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This is Mercedes-Benz’s new self-driving car

This is Mercedes-Benz’s new self-driving car

A lounge on wheels, an obscenely luxurious pod that drives itself, or just the F 015 Luxury in Motion: whatever you want to call it, Mercedes-Benz's new autonomous car is certainly striking. Revealed during the company's CES 2015 keynote, the vast sedan takes a less-than typical approach to driving - and makes an argument for why the best days of the auto industry might still be ahead of it. Despite the ongoing growth in the population, and the increasing number of people who live in urban areas, Dr Dieter Zetsche Chairman of the Board of Daimler says, driverless cars give the gift of privacy.

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LaCie Mirror Hard Drive hands-on: not to be touched

LaCie Mirror Hard Drive hands-on: not to be touched

The LaCie Mirror is a hard-drive for those that keep very good care of their electronics. Not to be dropped, jabbed, or fingerprinted, this machine's outer bits were designed by Pauline Deltour, made to be displayed on an ebony stand that comes with the unit. This device has 1TB of storage inside as well - if you actually want to use it for its intended functionality, of course. You could potentially also use it for a mirror, as it is exceptionally reflective and set at an angle that supports you looking at yourself.

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SmartThings revamped as Samsung gets IoT serious

SmartThings revamped as Samsung gets IoT serious

We guessed Samsung had big plans for the smart home when it splashed out on SmartThings, and now the first step of that scheming has been revealed as the next-gen Hub. The new SmartThings Hub gets a more powerful processor than before, along with an integrated battery and cellular connectivity options meaning even if both your power and DSL go out, your smart home will stay online. Meanwhile, there's a new clutch of sensors, along with a premium subscription service which Samsung is clearly hoping will help make them some extra cash from home automation.

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Sony Smartwatch 3 Steel Edition hands-on

Sony Smartwatch 3 Steel Edition hands-on

While its innards aren't all that different from its original release, the Sony Smartwatch in Steel brings the heat with a body that's all-metal. It's Stainless Steel, high-quality looking and high-quality to the touch. This device still has a 1.6-inch "transflective" display so you'll have a slightly better viewing experience than you would with competing square Android Wear devices - outdoors, anyway. This display is 320 x 320 pixels tight, and with this metal band, the entire setup is a whole lot better a warrior in this wearable battle.

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Sony 4K Smart TVs hit Android TV hard this year

Sony 4K Smart TVs hit Android TV hard this year

Sony is indeed taking the lead in the Android TV push. In fact, all its 4K Smart TVs unveiled here at CES 2015, and some of its HD line, runs Android TV to deliver apps and games in addition to live TV broadcast and video streaming. But Google's TV platform isn't the only highlight of this latest batch of 4K Smart TVs. Also making its debut is Sony's new 4K Processor X1 that promises to deliver the best image quality, no matter the original resolution of the content.

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Sony 75-inch HDTV brings Android TV and 4K

Sony 75-inch HDTV brings Android TV and 4K

The XBR-75X940C 75-inch 4K smart TV from Sony has been revealed. This unit works with a new Sony 4K processor (the X1), works with High-Resolution Audio, and rolls with what Sony calls One-Flick Entertainment. This unit has an extremely slim-line bezel around its top, bottom, and sides, and sits on a chrome stand through its center. This is one of several Sony TV sets coming this week to CES 2015 - and it's not the only set they're releasing with Android TV inside.

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Sony Action Cam now packs 4K at 30fps

Sony Action Cam now packs 4K at 30fps

Sony, no stranger to innovative imaging devices and features, have re-dedicated themselves to the action camera market. At CES this week, Sony is rolling out two new action cameras, along with accessories and incoming software that will make their new action cams really useful for smartphone users. The AS200V Action Cam from Sony is a refresh of their Action Cam from last year, boasting improved image quality. Sony’s FDR-X1000V sets a new standard, offering up 4K video from a handheld action cam.

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Sony goes steel for Smartwatch, launches Smart-B headset

Sony goes steel for Smartwatch, launches Smart-B headset

Sony is introducing their new-look smartwatch 3 at CES, alongside an interesting new API and their Lifelog Web portal. As Sony is wont to do at CES, they’ve also got a rather mysterious new wearable for us. Their Smart-B Trainer prototype headset has sensors optimized for running, and is touted as a kind of motivational coach for your runs. It will also play music, and “intelligently” suggest a soundtrack for your run. Sony is also refreshing their SmartEyeglass wearable for use with any pair of glasses.

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Sony’s refreshed Handycam lineup has 4K, new features

Sony’s refreshed Handycam lineup has 4K, new features

In Las Vegas, Sony is introducing their newest Handycams at CES 2015. The lineup is mostly an update to their existing lineup, but Sony seems to have cracked the 4K code at CES this year. In addition to their Action Cameras, Sony has brought 4K to the Handycam by way of the FDR-AX33. The camcorder is the most compact 4K Handycam to date, checking in 30% smaller and 20% lighter than Sony’s current 4K Handycam, the FDR-AX100.

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ZTE Grand X Max+ with 4G LTE to hit Cricket on January 9

ZTE Grand X Max+ with 4G LTE to hit Cricket on January 9

Cricket is about to score another ZTE smartphone, this one being the reasonably impressive ZTE Grand X Max+, a selfie-centric smartphone with enough features to satisfy the average user. As its name suggests, this is an improved version of the original ZTE Grand X Max, adding 4G LTE (Cat4) into the mix to meet demanding mobile broadband needs. In addition to the 4G, the new Grand X Max+ will also be bringing a few improvements over the previous version with it when it launches later this month.

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