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This BMW Changes Color at the Touch of a Button

E-ink vehicle wrap works like an e-reader

(Newser) - The future could see you changing the color of your car with the touch of a button. The technology already exists, as BMW showcased Tuesday at CES, the annual consumer technology trade show in Las Vegas. The car maker unveiled an SUV whose exterior can change from white to black...

In the Middle of CES, a US Marshals Raid

US company says Chinese company is hurting industry with its cheap models

(Newser) - Hoverboards are making headlines, from bursting into flames and being banned by online retailers to causing trouble in churches and supermarkets . But the hoverboard hubbub at CES in Las Vegas Thursday was something straight out of a corporate espionage movie: Per Bloomberg , US marshals raided a booth set up by...

Some Notable Gizmos at This Year's CES Show
 Some Notable Gizmos 
 at This Year's CES 
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Some Notable Gizmos at This Year's CES

In the market for a folding electric scooter?

(Newser) - The tech world's big day has arrived with the official start of the annual CES forum in Las Vegas. Some of the gadgets getting attention:
  • Fancy a folding electric scooter? Wired says the Xcooter is intriguing, with a 15-mile range and a speed of up to 17mph. Preorders for

Michael Bay Chokes at CES Appearance

He loses place on teleprompter, walks off stage

(Newser) - Transformers director Michael Bay has made headlines again, this time for a bizarre incident at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas yesterday. Bay was taking part in a news conference about Samsung's new curved TVs when there was a problem with the teleprompter, the Los Angeles Times reports....

Lost the Remote? 84-Inch TV Has Voice Control

'Ultra-resolution' screen uses motion control, too

(Newser) - Perhaps the days of searching for remotes are coming to a close: LG's latest TV operates using voice- and 3D motion-control. The 84-inch HDTV, shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show today, offers "ultra-resolution" and a bezel of just a millimeter, Mashable reports. It also has a plasma...

Why the Consumer Electronics Show Secretly Sucks

Slate columnist: Tech journalists won't say it, but the show's always a bore

(Newser) - Farhad Manjoo isn’t one of the tech journalists descending on Las Vegas this weekend. He decided to stay home and avoid “the overcrowded, overstuffed, chaotic, and profoundly pointless vaporware parade known as CES,” he writes in Slate . The Consumer Electronics Show “is an enormous waste of...

E-Readers Abound, But Market Looks Gloomy

Many believe the era of dedicated gadgets is almost over

(Newser) - This year’s Consumer Electronics Show has seen the unveiling of a raft of new e-readers, but the would-be Kindle and Nook competitors could have a hard go of it. First off, some are pretty pricey—that Plastic Logic Que will cost $649 without 3G, or $799 with an AT&...

Ballmer Points Way to Keyboard-Free World
 Ballmer Points Way to 
 Keyboard-Free World 

Ballmer Points Way to Keyboard-Free World

Microsoft chief shows off gear with touch, speech interface

(Newser) - In his keynote speech at the technology super-convention in Las Vegas, Steve Ballmer pointed the way to a future in which we won’t be chained to keyboards. The Microsoft chief took to the stage with a number of devices that instead use touch or sound for user interface, like...

Challengers to Apple Tablet Dominate CES

Microsoft, HP, Amazon, Lenovo launch preemptive strike

(Newser) - Denizens of the non-Apple world—Microsoft, HP, Lenovo, etc.—appear to be starting competition with the Mac-daddy’s rumored tablet computer before its expected unveiling later this month with a preemptive strike at the Consumer Electronics Show. But whatever the CES reveals, Apple is keeping mum. A look at...

Recession Takes Bite Out of CES Buzz

Attendance down at Las Vegas electronics expo

(Newser) - Whether or not the gadgets make a splash, this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas is certainly a low-voltage affair, Reuters reports. The sputtering economy has slashed turnout at the expo, which in years past hosted “so many people it’s hard to walk around.” And tech...

Digital Polaroid Doesn't Have Same Charm
Digital Polaroid Doesn't Have Same Charm

Digital Polaroid Doesn't Have Same Charm

Company is back with instant photos, but the fun is gone

(Newser) - Polaroid may be out of the film business, but it's trying to reclaim its place in the market of instant photos. With the goal of winning back the hearts of nostalgic point-and-shooters, Polaroid has unveiled the diminutive PoGo, combining a standard digital camera with an onboard, ink-free printer. But FastCompany’...

Electronics Show Struggles to Green Up

Energy-guzzling expo buys carbon offsets, touts greener gadgets

(Newser) - The massive Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which kicks off Monday, is trying to beat its seriously "ungreen" rep by buying carbon offsets for the equivalent of 2.3 million gallons of gasoline it takes to power the extravaganza, the size of 35 football fields. It will also...

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