Cortana had a crappy CES

Cortana had a crappy CES

Cortana gets no respect. Microsoft’s smart assistant is actually pretty solid, all things told, but it rarely gets mentioned in the same breath as Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant. Maybe it’s a problem of marketing —the company was quick to point at Build in May that its smart assistant now has 141 million monthly users.…
Inspired by insect ears, Soundskrit wants to make microphones magically directional

Inspired by insect ears, Soundskrit wants to make microphones magically directional

Voice control is everywhere these days, but to hear people effectively from every direction, devices like Amazon’s Echo need to have a whole collection of microphones in them — but they take up space, require extra processing power, and restrict industrial design. Soundskrit is a brand new company that aims to replace those many mics…
The day the lights went out at CES

The day the lights went out at CES

The big story of this year’s CES isn’t smart assistants or autonomous cars. Hell, it’s not even giant TVs. The one thing we’ll all remember when we’re all old and gray, telling our grandchildren the war stories from our years in the tech blogging trenches, are all of the non-tech news madness at the event.…
LifeDoor closes your home’s doors automatically to protect against fires

LifeDoor closes your home’s doors automatically to protect against fires

It turns out that in case of a fire in your home, a closed door is the best barrier against spreading smoke, heat, and flames. But who’s going to run around the house shutting doors? LifeDoor is a simple gadget that sits on your doors’ hinges and closes them automatically (and gently) when smoke is…
Hulu’s next big update will include a new Live TV guide, plus personalization improvements

Hulu’s next big update will include a new Live TV guide, plus personalization improvements

Hulu, which this morning announced it now reaches 17 million subscribers, showed off an upcoming version of its user interface at CES. The new interface includes features designed in response to user feedback, including a Live TV guide for quickly navigating through what’s currently airing, as well as more tools that will help Hulu to…
Watch Samsung’s CES press conference live right here

Watch Samsung’s CES press conference live right here

Samsung is always betting big on CES, and this year should be no exception. Today at 2 PM Pacific, 5 PM Eastern, 10 PM in London, the company will unveil its new lineup of consumer electronics devices. You should expect a wide range of new products, from smart watches to washing machines. We’ll have a…
HTC shows off the Vive Pro, a high-res headset targeted at ‘premium’ VR users

HTC shows off the Vive Pro, a high-res headset targeted at ‘premium’ VR users

HTC is looking towards the high-end as it aims to distinguish its niche in the early VR market. At CES, HTC showcased the VIve Pro, an updated PC-powered virtual reality headset that adds a higher resolution display, integrated audio and an updated tracking system. The headset has a 2880×1600 display (previously 2160×1200) that will power…
GE wants to put a screen in your kitchen, so family and friends can gather ‘round the oven

GE wants to put a screen in your kitchen, so family and friends can...

Where do your family and friends gather at the end of a long day? If you said “the oven, obvs,” then great news, GE’s got the device for you. The Kitchen Hub is basically a 27-inch screen designed to sit on the wall above the oven. Users can interact with gestures and an voice —…
Google has planted its flag at CES

Google has planted its flag at CES

Google’s here, and it’s planning something big. The company’s presence is impossible to miss as you drive down Paradise Road toward the Las Vegas Convention Center. Like much the rest of the show, the company’s parking lot booth is still under construction today, but the giant, black and white “Hey Google” sign is already hanging…
Samsung’s C-Lab projects include smart glasses and a portable directional speaker

Samsung’s C-Lab projects include smart glasses and a portable directional speaker

Samsung’s Creative Lab is one of the more entertaining additions to CES in the last several years. Deemed C-Lab for short, the department is a sort of in-house accelerator, where Samsung employees can build and spin-off startups, all while leveraging the electronics giants’ seemingly bottomless resources. The results are always a bit of a mixed…

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