CntrStg The Place To Be Fri, 01 Oct 2010 01:23:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 JetBlue Savings for CES 2010 Attendees Fri, 01 Oct 2010 01:23:00 +0000 Steven Hughes Given the current state of the economy people are looking at ways to save money on their trip to CES 2010 in Las Vegas. Here’s another way to save a few bucks while planning your trip to CES. JetBlue is offering all CES attendees a 5 percent discount on travel to Las Vegas during the show.


The discount is valid on travel to Las Vegas January 4-7 and returning January 10-13*.
Simply visit the JetBlue promotion page and enter 2010CES in the Promo Code field.
*All flights in a reservation must include valid routes and travel dates in order to receive a discount. If only one direction of travel is valid, please book your valid flight as a one way trip using the promotional code and the other segment as a one way trip without the code.

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CntrStg and CES 2010 Wed, 06 Jan 2010 19:55:19 +0000 Mike Temporale Unfortunately and with great regret, we are sad to inform you that we will not be holding CntrStg at CES 2010. However, we will be focusing our efforts and resources at other shows for the 2010 year. Due to several unforseen circumstances including a large reduction in blogger attendance at CES 2010 as well as some last minute pullout of key sponsors, we didn’t feel we could put on the same high quality event for both bloggers and sponsors, that met the same level and caliber of last year’s CntrStg event. Several companies still have interest in interacting with bloggers and we will still be hosting several key community events during CES 2010 so be sure to stay tuned to the CntrStg website, and check your email for details of those events as they unfold.
If you didn’t register for CntrStg last year and wish to be informed of these CntrStg events please send an email to

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HP’s Enviro Series of Notebook Batteries, by Boston Power Mon, 16 Mar 2009 16:38:36 +0000 Johan van Mierlo 2 weeks ago Jack Cook (, Steven Hughes( and I went to visit Boston-Power. We had an amazing time there. They showed how the company was made and what their vision is for the future. We first met Christina Lampe-Onnerud and Boston-Power at CntrStg during the CES 2009 in Las Vegas. The news today is that they have their green, longer lasting batteries technology now available to consumers with HP notebooks.
See the full press release below;
“Boston-Power’s longer lasting, Ecolabel-certified battery technology, Sonata, is available to consumer notebook PC customers starting today via HP.

New HP batteries based on Sonata technology are available as accessories for 18 existing notebook models representing approximately 70 percent of HP’s consumer notebook PC portfolio. 

In addition to first-of-its-kind environmental certifications, Sonata Li-ion battery cells deliver sustainable performance for three years – three times longer than most other notebook computer batteries. In fact, HP is providing a three-year warranty on the batteries – the first and only notebook computer provider in the industry to offer such a warranty.

Now available at, the new HP battery based on Sonata is available as an accessory priced at $149.99. Later this month, the HP battery will be available as a point-of-sale option for consumers buying new HP notebooks at The battery’s “drop-in” form factor enables it to be used with existing computers – including models in the HP Pavilion, HP HDX, Compaq Presario and HP G series. A complete list of compatible individual models is available HERE. More information can also be found on Boston-Power’s site at .

“From the beginning, our goal has been to help notebook computer users benefit from optimal mobility with dependable, high-performance, environmentally sustainable batteries,” said Boston-Power Founder and CEO Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud. “HP’s endorsement of Sonata is a great step forward in popularizing this battery technology.”

“HP delivers customers innovative products that respect our planet,” said Jonathan Kaye, director of consumer notebooks marketing at HP. “The Enviro Series program gives PC users longer lasting batteries that improve their computing experience while reducing the number of batteries that need to be recycled. That’s a win for everyone.”

Boston-Power is the first and only provider whose rechargeable Li-ion battery cells have earned the prestigious Nordic Ecolabel certification. The company has additionally earned a similar world’s-first certification for its battery cells from the Chinese Environmental Protection Agency. Sonata’s patent-pending, whole-system design makes it capable of benefiting a wide range of end-applications – from consumer electronics to transportation. As a result, total cost of ownership benefits inherent in notebook computer batteries prove increasingly impressive in cases where even greater power is required.”

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Boston-Power Adds $55 Million in Growth Capital Fri, 23 Jan 2009 13:52:21 +0000 Johan van Mierlo Boston Power made their presence during CntrStg at CES with a great presentation about their future in longer lasting batteries.

Just last week they announced that they are adding $55 Million in Growth Capital.

“The Funding Will Fuel Lithium-Ion Battery Developer’s Global Expansion of Manufacturing, Sales, Marketing and R&D. The Investment Follows News That HP Will Be First to Deliver Boston-Power’s Sonata Battery in Early 2009″

Please vist the Boston Power website for the full press release.

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CntrStg at CES 2009 was a Success! Wed, 14 Jan 2009 17:00:53 +0000 Mike Temporale After an extremely busy week, CntrStg has closed it’s doors on CES 2009. We played host to 15 sessions allowing companies like HP and AMD to provide detailed technical knowledge directly to the blogger community. We also hosted 3 different community events, including the ever popular Tablet PC Meetup. As well, we managed to giveaway 4 HP Mini-Notes, 8 pairs of round trip tickets for American Airlines, a Sony Xperia X1 from the Windows Mobile team, as well as lots of other swag from companies like OtterBox and ProClip USA.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for making this happen, as well as, all of the companies that came out to talk with the community.  Our sponsors and presenters are key to making this the event that it was. We also want to thank the community for coming out to CntrStg, We’re thrilled that you have been able to enjoy our ultra-fast and stable internet connection, food and drinks, shuttle bus service, comfortable and relaxing environment, and of course, listening and blogging about the sessions you choose to attend.

