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CES 2018: The best gadgets and tech so far

CES 2018: The best gadgets and tech so far

Today we're going to have a run down of what we've found awesome at CES 2018 so far. The show floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center hasn't yet opened, and we've already got a whole heaping helping of devices from all corners of the consumer electronics market. Let's take a peek at what's stood out the most thus far.

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Huawei’s AT&T deal reportedly just imploded

Huawei’s AT&T deal reportedly just imploded

This morning AT&T reportedly "walked away" from a deal with Huawei, a deal that might well have made Huawei a major smartphone force in the USA. Huawei is one of the biggest smartphone brands in China and indeed the world, coming in just behind names like Samsung and Apple. Huawei was apparently supposed to announce their deal at CES 2018 as early as tomorrow (Tuesday, the 9th of January, 2018.)

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Ricoh’s Theta V 360 camera Android app support detailed

Ricoh’s Theta V 360 camera Android app support detailed

Ricoh's Theta V may not be the only 360-degree camera on the market, but come the spring it could have a big advantage over rivals. That's when the Ricoh Theta V Partner Program will launch, the company has announced today at CES 2018, opening the door for third-party apps to run directly on its Android-based camera.

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Galaxy S9 variants tipped: RAM, Storage Size

Galaxy S9 variants tipped: RAM, Storage Size

This week a variety of Samsung Galaxy S9 devices were leaked in codes indicating a wide variety come spring 2018. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is said to come in two variants, while the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is said to come in three. The most awesome of these is tipped a limited-edition Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus with 6GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage.

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ASUS ZenFone Max Plus packs a 5.7″ display into a 5.2″ body

ASUS ZenFone Max Plus packs a 5.7″ display into a 5.2″ body

ASUS has taken the wraps off the ZenFone Max Plus (M1) smartphone for the North American market, saying this compact 5.7" handset will be available to purchase within the region starting next month for $229 USD. The phone will be offered in two color options: Deepsea Black and Azure Silver. The big selling point for this phone is its compact nature -- ASUS says it has squeezed a 5.7" display into a phone body the same size as typical 5.2" smartphones.

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Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, L2 officially selfie obsessed

Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, L2 officially selfie obsessed

We thought that Sony might be plotting some new Xperia devices, and sure enough, it's showing up to CES 2018 with three new handsets in tow. Today Sony revealed the Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and L2, and though they all have varying internals and features, one thing that's true across all three is their focus on providing top notch selfies.

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Anker floods CES 2018 with speakers, projectors, Alexa car kit

Anker floods CES 2018 with speakers, projectors, Alexa car kit

Anker is perhaps best known for its charging accessories but that doesn’t mean that’s is all that it knows to do. At CES 2018, it is proving exactly that by unveiling a new batch of accessories covering a wide range of uses, from wireless earphones to a car kit that makes any car smarter with Amazon Alexa. All of them, of course, have an element of Anker’s famous charging tech inside.

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Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt now works with Google Assistant

Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt now works with Google Assistant

Smart locks are already smart for being able to connect to the Internet, be controlled remotely, and communicate with our mobile devices. These days, however, you’re not a smart home product if you can’t be controlled by voice. Lock master Schlage already has its Sense Smart Deadbolt talking with Siri via Apple HomeKit. Now it’s leveling the mobile platform playing field by making the Sense also respond to “OK Google”.

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Huawei Honor View10 launches globally, limited Honor 7X Red for Valentines

Huawei Honor View10 launches globally, limited Honor 7X Red for Valentines

Huawei, despite being the world’s third or so largest phone maker, still doesn’t have quite a huge foothold in some of the primary markets, like the US. Even less its sub-brand Honor. That, however, is seen as a challenge to just do better, which, to some extent, means flooding the market with model after model of smartphone. At CES, Honor revealed its plans to do exactly that, by releasing one of its latest flagship that has previously been available only in China. Yes, the premium Honor View10 is finally going global.

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Planet Computers Gemini hands-on: Nostalgia’s Android reboot

Planet Computers Gemini hands-on: Nostalgia’s Android reboot

For geeks of a certain generation, there's something uncontrollably appealing about the Planet Computers Gemini. Fond memories of the classic Psion Series 5 are to blame, of course, and the Android-powered clamshell taps into that nostalgia with pitch-perfect accuracy. Having spent some time pecking at its keys, I have to say I'm swayed.

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Pixel 2 customer survey appears in the phone’s settings menu

Pixel 2 customer survey appears in the phone’s settings menu

In the mobile world, one of the few things that's absolutely not tolerated by users is advertisements and pop-ups appearing on their phones. Ads within free apps, sure, but pop-ups on the phone's UI or within menus is just begging for a disaster. This was seen last summer when OnePlus began spamming existing users with ads for its newest model. Now it appears Google might be trying something similar with the new Pixel 2, albeit in the form of a survey.

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Pokemon GO Seviper and Zangoose flip-flops

Pokemon GO Seviper and Zangoose flip-flops

The newest Pokemon GO region-exclusive monsters moved this week - after less than a month! This was the first time this set of Pokemon moved location - they'd previously been relegated to locations in which they'd first spawned. Before this week, Zangoose was to be found only in North America, over to Africa and just a few surrounding areas. Now this monster's moved!

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