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    Just like that, it’s over. As crowded with gadget announcements as always in the days leading up to the actual pageant’s beginning, as quiet and prone to hands-on time with showstoppers afterwards, and perhaps more diverse and eclectic than ever, due to market trends shifting in directions you couldn’t possibly have imagined a few years back. Fearful you may have missed some of the CES 2016 action, given there was so much to keep track of? Fret not, as our team on the Las Vegas ground refused to get distracted by the town’s glitz (during the day, at least), bringing you the most ...

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    A full four months after its initial announcement, and roughly 75 days on the back of its public pre-order kickoff, the “rebellious” Nextbit Robin phone made a surprise appearance at CES 2016 in Las Vegas to remind the world shipping will begin soon, at least for super-early Kickstarter adopters. On the whole, the ambitious concept behind the cloud-first device has obviously not changed, and its clutter-free design is doubled by essentially unlimited storage to bring you an Android like no other. Compared to last fall however, Robin seems to have graduated from sidekick to full-blown ...

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    Why must all good things come to an end? More importantly, why must they end before we get to truly appreciate them? Case in point, the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It feels like it only started yesterday. Because, well, it technically did. But as always, the vast majority of high-profile exhibitors hurried to take the wraps off their shiny new gadgets in the days leading up to the expo’s formal kick-off. And now here we are, still roughly 24 hours away from the official conclusion of CES 2016, already knowing the party’s over. Nonetheless, Day 4 (technically, Day 2) of ...

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    The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show is just about winding down, but before our vast, dedicated team of writers and video content producers leaves Las Vegas, there are a few more products left to be taken for quick spins. Meet the 3Glasses D2 Vanguard Edition, the little Chinese virtual reality headset that could… aspire to go toe to toe with much higher-profile market “veterans” like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Sony PlayStation VR. Its chances of succeeding on unexplored, ultra-competitive American soil when it goes on sale in a couple of months? Slim, although the D2 costs a ...

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    If you were to split the increasingly diverse wearable landscape into categories, you’d have full-fledged smartwatches in a corner, basic fitness trackers in the opposite space, and starting today, “watches that are smart.” Not smartwatches, mind you, with the Razer Nabu Watch seemingly advertised as a digital chronograph which just so happens to integrate various intelligent functions, as well as activity tracking, and an important social characteristic that however couldn’t save the Nabu smartband from market indifference. This time, Razer appears to have learned its lesson, ...

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    This year’s Consumer Electronics Show has probably been one of the most diverse tech expos in recent memory, with participant companies equally interested in now traditional smartphones and tablets, as well as ingenious new wearables, virtual reality devices, and the fast-growing Internet of Things industry. Still, strictly from a quantity standpoint, the CES 2016 focus is on smartwatches, fitness trackers and especially gadgets that don’t draw a line between the two classes, like the Fitbit Blaze, Withings Go, Mio Slice, Fossil Q54 Pilot, and a couple of fresh hybrids manufactured by ...

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    There’s a new kid on the virtual reality hardware block, and although its name probably doesn’t ring any bells stateside, it’s currently flaunting “over 10 years of experience in the industry and over 200 successful projects” at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. 3Glasses claims its D2 Vanguard Edition head-mounted display is “lighter, quicker and more durable than the industry’s leading VR headsets” (cough, Oculus Rift, cough), and we have to admit on paper this thing looks compact, sleek and yet surprisingly robust. It tips the scales at 246 grams, features ...

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    Thought the Huawei GX8, aka US-specific derivation of the “international” G8, provided great bang for buck at $350 with a full-metal jacket in tow, Snapdragon 615 power, fingerprint recognition, 5.5-inch Full HD screen, and 3,000 mAh battery? Wait until you hear what the Honor 5X offers in exchange for just two Benjamins. In a nutshell, everything the GX8 hides up its sleeve. Yes, literally everything. Even better, the first Honor-series device to officially launch in the US can already be pre-ordered from Amazon, with shipping underway on January 31 in three snazzy coats of paint: ...

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    When it rains, it pours. We’ve pretty much lost count of all the new wearable devices thus far showcased at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but we know there’s room in the limelight for at least one more. Meet the $70 Withings Go activity tracker, brought to you by the up-and-coming makers of the ultra-fashionable, fairly pricey Activite and Activite Pop. This Go thing is clearly the two’s lesser brother both in terms of aesthetics and functionality, though it sure looks good compared to the sub-$100 Fitbits and Jawbones out there. It’s even got a nice, frugal ...

