Best of CES 2011

The Consumer Electronic Show came and went like a cool breeze on a warm summer’s night. Here was the Event City Creative Magazine, at one of the largest electronic shows in the world with only 72 hours to see over 80,000 products – Yeah Right!! As my 10 year old and his friends would say, EPIC FAIL!! I’ve always maintained this should be a week long show, what better reason to stay in Las Vegas for a few extra days.

So what did we find at this ultimate Electronic Industry’s playground?

iGrill, first ever Bluetooth enabled grilling/cooking thermometer and App

I’ve recently had the chance to speak with some of my Catering friends, food people at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco (what a great partner this product would make with some of those awesome BBQ Sauces we sampled), and lots of Grilling fanatics about a new device, and they all asked the same questions – What is it? What does it do?

Here’s the overall idea: iGrill is an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch-friendly cooking and grilling thermometer that runs off of 4 AA batteries and provides a  temperature readout in digital format on its own screen. It does not need an electronic device to use. It uses a long-range (200-foot) transmitter using Bluetooth technology to communicate with a free iGrill application. Ok, that’s pretty simple, right? Good. Are you sitting down? Here it where it goes way beyond the “out of the box” of any typical digital cooking thermometer. The iGrill offers both digital and analog readouts, a timer, guidelines for cooking different types of meat that can show you the progress for whatever you’re cooking, and even integrated recipes. iGrill also has the ability to optionally connect with two metal probes — one’s included in the package — and works at temperatures of up to 400 degrees. White or black versions are available, they come with a built-in stand, a wrap-around thermometer cable, and a nice glow-through front face.

Sure you have to ask yourself the question is it certainly worth the $100 you’ll spend for this functionality? Well that is entirely up to you, but we are certainly intrigued enough (and we hope you are too) that we’ll be looking forward to doing our review on this newest gadget for the fine professional food service company, to the grilling enthusiast. Of course I will most certainly look forward to anticipating the outcome of our grilling experience. Gotta run, I have some decisions to make- Chicken, T-bones, Mahi Mahi, oh my….

Eye-Fi Memory Card Does Work For You

The Eye-Fi card is the 1st wireless memory card. It looks, stores media, and fits into cameras just like a regular SDHC card. But this card is special. The Eye-Fi card has built-in Wi-Fi that uses your existing wireless network to effortlessly transfer photos and videos to wherever you desire.

This is not the first time Event City Magazine seen this, and it certainly will not be the last. A very promising device, we are looking forward to doing a thorough review on this unit and all of the features it has to offer.

Visit the Eye-Fi Website for the latest information on this product.

Everyday theft of some type of electronic mobile device is not an uncommon occurrence, especially with the rising prevalence of expensive gadgets in the general populace. Not to mention all the information we store on our smartphones and laptops these days, including confidential business and personal documents, company e-mail, personal finance apps, so much private information its even more important to protect your device from loathsome characters.

Ladies and gentlemen let me introduce you to my new best friend, GadgetTrak Mobile Security, which is now launching in version 3 just in time for CES 2011. Along with its companion apps, this handy service provides comprehensive protection for laptops, smartphones, and tablets in the event they’re lost or stolen.

GadgetTrak consists of five major features to help you protect your data and find your device. For one, you can remotely wipe any personal data, including photo, e-mail, contacts, and texts. You can also back up any of this data using government-grade encryption, which is a nice feature for those who don’t want to lose all the data in a wipe. The software is also tamper proof, so once it has been activated, no settings can be changed; the service will even notify you if the thief removes the SIM card.

GadgetTrak uses a combination of GPS, Wi-Fi positioning, and cell tower positioning to help you find your missing device. There’s an alarm functionality, which lets you trigger a loud siren, which can serve as a theft deterrent or a location aid, even if the phone is set to silent.

GadgetTrak Mobile Security 3 is available for $34.95 per year for laptops and non-iOS smartphones and tablets. A one-time 99-cent download from iTunes is all it takes for iOS users to enjoy the service. In my humble iPinion, that is certainly a small price to pay for your peace of mind.

Nolan Apostle – Contributing Editor, Producer
Cheryl Boyd – Writer, Blogger
Danny Hewlett – Photographer, Camera-person
Event City Creative Magazine
Event City BlogaZines

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OH DAMN HERE COMES NAMM

After a glistening birds eye view of the Consumer Electronic Show in Vegas, our crew hobbled over to beautiful and sunny Anaheim California to take in the NAMM Show (National Association of Music Merchandise). Opening up tomorrow, January 13th, 2011, this year’s NAMM promises many more markets to attend this growing show, and a unique and eclectic collection of music industry related products.

