Lights out at CES 2018
Possibly the worst thing that could happen at a tech show: Power went down across several halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center at 11:15 PT, during this morning's CES. Multiple booths suffered power outages, including swaths of TVs at LG. The South Hall was also affected as people were stopped getting to and from the exhibition areas. Security staff told Engadget that a power outage affected the majority of the halls. We looked at the resultant mess.
Sony's $30,000 4K short-throw projector hides powerful sound
We've been eying Sony's short-throw projectors for the past few years, but they've always been too obscenely expensive to really take seriously. Well, that's not changing this year. In fact, the new LSPX-A1 is actually more expensive than last year's $25,000 model at $30,000. But, with that extra cost comes a major new feature: six speakers that simulate 360-degree atmospheric sound.
There's a new sex robot in town: Say hello to Solana
RealDoll's first sex robot, at her home in Southern California. It was an arresting experience that has remained cemented in my memory. In that moment, I suddenly understood the uncanny valley, a theory posited by roboticist Masahiro Mori, nearly half a century ago. In it, he attempted to explain the feeling of revulsion and eeriness that humans experience when they encounter an artificial life form that appears nearly, but not quite human.
Netflix hid a fake biotech booth in the middle of CES
To promote its new show, Netflix established a fictional exhibitor booth deep within Las Vegas Convention Center -- and it worked a little too well.
FBI chief says phone encryption is a 'major public safety issue'
The FBI's stance on phone encryption hasn't changed even if the president fired former director James Comey. At a cybersecurity conference in New York, current chief, Christopher Wray, reiterated that the agency failed to access the content inside 7,775 devices within the fiscal year that ended on September 30th, 2017 despite having the proper warrants. That's over half the devices the FBI tried to crack open within that period, making encryption, according to Wray, a "major public safety issue."
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