CES 2013: Tech Weekly Recap

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The Consumer Electronics Show was the talk of tech this week. It was a who's who of the sector, with many notable companies, such as Intel ( INTC), Qualcomm ( QCOM) and Broadcom ( BRCM) in attendance.

TheStreet covered CES live, meeting up with some of the key players and attending press conferences that wowed the masses. Samsung was one of the bigger ones, showing off its latest television sets and taking a few shots at competitor Apple ( AAPL).

Samsung's new flagship F8000 television is a sight to behold with its LED screen and incredibly beautiful picture. It comes in sizes from 46 inches to 75 inches, and uses a feature called Intelligent Viewing to help the consumer make better choices when searching for content. What really took my breath away, though, were the OLED (organic light-emitting diode) TVs with built-in speaker systems that look like a work of art. These TVs come in Ultra HD, and are poised to change the way people watch television in the future.

CES Day One Recap

TVs were certainly the hot item this year, with Sharp also showing off its latest and greatest, albeit to a more muted reaction. Chip companies Broadcom and Qualcomm showed off their latest silicon. Broadcom CEO Scott McGregor sat down for an exclusive interview with TheStreet to talk about Ultra HD, which the company announced a new chip for this year.

CES: Day Two Recap


Though CES was the big news this week, some other companies managed to steal some of the limelight, such as Facebook ( FB), which announced a major press event, set for next Tuesday.

"Come and see what we're building," the invite said. There's plenty of speculation about what Facebook will show off next week in Menlo Park, Calif., including a search engine, a deal with Netflix ( NFLX) or, less likely, a phone.

Yours truly will be attending the event and live-blogging all the news. Las Vegas one week. California the next. No rest for the weary, that's for sure.

Facebook shares gained 10% this past week to close Friday at $31.72 on excitement surrounding the event.

Speaking of phones, Apple, Nokia ( NOK), and Research In Motion ( RIMM) all made news of their own this week.

Reports suggested that Apple would launch a cheaper iPhone for emerging markets, but as soon as that rumor hit, pundits shot it down. TheStreet's Rocco Pendola said that he didn't believe the chatter, and warned that, if true, it could spell bad news for Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of marketing, put the kibosh on the rumor, reportedly saying that Apple will not develop cheap smartphones in an interview with The Shanghai Evening News. "Every product that Apple creates, we consider using only the best technology available," he said, in a translation obtained by The Next Web. "This includes the production pipeline, the Retina display, the unibody design, to provide the best product to the market."

There were also media reports about collaboration between Apple and China Mobile ( CHL) on Thursday. In an emailed statement obtained by Reuters, China Mobile said, "In the morning, Apple's CEO Tim Cook visited China Mobile's headquarters. China Mobile's Chairman Xi Guohua and Tim Cook discussed matters of cooperation." A confidentiality agreement was signed, according to the statement.

Research In Motion is getting ready to launch its BlackBerry 10 phones at the end of this month, with rumors swirling that the phones are almost ready. The major carriers, including Verizon ( VZ), AT&T ( T) and T-Mobile USA will reportedly carry the devices.

Nokia announced that sales of its Lumia smartphones have "exceeded expectations" this week. Citing "preliminary information on certain aspects" of the company's fiscal fourth-quarter performance, Nokia estimated its Devices & Services division has "exceeded expectations and achieved underlying profitability" in the latest quarter.

Shares of Apple lost 1.3% this week to finish at $520.30, while RIM and Nokia tacked on 13% and 12% to finish at $13.56 and $4.70, respectively.

Next week the big event is Facebook's press conference, but earnings season kicks off as well. We'll have results from Intel, eBay ( EBAY) and a host of other tech companies.

Enjoy the weekend everyone.

-- Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

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