I love the Showstoppers event my old friend Steve Leon puts on every year. All the hot tech products show up, it's never too crowded and it's an amazing way to catch up with old contacts and colleagues you missed on the show floor.
My intrepid CES team -- photog Nevin Berger and ace videographer Matt Conner were with me all week long -- did a lot more than schmooze. We checked out a boatload of tech. Some of them announced right at Showstoppers, such as RealNetworks' Unifi cloud management techn
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The new BMW Z4 Roadster includes full-featured infotainment technology. It links to Pandora, Google Maps and Google Local Search, and includes full media device connectivity.
What I especially liked was the QNX-based systems on board: The Com Box and its Car Infotainment Computer (CIC). Through the two of these, you get dynamic cycling through touring, commuter information and navigation info on screen, plus album art, weather details and visuals from the speedometer and tachometer.
The QNX application platform also makes hands-free calling and communicating easier, with its text-to-speech email ability (it displays when the vehicle stops) and dialing phone numbers embedded in emails or texts through its iDrive control. Did I mention I want this car for my birthday?
2014 Next-Gen WAN SurveyWhile 68% say demand for WAN bandwidth will increase, just 15% are in the process of bringing new services or more capacity online now. For 26%, cost is the problem. Enter vendors from Aryaka to Cisco to Pertino, all looking to use cloud to transform how IT delivers wide-area connectivity.
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of December 14, 2014. Be here for the show and for the incredible Friday Afternoon Conversation that runs beside the program.