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The Magic of the Smart Phone (And I’m Giving One Away!)

I’m reporting in from Las Vegas today where I’m attending CES 2013. Yep. I’m doing it again, even though every year I proclaim myself too tired to come back. Why? Because it’s like a crystal ball of the future. I find it hard to look away.

This year, the pre-show Keynote was delivered by the CEO of Qualcomm, Paul Jacobs. (Qualcomm also sponsored my trip to the show.) As he told us, “This is the first time this keynote has been given by a mobile company.” That fact is telling of how important to consumer electronics, mobile devices have become. You can watch the entire keynote yourself (here) if a star-studded look into what to expect in the next year from mobile technology from a guy with a Ph.D. in robotics and a job that puts him in something like a driver’s seat appeals. I certainly enjoyed it. It was an awesome star-studded show. How awesome? My teenagers are not speaking to me because I attended and they didn’t.

Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer (15.38 minutes into the Webcast) showed up to explain why Qualcomm chips are important to the new Windows tablets and mobile phones. An adorable animated Dragon (24 minutes in) personified the Snapdragon processors Qualcomm makes. Filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (with awesome clips from his new movie at 31 minutes in; I embedded his trailer above) explained why the Snapdragon chip is important to his work and films. Big Bird (59 minutes) talked about his new app because it uses Qualcomm technology. Actress Alice Eve (70 minutes) came out to talk about the Star Trek app that will let fans engage with the new Star Trek Into Darkness movie because that, too leverages Qualcomm innovations. The event closed with a quick appearance from Maroon 5, which allowed me to text my 13-year-old a photo of one of her favorite bands.

So CES is a blast. But listening to Jacobs’ break it down was like asking the Wizard to come out from behind his curtain and explain the magic that runs the Emerald City. I know. I’m a geek. But that’s why I’m a geek: I love the magic.

If you don’t consider yourself a geek, you might tune out when people toss around terms like Vuforia, Alljoyn, Gimbal, or any of the other technologies Jacobs talks about in the Keynote. But I’m betting you like magic, too. Who doesn’t? That’s what made all those Hogwarts adventures so popular, right?

When someone waves a wand (even if it happens to look like a smart phone) and makes stuff happen that amazes – especially if you don’t understand how it works – that’s magic. So that’s why I keep coming to this show. Every year someone invents something that a past me would have thought impossible. It just keeps happening every year.

I predict that those kids at Hogwarts will soon be trading in those silly wands for smart phones to keep up.


If you watched the keynote (even if you fast forwarded to get it down to three minutes) and don’t have a smart phone, you might be feeling a bit left out about now.

But who’s your Geek Girlfriend?! That’s right. I am. And Qualcomm has offered to give one of my readers a spiffy Windows Phone 8X by HTC. This is a beautiful phone, full of all kinds of magic. It’s fast, has that cute Snapdragon chip, takes fantastic photos (even in low light), syncs everything in the cloud, and is super easy to use. It’s also thin and light but sports a screen big enough to see.

Qualcomm is giving away 100 of them to people who attended the keynote. But you don’t have to fly to Vegas and go back in time to win one. Just tell me – in the comments below – why you want it. And if you are in a hurry to get me to pull a winner, spread the word. Because I’m not doing that until the comments are good and crowded.

Good luck!


Comments

  1. rajee pandi says:

    I need new phone because mine is too old and very slow

  2. Karen M says:

    I need a new phone because mine is so ancient that people actually laugh at it and it does not work very well most of the time.

  3. Linsey Nessen says:

    It’s time for an upgrade and I LOVE my HTC phone I’ve had for a couple of years now. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Diane Kelleher says:

    I am presently using a tracphone with no back. It got lost and the battery keeps falling out. I keep saying I’m gonna get a phone that I can go online with; but, I never seem to have the $$$ to buy one as I am on social security- disability as I can no longer work. It wouldbe wonderful if I had a new phone whose battery doesnt constantly fallout if I dont hold the phone in just the right way….. plus my daughters could again text me like we did before the back of my phone got lost…… thankyou

  5. Alissa Anderson says:

    I need this smartphone because I have 3 small kids and the “kid’s Corner” that is on the phone would be PERFECT! :) Spreading the word on twitter!

  6. Jaya says:

    I don’t have a phone, but would like to have one.

  7. Terri Swaim says:

    I want to be cool like my 3 kids who have a million apps and can actually look up something on the web in seconds on their phone. I currently have a very old blackberry and I’ll admit I have a little of the green monster in me when looking at others who have taken the plunge. Please help me up my cool Mom factore as well as my productivity. :)

  8. Art W says:

    The HTC 8X has a thin and light design, and a huge screen

  9. BillJude56 says:

    I gotta join the 21st century and get myself a smartphone! I have the sense my winning this would be analogous to a newly-licensed driver winning a Maserati(with somewhat less risk of personal injury), but I’ll hold on for dear life.

  10. Tian A. says:

    I would love to try HTC smartphone, :)

  11. kim j says:

    because I need a new phone since I accidently dropped my getting out of my car and now the screen is cracked. thanks for the giveaway

  12. jean Carlisle says:

    I’d love to get a smartphone and this looks like the perfect one to get me hooked!

  13. Shad Wanless says:

    I don’t want it, I NEED IT!!! I’m a stay at home Dad and NEED this not only for directions put to save what little sanity I have left. Please help me! I NEED this amazing device!

  14. elden says:

    I would like to give this phone to my mom who needs a better phone soon. This would be perfect for her

  15. Lovely Joy Merced says:

    I want to experience having a powerful phone, please?! :)

  16. Heather Zeh says:

    I need it because I’m so sick of living like a caveman with a dumbphone. No interenet, no apps, no full keyboard! I feel prehistoric! Please help me out here!

  17. Angie says:

    I need this phone because My Droid X has died and left me all alone without a smartphone! Thanks for the chance!

  18. Dee M. says:

    I deserve one because when Qualcomm took over Atheros, I lost my job :) Hey.. I’m honest!!

  19. Jonathan G says:

    I would like to win, because I need a smartphone, and have never owned one, not to mention this Windows Phone looks amazing.

  20. Kermit Crissey says:

    I want the Windows phone 8x by HTC because it would make a great gift for my grand-daughter on her birthday

  21. Nicole N says:

    I want it because it looks and sounds awesome!

  22. Audrey H. says:

    I want the Windows phone 8x by HTC so I can have a snazziest phone around! Thanks.

  23. kim c says:

    I want to fling myself into the 21st century by using this smartphone!

  24. linda brooks says:

    I would love one because I have had the same phone for 2 years now.

  25. marilyn j says:

    to give to my mom who needs a new phone. thanks!

  26. Shannon S. says:

    To get myself organized….I need all the help I can get. I am a mess

  27. Tom S. says:

    so my wife will get off my back…she needs a new phone, she dropped hers and it broke

  28. Angela Cash says:

    I would like to win because I have been completely happy with the HTC that I have had for a couple of years but it is time for an upgrade.

  29. Tom S says:

    I need it because I need my first smartphone, and one without the weight of a contract dragging me down.

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