CES 2014 in depth: The Verge reports

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This year at CES, the TV are big and the pixels plentiful, but just reporting on the new specs and new gadgets doesn't tell the whole story. Not even half of it. That's why we're digging into the trends and telling the stories behind CES. We've gathered it all right here.

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Jan 13 12:05p

Goodbye Twitter fridges, hello 3D-printed food

CES has long been the best place in the world to find a bunch of insane and impractical home appliances. Last year saw the category reach its drunk-on-tech nadir, best exemplified by Samsung's incongruous efforts to push Evernote onto fridge doors. But what we found in 2014 may surprise you — some are taking a step back from the bizarre feature creep of 2013, and one new device is a genuine breakthrough that could foreshadow a potential revolution in the kitchen.

That's not to say that...

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Jan 10 3:55p

Why can't CES quit booth babes?

At this year’s CES, women in tight skirts are back on the floor — but the booth bro and booth bot are catching up Continue reading »


I am the interface

Gestural computing is about to change everything Continue reading »


IQ test: the state of smart TVs at CES 2014

Manufacturers are making progress, but there's still more bad than good Continue reading »


Steam Machines are here, but who are they for?

Last year at CES in Las Vegas, Valve finally announced its long-rumored Steam Machine platform, designed to bring the PC gaming experience into your living room. At the time, the appeal was obvious: a small PC that fits under your television and lets you play the thousands of games on Steam from the comfort of your couch. It even looked like a unified platform that could help simplify the notoriously complex world of PC gaming, making it accessible to a more casual audience. But one year...

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The 3D printing cagematch

The crowded fight to take a young technology mainstream Continue reading »


Future steps: exoskeleton lets paralyzed snowmobiler walk again

Robotic exoskeletons are a staple of sci-fi, pointing to a future where technology can overcome serious injury and bestow superhuman powers on people. But that future is here today for Paul Thacker, who uses an exoskeleton about once a month to stand up and walk around — no small feat, considering he's paralyzed from the chest down.

The 39-year-old Alaska native and snowmobile enthusiast lost the use of his lower body in a training accident in 2010 and was told he’d be confined to a...

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Booth bots: why we build robots that look human

By now, anyone wandering through the robotics section of CES has seen it: a plastic and metal humanoid performing on a hastily assembled stage, immobilized from the waist down. The gears and muscle tubes are exposed, leaving an impression somewhere between a Björk video and the Terminator. Most bystanders are startled at first before settling into a kind of baffled attention. They'll stand there for five minutes at a time, at a conference where most attendees are constantly in motion. "I...

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Automakers want to see through walls in the name of safety

The cars we found parked on a closed course across the street from the Las Vegas Convention Center this week can't actually see through walls, but they come pretty close: Ford is here at CES demonstrating Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication (V2V), a promising technology under development that could have a significant impact on road safety.

V2V has been in development for a number of years, using 802.11p — a simplified form of Wi-Fi geared specifically at the automotive industry — to beam...

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Time out: stop looking for the perfect smartwatch

There’s no single winner yet, but do we really need one? Continue reading »


Invisible intelligence: how tiny sensors could connect everything we own

The Kolibree toothbrush knows more about your mouth than you ever wanted to know. It monitors how you brush your teeth and lets you know if you're doing it wrong (yes, you can fail at brushing your teeth). Even your dentist can’t monitor your oral hygiene on a daily basis, and that’s exactly why Kolibree exists.

CES 2014 saw plenty of devices that track everything about your life: the Netatmo June bracelet that monitors how much sun you're taking in, the AdhereTech smart pill bottle that...

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Yahoo's head of mobile products talks new products, acquisitions, and the road ahead

Adam Cahan joined Yahoo in 2011 when his startup, the TV companion app IntoNow, was acquired. A year later, Marissa Mayer became CEO, and soon after she put him in charge of the company's lineup of mobile products. Over the next several months, Cahan oversaw an upgrade to nearly Yahoo's entire line of mobile products, starting with the critically acclaimed Yahoo Weather app.

