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NIU electric motorcycles throw in the 5G, autonomous driving buzzwords

NIU electric motorcycles throw in the 5G, autonomous driving buzzwords

Smart e-moped maker NIU yesterday announced its launch in the US consumer market and it has more to say beyond mopeds. Joining the growing number of voices shouting "5G", the Chinese company is revealing two new electric motorcycle lines that are embracing the current trends in mobile and automotive industries. While the RQi-GT and TQi-GT have different forms and slightly different features, both are joined by a common thread, what NIU calls "5G IoT", that keeps the vehicles connected to NIU's cloud, whether you like it or not.

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Google Assistant at CES previews sticky notes, scheduled actions, long-form voices

Google Assistant at CES previews sticky notes, scheduled actions, long-form voices

Google has brought the Assistant along to CES 2020, and it's gaining new family features as well as previewing Scheduled Actions and a more natural way to read long-form content. There's certainly no shortage of Assistant-enabled devices at the annual tech show, where Google's virtual helper continues its battle with arch-rival Amazon Alexa. Now, though, the Assistant is getting some features Alexa doesn't have.

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Philips Hue adds outdoor lamps, Sync TV voice control and refines Zones

Philips Hue adds outdoor lamps, Sync TV voice control and refines Zones

Philips Hue is getting new smart switches, new outdoor connected lights, and adding voice control for the Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, the smart home lighting company has announced at CES 2020. In addition to easier control, Hue-owner Signify is also pushing easier installation of its custom fixtures, by adding low-voltage versions that don't necessarily require an electrician to fit them outdoors.

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Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop is no mere concept

Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop is no mere concept

Today we're taking a peek at the Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop. This is a device Razer called "the first truly modular desktop system utilizing the new ultra-compact Razer Tomahawk N1 chassis." The big deal here is the combination of simplicity of industrial design and the complexity of the construction that allows its insides to be seen and easily accessible. This device features a "lock and slide sled mechanism" that'll make the upgrade process super simple.

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Plugable reveals Thunderbolt 3 docking station and two new adapters

Plugable reveals Thunderbolt 3 docking station and two new adapters

Plugable rolled up to CES this year with three new products in hand. The company's collection of CES 2020 reveals is comprised of a new docking station and two new adapters, with Plugable saying that these products will "set new standards for peripheral connectivity," in this new year. We'll leave that for customers to decide, but the star of the show is definitely the company's new Thunderbolt 3 docking station.

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Satechi Trio Wireless Charging Pad is made for your iPhone and its friends

Satechi Trio Wireless Charging Pad is made for your iPhone and its friends

Remember the AirPower, one of Apple's embarrassments that will be forgotten in a few years? The failure of a first-party wireless charging mat opened the doors for accessory makers to try and fill in the gaping hole left by the canceled product. And to no one's surprise, such "alternatives" follow the same formula but just give it a different spin. Like Satechi's new Trio Wireless Charging Pad that will let you wirelessly charge one iPhone, one AirPods, and one Apple Watch and nothing more.

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Nice debuts new smart home products for the US market

Nice debuts new smart home products for the US market

The IoT industry has taken hold of homes worldwide and, of course, it isn't only the big names in the market that are playing the game. Manufacturers of connected home products can be found all over the world but not all of them are able to make their mark in the large US market. Italian company Nice is making another stab at making it big with a line of smart home products covering almost everything from smart home hubs to garage door openers.

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Hogar Controls Prima turns boring physical switches into touch surfaces

Hogar Controls Prima turns boring physical switches into touch surfaces

It may sometimes feel almost ironic but despite the number of smart products in homes today, the venerable switch has mostly remained the same. Even plugs and outlets are getting upgrades or at least smart plugs that bridge the divide. Devices are also getting more sophisticated, some requiring more than a binary switch. Hogar Controls is now trying to change that situation with its new Prima Touch Switch series that will let you do more than just turning things on and off.

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Razer Kishi mobile controllers prepare for a cloud gaming future

Razer Kishi mobile controllers prepare for a cloud gaming future

With services like Google Stadia, GeForce NOW, and Project xCloud comes the promise of playing console or PC-quality games on a variety of devices that wouldn't normally be able to run them, particularly mobile devices. While there are a number of gamepads out there that are compatible with phones thanks to Bluetooth, there aren't a ton that are made specifically for mobile. Enter the Razer Kishi, which will come in configurations for iPhone and Android and turns your phone into something resembling a Nintendo Switch.

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OnePlus Concept One revealed with color-shifting glass

OnePlus Concept One revealed with color-shifting glass

Today a new OnePlus Concept One was revealed at CES 2020. This device is essentially a modified OnePlus 7T Pro (effectively) with a leather back* and some electrochromatic glass over its camera lenses. This is a system that'll at least change the way we see how the back-facing cameras on a smartphone are handled - if not the way we expect smartphone glass to be used entirely.

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TiVo Stream 4K takes the fight to Fire TV and Chromecast

TiVo Stream 4K takes the fight to Fire TV and Chromecast

It seems that the streaming wars are heating up further at CES this year. TiVo arrived in Las Vegas with its first streaming device, which is officially dubbed the TiVo Stream 4K. Meant to take the fight to streaming devices from Google, Amazon, and Roku, TiVo is making an entry into a pretty crowded space, so it's recruited a partner to help it out: Sling TV.

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Nissan shows off new noise-reducing meta-material at CES

Nissan shows off new noise-reducing meta-material at CES

Nissan is one of the many automakers at CES 2020, and one of the cool innovations that Nissan is showing off is a new noise-reducing material that can be integrated into vehicles. The lightweight material is known as an acoustic meta-material.

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