Many of you have asked us what is NAMM, and over the last couple of months I’ve given you the cut and dry version – which is pretty much a bunch of people selling music merchandise.  But in reality, the NAMM Show, is a lot more than just that. NAMM is the largest, most important music products showcased in the world (see the NAMM Show Directory), drawing people from more than 100 countries. They come here to check out the latest musical products, meet business associates, work on strategic alliances and pretty much, cut deals! And this year NAMM invited even more diverse markets to attend the show, creating more support for music making and the industry as a whole.

NAMM has been in existence for more than a century! Yes, in fact this is its 110th year anniversary. Founded in 1901, NAMM has been the engine driving the music products industry, enabling both large and small businesses to maximize productivity and reduce the costs of doing business. With more than 9,000 Members in the United States and 100+ other countries, NAMM is ultimately dedicated to expanding the market and giving people of all ages the opportunity to experience the proven benefits of making music. For those of you wanting more information about NAMM you can reach them at the information below.

NAMM Headquarters
5790 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 438-8001
info@namm.org

Of course, keep your eyes peeled and your ears to the ground for more astounding news and products in the coming weeks on the Event City different Blogs and Magazines.

Nolan Apostle
Editor in Chief/Producer
Event City Creative Magazine

Planner’s Feast at CES & MacWorld

Where to go and What to do!?

By Nolan Apostle, Editor in Chief and
Danny Hewlett, Photographer & Camera Crew

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

As an Events and Creative Industry’s professional you will learn about the products and services we will find at, CES (Consumer Electronic Show) in Las Vegas and MacWorld Expo in San Francisco? Event City will focus on bringing you the latest in new technology and “outside the box” ideas for doing what you do.

We bring you solutions for problems that exist and those that may exist in the future. We help you prevent headaches as well through learning about key products and services to help you in your business. Not only will you see new products now, but our coverage will continue well past the actual Events themselves.

You could be an Event or Meeting Planner, Corporate Manager, Hospitality & Events specialist, Travel, Art, Entertainment, Music Food & Beverage or Film industry professional and we will constantly bring you the latest and greatest to help you succeed!

So now that you know our secret, here’s a few links for you to visit the Event City Magazine coverage of these two great shows.  Event City Creative Magazine and the Meeting City Online BlogaZine.

New Technology Series Announced-Beginners Java Programming TechTalk

Nolan Apostle – Talent, Producer and Contributing Editor
Event City Live, Event City TV & Event City Creative

PROGRAMMING In JAVA – How To’s

This week is the Java One Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It is of course not a Hospitality Expo about the Coffee industry, but more about the technology created by SUN Microsystems which is in many different applications and just about everywhere on the web. Oh yeah, and we’ll throw in a little bit of caffeine just for some kicks!

At Event City our Publishers, Editors, Managers, the “powers that be”, have decided to begin a series of articles and reports for all that is Technology, and how it spans into YOUR industry. Continue reading

Upcoming Industry Tradeshows for Events & Creative Industries

By Nolan Apostle, Associate Editor & Producer

After making it back to San Francisco from a grueling CES 2008 – the Consumer Electronics Show, and then to make it just in time for MacWorld Expo wow, what a run! MacWorld was a tiny show compared to CES (the Mammoth of all Tradeshows) but what a great collection of Exhibitors showcasing some wonderful products both for Mac and Windows computers. Of course we will have much more for you to see on the CES & MacWorld fronts, and now, as promised here is your special report on some upcoming Tradeshows and Conferences for the Events & Creative Industries. This is for our Friends (Members) at the Event City Network.

Coming soon to a Convention center near you, more than a handful of some great Conferences and Tradeshows. These Expos will ALL take place within the next 50 days. Yep, you heard me right, all within 50 days and two of them are “Multi-Shows”, covering numerous vertical markets within their events.

These conferences will represent the Hospitality, Events, Meeting Planning, Party and Photographic industries. There are many vertical markets that will converge these shows for specific, but in some cases, diverse audiences. These are all fantastic shows and all of them will provide a plethora of information for you and your companies.

pma08_upcomingevents.gifFirst it’s a Photo-Imagers Disneyland, Photo Marketing Association Tradeshow-PMA commences at the end of this month in Las Vegas, January 31 – February 2nd.

2008_ihw_logo.gifThen sometime soon after, also in Las Vegas, you will have the opportunity to join us at this next show which is the CES for the Hospitality industry; one of the Event City Industries biggest and most illustrious Tradeshows ever! The International Hospitality Week at the Las Vegas Convention Center, February 24-27.

In the midst of this huge hospitality show is the Meeting Planners International Northern California Chapter event MPINCC 20th Annual Trade Show. It takes place one day only on February 26th, 2008.

