CES-2016 Stories January 8

We saw plenty of nifty gadgets and fresh technology at CES 2016 this week. Perhaps, none more intriguing than Segway’s new Robot butler. Having partnered with Intel, Segway is leveraging its experience with two-wheeled vehicles in a collaboration that delivers a product bound to interest any technology geek…

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CES-2016 Stories January 7

Action cameras have surged onto the scene in the last few years. GoPro has set the standard with top-of-the-line features and a whole slew of options for nearly every product category. One area that remains a concern is battery life. As cameras have become Wi-Fi-enabled and are now shooting at higher resolutions, recording time has suffered along the way. The best options on the market top out at around 90 minutes to two hours.

That’s where the Activeon Solar X comes in. While the built-in battery provides a standard two hours of run-time, the add-on X Station solar panels can provide an additional four hours of recording. Need more than six hours? There is an answer for that as well…

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Bang & Olufsen has announced a new soundbar home theater system at CES 2016 that is slated for release in mid-April. In typical B&O fashion, it has a beautiful design with an outrageous price tag. The new BeoSound 35 has an aluminum base and casing. Unlike typical soundbars on the market, Bang & Olufsen is quick to demonstrate on the product page that it works as a standalone speaker mounted on a wall or free-standing in a corner. expand full story

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CES-2016 Stories January 6

Following in the footsteps of Kodak, classic camera manufacturer Polaroid has revealed a new version of one of its most popular products at CES 2016. The updated Polaroid Snap+ instant print camera improves on the previous design that was released this fall by adding a new 3.5-inch touchscreen display. While the original Snap has been subject to mixed reviews from customers, Polaroid hopes this updated version will cure some of those ills with a few fixes…

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While CES 2016 has been dominated thus far by buzzwords like HDR, 4K and multi-room audio, Kodak is going back to its roots. The iconic brand is aiming to bring back the popular medium, Super 8, from the 1970’s with a fresh batch of hardware. Kodak is preparing to release two different versions of the camera this fall in conjunction with a new service that processes, scans and delivers all of your footage. Initial mockups of the device look great. The question is, will consumers buy-in? Head below for more information and a gallery of images.

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Sony held its CES 2016 press conference yesterday, taking the opportunity to announce a slew of new products. Sony President Michael Fasulo introduced new 4K BRAVIA Ultra HDTVs, fresh multi-room speakers and a sweet hi-res turntable. Details were also released on a new streaming service from Sony Pictures that will bring “new and classic titles” from its library of films directly to the just-announced televisions. More below.

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CES-2016 Stories January 5

Digital camera darling Nikon is throwing its hat into a new product category this year. For the first time, Nikon will be manufacturing an action camera. Upon first glance, it’s obvious that this isn’t a typical GoPro competitor. The Keymission 360 Action Camera has two lenses and is capable of shooting 4K video. Nikon must feel that there is a market for not only action cameras, but one that can shoot 360-degrees of footage. So where does it fit in an already crowded product category filled with haves and have nots?

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CES 2016 will bring plenty of new 4K UHDTV options this year. We expect many of the new models to feature OLED and HDR capabilities. Just yesterday, Roku announced plans to expand its subsidized line-up of 4K HDR sets. Now, LG has introduced eight new OLED UHDTVs. This new lineup is loaded with high-end features packed into flat and curved designs. Head below to see how LG’s latest stack up.

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Today at CES 2016 Harman Kardon has announced a new batch of “True HD Audio” multi-room speakers. The OMNI+ line-up is Wi-Fi-enabled with access to a wide variety of audio sources. Additionally, HK touts the ability to playback true lossless definition audio and a mix of indoor and outdoor speakers for a versatile setup. Head below for more information on Harman’s latest release.

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CES 2016 kicked off yesterday with a bang across a variety of product categories. Established drone manufacturer DJI announced a new consumer-focused 4K option that increases the availability of ultra-high resolution video to even more users. Late last night, Parrot lifted the veil on a new prototype with a modern take on a classic look.

While quadcopters have largely dominated this space for years, Parrot is using a fixed-wing look with its new DISCO prototype. The throwback design is notable but standout features like 50MPH speeds and 45 minutes of flight time are eye-popping specs. More below.

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CES-2016 Stories January 4

Bluetooth headphones continue to evolve and manufacturers are leaning more heavily on the standard than ever before. Wired headphones still have a place in the heart of consumers, but as active lifestyles and connected devices like Apple Watch have risen in interest, wireless has become the rage.

Many retailers are now focusing on features to stand apart within the crowded Bluetooth headphone category. Altec Lansing has announced a new set of “truly wireless” earbuds at CES that still offer many of the standard features that we’ve come to expect. The audio accessory-maker is touting the inclusion of GPS as just one of the reasons you should pay attention to the new Freedom True Wireless Earbuds. Unfortunately, the design isn’t actually…appealing.

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Update (1/5 5:00pm): In a surprising move, Adorama has already discounted the Phantom 3 4K down to $799 (Reg. $999) ahead of its release tomorrow.

DJI today announced that it would be expanding its line-up of popular Phantom 3 and high-end Inspire drones. The most noteworthy addition comes way of the Phantom 3 4K which brings the higher resolution to its lowest price yet from DJI. While 4K video was previously only available on the more expensive Phantom 3 Professional, this new model is more in-line with the drone-maker’s other consumer-focused offerings. Full details below.

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As CES 2016 gets underway out in Las Vegas, we’re beginning to see a steady stream of product announcements this morning. One of the early darlings of the event is Samsung’s new Family Hub refrigerator that sports a notable 21.5-inch 1080p display. While full details have yet to be released here in the United States, we’ve got our hands on as much information that is available at this time. Head below for more.

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Update (3/10 3:45pm): The first Roku-enabled 4K UHDTVs have landed over at Best Buy with prices starting at $399.99 shipped.

Roku is continuing its expansion in the world of HDTVs as it licenses its technology to manufacturers. After announcing the first 4K sets last year at CES, it is kicking of the 2016 show with news of increased expansion and fresh TCL UHDTVs. All told, Roku plans to release some sixty new models with its built-in OS system in 2016. Brands like TCL, HiSense and Insignia have seen steady growth since introducing its partnership with Roku. According to Roku’s press release, over one million units have shipped.

Head below for more details on upcoming 4K UHDTV releases, plus Roku’s plan for a Reference Series line of products and a deal on the previous generation 48-inch 1080p model.

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