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Samsung's leaked Chromebook Plus is built for Android apps

Samsung is getting ready to release a convertible, stylus-equipped Chromebook, judging by an apparently accidental Best Buy listing. It bears a striking similarity to another leaked model, the 12.5-inch, 1080p ASUS Chromebook that appeared last month on Newegg. Samsung's device is reportedly called …

Asus unveils ZenFone AR with Google’s Daydream and Tango support, coming in Q2 2017

Probably the most-leaked device at CES 2017 so far has been the Asus ZenFone AR, through no fault of the Taiwanese company. Partner Qualcomm revealed much of the details in a blog post touting the use of its Snapdragon 821 chipset, and infamous leaker Evan Blass (evleaks) added front and back press …

Mobile Technology

CES 2017: Boom in elderly tech as smart walking stick and iPhone hearing aid on show

Gadgets have always been targeted at the young and tech-savvy, with the latest inventions often baffling early adopters’ parents. But a new wave of high-tech products for the elderly, from connected canes to intelligent hearing aids, is now making waves at the world’s largest technology fair.<p>French …

LG unveils Hub Robot to compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home

Unveiled at CES, home assistant can play music and tell you the weather but also order your vacuum cleaner to start cleaning the house and turn on your oven<p>LG unveiled its own competitor to Amazon Echo and Google Home on Wednesday – a home assistant that can play music and tell you the weather but …

Amazon Echo

​Apple pulls New York Times app in China

It's no secret China has long censored US-based websites and newspapers. And last month the government focused on a new target: The New York Times app.<p>Authorities asked Apple to remove both the English-language and Chinese-language New York Times apps from its Chinese iTunes store, according to the …

Razer goes immersive with new in-room gaming projection and 3-screen laptop

Razer, the billion-dollar startup that builds hardware and software for hardcore gaming enthusiasts, is today unveiling two of its latest products aimed at ramping up the immersive gaming experience. And — surprisingly, given how much else we’ve seen in this area this week already at CES — Razer is …

Google Assistant to hit supported TVs and set-top boxes in the coming months

Google Assistant will make its way to supported TVs and set-top boxes in the coming months, Google has announced. The search giant outlined the plans in a blog post earlier today as it continues to expand Google Assistant to more products and services.<p>Google’s intelligent digital assistant, …

Google Assistant

Google & BMW partnering to let you virtually walk around i3 and i8 cars with Tango-enabled phones

Google‘s Tango is taking off. Following the firm’s announcement circa the series of forthcoming dedicated apps, a new blogpost is revealing a partnership with German car manufacturer BMW is set to bring AR models of its electric vehicles straight to your phone…<p>While videos, pictures and spec lists …

Google bought a company to improve Hangouts call quality

Google is taking the acquisition approach to solving audio quality problems with Hangouts and other communications apps. It acquired Limes Audio, a Swedish company with technology that can reduce speech quality issues caused by a poor environment or slow internet speeds. "Limes audio has been …

Dell put 10 speakers inside new XPS 27 all-in-one PC

All-in-one, indeed!<p>Making a distinctive and uniquely appealing desktop PC is a daunting task nowadays, but not an impossible one. Dell’s approach to this challenge, unveiled with the 2017 XPS 27 all-in-one, is to go for audio overkill. This new desktop has six speakers staring down the user — four …

Dell unveils a $5,000 8K UHD 32-inch display

At the CES conference in Las Vegas today, Dell is introducing an impressive 8K Ultra HD 32-inch desktop monitor. The UltraSharp 32 will cost $4,999 when it becomes available on March 23.<p>I was stunned when I got a chance to look at the device during a press briefing in San Francisco last month. It’s …

Consumer Tech

Google recaps new Daydream-ready phones, including Huawei Mate 9, first 3rd-party viewer

Last year, Google announced that many upcoming Android devices would support the Daydream VR platform. At CES, Asus announced the Daydream-ready ZenFone AR and ZTE noted that support was coming to the Axon 7 with Nougat. Today, Google announced the addition of Huawei’s Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro, as …

Mobile Technology

Samsung brushes off Note 7 catastrophe as profits set to hit three-year high

Samsung Electronics expects to record its highest quarterly profit in over three years despite its botched release of the Galaxy Note 7 phone.<p>The Korean group said on Friday that it expects to post a 9.2 trillion won (£6.2bn) operating profit for the fourth quarter of last year, the highest since …

CES 2017: Wireless charging may about to become a reality

Wireless power is still in its infancy, but CES 2017 has marked a significant milestone for the technology<p>Over the past few years, wires have been cut for everything from internet connections to earphones – but still, almost every device needs to be plugged in at least once a day to charge. That …

Wireless Charging

Focalcrest announces Mixtile Hub to bridge existing ZigBee and Z-Wave smart home products into HomeKit + Siri control

