Electronic Visualization for the Next Century

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  • CES: The Chinese Electronics Show?

    December 19, 2014

    In just a few weeks, I’m off to the International CES, or Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. CES is one of the world’s largest conventions and last year’s event attracted over 140,000 visitors, according to official CES PR. I’m not sure how true that was – severe winter weather caused all kinds of flight cancellations in the Midwest and some folks never made it out in time. Still, “the joint was jumpin’!” as Fats Waller used to say. The aisles were certainly packed full of attendees and there were plenty of exhibits to take up my 3.5 days in Vegas. One thing really stuck out this year. In recent years, more and more Chinese CE brands have been expanding their booth space, but this year featured some booths that were as large if not larger than those of more established Japanese brands like Toshiba, Panasonic, and Sharp. Microsoft, who used to exhibit at the show, pulled out for 2013 and ceded their booth to Hisense, an industrial manufacturing giant in Ch..Read more

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  • Best Buy’s Bharp TV: Turkey Most Foul

    December 6, 2014

    The fourth Thursday in November was Thanksgiving in the United States, as it has been since Abraham Lincoln made it so in 1863.  This quintessentially American celebration was created as a national holiday not by Act of Congress but by Presidential Proclamation, which is worth pondering given our current debate concerning the proper limits of presidential power. Politics aside, Thanksgiving is the day on which we travel long distances to have overly large family dinners with people we don't like. The traditional main dish is roast turkey, and turkey is also our slang term for a fool or failure -- as in, "It's hard to fly with the eagles when I'm stuck down here with all these turkeys." [caption id="attachment_3928" align="alignright" width="300"] It's hard to fly with the eagles... (Photo: Ken Werner)[/caption] Sitting down with strange companions to consume a tu..Read more