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(Consumer Electronics Show) A major trade show for consumer electronics, audio/video and computer hardware and software held in January in Las Vegas. Sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the 2016 show drew more than 175,000 attendees.

The first CES was in New York in 1967 and subsequently in Las Vegas in the winter, occupying the Las Vegas Convention Center and several hotels. For many years, there was a Chicago CES in the summer. Major products have been introduced at the show, including the VCR, CD, DVD and HDTV. When the huge COMDEX computer show in Las Vegas was abolished in 2004, CES became the largest technology expo in the U.S.

High-Performance Audio
For the past several years, CES has hosted a High-Performance Audio expo that brings together hundreds of audiophile equipment vendors and their new products. The audio vendors demo their equipment in hotel rooms in order to audition their systems in isolation (see audiophile). See trade shows, COMDEX and consumer electronics.

A Gigantic Show
For people in the field who love gadgets, CES is Nirvana and a lot of fun. Like COMDEX used to be, CES is a huge show and just as exhausting with long lines for hotel buses and the Vegas monorail.
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Gary Shapiro, CEMA president, described the new event as three shows under one roof: a computer show run by Comdex, an audio-video show run by CEMA, and a new show run jointly by both groups and devoted to convergence products.
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After leasing the computers from manufacturers including Hewlett- Packard, Gateway, Dell, and IBM, Dada defaulted on the lease, and turned around and sold the equipment to individual buyers, primarily at computer shows.
There are computer user groups that can help in your area, computer shows and the Internet where you can download different software demos from the Internet Shopping Network.
Additionally, this same Serial FPDP Technology presentation will be given at select Real-Time Computer Shows throughout the country.
The PC EXPO is one of the largest computer shows in the country, with expected attendance to exceed 100,000 computer professionals.
In my opinion there is nothing more disgusting than to drive through streets having to see graffiti and posters for computer shows, gun shows and political candidates thrown up overnight by people who could care less about the visual blight their actions cause our community.
I was delighted to learn of the support Dell Computer shows for its employees who are part time U.
Airing on the Jones Computer Network (JCN), and the ME/U channel, the computer shows guide users of all levels into cyberspace.
Many of these computer shows are rampant with vendors distributing unlicensed and counterfeit products.
Following the recent demise of other computer shows in the manufacturing industry, we saw an excellent opportunity to fill the void for manufacturing professionals as well as exhibitors," continues Dempster.
PCTV produces four computer shows for JCN (Jones Computer Network) and also on ME/U (Mind Extension University Channel).

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