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CES 2017: 9 of the biggest trends to watch out for

CES is the world’s biggest tech event. With nearly 200,000 attendees flooding into the Las Vegas strip for a week, the conference shines a light on much of gear we’ll be using over the years to come.

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Faraday Future unveils an actual car

Unfortunately for the FF 91, there's no actual price for the car or word on what sort of trim packages it'll have. But at least it's an actual car. Now we just wait to see if makes into the garages of drivers. The company seems ready for the challenge. At the end of the event, Sampson said, "despite all the naysayers and skeptics, we will persist."

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This selfie-drone recognizes, finds and auto-records its owner

Hover Camera could already recognize and follow a target. Just previously you had to use the companion app on your phone, and pick out the subject you wanted to follow on screen. With the new feature, you essentially "register" your face via the app once, and then you can forget about the phone. The next time you launch Hover Camera, it will fly in place, turning around until it spots you. Once it has you locked, it'll follow you as before. To grab a selfie, just raise your hand until the front LED flashes, and gives you a three-count.

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Telefonica launches global competition to find most innovative startups

Telefonica will assess online applications from thousands of startups that have an innovative technological project or use emerging technologies. It said that startups should be making no income or have less than 1,000 users. On January 15, votes will be counted, and the most popular projects will be placed on a final shortlist. A panel of experts will choose the winner on January 31.

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Intel shifting to focus on the autonomous driving industry - ReadWrite

Intel has been working diligently over the past year to improve its role in autonomous technology.  With the PC industry not really moving, and the self-driving car industry exploding, this move may make good sense for the firm.

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New system builds facial recognition into fingerprint readers

Handling biometric logins is both sensitive and processor-intensive. As a result, most fingerprint readers build additional hardware directly into the sensor, giving it the power to accept or reject a print without making it available to the rest of the device. But while that system protects fingerprints from potentially hacked devices, it also makes it difficult to incorporate other biometrics like facial recognition without duplicating hardware. Synaptics’ new system is designed to bring those together, incorporating facial recognition processing into the same hardware as the fingerprint sensor, while integrating with the device’s built-in camera.

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Pick a Side Hustle That Complements Your Career Goals

If your main job isn’t in the field that you want to pursue as a career, your side hustle can be your entry point into a new field. If you’re in your chosen field but just want to move up, pick a side hustle that will teach you relevant skills. Making more money is a great goal, but if you’re going for the easier up front payout, you might be leaving cash on the table in the future.

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Buy Forever Stamps Now Before They Get More Expensive On January 22nd

Forever stamps are a special kind of stamp that the Post Office issues that retain their value even if the price of stamps goes up. In other words, a $0.47 stamp today will still cover the cost of a $0.49 postage cost next month. Even if the price of postage goes up years from now, Forever stamps will still cover the cost of whatever one stamp is worth. If you frequently mail letters, or if you just want to make sure you’re covered for the foreseeable future, now’s a good time to grab a book and save yourself a few coins.

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Whirlpool’s new smart appliances can be controlled with Alexa

Through the Echo, Echo Dot, or other Alexa-enabled devices, owners will be able to control some of the core functions of these new appliances. The most useful commands are for Whirlpool’s ovens, which will let owners set cooking times and temperatures by voice and ask for updates on how much time is remaining.

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4 ways Industry 4.0 will look different in the coming year

This year  ThyssenKrupp  launched the use of Microsoft HoloLens technology in its elevator service operations worldwide. Currently, the global elevator service industry is valued at over $44 billion per year, and more than 12 million elevators transport over 1 billion people each day. Microsoft HoloLens is the first fully self-contained wearable holographic computer running Windows 10. It is completely self-contained–no wires, phones, or connection to a PC needed. Microsoft HoloLens allows you to place holograms in your physical environment and provides a new way to see the world. The special mixed reality device empowers more than 24,000 of the company’s service technicians to do their jobs more safely and efficiently, and keep people and cities moving better than ever before.

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This Two Terabyte Flash Drive Packs More Storage Than a MacBook

For those eager to easily misplace two terabytes worth of photos, videos, MP3s, and other important documents, today Kingston unveiled a three-inch USB flash drive packing more storage than even a fully spec’d MacBook Pro.

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inMarket orders a round of beacons; coming to a bar near you soon

inMarket has partnered with AMI Entertainment, a major supplier of jukeboxes, TVs, and other electronics to bars and other venues. It will begin to deploy beacons to 25,000 entertainment venues in the U.S. that use AMI equipment over the next few months.

