Larry Magid: Yahoo! Wants To Replace Your Newspaper

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Intel showed off several new devices at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Tuesday, but another highlight was a keynote speech by Yahoo! CEO Marissa Meyer.

Meyer unveiled some of the company’s plans for the New Year and it seems beefing up on content was a top priority.

She introduced a number of things, including a couple of editorial products. One was kind of a news-of-the-day magazine that will be an app for smartphones, which should push the company even further into news delivery.

Another major development is former New York Times tech columnist David Pogue, who gave up one of the best tech jobs in the world, to head up an entirely new tech section with some very good writers.

They want to be the replacement for your newspaper and they’re putting a lot of money into it. Yahoo!’s always been strong on content; If I want stock quotes and news, that’s usually where I go.

Meanwhile, Intel introduced a smart earbud that also tracks your pulse and heart rate, in addition to working in conjunction with fitness apps on smartphones. They showed off a smart headset with a Bluetooth earpiece that you wear and talk to, kind of like Siri. It communicates with your smartphone.

Another interesting example of what Intel had available was the computer about the size of an SD card. It’s a computer on a chip that can be used to embed in all kinds of devices. They used it for example as a baby monitor. The baby wears the chip and instead of looking at your computer or at a monitor, you can check in with your baby on your coffee cup because there was a built-in screen on it. That was actually a reference design (not an actual product) in order to show, conceptually what they can do.

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