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LEGO Boost hands-on: simplifying brick robotics

LEGO Boost hands-on: simplifying brick robotics

It's almost never too early to begin learning about robotics - that's what LEGO seems to be telling us with LEGO Boost. The LEGO Boost system is a platform aimed at children 7-years and up. This is decidedly different from previous LEGO robotics sets offered in the past, like the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 which requires a bit more skill than most 7-year-olds are able to muster to make full use of.

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Google Daydream adds ASUS, ZTE, Huawei phones, new headset

Google Daydream adds ASUS, ZTE, Huawei phones, new headset

Cardboard, Google’s first attempt at smartphone-powered virtual reality, was immediately available to almost every Android phone, and even some iPhones. In contrast, Daydream felt more like an exclusive club, with only the Pixel, and later on the Moto Z, as members. That club has just gotten a bit bigger, though not by much. Following announcements made at CES 2017, Google is formally welcoming four new smartphones into the Daydream fold. What’s even better is that it’s also announcing the first ever third-party Daydream headset to make it easier to, well, daydream.

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Google Assistant coming soon to an Android TV near you

Google Assistant coming soon to an Android TV near you

When Google first revealed its new take on the smart, personal, virtual assistant, we were skeptical about the Google Assistant’s immediate chances, given how limited its availability and reach were. Those fears, however, may have been unfounded, as Google moved quickly to fill in the gaps. Its latest venture? To put Google Assistant on your personal big screen. Yes, Google Assistant is coming to TVs, but only if you have a recent Android TV box or TV. Good thing, then, that there are lots of those to go around at CES 2017.

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV refresh boasts 4K streaming, Google Assistant

NVIDIA SHIELD TV refresh boasts 4K streaming, Google Assistant

NVIDIA has just revealed its next-generation SHIELD TV at CES 2017, and it arrives offering a number of improvements over its predecessor. Not only has the aesthetic design been overhauled, but the new SHIELD is capable of streaming content in HDR at 4K resolution. Users will be able to stream 4K video from a variety of services, including YouTube, Amazon Video, Netflix, and Google Play.

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Samsung Chromebook Plus, Pro flaunt stylus, Android apps

Samsung Chromebook Plus, Pro flaunt stylus, Android apps

While Samsung may have been one of the earliest adopters of Google’s Chromebook vision, it has languished in recent times compared to other more enthusiastic Chromebook makers. At CES 2017, however, it has returned with a vengeance. Chromebooks that can fold into tablets are nothing new. But one that also has a stylus to boot? Practically unheard of. And that is exactly what Samsung is bringing to the table. And even better, it is coming with Android apps as well, before other existing Chromebooks can get their hands on them (officially, that is).

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Samsung’s first QLED TV up close: intense color, versatile hardware

Samsung’s first QLED TV up close: intense color, versatile hardware

This week Samsung showed off their newest TV display technology with their first QLED television. This TV is able to roll with HDR with 1500 to 2000 nits of brightness, and optimized with reflection-stopping technology to get deepest blacks. This TV will be one of a collection of QLED televisions that'll be released this year by Samsung for the high-end TV market, ready to roll with a versatile mount system so it'll look magnificent in a wide variety of positions.

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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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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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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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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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Fiat Chrysler and Google team up to integrate Android Nougat with Uconnect

Fiat Chrysler and Google team up to integrate Android Nougat with Uconnect

Fiat Chrysler and Google are showing us the next step for Android in automobiles today. What began with a infotainment-centered version of Android has evolved into full-blown Android Nougat integration with one of FCA's cars. FCA and Google will be demonstrating this new integration this week at CES 2017.

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