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 Wired.com; 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 http://ces.cnet.com/next-big-thing.

"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 www.cnet.com/ces.

"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 ces.cnet.com.

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 www.CE.org.

About CNET

CNET (http://www.cnet.com/) 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, CBS.com, CBSSports.com, GameSpot, TV.com, BNET and Last.fm, span popular categories like technology, entertainment, sports, news and business. Follow CBS Interactive on Twitter: www.twitter.com/cbsitweets

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