CES 2006: Highlights of Friday's coverage from TG Daily

Las Vegas (NV) - Friday, Google took the spotlight - some would say, they stole it. Trying to go one up on Steve Jobs (who pays his own company’s respect to CES by scheduling MacWorld in San Francisco so close to it), Google’s Larry Page basked in the spotlight of speculation that his company was planning to unveil something more than it actually did. The theme of this year’s show was becoming quite clear : Everyone, it seems - or, more accurately, everyone with a marquis name - wants to be a content provider. But what was interesting about Friday was that so much speculation had been devoted to Google’s rumored interest in being a consumer electronics device company in its own right - in effect, a content manager that when Page revealed the truth, for many, it was something of a letdown. The fact that it was a letdown should perhaps be a signal to those who would become content providers, and didn’t try to let that news be masked by loftier rumors.

Meanwhile, in the real world, we saw some notebook computers that started sporting extreme, very-high-tech equipment. Toshiba’s new line of Qosmios, for example, manage the feat of supporting Dolby Surround Sound. Yes, we’re talking about a notebook computer with two speakers ; and if you can’t believe it yourself, well, your ears would have to have been there. The Qosmio also claimed to be the first notebook to support HD DVD, but we saw some others elsewhere at CES, including one from HP. Microsoft tried to resolve the problem of the Xbox 360 not having a high-def DVD, by enabling one to be attached to it externally. Maybe not the same thing as premiering the technology. (Hey, Microsoft...How does it feel to be playing catch-up with the competition ?) Here now are the stories that made our CES news headlines Friday, 6 January 2006 :

Highlights From Day Three Of CES 2006