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The Harman Kardon Citation 200 will be available to buy in October

The Harman Kardon Citation 200 will be available to buy in October

High-end audio brand Harman Kardon is owned by Samsung these days, but it's still capable of some fine hardware, as I discovered when I reviewed the Citation One speaker about this time last year. It's part of a wider range of Google Assistant-enabled products that sound much better than most other smart speakers, which is now being expanded with several new devices.

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CES 2021 in-person show cancelled, will be held online

CES 2021 in-person show cancelled, will be held online

The organizers of CES, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), had been pushing hard to keep next year's event in Las Vegas, but they've finally thrown in the towel. The CTA has just announced that CES 2021 will be an all-digital event, saying that it will offer "a unique experience for the tech industry" and "a highly personalized experience."

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CES 2021 is a bad idea

CES 2021 is a bad idea

At earliest, the top infectious disease official in the United States says a coronavirus vaccine may be deployable at scale by the very tail end of 2020. If everything goes right, and the vaccine works. And not for everybody, at least not until early 2021. Again, this is at the earliest if everything goes exactly right. In unrelated news, CES thinks it can hold a giant convention next January.

CES brings well over a hundred thousand people down on the city of Las Vegas via airplanes from every corner of the globe. CES is known for its extreme human density, not just in the convention center, but in hotels, restaurants, public transit (yes, people use the monorail at CES), event venues, taxis, buses, clubs, and bars.

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CES organizers are pretending they'll be able to have an in-person trade show in January

CES organizers are pretending they'll be able to have an in-person trade show in January

The early part of the year is usually filled with trade shows and big announcement events, but 2020 has been a bit different. Coronavirus has forced the suspension of most in-person gatherings -- Google I/O, E3, Mobile World Congress, and more have been canceled to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), however, is moving forward with plans to host CES 2021 in Las Vegas as normal.

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OnePlus CEO says that foldable smartphones aren't ready, and it won't make one any time soon

OnePlus CEO says that foldable smartphones aren't ready, and it won't make one any time soon

If you've been impatiently waiting for OnePlus to release a folding phone, we finally know why the OEM hasn't taken the plunge yet. At CES last week, Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn from The Verge chatted with OnePlus CEO Pete Lau (and his interpreter, Eric Gass) about the company's Concept One phone, 5G technology, and when consumers should expect a OnePlus foldable device to hit the market (spoiler: not anytime soon).

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Every product with Amazon Alexa announced at CES 2020

Every product with Amazon Alexa announced at CES 2020
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Now that this year's CES event has wrapped up and we've seen everything from the OnePlus Concept One phone, to new Fossil Gen 5 smartwatches, and a ton more, we've taken some time to pull together all the products that debuted with Amazon Alexa support. This year, there were significantly more Alexa-enabled gadgets than what we saw at CES 2018 and CES 2019 — great news for anyone who wants to dip their toes into the Amazon-connected ecosystem. We have more than 50 different products to check out, so let's dive right in.

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Philips expands Hue outdoor lighting range and adds voice control to sync box

Philips expands Hue outdoor lighting range and adds voice control to sync box

Signify, the maker of popular smart lighting under the Philips Hue brand, has unveiled some of its latest products and software features at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, and it mostly pertains to your garden rather than inside your home. Now fewer than eight new outdoor lights have been introduced, as well as some new features for the sync box and app.

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Mobvoi announces TicPods 2 Pro earbuds with AI voice and motion controls in addition to 'Tickle touch'

Mobvoi announces TicPods 2 Pro earbuds with AI voice and motion controls in addition to 'Tickle touch'

The TicPods Free true wireless earbuds were among the best in the category when I reviewed them more than a year ago. There's been a lot of innovation from other manufacturers in that time, so they're due an update, and that's what Mobvoi has announced today at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. We're getting not one, but two new sets, and there are some really interesting AI features on the more expensive variant.

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Hampton introduces a trio of new smart locks at CES, including biometric and renter-friendly options

Hampton introduces a trio of new smart locks at CES, including biometric and renter-friendly options

Over the last few years, smart home devices like locks, cameras, and lights have grown to have a significant presence at CES. Home security conglomerate Hampton, the parent company of numerous lock brands including Brinks, just introduced several new smart locks at CES 2020.

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Harman Kardon makes headphone comeback with Fly series, including ANC over-ears and true wireless earbuds

Harman Kardon makes headphone comeback with Fly series, including ANC over-ears and true wireless earbuds

Harman Kardon, the high-end cousin of JBL and AKG (all owned by Samsung), is launching its first new personal audio products in six years with its Fly series. Since it's 2020 now, they're all wireless/Bluetooth models spanning the three most popular form factors. There's the Fly ANC, an over-ear headphone with active noise cancellation, Fly TWS true wireless earbuds, and lastly, Fly BT earbuds with the old neck-dangling connection wire.

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