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Jan 8, 2020 10:10 AM ET

Samsung’s ‘artificial human’ project definitely looks like a digital avatar

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 8, 2020 - On Friday we wrote about Samsung’s mysterious ‘artificial human’ project Neon, speculating that the company was building realistic human avatars that could be used for entertainment and business purposes, acting as guides, receptionists, and more. Now, a tweet from the project’s lead and some leaked videos pretty much confirm this — although they don’t give us nearly enough information to judge how impressive Neon is. The lead of Neon, computer-human interaction. [more...]

Jan 8, 2020 9:40 AM ET

CES 2020 is here and here’s how to set your expectations

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 8, 2020 - Amelia Holowaty Krales Buckle up for gadget news This year’s Consumer Electronics Show technically opens on Tuesday, but in reality the news begins today. What was a trickle of gadget announcements turns into a steady river today, then a flood on Monday, and by Tuesday we’ll be deluged. Beyond survival, my goal in what is my 13th-straight year of attending is to call out the most important news and trends. [more...]

Jan 8, 2020 9:10 AM ET

Samsung details its stunning bezel-less 8K TV: 99 percent of the front is all display

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 8, 2020 - Image: Samsung The bezel-less TV from Samsung is indeed a real product being announced here at CES 2020. However, it’s only available in an 8K set that’s guaranteed to be very expensive. I would’ve loved to see a step-down 4K model to make this gorgeous design attainable for more people, but it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that getting the “infinity display” means you’ll have to opt for the. [more...]

Jan 8, 2020 8:40 AM ET

Anki’s toy robots are being saved from a digital death

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 8, 2020 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Assets belonging to defunct robot toy company Anki have been bought by an ed-tech firm named Digital Dream Labs, which promises to save Anki’s robots from an untimely demise. In a blog post on Anki’s kickstarter, the CEO of Digital Dream Labs Jacob Hanchar said that his company would continue to develop Anki’s most recent robot, Vector. “The most important part of this update is. [more...]

Jan 8, 2020 8:10 AM ET

Toripon is a great way to relax by taking pictures of cute virtual birds

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 8, 2020 - Victoria Smith It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our biweekly column Short Play we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend. There are a number of apps that are supposed to help with meditation and relaxation. The idea is usually to get you to step away from whatever. [more...]

Jan 8, 2020 7:40 AM ET

Vizio’s new soundbar rotates its speakers for better Dolby Atmos surround sound

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 8, 2020 - Image: Vizio Alongside a new lineup of TVs, Vizio is also announcing its latest soundbar systems at CES 2020. At the top of the heap is what the company calls the Elevate soundbar, a 10-channel, 5.1.4 sound system that features 18 drivers and a wireless subwoofer. But its neatest feature is that the left and right speakers on the soundbar rotate upward whenever you play Dolby Atmos content. For everything. [more...]

Jan 8, 2020 7:10 AM ET

Vizio’s 2020 lineup includes its biggest TV yet and first-ever OLED

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 8, 2020 - Image: Vizio Vizio is going big at CES 2020 with a lineup of new 4K HDR TVs that are fully optimized for the current and upcoming generations of game consoles from Sony and Microsoft. But the company also has grander ambitions, and is introducing its first TV to feature an OLED panel. So Vizio is now joining LG and Sony in pushing that display technology — though the company is. [more...]

Jan 8, 2020 6:40 AM ET

US announces AI software export restrictions

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 8, 2020 - Illustration by James Bareham / The Verge The US will impose new restrictions on the export of certain AI programs overseas, including to rival China. The ban, which comes into force on Monday, is the first to be applied under a 2018 law known as the Export Control Reform Act or ECRA. This requires the government to examine how it can restrict the export of “emerging” technologies “essential to the national security. [more...]

Jan 8, 2020 6:10 AM ET

This thermometer is smart enough to automatically adjust a Whirlpool oven’s temperature

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 8, 2020 - Yummly Smart Thermometer | Image: Whirlpool This new smart thermometer is completely wire-free — so you won’t have to deal with any cords coming out of your oven door. And, it’ll eventually be able to adjust an oven’s temperature automatically. Digital recipe platform Yummly has announced its wireless smart meat thermometer, which will be available early this year; it is expected to sell for $129. The smart thermometer consists of a probe. [more...]

Jan 7, 2020 1:10 PM ET

Here’s Lenovo’s first eGPU enclosure and a ‘gaming laptop’ to go with it

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 7, 2020 - Image: Lenovo Lenovo is getting into the eGPU market with the Legion BoostStation, a new eGPU enclosure which can accommodate graphics cards up to 330mm in length. The company also has a new laptop it’s announcing today: the Legion Y740S, which starts at $1,099.99. The company’s press release calls it “our thinnest and lightest gaming laptop yet,” but that’s a claim you’re going to have to take with a hefty. [more...]

Jan 7, 2020 12:40 PM ET

GoPro Karma drones grounded worldwide, thanks to possible GPS glitch

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 7, 2020 - Photo by Sean O’Kane / The Verge Owners of the GoPro Karma have been unable to fly their drones since the new year began, according to dozens of forum posts and tweets. The problem is affecting owners all around the globe, and it seems to be related to the recent so-called clock “rollovers” in the GPS and GLONASS satellite systems. While most tech companies tried to avert problems with the rollovers by issuing software updates. [more...]

