nothing remarkable from the CES

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was pretty much overshadowed last week by the unveiling of the Apple iPhone in San Francisco by CEO Steve Jobs.

The only item that sort of stood out was Sharp's 108-inch TV and that's b/c it's the biggest flat-panel television ever made. Note that it's LCD, not plasma.

There were new digital cameras, Shure earphones, a new SanDisk Sansa mp3 player, Palm's Treo 750...

Bill Gates demonstrated a new technology called Sync, an in-car system that will be built into Ford vehicles this year. It synchronizes your music, address books and cellphone ring tones with the car stereo. CNET gave it the People's Voice Award.

Other CNET awardees:

Best in Show: LG's combination Blu-ray and HD DVD player

1. Cameras and camcorders: Sony HDR-HC7

2. Car tech: Dash Navigation Dash Express

3. Cell phones: Verizon Wireless V Cast TV

4. Computers: Microsoft Windows Vista

5. Emerging tech: Powercast

6. Gaming: Alienware Area 51 m9750

7. Home audio: Philips HTS8100 SoundBar

8. Home video: LG BH100

9. MP3 and portable audio: SanDisk Sansa Connect

10. TVs: Samsung FP-T5894W


The 2008 International CES is scheduled for January 7-10, still at Las Vegas.