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CES Roundup

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Apparently, there was some sort of event going on in Las Vegas this past week called the Consumer Electronics Show (aka CES). At the show, the major and minor electronics companies duke it out with press confrences to announce that they have developed similar products to each other that while new and exciting are not really that new or exciting. Plus, most of these products are just being announced and are not really available yet but instead, sometime in "mid to late third quarter 2006".

If you want every bit of CES news in all of its glorious detail, point your browsers to the big tech blogs engadget and gizmodo. They are doing in-depth coverage of what's hot, what's not and what really stinks (including the backed-up toilets at the convention center). For our money, the more interesting announcements should come next week at Mac World Expo. Perhaps on Tuesday of next week to be exact.

However, if i we must pick some things from CES that look interesting, here they are:

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Tivo offers up a new box. The series 3. Will this be the end all be all and finally replace all of our other boxes? Mmm, doesn't seem like it. In fact, it looks like anyone using Directv is going to be left out in the cold with this one. Cable card slots only from the look of it and no provision for satellite? Bummer.

Hopefully, that's just because we don't have more info at the moment. Fingers crossed as we really, really want to keep using a Tivo device and not have to switch over to some bastard child designed by the room of monkeys at Directv. Tivo knows something about simple and useable interface design. Directv not so much.