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Dell protects Alienware, shoves low-end gaming into Inspiron 7000

But it’s a risky proposition: A few PC makers have folded premium gaming products into consumer brands and paid the price. HP rolled its VoodooPC gaming brand into Envy and ultimately shuttered its Voodoo business thinking it wasn’t a worthwhile opportunity. At that time, gaming was a niche market, but now it’s growing, and HP is now making a comeback under its Omen brand.

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Faraday Future just unveiled its first-ever electric car for production — and it has a range of more than 300 miles per charge

Faraday Future just unveiled its first-ever electric car for production — and it has a range of more than 300 miles per charge

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Zuckerberg’s 2017 challenge is to meet and listen to people in all 50 states

After a year of criticism and allegations around fake news, censorship, and bias, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is using his yearly challenge to educate himself on the needs and problems of his users around the United States.

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5 ways the new connected agriculture world changed in 2016

Alerts are delivered whenever any of these metrics fall out of the ideal growing range. The data collected from users also enables Freight Farms to improve their services, giving them greater insight into how customers are utilizing their products. Container gardening is nothing new in urban areas, but it’s foreseeable that the water-efficient containers could be of benefit to regions where drought causes a barrier to farming.

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Request for Startups: Water

One area we think a lot about is water—natural fresh supplies could be at serious risk around the world. We’re close to a tipping point where technology will let us make clean water extremely abundant and cheap. We will create more than enough clean water for everyone in the world, for any use necessary.

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saschasegan on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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Faraday Future Finally Unveils Its Autonomous Vehicle, the FF 91

At an event in CES today, Faraday Future revealed its autonomous self-driving vehicle the FF 91. The company says that the vehicle will go on sale from 2018, though it will start accepting registrations for it against a refundable $5000 security deposit through its website from this week.

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Today, Kingston announced a product that may get people excited about flash drives again. The company has created a 2TB pocket flash drive (also available in 1TB), called DataTraveler Ultimate GT (Generation Terabyte). This is now the world's largest capacity USB flash drive . "Power users will have the ability to store massive amounts of data in a small form factor, including up to 70 hours of 4K video on a single 2TB drive. DataTraveler Ultimate GT offers superior quality in a high-end design as it is made of a zinc-alloy metal casing for shock resistance. Its compact size gives the tech enthusiast or professional user an easily portable solution to store and transfer their high capacity files," says Kingston.

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5 network predictions for 2017

There are a few network companies up for sale, most notably the networking business unit at Avaya and the IP networking group at Brocade. There are also a number of companies with activist interest, such as F5, Aerohive and Ixia. I predict that 2017 will see both Avaya and Brocade’s IP division sold off to existing vendors for consolidation purposes and four more be taken private. The consolidation is long overdue, as fewer, bigger vendors will be able to compete better with the larger vendors, such as Cisco and HP.

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Roadshow on Twitter

Here's the @FaradayFuture FF 91 parking itself...slowly but surely, with an extra bit in the middle. #CES2017 pic.twitter.com/K9yQOXezVA

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17 innovative features in Fiat Chrysler's new electric minivan concept

But there's also an overhead display for passengers in the second and third rows that can be used for e-commerce, like sending alerts about the nearest In-N-Out Burger, FCA designer Emilio Feliciano said at the CES event. It can also stream movies and video games.

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Tesla narrowly missed its 2016 sales targets

At the start of 2016, Tesla set itself the ambitious goal of delivering "up to" 90,000 new cars to customers and almost, but not quite, achieved it. The company has revealed that it managed to get 83,992 electric vehicles out to people across the year, and would have been more but for some production hiccups in the Fall. It's a big year-on-year boost for the relatively small automaker, since it only managed to deliver 50,580 cars in 2015 .

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Kuri home robot can read to your kids and watch your home

You may not have to wait for the likes of ASUS' Zenbo to cross the ocean before you can get an affordable home robot. Mayfield Robotics (one of Bosch's startups) has taken the wraps off of Kuri , a 20-inch-tall robot companion that promises to play nicely with your smart home. It can answer questions with a human-like touch (facial expressions, head gestures and sounds), watch over your home with a 1080p camera and play audio, whether it follows you around with music or reads to your kids. It's reportedly easy to program, and you can use IFTTT to have it talk to other smart household devices.