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How Netflix won CES

It’s not the TVs, it’s what you watch on them Continue reading »


Sony returns to the swagger of its glory days

During the 1990s, Sony was the world’s preeminent tech brand, dominating the field with its innovative designs and consistently superior products, but the past decade hasn't been so great.

The Japanese company lost its crown to Apple through a series of calamitous decisions and strategies that were more outlandish than forward thinking. So when Kazuo Hirai took over the mantle of CEO in 2012, his first task was merely to steady the ship. Two years on, however, Kaz is done patching up holes...

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Jan 09 7:00p



Circuit vapers: the e-cig is getting an upgrade

Electronic cigarette companies have a new swagger thanks to booming sales and better products than ever Continue reading »


Closing Windows: Microsoft and its platforms are nowhere to be found at CES

For over a decade, Microsoft was the dominant presence at CES. But since pulling out of the show in 2013, the company has faded almost completely from view this year: the biggest Microsoft story at CES 2014 is that first-choice CEO candidate Alan Mulally has declined the job.

Since it’s not at the show, Microsoft has left it up to its hardware partners to push Windows 8. This year there’s an absence of new Windows PCs, especially exciting ones, and it’s noticeable. With a lack of new...

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This is the real CES

Buying and selling at tech's biggest trade show Continue reading »


Nuance's future of gadgets that listen to you is fun, but frustrating

It used to be a strange idea to talk to an inanimate object, something companies like Google and Apple are making normal. Gone is the pain of pecking away at screens and digging through pages of menus, which has been replaced by simple voice commands.

But you can't mention those two tech giants without Nuance, the voice-services company. It specializes in turning what you say into text on your computer or mobile device, and sometimes it does that by sending your words to a server farm miles...

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Make it beautiful: how the fashion industry is giving tech a hand

For the fashion-conscious, wearable gadgets are currently not wearable. But at CES 2014, fashion moguls and global tech authorities are finally chatting about how to fix that problem. Design as a function isn't a new idea, but the fashion industry thinks about it differently — and the tech industry is starting to listen.

On Monday, Intel shared the stage with Barneys New York, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and Opening Ceremony as they announced a collaboration between the...

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Can Intel break our addiction to conflict minerals?

Chipmaker looks to set a socially conscious example, but business groups say the costs are still too high Continue reading »

Jan 08 9:46p

WWE launching 24/7 subscription network to bring wrestling to your connected device

Wrestling is about to become an app on your phone, tablet, and connected device, powered by the same technology that runs MLB At Bat. After years of delays, World Wrestling Entertainment said tonight it will proceed with the launch of the WWE Network, delivering all 12 monthly pay-per-view specials and a massive library of wrestling content for $9.99 a month. The network goes live Feb. 24.

In addition to new shows, the app will also grant you access to more than 100,000 hours of...

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A look at Samsung's Smart Home, a central control system for your social appliances

We've covered a whole lot of Samsung smart appliances over the years: the fridge, the washing machine, even the window. Samsung might not have figured out how to work the window into your standard apartment yet, but it's taking a shot at unifying everything else with the Smart Home app, shown off for the first time at CES this year. The system is a centralized version of various individual apps, with some added Galaxy Gear integration. It's clean, it's futuristic, and to really take advantage...

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PlayStation Now could be the future of gaming

It's impressive, but Sony still needs to fill in a lot of the blanks Continue reading »


What happens if you fall asleep in a self-driving car? Audi knows

Audi brought several high-tech car demos to CES this week — as it did last year — including two that took us out into the mean streets of Las Vegas, subject to the whims of rush hour traffic. Fortunately, we had a couple interesting new features making our bumper-to-bumper commutes just a little bit easier.

First, we tested a system that feeds upcoming traffic light data directly into the cockpit. While driving, the next light on your road is indicated in green with a suggested speed next to...

