Once upon a time, the location for the trade show in the second week of the year for futuristic hi-tech features was Detroit and its International Automobile Show. True to tradition, ABC's Dean Reynolds offered the "prohibitively expensive" all-electric Chevrolet Volt and CBS' Anthony Mason showed us "dream machines," including a $407,000 Rolls Royce convertible.
But concept cars are so yesterday. Detroit is upstaged by Silicon Valley.
CBS' Daniel Sieberg was not even in San Francisco to Apple's announcement of its iPhone but at the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas. There he collected together the handheld devices that the single $500 iPhone is expected to replace: music iPod, video iPod, Internet browser, e-mailer and telephone. "You cannot underestimate the power of that shiny logo." ABC's Neal Karlinsky did attend Macworld--"the scene was somewhere between a rock concert and a religious experience"--where he actually got his hands on an iPhone prototype. He was allowed to hold it for all of two minutes.
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