CES 2015

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John Sciacca  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
First, when you can intersect technology and beer, you are likely never going to go wrong. I have met very few people in this industry that don’t also love a good ale, lager, IPA, Belgian, stout, lambic, or other.

Now, I love craft beer. Like, I love craft beer. In fact I have a separate blog devoted to reviewing the stuff, and I’ve drank/reviewed almost 400 to date. But, I have no real interest in making beer. To me it is too much hassle, too much mess, too much chance for bacteriological contamination ruining the batch, too much chance of crafting gallons of stuff I wouldn’t want to drink. In a way, craft beer is like sausage for me; love to drink it, don’t really want to know how it is made. However the good folks at PicoBrew also love beer, and their new Zymatic fully automatic brewer is just high-tech and awesome enough to make me reconsider my non-brewing ways.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
I spotted the Chinese TV make Changhong at last year’s CES. But their booth was modest with little traffic. This year they made a big show of it, with ladies in Chinese garb bringing in the crowds...
John Sciacca  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  1 comments
Chances are you have a touchscreen phone that uses some form of swipe or button press combo to unlock the phone for use. As you know, the oils on your fingers can leave smudges behind, and over time can leave a tell-tale treasure map of greasy DNA to tell people which buttons are used to unlock your phone.

Since the touchscreens on smart door locks are used far less frequently – and primarily for entering the home’s unlock code – this can be a real problem, and can leave smart lock owners vulnerable to something far more than someone checking out your emails and selfies. Fortunately Kwikset has added a new technology to foil any would-be fingerprint grabbers with a simple and foolproof method called SecureScreen.

Lauren Dragan  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
Polk plans to release a stylish portable Wifi speaker this March, the Omni S2.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
The new 2.1 desktop system from Edifier has been named a 2015 CES Innovations Awards Honoree, and one look makes it clear that it truly is innovative. The e235 Luna Eclipse Apollo is a 234-watt system with a stand-alone wireless Bluetooth subwoofer.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  1 comments
Without a doubt the most mind-blowing surround demo at CES combined Auro-3D height-enhanced surround technology with gear from CAT, ATI, and Theta.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  1 comments
TiVo has launched OnePass, an extended Seasons Pass for TV series that includes episodes found online.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
Samsung’s yet-to-be named new wireless speaker has a distinctive football-like shape. On second thought, it looks like a coffee percolator. Whatever—the important thing is that the design is a big improvement over the company’s first-generation wireless speakers.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
The first thing we noticed about Arcam's Solo Movie, a combo AVR and Blu-ray player, was that it was cute.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
Divoom is showing off a few new portable players at CES, but none more rugged and outgoing than the Voombox-Party, a weather-proof player with a 3” subwoofer who’s not afraid to play outdoors.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
The Revel Concerta line was introduced to the world in 2005 (if memory serves) as the “budget” Revel loudspeaker range, Now comes the Concerta2. Unlike the original Performas, which were finished in vinyl, the Concerta2s are available in either gloss white or gloss black...
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
If adding a USB DAC to your system would be one box too many, Creek offers one with a CD slot, so you might eliminate the disc player.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
JBL launched a new lineup of speakers priced for the budget-seeker: the Arena range. Topping it off is the floor-standing Arena 180, at $699/pair (shown in the photo above)...
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
A felt ring surrounds the tweeter on the Ryan R610 monitor.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
You’ve heard of Google Glass, now make way for Toshiba Glass. It certainly sounds much the same. And that was just one of the ways Toshiba’s booth was dramatically different than in the past...

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