CES 2013: Tech Weekly Recap
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The Consumer Electronics Show was the talk of tech this week. It was a who's who of the sector, with many notable companies, such as Intel (INTC) , Qualcomm (QCOM) and Broadcom (BRCM) in attendance.
TheStreet covered CES live , meeting up with some of the key players and attending press conferences that wowed the masses. Samsung was one of the bigger ones, showing off its latest television sets and taking a few shots at competitor Apple (AAPL) .
Samsung's new flagship F8000 television is a sight to behold with its LED screen and incredibly beautiful picture. It comes in sizes from 46 inches to 75 inches, and uses a feature called Intelligent Viewing to help the consumer make better choices when searching for content. What really took my breath away, though, were the OLED (organic light-emitting diode) TVs with built-in speaker systems that look like a work of art. These TVs come in Ultra HD, and are poised to change the way people watch television in the future.
TVs were certainly the hot item this year, with Sharp also showing off its latest and greatest , albeit to a more muted reaction. Chip companies Broadcom and Qualcomm showed off their latest silicon. Broadcom CEO Scott McGregor sat down for an exclusive interview with TheStreet to talk about Ultra HD, which the company announced a new chip for this year.
Though CES was the big news this week, some other companies managed to steal some of the limelight, such as Facebook (FB) , which announced a major press event, set for next Tuesday.
"Come and see what we're building," the invite said. There's plenty of speculation about what Facebook will show off next week in Menlo Park, Calif., including a search engine, a deal with Netflix (NFLX) or, less likely, a phone.
Yours truly will be attending the event and live-blogging all the news. Las Vegas one week. California the next. No rest for the weary, that's for sure.
Facebook shares gained 10% this past week to close Friday at $31.72 on excitement surrounding the event.
Reports suggested that Apple would launch a cheaper iPhone for emerging markets, but as soon as that rumor hit, pundits shot it down. TheStreet's Rocco Pendola said that he didn't believe the chatter, and warned that, if true, it could spell bad news for Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of marketing, put the kibosh on the rumor, reportedly saying that Apple will not develop cheap smartphones in an interview with The Shanghai Evening News . "Every product that Apple creates, we consider using only the best technology available," he said, in a translation obtained by The Next Web . "This includes the production pipeline, the Retina display, the unibody design, to provide the best product to the market."