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CES 2014: Vanilla Ice, Shaq, Mark Cuban, and more talk hot tech trends -- VIDEO


With more than 150,000 attendees and 3,000 exhibitors, this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas proved to be one of the biggest in its history. Some of the biggest trends included 3-D printers, wearable tech, headphones galore, 4K, and curved TVs.

And while the Super Bowl of Tech boasts industry professionals, techies, and early adopters, the conference is also known for its fair share of celebs endorsing the next big brands and products in tech.

Billionaire entrepreneur and Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban made an appearance at the Samsung press conference and roamed the floor revealing what he thinks the next big thing in tech will be and how to really get his attention with an investment pitch:

Michael Bay has a mini meltdown and walks off stage during Samsung event -- VIDEO

Michael Bay has made some very visual movies, but judging from the clip below during the Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, he doesn’t have a way with words.

The Transformers director had a mini meltdown today at the Samsung CES Press Conference and left the stage in the middle of his presentation about the company’s new curved HD TVs. When the teleprompter apparently went down, Bay lost his train of thought, so he walked off.

Bay responded to his actions later on his blog saying, “Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES – I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP’s intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down – then I walked off. I guess live shows aren’t my thing”

Watch the clip below:

CES 2013: Can this new Samsung TV save marriages?

The experience of sitting in a living room watching two completely different things while wearing glasses and earphones seems like it might be a bit… antisocial. But Samsung is calling its updated KN55F9500 OLED TV the opposite — a marriage saver. READ FULL STORY

CES 2012: Wireless speakers, robot paparazzi, houses with brains and taking pity on poor Microsoft

And that’s a wrap — the largest CES in history finishes up today, and we’d be lying if we didn’t say we were more than a little relieved. We’re disappointed at the lack of any one bona fide blockbuster that left everyone raving — but then last year that was Motorola’s Xoom tablets and slick Atrix phone with its lapdock and, in the end, neither sold gangbusters anyway. Still there was plenty to love, often smaller trinkets or clever simple solutions or simply stuff that points to where technology and entertainment is heading. In no particular order, here are items that intrigued, along with trends to watch out for in the future.

The wireless wave is still building, but quality gear sans tangle of cables has arrived, and not soon enough. The premiere wireless home-stereo system Sonos was on-hand, but had reserved announcements for “a few important products” for later this year. But alternatives abounded for smart, high-quality Bluetooth or wi-fi speakers that are easy to set up and sound great — we especially liked Altec-Lansing’s 5000 series, as well as Eton’s simple and slick Rukus (which also comes in a solar charging version). And several companies were finally putting out speakers that use Apple’s Airplay technology to stream music easily. READ FULL STORY

CES 2012: Ultrabooks, the suddenly untrendy trend


Like tablets last year, some of the biggest buzz leading up to this year’s CES was reserved for Ultrabooks — the category name given to the latest generation of super thin, light, powerful, long-lasting, and purportedly more affordable laptops. (And no, not Netbooks, the super-cheap but craptastic mini-laptops of a few years back.) To Apple polishers, the term is just another way of saying “Windows laptops that copy the MacBook Air,” the svelte Mac laptop first launched in 2008. What’s not known by civilians though is that Ultrabooks are chipmaker Intel’s bold stance against the burgeoning tablet market, which don’t use Intel processors. In fact Intel trademarked the term, came up with a strict list of requirements for using the name, and is investing a few hundred million clams into marketing them.

There’s certainly no shortage of Ultrabooks being announced here, with a dozen or more models on prominent display ringing a giant arch at Intel’s positively swarmed booth. Most models fulfill the promise of thin and light(er) in spades, but digging a little deeper, the “powerful and more affordable” we were promised are in some cases as yet to be fulfilled. READ FULL STORY

CES 2012: Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Justin Timberlake among drove of celebs

The hustle and bustle of sharp-elbowed gadget-watchers is a time-honored lament at CES, but this year it’s getting to the point where a journalist can’t even get to look at the darn products, what with all the celebrities hanging around. While celeb endorsements are nothing new, the stars are out in full force this year. We’re not sure whether they’re feeling geek chic as Hollywood’s latest status symbol or simply see hopping on the tech bandwagon as the next logical biz opportunity — like having a clothing line, perfume, or brand of booze.

Things kicked off at Panasonic’s press conference when famed eco-warrior Ed Begley Jr. hopped onstage to tout the company’s green initiatives, and was later followed by a visit from U.S. soccer legend Brandi Chastain (and fellow ‘ballers Heather O’Reilly and Alex Morgan) to tout 3-D broadcasting of the 2012 Olympics. The otherwise sedate affair got a mainline adrenaline jolt when surprise guest Justin Timberlake hopped onstage to discuss the launch of Myspace TV — JT is a major investor in the moribund social network, after all.

