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It’s a new year and you know what that means. It’s time for another glitzy International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. For tech and media journalists, traveling to this venerable trade show is something of a post-holiday tradition. While past years have included the launch of Blu-ray DVDs and plasma TV sets, more recently the show has fallen short (think: 3D TVs). This year, Dish Network had the biggest surprise, revealing its Internet-based streaming service Sling TV, with 12 channels including ESPN and CNN for $20 per month. The service only requires a broadband connection and can work with devices such as Roku and Xbox One. Plus, Intel announced it would be dedicating $300 million to support the hiring of more diverse candidates in the technology and gaming industries. Intel will be partnering with the International Game Developers Association and others in its efforts to bring more diversity into the workplace. But not everyone thinks the trade show is relevant anymore. Farhad Manjoo has been arguing since 2011 that CES is a vehicle for bloated press conferences that reveal little in the way of meaningful news. Is he right? What’ll be the new “it” technology that’ll change they way we live our lives? We’ll discuss all things CES on our podcast this week, with special guests Megan Geuss, staff editor at Ars Technica; Connie Guglielmo, editor-in-chief, CNET; Will Oremus, senior technology writer at Slate. PBS MediaShift’s Mark Glaser will be hosting and Jefferson Yen will be producing.

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