This Week’s Top Story:
Everyone’s talking about the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV, which begins Monday (1/10) and will provide a preview of the exciting new products hitting the market in 2012. Keynote speakers this year will include representatives from Microsoft, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Verizon and YouTube. The biggest names in consumer electronics will be in attendance, showing off their new toys. One notable exception is Apple, who will be there in spirit as companies offer iDevice covers and accessories. We’ll know for sure next week, but we can expect ultrabooks and connected televisions to be huge at next week’s conference as they have consumed preview coverage. Until then, we will just have to wait patiently (and hope TechCrunch continues to fight with itself over the conference’s importance).
The Samsung Galaxy Note, the tablet-smartphone hybrid, is definitely on it’s way, though the details are still a little shaky.
More news from RIM as 2012 seems to bring a new focus to the company’s initiatives. It was announced this week that co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Basillie may be replaced as the chairmen of the board. In addition, RIM has cancelled plans for two Blackberry 10 devices, to center their efforts around one new device, the London.
Google has acquired more than 200 patents from IBM, the most notable being a patent that could impact Google Plus.
Apple is planning a media event slated for this month. Speculation thus far has indicated this event will likely be about iBooks, with a possible textbook integration, while rumors continue to swirl about the event featuring the newest iPad 3 or even the Apple TV.
Yahoo has appointed former Paypal president Scott Thompson as their new CEO.
Be on the Lookout:
Google is rumored to be launching a tablet which will be cheaper than the Kindle Fire.