeks scanning precious family photos on a cheapie scanner, but where on Earth do you find the time? So, lo and behold, I discovered a tweet (note to self: Tweeting sometimes has practical benefits) from that introduced me to its fast and inexpensive scanning services.

This was such a simple solution to a classic dilemma — picture hoarding. Most of the firm’s business is done via the Internet, with a simple fill-it-up box that you mail in. Toss everything in the prepaid box, drop it off at the post office, and a few days later a DVD appears along with your photos. It’s that easy.

Frameworks, article photographs and video by Los Angeles Times photographer, Robert Lachman

NYT Tech Editor David Pogue's 2010 Best Gift Ideas on CBS Sunday Morning

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Next Big Thing CEA Supersession Panelists Announced During CES Includes David Pogue

CNET announced today the panelists for its Next Big Thing Supersession scheduled to take place at the International Consumer Electronics Show in January.

The event will take place on Jan. 7 with the theme "After The Computer." It will take a look at the impact tablets, smartphones and connected home devices will have on the computing world.

The panel will feature CNET's Editor-at-large, Brian Cooley, and Executive Editor Molly Wood will moderate the SuperSession, and will be joined onstage by panelists including Zander Lurie, senior vice president of strategic development at CBS; Joshua Topolsky, editor-in-chief of Engadget; Drew Bamford, director of user experience at HTC; David Pogue, personal technology columnist at the New York Times; Anthony Wood, founder and CEO of Roku; Nick DiCarlo, vice president of product planning at Samsung Telecommunications America; Evan Hansen, editor-in-chief of; Lindsay Notwell, executive director, 4G LTE strategy and planning at Verizon; and Robert Kyncl, vice president of TV and Film for YouTube
This year's theme will be "After the Computer." With the introduction of tablets, smartphones and connected home entertainment, the era of the personal computer has ended its 25-year reign as the dominating tech product. The latest tech gadgets have taken consumers to another level with their always-on, always-connected ability to entertain, inspire and transform consumers' technology expectations. Tablets, smartphones and connected home entertainment are quickly becoming the forerunners of the future. CNET editors will explore and discuss the role of these tech gadgets with the esteemed panelists. The session will also feature a real-time interactive poll with audience members in the session and a live webcast that will be available at

"Each year, show attendees pack the room for this popular SuperSession because this is the one place where they can see industry leaders discuss the products and trends that are going to shape our future," said Scott Ard, editor in chief of CNET. "For the first time, we're including other tech journalists to make the conversation more robust and potentially contentious. This should make for an even more dynamic show and make it a must-see event."

As the official online media partner for CES, CNET will provide up-to-the minute coverage through its blogs and Twitter feed, live video from the show floor, tech product reviews and expansive photo galleries. All of CNET's content can be accessed at

"CNET's coverage of the International CES helps bring the excitement and innovation of this must-attend industry event to CES attendees and to consumers around the world," said Karen Chupka, senior vice president of events and conferences for CEA, the producer of the International CES. "CNET's editorial team helps profile buzz-worthy CES exhibitors, via the Countdown to CES, a pre-show highlight of interesting CES exhibitors, and through the Best of CES awards. The 'After the Computer' SuperSession looks to be another CNET success at the International CES."

The 2011 International CES kicks off Jan. 6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Venetian Hotel. The CNET Stage, located at the South Hall 3 Lobby, will be the center of CNET's coverage of the show. The stage will feature live reports on the hottest new technologies and trends, product reviews, and live broadcasts of CNET's popular shows including "Buzz Out Loud," "The 404" and "Reporter's Roundtable" as well as the "Best of CES" award announcements. Preview coverage of the 2011 show is available now at

About CEA

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $172 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES - Where Entertainment, Technology and Business Converge. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA`s industry services. Find CEA online at

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CNET ( is where people go to discover the latest in tech and consumer electronics. Driven by a trusted voice and a passionate community, CNET creates an open environment for people to find and use the best products to fit their lifestyle. The powerful combination of CNET's award-winning news, lab-tested product reviews, safe and spyware-free downloads, and user-generated content give people information and inspiration to live and thrive in a life gone digital.

About CBS Interactive

CBS Interactive, a division of CBS Corporation, is the best online content network for information and entertainment. With 200 million people visiting its properties each month, it is a top 10 Web property globally and a top 5 Web property in the U.S. in terms of unique video viewers. Its portfolio of leading brands, which include CNET,,, GameSpot,, BNET and, span popular categories like technology, entertainment, sports, news and business. Follow CBS Interactive on Twitter:

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The Consumer Electronic Show: Some New Innovations and Previews of #IntlCES

CESTV: What's New

With 2,500 technology companies showcasing products, the 2011 International CES will buzz with innovation. Sarah Myers is here with a preview of the hot new areas to the 2011 CES.

