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Toyota to accelerate connected car plans with Big Data Center

Toyota to accelerate connected car plans with Big Data Center

At CES 2016 Toyota has announced that they'll be bringing greater vehicle connectivity - smart connectivity, that is - through a new Data Communication Module (DCM). This is a software and hardware system which supports the creation and integration of smart technology into Toyota vehicles. Using Toyota's Big Data Center to support connected services, data-sensitive tech will be made more reliable for the end user. Toyota is also making all connectivity here safer through an upcoming collaboration with UIEvolution, Inc..

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WowWee’s new CHiP robotic dog has ‘AI personality’

WowWee’s new CHiP robotic dog has ‘AI personality’

The future of robotic pets looks bright, and to help usher it in comes WowWee and its’ newly introduced robotic dog CHiP. Unlike some robotic pets, CHiP is said to come with a dose of realism thanks to artificial intelligence; WowWee describes CHiP as having an “AI personality.” Joining CHiP is LUMI, an indoor drone for playing games, and R.E.V Air, another model in WowWee’s Robotic Enhanced Vehicle lineup.

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Faraday Future electric autonomous concept car leaks before event

Faraday Future electric autonomous concept car leaks before event

The Faraday Future concept car looks like a real-deal Batmobile, if ever a concept car did. Leaking today through an accidentally released companion app, this vehicle works with advanced technology throughout its body, starting with its tail fin. Not only is this tail fin providing directional stability, it's also a "digital canvas display" - because everything in the world should also be a display these days, yes? This isn't the first - and wont be the last - vehicle you see at CES 2016 with more than its fair share of displays both inside and out.

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Lowes unveils upcoming Iris smart home monitoring service

Lowes unveils upcoming Iris smart home monitoring service

Lowes introduced its updated Iris smart home system in November, and today at CES 2016 announced plans to offer a professional monitoring service for its’ Iris customers. The monitoring service will be offered in partnership with United Central Control Inc, though it will only be available in yet-unannounced markets starting in the second quarter of this year. The service will be offered sans contract.

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Intel acquires Ascending Technologies for RealSense drone tech boost

Intel acquires Ascending Technologies for RealSense drone tech boost

Today Intel has announced that they'll be acquiring a drone company by the name of Ascending Technologies. This is a small company, just 75 people large, and Intel suggests that they're sending offers to the whole lot to join the company. Intel suggests that they are no discussing product roadmaps or financial terms at this time. Ascending Technologies is a German company that appeared at last year's Intel/Brian Krzanich keynote at CES 2015.

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Apple MacBook scores MagSafe with Griffin BreakSafe USB-C cable

Apple MacBook scores MagSafe with Griffin BreakSafe USB-C cable

The decision by Apple to use USB-C as the 12-inch Retina MacBook's sole port has been a fairly controversial one among users, but one of the biggest tradeoffs was to forgo the MagSafe power adapter found on other MacBook models, which allows the magnetic end of the cable to just pop off at any sign of a pull. Instead, with USB-C, there is a male connector physically plugged into a female port, so if a user trips over the cable, the laptop goes with it. Thankfully, accessories maker Griffin has just unveiled a USB-C power cable that perfectly replicates MagSafe.

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Apple CarPlay, Android Auto coming to Fiat Chrysler vehicles too

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto coming to Fiat Chrysler vehicles too

As CES 2016 shifts into full speed, Fiat Chrysler has announced that it will be supporting both Apple's CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment platforms starting later this year. Fiat Chrysler says it will be adding CarPlay and Android Auto to its UConnect system, making it the latest in a number of car makers to support integration over the last year, with Ford announcing the same just a day earlier.

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Oculus Rift Pre-Order date revealed

Oculus Rift Pre-Order date revealed

This morning Oculus revealed the timing and date for pre-orders of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. This is one of the last keys to the kingdom before the device itself is released, as all other details have already been revealed at one time or another. In similar news, the virtual reality physical handset controllers revealed last year have been pushed to a later date in 2016 for release, while the headset itself will come out this first quarter of 2016.

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Samsung’s new SSD T3 employs USB-C

Samsung’s new SSD T3 employs USB-C

This week Samsung has revealed a brand new external SSD made for portability and future-proofing your data. The body of this portable piece of storage is a dark gray and silver, and inside you'll roll with the same controllers and flash used in Samsung's 2.5-inch SATA SSDs. This is the successor to the Portable SSD T1 (with a 3, as strange as that may be), and the biggest changes are a switch to USB-C (instead of USB 3 Type B), and a switch from plastic to metal.

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Roku announces 4K streaming with new TCL televisions

Roku announces 4K streaming with new TCL televisions

When it comes to streaming video and entertainment, Roku has been competing in set-top box market for some time now, but it's also making progress on adopting the strategy of Netflix and Amazon Video by having its service baked into televisions directly as an app. While the latest Roku 4 box introduced support for 4K content, the company has announced at CES 2016 that it's introducing 4K Roku TV built into new televisions from TCL this year.

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Ford SmartDeviceLink poised to become industry standard for car apps

Ford SmartDeviceLink poised to become industry standard for car apps

Vehicle infotainment systems pretty much experience that same somewhat isolated and dispersed situation that the IoT industry is experiencing. With cars, however, the problem is less pronounced, perhaps because of fewer but stronger players. Still, standardization can still go a long way in pushing new technologies and new lifestyles forward, which is why Ford is offering its SmartDeviceLink software even to its rivals, with Toyota as one of the first to commit to it.

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Samsung made a huge fridge with a touchscreen & cameras

Samsung made a huge fridge with a touchscreen & cameras

With CES 2016 officially kicking off today, Samsung hasn't wasted any time to release official images of one of its new products: the "Family Hub" smart refrigerator. Details are still slim at this point — although we'll surely hear more once we hit the show floor — but we do know the fridge comes sporting a touchscreen display larger than most tablets, along with several cameras on the inside. What could a huge screen and cameras do to improve a refrigerator? Well, for starters, users don't need to open the door to see what's inside.

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