Behold, a smartphone devoid of buttons and ports
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Behold, a smartphone devoid of buttons and ports

Some call it madness. Others call it the next logical step in smartphone evolution. Meizu calls it, fittingly, the “Zero.” It’s equal parts fascinating and maddening. And while…

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Microsoft’s Code Jumper makes programming physical for children with visual impairments
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Microsoft’s Code Jumper makes programming physical for children with visual impairments

Microsoft just unloaded a whole bunch of news in time for the BETT education show. The most interesting bit of the bunch, however, is probably Code Jumper. The…

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Fender’s Acoustasonic Telecaster does electric/acoustic double duty
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Fender’s Acoustasonic Telecaster does electric/acoustic double duty

The electric guitar has been floating around in some form or another since the early 1930s. But given how much the instrument dominated the music landscape for the…

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Microsoft is calling an audible on smart speakers
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Microsoft is calling an audible on smart speakers

The Harman Kardon Invoke was fine. But let’s be real — the first Cortana smart speaker was dead on arrival. Microsoft’s smart assistant has its strong suits, but…

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Facebook says it will ask employees to take down glowing Portal reviews on Amazon
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Facebook says it will ask employees to take down glowing Portal reviews on Amazon

The reception to Facebook Portal has been, at best, a mixed bag. Between the company’s ongoing privacy woes and a lackluster response, Facebook likely didn’t get the response…

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Nike’s auto-laced future
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Nike’s auto-laced future

Why does the world need a self-lacing shoe? Haven’t you heard of Velcro? How will you tie your shoes when the Wi-Fi is down? That’s the gist of…

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Doogee is launching a rugged modular smartphone
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Doogee is launching a rugged modular smartphone

The week following CES is probably as good a time as any to launch a Kickstarter campaign for your strange new smartphone. After all, a company like Doogee…

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Kano will start releasing Star Wars and other Disney-branded products later this year
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Kano will start releasing Star Wars and other Disney-branded products later this year

Educational computing kit company Kano announced today that it has signed a two-year licensing deal to create Disney-branded products later this year. Details are still pretty scant on…

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The Square Off chess board melds the classical with the robotic
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The Square Off chess board melds the classical with the robotic

CES crowds can be tough — especially toward the end of the week. You’re physically and emotionally drained, and you’re pretty sure you’ve seen everything the consumer electronics…

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Omnicharge’s new power pack sports a swappable 40,300 mAh battery
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Omnicharge’s new power pack sports a swappable 40,300 mAh battery

Depending on your portable power needs and propensity for lower-back pain, the Omni Ultimate is either a godsend or something wholly ridiculous. The new power pack from L.A.-based…

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Wiliot nabs $30M from Amazon, Avery Dennison, Samsung for a chip that runs on power from ambient radio frequencies
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Wiliot nabs $30M from Amazon, Avery Dennison, Samsung for a chip that runs on power from ambient radio frequencies

As we continue the quest for better and more efficient sources of energy to link up our connected world, companies that are developing new power solutions are attracting…

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Emtek introduces August-powered smart locks
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Emtek introduces August-powered smart locks

Looks like August’s big news for the show wasn’t a doorbell, after all. Rather, the smart lock maker announced this morning that it will be bringing its technology…

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Xiaomi’s five-year plan is a $1.5 billion bet on smart homes
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Xiaomi’s five-year plan is a $1.5 billion bet on smart homes

Xiaomi, the Chinese company best known for budget phones, is betting big on a future of connected homes. It plans to plough at least 100 billion yuan, or…

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Apple HomePod comes to China at $400 amid iPhone sales woes
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Apple HomePod comes to China at $400 amid iPhone sales woes

Apple is finally launching HomePod in China, but the timing is tricky as the premium device will have to wrestle with local competitors and a slowing economy. The…

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Gartner finds PC sales doldrums continued in 2018
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Gartner finds PC sales doldrums continued in 2018

Gartner has released its quarterly PC sales survey for the fourth quarter of 2018, and it was the same old story. PC sales plunged in the fourth quarter…

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Daily Crunch: Bing has a child porn problem
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Daily Crunch: Bing has a child porn problem

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am…

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The NYT gets into voice with 5 new Alexa skills, including a daily briefing, quiz and more
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The NYT gets into voice with 5 new Alexa skills, including a daily briefing, quiz and more

The New York Times is expanding its efforts around audio programming and voice assistants, the company announced today. The NYT says it’s launching a daily flash briefing for…

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Sensel’s pressure-sensitive display tech works underwater
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Sensel’s pressure-sensitive display tech works underwater

The Morph is a fun little computer peripheral. The small trackpad uses a series of silicone covers to recreate different interfaces, from a QWERTY keyboard to a drum…

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Anker’s PowerPort Atom is my permanent new travel companion
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Anker’s PowerPort Atom is my permanent new travel companion

I had to fight a couple of coworkers for this thing. It’s a strange thing to fight over, I realize, but we are strange people with a strange…

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Mental well-being took center stage at CES 2019
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Mental well-being took center stage at CES 2019

This week, the Las Vegas Convention Center was packed with many of the year’s biggest new devices. But over the last several years, The Sands has become the…

