Like most of the technology journalists I know, I’m in Las Vegas this week to attend the International Consumer Electronics Show. Matt Buchanan is not. Over at BuzzFeed, he has explained why he thinks the venerable conference is no longer relevant, or at least not relevant enough to be worth the trek to Vegas.
A sampling of his reasoning:
By Google chairman Eric Schmidt’s reckoning, there are now four technology companies that truly matter to people: Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google. None of them are at CES. Apple’s last appearance was in 1992. Microsoft, which delivered the CES keynote for years, announced — before last year’s keynote, even — that it would not return in 2013. Its keynote spot is being taken over by Qualcomm, which is mostly known for making chips for phones, and its centerpiece booth now hosts Hisense, a state-owned Chinese manufacturer you probably haven’t heard of…
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