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ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom hands-on: Dual-12MP Android

ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom hands-on: Dual-12MP Android

As expected, ASUS has arrived at CES 2017 with the ZenFone 3 Zoom in tow. ASUS chairman Jonney Shih took the stage in Las Vegas to introduce us to the phone, which is looking to make a name for itself in the currently camera-focused smartphone market. The 5.5-inch smartphone features a dual camera set up that's capable of achieving an impressive 12x zoom, putting a lot of other smartphone cameras in check.

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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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Toyota Concept-i’s friendly AI is your autonomous car co-pilot

Toyota Concept-i’s friendly AI is your autonomous car co-pilot

My idea of a talking car is Knight Rider's KITT making snarky rejoinders to David Hasselhoff, but Toyota has more loving discourse in mind with its latest Concept-i. Revealed today at CES 2017, the new vehicle prototype aims to usher in autonomous driving with the aid of the driver-vehicle relationship. That involves an artificial intelligence (AI) called Yui and a whole lot of LEDs.

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LG’s insane OLED W-Series TVs are just 2.57mm thick

LG’s insane OLED W-Series TVs are just 2.57mm thick

The TV wars have turned to ultimate thinness, with LG revealing its achingly slim, 2.57 millimeter thick LG Signature OLED TV W-Series at CES 2017 today. Flagship of the South Korean company's new 2017 television line-up - and taking on Samsung's new QLED range in the process - the Signature OLED TV W-Series is being called Picture-on-Wall design for its extreme low-profile. In fact, when wall-mounted the new LG sets protrude less than 4mm.

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Here’s the FF 91, Faraday Future’s long-awaited electric vehicle

Here’s the FF 91, Faraday Future’s long-awaited electric vehicle

It's been a long time coming, but Faraday Future has finally taken the stage at CES 2017 to reveal its first electric vehicle, dubbed the FF 91. Ask Faraday senior vice president of engineering Nick Sampson, though, and the FF 91 is more than just a car - it's a "new species," that will be "the world's first ecosystem connected car." There are four different components to that ecosystem, and Sampson took us through each before pulling the veil off the car for the first time.

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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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Chrysler Portal Concept at CES: The tech we’ll get, and the tech we won’t

Chrysler Portal Concept at CES: The tech we’ll get, and the tech we won’t

The Chrysler Portal Concept makes an effort to guess at what the car buyers of the future - specifically, the 'Millennial' generation - will be looking for in a vehicle. After sitting down with the engineers and designers behind the Portal after it's debut here in Las Vegas at CES, I myself have a better idea of which, if any, of the technologies on display inside the Portal might make it into an actual production vehicle down the road.

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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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Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: The lowdown on 2017’s flagship chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: The lowdown on 2017’s flagship chip

Smartphones may have taken a back-seat to TVs and car tech at CES, but Qualcomm is revealing the Snapdragon 835 that's likely to be at the heart of many 2017 flagships. The new chipset is Qualcomm's first 10nm silicon, but the company is using the milestone for more than just competitive crowing. Indeed, the physically smaller package has big implications for the overall size of phones and other devices, as well as what they can do.

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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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Meet Kuri, the Bosch-backed ‘bot aiming to crack home robotics

Meet Kuri, the Bosch-backed ‘bot aiming to crack home robotics

Gently I stroke the top of the robot's head and, with a delighted bloop, he comes alive, eyes smiling as he looks up at me. I may be a cynical British tech journalist but I still catch myself grinning in response, and anyway, I can't blame myself too much for anthropomorphizing the latest attempt at a robotic family companion to grace CES. Kuri's creators, Mayfield Robotics, have put personality front and center in their efforts to crack a surprisingly stubborn segment.

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Chrysler Portal Concept courts Millennials, emphasizes connectivity and comfort at CES

Chrysler Portal Concept courts Millennials, emphasizes connectivity and comfort at CES

Want to take a risk in the auto business? Skip the nation's largest auto show, held in your hometown of Detroit, and instead choose to debut an all-new concept car the week before at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. Want to double-down on that bet? Make sure your concept is targeted at 'Millennials' - specifically, those with families. That's the strategy employed by FCA with the unveiling of the Chrysler Portal EV.

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