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Watch Samsung’s CES press conference live

Samsung’s been…busy. On Friday, the company announced a pair of “Lite” versions of its flagship devices, targeted at users on a budget. Yesterday, it announced its upcoming Unpacked event (with some help from an early leak), which will see the announcement of its latest flagship. So, what’s left for CES this week? Lots. Samsung contains ...

Watch Sony’s CES press conference live

It’s hard to argue with the tagline of Sony’s CES 2020 press conference. “The future is coming.” It’s true. It is. And try as we might, we’re powerless to stop it. Best we can do is just grab a seat and let it wash over us. CES is always a fun show for Sony. The ...

Roku TV adds 15 more brand partners plus a new “Roku TV Ready” program

Amazon’s Fire TV isn’t the only connected TV platform aiming to reach more screens by way of new partnerships. While Amazon today announced plans to bring Fire TV to more places — including cars and cable boxes — its chief competitor, Roku, shared this morning it’s adding 15 global brands as licensee partners for Roku ...

What to Expect from CES 2020

It’s the second most wonderful time of the year. As the rest of the world returns to work, nursing a week-long New Year’s hangover, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed tech journalists will descend upon Sin City to discover the biggest news the tech world has to offer. CES is about more than just product announcements, however. Granted, ...

A smaller, cheaper version of Qoobo, the robotic cat pillow, is on the way

Every time I’ve seen Qoobo’s creator, Shunsuke Aoki, in person, he’s always had it nearby, usually in a tote bag. The robotic cat pillow is one of the all-time great conversation starters. It doesn’t make much sense at first glance: a round, fur-covered pillow that wags as you pet it. But in a country with ...

Samsung announces ‘Lite’ versions of the Galaxy S10 and Note 10

Seems Samsung couldn’t wait a few more days for CES to arrive. The hardware giant this morning just announced the launch“Lite” versions of its popular handsets, designed to bring key features from the Galaxy S10 and Note 10, without breaking the bank. The devices are a clear response to a sea change in consumer demand ...

Pyka and its autonomous, electric crop-spraying drone land $11M seed round

Modern agriculture involves fields of mind-boggling size, and spraying them efficiently is a serious operational challenge. Pyka is taking on the largely human-powered spray business with an autonomous winged craft and, crucially, regulatory approval. Just as we’ve seen with DroneSeed, this type of flying is risky for pilots, who must fly very close to the ...

Micro-angelo? This 3D-printed ‘David’ is just one millimeter tall

3D printing has proven itself useful in so many industries that it’s no longer necessary to show off, but some people just can’t help themselves. Case in point: this millimeter-tall rendition of Michelangelo’s famous “David” printed with copper using a newly developed technique. The aptly named “Tiny David” was created by Exaddon, a spin-off company ...

Hardware IPOs continue to struggle

Now that the final technology IPOs of 2019 have touched down, it’s a good time to start looking back at what happened during the year. We’re hunting for trends as the clock winds down. Here’s one that’s obvious: Hardware startups are still struggling. It’s cliché to note in startupland that hardware is hard. Everyone knows ...

This tiny, soft robo-bug scoots with smarts and survives swats

Nature is a good source of inspiration for roboticists, but it's rare that nature's elegance and genius can be replicated in any real way. Still, we're getting closer. This tiny insect-like robot is made of soft materials and weighs less than a gram, yet can move quickly and with some intelligence — and is robust ...