This year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas proved again that electronic innovations cross all technical boundaries. On one hand, Microsoft and Ford teamed up on an automotive software foundation that allows for mobile devices to make a home inside the vehicle. On the other, Intel rolled out networking systems for home electronics and Nokia unveiled a phone that can take the place of your credit cards. If you have comments or items you’d like to see covered, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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