Jan 7, 2020 12:10 PM ET

TP-Link’s new mesh routers support Wi-Fi 6

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 7, 2020 - TP-Link Deco X90 mesh router system | Image: TP-Link TP-Link has announced a refresh of its Deco line of mesh router systems that now includes support for the new Wi-Fi 6 protocol. The new Deco Mesh Wi-Fi 6 systems come in three different speed tiers, with prices ranging from $189.99 to $449.99. They will be available starting in March 2020. Wi-Fi 6 support brings a host of technologies and new. [more...]

Jan 7, 2020 11:40 AM ET

Acer’s ConceptD 7 Ezel is a smaller transforming laptop designed for creators

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 7, 2020 - Photo by Ashley Carman / The Verge Acer has announced a smaller version of its creator-focused transforming ConceptD laptop following the launch of the ConceptD 9 last year. The new ConceptD 7 Ezel features a smaller 15.6-inch 4K display (down from 17.3 inches in the previous model), which can be rotated into five different configurations, including a floating mode that sees the display hover above the laptop’s keyboard. Alternatively, you can. [more...]

Jan 7, 2020 11:10 AM ET

Acer is launching three new Predator monitors, including a giant 55-inch model

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 7, 2020 - Acer Predator X55 | Image: Acer Acer is announcing three new Predator monitors at CES 2020 today, and that includes a massive, 55-inch 4K OLED model. The giant Predator CG552K is a 4K OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, support for Nvidia’s G-Sync, and support for variable refresh rate via HDMI. Essentially, it’s a TV-sized gaming monitor, and the idea is that it will offer fast refresh rates and. [more...]

Jan 7, 2020 10:40 AM ET

Arlo’s new Floodlight Camera doesn’t need any wiring

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 7, 2020 - Image: Arlo Arlo is announcing its newest security camera, the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera, which has a plate of powerful LEDs to better light the area in the camera’s field of view. Unlike other floodlight security cameras, Arlo’s Floodlight Camera doesn’t require any wiring; it can run entirely on rechargeable batteries. The Floodlight Camera seems to share many of the same features as the Arlo Pro 3, including 2K video. [more...]

Jan 7, 2020 10:10 AM ET

Acer updates transforming Spin laptops with Intel 10th Gen chips

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 7, 2020 - Image: Acer Acer has updated its Spin lineup of laptops with two new models, the Spin 3 and Spin 5, powered by Intel’s Ice Lake 10th Gen CPUs. Both laptops feature the 360-degree hinge the range gets its name from, and they also come with styluses, allowing you to sketch or take notes on their touch displays. This Acer Active Stylus can be stored inside a charging slot in the. [more...]

Jan 7, 2020 9:40 AM ET

Fisker debuts $37,500 electric SUV with a solar roof

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 7, 2020 - Image: Fisker Inc. Electric vehicle entrepreneur Henrik Fisker has unveiled his first purportedly mass-market EV, an SUV called the Fisker Ocean, ahead of the 2020 Consumer Electronics show. Starting at $37,500, Fisker says the electric SUV will get between 250 and 300 miles per charge, and it will feature solar panels on the roof. Fisker and his eponymous company, Fisker Inc., plan to put the Ocean on the road sometime. [more...]

Jan 7, 2020 9:10 AM ET

CES 2020: what we’re covering and what’s up next

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 7, 2020 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge The Verge is in Las Vegas checking out the gadgets and announcements from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show Samsung’s artificial human, Segway’s egg-shaped self-balancing wheelchair and Kohler’s Alexa-enabled showerhead are among the first glimpses of what we’ll see at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas — and you can find them all and more in our StoryStream below. CES, held. [more...]

Jan 7, 2020 8:40 AM ET

Suunto’s first Wear OS smartwatch is taking on Garmin with outdoor offline maps

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 7, 2020 - Image: Suunto You’ve probably never heard of Suunto unless you’re a die-hard fitness watch enthusiast, but the company’s latest wrist-worn gadget might have a larger audience than before. It seems to be the first smartwatch the company’s offered, its first Wear OS watch, and a watch that attempts to make Google’s smartwatch operating system more outdoorsy than ever before. It’s called the Suunto 7, and it sounds like it’s a. [more...]

Jan 7, 2020 8:10 AM ET

HP’s 15-inch Spectre x360 gets upgraded with smaller bezels and a good trackpad

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 7, 2020 - Last year, HP overhauled the 13-inch Spectre x360 convertible laptop with some much-needed improvements: a slimmed-down design, reduced bezels, and a functional trackpad. At CES 2020, the company is bringing those same improvements to the larger 15-inch model, too. Much like last year’s Spectre x360 13, the differences between the old x360 15 and the new one are drastic: HP has massively reduced the bezels on the 2020 model, resulting in a. [more...]

