I'm at the CES show in Las Vegas and
it’s turning out to be quite the scene. The big difference from last year’s
show is that in early 2005 the industry was trying to create momentum. The mood
was forced. Companies were tired of the downturn and wanted a good year with
fresh, innovative products. What a difference a year makes. This year’s show
has energy. There is an optimistic undercurrent and companies and people are
excited to be here introducing everything from the latest car stereos and plasma
TVs to chip sets and digital connectivity solutions. But the real mark of
whether CES has punch is the after-show party scene and this year vendors are
spending big on parties. Intel had the Black Eyed Peas. AMD had the Black
Crows. Microsoft had The Killers and tonight, Monster Cable has Stevie Wonder.
So far though, Yahoo! has pulled out the biggest gun. Tom Cruise joined CEO
Terry Semel on
stage during his keynote and then went to the Yahoo! tenthouse to meet some
fans. Voce’s been at all the right spots to take some pictures – enjoy.