Not a bad showing, but Sony’s presser upped the star wattage even higher with an appearance by Will Smith, who along with MIB3 director Barry Sonnenfeld did their best to banter amiably following a belabored plug for the movie (in theaters near you soon!). Sony capped its presentation with a performance from an aw-shucks Kelly Clarkson (yes, a Sony artist). READ FULL STORY

Stare-Masters: TVs to get smarter, stronger, prettier

Officially CES opens for business today, when an army of gadget-hungry buyers, sellers, analysts and journalists descend on the Las Vegas Convention Center eager for a first look at this year’s latest and greatest. And yet most of the major players in the electronics biz have already made their big reveals during a flurry of press conferences yesterday. (But don’t worry, the funnest part of CES is making cool discoveries from the little guys who just may be next decade’s electronics giant.) During their overpacked pressers, LG, Samsung, Panasonic, Microsoft, and Sony talked shop about an incredible array of products, from smartphones to smart refrigerators, but the common theme throughout was the ability for all our devices to work together, and that, more than ever, the TV is going to be the hub of our digital worlds. READ FULL STORY

CES: Ultrabooks? 4K TVs? Ice Cream Sandwich? The 5 biggest trends to look out for at the mega trade show


Las Vegas is about to become gearhead Nirvana once again.

The annual International Consumer Electronics Show opens tomorrow for 140,000 tech enthusiasts hoping to get a first glimpse at the latest cutting-edge computers, tablets, smartphones, gaming consoles, TVs, and cameras. With 1.7 million square feet of Las Vegas Convention Center space to cover, you can expect that the only sins coming out of Sin City until CES wraps up on Friday will be the unrealistic expectations fostered by the 2,700 vendors setting up shop. It’s a testament to the size and enduring power of the 45-year-old trade show that Spike will be devoting four hours of its Tuesday lineup, starting at 1:00 p.m. ET, to updates from the floor with host Eliza Dushku. Other celebrities expected to attend CES this year include 50 Cent and Justin Bieber, in addition to TV workout guru Jillian Michaels, who represents a growing trend connecting the tech and fitness worlds.

The relevance of CES may be on the wane. Many smartphone manufacturers are holding on to their most anticipated gear until February’s Mobile World Congress. And as usual, Apple won’t be in attendance. Nor will Amazon, Google, or Facebook, which run their own events throughout the year. And Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who’ll be giving the keynote address tonight, has announced that this will be the last year his company will attend as well. CES, though, is still the event that introduced the VCR to the world in 1970, the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985, the TiVo in 1999, and Blu-ray in 2003. So count it out at your own peril.

Here are five of the biggest trends we expect to see at this year’s show. READ FULL STORY

Tom Hanks' Web series to stream on Yahoo

Tom Hanks’ long gestating Web series is coming to Yahoo.

Electric City, an animated futuristic series Hanks has been developing for years, will premiere on Yahoo this spring. The series includes 20 episodes, each three- or four-minutes long.

Yahoo, along with Hanks and production partners Playtone and Reliance Entertainment, are set to formally announce plans for the series Tuesday at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: Brits, tech toys, and gearing up for the Globes


It’s the calm before the storm in entertainment-land this week, as awards season gears up and TV premieres start rolling out. But never fear, PopWatch Planner is here with a roundup of worthwhile entertainment for your week ahead.

Downton Abbey, PBS, 9 p.m.
Absolutely Fabulous, BBC America, 10 p.m.

It’s a double dose of Britain tonight with the season 2 premiere of Downton Abbey on PBS and the 20th anniversary special of Absolutely Fabulous on BBC America. My DVR is in overload mode and I’m making tea and crumpets (and maybe a martini a la Patsy) as we speak.

BCS Championship Game, ESPN, 8:30 p.m.

The college football bowl winners will be crowned Monday in the matchup between the Louisiana State Tigers and Alabama’s Crimson Tide. LSU is 13-0, playing Alabama for the first time since their win against them in early November.

Consumer Electronics Show

Get ready for an onslaught of news about all the new tech toys and Internet crazes of the year to come from the Computer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. The question remains, just how big a TV is possible?

Top Chef: Restaurant Wars, Bravo 10 p.m.

It’s everyone’s favorite time in the Top Chef season this week — Restaurant Wars. What will the teams be and how will this crew ever decide on a theme? We got a sneak peek in last week’s episode that Sarah will be working at a restaurant called Half Bushel — it’s anyone’s guess what that means….

30 Rock, season premiere, NBC 9 p.m.

Liz Lemon’s back! Feeling forever delayed, the TGS crew is back in action this week and reportedly taking on North Korean leader Kim Jung Il’s death in a sketch. Too soon? You decide.

The Devil Inside (in theaters) … or just rent your favorite horror flick
The new horror movie The Devil Inside opened last week, but is there a better night to see a horror film than Friday the 13th? The film received dismal reviews,  so you may just want to Netflix a classic like Nightmare on Elm Street instead. The Devil Inside was a hit at the box office, though, and surely scared the wits out of thousands of teenagers. Will it continue its frightful success this week?

Saturday Night Live, NBC 11:35 p.m.

Our entertainer of the year, Daniel Radcliffe, hosts Saturday Night Live this week. Can he continue to break the Harry Potter mold and do some groundbreaking comedy?

Golden Globe Awards, NBC, live at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT

It’s Hollywood’s favorite night — lower-key than the Oscars, but just as fun, the red carpet rolls out for the Golden Globes. Make sure to check back to EW.com’s Golden Globes special report for real-time coverage and to share your thoughts on all the fashion, winners, losers, and parties.

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