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    It’s getting harder and harder for the smaller names in the increasingly competitive activity tracker business to take on beloved veterans like Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin or even Misfit, but you can’t turn a blind eye to software innovation, especially when combined with very solid hardware. At first glance, the just-announced Mio Slice fitness band greatly resembles a dozen or so other low-cost wearables, including Microsoft’s latest, the Garmin Vivofit 2 and Vivosmart. It’s circular, it’s got a curved, little, colorful screen, it shows the time, stats, goals and notifications from ...

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    Fossil, the well-known and respected American designer and manufacturer of traditional watches, jewelry and fashion accessories, is betting big on intelligent wearables all of a sudden, recently purchasing the up-and-coming Misfit activity tracker specialist, and taking the wraps off a homebrewed Q range of smart bracelets and smartwatches. At CES 2016, the Android Wear-powered Fossil Q Founder and much “dumber” Q Grant timepiece get a little brother, dubbed Q54 Pilot and obviously inspired by the classic Pilot 54 chronograph stainless steel watch, as well as “vintage aviation.” ...

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    There are countless ways to transfer files back and forth between your small-screened and large-screened devices, whether we’re talking smartphones or tablets and laptops or desktop PCs respectively, starting with Bluetooth and good old fashioned USB cables. But Lenovo has an ingenious new accessory to show off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that can work as a traditional flash drive, as well as seamlessly sync Androids to Windows computers for a number of purposes. This 32GB Link doohickey will let you drag and drop content from your Lollipop or Marshmallow-running phone ...

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    Tired of living in Fitbit and Jawbone’s shadows, 2011-founded wearable manufacturer Misfit has considerably upped the functionality ante for the second-generation Shine last fall, also finally tweaking its overused designs for the minimalistic, versatile Ray this beginning of the year. Likely invigorated by the recent Fossil acquisition, the fitness and health specialist wastes no time in taking your money for the new “uniquely wearable” device, which will start shipping and hit physical US stores at some point in the spring. Though priced at the same $100 as the Shine 2, the Misfit ...

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    Since day one of its troubled development, the HTC and Valve-co-manufactured Vive gear exuded this superior vibe of professionalism, power and futuristic skill compared to the Oculus Rift. But the 2012 startup that was acquired by Facebook two years later had way more time for tests, experiments and development kits, with the first consumer edition now up for pre-orders. As far as the HTC Vive is concerned, its makers promised the recent delays would be the last hurdles blocking the VR head-mounted display’s path to success, and April is reiterated as the new ETA at CES 2016 in Las ...

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    As unusually muscular and robust as rugged handhelds might look at a first glance, rarely do they stick with most mobile consumers for more than a few days after their formal announcements, catering to a very finite number of people that want specific devices to handle specific needs. The AT&T-exclusive Kyocera DuraForce XD was probably no exception to the 15 minutes of fame rule, escaping all your minds shortly after its mid-October introduction. But for some reason, the unbreakable phablet will only go on sale this Friday, January 8, getting a second release at CES in Vegas, with a ...

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    Hardcore Android fans already know a number of low-key budget specialists are expected at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which will be one of only three or four occasions this year they’ll be making headlines and get maybe two or three minutes of relative fame. Archos today follows up the full Diamond and Helium ranges of CES 2015, as well as the revamped Diamond S – 50 Cesium – 50e Helium trio of IFA 2015 with a couple of brand new Power and Cobalt duos. The resulting quartet covers pretty much every little section of the low-cost smartphone market, from €50 to ...

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    The world’s most successful PC manufacturer doesn’t look ready to throw in the towel as far as in-house smartphone production is concerned either, despite ongoing reorganization efforts, an increased focus on Motorola-branded gadgets, and rampant rumors of imminent Vibe extinction. Forget all that, as the Vibe family grows by one today, after the somewhat low-profile CES 2016 introduction of the S1 Lite in jam-packed Las Vegas. Oddly enough, we’re hearing the $200 Android mid-ranger will only go on sale “early this year” in countries “where Lenovo smartphones are sold”, i.e. ...