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Razer tries on wearables with the Nabu smartband

Every year there are a few obvious trends at CES, and this year wearables are everywhere. We've seen fitness tracker announcements from Sony, Intel, Garmin, and one rather surprising candidate: Razer. Best known for its stylish peripherals and gaming laptops, the company is jumping into the fray with a smartwatch and tracking band mash-up called the Razer Nabu. It's a stylish band that melds smartphone notifications with a suite of fitness-tracking features, but unlike its competitors — who...

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The bleeding edge in Bitcoin-mining hardware comes to CES

Bitcoin is intangible money, but that doesn't mean you won't see it at CES, the nation's premier electronics trade show. There's currently an arms race in Bitcoin mining, the intense computing required to generate new units of the increasingly popular virtual currency that approximates cash on the internet. And now the companies that produce high-end equipment for generating Bitcoin are here in Vegas, pitching their wares on the convention floor.

Perhaps the best-known source of high-end...

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Yahoo's sleek News Digest app swims against the stream

When the news-summarizing startup Summly shut down last March, it was easy to imagine the company had simply been swallowed by the Yahoo machine. Like so many founders before him, Nick D’Aloisio had sold his company to Yahoo only to see it shuttered soon after. Its core technology was absorbed into Yahoo’s news app less than a month later, used to summarize the day’s events. That was the last we heard from D’Aloisio, who sold Summly to Yahoo for a reported $30 million at the age of 17 — until...

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Blood money: PulseWallet lets you pay with your veins

Scan your veins with the latest mobile payments panacea Continue reading »

Jan 06 9:42p


Android on Windows gets another supporter in AMD

Last week, we told you about Intel's plans to join Windows and Android at the hip, possibly launching a new brand of computer at this year's Consumer Electronics Show that can run both operating systems simultaneously. As it turns out, Intel is not alone. Chipmaker AMD has just announced a partnership with BlueStacks to do the same thing — and perhaps do it even better than its rival.

Similarly to what we've heard about Intel's solution, BlueStacks will run Android within Windows, and in a...

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Google's Open Automotive Alliance: the battle for the dashboard is now

Last night's announcement of the Open Automotive Alliance — a new industry group helmed by Google and top-tier automakers like Audi, GM, and Honda — served as the loudest call yet of CES's rapid transformation over the past couple years into a car show. Yes, not just a car-friendly show, an actual car show: automakers from BMW to Volvo have announcements lined up for this week. More than ever, keynote addresses and press conferences from auto industry executives now stand shoulder-to-shoulder...

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The striking Pebble Steel could change your mind about smartwatches

The $249 second-generation Pebble adds style to the original’s substance Continue reading »


Rebooting webOS: how LG rethought the smart TV

Five years after it was first introduced, webOS comes back to CES in a radically different form Continue reading »


Lean into it: test driving Toyota's i-Road concept car

Three wheels, two passengers, no gas, and a serious strut Continue reading »


Dolby Vision: the future of TV is really, really bright

Over the past few years TV manufacturers have been incorporating a parade of new technologies with one goal in mind: getting customers into their local Best Buys to pick up a new television. 3D, 4K, curved screens; the list goes on, but ultimately these relatively iterative upgrades have failed to capture the public imagination.

Here at CES, Dolby is lining up TV and media partners in its own bid to get consumers excited again: a product it’s calling "Dolby Vision." It's a set of...

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Jan 05 11:00p

Cars are the new smartphones: Chevrolet adding LTE and app store to 2015 models

Apart from the engine, wheels, seats, and enormous difference in size, 2015 Chevys will be nearly indistinguishable from smartphones: General Motors is announcing at CES today that next year's lineup with be available with built-in LTE and an app store. The so-called Chevrolet AppShop is the end result of GM's news at CES a year ago when it first offered an app SDK to developers; LTE, meanwhile, has been in the works since an announcement in February of last year.

AppShop looks and feels...

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