CES 2012 Survival Guide

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For those of us who are lucky enough to work in the tech industry, Spring Break arrives two months early every year in the form of CES (Consumer Electronics Show). To me, CES is like my birthday, Spring Break and eating calorie-free ice cream all rolled into four nonstop days of excellence. It is fun to be at CES, but it’s also a lot of work. So here are a few tips to help you survive this year’s CES.


Three Must-Have Apps


Official 2012 International CES App (Free)

Sure, this one is a no-brainer. But the CES app is an excellent tool to help you stay productive and on schedule during the mayhem that is CES. This app organizes everything from Exhibitor info to speakers to Keynotes. But the two coolest features are the ability to build your own schedule and the app’s built-in Friends feature. Once you’ve filled out your profile, the Friends feature lets you swap contact information with people you meet at CES by simply exchanging a six-digit friend code generated by the app.


Get it from the Android Market

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Yelp (Free)

I’m a gal who likes options. So I love that when I type “hot dogs” near Las Vegas, NV, in the Yelp app, it kicks out 147 different suggestions. CES is exhausting. So you’ve got to make sure that not only do you stay fully hydrated, but you have to keep your Delicious Meals level up so you can power through the long conference days. And with so many great food options in Vegas, there’s no excuse to live off vending machines.


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Expensify (Free)

Trying to get your expense report done after a big trip can be a daunting task – especially if you caught a cold on the plane or have jet lag and are running on zero hours of sleep because there were five babies on your flight. Instead of leaving expense reports to the last minute, I’ve found out recently that the whole process is a lot less painful if you just file expenses as you incur them.


With Expensify’s SmartScan technology, it’s super easy to snap a picture of your receipt and assign it to your report. If your company uses QuickBooks, you can seamlessly sync your reports through the app.


Get it from the Android Market


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Three Must-Have Pieces Of Gear


Enercell Portable Power Bank ($39.99)

I literally never leave the house without at least two of these bad boys because they’ve got enough juice to power your mobile device nearly twice over. Portable, powerful and just plain practical.


Monster Power Outlets To Go Power Strip ($14.99)

At CES, there’s no better way to make new friends, look absolutely brilliant and have people chant your name whilst hoisting you above their shoulders, than to be the person who can instantly transform a single power outlet into power outlets.


Klipsch S4 Headphones ($79.99)

CES is crazy. It’s loud. It’s chaotic. It can be overwhelming. If you need a few minutes away, throw on a pair of earbuds* and listen to a couple of your favorite tunes. After that, I feel refreshed and back in the mix.


*The beauty of earbuds is no one can tell you’re jamming out to Bieber.


Wait, What If I Can’t Make It To CES?

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to CES, because Ricky and I have you covered. We’ll be tweeting live from the floor on @RadioShackLIVE, so make sure to follow us on Twitter. We’re also going to be providing video recaps and coverage of all things CES here on The Shack Blog.


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  • Jade

    Cool apps & those must-have pieces of gear look awesome.

    Wish I could be there.

  • Amy

    I’m following CES online, but man it makes my tech wish list grow longer…and longer…and longer…