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The new Dell XPS laptops are slim, pixel-dense beasts

The new Dell XPS laptops are slim, pixel-dense beasts

At CES, Dell is hitting hard with a full lineup of exciting new products, and their updated XPS 13 and 15-inch laptops might be the coolest we’ve seen so far. The super-slim laptops also pack a punch with an astounding screen and amazingly slight bezel. Dell also says the XPS 13 is the “best performing notebook of its size”, and sports a 15-hour run time on a single charge. They’ve also got 5th generation Intel Core processors, and the 13-inch model weighs a mere 2.6 pounds.

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Toshiba Encore 2 Write tablets: it’s all about the pen

Toshiba Encore 2 Write tablets: it’s all about the pen

Toshiba has introduced two new tablets, the 8-inch and 10-inch Encore 2 Write slates. With both these new Windows 8.1 tablets come a stylus tailored towards those who want precise input. Says Toshiba, these are the first slates of their kind to offer Wacom's newest "feel pen technologies", making them usable in a variety of stylus-based tasks, including drawing and writing. As with Wacom's newest Cintiq tablets, these Toshiba offerings utilize a pen offering 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity.

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Honeywell wants to protect your home with new Lyric security system

Honeywell wants to protect your home with new Lyric security system

Honeywell is back with its Lyric lineup, adding to it a home security system the maker promises is professional-grade. The entire roster of home security needs are met with the inclusion of things like smoke and intrusion detectors, motion monitors, cameras, and more. In addition to its security-centric focus, the system itself can be integrated into a smart house's existing products, including things like intelligent lighting setups, connected thermostats, and even smart locks. Even better, the system responds to voice commands, making the process hands-off.

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Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet packs Intel RealSense depth-finding camera

Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet packs Intel RealSense depth-finding camera

Dell has rolled out their Venue 8 7000 series tablet today, taking a bold step toward Android tablet prowess. Featuring a “series of firsts”, the Dell Venue 8 7000 is based on the Intel Atom Z3500 processor, and checks in at a remarkably thin 6mm. Dell didn’t cut corners when they cut weight, though. The Venue 8 7000 packs a 2560 x 1600 OLED display. It’s also the first tablet to integrate the new Intel RealSense camera, which provides enhanced depth sensing technology.

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Pioneer, Kenwood bring CarPlay/Android Auto to any car

Pioneer, Kenwood bring CarPlay/Android Auto to any car

Today at CES, Pioneer and Kenwood both released some interesting new products aimed at getting your car up-to-date. Both announced in-dash receivers meant to bring you into the Android Auto and/or CarPlay future. Both receivers will support both new automotive initiatives from Apple and Google, making it easier than ever to go OS-agnostic. What isn’t easy is the price tag. Though Kenwood hasn’t yet announced pricing for their unit, the Pioneer receiver will cost at least $700.

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Sennheiser unleashes several new headphones at CES

Sennheiser unleashes several new headphones at CES

Sennheiser is back with some new headphones, hawking its wares at CES 2015 to both fitness enthusiasts and those who prefer to listen to their music without a cable shackling them to their gadgets. A couple of SPORTS earbuds and several RS, Urbanite, and Momentum headphones deck out its offerings, bringing with them features like NFC, long battery life, noise isolation, and durability to meet a variety of needs. All the while, these cans include design elements any Sennheiser fan will recognize.

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Wacom Cintiq 27QHD and 27QHD Touch slates arrive this month

Wacom Cintiq 27QHD and 27QHD Touch slates arrive this month

Joining its new Cintiq Companion 2 Windows 8 tablet are a couple other Cintiq offerings from Wacom, the 27QHD and the 27QHD Touch. This is the company's newest flagship slate, and it boasts a 27-inch edge-to-edge display with 1.07 billion colors and 97-percent Adobe color gamut coverage, Wacom's Color Manager, and multi-touch support (the latter being for the touch model in particular, obviously). As with the Companion 2, the accompanying pen offers 2,048 pressure sensitivity levels, and supports different pen nibs including ones that are felt.

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E Ink Prism is the color-changing wall you’ve been wanting

E Ink Prism is the color-changing wall you’ve been wanting

When we thing electronic ink, we tend to think of black-and-white eReaders, meant to mimic books. In our haste, we’ve forgotten that ink is colorful, too. E Ink, a leader in electronic ink technology, is gently reminding us that ink can be beautiful, too. At CES, the company is unveiling Prism, a dynamic display that can be programmed to change colors, and utilizes unique materials. Though Prism is meant for architectural endeavors, we’d like to see it elsewhere, too.

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WiFi-capable Anova Touch lets you Sous Vide anything from anywhere

WiFi-capable Anova Touch lets you Sous Vide anything from anywhere

Sous Vide cooking is nothing new, but chefs and home cooks the world over are again discovering just how subtly amazing it really is. The long-form cooking process brings your food to perfection more reliably than more traditional methods, but Sous Vide takes longer to get there. If you’re in the mood for great food when you get home from work, Sous Vide is probably not where your mind goes, but the new Anova Touch wants to change your thinking and eating habits.

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Ford promises driverless car but accuses rivals of hyping

Ford promises driverless car but accuses rivals of hyping

Ford has thrown its hat into the autonomous driving ring, announcing its Ford Smart Mobility plan at CES 2015, and promising a driverless car wearing the blue oval. An entirely-autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid is already on the road in testing, technology chief Raj Nair said during the company's keynote, building on existing parking aids found in production cars. However, Ford president and CEO Mark Fields also poured cold water on the autonomous projects his rivals have announced in recent weeks, downplaying them as more about marketing than anything actually relevant to drivers today.

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