Acer’s monstrous Predator 21 X gaming laptop will cost $8,999

Acer’s monstrous Predator 21 X gaming laptop will cost $8,999

Acer’s monstrous Predator 21 X gaming laptop will cost $8,999

Gaming laptops are as much a contest of engineering bravado as they are an attempt at portability and practicality. Meet the case in point: Acer’s new Predator 21 X gaming laptop. Its components are excessive, and it is the first ever such machine with a curved display — a 21-inch, 2560 x 1080 resolution IPS display to be exact. We first saw the laptop back at IFA in August, and now we know the whole package will run you an eye-popping $8,999. Acer announced the price at CES 2017 today and says it will be available starting in February.

The Predator 21 X is of course hideous, with rough, protruding black and silver edges and a gaudy blue dragon stock graphic slapped above the keyboard. (The graphic is at least customizable.) It looks not too far off from a military laptop you’d see in the background of an action movie’s oversimplified hacking scene. But then again, you’re not buying the Predator 21 X for its looks. You’re buying the device for its sheer and absurd level of power, illogically stuffed into a package that’s only portable if you’re willing to carry around a 17.6-pound clamshell monstrosity.

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Fisher-Price’s connected toy bike is like SoulCycle for kids

Fisher-Price’s connected toy bike is like SoulCycle for kids

Fisher-Price’s connected toy bike is like SoulCycle for kids

Growing up with smart devices means kids these days are becoming more stationary, so Fisher-Price has introduced an adorable solution at CES 2017. The Think & Learn Smart Cycle is a toy bike that works with a companion app so toddlers can play educational games while pedaling.

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Fisher-Price’s connected toy bike is like SoulCycle for kids

Fisher-Price’s connected toy bike is like SoulCycle for kids

Fisher-Price’s connected toy bike is like SoulCycle for kids

Growing up with smart devices means kids these days are becoming more stationary, so Fisher-Price has introduced an adorable solution at CES 2017. The Think & Learn Smart Cycle is a toy bike that works with a companion app so toddlers can play educational games while pedaling.

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Petnet’s new SmartFeeder 2.0 comes with a refined design and Google Assistant support

Petnet’s new SmartFeeder 2.0 comes with a refined design and Google Assistant support

Petnet’s new SmartFeeder 2.0 comes with a refined design and Google Assistant support

Petnet has debuted SmartFeeder 2.0, the next generation of its automatic pet feeder. The new feeder builds upon many of the features from the first version of the SmartFeeder, focusing on refined design choices and further integration with smart home devices.

The SmartFeeder 2.0 looks similar to its predecessor, but with subtle aesthetic tweaks that make it both sleeker and more compact. Other design changes improve the SmartFeeder’s functionality. It’s now compatible with more foods, including odd-shaped kibble that had trouble dispensing before. There’s also a new lid which the company says makes it “nearly impossible” for pets to break into. Lastly, the addition of more sensors mean there’s even more accuracy with exactly how much food the SmartFeeder gives a pet.

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Riding with Lucid Motors, the 1,000-horsepower electric car built to beat Tesla

Riding with Lucid Motors, the 1,000-horsepower electric car built to beat Tesla

Riding with Lucid Motors, the 1,000-horsepower electric car built to beat Tesla

Lucid Motors is a small electric car startup based out of Menlo Park, California that has big dreams for the future. But not that big. Unlike some of its peers (I’m looking at you, Faraday Future), the company steers clear of making outsized promises about the nature of its car. It won’t transform transportation. It won’t reformat your life. It just wants to make a beautiful, zero-emission car that you can drive in style.

I got to take a ride in Lucid Motors’ Air prototype during CES in Las Vegas this week. The company first unveiled the 1,000-horsepower, ultra-luxury vehicle at the LA Auto Show last year. The camouflage was still on the car I rode, but Peter Rawlinson, the company’s CTO (and the former lead engineer on the Tesla Model S) said it would be coming off in a few weeks.

