NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, known as CES, isn't what it used to be, back in the day. I well remember a CES where I joined another reporter trying to corner Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg there when they were launching Dreamworks.
That kind of starpower is no longer part of the show. Neither are the biggest consumer electronics players. Apple (AAPL - Get Report) left years ago, and Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) sold off their prime booth space last year. Google (GOOG) is now the show's lead dog, but it's not really a consumer products company.
So Las Vegas will have to make do with second-rate stars (although they're used to that already, am I right?). And two of the most intriguing at next week's show will be Sony (SNE - Get Report) and Intel (INTC - Get Report).
Sony's reputation has become like that of Carrot Top (currently playing at the Luxor). Except, of course, that Carrot Top makes money.Sony is coming out with a new line of Android phones,
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