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DJI at CES 2017: Osmo Mobile Silver, Zenmuse M1, Phantom 4 CNY

DJI at CES 2017: Osmo Mobile Silver, Zenmuse M1, Phantom 4 CNY

Some companies only have one or two products to show off at CES. Others, however, have a whole fleet. Drone experts DJI aren’t holding back this year either. At CES 2017’s Unveiled floor, it is showing off not one, not even two, but five distinct products, not all of them hardware and not all of them even available already. The latter, a prototype of its CrystalSky Monitor, will surely whet the appetites of more serious drone operators. But even if you’re just more into selfies rather than drones, the new Osmo Mobile Silver might still be of interest.

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Dell Inspiron, Alienware gaming laptops tote new Kaby Lake CPUs

Dell Inspiron, Alienware gaming laptops tote new Kaby Lake CPUs

The PC gaming scene just went into overdrive, at least according to Dell. With four new gaming laptops at CES 2017, joining other gaming PCs from other PC makers, that might just be the case indeed. Coinciding with Intel’s latest announcement of a fresh new and more powerful batch of its 7th gen “Kaby Lake” core processors, these four new Inspiring and Alienware gaming laptops will put Intel’s claims to the real test. With four configurations, and their matching prices, to choose from, Dell is aiming to cater to every gamer’s needs and budget.

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Humans have a new organ and it’s been there for ages

Humans have a new organ and it’s been there for ages

You’d think that, by now, scientists would have gotten every body part identified and classified. But as the eternal mystery of the appendix proves, there are still parts of our body we have failed to grasp. Take for example the news that we have a new organ. No, we didn’t grow one over the decades as part of evolution (though some would wish we indeed grew more hands or arms). No, we’ve had the mesentery for as long as we had intestines, but it’s only now that it’s being raised to the status of “organ” from “anonymous tissue structure”.

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New 7th gen Intel Cores put the focus on performance, gaming

New 7th gen Intel Cores put the focus on performance, gaming

If you thought that Intel was done with its Kaby Lake generation of Core processors, then its CES 2017 announcement just proved you wrong. Then again, it’s not surprising either. The first batch of 7th gen “Kaby Lake” Intel Core CPUs it announced back in August were part of its Y-series, focused primarily on detachables and PCs on a stick. Now it is putting its 14 nm processors into full swing with U, H, and S series that aim for more powerful PCs, especially gaming ones.

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ExoLens Case protects your iPhone while you shoot like a pro

ExoLens Case protects your iPhone while you shoot like a pro

Ever since olloclip popularized attachable lens accessories for smartphones, there has been an explosion of similar trinkets, especially for iPhones. While the iPhone 7's camera might already be commendable, but you can only cram so much camera hardware inside an ultra thin smartphone. For some more professional-looking shots, you'll need professional-grade lenses like the ExoLens launched by ZEISS. At CES 2017 this week, the famed lens maker is adding a new piece to the puzzle: a clear case that shields your iPhone 7 while you take fancy shots using the ExoLens.

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Carpooling can cut traffic congestion by 75%, MIT study

Carpooling can cut traffic congestion by 75%, MIT study

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have been in the news a lot lately, but mostly because of their run ins with authorities and regulators. Few have probably given deep thought, not to mention devout an entire scientific paper, on their impact at large, for good or for ill. But that is exactly what researchers at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) accomplished under the charge of Professor Daniela Rus. They developed an algorithm that showed that carpooling service can potentially reduce road congestion up to three times and, in the long run, even save our environment.

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Scribd calls it quits on comics in less than a year

Scribd calls it quits on comics in less than a year

Let's be honest. It may have not been the perfect pairing in the first place. Except to its faithful fans, or what's left of them after this, Scribd is perhaps best known for sharing documents, papers, even legal documents. It later broke out into the ebook and audiobook markets and then, February last year, dared to compete with Comixology (ironically now owned by rival Amazon) by offering digital comics. Apparently that didn't turn out so well because after making a big splash about its arrival, Scribd has silently pulled out those comics apparently since last month.

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Blink Seecurity system, service plans to debut at CES 2017

Blink Seecurity system, service plans to debut at CES 2017

By now, smart home security systems are a dime a dozen, but Blink always manages to set itself apart in some ways. It was one of the first, for example, to integrate with Amazon Alexa. It is also probably the only one with an outdoor security camera that runs on AA batteries. At CES 2017, it is taking its game one step further by introducing its Seecurity systems. The name might make some smirk, but the offer of a full line of security products, kits, and services is definitely no laughing matter.

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Family Hub 2.0, cooking appliances join Samsung’s IoT bid

Family Hub 2.0, cooking appliances join Samsung’s IoT bid

CES might be thought of as a time for all sorts of gadgets, trinkets, and, well, electronics, but lately it has also become a time for refrigerators, ovens, and cooktops. Yes, technology, and the Internet, as invaded the kitchen, and Samsung wants everyone to know that it's more than ready for this Internet of Things wave. This week in Las Vegas, it will be showcasing not just its fancy new Family Hub 2.0 smart refrigerator but also a new set of smart cooking appliances to pair it with.

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Windows 10 Creators Update coming in Q2 2017

Windows 10 Creators Update coming in Q2 2017

It might be CES 2017 week already, but that doesn't mean there's no room for more forward-looking news, especially when "forward-looking" means just a month or so down the road. Microsoft has apparently stopped the flow of Windows 10 Insider updates and for good reason. It is already locking down builds for an imminent launch. Yes, that means that the Creators Update is just around the corner. That's the good news. The bad news is that it seems that Microsoft has delayed that release by at least a month, from March to April this year.

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Hey Cortana, tell me about Nissan’s CES 2017 keynote

Hey Cortana, tell me about Nissan’s CES 2017 keynote

Cars are getting smarter, either with the help of tether or paired smartphone or by themselves. Some car makers have flocked to Apple's CarPlay while others have jumped on Google's Android Auto. The one major platform maker that seems to be missing out, however, is Microsoft. If Nissan's teaser is any indication, however, that might be changing on Thursday. To remind people about its CES 2017 keynote, Nissan has sought the marketing help of Cortana, and Microsoft, of course, hinting that there might be a big reveal coming up.

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BlackBerry “PRESS” by TCL to debut at CES 2017

BlackBerry “PRESS” by TCL to debut at CES 2017

Well that went fast. It feels like only yesterday when BlackBerry put out the DTEK60. Actually it was just a few months ago, so not exactly an exaggeration. It was no secret that BlackBerry had one last smartphone up its sleeve, perhaps the last of its kind. A smartphone bearing its own, non-sliding physical keyboard has been expected, and it seems it's coming sooner rather than later. At CES 2017, right at the start of the year, BlackBerry and TCL will reveal what is perhaps the last keyboard smartphone, the BlackBerry PRESS.

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