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CES 2012 registration opens today

The Consumer Electronics Association has announced that registration for next year's CES Gadgetpalooza is now open.

The Las Vegas tech pilgrimage, which purports to be the biggest consumer technology trade show on the planet, runs from January 12th to 13th next year and brings the great and the good of the tech industry together for a jolly old bash in the desert every year.

Organisers reckon more than 20,000 new products will be on show this year and many major companies like Microsoft and Nintendo use the event as a launchpad for new toys.

From today until August 31st registration is free, rising as is usual to $100 after the 1st of September and $200 after the 30th of December.

CES attracts more than 140,000 of the top executives, retail buyers, content providers, entertainment executives, venture capitalists, engineers, government officials and media from more than 140 countries.

We usually turn up, too.

Press types can sign up here, while those with proper jobs can go here.