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Qualcomm accidentally outs Asus' Snapdragon 821-powered ZenFone AR

As the release comes from Qualcomm and not Asus, it is fairly light on details other than the chipset, but it’s a good one. The phone will use the latest Snapdragon 821 processor–the same chip that’s in the Pixel and Pixel XL (and other recent high-end phones)–to power the phone. That’s a marked improvement over the first Tango device, Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro, which runs the less-powerful Snapdragon 652 processor. According to Qualcomm’s since-pulled press release, that should result in a better overall experience:

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How to balance security and usability with data analytics

The biggest benefit of using a biometric device for authentication purposes is the ease of use that it offers. Fingerprint scanners are extremely affordable and are fairly easy to use. You can compare the fingerprints among millions of records that can be contained in a computer database. The results can be instantaneous depending on the amount of records that you are comparing the fingerprints to.

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A Suggested Itinerary for Mark Zuckerberg's Cross-Country Vision Quest

Mark Zuckerberg is considerably better at New Year’s resolutions than you are—last year, he built his own home AI, voiced by Morgan Freeman , and ran all over the world . This year, Zuck’s New Year’s resolution is more noble, more selfless. He wants to get offline and immerse himself in the nitty-gritty land of IRL. The Facebook CEO plans to step outside his Silicon tower, Forrest Gump-ing around America, meeting with regular people like you and me. In a post Tuesday evening, the tech god wrote he wants to understand how us commoners live, work and think about the future.

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LG's Stylo 3 pairs a solid mid-range phone with a mediocre stylus

A few LG spokespeople asked me if I could find where the stylus was stored, and I admit it took a few moments; that's how well the edge of the stylus blends into the Stylo's silver plastic frame. If you're the type who keeps your nails on the longer side, you'll be fine. Meanwhile, I had a lot of trouble digging the stylus out, to the point where I probably flubbed our video a few times. Once you get it out, though, writing on the screen is actually quite pleasant. The thinner stylus is tougher to hold onto than an S Pen, but LG did a surprisingly good job on the pen's nib -- it does sort of feel like writing on paper. Still, its thin build feels borderline flimsy, and I wonder if I could ever reliably get that stylus out when I need it.

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Logitech's new headset brings cinematic sound to your matches

The illusion created by a good audio setup can easily be broken by a set of heavy, sweaty cans, but the Logitech G533 avoids discomfort thanks to sport mesh earcups that are light, breathable and can be removed for washing. The G533 also maintains the plastic build of its siblings but tries a glossy look on the outside of the cups instead for a touch of class, with textured buttons on the left cup to make one-handed control easier. The mic has been slimmed down into a half-inch-diameter tube that flips up into the left cup when not in use.

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[Video] CES 2017: How AI will play a big role in future Honor smartphones - TechRepublic

At CES 2017, TechRepublic spoke with George Zhou, Honor president, about Honor Magic--the new AI smartphone system integrated into its devices and its role in future products.

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ReNu is an acoustic kit that sends calming vibes to your brain

While the company claims that ReNu's strength is a brainwave-tweaking software that rapidly reduces stress, the process starts with a surprising step that feels counterintuitive. Before the user can experience the technology, they are required to use supplements in the form of a cream or chewable nutrients that the company claims are "all-natural amino acids". Next, a couple of small patches, placed behind each ear, produce microcurrents to rapidly increase the absorption of the nutrients. The stimulation from the patches also prepares the brain for the company's proprietary software, which is delivered to the brain in the form of binaural audio.

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Legendary film composer Hans Zimmer will perform at Coachella this year

He’ll perform both Sundays of the festival, as will Kendrick Lamar, Lorde (does this mean new music?), New Order (congrats, dad!), Justice, Porter Robinson, Madeon, Future Islands, and DJ Khaled. Coachella is scheduled from April 14th through April 23rd this year, in its usual location at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

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Meet the VR boots that want to make you feel every step

Taclim is still in the prototype stages and Cerevo is using its debut at CES 2017 to gather feedback on the fresh hardware. It's clear the system is fresh -- the boots are clunky, with two chunky straps across the top, and foam soles that separate and slide to allow for size adjustment. It's difficult to balance on the shoes, let alone kick out with any real force. Playing an unreleased PlayStation VR game, Headbutt Factory , the boots responded about half of the time as I kicked out at a series of floating enemies. I walked along a pathway composed of various surfaces, including snow and wood — when I could actually feel the vibrations, they were effective in evoking the different textures.

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HP's Sprout Pro looks nicer (and works better) than the original

Like the Sprouts before it, the Pro G2 has what HP calls a Touch Mat -- a touchscreen that supports 20 simultaneous touch points so you and a friend can use all your fingers to draw your digital projects. One of the cooler things the Sprout can do is scan 3D objects that you place on or above the Touch Mat, then letting you manipulate the model on either of the displays. You can also place an up to A3-sized piece of paper on the mat and scan that document. The Pro G2 has a camera with the same resolution as before, but it now offers what the company calls "quick 3D Capture Capability" that can read an object that you hold and rotate in front of it.

