Tech & The District » Trends Tech the way we see it: insights and musings on technology PR, policy and the District, from H&K’s D.C. Tech Team. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 15:06:44 +0000 en hourly 1 Day 2-LIVE from the Consumer Electronics Show- Las Vegas Fri, 07 Jan 2011 22:58:25 +0000 Lauren Wilson Day 2 on the CES Floor started off with a conversation with the always enthusiastic and knowledgeable Sascha Segan from PC Magazine.  When I asked Sascha what the big trends were this year, he said “tablets, tablets, tablets.” A trend that I already discussed in my earlier post, however, it was nice to receive official confirmation from an industry insider and top technology blogger.

Speaking of tablets, I had the opportunity to check out RIM’s Blackberry Playbook 4G tablet.  It was certainly fascinating and it is truly a multi-tasking device with the ability to watch a movie and check the internet simultaneously. The Playbook offers a  7-inch high-resolution display, dual-core 1GHz processor, GPS, high-definition cameras and much more. IntoMobile is calling the product a credible competitor to the Apple iPad and the Motorola XOOM.

If you plan to purchase a tablet, my recommendation is to wait to the Spring or later when all the kinks have been ironed out. That way you will have your choice from the major manufacturers who will likely release their devices around the same time.

Some interesting things that I saw today were:

  • Massage breaks in one corner where you could get a foot & calf massage—this is so necessary from hoofing it on the Show floor.
  • 2011 Audi with Nvidia powered navigation system in the back seats of the vehicle.
  • Mobile Skype demonstrations zooming in on a family’s vacation to the desert.

Believe it or not, I’m actually working at the Show. Things that I missed, but heard about:

  • Common and Olivia Wilde at the Blackberry booth
  • Ford’s CEO Alan Mulally’s keynote  unveiling an electric Ford Focus
  • HTC ‘Thunderbolt 4G LTE handset announcement

Leave your comments on what surprised you at CES this year!

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