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TV news mentions Alexa ordering a dollhouse, Echo speakers begin doing the same

TV news mentions Alexa ordering a dollhouse, Echo speakers begin doing the same

In an age where more and more connected devices are getting "always listening" capabilities, our greatest concerns have been about privacy and what's actually recorded. Turns out, what we should've been fearing is our devices listening in and following commands from the wrong thing. This exact scenario became a reality this week when Amazon Echo owners all over San Diego found their speaker ordering dollhouses after hearing "Alexa ordered me a dollhouse" from the TV news.

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2018 Ford F-150 adds turbodiesel plus new safety tech and styling

2018 Ford F-150 adds turbodiesel plus new safety tech and styling

When the best-selling truck gets updated, plenty of people take notice, and so the 2018 Ford F-150 looks set to get attention at the Detroit Auto Show this coming week. Keeping the aluminum-alloy body that proved so controversial - and, indeed, still is fairly divisive among truck fans - the 2018 F-150 gets a revamped front and rear design, in addition to new engine options including a turbo-diesel. Meanwhile, the tech levels have been boosted, too.

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Toyota’s Concept-i designers talk AI co-pilots and self-driving style

Toyota’s Concept-i designers talk AI co-pilots and self-driving style

Toyota's Concept-i autonomous car winks at you, remembers the minutiae of your interests, and suggests detours to hang out with your friends: all in the name of getting you to trust its self-driving talents. Revealed at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, CA. this week, on the one hand it's a striking design study intended to explore the new possibilities unlocked when you're liberated from the tyranny of everyday driving. At the same time, though, it addresses a more fundamental issue, around trust in technology and the fear of the expert. I caught up with Ian Cartabiano, lead designer at the Toyota CALTY studio, and William Chergosky, interior lead designer, to find out why Concept-i is so important.

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WikiLeaks suggests questionable database of verified Twitter users

WikiLeaks suggests questionable database of verified Twitter users

WikiLeaks, a website that once stood for the disclosure of private and secretive government documents but has since gone a bit crazy, has come up with the bizarre idea of creating an "online database" of verified Twitter users and their financial, occupational, and even personal information. The idea was proposed on Twitter, of course, by the WikiLeaks Task Force, an official account of the organization, and was subsequently met with concern.

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NVIDIA SPOT hands-on: this is SHIELD’s smart home

NVIDIA SPOT hands-on: this is SHIELD’s smart home

NVIDIA SHIELD has suddenly begun to look like a smart home master this week at CES 2017, adding Google Assistant and SmartThings to take the IoT in one swift stroke. For new users, all that's needed is the NVIDIA SHIELD TV device - it includes a standard TV remote and a gaming remote, both of which have microphones to accept voice commands. NVIDIA SPOT also has a microphone as well as a speaker, acting as an extension of the smart home functionality of NVIDIA SHIELD with Google Assistant and SmartThings connectivity.

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Razer Project Ariana hands-on at CES 2017: gaming room lighting gets wacky

Razer Project Ariana hands-on at CES 2017: gaming room lighting gets wacky

Razer's Project Ariana was used this week at CES 2017 to show the potential of Razer Chroma lighting in full-room immersion. The company announced earlier today that they'd be making Razer Chroma open to 3rd-party partners, meaning more companies could bring millions of colors of light to their devices. Project Ariana is a device that lights up a whole room - and it's not just a concept for Chroma Lighting. This is a real-deal product that Razer says will be a production device - available for purchase - by the end of the year 2017.

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Nissan debuts Seamless Autonomous Mobility system based on NASA tech

Nissan debuts Seamless Autonomous Mobility system based on NASA tech

Like many car companies, Nissan's focus at CES 2017 this year is autonomous driving technology. Nissan Chariman and CEO Carlos Ghosn took the stage at the trade show this evening to announce a new driverless system called Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM). SAM will be one component of Nissan's Intelligent Mobility system, but it will likely be the most noteworthy one as well.

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New NVIDIA SHIELD TV hands-on at CES 2017: all about that controller

New NVIDIA SHIELD TV hands-on at CES 2017: all about that controller

My initial experience with NVIDIA SHIELD 2017 was a positive one. While the device does not - at first - seem to be all that different from its predecessor, several key distinctions make the release of 2017's SHIELD an important one. One of these is the dedication to legacy users NVIDIA is showing with this new product - all software features and connectivity to new devices will be given to the previous model - it'll work just as well as this new one.

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iOS App Store kicks off 2017 with record-setting New Year’s Day

iOS App Store kicks off 2017 with record-setting New Year’s Day

It looks like the iOS App Store is off to a strong start to 2017, with Apple announcing today that New Year's Day was a record-setting one for the digital storefront. On top of that, Apple also announced that 2016 was a "record-shattering year," for the App Store. It seems that now is a good time to be an Apple developer, assuming you can claw your way into the top grossing and most popular charts.

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Razer Project Valerie hands-on at CES 2017: 3-screen laptop gaming is here

Razer Project Valerie hands-on at CES 2017: 3-screen laptop gaming is here

The Razer Project Valerie laptop has three displays - and all three are really, truly dedicated to gaming. Each of these displays is connected to the base computer, creating a laptop that's thicker than the company's standard Razer Blade, but all the more versatile as a result. While this notebook isn't the sort we'll be trusting around clumsy miscreants while engaged, the hardware used to make this project a reality is well worth the gander.

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Faraday Future FF 91: Five things you need to know

Faraday Future FF 91: Five things you need to know

If Faraday Future's 2016 CES was shaky, with a last-minute prototype wheeled out instead of the electric car the company had intended to show, then CES 2017 has proved far more dramatic. The freshly-unveiled FF 91 has everything you need from an EV aiming to show up the gas-powered mainstream: sky-high power figures, big range claims, and the sort of technology that you'd expect from Silicon Valley players turned automakers. Here are five big things you need to know.

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ASUS ZenFone AR hands-on: Daydream and Tango under one roof

ASUS ZenFone AR hands-on: Daydream and Tango under one roof

The ZenFone 3 Zoom wasn't the only phone ASUS brought to CES, introducing us to the ZenFone AR as well. Of course, we had a feeling that such a phone would get a reveal thanks to an early leak from Qualcomm, but at this point, that's neither here nor there. The ZenFone AR has been made official, and it packs support for Google Tango and Daydream into the same device.

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