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"The level of excitement on the CES show floor was at an all-time high with ground-breaking technologies such as the Palm Pre, Sony’s flexible OLED display, 3D HDTV, Yahoo!’s TV Widget, LG’s Watch Phone and a 1/3 inch thin energy efficient Plasma HDTV from Panasonic," said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, events and conferences, CEA. "Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer announced Windows 7 Beta at his pre-CES keynote and the download response was so high, it overloaded their systems."

In addition to the hottest gadgets, the 2009 International CES featured addresses from dynamic industry leaders including Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, Sony’s Sir Howard Stringer, Ford’s Allan Mulally and Intel’s Dr. Craig Barrett and Cisco’s John Chambers as part of the Technology and Emerging Countries program.

The 2009 CES was a celebrity-filled event which featured entertainment and sports figures including Tom Hanks, Alex Trebek, Jimmy Fallon, Stevie Wonder, Counting Crows' Adam Duritz, Usher, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Reggie Jackson, Dr. Oz and Ludacris.

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TomTom, the world’s leading navigation solutions provider, today announced that both CNET and LAPTOP Magazine recognized the TomTom GO 740 LIVE with the “Best of CES” award. The GO 740 LIVE is TomTom’s first connected portable navigation device in the US that provides the industry’s best routing and helps drivers take control of their daily drive via automatic delivery of helpful features including: real-time traffic information, TomTom Fuel Price Service, Local Search powered by Google, TomTom Weather, QuickGPSfix™ and TomTom Buddies.


Sony Corporation Chairman and CEO Sir Howard Stringer welcomes Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson to the stage to discuss the sponsorship arrangement with Sony and the new Yankee stadium.




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Intel Chairman Craig Barrett delivered a keynote address on Friday, as part of the Technology and Emerging Countries Program (TEC) at CES.


During his keynote, Barrett discussed a number of technology initiatives that are key in advancing economic development in emerging regions: access to inexpensive technology, connectivity and content. Barrett, joined by Adam Levin of Maroon 5 and Counting Crows' Adam Duritz, acknowledged initiatives such as, NetHope, Save the Children, the Greybird Foundation and Kids for Tomorrow for the work they have done to improve lives around the world through education, business development and health care.


After unveiling the third generation of the low-cost Classmate PC, Barrett announced the launch of, a campaign where Intel will donate five cents per click on the site toward educational access and economic development.

Counting Crows' Adam Duritz and Criaig Barrett of Intel


This is the year of 3-D, with all the same TV manufacturers showing off a variety of displays that either work with glasses or create a 3-D-like effect automatically on screen. Dozens of movies and video games are in the works that take advantage of improvements in 3-D-display technology. Indeed, Jeffrey Katzenberg, whom Stringer introduced as the "John the Baptist of 3-D," was in full proselytizing mode, working the convention-center floor and giving interviews. Katzenberg has staked his DreamWorks Animation's future on the technology; it's the first studio to be creating all its movies in 3-D from here on in, with Monsters vs. Aliens, due out in March, DreamWorks' first native 3-D movie. To promote it, DreamWorks, in conjunction with Pepsi and Intel, this week began giving out free 3-D glasses at grocery and convenience stores nationwide. Katzenberg said that more than 120 million pairs will be on store shelves in time for Super Bowl XLIII. You'll be able to use the glasses to watch a 3-D commercial at halftime, as well as an episode of the NBC comedy Chuck on Feb. 1. (The anaglyph glasses look like the old red/green 3-D movie glasses of yore but are much improved; 3-D movies use an even better technology, with hard-plastic polarized lenses theaters will hand out.)



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