We’ll be back to do it all again next year. :)

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Community Articles Wed, 14 Jan 2009 16:03:48 +0000 Mike Temporale Here is a list of articles that have been written by community leaders / bloggers about sessions and events they attended here at CntrStg during CES 2009. If you would like to have your article listed here, please send the link to Events @ and we will do our best to add it to the list.


Product Reviews @ CntrStg

HP Mini-Note Hands-On Review – (Dutch)

HP Mini-Note Unboxing Video – 

I’m in Love with the HP Vivienne Tam Netbook -

Getting Really, Really Mobile with Xavier from -

HP Elitebook 2530p: Up Close and Personal –

HP’s Gift to the Road Warriors –


Thoughts & Comments on CntrStg

My CES 2009 Wrap Up –

CES Tips and How to Attend for Yourself -

Thank You to CNTRSTG -

CES 2009 Is a Wrap – Whew… -

Gear and Blogging in Las Vegas -

Geeks Having Fun Being Geeks –

Behind the Scenes with GBM -

Meta Blogging: CntrStg at CES –

The Value of CntrStg –

CntrStg at CES 2009 –


Thursday – January 8th, 2009

TabletKiosk’s New MediSlate -

TabletKiosk’s eo i7300 – 7” Active Digitizer and Touch -

Eye-Fi Changes How You Deal with Digital Pictures –

Better Batteries: The Next Generation of Lithium-Ion Technology From Boston Power -

HP Unveils Their Laptop Design Contest Winner -

The Vivienne Tam HP Mini 1000 Story -

HP and MTV Engine Room – 

HP Unleashes Two New Notebooks: The dv2 and dv3 –


Friday – January 9th, 2009

American Airlines Wi-Fi Announcement Coming Soon -

The Evolution of HP TouchSmart –


Saturday – January 10th, 2009

Tablet and Touch Community Meetup at CntrStge a Big Hit -

Digifriends MID Makes Appearance At Touch and Tablet Community Meetup -

Windows Mobile Presentation –

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Ace Computers @ CntrStg Sun, 11 Jan 2009 01:13:09 +0000 Steven Hughes We had John Samborski from Ace Computers  talk about their new AMD powered Maui system which is an affordabe clear QAM enabled Media Center with a built-in Audio Pre-Amp for under $1000.

He gave us a very detailed description of what went into creating a high-end media center computer that is affordable for the average consumer.

They had a very cool new user interface.

Back of the Maui

Back of the Maui

The back of the Maui even allows for hook-up to a pair of stereo speakers. The great thing about this system besides being affordable is the low power draw at the plug, it pulls down 85W on average and it drops to 15W in sleep mode.

They also discussed a really cool device they are also selling to eliminate the vampire draw of power from being plugged in. The device is called HiSaver, which is very cool powerstrip with a motion sensor that has 5 switchable outlets that turn on via a motion sensor that is mounted to your television so can eliminate power when not in use of your A/V equpment to 0. The unit sells for $99. I just found something else I need to buy.

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An ACE is a winning card! Sat, 10 Jan 2009 23:01:34 +0000 Jack Cook The last presentation before the Tablet PC Meetup took place at CNTRSTG with two representatives from ACE. John Samborski, Vice President, chatted with those in attendance about an affordable Media Center PC.  ACE has more certified platforms authorized with Cable Labs than any other firm, including multi-national firms.






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Sling Media @ CntrStg Sat, 10 Jan 2009 22:25:27 +0000 Steven Hughes After our lunch sponsored by ProClip we had MegaZone from Sling Media came in to talk about the new mobile Blackberry client and the iPhone announcement at MacWorld. The iPhone client price has not been set yet and will be in the App Store by the end of the quarter.  He also stated that Sling is aiming to be a one box solution to many so people can get their media content anytime, anywhere.

He said they are looking at new clients with the G-phone and new Palm phone that was announced at CES. Currently there  It was a great discussion where we had a very open discussion on the future of Sling Media. He probably said more than he should have, but we won’t go into details because we don’t want to get him into trouble.

He also announced that the EchoStar HD DuoDVR SlingLoaded ViP 922 won CNET’s “Best of CES” today, and two of G4’s judging panelists, Attack of the Show host Kevin Pereira and Wired’s Chris Hardwick, both picked EchoStar’s SlingLoaded 922 as their very favorite out of the entire 2009 CES.  The EchoStar 922’s unique user interface and remote control were also selected as CES Innovations 2009 Design and Engineering Award honorees prior to the show.

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Lunch, Sling Media, Social Gatherings, and Work Sat, 10 Jan 2009 21:58:21 +0000 Jack Cook After a great lunch provided by ProClip, Sling Media sat down and chatted with a group of influencers to talk about what they are doing and where they will be going.



Of course some folks prefer to rest a bit after lunch and chat about all the neat things they are seeing at CES



Others are taking advantage of the super fast Internet connection here at CNTRSTG to post their articles.



And we are still getting more and more influencers arriving from all over the world.



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