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Lenovo LaVie Z Convertible HZ750 hands-on

Lenovo LaVie Z Convertible HZ750 hands-on

This week we're taking a look at the new Lenovo LaVie Z set of notebooks - we had a peek at the HZ550, now we're checking out the Convertible HZ750, the Ultrabook of the two. These two devices are VERY similar to one another, but this one, the HZ750 is the more powerful of the two. This device is what Lenovo suggests is the world's lightest 13.3-inch Ultrabook at just 2.04 pounds - just a bit heavier that the world's lightest 13.3-inch notebook - the other LaVie Z in this set.

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Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550 notebook hands-on

Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550 notebook hands-on

With the LaVie Z HZ550, Lenovo brings the heat with what they call the "world's lightest 13.3-inch notebook" with 1.72-lbs of metal, plastic, and glass. The casing for this notebook is made of Magnesium-Lithium (Mg-Li) Alloy, allowing it to be strong and light. Lenovo suggests that they've used an exclusive "Forged" case engineering technique to create it. Both the keyboard and the panel are built in, and the entire unit can lay flat - if you'd ever want it to do such a thing.

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LG G Flex 2 hands-on – A curveball keeper

LG G Flex 2 hands-on – A curveball keeper

I guarantee that the first time you hold the LG G Flex 2 in your hand, you're going to ask yourself why aren't there more phones with a curved display. And that's LG's hook. Instead of making you read this entire hands-on to really know how I feel about the G Flex 2 (though, you know, you really should read it anyway), I'm going to just come right out and tell you that it's beautiful to look at and it's beyond comfortable to hold. I'm not just saying this just because this is another new device coming to market but because, for the first time in a while now, I feel that LG has hit a home run.

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Gogoro Smartscooter is Tesla for the everyman

Gogoro Smartscooter is Tesla for the everyman

Last we heard of Gogoro, the mysterious startup was promising a new age of batteries for mobility in smart cities, and clutching a sheaf of patents to that effect: now, we know what it’s been working on. The Gogoro Smartscooter and its companion Gogoro Energy Network - essentially a city-wide infrastructure of charging stations for easily-swapped battery packs, offering up to 60 miles range - has been fully announced at CES 2015 today, but I caught up with the company ahead of time to find out why the founders think this is far, far broader than just urban transport.

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Smarter’s WiFi Coffee Maker adds caffeine to IoT

Smarter’s WiFi Coffee Maker adds caffeine to IoT

A coffee machine with built-in WiFi and its own app may not be the weirdest connected gadget CES 2015 has for us, but it could be one of the most useful. Smarter's simply titled WiFi Coffee Machine does exactly what it says on the box, a grind-on-demand drip brewer that can not only be instructed to start the process on a regular timer, but at the touch of a button in the companion iOS and Android app, or even using geofencing. Walking through the front door to a fresh pot of Joe is the future, Smarter explained to me when I checked out the kitchen gadget at the show.

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NVIDIA Tegra X1 benchmarks put Apple A8x on notice

NVIDIA Tegra X1 benchmarks put Apple A8x on notice

Last year, NVIDIA opened CES with its pre-show keynote and the Tegra K1; for CES 2015, it’s the turn of the Tegra X1. NVIDIA’s latest mobile super-chip takes the Maxwell GPU as one half of its beating heart, paired with an 8-core, 64-bit ARM processor. It’s arriving in devices like smartphones, tablets, and car dashboards this year, but we grabbed some early hands-on time to get a taste of what NVIDIA believes will thoroughly squash Apple’s A8x.

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Parrot Zik Sport headset hands-on: made for sensing

Parrot Zik Sport headset hands-on: made for sensing

This week the folks at Parrot have revealed their newest in smart sensing wearable devices, bringing on a strange-looking concoction in the Zik Sport. The Parrot Zik Sport is a smart wireless headset, using Bluetooth for audio and a number of sensors to send data to your phone while your phone sends audio back. This headset includes biometric sensors to make sure you've got the data you need to track your activities while you run around the city, jamming out to tunes.

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Parrot RNB6 hands-on: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for all

Parrot RNB6 hands-on: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for all

If you've got the ability to install a stereo system in your vehicle, there's a good chance you'll be able to roll with Parrot's new system aiming to make every vehicle smart. The Parrot RNB6 is an in-car infotainment system that's made to be sent to market on its own. While most infotainment systems sell the vehicle, this system sells itself. Based on Android 5.0 and rolling with a 7-inch touchscreen, this device is ready to push your vehicle into the future.

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Withings Activité Pop finally melds watch and smarts

Withings Activité Pop finally melds watch and smarts

Withings turned heads with its first smartwatch, the Activité, approaching the wearables market from the timepiece end rather than the gadget mindset. The result was a fitness tracker that didn't look like an oversized Livestrong band, but while it certainly felt the part from a wristwatch perspective, at $450 it certainly wasn't an option for the mass market. Enter the Activité Pop, a cut-price version with the same core features but a far more palatable $149.95 price tag.

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Brio Family-safe Smart Power Outlet hands-on

Brio Family-safe Smart Power Outlet hands-on

Successfully funded through Kickstarted on the 18th of December and already ready to show off here in January at CES 2015, that's the Brio smart electrical outlet. What you're seeing here is a replacement for your old outlets, taking up no more power - and in most cases LESS power - than you've used before. This plug-in system activates only when a real cord requiring power is plugged in, removing the danger of a human shock in the process. No more zaps for little Billy - not even with a fork.

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