If we weren’t covering and participating in the show ourselves, these are the events and exhibitors we’d want to be sure we didn’t miss.
Appalooza is the low-cost alternative to the main show floor. As such, it’s densely packed with up-and-coming app developers, the ones who are showing off the apps we’ll be using and raving about this year and next. (One of us remembers chatting up the guys who made Square when they first released it; now the thing is everywhere.) The area is a forest of kiosks, each one housing two (or more) developers, so it’s easy to stroll through (well, except for the crowds), scan the signs, and stop to chat about the apps that look interesting. This is what trade shows were like before they went all showbiz-y.
Fred Armisen is the chameleonic comedian who has been part of the Saturday Night Live cast for years (he’s the one who does the killer Barack Obama impression); he also created and stars in the Independent Film Channel’s cult hit, Portlandia. He’s also apparently a bit of a geek. Our own Christopher Breen chats with Armisen about his comedy, the creative process, and his love of Apple technology. Friday, February 1 at 9:00 a.m. on Main Stage.
One of the show’s greatest charms is the opportunity to hear Mac pundits pontificating. And one of the most promising of those pundit-fests is “iCloud, App Stores, and other Things To Fear: Has Apple Forgotten Power Users?”, a Tech Talk session featuring Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, The Next Web’s Matthew Panzarino, iMore’s Rene Ritchie, and Rogue Amoeba’s Paul Kafasis (and hosted by Macworld’s Lex Friedman). They’ll ponder the question of whether or not Apple—in its rush to simplify products for the mainstream—is phasing out its support for one of its core constituencies: power users. Are the company’s products being dumbed down? Thursday, January 31 at 1:00 pm
We also have our own Macworld Live Stage (upstairs on the 2nd floor). One of the highlights there will be on Friday afternoon when Macworld senior editor Roman Loyola will will present Macworld’s Best of Show awards. He’ll be joined by recipients of the award, who will talk about their winning products—the ones you won’t want to miss on the show floor. Some of our other noteworthy sessions: A Word From the Developers (with senior editor Dan Moren), the ever-popular Pundit Showdown (with IDGCSMB managing editor Philip Michaels), and Ask the Editors (where you get to ask us what the heck we think we’re doing). Friday, February 1 at 3pm on the Macworld Live stage (Best of Show); Thursday, January 31 at 11:00 am (Developers); Saturday, February 2 at 3:00 pm (Ask the Editors)
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