Macworld Expo to feature new product debuts, more

IDG World Expo on Tuesday offered a preview of some of the highlights of next week's Macworld Conference & Expo, taking place from January 10 - 14, 2005 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. The event will feature a keynote presentation by Apple Computer Inc. CEO Steve Jobs and features more than 275 exhibiting companies, six music concerts and an expanded conference selection.

Although conferences begin Monday, Jobs' keynote -- scheduled to take place at 9:00 AM Pacific Time on Tuesday, January 11, often marks the beginning of the show for many attendees. The exhibit hall's doors open at 11:00 AM that day.

Companies planning on showing new products include Altec Lansing, offering new speaker systems for the iPod and Mac. Auto.des.sys will show off form.Z 5.0, a major new upgrade to its 3D modeling software. BlackBerry makes its first appearance at a Macworld Expo, showing off new handhelds -- its systems can work with Macs through PocketMac's software. Clarion will show off its iPod automobile sound system integration solution. Corriente Networks will show off Elektron, server software that secures Wi-Fi networks, including AirPort systems. Open Door Networks will announce Envision Everywhere, which displays Web pages on Macs, HDTVs, digital picture frames and even the iPod photo. Sorenson Media will introduce Squeeze 4.1, a new version of its video encoding and compression software. Many other debuts and announcements are planned as well.

What's more, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus -- a non-profit mobile recording and multimedia studio -- will be on hand for tours, while concerts will take place in front of it each day, including appearances by the Spin Doctors, Nitty, Fatty Koo, Meleni and John Legend. Macworld After Dark is a free concert that will take place after the show closes on Wednesday, featuring The Jackie Greene Band.

"Just A Geek" author and actor Wil Wheaton will give a feature presentation on Thursday. "Live On Stage" features 20 hours of free training on the exhibit hall's main stage. The Digital Art Gallery will show off 32 works chosen by a panel of judges. The Macintosh Games Pavilion offers game enthusiasts and others a chance to check out the world of Mac gaming. And the MacIT Conference and Power Tools Conference both offer in-depth training.

Other events and points of interest include the Internet Cafe, a place to check e-mail, surf the Web and chat with friends; Birds-of-a-Feather meetings, an informal gathering of like-minded Mac enthusiasts scheduled for Wednesday evening; and the Macworld Best of Show Awards, scheduled for Friday, January 14th at 1:15PM.

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