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Renita Jablonski: The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan held its first-ever democratic election yesterday. The people of Bhutan voted for their first national council. Over the past several years, the country — once almost completely isolated from the outside world — has made strides to create a modern economy. Marketplace’s Lisa Napoli visited one of those efforts: Bhutan’s stock market.
Lisa Napoli: To get a grip on what to expect in 2008, one place to turn is the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicks off next week in Las Vegas.
The show’s Jason Oxman says more than 20,000 products will be introduced, and many will try to address the growing demand by consumers to free their content from the limits of one platform:
Jason Oxman: They want to make it easy to find their movies and music on a variety of different devices without having to move things from one device to another.
Oxman says this year you can also expect more from in-car electronics. It’s not just driving directions any more:
Oxman: GPS used to be just a navigation system. Now they come with Bluetooth, so you can hook your cell phone up to it. They even come with media players, so you can play your MP3s or watch movies.
Oxman also says expect to see a bigger LCD television to outdo the 108-inch model from Sharp last year.
And even though the move to digital television is still a year away, you’ll hear a lot about digital TV sets — as well as converter boxes to make your old set work once analogue television goes the way of the do-do bird.
In Los Angeles, I’m Lisa Napoli for Marketplace.
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