CE Week

Next Project: Executive Producer and Host of CE Week TV


Many of you have asked what I’m doing lately, and quite frankly, I’ve been so busy doing that I rarely have time to post about it.

Aside from consulting, doing tech segments and writing, I produced MommyTech TV at CES in January, which was a huge success.

I’m excited to announce my next project: Executive Producer and Host of CE Week TV in June.

You can read more about the conference and the scheduled panels here.

If you’re a journalist and would like to moderate a panel and be a media partner, please let me know. If you’re a company interested in exhibiting at the conference, visit www.CEWeekNY.com or contact Eric Schwartz at eschwartz@napco.com.

I look forward to seeing you all there in June.

Andrea Smith Named Executive Producer and Host of CE Week TV
New York, NY – March 10, 2014 – Award-winning news and technology journalist Andrea Smith has been named Executive Producer and Host of CE Week TV, which will be broadcast from the main exhibit hall and studio at the 2014 CE Week in New York City, June 25-26.

For the first time the entire CE Week Conference program and all press conferences will be live-streamed for tech enthusiasts worldwide. Viewers will have the opportunity to use social media to ask questions and interact with the speakers.
Read more here.

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What my Kitty Taught me About Love on Valentine’s Day


It’s Valentine’s Day and men and women everywhere are scurrying around trying to find just the right gift or card to show their special someone they care. Some turn to chocolates, some roses, but do you really know what your sweetie loves? Do you know deep down, in your heart, their likes, dislikes, what makes them happy and what they like to eat?

This Valentine’s Day I am one step closer to understanding how to figure that out. Today we said good-bye to our beloved kitty, Gryffen, essentially breaking our hearts in the process. But it was time, and he told us so.

The fact is, in the 14 years we had the honor of having him in our lives, he pretty much told us everything he needed. I like this food, I don’t like that one, I want to go on the porch, I want you to wake up and feed me, I love you. You get the picture. He couldn’t speak to us, but he conveyed his wishes, wants and desires in ways many humans never can.

Or maybe we do and the other person simply isn’t hearing it. When Gryffen didn’t like a particular type or flavor of food, we took it away and gave him something else. And then Matt would write it down so we never bought it again. Spoiled cat? Maybe, but the point is we wanted him to eat. He had thyroid issues and was getting too thin. If he didn’t eat, it worried us.

We came to know his likes which were basically; if I’m on one side of the door, I want to be on the other. If you’re watching TV, I want to sit right between you and cuddle. So we listened for his meow. He loved to sleep curled up in the sun on our screened-in porch. Did he want to go out? Did he want to come in? All he had to do was come into our office, meow once or twice, and one of us (literally) pussy-whipped humans would get up and follow him. If he led us to the door, then out he went. If he went to his food or his water, guess it’s time to eat.

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The point is we were ready and attuned to listen to his cues. Ok, maybe we were slaves to our kitty but he really gave as much love as he got. One whistle from Matt and he would come running like a devoted dog. He slept at the foot of Matt’s bed every night, slept in the bed when he went away to college and then somehow, he knew when Matt was coming home and waited at the window for him. They simply got each other.

Sure, it’s easy to ask someone, “Are you ok”? Not so easy with a cat. Chances are the person you ask might not be able to share his or her feelings with you, or may be afraid to let you know what they’re really thinking. Our Griffy always let us know, and we like to think we were always responsive, trying to meet his needs.

The Internet is filled with cat videos and GIFs of all the ways cats rule our lives. But truthfully, I think they’re just trying to teach us to open our hearts and our ears and learn to listen to each other as well as we do to our beloved pets.

So this Valentine’s Day as we tend our broken hearts over the emptiness in our lives, I’m taking time to open my heart and start listening more to my family and friends. That way we can communicate and know what we need from each other without ever really having to speak.

May you bask in sunshine forever, Griffy!

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Last minute V-Day gifts for your sweetheart


The snow storms and thunder ice in the Northeast are making it really difficult to get out and go shopping, even for a Valentine’s Day card.

And dinner? I’m one of those people who prefers to stay home for a romantic dinner in, rather than go to an over-priced, over-crowded restaurant when the rest of the world is doing the same.

Thanks to technology, you can now make and send a card, or pick through your pantry and find the ingredients for the perfect meal.

I showed some apps to help with this on CNBC and you can watch the segment here.

Tell me what you’re making for Valentine’s Day dinner.

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CES 2014: Top 5 Coolest Tech Trends


The 2014 International CES has come and gone. Despite a dizzying array of new geeky gadgets to play with, there were no uniquely innovative, break-through products announced.

