The annual International CES event, also known as CES 2014, is just a few weeks away. Thousands of tech enthusiasts will be packed into the Las Vegas Convention Center just to get a glimpse of upcoming consumer electronics, including home entertainment, gaming, mobile apps, wireless devices, and emerging technology. Here are five fast facts you need to know about CES 2014.
1. CES 2014 Will Be Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV
The 2013 CES was held in Las Vegas between January 8-11, and more than 152,759 industry professionals showed up. The 2014 International CES is set for January 7-10, 2014, in Las Vegas.
2. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Will Be One of the Keynote Speakers at CES 2014
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Sony Corporation President Kazuo Hirari, Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler, and CISCO CEO John Chambers will be some of the keynote speakers at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. Mayer is set to speak on Tuesday, January 7, at 1 a.m. The full keynote schedule can be found here.
3. Microsoft Will Return to CES 2014
In 2012 Microsoft announced that it was pulling out of CES. After taking a year off, it’s being reported that Microsoft will be returning to CES 2014. Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association, announced the news that Microsoft would be returning to CES 2014. Shaprio told the BBC, "Microsoft is officially back in the International CES. They are taking out significant space in meeting rooms -- it's actually a larger presence than I believe they have ever had." While Microsoft was not completely absent from last year’s CES event, Chief executive Steve Ballmer made an appearance during Qualcomm's most embarrassing keynote event. You can check out the keynote here.
4. The Best and Worst Products of CES
Even though we see a lot of amazing products at the International CES event, we have also seen some pretty terrible products in the past. Some products that made the worst of CES 2013 include the GameCube, USB fork, Sony's 56-inch 4K OLED TV, iPotty, and virtual wireless keyboards. It will be interesting to see what products make it onto the worst products of CES 2014 list.
5. We Might See a Surprise Launch for the Galaxy S5
At last year's CES 2013 event, we saw plenty of products being unveiled like Sony's 4K OLED TV, Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa Chip, Archos GamePad, Project Shield, and Fitbit Flex. At this year's CES, we can expect to see new smartphones launched by Huawei, ZTE, Samsung, and LG. It’s being rumored that we may even get to see a launch for the Galaxy S5.