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Chris Burns is currently head editor for SlashGear and executive editor for Android Community. Based in Bismarck, North Dakota, Chris Burns responsible for editorial decisions made for the USA-based day-team of SlashGear. Follow him on Twitter @ t_chrisburns and inside Google+ at http://chrisburns.co/+ for tech, gadget, and design news galore.

Leka robot ball hands-on: bigger than Sphero (with a face!)

Leka robot ball hands-on: bigger than Sphero (with a face!)

While Sphero might have the tiny remote-control ball market cornered, it would seem that Leka is aiming for the next size up. Leka is a robotic companion ball aimed at children. While it might be aimed specifically at children with special needs, we couldn't help but be entranced by the possibilities in everyday mobile play. This ball has a face, after all, and far be it for me to deny the joy of chasing a cartoon robot creature across the floor.

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Amazon Fire TV Edition hands-on: Westinghouse 4K set gets Alexa

Amazon Fire TV Edition hands-on: Westinghouse 4K set gets Alexa

This week at CES 2017 we're having a look at the Westinghouse 4K TV that'll be first in the first collection of Amazon Fire TV Edition televisions this year. This TV set puts Amazon Fire TV Edition - the software - on a massive 4K television, making the entirety of the content therein look fantastic. Along with the ability to roll with some extremely high-definition video, this set's integration with Amazon's software allows Alexa commands to be made through the TV's smart remote.

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See Galaxy S8 release details in top-end renders

See Galaxy S8 release details in top-end renders

On the Galaxy S8 front this morning a series of images were "leaked" by a fellow by the name of Veniamin Geskin. These images show the Samsung Galaxy S8 in all its massive glory, complete with a full lack of a home button up front. This version of the Samsung Galaxy S8 would also be sporting two display "edges" flowing down its side, not unlike the Samsung Galaxy Edge lines of the past.

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Withings Smart Hairbrush hands-on: listening to your broken ends

Withings Smart Hairbrush hands-on: listening to your broken ends

CES 2017 has barely begun and I'm already brushing my hair with a smart hair-tracking brush from Withings. This brush goes by its full name, "Kérastase Hair Coach Powered by Withings," and looks the part of a smart hairbrush indeed. A single black sensor sits in the center of an array of standard fine brush pegs - looking at your hair, judging you, combing your hair, telling you what you're doing right and oh, so wrong.

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Zhor-Tech self-lacing smart shoes hands-on: one-upping Marty McFly

Zhor-Tech self-lacing smart shoes hands-on: one-upping Marty McFly

This week we're having a look at a pair of smart shoes that take the Nike MAG (Back to the Future self-lacing shoes) to a new level. These have nothing to do with Nike, nor are they to be mistaken for any other official Back to the Future technology. According to the folks representing this shoe, Zhor-Tech, the real challenge in creating a shoe like this is mixing electronic knowhow with footwear - dust, shocks, humidity - and of course wireless electronic lacing.

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LG Stylo 3 hands-on: tiny stylus, no Note 7 kill

LG Stylo 3 hands-on: tiny stylus, no Note 7 kill

This evening we've had a little bit of time to experience the LG Stylo 3, aka the LG Stylus 3, a smartphone with a built-in stylus. This is the third edition of the device, as the name implies, and it's ready to do the basics. It's not ready to be a Galaxy Note killer - but once again it's possible LG never intended to make the direct comparison.

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Cerevo Lumigent hands-on: robot spy lamp with a camera

Cerevo Lumigent hands-on: robot spy lamp with a camera

This week at CES 2017 I did not expect to see a robot lamp with a camera with which it could take photos. I also did not expect to see a smart camera lamp with the ability to take commands from its user. Regardless of my lack of imagination, that's exactly what the folks at Cerevo have brought to the halls of the future of technology this week in Las Vegas.

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Sevenhugs Smart Remote hands-on: delightfully simple

Sevenhugs Smart Remote hands-on: delightfully simple

The smart remote we're getting to take a peek at - and get our hands on - at CES this year is made by Sevenhugs. The company's name is Sevenhugs - and despite that oddity, they've got a really, really nice piece of hardware on their hands. The Sevehugs Smart Remote is capable of controlling multiple devices in a single room, working with smart Bluetooth markers to decide the direction it's pointing. Each direction can be a different device, and each device can have its own UI.

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Hypersuit full-body game controller vehicle hands-on at CES 2017

Hypersuit full-body game controller vehicle hands-on at CES 2017

It's like riding a Ninja motorcycle while flying through the air - that's the first thing I thought at our first experience with Hypersuit. Here at CES 2017's first event, CES Unveiled, we're witnessing the future of virtual reality - well into the future. A future in which we've gotten so far into turning the real world virtual, we've gone back to making the virtual world feel real.

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So far, CES 2017 is about refinement

So far, CES 2017 is about refinement

While generally we see a collection of new or otherwise daring devices at the Consumer Electronics Show, CES 2017 is about improving what works. This can be seen best in the collections of devices shown by Acer, Lenovo, and HP, the lot of which revealed a set of notebooks, displays, and keyboards improved incrementally from years past. It's as if the entirety of the PC industry has finally caught Apple "Just a bit better each time" fever.

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Lenovo Windows Holographic VR headset hands-on: affordable release

Lenovo Windows Holographic VR headset hands-on: affordable release

The first of the Windows Holographic VR (or mixed reality, if you prefer,) headsets comes from Lenovo, and we're getting up close and personal this week. Lenovo's Windows Holographic headset is light, far lighter than the HTC Vive, close to the size of the Oculus Rift - and seemingly far more magical. Without even getting in to the capabilities of the headset, consider this: the front flips up. No need to take the whole headset off every time we need to see something outside of our alternate, mixed, virtual reality.

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Acer Aspire VX 15 keeps the ports, stays unique for gamers

Acer Aspire VX 15 keeps the ports, stays unique for gamers

This week the folks at Acer have announced a collection of gaming notebooks and PCs, including the Acer Aspire VX 15. This machine works with an "iron red" backlit keyboard and what Acer describes as an "edgy red chassis" to make sure you know it's for gaming. This device rolls with a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display and has a 7th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, striking a sweet spot for cost and performance.

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