Still, there were a few top trends to keep an eye on in the coming year. Wearable technology, connected cars and connected homes are all bursting with new ideas and products. Here’s an article I wrote on the top trends in technology that will shape the way we live, work and play as seen in 2014.

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Randi Zuckerberg’s excellent adventures with MommyTech at CES


I told Randi Zuckerberg, at the start of our first of three interviews at CES, by the end of the day she was either going to hate me or we were going to be CES BFF’s.

Here’s how it turned out:
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Randi Zuckerberg knows a thing or two about oversharing, and she’s learned a lot along the way. In fact, she’s taken what she learned and turned it into a book, Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives.

Most people think of Randi Zuckerberg as Facebook founder Mark’s big sister, but she’s also an entrepreneur, a mom, and an author, willing to share her struggles as well as her triumphs.

Randi joined us at MommyTech at CES in Las Vegas, where she said she loved seeing women take the tech world by storm. In our MommyTech TV interview she talked about how difficult it is in a connected world to find balance between devoting yourself to your career as well as your family.

Randi says she’s perfected the art of “lopsided parenting,” meaning sometimes she spends a little too much time working, for instance, on her recent book tour. But then she makes up for it by making lots of time for family.

You can watch the video from one of the interviews here:

Here are five things Randi shared with us. (There are more tips about finding balance and managing technology in the video below.)

1. Parents need to know the tech their kids use every day. You don’t need to be on every social site, but you do need a baseline familiarity with the tech that your children are using.

2. Don’t place your phone on the table when meeting friends or dining with family. It says that any small interruption is more important than the person you’re spending time with.

3. Pay attention to people around you, and don’t feel obligated to return every email immediately. Just because someone sent it, doesn’t mean you need to stop what you’re doing and answer it.

4. About those selfies: Just because you can document every single thing you do doesn’t mean you should. In fact, if you’re constantly taking pictures, chances are you won’t actually remember what it was you saw.

5. Manage your technology, and make it work for you. Use it so you can get home in time to put your children to bed, but don’t spend the rest of the night answering email. It’s important to set boundaries between your public and private life.

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What are your tips for balancing your connected life?

One Love With House of Marley Headphones


If you’re looking for new ways to listen to your music, the halls of the International CES are lined with Bluetooth speakers, headphones, wired systems, sound bars, any way you want to enjoy your music. The solutions are as personal as your taste in music. One person with strong opinions as to how music should he heard and enjoyed is Rohan Marley, son of the late Bob Marley.

He and his brothers carry on the Marley tradition of great listening with House of Marley headphones and speakers. The House of Marley is built on the principles of superior quality, earth-friendliness and a commitment to global charitable causes, like 1Love, the Marley family charitable organization dedicated to supporting youth, planet and peace.

He sat down with us at at MommyTech TV to talk about the listening lifestyle.

I’ve Never Been so Excited About Heading to CES


 

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Aside from the flight delays and frigid temperatures across the country delaying travel plans, I’ve never been so exited to be heading to Las Vegas for CES. Sure, the sunny and 60 forecast for the week warms my heart and my toes, but this year, I’m not just covering the show, I’m putting on part of it.

 

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MommyTech TV is a brand new way to show the latest gadgets and trends from CES 2014. We’re taking the panel conference and moving it to the show floor where we can look at the technology from a woman’s point of view. We’ll be meeting with companies and playing with products and talking about how women’s influences on tech are changing things up. 

So this year, in addition to the MommyTech conference, where you can hear David Pogue’s latest take on tech, or Randi Zuckerberg’s tips for living in a connected world, stop by the Venetian for MommyTech TV. That’s where we’ll be doing our live programming from the MommyTech stage on the show floor. Whether you’re interested in teaching kids how to code, setting up a smart home, or simply learning how to tame the tech in your home, check out the schedule so you can join in the conversation.

 Definitely come by to hear our version of MommyTech meets The View when Chip Chick’s Helena Stone, USA Today’s Jennifer Jolly, Rebecca Levey of KidzVuz and I dish about the new tech gadgets unveiled at the show. 

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We’re streaming the segments on MomTV and we’ll be taking Twitter questions from the audience. Got a question for Randi? Join our conversation and ask away. We’ll also be posting the best videos on Huffington Post Tech. 

So if you’re at CES, come by and say Hi. Or follow along on Twitter using #mommytechtv.

I’ll be there Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 2pm, and really hope you come introduce yourself.

Safe travels, everyone!