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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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Wemo Mini Smart Plug and Dimmer Light Switch work with Nest

Wemo Mini Smart Plug and Dimmer Light Switch work with Nest

Belkin has announced its new Wemo Mini Smart Plug and Dimmer Light Switch, two new smart products that complement existing Internet of Things devices for better home automation and hassle-free control of one’s home. Both items were unveiled at CES 2017, where Belkin detailed its new hardware. The two new models work with a variety of existing devices, including Amazon Echo, Google Home, IFTTT, and the Nest Learning Thermostat.

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Roccat unveils new gaming keyboards and mice at CES 2017

Roccat unveils new gaming keyboards and mice at CES 2017

Roccat has introduced five new products at CES 2017, a trio of gaming mice, a new mouse sensor technology, and two new gaming keyboards. All of these products will be launching in early 2017, though Roccat hasn’t given a specific date yet. When that time rolls around, you’ll be able to get the new Isku+ and Isku+ Force FX membrane keyboards, as well as the Leadr, Kone EMP, and Kone Pure 2017 mice, each featuring the new Owl-Eye mouse sensor technology.

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Amazon Fire TV Edition is coming to 4K UHD smart TVs

Amazon Fire TV Edition is coming to 4K UHD smart TVs

There’s a new smart TV platform on the market, and it’s one that many consumers already know well: Amazon Fire TV Edition, the smart TV version of Amazon’s Roku competitor. This version of Amazon Fire TV will be available on a new line of 4K Ultra HD televisions from Element Electronics, Seiki, and Westinghouse. Much like the Roku smart TVs, you’ll be able to access the Fire TV functionality and interface directly on the television, no set-top-box or HDMI stick required.

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Earin’s M-2 Earbuds challenge Apple AirPods for wireless dominance

Earin’s M-2 Earbuds challenge Apple AirPods for wireless dominance

Earin is looking to follow up on its M-1 wireless earbuds by introducing the next iteration, appropriately named the M-2, at CES 2017. These wireless earbuds give a fresh spin on the design of the M-1 earbuds, and are being revealed at a time when Apple's own wireless AirPods are experiencing stock shortages. Can Earin capitalize on the short supply of AirPods?

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LeEco Mountain and Road smart bikes unveiled for the U.S. market

LeEco Mountain and Road smart bikes unveiled for the U.S. market

LeEco has unveiled a pair of smart bicycles at CES 2017, adding both of these connected products to its North American portfolio. These two new connected smart bikes come in Mountain and Road versions, both of which feature LeEco’s BikeOS, an Android 6.0 system that cyclists can access via a 4-inch touchscreen display. The system is powered by a Snapdragon 420 processor and a rechargeable 6,000mAh li-ion battery.

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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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iDevices wireless Instant Switch makes connected homes simple

iDevices wireless Instant Switch makes connected homes simple

iDevices has introduced a new product that makes it easy to add smart connectivity to one’s home. The iDevices Instant Switch is a wireless wall switch that doesn’t require any home wiring or other installation troubles — rather, consumers just stick it to the wall thanks to Stick-on Command adhesive. The device is also provided with a wall plate to disguise it as an ordinary light switch. The batteries powering the device last two years without needing replaced.

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DISH reveals Alexa Hopper skill, DISH Music, and Sling TV certification for devices

DISH reveals Alexa Hopper skill, DISH Music, and Sling TV certification for devices

DISH announced its AirTV streaming device earlier in the day, but the CES 2017 reveals don't stop there. Chief among these reveals is a new Hopper skill for Amazon's Alexa devices, namely the Echo and Echo Dot. If you have one of those and a Hopper DVR, you'll soon be able to pair your DVR with your Alexa device and start channel surfing using voice commands.

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Ford cancels $1.6b Mexico plant, will invest $700m in Michigan plant instead

Ford cancels $1.6b Mexico plant, will invest $700m in Michigan plant instead

On top of revealing a slew of new electric vehicles today, Ford also made a rather major announcement in that it will be cancelling plans to build a new plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. That planet was expected to cost $1.6 billion, but with that money now freed up, Ford will be investing some of it back here in the US. $700 million of that cash will go toward improving its Flat Rock, Michigan plant over the next four years, which is a significant investment.

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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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