Some CEOs are just not dynamic speakers, perhaps Qualcomm could have picked someone else to deliver the Keynote speech. I too question the cameo appearance of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, why would the keynote speaker invite another CEO to his keynote? I normally do not attend these sort of events and as such have little reference to base my observations upon, that said, perhaps Qualcomm will rethink the keynote speaker for next show. Qualcomm typically (in my experience) plays things very close to the vest and I would be surprised if they disclosed anything major at CES. I must say that I am impressed with their Snapdragon product and look forward to future offerings from them.
"it’s clear that Microsoft was doing its damndest to prop it back up from its slump. Intel needed no such support for its own Windows 8 offerings."
What's the point in this snipe? Snapdragon has been an immense success and Qualcomm's LTE modems are second to none. Meanwhile, Surface Pro still hasn't shipped, Clover Trail's release was also late, and has been plagued with terrible graphics drivers and flaky wifi. On top of that, Intel's laptop and desktop shipments are down so dramatically that they had a $1bn revenue shortfall earlier this year. Maybe Intel *should* have taken some support for their offerings?
Most journalists take facts from a few sources and question what they're told, to come up with some form of analysis. Almost all other news websites have managed to report this keynote as weird and misguided without the unnecessary slating of the company behind it. Sylvie, your articles are consistently a pro-Intel stream of misinformation. Can't you get some basic journalistic integrity and start reporting things as they are, or at least questioning things against your own knowledge?
I wouldn't call this a "keynote." Or at least, it's nothing like any keynote I ever saw. This is more reminiscent of opening ceremonies at the Olympics (well, slight hyperbole there). It's an act, pure and simple, with multiple participating skits as part of the show.
That's why there wasn't a lot of info there. But there was some.
If the new Qualcomm Dragon incorporates a fast quad core processor, as claimed, then we're soon going to see upward pressure on PC and laptop processing power, once again. I think the reason there hasn't been this upward pressure in the recent past is because all those mobile devices were busy catching up. And the software developers were creating software that could run on these slower mobile devices.
So my prediction is, that's about to change.
I find it interesting that the organizers would allow such a dynamic speaker an opportunity to interject during the keynote speech (unless I am missing something - I was not at CES). It would be unusual for the planning of the keynote speech to purposefully allow others to upstage the main speaker; bringing in lower key speakers with relevant insights would make more sense. I would file this under the "What was really going on here" category. Perhaps, there is / was more going on than the average attendee knew and that in hindsight, there was a method to the madness?
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