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    In addition to a bunch of all-new high-end monitors and laptops, and a Windows 10 smartphone that was previously unveiled without going into pricing specifics, Acer brings an entry-level, ultra-low-cost Android tablet to Las Vegas for CES 2016 that likely rings a few bells. Confusingly named Iconia One 8, just like its predecessor, this stands out with a marginally different model number (B1-850, compared to B1-820), slightly newer though not exactly up-to-date software, and a children-friendly user interface. Technically, the 2016 Acer Iconia One 8 is advertised as a “media tablet for ...

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    The only other Windows 10 Mobile flagship unveiled thus far aside from Microsoft’s homebrewed Lumia 950 and 950 XL finally has official availability and pricing details attached to its name. Merely for the EMEA region, that is, with more specifics coming closer to the phone’s launch elsewhere, but it’s a start. A promising start? It depends on how much you value the docking station, keyboard and mouse Acer vowed to bundle with the Liquid Jade Primo off the bat, and whether or not Redmond’s currently glitchy software will be stabilized by February. That’s when the “premium” ...

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    Normally, we wouldn’t bother with rumors of prospective CES protagonists so close to the show’s formal opener and just as the deluge of product announcements begins, thanks to a few eager attendees. But we’re still more than 24 hours away from Huawei’s January 5 press event in Las Vegas, and the P9 sounds too big to ignore. Mostly figuratively, as the display is tipped at 5.2 inches, which seems nearly Lilliputian compared to the recently unveiled 6-inch Mate 8. Speaking of, yes, we also feel the Mate 8 and April 2015-introduced P8 make the P9’s imminence unlikely, yet we simply ...

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    Two years after unveiling the Galaxy Tab Pros and Note Pros that surprisingly never spawned sequels, and one year after focusing its CES presence on super-high-res televisions, Samsung is expected to take the Las Vegas stage tomorrow with yet another batch of Smart TV announcements, a trio of in-development Creative Lab projects, and the US expansion of the 2016 Galaxy A smartphone lineup. As novel and intriguing as smart belts may look to early wearable adopters, the metal-and-glass new A3, A5, A7 and A9 handhelds should definitely steal the Consumer Electronics Show spotlight, especially ...

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    There’s a solid reason Lenovo refused to endorse Microsoft’s Surface Pro family a while back, as more than any other PC manufacturer, it feels it’s got a chance to compete in the increasingly cutthroat convertible space. As expected for a good few months now, a new 2-in-1 Windows tablet debuts at CES, with more than just a detachable keyboard in tow however. Don’t get us wrong, the Type Cover-rivaling dock looks pretty great, full-sized, well-spaced and all, complemented by an “iconic” TrackPoint and three adjustable typing angles. But it’s three other accessories that steal ...

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    Technically, the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas only kicks off on Wednesday, January 6. But the very Monday after New Year’s has always been the actual inauguration day of the internationally renowned technology trade show, as all exhibitors want an early piece of the spotlight. Some lower-profile ones, like Alcatel OneTouch, know full well they have to get a head start on their product announcements to make a few headlines, and stir up the interest of CES attendees. The Pixi 4 family, Pixi 3 tablet, and CareTime kid-friendly wearable will be displayed at Alcatel’s booth ...

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    From your pocket to your wrist, TV, fridge, washing machine and various other home appliances, technology is rapidly moving forward, aiming to make every aspect of your life “smarter” and interconnected as long as you don’t lose control over the many gadgets you’ve started to amass. What you may need to keep tabs on everything is a so-called “gateway to smart sensors and connected appliances in the home” unveiled by LG earlier today and set to be showcased and fully detailed at CES 2016 in Las Vegas next week. The SmartThinQ Hub (quite a mouthful) greatly resembles the Amazon ...

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    More than three years after setting up an employee creativity-encouraging initiative called Creative Lab or C-Lab, Samsung is finally ready to give us a taste of the connected future, with a trio of cutting-edge projects that are likely still a long way from completion and commercial rollout. First things first, WELT, rink and TipTalk obviously need to pass the practical and crowd-appealing tests, landing in Hall G, Level One of the Sands Expo at Eureka Park on January 6 for a market potential-assessing CES appearance. Handpicked from over 100 experiments envisioned by Samsung workers ...

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