Jan 7, 2020 7:40 AM ET

The smart toothbrush is an idea that refuses to die

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 7, 2020 - Image: Oral-B CES means there’s no shortage of “smart” connected gadgets, and toothbrushes are no exception. Oral-B and Colgate are launching new smart toothbrushes this year: the Oral-B iO and the Colgate Plaqless Pro Toothbrush. Oral-B has released several smart toothbrushes before, like the $220 Oral-B Genius X, which used sensor data and an “AI algorithm” to give suggestions on where to focus on brushing. The Oral-B iO also claims. [more...]

Jan 7, 2020 7:10 AM ET

Netatmo’s HomeKit smart lock uses physical NFC keys

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 7, 2020 - An NFC Key being inserted into Netatmo’s Smart Door Lock. | Image: Netatmo Netatmo just added a door lock to its portfolio of smart home gear. The creatively named Netatmo Smart Door Lock and Keys is compatible with Apple’s HomeKit standard, and it ships with three physical keys that use NFC to instantly and securely unlock the door mechanism when inserted into the lock. If you find yourself without one of. [more...]

Jan 7, 2020 6:40 AM ET

HP’s updated Elite Dragonfly G2 is the first laptop with a built-in Tile tracker

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 7, 2020 - HP’s Elite Dragonfly was a surprisingly great laptop for a business-focused device, and at CES 2020, HP is already announcing an upgraded version: the Elite Dragonfly G2. The updated model adds better chips, more storage, and two intriguing new options: a 5G modem and a built-in Tile tracker, which is the first on a laptop. From the outside, the Dragonfly G2 looks virtually identical to its predecessor, which is a good thing,. [more...]

Jan 7, 2020 6:10 AM ET

After being banned in 2019, Lora DiCarlo returns to CES with two new sex toys and awards

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 7, 2020 - Left to right: the Baci, Osé, and Onda. | Image: Lora DiCarlo Lora DiCarlo is unveiling two new sex toys at CES today, a year after the company was kicked out of the show. The two products, the Onda and Baci, are the company’s second and third robotic massagers, and both have been given CES innovation awards. The fact that Lora DiCarlo is at CES at all is notable. Last year,. [more...]

Jan 6, 2020 1:10 PM ET

Withings incorporates two health monitoring tools into one watch

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 6, 2020 - For its newest smart watch, the ScanWatch, Withings pieced together two health monitoring technologies: one that detects the heart condition atrial fibrillation, and one that measures blood oxygen levels during sleep. The ScanWatch sends light through the blood vessels in the wrist to measure the amount of oxygen in the blood. Monitoring oxygen levels could help detect episodes of low oxygen that occur with sleep apnea, a condition where breathing. [more...]

Jan 6, 2020 12:40 PM ET

Jabra announces Elite Active 75t earbuds and $99 Elite 45h headphones

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 6, 2020 - Image: Jabra Jabra is launching two new products at CES 2020. Just as it did with their predecessors, the company is following up on the well-received Elite 75t true wireless earbuds with a fitness-focused “Active” version. Coming in February, the Elite Active 75t will feature “a durable coating for dust and sweat resistance” and bump up the water / sweat resistance to IP57. (The standard Elite 75t earbuds have a. [more...]

Jan 6, 2020 12:10 PM ET

Samsung’s new Sero TV can rotate vertically for your TikTok and Instagram videos

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 6, 2020 - Samsung’s new Sero TV at CES in January 2020. | Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge There’s probably no clearer indication that vertical video is here to stay than Samsung making a TV designed to showcase it. And that’s exactly what has happened. The company has announced that the Sero, a 43-inch 4K TV that can switch from landscape mode (the default) to a portrait orientation, is coming to the. [more...]

Jan 6, 2020 11:40 AM ET

Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite phones are deeply confusing

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 6, 2020 - Low-end phones with high-end names Earlier this week, Samsung announced two new Galaxy phones: the S10 Lite and the Note 10 Lite. “S” and “Note,” in Samsung parlance, usually mean “really high-end.” These two phones are not that. After spending a half-hour poking around at both of them, I am able to understand why Samsung made them. But I am still deeply confused about some of the decisions Samsung made here.. [more...]

Jan 6, 2020 11:10 AM ET

Rad Power Bikes’ flagship electric bicycle, the RadRover, has a new look

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 6, 2020 - Image: Rad Power Bikes Rad Power Bikes makes some of the most capable and affordable electric bikes in the US, like the RadWagon cargo bike and RadRunner utility bike. On Friday, the Seattle-based company introduced a brand-new bike — well, not exactly brand-new. It’s a new look for Rad Power Bikes’ flagship model, the RadRover. The original RadRover is a powerful fat bike, but it only came in one frame size: a high-step. [more...]

Jan 6, 2020 10:40 AM ET

L’Oréal’s latest gadget mixes lipstick based on what your favorite influencers wear

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 6, 2020 - Photo by Ashley Carman / The Verge L’Oréal is continuing to advance into the tech space with the announcement of its Bluetooth-connected Perso — a gadget that’ll mix up lipstick, foundation, or a skincare regimen that’s customized to whoever owns it. The company demoed the lipstick- and skincare-creation process at CES today, including how the device’s companion app can pull trending images from social media to whip up a lipstick. [more...]