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January 12, 2017
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A look back at CES 2017
CTA turns 50
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CES® 2017 showcases the future of technology
CES turned 50 in Las Vegas, Jan. 5 to 8, showcasing the ever-evolving connected world of technology built on "50 Years of Whoa."  Focusing on the future of technology, CES® 2017 brought together leaders involved in developing technology, creating content and making policy.

The record-breaking event attracted more than 3,800 exhibiting companies covering more than 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. The Eureka Park Marketplace housed more than 600 startups this year alone. Attendee totals rang in at more than 175,000, 55,000 of whom traveled from outside the U.S. "CES 2017 shifted to a new level as large and small companies from around the globe gathered to reveal solutions for many of our world's most challenging problems," said Gary Shapiro, CTA's president and CEO. "Our industry is bettering the world through connectivity and innovation, touching literally every facet of our lives."

This report looks back at the keynotes, topics, trends, award winners and news that captivated attendees. Some of the highlights from the event include: Keynotes, SuperSessions, conference tracks and celebrity sightings.

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Smithsonian Channel Becomes First US Network to Offer 4K On Demand Model
Ultra HD programming to launch Q2 2017. These 4K stories and documentaries will be available to Smithsonian Channel service subscribers through their existing MVPDs at no additional charge. Click here to learn more
Shapiro talks technology, the economy
Shapiro kicks off 50th CES
Shapiro (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
CTA President and CEO Gary Shapiro kicked off Day One of CES, saying that technology is the "engine of the economy." Shapiro also said, "Technology is not political by nature, but it is our job at CTA as a trade association to work with any presidential administration, including the Trump administration, and the new Congress to protect and encourage innovation, because innovators create jobs, they grow the economy and they advance our lives."
PrescottENews.com (Prescott, Ariz.) (1/6),  Channelnomics (1/6) 
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Carnival CEO Arnold Donald discusses AI
Carnival's CEO Arnold Donald
Donald (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
During the opening keynote address, Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald discussed how the travel and hospitality industry is using artificial intelligence and wearables to improve personalized experiences for guests. The company unveiled its One Cruise Experience Access Network, which provides customers with a wearable medallion that acts as a virtual concierge.
Las Vegas Review-Journal (1/5),  The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)/The Associated Press (1/5),  ZDNet (1/5),  ReadWrite (1/5) 
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Under Armour sees growth opportunity in tech
Under Armour sees growth opportunity in tech
Plank (CTA)
Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank announced at CES that the company plans to release its own line of wearable tech. Plank discussed the company's "Future Girl" line, which is based on clothing that measures biometric data.
GeekWire (1/7),  TWICE (1/7) 
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Nvidia's Huang shows off a self-driving car
Nvidia's Huang shows off a self-driving car at CES
Huang (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang demonstrated an autonomous vehicle equipped with its Xavier supercomputer, which is based on an automotive-grade, 512-core Volta graphics processing unit and artificial intelligence platform, in his keynote address at CES 2017. He also detailed development of the Nvidia Drive PX2 AI car computer and said the chip company is working with Audi, Bosch and ZF to implement the AI technology in self-driving cars.
CNET (1/4),  Investor's Business Daily (1/5),  Engadget (1/4) 
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Qualcomm: 5G tech will support millions of jobs
Qualcomm: 5G tech will support millions of jobs
Mollenkopf (L) and Shapiro (CTA)
The forthcoming 5G wireless communications technology will spur up to 22 million jobs by 2035 and be behind up to $12 trillion in goods and services, Qualcomm predicted during a keynote at CES 2017. "People truly believe 5G will bring new opportunity, products and services that have yet to be invented, make education more accessible [and] increase productivity," said Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf.
ZDNet (1/6),  CNBC (1/6) 
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Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn talks Microsoft deal at CES
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn
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Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn gave a keynote address at CES 2017 in Las Vegas that went into detail about Nissan's goal to integrate Microsoft's connective technology into its vehicles. The connected vehicles will use Microsoft programs such as Office 365, Cortana, Power BI and Skype for Business. Nissan intends to bring to market its Seamless Autonomous Mobility system as well.
GeekWire (1/5),  CNET (1/5) 
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At A Glance
CTA to invest in job creation and education
CTA said it will provide more than $1 million in funding for five programs: the U.S. Tech Vets Program, job fairs, technical training, a job creation contest and opening additional CTA offices. Gary Shapiro, CTA president and CEO, said, "These five voluntary investments are a start that we hope other industries emulate."
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FTC's Ramirez talks IoT security
FTC's Ramirez talks IoT security
Ramirez (CTA)
The need for data collection in internet of things devices has led to an increased need for security, Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said at CES. "The industry needs to be thinking about privacy and data security," Ramirez said. "It needs to be a part of a company's culture."
International Business Times (1/5) 
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Smithsonian Channel Offers 4K on demand, the start of something big
By April 2017, Smithsonian Channel will become the first US network to offer a dedicated 4K On Demand model. Enjoy programming genres including air & space, history, nature, wildlife & travel with an enhanced viewing experience and striking visuals. Learn more
Topics and Trends
CTA's DuBravac: Smart home market worth U.S. $3.5B annually
Shawn DuBravac
DuBravac (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
CTA Chief Economist Shawn DuBravac said that the smart home market is worth $3.5 billion a year, with Amazon's Alexa paving the way for consumer homes to become more similar to the iconic 1960s cartoon "The Jetsons." "Costs have come down; deployment has increased; and so now, the ability to infuse A.I. into small things at a relatively low cost is present," he said.
GeekWire (1/3) 
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CES: Samsung plans to keep innovating
CES: Samsung will keep innovating
Baxter (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Tim Baxter, president of Samsung Electronics America, said the company has sold 5 million Gear VR virtual reality headsets for wireless devices. He also discussed the company's troubles with the Galaxy Note7, and said, "Despite our setbacks we have not, nor will we, stop innovating."
Advertising Age (1/4),  VentureBeat (1/4) 
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By the Numbers
CTA predicts record tech spending in 2017
The development of internet of things devices and new technology is expected to drive record retail spending by consumers on tech this year to $292 billion, CTA noted in its "U.S. Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts" report. CTA President and CEO Gary Shapiro said, "Our forecast reinforces our belief that connectivity is going to be one of the driving trends of our time."
The Motley Fool (1/5) 
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Official 2017 "Best of CES" Awards
Engadget editors released its list of winning technologies for the "Best of CES" awards to 17 companies, including the Best of the Best Award to the LG OLED W-Series TV. The Best of CES Program, the official award of the show presented in partnership with CTA, was started more than 10 years ago.
Engadget (1/7) 
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