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What’s Up This Week: January 2nd to January 6th

The year’s biggest electronics show joins product news from Intel, Buffalo Americas, and Epson, and the anniversary of a landmark date in telco history on the SMB channel’s agenda for the week ahead. By Rich Freeman

A final day of holiday leisure, more consumer electronics news than you can shake a stick at, and a big anniversary in the history of wired communications are all up ahead this week for the SMB channel.

Monday, January 2nd

  • It’s New Year’s Day (observed)!

Reader ROI: We at ChannelPro certainly “(observed)” New Year’s Day yesterday, as did the federal government, and we’re guessing most of you. That’s thanks to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968, which officially declared that government workers get a Monday off anytime a federal holiday falls on a weekend. Almost every other employer has been following suit ever since. Way to go, congresspersons of 1968!

Tuesday, January 3rd

  • Intel makes a major product announcement that anyone who sells or supports business PCs will want to know about.

Reader ROI: We can’t say much more than that for the moment, but will have all the details for you right here on this website later today.

Reader ROI: And once more, we’ll have all the specifics for you on our homepage in a few short hours.

Wednesday, January 4th

  • A busy week for product news continues, as Epson unveils some interesting new document management hardware.

Reader ROI: For the last time this week, please accept our apology for not disclosing what kind of hardware or what makes it interesting just yet. Come on back tomorrow, though, for everything you need to know.

Thursday, January 5th

  • The Consumer Electronics Show gets rolling in Las Vegas. It concludes on Sunday.

Reader ROI: Needless to say, the electronics shown at the year’s biggest domestic hardware event aren’t just for consumers. By the time CES 2017 officially gets underway, vendors like ASUS, HTC, Intel, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony will already have unveiled business-ready devices at pre-show press conferences. Lenovo follows suit today with the introduction of a previously teased 13.3-inch ThinkPad Yoga 2-in-1 bearing 7th Generation Intel Core (aka Kaby Lake) processors, plus (according to rumor, anyway) a new ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebook and probably more. Keep an eye out for a forthcoming CES analysis and wrap-up from ChannelPro technical editor Matt Whitlock.

Friday, January 6th

  • It’s the 179th birthday of the telegraph!

Reader ROI: As is our wont, we’ve stretched the facts a little here. Samuel Morse first publicly demonstrated the telegraph on January 6th,1838, after giving birth to the groundbreaking communications technology some time earlier. You’ve got to squint a little to see it, but there’s a direct line from the momentous event that occurred 179 years ago today to all the smartphones and communication gadgets making their debut in Las Vegas this week. After all, you can’t very well have “wireless” hardware without the wires Morse pioneered to make sense of the term.

About the Author

Rich Freeman is ChannelPro's Senior News Editor