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This ridiculous electric SUV concept is over the top in every way

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Chinese EV startup ‘BYTON‘ has an electric SUV concept in the works and it’s packed to the brim with unnecessary tech—including a massive 49-inch gesture-controlled dashboard display and a fitness tracker that keeps tabs on your heart rate, blood pressure, and weight. The SUV isn’t available for pre-order yet, but the startup plans to add some autonomous driving features in 2019. Read more…

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Architecture

CES’ sexism problem is about more than booth babes and pink robots

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CES is a place of extremes. Each year, tech companies big and small spare no expense in coming up with bizarre ways to showcase their (often relatively mundane) gadgetry: massive tunnels made of huge OLED displays, home appliances with built-in assistants, and weird concept cars unlikely to make it far beyond the Las Vegas Convention Center floor.

But, peer behind the over-the-top displays of headline-grabbing “innovation,” and there’s a troubling truth that should come as little surprise to anyone in the industry: CES still fuels the sexist narratives so many have worked to change over the last year.  Read more…

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Business

The robots of CES are a joke

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The robots of the future are, well, still figuring things out.

That was the overwhelming takeaway from CES, the world’s largest tech convention, held this past week in Las Vegas. From a laundry-folding bot that couldn’t fold laundry, to an AI-powered helper that refused to help, to an in-home mechanical maid that kept dropping stuff, the dream of robotic friends making our lives easier is clearly a long way off. 

But apparently no one bothered to communicate that fact to the exhibitors and companies showcasing their latest contributions to the technology-fueled utopian delusion that is CES. Both corporate behemoth and niche manufacturer alike demoed a series of robots that, while (for the most part) slickly packaged, failed to deliver on their core promise — whatever it happened to be.  Read more…

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Augmented reality windows are here to turn you into a life-sized hologram

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Augmented reality doesn’t need to be confined to your phone screen or a pair of glasses — it can be life-sized.

That’s what one company is proving with its massive augmented reality windows that let you view mixed reality without donning a headset or firing up a special app.

Called DeepFrame, the massive curved displays create life-sized projections that appear as if they are overlaid onto the world around you. 

Created by Danish company RealFiction, the displays are surprisingly simple. Each one consists of a single piece of clear 64-inch glass that’s made with specially designed optics that are able to reflect an image that’s projected from a normal display, like a television or monitor.  Read more…

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Soon you can listen to the radio directly from your Samsung phone

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Months after the FCC badgered Apple to do it, Samsung is finally unlocking the FM radio chip in its next smartphone models. 

The company announced Tuesday that its upcoming devices will contain unlocked FM radio chips. Samsung phone users will be able to access local FM radio through apps like NextRadio, which connects smartphones to nearby radio stations. 

Users were already able to stream radio stations through services like iHeartRadio and Pandora. Connecting to radio directly through the FM chip will use less data and less phone battery.  Read more…

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Unlike Apple, this phone maker put a fingerprint sensor under its touchscreen

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With the move to edge-to-edge screens and narrower bezels, there’s just no room to put a fingerprint sensor on the front of a phone anymore. Phone makers have moved them to the side or back, or removed them entirely. 

But things don’t have to be this way. At CES 2018, Chinese phone maker Vivo showed off the world’s first phone with a fingerprint sensor embedded underneath the touchscreen.

Vivo’s been working on putting a fingerprint sensor underneath the screen for the last couple of years, and now it’s finally made one that’s ready for production.

The company had already announced last year it had developed the “in-display fingerprint scanning” technology for a prototype phone. That version used an ultra-sonic sensor and was created with support from Qualcomm.  Read more…

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Here’s what Uber for the skies might feel like

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Ride-sharing has disrupted transportation in many cities, and not always for the better. Some surveys show services like Uber and Lyft actually add to the congestion in urban areas, with more cars on the road competing for the same amount of road space.

To solve the problem, many are looking to the skies. After Ehang captivated CES two years ago with its passenger drone, Uber put a stake in the clouds by publishing a white paper on airborne mobility solutions — essentially air taxis — in 2017. 

