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VW adding CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink in 2015

VW adding CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink in 2015

Volkswagen will add CarPlay and Android Auto support to its cars later this year, the company has confirmed, with the arrival of a new second-gen "modular infotainment platform" in models like the Golf. The system will bring both Apple and Google's smartphone connectivity - which each offers a pared-back interface more suitable for prodding while driving - under VW's App-Connect branding, in addition to MirrorLink support for four of the company's smartphone apps, including building a shared playlist from all the phones and tablets in the car and streaming them for the perfect driving soundtrack.

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Here’s how Tizen on Samsung’s SUHD Smart TVs works

Here’s how Tizen on Samsung’s SUHD Smart TVs works

Samsung may have invented some new branding for its top-tier TVs, but we're more interested in how Tizen has found its way into the sets as Sammy's smart TV OS of choice. The company has been flirting with the open-source platform for the past few years, predominantly focusing on its potential on the wrist as an OS for smartwatches and wearables, but for the 2015 SUHD TV range it's being repurposed as a catch-up platform for live, on-demand, and streaming content that plays particularly nicely with smartphones and tablets. We stopped by to see how it all worked.

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Samsung SUHD TV one-ups Ultra HD with uber-colors

Samsung SUHD TV one-ups Ultra HD with uber-colors

What comes after Ultra HD when you're trying to sell people new TVs? If you're Samsung, the answer is SUHD, when the added "S" somewhat nebulous in its abbreviating but kept for the firm's most high-end models. It's not just a name and some sleek beveled edges, however, with Samsung turning to nanocrystal semiconductors to improve picture quality, contrast, brightness, and color, even running at the same 4K resolution as last year's sets. Meanwhile, under the hood of each SUHD is a new Smart TV platform powered by Tizen.

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VR TV Episodes headed to Samsung Milk VR

VR TV Episodes headed to Samsung  Milk VR

Tim Baxter walked onstage today at Samsung's CES 2015 presentation to suggest they'd be bringing another year of full coverage for smart devices for all areas of your life. Live Smarter, said Baxter, with Samsung TVs, working with Curved UHD TV, 800 Retail Experience Zones, and massive amounts of content. Samsung, he said, has 60% of the UHD market share in the United States. Half of their UDH TV sales are curved TVs, he said, and "this is what market leaders do" - working in the UHD market where market growth was projected at 4x through the year 2015 - according to Samsung, that is.

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Samsung’s SSD T1 external drive is tiny, but powerful

Samsung’s SSD T1 external drive is tiny, but powerful

One quiet corner of Samsung’s umbrella consumer tech offerings is storage, where they’ve made quite a splash with their SSD options. Today at CES, Samsung is rolling out an upgrade to their SSD storage, going external and big — but also small. Their new SSD T1 is about as small as a credit card (thicker, obviously), but houses a full terabyte of data storage. The SSD is also meant for external use, where Samsung boasts it’s perfect for the mobile consumer.

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Toyota shares fuel-cell patent portfolio to drive hydrogen

Toyota shares fuel-cell patent portfolio to drive hydrogen

Toyota has thrown open its fuel-cell patent portfolio, offering royalty-free access to almost 6,000 patents used its Mirai car, in the hope of driving adoption of the technology. "At Toyota, we believe that when good ideas are shared, great things can happen," SVP of automotive operations Bob Carter said of the CES 2015 announcement, which will cover not only other car companies looking to add fuel-cell vehicles to their fleets, but to infrastructure and parts specialists, and even firms looking to leverage hydrogen power for busses and industrial equipment.

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CES Day 1: 4K is here to stay, Lenovo douses the competition

CES Day 1: 4K is here to stay, Lenovo douses the competition

If you thought CES was dead, you’re wrong. It’s not the over-the-top extravaganza it once was, but there are still plenty of interesting things to be found. On day one, some heavy hitters brought their arsenal out, giving us something to think about for the rest of the week. TVs were a big deal (literally), while we also got a look at some new phones. In case you weren’t sure, CES also made it clear that 4K is the new normal.

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Samsung shows off curved SE790C and UHD UE590 monitors

Samsung shows off curved SE790C and UHD UE590 monitors

It's that time of the year again and electronics manufacturers everywhere are showing off their wares at CES 2015. While Samsung isn't ready yet to spill the beans on what it plans to put in your pockets or on your wrists this year, it is definitely raring to give the crowd a foretaste of what it wants you to use for your computing or gaming needs. Its SE790C monitor brings the company's obsession with curved displays from TVs to computer monitors while the UE590 boasts of a high resolution display in a tinier package.

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Panasonic ZS50, ZS45, and SZ10 are everyday compact cameras

Panasonic ZS50, ZS45, and SZ10 are everyday compact cameras

Panasonic has been busy introducing new products today, and among them are three new compact digital cameras: the ZS50, ZS45, and the SZ10, all of which are slim offerings designed to be used in a variety of situations -- essentially, they are everyday cameras. Despite their small sizes, the maker has made some big promises, and most notably has included some generally atypical features like a hinged LCD display for enhanced use, wireless connectivity (including NFC on certain models), and more.

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Lenovo Flex 3 brings budget-friendly Yoga-cool to CES 2015

Lenovo Flex 3 brings budget-friendly Yoga-cool to CES 2015

When Lenovo’s new Yoga Pro 3 laptop came out, much of the attention went to the new hinge. Mimicking a watch band, the hinge took Lenovo’s bendy laptops to a new dimension. The hinge on the Yoga Pro 2 did much of the same work, and has been re-purposed for the new Flex 3 entry-level laptops from Lenovo. For those not looking to drop a lot of cash on a new laptop, but still want the flip-around cool that is the Yoga, the Flex 3 lineup might be just what you’ve been waiting for.

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Lenovo B50 brings 3D imaging to the desktop

Lenovo B50 brings 3D imaging to the desktop

An all-in-one computer is typically meant for your desktop, whether at the home or office. Those desktop computers can also be used for conference calls and video chats, where the quality of the camera packed in matters. For those looking to provide a higher level of interactivity and productivity, Lenovo’s new B50 all-in-one packs a 3D camera, letting your PC “see like the user does”. According to Lenovo, the new camera mimics the human eye’s depth sensing and overall vision capabilities.

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Yoga Tablet 2 with AnyPen hands-on: any object a stylus

Yoga Tablet 2 with AnyPen hands-on: any object a stylus

This week we're having a look at a whole bunch of Lenovo devices at CES 2015, one of the strangest being this Yoga Tablet 2. This device has an 8-inch display, Windows 8.1, and the ability to work with any metal object as a stylus pen. This device works with the same basic hardware as the Yoga Tablet 2 series we reviewed in late 2014, but here it's rolling with features that no other tablet in the world has come to market with.

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