In case you think it's all fun and games at Quakecon... it is. But it's not all about the games. The American Red Cross is on site this year for a blood drive of all things.
At the E3, which will be held between 10 and 12 June in Los Angeles, Electronic Arts will hold a major conference and introduce six new projects. The information has been confirmed as part of the quarterly financial report released earlier this week.
While many of the case manufacturers that we are all familiar with were absent from the showroom at CES this year, I did find my way to the display area for In Win Development. They have had some excellent chassis out in the past that I’d have the privilege of reviewing, and while it had been a couple of years I wanted to see what their lineup looked like now. I have to say I’m glad I did.
I had the chance to talk with Keven Scarpati of Razer at CES 2014 and get a look at some of their upcoming gear. As usual, they have some very interesting things in the pipeline, but the top of the heap has got to be their newest take on the personal computer: Project Christine.
CES 2014: Las Vegas, Nevada - There are a lot of companies that call some of their lineup “gaming laptops”. Asus, Sony, Toshiba, MSI, they all have at least one laptop in their stable that they tell me I can use to game. While I’ll be the first to admit this is technically true, invariably their definition of “gaming” and mine have been different. Small screens, low resolution, terrible sound, poor performance (unless I turn down the graphics quality, which is a problem in its own), there are always tradeoffs that honestly have made me consider “gaming laptop” to be a contradiction.
During the days leading up to CES 2014 there has been a lot of talk about how much the show has changed. Although tagged with the Consumer Electronics Show label the show is becoming dominated by items that, while loosely related, are not electronics at all. I am talking about entire pavilions filled with phone cases, battery packs, lanyards etc. These items are accessories to the products we buy, but in reality they have no real place a show like CES. This has led some to long for the days of COMDEX (Computer Dealer’s Exhibition).
Toshiba at IFA fair presented a line of L5 TVs. L5 line consists of 40, 50 and 58 inch models with a common characteristics such as Edge LED display technology, Full HD resolution, support for 3D (using active shutter glasses), the conversion of 2D content to 3D, an advanced system for image smoothing and series of other interesting features.
MMD, a company that is a licensed brand partner for Philips monitors will present a series of new screens at CeBIT 2013. All of the models will be displayed from March 5th to 9th in Hanover at stand no. F51 in hall 15.
If you're in the industry and you've never gone to CES, make 2013 your year. We ladies are under-represented in a big way. CEA does not report on gender demographics, but by my visual estimation I'd say ladies made up no more than 5% of exhibitors and attendees (no offense to them, but I'm not counting booth babes). What's happening here? Soap box aside, we are simply a bigger slice of the pie. And while I could well get lost in satisfying my curiosity about all the reasons why, that's not really the point. The point is, CES needs us and we need CES.
I don’t know if I was more intimidated by my husband Sean’s stories of CES and its chaos, or the stereotypical Las Vegas of films and television. I’d never had an inclination to go to either, but Sean insisted I should at least give it a chance this year. I joined him and I'm glad I did. I'll be better prepared for CES 2013 - because I'm going back!