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Lyft President John Zimmer predicts future growth

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Las Vegas, Nevada – Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA) discussed with John Zimmer the future of Lyft’s vision. John Zimmer is Co-Founder and President of Lyft.  Gary Shapiro focused the first part of the keynote speech with John Zimmer with questions on how he built Lyft.  The LIT (Leaders in Technology) dinner addressed 600 policymakers, top technologists and entrepreneurs.  The dinner was held inside the Lafite Ballroom at Wynn in Las Vegas.


John Zimmer visions the growth of Lyft to continue at a phenomenal pace because more people moving to the cities and giving up the second car.  Zimmer spoke about the average car owner uses their vehicle only four percent of the time with an average American family spending $9,000 per year on their vehicle including gas and insurance.  Lyft is available in 95 percent of the United States and is expanding to Toronto.  Presently there are more than one million rides a day made by Lyft drivers.  Car Seat services will be expanding for parents riding with babies. 

CES 2018 Present to Future

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Las Vegas, Nevada–The world’s largest consumer technology show opened with exhibitors representing over 47 countries in Las Vegas.  The jammed packed conference has been preparing for over 170,000 in attendance to view more than 3,900 exhibitors.  There will be more than 300 events, speakers and demonstrations featuring products of today and the future over the next four days. 


Robots will be showcased that can integrate within the family unit as well as business efficiency and technology for today and the future.  Electric vehicles and autonomous cars are definitely aggressively heading to make their mark for the future.  Smart homes filled with all types of features to make life much easier to ease the pressure from a hard day at work.  Health technology with wearable fitness gadgets to monitor a persons activities and well-being.


CES, formerly known as the International Consumer Electronic Show is presently owned by CTA – Consumer Technology Association that represents $292 billion U.S. consumer technology industry.

Times Square New Years Eve

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New York City – Frigid temperatures did not keep revelers from packing Times Square for 2018 crystal ball drop.  The second coldest on record with10-degree temperatures at midnight.  An estimate million people lined the street.  Partygoers had extra layers of clothes, face masks and hand warmers as many came as early as 10 in the morning to secure their positions.  Prior preparations by all New York's finest had tight security covered on the ground and air to give a complete successful evening for welcoming in the New Year.


Mariah Carey came back to redeem herself after last year’s performance at Times Square fell short.  This year for New Years Eve 2018 Carey fully redeemed herself with two songs; “Vision of Love” and “Hero.”  Other performances New Years Eve; Andy Grammer, Sugarland, Lauren Alaina, Camila Cabello, Chyno Miranda, Antonique Smith, Nick Jonas, Neil Diamond

Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference/Expo

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Las Vegas, Nevada – Registration is now open for the largest playground for Wedding & Portrait Photography International (WPPI) in North America Offers World Class Education, Experiential Events, Innovative Technologies, and Community Networking.  The Conference and Expo at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas is February 25-28, 2018.  At its core, WPPI creates a unique and interactive learning experience for attendees by addressing the latest trends in wedding/portrait photography with programming focused on Newborn Photography, Photo Booths, Filmmaking, School/Sports Photography, and several classes focused on the business of photography. In addition to more than 40 Platform Classes, WPPI offers more intense learning environments through its PLUS and Master Classes and Photo Walks.


Every year, the biggest and best manufacturers, solution providers, experts, and retailers in the world for photography and video display and demonstrate the latest technology at WPPI’s three-day expo. This is the largest collection of industry manufacturers and suppliers for professional, amateur, and emerging wedding and portrait photographers anywhere in North America.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

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New York – The Rockefeller Center and surrounding blocks were totally filled with revelers for the 85th Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.  Mayor Bill de Blasio flipped the switch surrounded by the Rockettes, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker.  The tree lighting performers included Harry Connick Jr., Seal, Train, Brett Eldredge, Pentatonix, The Tenors and others.


The Norway Spruce stood 75 feet tall, weighed 12-tons and was donated by Jason Perrin, State College, Pennsylvania.  Swarovski Star was placed at the top of the Norway Spruce tree and adorned with 25,000 crystals and one million facets.  The tree will be lit every day until January 7th.  The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.  Security was tighter this year with more areas restricted as well as extra screening. 

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