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By Dianne R. Davis
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Photos by Dianne R. Davis or Burt Davis unless otherwise indicated.

CES® 2017 Showcased the Connected Future of Technology in Las Vegas

CES® 2017, the 50th anniversary of the largest global gathering of innovation and connectivity in Las Vegas in January, introduced ground-breaking products, providing opportunities for companies in every major global industry to conduct business, and shattered records.

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Airblock

There were new products and advances in cars, clothes, content, health care, sports, travel, robotics and much more at the four day event which drew more than 175,000 industry professionals including 55,000 from outside the United States.

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Las Vegas served as the perfect host for this celebration of technology. With more than 3,800 exhibiting companies and exhibit space of more than 2.6 million net square feet, CES® 2017 was a record-breaker, welcoming the world’s biggest companies in addition to hosting more than 600 startups at the Eureka Park Marketplace.

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Bestek

“CES® 2017 shifted to a new level as large and small companies from around the globe gathered to reveal solutions for many of our world’s most challenging problems,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM. “Our industry is bettering the world through connectivity and innovation, touching literally every facet of our lives. Today’s connected world was on full display this week at CES® 2017 – our largest, boldest show in history.”

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Digital Innovations

“CES® 2017 was a global showcase that demonstrated that we are in a new era of innovation where technology is valued not just for the devices® it produces® but for the experiences it makes possible,” said Bridget Karlin, managing director, IOT, Intel.

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Swagatron

Connectivity was everywhere at CES® 2017 – enabling nearly every product category, from self-driving cars and smart cities to digital health and 5G – and a major focus throughout CES® conference tracks. 5G will revolutionize our connected world, and the entire connected ecosystem came together at CES® 2017.

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Tired attendees could try out some technologic aides to rest

CES® 2017 welcomed government officials from around the world. U.S. government leaders in attendance included three members of the Federal Trade Commission, three members of the Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, along with U.S. Senator Dean Heller and seven members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Other top level U.S. government attendees included representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, International Trade Commission and Patent and Trademark Office.  

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LG OLED TV

Notable global political leaders in attendance included His Royal Highness Prince Constantin of the Netherlands; Franҫois Fillon, French presidential candidate; Axelle Lemaire, France’s Deputy Minister for Innovation and Digital Affairs; Henk Kamp, Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs; Jaime Reyes Robles, Secretary of Innovation, Science and Technology, Government of the State of Jalisco, Mexico; Adebayo Shittu, Nigeria's Honourable Minister of Communications; Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development; Brad Duguid, Canada’s Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Growth; and Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, UK Government.
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CES® is the global stage for innovation, with attendees from more than 150 countries and more than 100 official national delegations. CES® 2017 drew world-famous celebrities from Hollywood, sports, eSports and music to Las Vegas to experience the latest in tech. CES® Ambassador Aisha Tyler; Major League Baseball All-Star Bryce Harper; NBA Hall-of-Famer Shaquille O’Neal; U.S. Olympian Michael Phelps and actress Octavia Spencer were among the many stars participating in the show.

With more than 6,500 members of the media in attendance, CES® 2017 garnered worldwide media coverage. The show also received impressive social media momentum, including nearly 1.4 million mentions using #CES®2017 hashtags.

CES® will return to Las Vegas Tuesday, Jan. 9 through Friday, January 12, 2018.


Niki Scalera Celebrates Shirley Bassey with Talent and Charm at Cabaret Jazz Showroom

Take one part Shirley Bassey, the subject of the evening, one part Cabaret Jazz showroom at the Smith Center, then combine with powerhouse singer Nki Scalera and you have a wonderful night out. I had a delightful evening at Niki's show earlier in the month, but you can still settle in and enjoy this talented songstress as she salutes Dame Shirley Bassey on January 22 at 2:30 p.m.

Scalera, a Vegas resident, pays tribute to Dame Shirley Bassey with songs made famous by the British Solo artist. “Where do I begin?” Well, with the words in the preceding sentence which quote the opening song from Las Vegas resident Niiki Scalera. The evening was two stories told in songs, the story of the life of Shirley Bassey, the sixth and youngest child of a Nigerian father and an English mother and the story of Niki Scalera, an only child of two white parents. One had multiple spouses, the other speaks of her first and so far only husband.

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“You're Gonna Hear From Me” Niki sings, and we listen as she gives us Bassey's songs as a tribute to the 80 year old. Of course, Bassey is most remembered for her renditions of James Bond themes and Niki most beautifully hits all the right notes in “Goldfinger”, “You Only Live Twice”, Moonraker”, and of course “Diamonds are Forever”. She sparkled and shined in jewelry to catch our eyes and a stunning classic gown to win our hearts. But our hearts were already won over by charm and talent. She sings well and is likable - the two top ingredients in a good mix in Las Vegas.

Niki Sclera is one of those women who belongs on stage. Not surprising then to learn that she is a veteran whose Broadway credits include appearing in Tarzan and playing Penny Pingleton in “Hairspray,” Las Vegas audiences may recall seeing her in “We Will Rock You” at the Paris and as one of the featured vocalists with the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Sclera is backed by an eight piece onstage band led and assembled by Keith Thompson who most recently was the musical director of the Las Vegas production of Jersey Boys and who co-founded and hosts the popular Composers Showcase monthly in the Cabaret Jazz Room. Broadway veteran Randy Slovacek directed the delightful one woman show which is just the right combination of song and story.

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Niki Sclera, Keith Thompson, and Randy Slovacek

There are no back-up singers, no laser lights, no loud blasting music. There is the charming Niki Sclera, connecting with the audience and talking about how Shirley Bassey stood the test of time. I recommend that you take the time to see songstress Niiki Sclera at the Smith Center – and have a wonderful time.

For tickets for the 240 seat intimate Cabaret Jazz showroom starting at $25, visit the Smith Center Box office or call 702 749 2000 or go online to www.thesmithcenter.com.


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