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Lenovo and Google have created their own Echo Show that supports YouTube

Lenovo and Google have created their own Echo Show that supports YouTube

Lenovo and Google have created their own Echo Show that supports YouTube

Google Assistant is everywhere. It’s on phones, TVs, smartwatches, and even inside cars. While Google has been playing catch-up to Amazon’s Echo devices for years now, it’s now taking a big step to expanding its Assistant to even more hardware today. Google is introducing a new Smart Display platform designed for partners like Lenovo to create their own Echo Show-like devices.

Lenovo is one the first launch partners for these new Google Smart Displays, and JBL, LG, and Sony are also producing similar devices. Strangely, Google isn’t making its own hardware like it has done with the Google Home, Google Home Mini, and Google Home Max. It’s leaving it up to partners to create their own displays for now.

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Lenovo and Google have created their own Echo Show that supports YouTube

Lenovo and Google have created their own Echo Show that supports YouTube

Lenovo and Google have created their own Echo Show that supports YouTube

Google Assistant is everywhere. It’s on phones, TVs, smartwatches, and even inside cars. While Google has been playing catch-up to Amazon’s Echo devices for years now, it’s now taking a big step to expanding its Assistant to even more hardware today. Google is introducing a new Smart Display platform designed for partners like Lenovo to create their own Echo Show-like devices.

Lenovo is one the first launch partners for these new Google Smart Displays, and JBL, LG, and Sony are also producing similar devices. Strangely, Google isn’t making its own hardware like it has done with the Google Home, Google Home Mini, and Google Home Max. It’s leaving it up to partners to create their own displays for now.

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Lenovo and Google have created their own Echo Show that supports YouTube

Lenovo and Google have created their own Echo Show that supports YouTube

Lenovo and Google have created their own Echo Show that supports YouTube

Google Assistant is everywhere. It’s on phones, TVs, smartwatches, and even inside cars. While Google has been playing catch-up to Amazon’s Echo devices for years now, it’s now taking a big step to expanding its Assistant to even more hardware today. Google is introducing a new Smart Display platform designed for partners like Lenovo to create their own Echo Show-like devices.

Lenovo is one the first launch partners for these new Google Smart Displays, and JBL, LG, and Sony are also producing similar devices. Strangely, Google isn’t making its own hardware like it has done with the Google Home, Google Home Mini, and Google Home Max. It’s leaving it up to partners to create their own displays for now.

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This phone’s molecular sensor knows which strawberry is sweeter and how much fat you have

This phone's molecular sensor knows which strawberry is sweeter and how much fat you have

This phone’s molecular sensor knows which strawberry is sweeter and how much fat you have

To be honest, I didn’t know we could do this yet. Welcome to the future, Paul. SCiO is a miniaturized near-infrared spectrometer, which detects the molecular signature of things. It was Kickstarted a couple years ago, and now it’s been miniaturized small enough to fit inside a phone. Specifically, it’s inside the new Changhong H2.

The sensor works by bouncing infrared off an object and registering the unique molecular fingerprint that bounces back. It’s not so fancy that you can just point it at anything and it tells you what it is. Instead, developers can create different use cases by training it on a bunch of samples. Say, for example, you want to know the gluten content of bread. A developer just would get a ton of slices of bread, and point the sensor at each of them while logging how much gluten it’s seeing each time. Now you have a gluten app!

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The Panasonic GH5 is a big, bad mirrorless camera that’s all about video

The Panasonic GH5 is a big, bad mirrorless camera that's all about video

The Panasonic GH5 is a big, bad mirrorless camera that’s all about video

Panasonic unveiled the long-awaited Lumix GH5 at Photokina 2016, but the company’s announcement was surprisingly light on specs. Now the company has filled in the blanks at CES, and the final picture looks like this: it’s a beefed-up GH4 — both in specs and in size — that fixes a number of problems and adds new features. But it will all come at significant price: Panasonic will charge $1,999 for just the GH5 camera body when it hits retail shelves in late March.

Panasonic is using the same battery from the GH4 in the GH5, but that’s where the similarities stop. All around the rest of the camera, changes abound. That goes for the GH5’s build as much as it does the specs — the camera is 13 percent bigger than the GH4, a choice Panasonic said it made to add things like a full-size HDMI port. The camera is also now freeze proof, in addition to the dust and splash-proofing offered on previous models. And maybe most importantly, the GH5 features 5-axis in-body image stabilization.

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