CES Tech Fest Is Really Important To Las Vegas. It's Also Really Not

CES Tech Fest Is Really Important To Las Vegas. It's Also Really Not

Among the offerings are an entire private island in French Polynesia, castles in France, a mansion in Bel Air and link alternatif liburpoker even a villa in Jamaica where the author Ian Fleming is said to have written his spy novels.

"'Star Trek' will be represented in force at Paramount Park Murcia, to be located at Alhama de Murcia on the Mediterranean coast about 270 miles southeast of Madrid," according to StarTrek.com. "The wide-ranging project will incorporate condos and office buildings, hotels, malls, a casino, a convention center, gardens, nightlife, and dining areas, an exhibition hall/auditorium and a theme park divided into several sections.

id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> I'm in Las Vegas covering the Consumer Electronics Show--I'll be blogging regularly from the floor over the next couple of days. I'd forgotten that in Vegas hotels, there's a soundtrack. It plays everywhere--in the elevators, in the bars and (especially) on the casino floor. It's louder and much harder to ignore than typical ambient music--if you're not engaged in conversation, you're going to hear it. Presumably, it's carefuly calibrated to the desired demographic, with possible tie-ins to entertainment at the hotel. Last year, I had the good fortune to stay at the Mirage when they were promoting a Cirque du Soleil tie-in to the release of the Beatles' Love album. That meant all Beatles, all the time. They never quite got to "Revolution 9," but hearing "Tomorrow Never Knows" in the elevator at 3 in the morning was a pleasantly Hunter S Thompson moment.

This year, I'm staying at The Palms. I have no complaints about the facility itself, but the soundtrack's mostly middle-of-the-road white "active" guitar-based top 40 pop that I associate with being a teenager in the late 90s or early 2000s, which I wasn't. Mall music. Gym music. You know, there's that song that goes "you better take some time, little bit little bit, blah blah blah, everything's gonna be all right, all right." And that Smashmouth song that goes "hey now, you're a rock star, go out, get paid." I haven't heard Third Eye Blind yet, but I'd take even money that I will. Last evening when I got in, it was a little sappier, some diva pop singer with lots of melisma.

Airbnb Luxe is launching with more than 2,000 "handpicked" homes that each go through a strict evaluation process. That process, the company said, includes more than 300 criteria to meet standards in design and function, including premium materials and finishes, rare features, chef-grade appliances and "the proper amount of bathrooms corresponding to each bedroom." 

Cash
You can only pay for your Defcon badge with cash, as well as most things at the hacker conference. With card skimmers available and ATM vulnerabilities frequently disclosed at Defcon, cash is king at hacker summer camp. 

In May Casino Chairman and Chief Executive Jean-Charles Naouri placed Casino's parent companies, including Rallye, under protection from creditors. ($1 = 0.8971 euros) (Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta Editing by David Goodman)

Australian who says he invented bitcoin files for copyright
Bitcoin has grown exponentially over the past year. It's been around since 2009, but didn't really get going until 2011 when it was worth $2 per coin. By 2013, the currency had climbed to $20 per coin, and then jumped to $266 last April. Within the past couple of months, it had another price jump and is now hovering around $1,000.

I, however, wouldn't have a single stretch of dry riding. In the two days that I rented my bicycle, Vegas accumulated about a third of its total rainfall for the year. The second day was the city's sixth wettest on record.

Las Vegas has hosted CES for the past 38 years. The show now covers more than 2.4 million square feet and sprawls across the three halls in the Las Vegas Convention Center, as well as the ballrooms of some of the big casinos nearby including The Venetian, Cosmopolitan and Mandalay Bay. This year, Snapchat's logo is emblazoned on the center of the pyramid at Luxor and visible from the air as you fly in. Tech industry luminaries, tech industry hacks, actual hackers, backend Web designers, salespeople, journalists, A-list celebrities, B-list celebrities, C-list celebrities and D-list celebrities all journey here, looking for a little bit of luck.

Bitcoin has also gained popularity with retailers and in online marketplaces. Earlier this month gaming company Zynga began testing Bitcoin payments for some online games and the Sacramento Kings became the first professional sports team to accept the virtual currency to process payments for team merchandise and tickets. On Monday it was revealed that eBay will start allowing Bitcoin sales under a "virtual currency" category on its US and UK sites.

Airbnb Airbnb added a new tier of home rentals to its website on Tuesday called Airbnb Luxe. These rentals include "award-winning homes" that come with "trip designers," concierge services and 24/7 VIP support. Oh, and you basically need to be a one-percenter to book one of these places.
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