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Waiting Patiently for Videos to Upload

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How long does it take to upload video from a cell phone to the web these days? A long time.

Notice how Ben’s Pepsi has melted down into what looks like an Iced Tea.

People seemingly fly by in the background while Ben studies the status bar on his Nokia N95-3 over lunch in the Venetian.

A few alternatives:

– Use the phone’s WiFi when available.

– Transfer files to a computer with a better Internet connection for uploading.

– Use Qik to stream directly to the web as lower resolutions.

CES 2008: Sony Ericsson Z555 Phone

What’s so cool about the Z555 phone?

Gesture control.

Have an incoming call you’d like to ignore? Simply wave your hand over the 4 diamond sensors to send the call to voicemail.

This can also be used to disable the alarm if you use your phone for that.

It also has a 1.3 Megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.0, an FM radio, Memory Stick Micro support, and Edge 850/1800/1900.

No word on when the phone will support giving the finger to telemarketers.

It ships in Q2 2008.

CES 2008: Sony Ericsson Z555 Phone

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CES 2008: Brad Anderson – Best Buy CEO in CES Forum

Best Buy CEO, Brad Anderson, participated in the International Retail Power Panel at the Hilton Las Vegas alongside leaders from other large consumer electronics retailers from around the world.

When Brad Anderson talks people listen.

He stated that 2007 was a good year for Best Buy, but it was a tough one.

Anderson said Best Buy saw extraordinary growth in GPS devices and notebooks.

Asked about the impact the overall economy has on consumer electronics, Anderson stated,”We definitely can feel it.”

Anderson suggested that Best Buy’s growth and differentiation comes from customer intelligence. “We’re trying to deepen our understanding of the customers who shop our stores.”

The web is changing how people shop for consumer electronics. However, Anderson pointed out that it also provides increased employee expertise.

Asked about the importance of brands, Anderson explained that he has seen a surge in value oriented brands, which are taking a piece of the flat panel business. He’s also seeing growth in Best Buy’s private label brands. Large brands need to differentiate to be competitive with lower cost sets.

Asked about Warner’s decision to exclusively support BluRay formatted high definition content, Anderson said it, “increased the likelihood of getting to one format.” Internally, he says, “Employees are frustrated by the difficulty in guiding consumers to appropriate products today.” On a 1-5 scale, he puts resolving this issue for consumers a 4 to 5.

The move to digital TV is, “One of the biggest risks our industry has.” Anderson explained Best Buy’s roll in the change, stating, “We’re trying to diminish that risk.”

Don’t 90% of consumers already have cable or satellite? Anderson said he polled some his own employees in a recent meeting, asking, “How many have a set in your house that is dependent on an analog feed? Almost all raised their hands.”

Best Buy polled their HDTV buying customers and found some interesting results when asked about hooking up HDTV sets to non-HD sources. “We were surprised to find that people who hooked up their HDTVs to non-HDTV sources were aware of it. They said that they were future-proofing their sets.”

How important is it that the industry goes green? Anderson gives it a 5 out of 5 for importance.

Making products easy for consumers to understand also comes in at 5 out of 5 for importance for Anderson.

CES 2008: Brad Anderson – Best Buy CEO in CES Forum

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CES 2008: Golf Launchpad

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The Golf Launchpad has been updated this year with new sensors for more accurate swing detection. It now supports PCs, Macs, PS3, and set top boxes. Retails for $200. You need 8 sq ft to swing your club without breaking anything in your house.
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iJustine Registers

While hanging at the Seagate Bloghaus with iJustine, Bluefox, and Ben, I suggested that someone should set up a site at with a style parody site of Justine.

Ben thought this was brilliant and whipped out his iPhone. But iJustine immediately saw the problem with that, whipped out her laptop, and beat Ben to the punch.

Lesson here: Don’t get into a domain registration draw with iJustine.

iJustine Registers

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Kreative Power's 6-Way Surge Suppressor

Here’s a shot of the 6 outlet surge suppressor I brought to CES so I’d have enough easily accessible outlets in my hotel room.

Notice any problems here?

Surge Suppressor Traffic Jam

I have a surge suppressor traffic jam.

Enter Kreative Power’s solution to this problem. The Powramid:

Powramid Surge Protector

Powramid. Like, a pyramid of power? Yeah, that’s it.

Suddenly, I’d have 6 usable outlets rather than 3.

Powramid Surge Protector

Revolutionary? Perhaps not. But a nice design evolution nonetheless.

Press Queue for CES Unveiled Event

The press turned for CES Unveiled tonight, where we got our first look at many of the innovative products launching at CES this week.

I walked the line just for the heck of it. Do you recognize any of your favorite bloggers or mainstream media types?

To get things started, I’ve tagged Mahalo Daily’s Veronica Belmont and our own Benjamin Higginbotham. If you recognize someone, add them to the Viddler tags for this video.