Following a holiday season where electronics were among the hottest gifts, the annual Consumer Electronics Show kicked off in Las Vegas with major computer-industry players like Microsoft, Intel, and Cisco making big moves into consumers' living rooms.
Traditional suppliers like Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba, along with internet forces Google and Yahoo, announced products that promote a "digital lifestyle." A major theme: making existing items easier to use, more stylish, and less expensive.
Most frequent messages
1. CES is huge: more than 24 football fields' worth of exhibit space and 130,000 attendees
2. The race to create a "connected living room" will heat up in 2006
3. Microsoft's new VISTA OS makes future PCs the centerpiece of the digital home
4. Apple, whose iPod has become a tech icon, is not at the CES
5. Digital electronics still face the same glitches and compatibility woes computers do
Based on analysis of major-market news coverage that appeared between January 3-6, 2006. Evaluation and analysis by Delahaye - a division of Bacon's Information