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Posted at 9:40 AM ET, 01/ 7/2011

CES 2011: Day 2 preview

By Hayley Tsukayama

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Day two brings some more interesting keynote speeches and announcements from major corporations at CES. But gadget buzz will probably die down, as fewer big companies have scheduled press conferences. Friday at CES looks like an industry insider day.

The biggest buzz is probably the keynote from Ford's CEO Alan Mulally. It's widely believed he'll be unveiling an electric Ford Focus. The automaker posted a picture on its Facebook page of a car branded with the word "E-Lectric."

Connected, high-tech cars are a big trend at CES this year, and Mulally is the second car executive to be tapped for a keynote speech.

The other keynotes of the day are panels, which will likely give a good forecast for the industry in the coming year -- it is, after all, a trade show. Still, the panel format isn't always conducive to debuting gadgets. The morning panel taps the brains of the CEOs of Cisco, GE and Xerox. The afternoon panel on entertainment will have bigwigs from Akamai, Coca-Cola, the Interpublic Group, Microsoft and WPP.

Consumer Electronics Association head Gary Shapiro will also have a one-on-one with Federal Communications Commission chair Julius Genachowski to discuss broadband, spectrum reform and competition policy as it relates to the industry.

Here are some of major announcements from day one, in case you missed them:

  • Panasonic renamed its Viera Cast feature to Viera Connect and added an app store, the Viera Connect Market. It also introduced some tablets of its own, the Viera Tablet, that comes in 4- , 7- and 10-inch screen sizes and lets you transfer what you're watching on your tablet to your TV with a flick.
  • Audi talked big about connected cars, introducing a flagship vehicle with the Nvidia Tegra 2 chip and discussing technology to make vehicles truly connected, with Google integration and some cool map features.
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  • T-Mobile unveiled the Dell Streak 7, the company's first 4G tablet with a 7-inch screen that runs Android 2.2 and a front-facing camera. It also announced plans to double the speed of its network.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 7, 2011; 9:40 AM ET
Categories:  CES 2011, Car Toys, Digital culture, Telecom  
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