By Lisa Johnston
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LAS VEGAS — Samsung president Dr. Stephen Woo gave a terrific International CES big-stage keynote but was overwhelmed by the star power of another president — William Jefferson Clinton.
The 42nd president of the United States spoke passionately about the power of technology to help people around the world — especially the poor. Clinton also tackled gun control, climate change, healthcare challenges and the American political scene in 15 brief minutes.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
In the South Hall at CES. The Parrot AR.Drone choppers are controlled via an app and can fly either manually controlled by a smartphone or tablet or in automatic mode.
LAS VEGAS — The second annual IAWTV Awards were held at the Palazzo Theatre at the Venetian Resort Hotel as part of the International CES Entertainment Matters Conference.
The IAWTV Awards is an official web television industry awards show established for content creators, by content creators.
The winners are:
Best Animated Series – “Red vs. Blue”
Best Cinematography – “H+ The Digital Series” – Brett Pawlak
“With the new DISH Anywhere, customers can watch their DISH programming on their iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Android tablet, PC or MAC – anytime with a WiFi or cellular connection.
LAS VEGAS — The participants in the annual TWICE Retail Roundtable looked past a tepid 2012 holiday season toward an uneven 2013, with one or two potential bright spots.
The roundtable, held Monday and moderated by TWICE senior editor Alan Wolf, had execs from the nation’s top retailers and distributors give their take on 2012 and what will lead the industry this year.
Attempting to answer the age-old question of “Just how much did I walk during International CES?” Fitbug handed out versions of its Bluetooth pedometer and is hosting a Walking Challenge during the show.
Although I’m sure there are plenty of press members who will scoff at my numbers (especially the TWICE photographers), here is my tally for Press Day and Day One of the show using the Fitbug Air:
Press Day: 12,391 steps
LAS VEGAS — The Alliance For Wireless Power (A4WP) demonstrated to the press its initial flexible charging working spec at a breakfast on Wednesday.
The group, made up of 30 member companies including Samsung, Qualcomm, Powermat and Texas Instruments, showed off charging surfaces that transfer power from a distance of up to 30mm through materials such as tabletops or car consoles.
The spec allows charging of multiple devices simultaneously without physical contact to the charging surface.
LAS VEGAS – TomTom upgraded its cellular-delivered HD (High Density) Traffic service with improved real-time detection of traffic incidents and more accurate time-of-arrival estimates, thanks to a major expansion of the number of vehicles tracked in real time to 76 million from a year-ago 3 million, the company announced.
The 6.0 version of HD Traffic “is able to report the location and length of traffic jams on highways five times more accurately than the previous version of TomTom HD Traffic,” the company said.
“Hopper Transfers allow a user to transfer any DVR recording to an iPad so you can watch it anywhere – even without an Internet connection.”
“With the new Hopper with built-in Sling technology, DISH customers can now watch all their live TV, DVR and on-demand content on PCs, mobile devices and tablets – in the home and outside the home.”