Reality show: Las Vegas tech event matters again

Reality show: Las Vegas tech event matters again
Google ends long CES absence. Pic: Getty

Tech giants are pouring money into consumer gadgets such as augmented reality (AR) glasses

The last time CES - the Consumer Electronics Show which opens in Las Vegas on Tuesday - mattered to the masses may have been as far back as 2001, when Bill Gates appeared at the consumer electronics show to promote Microsoft's first Xbox. A year later, the first entry in the Xbox Halo franchise would become the fastest-selling console game released to that point. It probably would have done just fine without CES, but the trade show was considered a key stop on its road to commercial success.

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