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Ford’s SYNC 3 can now pay for your gas, no buttons needed

Ford’s SYNC 3 can now pay for your gas, no buttons needed

Ford is adding gas-paying abilities to its SYNC 3 infotainment system, allowing drivers to pay at the pump without going anywhere near its grubby keys. The technology sees Ford integrate ExxonMobil's Speedpass+ technology in a new SYNC 3 app. It'll be supported at around 9,400 gas stations across the US.

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Switchmate’s no-tool smart home upgrades get sleeker

Switchmate’s no-tool smart home upgrades get sleeker

The Internet of Things may be the next big marketing pitch, but battery life, installation hassles, and general complexity can make upgrading to the smart home a headache. Promising Bluetooth simplicity and no tools required, Switchmate brought its latest range of battery-powered IoT gadgets to CES 2017 this week. Like the company's first product they're designed to be renter-friendly, but they also expand the number of devices you can add remote control to.

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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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Alpine debuts 7-inch in-dash receiver with wireless CarPlay

Alpine debuts 7-inch in-dash receiver with wireless CarPlay

Alpine, the aftermarket car accessories maker, has taken to CES 2017 to announce its first in-dash receiver/infotainment system with wireless support for Apple's CarPlay. Dubbed the iLX-107, the unit features a 7-inch touchscreen, but more importantly it will allow iPhone users to connect their device over WiFi instead of a Lightning cable.

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Ford brings Amazon Alexa to its Sync 3 vehicles

Ford brings Amazon Alexa to its Sync 3 vehicles

Amazon's voice assistant Alexa is coming to a number of new devices this year — including the smartphone — but Ford will be the first to integrate it into their cars. The two companies announced at CES 2017 that starting later this month vehicles outfitted with Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system will begin working with Alexa from the home, while sometime this summer drivers will be able to speak to Alexa from the road.

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Fossil Q wearable line adds three slim hybrid smartwatches

Fossil Q wearable line adds three slim hybrid smartwatches

Just because smartwatches have trouble finding their place in the world doesn’t mean traditional watches don’t can’t become smarter. That is the line of thinking behind what is aptly called hybrid watches or hybrid smartwatches, adding just a pinch of technology to otherwise traditional, but gorgeous, timepieces. At CES 2017, fashion accessory maker Fossil is announcing yet another set of such hybrid smartwatches for its Q brand of smart wearables, the Q Accomplice, Q Grant, and Q Modern Pursuit, all focusing on slim designs to match your fashion taste.

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Honda NeuV concept has an AI assistant with an “emotion engine”

Honda NeuV concept has an AI assistant with an “emotion engine”

Along with virtual, augmented, and mixed reality, artificial intelligence has become one of the biggest obsessions in the technology industry in recent years. Even car makers are getting into the game as well, offloading some of the control, and even some of the responsibility, to computer-driven agents. Honda's latest concept vehicle, the NeuV, is perhaps the embodiment of how far car makers are willing to go in mixing AI and cars. In addition to be a self-driving electric vehicle, the NeuV has a smart assistant that can "read" your emotions and even earn you money on the sides.

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MSI brings its CES game on with new PCs, cards, and boards

MSI brings its CES game on with new PCs, cards, and boards

CES has always been a smorgasbord of treats for lovers of technology of all shapes and sizes, and gamers are no exception. From Samsung's first ever gaming laptop to the new PC and Mac loving GeForce NOW, there have been a lot of goodies waiting for twitching fingers. Not to be outdone, MSI has revealed in one fell swoop all the new things it has to offer, from traditional gaming laptops to VR rigs with 3D audio to blazing fast graphics cards extra cold cooling systems.

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Kodak Ektra camera smartphone is coming to the US

Kodak Ektra camera smartphone is coming to the US

Camera makers have more or less dabbled in the mobile market, whether with devices or with accessories, but few have actually made a serious effort to plant a foot there. Kodak’s Ektra is the lone exception, practically doing what the likes of Samsung’s “Zoom” or Nokia’s PureView smartphones have attempted: to offer a better digital camera experience than even the best smartphone cameras. At CES 2017, Kodak is answering the biggest question of all: it the Ektra coming to the US? And the answer is a resounding yes, though you might not be too excited about the price.

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Intel Compute Card is just a little bigger than your credit card

Intel Compute Card is just a little bigger than your credit card

Intel may have not been able to corner the mobile market as it had dreamed, but that hasn't stopped it from shrinking its technology into smaller and smaller sizes. OK, so maybe it has also thrown in the towel as far as wearables are concerned, so it's aiming for the next big trend in consumer electronics: the Internet of Things. To help device and appliance manufacturers kickstart their IoT production process with Intel at the core, the chip maker will be making available a Compute Card they can just slot into their product to make them smarter and connect to the World Wide Web.

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This one big deal might make TrackR the tracking device to have

This one big deal might make TrackR the tracking device to have

TrackR has a pair of new Bluetooth device trackers for CES this year, the Pixel and Wallet 2.0, but it's a deal to dramatically extend its crowd-based location service that's most interesting. The company, known for its keychain and wallet tracking dongles that communicate via Bluetooth with your smartphone, has cut a deal with Brocade to enhance indoor and outdoor location services. It could mean significantly more chance of finding your lost keys, cellphone, or cat.

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HTC VIVE Tracker hands-on: simply versatile

HTC VIVE Tracker hands-on: simply versatile

The HTC VIVE Tracker is far smaller than any other accessory currently made by the company for the VR headset. It's tiny compared to the other smallest device in the collection - that being the basic HTC Vive Wireless controller - or the Lighthouse box. The tracker is made to take the place of the controller for situations when the trackers in the controller don't necessarily need a handle attached.

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