This is a very good conference and expo that will take place in San Francisco at Moscone Convention Center. This event is a great way to gain some knowledge of the Meeting and Hospitality industry overall. It’s especially strong if you want to further your education and learn how to become a Certified Meeting Professional. This is a wonderful event to meet players in the industry (mostly from California), make all types of contacts – numerous vertical markets attend this show, and for all this, the price is definitely right!

And finally – It’s Our party and we’ll cry if we want too, but just don’t miss all the great Halloween and Event industry products at this outrageous tradeshow, The HALLOWEEN, PARTY AND COSTUME Show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas running from March 16 – 19.

Industry insiders and surely many outsiders say of all tradeshows for all industries you will not have nearly as much fun as you will have at this upcoming Halloween and Party show. If you are in any of the industries associated with Event City, you need to be at this event. If you can’t make it, then keep your finger on the mouse and point it here for complete reporting, a special showcase (See products on Event City Live! and ECTV) as we present many updates on all these “Must Do” tradeshows for the Events & Creative Industries(tm). We will keep you posted with all the details on these great shows.

Please don’t forget to comment with your questions, ideas and overall feedback on our objectives for the Events & Creative Industries and how we plan to help you achieve your objectives through our work.

Thanks for visiting our city, your city – EVENT CITY! We hope you plan on hanging out more and more as we build this city on creativity – we are, “Corporately Clean and Creativity Cool”!

Event City Industry’s Upcoming Events

By Nolan Apostle, Associate Editor & Producer

Most of you are well aware of our recent trek to the big Diamond in the Desert (What I call Las Vegas – long story about that one)? I know, many of you have asked about our Kevin Costner & Mary J. Blige Photos and Peter Frampton Video – These were awesome shows and you will soon get the exclusive on Event City Live! Plus many interviews – including an exclusive with the creators of the new Sony Online Entertainment game, (Which is a Hot, Hott, Hottt, Hotttt GAME)!

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Pirates of the Burning Sea
Check out these screen shots of Pirates of the Burning Sea as well as more to come including the Exclusive Interview with the Creative Team who developed this awesome game.

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Pirates Screen Shots show the incredible graphics of this new Sony Online Entertainment Game.

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Swashbuckling Duels & Cinematic Animations make this a winner for Sony – Launching January 22, 2008

Did I mention this was a Hot Game?!

Ok, so we had a great (and an extremely busy) run at CES 2008 – the Consumer Electronics Show and then flew back to San Francisco (in our wonderful ECTV SUV) to make it just in time for MacWorld Expo. A tiny show compared to CES (the Mammoth of all Tradeshows) but what a great collection of Exhibitors showcasing some wonderful products both for Mac and Windows computers. Of course we will have much more for you to see on the CES & MacWorld fronts, but let me give you a glimpse of what you can expect from your Friends at the Event City Network.

My crew is telling me not to let the cat out of the bag quite yet (they want to have all the fun with these great upcoming industry events), so I will let them have at it. OK, but for now I’ll give you a couple of hints –

It’s a Photo-imagers Disneyland come the end of this month. Then sometime soon after you will have the opportunity to join us at this next show which is the CES for the Hospitality industry; one of the Event City Industries biggest and most illustrious Tradeshows ever! And finally – It’s Our party and we’ll cry if we want too, but just don’t miss all the great Halloween and Event industry products at this outrageous tradeshow. Industry insiders and surely many outsiders say of all tradeshows for all industries you will not have nearly as much fun as you will have at this upcoming Halloween and Party show in March 2008!

Keep your finger on the mouse and point it here for many updates on these “Must Do” tradeshows for the Events & Creative Industries(tm). We will keep you posted with all the details on these great shows.

Please don’t forget to comment with your questions, ideas and overall feedback on what we are doing for the Events & Creative Industries.

Great Emails and Comments from our Readers

Hello Everyone, thank you so much for your wonderful comments and the emails messages we have received, you are all so generous! Please as often as possible do leave comments here on our Magazine pages (our BlogaZine) as well as our Blogspace.com. It helps us to learn more about what you like and want to see us report on your industry.

Wow! I was really impressed by one comment left by Kimmy in Arizona. She can write. No, I don’t just mean she can write, but SHE-CAN-WRITE!! She certainly picked up some pointers from her Mom who’s a darn good writer herself and has previously penned some good pieces for us. But I would of never guessed – Kimmy.

I am very impressed and hope to see much more of her on here, and maybe we can entice her to write a few things on a more semi-professional level, what do you think Kimmy hunny???

Please do keep your eyes and mouse pointed to our space where your comments are always welcomed and your ideas greatly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from all of you often and soon.

Cheers My Babies,
Nolan Apostle
Founder & CEO
Associate Publisher
Chief Editor
Producer
VP of Marketing and Promotions
(Ok, it’s a lot titles, give me a break- we’re a Start Up)
Event City Network
Event City Creative Magazine