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Parrot Disco drone trades propellers for wings

Of course we're seeing drones at CES 2016, with some being more sensational than others. Take for example Parrot's newest drone, the Disco. Here we see a deviation from Parrot's usual design. Gone are the multiple propellers that flank the drone, replaced by a single one at the back. Instead, you get a more plane-like design with fixed but removable wings that promise to add more hours and more ease of flight but perhaps at the expense of some other traits.

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NVIDIA Drive PX 2 revealed [Video Demo with Drive CX]

NVIDIA reveals that their plans at CES 2016 are to reveal the full gamut on smart vehicle computing, starting with NVIDIA Drive PX 2. This is the next edition of the NVIDIA Drive PX in-car computer the company revealed last year. This device is a liquid-cooled version of the machine, this time coming with 12 CPU cores, a Pascal GPU, and the power of 150 MacBook Pros - that's what they say. That's what we'll see implemented over the next year and beyond.

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Qarnot’s Q.rad reuses computing heat to provide warmth to rooms

Almost all computer users, especially PC gamers, would prefer their machines not to emit heat at all. In fact, a whole market exists to offer different, and sometimes almost insane, ways to cool down computers. There are times, however, when heat output is unavoidable, like when it comes to server farms. French computing company Qarnot has designed a way to turn that fact of life to people's benefits. First is to distribute computing power across the Internet instead of locating them all in a single physical space. The second is to reuse the heat from those nodes to provide heating for homes. Introducing Q.rad, claimed to be the world's smartest heater.

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DJI intros Phantom 3 with 4K skills, black Inspire 1 drones

DJI, one of the most trusted names when it comes to drones, has some new toys to show here at CES 2016. But if you were thinking of something completely new or extraordinary, you might walk away disappointed. Or at least half disappointed. What DJI has, instead, are refreshed drones. For example, a DJI Inspire 1 now available in stealthy black. But perhaps more interesting is a new Phantom 3, which looks almost exactly like the old Phantom 3. But as they say, looks can be deceiving as this Phantom 3 4K, as you might have already guessed, can shoot 4K video.

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Star Wars Force Band by Sphero commands BB-8 (our hands-on)

One of the most fantastic toys ever made, BB-8 by Sphero, now has its own remote control. The basic model requires your smartphone to move around - and that's pretty awesome as it is. But Sphero wanted to go the extra mile. Forget these drones that are commanded by your smartwatch. Sphero wants to sell you the device, not just push an app to someone else's gear. That's why they're showing off the Star Wars Force Band.

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Withings Thermo hands-on: the smart thermometer

Connecting your home thermometer to your Wi-fi network wasn't the first thing you were thinking about the last time your kid ran a fever. That's what Withings wants you to think about, though, as the Withings Thermo works with what may be the smartest electronics ever jammed in to such a device. Today we're getting our hands on this device for the first time.

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LG K smartphones to offer budget friendly photography

At CES 2016 this week, LG will unsurprisingly be revealing some new smartphones. Surprisingly, it won't be one of its expected flagships, like a new G or V smartphone. Instead, LG is launching a new line of handsets with the "K" initial that focuses primarily on cameras. Almost like an indirect nod to Samsung's Galaxy K Zoom camera smartphone. A key difference is that these devices are meant to be wallet friendly smartphones instead of top of the line devices, intended for a younger, not to mention selfie-loving, crowd.

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Lenovo’s sleek YOGA Mouse doubles as wireless remote

Among its CES 2016 lineup, Lenovo has unveiled one of the more interesting wireless mouse accessories we’ve seen, and it doubles as a remote control. Called the YOGA Mouse, this newly unveiled offering is pocket-sized at 4.43 x 2.36 x 0.53-inches, and it’ll be offered in four colors when it launches in April: orange, champagne, silver, and black. The mouse is priced at $69.99 USD.

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Lenovo’s new ideacentre, ideapad devices target gamers and more

Lenovo has introduced a bunch of laptops and tablets as part of its CES 2016 lineup, but if you prefer desktops over the more portable options, the company has a few new models that will meet your needs. The latest ideacentre expansion brings in the gaming-centric Y900 Razer Edition alongside the curved Y27g gaming monitor, as well as the ideacentre 610S home desktop PC and ideacentre all-in-one 510S. Joining those are a few ideapad laptops, too, rounding out the offerings.

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Lenovo YOGA 900S: hands-on with ‘world’s thinnest convertible laptop’

Lenovo has a slew of new products that cover just about every need, but standing chief among them all is its’ latest beauty, the Lenovo YOGA 900S. The laptop’s watchband hinge and golden keys immediately catch attention, but the laptop’s most notable feature is its’ insanely lightweight design -- something made possible in part by the use of carbon fiber. Says Lenovo, this is the “world’s thinnest convertible laptop.”

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Netatmo Presence upgrades security light with IoT

Home security cameras are mainstays of the IoT, but Netatmo wants to take things one step further with Presence, its smarter camera. Weatherproof, ruggedized, and intended to replace an external security floodlight - a neat way to get around the hassle of installing new cabling - the Presence features not only a 1080p camera but the promise to classify what it sees before it warns you.

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Toyota to accelerate connected car plans with Big Data Center

At CES 2016 Toyota has announced that they'll be bringing greater vehicle connectivity - smart connectivity, that is - through a new Data Communication Module (DCM). This is a software and hardware system which supports the creation and integration of smart technology into Toyota vehicles. Using Toyota's Big Data Center to support connected services, data-sensitive tech will be made more reliable for the end user. Toyota is also making all connectivity here safer through an upcoming collaboration with UIEvolution, Inc..

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