Mashable: Photos show deserted CES, and wow

Mashable: Photos show deserted CES, and wow. “The annual Las Vegas consumer electronics convention typically draws massive crowds, with journalists jockeying for space and scoops as thousands of exhibitors show off their wares. But with the coronavirus continuing to run rampant across the United States, 2022 is not a typical year — a fact made clear by photos showing the comparatively empty halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center.”

IGN: CES 2022 Schedule, Announcements, and How to Watch

IGN: CES 2022 Schedule, Announcements, and How to Watch. “CES 2022 is surprisingly on track to be an in-person event that’ll run from January 5th to the 8th. The annual tech trade show is still set to be a huge event featuring the latest TVs, automotive tech, laptops, PCs, and a plethora of other gadgets. However, with many major exhibitors like Sony, Samsung, AMD, Intel, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft all pulling out of the show, this will be once again a mostly online show. Of course, that all means it’ll be that much easier for you to keep up with CES 2022 from the comfort of your home, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming tech conference.”

Wired: Yup, CES Is Happening. Here’s What to Expect

Wired: Yup, CES Is Happening. Here’s What to Expect. “EVER SINCE THE onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020, fresh irony has been injected into the “What to Expect” genre of journalism. What to expect from a massive trade show? Who knows! Who knows if it will even happen! But this one is happening—at least for now. This is the big one: CES, the giant annual consumer electronics fest in Las Vegas, Nevada. And it’s happening both IRL and online.”

FOSS Force: Will Anyone Actually Show Up at CES on Wednesday?

FOSS Force: Will Anyone Actually Show Up at CES on Wednesday?. “I’ve wondered how Omicron and the current spike in new cases would affect this year’s show, but I didn’t bother to look into it. CES is generally off my radar (I’m mainly interested in conferences that focus on open source software), although my inbox at this time of year is filled with invites from PR folks looking to set up interviews with the press at the event.”

CES 2022: Google latest to drop out over COVID-19, joining Intel, T-Mobile and more (CNET)

CNET: CES 2022: Google latest to drop out over COVID-19, joining Intel, T-Mobile and more. “CES 2022 on Thursday lost Google, the latest company to confirm the cancellation of its in-person plans to be in Las Vegas for the tech trade show and to shift to a virtual presence. The search company and its sister company Waymo join T-Mobile, Intel, Lenovo, TikTok, Meta and many others making such a change over concerns about the uptick in coronavirus cases and the omicron variant.”

Defense One: As Delta Variant Spreads, Trade Shows Impose Mask Mandates

Defense One: As Delta Variant Spreads, Trade Shows Impose Mask Mandates. “Military and defense trade organizations are pushing ahead with plans to hold in-person conferences this fall, despite the uptick in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. The Association of the U.S. Army, which organizes the country’s largest military trade show, said attendees at its October event will be required to wear face masks, per COVID restrictions in the nation’s capital.”

Mashable: Notorious germ soup CES announces 2022 vaccine mandate

Mashable: Notorious germ soup CES announces 2022 vaccine mandate. “CES announced Tuesday that, come 2022, proof of vaccination against the coronavirus will be required for those in attendance. The annual Las Vegas consumer electronics conference, which in 2020 drew a crowd of over 170,000 people from around the world, is scheduled for a mix of both online and in-person events when it returns in early January of next year.”

Optics .org: SPIE Optics + Photonics Digital Forum opens with free access to 2,000 talks

Optics .org: SPIE Optics + Photonics Digital Forum opens with free access to 2,000 talks. “The online conference, which runs through Friday, 28 August, after which presentations will continue to be accessible via the website, includes over 1,200 on-demand technical presentations, 300 posters, and 900 manuscripts across three tracks: Nanoscience and Engineering Applications, Organic Photonics and Electronics, and Optical Engineering and Applications.”

CNET: CES 2021 will be an all-digital event

CNET: CES 2021 will be an all-digital event. “CES, one of the world’s largest tech events, will be fully virtual next year amid continued concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The Consumer Technology Association announced the change Tuesday after previously saying CES 2021 would continue to be an in-person event, with additional virtual and digital experiences.”

Ars Technica: Nobody can see all of CES. But I tried

Ars Technica: Nobody can see all of CES. But I tried. “One of the things any CES veteran will tell you is that it’s impossible to actually see all of CES. They’re not kidding—it would be an overstatement to claim that CES takes over the entirety of Las Vegas, but it wouldn’t be an egregious one. Parts of CES take place at the Venetian hotel/casino/indoor mall, the attached and similarly gargantuan Palazzo, and the Las Vegas Convention Center. Any one of those locations dwarfs any other convention center I’ve seen, but even all of them together aren’t enough to entirely contain CES—which also has offshoots in other area hotels, convention centers, and just about anywhere else you can cram a few hundred people.”