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today announced that Akamai's David Kenny, The Coca-Cola Company's Joseph V. Tripodi, Interpublic Group's (IPG) Michael Roth and WPP's Sir Martin Sorrell will join the 2011 International CES keynote lineup as participants in the Entertainment Matters keynote panel.

The 2011 International CES returns to Las Vegas Jan. 6-9, and the Entertainment Matters keynote panel is scheduled for noon on Friday, Jan. 7 in the Las Vegas Hilton Theater.

The keynote panel will be moderated by Michael Kassan, chairman/CEO of MediaLink. Since founding the company in 2004, Kassan has built MediaLink into a leading advisory firm that provides sage counsel to the media, entertainment and technology industries.

Entertainment Matters, a new program sponsored by Variety and Cricket and designed for Hollywood's film, television and digital communities, will debut at the 2011 International CES. The program will feature exhibits, events and conference programs designed specifically for entertainment professionals interested in the convergence of content and technology. The Entertainment Matters program aims to customize the CES experience for those within the content industry.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

How to Use the KODAK Picture Kiosk to Share Your Pictures Fast!

Some of life's most memorable moments happen unexpectedly. At the KODAK Picture Kiosk, sharing them is fast, fun, and so, so easy.

When you visit the retail photo center in Irvine, CA, or any of the other tens of thousands of installed Kodak Picture Kiosks around the world, these are some of the boarder images you see as you prepare to create DIY photo magic.

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8 Creative Ways to Celebrate the Holidays With Your Employees (Donna Fenn,

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Small companies may not be able to afford the lavish holiday parties that their larger counterparts often throw for employees, but that simply means they need to be more creative about their festivities. I asked few small business owners how they plan to celebrate with their employees this month, and was pretty impressed with their responses.  If you’re still wracking your brain for ideas, think about stealing one of these:
 Vegas, baby. Okay, this isn’t exactly cheap. But Mitch Goldstone, the CEO of in Irvine, CA, thinks his employees are worth every penny he spent on a four-day trip for everyone to Las Vegas. The staff stayed at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino’s penthouse Executive Suite, were treated to four-days of gourmet dining experiences, a limousine tour of the famed Vegas Strip, an evening chartered helicopter tour above The City of Lights and private suites for all employees. Goldstone invests 25% of his annual marketing and advertising budget not on customers, but on his staff. “My company’s success is due to our employees, and in return the holidays are just one annual opportunity to dazzle them,” he says [Learn more, click here].
About the author: Donna Fenn is the author of Upstarts: How Gen Y Entrepreneurs are Rocking the World of Business and 8 Ways You Can Profit From Their Success and Alpha Dogs: How Your Small Business Can Become A Leader of the Pack. She has more than twenty years experience writing about entrepreneurship and small business trends as a contributing editor at Inc. magazine, an expert on, and a featured expert on From 1988 to 1992, she lived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where she was a correspondent for The Associated Press and covered business, culture, the economy, and the Gulf War.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010


Erasure have announced the release of a brand new version of their top 5 single, A Little Respect -- HMI Redux, out on 5 December 2010. A colourful new video for the track, shot in New York City and featuring Erasure lead singer Andy Bell, HMI youth and many other passers-by, will be released as well.

Proceeds from the track will be donated to The Hetrick-Martin Institute, the home of the Harvey Milk High School, in New York, and the True Colors Fund. The Hetrick-Martin Institute, the nation's oldest and largest LGBTQ youth service organization, provides a safe and supportive environment to all young people -- regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity so that they can achieve their full potential.

The HMI Redux features a youth chorus from the Hetrick-Martin Institute who also appear in the music video, directed by filmmaker Jason Stein. It's Time to Create and Order Holiday Photo 4x8" / 5x7" Folded Greeting Cards - in Minutes!


3 Steps to Create and Order Holiday Photo Greeting Cards at Online

Time is running out to send photo cards to friends and family, and we don't want you to miss out! Holiday cards are a great way to connect with loved ones using your favorite photos and personalized messages. Plus, they are fun and easy to create! After you create and order yours, be sure to forward this email to anyone you know who still needs to get their custom photo cards printed.  Christmas Photo Cards
Drag the photo(s) you wish to use from the bottom of the page and drop them onto the card. Click the "Edit Photo" button to move, pan, or crop it within the card. Then, click on the text box to add your own custom message and edit the text color and font.

Follow these simple steps: Log in to your online account and upload the photos you want to use. Then, click the yellow "Cards" tab and click the "Cards" button.

Browse the categories to find the card you want. Categories include Christmas, New Year's, Hanukkah, Religious, and general Holiday cards. Use the "Filter" tool to sort cards by specific sizes or styles. Typical holiday cards are 4x8 Flat cards, though you can create cards in 4x6 Flat, 5x7 Flat, and 5x7 Folded sizes. Click on the card you like for a larger preview, then click "Create Card."Christmas Photo Cards
Click "Customize" to add more photos, text, graphics, and change the layout of the card. When you are finished, click "Preview," and click "Add to Cart" to place your order. That's it!
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