Mingis on Tech: MacBooks are hot, trade shows are not

The updated MacBook gets raves for its still-stunning design, while the panel wonders about the fate of big trade shows

Computerworld Podcast: Mingis on Tech

When last we left Mingis on Tech, the focus was on Windows hybrids and laptop ports and the stern criticism leveled at Apple's MacBook by Computerworld Editor in Chief Scot Finnie. (Yes, we're still debating USB Type C ports.)

In this episode, the MacBook strikes back. Apple expert Michael deAgonia shows up with the star of the show -- a top-end MacBook (vender price) in stylin' Space Gray -- to pooh pooh's Finnie's earlier critique and highlight the little laptop's many advantages. Executive Editor Ken Mingis is convinced, natch; Multimedia Content Editor Keith Shaw, not so much.

From there, the conversation turns to mega trade shows like last week's Interior 2016 in Las Vegas (which Shaw attended) and CES and whether such events have outlived their purpose -- especially since many companies now put on their own shows.

Word to the wise? Your favorite tech show may be getting smaller in the years to come -- if it survives at all.

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