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Your Creative Calendar: 68 Things To See, Hear, And Read In January

Once upon a time, Co.Create put together a statistical, 100% scientific analysis proving that January is the weirdest month of the year for movies . This study coincided with the release of Mortdecai , a film about Johnny Depp's bracingly eccentric mustache, but it also shed light on the phenomenon of either a new Underworld or Resident Evil chapter, along with some true cinematic abominations like Kangaroo Jack, always ringing in the new year. Well, it is with no small pleasure that we announce Hollywood has indeed done it again, releasing into the wild a flock of flicks that could only come out in the dead of winter—including both an Underworld AND a Resident Evil entry, along with Monster Trucks , the film about trucks that are indeed monsters, destined to be the Kangaroo Jack of its time. Worry not, though, because even if this January's movie offerings form a typically mixed bag of nuts, the supply of music and TV on hand will no doubt captivate, with new work from the xx and Run the Jewels, and the premiere of Tom Hardy's foray into TV, Taboo .

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Acer's new Chromebook is built to survive even the clumsiest owner

Laptops are easily broken. Just one spilled soda, or one dropped computer can spell disaster. There are some ruggedized machines, but they’re pretty expensive. The Panasonic ToughBook, for example, is a military-grade machine that packs a premium pricetag.

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Samsung's QLED 4K TVs look better thanks to metal Quantum Dots

And speaking of hanging things on your wall, Samsung developed a "no-gap wall mount" for the QLED lineup, which lets you mount them on your wall seamlessly. Instead of having the mount's hardware stick off of the wall, Samsung embedded it inside the back of the TVs. The mount itself is a fairly thin mechanism (and yes, you'll still need to mount it properly on wall studs), and it can easily tilt the TVs in different angles. Samsung claims the new mount will let you hang up your TV on your own. You don't even need to worry about leveling, as it'll automatically adjust the TV to sit perfectly straight.

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Shure made a $100 Lightning cable with built-in DAC for its earbuds and the iPhone 7

Designing headphones with a detachable cable has its benefits; just take Shure for an example. At CES 2017 the company has announced its Remote + Mic Lightning Accessory Cable. It’s a straight-to-the-point, boring name, yes — but this $99.99 cable could ease the transition to the iPhone 7 for owners of Shure earbuds. And it might even make your music sound better.

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Stranded Astronauts Adopt an Elaborate Coping Mechanism in Imaginative Short Scavengers

Marooned on a far-off but weirdly Earth-like planet, a pair of astronauts spend their days studying the very strange, surreal creatures that roam its surface. Their experiments may seem odd (and involve a lot of gooey slime), but there’s a specific goal at the end that has everything to do with good ol’ homesickness.

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Mobileye, Delphi Showcase Autonomous Driving Capability At CES 2017

“Delphi and Mobileye’s complementary skills are key to enabling a production-ready, scalable autonomous system,” said Professor Amnon Shashua, Mobileye co-founder, chairman and CTO. “These demonstrations provide a glimpse to what our collaboration has achieved so far while many of the truly advanced capabilities such as the full scope of REM and Reinforcement Learning for Driving Policy will be gradually upgraded during 2017.”

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Motiv crams a fitness band’s worth of functionality into a ring

Here’s one of those devices I can’t wait to put through some real world testing. Motiv’s creators have made some pretty big claims for their tiny wearable – which are pretty impressive, if true, putting a new spin on the somewhat staid and oversaturated world of fitness tracking wearables.

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Brilliant Space Invaders Pack Straps a Miniature Arcade Cabinet to Your Back

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. This Space Invaders-themed backpack only looks like a miniature replica of an arcade machine—it doesn’t actually let you play the classic video game that has you fending off alien invaders. But we’ll happily turn a blind eye to that oversight, because everything else about this pack is fantastic.

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Ryan Reynolds Is Still Trying to Convince Hugh Jackman to Do a Deadpool/Wolverine Movie

Sure, a version of “Deadpool” and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine have already teamed up, thanks to the excruciating X-Men Origins: Wolverine , but wouldn’t it be amazing if Ryan Reynold’s wittily maniacal mercenary could join forces with Hugh Jackman’s Logan? Well, Reynolds agrees—and he’s actively trying to get Jackman to do so, too.

