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CES Showroom Offers Glimpse into Federal Tech Future

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Are you wondering why all the Beltway techies have been so giddy this week?

Look no further than the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicked off in Las Vegas yesterday.

According to Washington Post technology blog PostTech, the big stories emanating from the Las Vegas showroom this week are tablets and smartphones – all bigger (or smaller), better, faster, pricier than ever.

“Tablets and smartphones took the spotlight,” PostTech reported, with many electronics firms “showering attendees with dozens of faster and more powerful devices that will reach consumer hands this year.”

But what does all the tech hoopla mean for government?

Government Computer News reports that some of the products and devices on display will almost certainly find their way into federal agencies this year and beyond.

“Whether it comes in the form of commercial off-the-shelf products and services or the technology that powers various smart devices, there is always a little something for everyone, including the government, at CES,” GCN explains.

Highlights:

§  New microchips – Intel showcased its new Sandy Bridge chip, which features quad-core processors along with improved graphics, speed and efficiency, according to GCN.

§  The Blackberry tablet: The Playbook is slated for release in April or May.

§  4-G Wireless – “Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless networks are becoming more ubiquitous as Verizon and AT&T invest in bandwidth and infrastructure support,” GCN reports.

§  Microsoft – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is expected to provide a glimpse of Microsoft 8 at CES.

The federal government also made cameo appearances at the show in panel discussions of the Federal Communications Commission’s recent net neutrality proposal. FCC’s proposed regulations would carve out an exception for wireless providers.

PostTech reports the consensus among wireless representatives at CES was that continued wireless growth “shouldn’t be deterred by government rules.”

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