Most famously, Dubai is working with EHang to develop a drone taxi service to take people (and a couple of pieces of luggage) along various fixed routes within the city. Read more…

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Lifestyle

Huawei’s ambitious plans to compete with the iPhone in the U.S. derailed (for now)

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Huawei’s very well-made and very high-end Mate 10 Pro, released globally last fall, will soon be available in the U.S. 

The world’s third largest phone maker used CES 2018 to re-introduce Americans to what it boldly proclaims is the world’s first “AI smartphone,” ushering in a new era for our beloved glass-and-metal slabs.

Huawei was widely expected to finally secure a U.S. wireless carrier to launch its latest flagship phone and give it a real foothold in the American phone market.

But no such deal was announced during the company’s CES press conference. AT&T was the rumored partner, but the carrier reportedly pulled out at the last minute. Read more…

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Business

This smart lock is powered by the sun

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The Internet of Things is going green. 

Brinks (a division of hardware manufacturer Hampton Products) has announced that it is taking preorders for its ARRAY Smart Deadbolt, a heavy-duty lock you can operate with your smartphone. 

Unlike many smart locks, however, which require standard cylindrical batteries, ARRAY draws from a proprietary lithium polymer battery. This connects to an onboard solar panel, meaning it can be powered directly by sunlight. 

Don’t worry: If your lock is in a shady place, you can still charge its battery the normal way.  Read more…

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Art

The best tech of CES 2018

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The new year may start on Jan. 1, but for the tech world it doesn’t really begin until CES, the world’s largest consumer electronics show, opens its doors in Las Vegas and gives us a grand look at the future.

With over 4,000 companies exhibiting at CES this year, there was no shortage of shiny new gadgets to play with and see. The Mashable Tech Team scoured the sprawling show to find the best, and potentially game-changing, gadgets and innovations that are coming. 

The usual suspects — phones, self-driving cars, PCs, paper-thin TVs, and robots — all showed up in full force. But there were also plenty of fresh concepts that, if nothing else, are a sign of the industry dreaming big. Technology is the engine that makes fantasy a reality, after all. Read more…

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Fisker’s luxury electric car hits Tesla where it hurts

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Picture the Distracted Boyfriend internet meme, where the boyfriend is a Tesla owner and the girlfriend is the Model S.

The other woman? That’s gotta be the Fisker EMotion.

The all-new Fisker Inc. debuted its luxury electric car, the EMotion, at CES 2018, and it’s a beauty. Fisker’s sporty sedan would look completely in its element pulling up next to a Corvette or Porsche. But this a car made for the future, with equal attention paid to brains as well as looks: The EMotion will ship with an advanced autonomous driving system, and the battery — planned for a 400-mile range — will allow ultra-fast charging. Read more…

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What it’s like to ride in a self-driving Lyft

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Riding in a self-driving Lyft car is way more boring than you’d expect. But that’s really the point.

The ride, which I took on the streets of Las Vegas at the outset of CES 2018, was only remarkable in how mundane it was. Turns, lane changes, braking for red lights, accelerating for green — it was all pretty much the same as if a human were doing the driving. Well, if it weren’t for the display on the dash showing a LiDAR-constructed view of the streets around us, and the robotic female voice that would occasionally chime in with a “lane change checking” or some other status update.

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Business

Google declares war against Alexa and Siri at CES 2018

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It’s an artificial intelligence showdown.

This year at CES, the world’s largest electronics trade show (running Jan. 9-12), thousands of companies will travel to Las Vegas to show off their newest products and build new partnerships. But this time around, one exhibitor stands out from the rest: Google.

It’s the first time in many years that Google will have its own, large, standalone booth in the middle of the convention center. But the search giant has gone far beyond buying space on the showroom floor. It’s also commissioned several large advertisements around the city, including one you simply can’t miss. Read more…

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Your smart fridge is about to make our IoT security nightmare so much worse

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LAS VEGAS — Each year, CES plays host to some of the most compelling innovations in the tech industry: self-driving cars, virtual reality, robots, drones and televisions that get bigger and thinner each year. Not to mention Wi-Fi and bluetooth sensors embedded into just about every previously mundane appliance and object imaginable. 

Want Amazon’s Alexa in you refrigerator, washing machine, trash can and light fixtures? You’re in luck. How about a smart hairbrush, a Wi-Fi-connected shower or an app-enabled breast pump? CES has it all. 

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