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Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti graphics cards bring desktop-level gaming to laptops

The GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti for laptops pack the exact same number of CUDA cores as their bigger cousins, and actually boost to slightly higher speeds—1493MHz for the GTX 1050 and 1620MHz for the GTX 1050 Ti. Nvidia’s also touting the overclocking ability of the two new offerings, boasting that its new 16nm “Pascal” GPUs offer three times the overclocking potential of previous-gen 28nm “Maxwell” GPUs. The GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti also enjoy all the other features added to Nvidia’s new Pascal-based graphics, like improved DX12 performance, Ansel super screenshots, Nvidia’s performance-boosting multi-res shading tech, and more.

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Did Kim Kardashian hint at a divorce before her long-awaited return to Instagram?

The Kardashian women historically remain tight with exes who they've started families with even if the romantic relationship ends. Khloe stuck around for Lamar Odom after their breakup and his overdose, and postponing their divorce to remain in charge of his medical care. Scott Disick has remained a big part of Kardashian family and recent took a ski trip with Kourtney. Kris and Caitlyn Jenner seem to have made peace after the divorce and posed together for the holidays.

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For The First Time Ever, the Next Super Sentai Series Has Been Made With Input From America

Although the Power Rangers and Super Sentai franchises have been forever linked since Power Rangers began 24 years ago , the Western side of things has never had creative input on the making of the Japanese show—it has simply been left to create its own series out of Super Sentai footage. That’s changing this year.

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Woody Harrelson in Early Talks to Be Han Solo's New Mentor: Report

Variety has sources saying that Woody Harrelson is in the early stages of negotiation to play the mentor of Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) in the next standalone Star Wars movie.

51 You Can Pre-Heat This Shower From Your Smartphone While You're Still in Bed
52 Move Over, Netflix, Linksys' New Wi-Fi Router Prioritizes Video Games
53 Vincent D'Onofrio Just Really Loves Marvel
54 Beyond Is the Perfect Scifi Show to Have on While Cleaning Your Home
55 CES | The Next Web
56 https://www.periscope.tv/w/azsNQjE0Njl8MU1ueG5ycnZQbWt4TxKwVewcbzWaWnki4a78-dN_owMbqNKlFZEW1EMW-V2s
57 Dish AirTV Android Streaming Box Merges Netflix, Sling TV, Local TV
58 Doctors: Seriously, Stop Sticking Q-Tips In Your Ears
59 https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/17/01/03/2311236/qualcomm-details-snapdragon-835-processor?utm_source=slashdot&utm_medium=twitter
60 The Producer of Armageddon and Pirates of the Caribbean Just Signed On To a New Scifi Film
61 Don't be fooled: Intel's new desktop CPUs aren't faster
62 Why Super Mario’s Run Was Short
63 Free-Diving in a Frozen Lake Looks Terrifying and Surreal
64 Meet the Ferocious Insect That Runs So Fast, It Briefly Goes Blind
65 Chemists Explain Why You Probably Shouldn't Bother With Cough Syrup
66 Oh hey, they have smart hairbrushes now
67 Review: LifePrint Augmented Reality Printer
68 Lifehacker on Twitter
69 LG press conference at CES 2017: Live stream, start time, what to expect
70 Tesla misses on deliveries for 2016
71 If you want Lenovo's Smart Assistant early, fly to China
72 More Details About What Rogue One's Reshoots Actually Changed
73 Linksys’ latest router bakes in Killer Network software for butter-smooth gaming
74 The Honor 6x does the iPhone's portrait trick for $250
75 Dish AirTV streaming box brings 4K and Android TV smarts to CES 2017
76 America's Scientists Are Terrified by Trump
77 Here's What It's Like to Take Frog Poison
78 Get your CES 2017 liveblogs here!
79 Scientists confirm a 'new' human organ
80 ODG unveils its first consumer AR/VR glasses, built on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip
81 Mattel's Creepy New Gadget Wants to Spy on Your Newborn
82 CES 2017: All the news from the massive Las Vegas tech show
83 Dell protects Alienware, shoves low-end gaming into Inspiron 7000
84 Cool Teen Ruins Dad’s Congressional Swearing In Ceremony With Meme [Update: He's Grounded]
85 CES 2067: Welcome to the future
86 'Tomb Raider' writer Rhianna Pratchett says goodbye to Lara Croft
87 Chrysler unveils selfie-taking concept car for Millennials
88 ODG’s new augmented reality glasses are for normal people (with a lot of money)
89 Tesla delivered over 76,000 vehicles in 2016, falling slightly short of goal
90 CES: Annual Tech Event Shows Draws Other Industries
91 Pool-Jumping Daredevil Needs New Feet After Gruesome Accident
92 Mattel Is Building An Alexa For Kids
93 Acer's 21-inch gaming laptop will cost you a staggering $8,999
94 D-Vine Connect is a smart wine bar for your home