The Mixtile Hub is the first smart home hub that can bridge existing smart accessories from other popular home automation protocols, like ZigBee and Z-Wave, and bring them into the HomeKit ecosystem. This means customers will be able to view various accessories in the Home app and control them with …

Battered bitcoin slides another 12 percent after China warning

LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin plunged by as much as 12 percent on Friday after China’s central bank urged investors to take a rational and cautious approach to investing in the digital currency, which is on track for its heaviest two-day drop in two years.<p>A customer feeds cash currency in to a Bitcoin …

Intel launches modular Compute Card at CES 2017

Each part of a computer has a different lifespan, but all too often once one part breaks, the entire unit needs to be scrapped for the newest model. Intel wants to change that, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 it announced the Compute Card, a modular computer that fits inside your pocket.<p>…

Amazon's Alexa moves in on Google's Android system

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc’s (AMZN.O) digital assistant appeared almost everywhere at the CES technology show this week in Las Vegas, even making an unexpected appearance on rival Google’s Android system.<p>Mike George, VP Alexa, Echo and Appstore for Amazon, speaks during the LG press conference at …

A vicious new malware is targeting Mac computers

Apple computer users should be extra diligent when surfing the web.<p>For the past few weeks, people have been tricked into visiting a phony website embedded with malware that can freeze Apple computers, according to a report this week by the cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes.<p>When Apple users visit the …

Malware

A 'listening' hairbrush and emotional cars: the futuristic trends of CES 2017

Digital interactivity has top billing at the Las Vegas event. But how many people really want a toothbrush that films the inside of their mouth as they clean?<p>If this year’s CES continues to predict future tech trends, then we can soon expect to have emotional relationships with our cars, virtual …

Man says a MacBook Pro saved his life during Fort Lauderdale airport shooting by blocking a bullet

The horrifying events at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport today saw five people dead, but one man claims that his MacBook Pro saved his life in the midst of the shooting. Speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Steve Frappier explained that he was near the baggage claim area when he heard …

Polaroid’s Pop returns the brand to its iconic instant format

Polaroid had a hit on its hands with the Snap. The device marked the perfect marriage between an iconic brand and new technologies, re-developing the once novel phenomenon of instant film for an early 21 century millennial crowd. According to a rep I spoke with, the brand can’t keep the thing on …

BMW wins the future with HoloActive Touch controls

When BMW announced last year it would bring some sort of holographic control interface to CES, I was skeptical. Today, I got to use an interface that delivers on BMW's promise and more.<p>The technology, called HoloActive Touch, creates what looks like a floating graphic over the console. For BMW's …

Meet Samsung’s new water-resistant speaker and portable printer

Samsung’s latest portable speaker provides up to 30 hours of music playback, and its all new portable wireless printer fits right inside your pocket.<p>‘Tis the season: during CES, almost all major companies showcase their latest gadgets and innovations. And Samsung is no exception, of course. The …

Gear & Gadgets

Samsung’s Gear S3, Gear S2, & Gear Fit2 wearables are now compatible with iOS

As CES 2017 winds down, Samsung today made one more announcement, this time for iOS users. The company has announced that it expanding support for iOS with its latest Gear-branded wearables.<p>Specially, the Gear S2, Gear S3, and Gear Fit2 are now compatible with iOS thanks to new accompanying …

App Store

Volkswagen is adding Amazon Alexa to its cars

Ford isn't the only auto company adding Amazon's Alexa to its cars -- Volkswagen plans to do the same. From the quick demo I had on the CES show floor, it seems like a pretty smart pairing. VW's Alexa-enabled cars will basically have full access to everything the Echo can do, but the company built …

Smart Homes

Most apps that use Google Hangouts API will shut down in April

While Google has stated many times that it has no plans to shut down its Hangouts messaging service, it has decided to end support for its third-party developer tools. The company has quietly updated its FAQ for the Google Hangouts API, stating that no new apps will be allow to access those …

Google Assistant on Nvidia’s Shield TV won’t require repetitive ‘Ok Google’ commands [Video]

One thing that the Google Assistant has that puts other voice assistants to shame is the fact that you can have a contextual conversation with it. With information from previous questions or commands, Assistant can make the conversation feel more natural, but it’s not perfect, especially on certain …

Canada finds Apple's carrier deals don't hurt competition

France may think Apple is up to no good with its carrier deals for the iPhone, but you won't hear similar gripes from Canada. The country's Competition Bureau has determined that there isn't "sufficient evidence" to show that Apple had illegally strong-armed carriers into deals that gave it …

Phones at CES 2017 a warmup for what's to come

CES may be lean on phones this year, but the 17 we saw pointed out some trends that will help define handsets through 2017, especially as we head into next month's Mobile World Congress, the phone world's best and biggest show.<p>Biggest trends<p>AI will be big as companies integrate artificial …