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Lyft partners with Segway to deploy more durable scooters
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Lyft partners with Segway to deploy more durable scooters

Lyft is gearing up to roll out its next generation of shared scooters in partnership with Segway Ninebot. This comes on the heels of Segway-Ninebot’s announcement of its…

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Meet Caper, the AI self-checkout shopping cart
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Meet Caper, the AI self-checkout shopping cart

The Amazon boogie-man has every retailer scrambling for ways to fight back. But the cost and effort to install cameras all over the ceiling or into every shelf…

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A Pong table managed to wow CES 2019
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A Pong table managed to wow CES 2019

That’s not the kind of headline one expects to write going into the week. But here we are. Universal Space’s analog Pong table is a mindblower in a…

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Daily Crunch: Well Facebook, you did it again
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Daily Crunch: Well Facebook, you did it again

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am…

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Halo’s second-gen brain stimulating headphones run $399
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Halo’s second-gen brain stimulating headphones run $399

Two and a half years after doing pushups onstage at Disrupt New York, Bay Area-based sports health company Halo Neuroscience is back with the second generation of its…

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Hey, look, it’s a hamster wheel for your cat
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Hey, look, it’s a hamster wheel for your cat

Have a stationary lifestyle and a penchant for lasagna left your cat overweight and sluggish? Sure, kicking dogs off the sides of tables and mailing cats to Abu…

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Nura is courting mainstream consumers with its bluetooth earbuds
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Nura is courting mainstream consumers with its bluetooth earbuds

Like many small companies at CES, most of Nura’s time this week will be spent in meetings behind closed doors. Among other things, the Australian startup seems confident…

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After over a million pre-orders, Amazon’s Echo Auto has begun to ship
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After over a million pre-orders, Amazon’s Echo Auto has begun to ship

At Amazon’s event in September, the company announced the Echo Auto, an aftermarket product designed to bring Alexa to cars. But the device has remained in pre-order status,…

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OmniCharge’s new power pack sports a swappable 40,300 mAh battery
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OmniCharge’s new power pack sports a swappable 40,300 mAh battery

Depending on your portable power needs and propensity for lower-back pain, the Omni Ultimate is either a godsend or something wholly ridiculous. The new power pack from L.A.-based…

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This wireless charging alarm clock from Anker looks pretty nice
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This wireless charging alarm clock from Anker looks pretty nice

I have an Echo Spot by my bed right now, and I feel kind of weird about it. Have a camera and microphone that close to where I…

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Blue launches a $100 XLR mic
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Blue launches a $100 XLR mic

Blue has done a find job carving a niche for itself in the burgeoning world of amateur podcasters. The company’s USB microphones like the Yeti and Snowball have…

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Neofect’s powered glove for people with paralysis is shipping this summer
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Neofect’s powered glove for people with paralysis is shipping this summer

Neofect’s come a ways since we first saw them at CES this time last year.  Late last month, the San Francisco-based team completed an Indiegogo round, picking up…

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Acer’s launches new high-end gaming laptops with Nvidia RTX 2080 GPUs
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Acer’s launches new high-end gaming laptops with Nvidia RTX 2080 GPUs

Acer today announced two new gaming laptops at CES, the 17-inch $4,000 Predator Triton 900 with a convertible 4K display and the somewhat more affordable all-metal 15-inch $1,800…

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Samsung steps up its game with the new Notebook Odyssey
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Samsung steps up its game with the new Notebook Odyssey

Reviews of the Notebook Odyssey line have been…mixed. Hopefully the electronics giant can right the ship as it navigates the tricky waters of high-end gaming systems. At very…

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Parcel Guard’s smart mailbox protects your packages from porch thieves
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Parcel Guard’s smart mailbox protects your packages from porch thieves

Maybe you won’t need a glitter bomb to protect your Amazon packages from porch thieves after all. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Canadian appliance maker…

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Maybe earbud charging cases don’t have to look terrible
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Maybe earbud charging cases don’t have to look terrible

Since the advent of Bluetooth earbuds, charging cases have been utilitarian, at best. Understandable. I suspect few, if any, purchase the things based on how their cases look.…

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Here’s what LG has on tap for CES
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Here’s what LG has on tap for CES

LG announcing all — or, at least, most — of its launches ahead of CES has become something of a time-honored tradition. That’s one way to get noticed.…

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More than 100 million Alexa devices have been sold
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More than 100 million Alexa devices have been sold

More than 100 million devices with Amazon’s Alexa assistant pre-installed have been sold, the company said Friday. The new metric, revealed by Amazon devices SVP Dave Limp in…

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HTC had a truly terrible 2018
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HTC had a truly terrible 2018

If you think times are bad at Apple, spare a thought for HTC, the once king-of-the-hill phone maker that continues to struggle very badly. The Taiwanese smartphone company,…

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GE adds a bunch of Google Assistant-friendly smart home products
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GE adds a bunch of Google Assistant-friendly smart home products

This year’s CES is already shaping up to be another big show for smart home devices, with the Amazon Alexa/Google Assistant showdown in the center ring. GE bought…

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