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I biked Vegas during CES and lived to tell the tale – CNET

People sometimes look at me aghast when I say I bike to get around New York City. But when I said I wanted to bike Las Vegas during CES, the common reaction was outright denial. “No! You can’t!” was the knee-jerk response. Followed quickly by, “Is that even possible?” During CES, Las Vegas turns into a chaotic galaxy of booth-packed expo halls, crowded ballrooms a half a mile deep inside casino resorts, and meetings in high-rise suites. Flung across a roughly three-mile stretch of colossal hotels and convention centers, the…

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CES 2018 gets serious about health, wellness and medical tech – CNET

When “health tech” first started popping up at CES a few years ago, it was mostly centered on step counters, digital workout coaches and heart-rate trackers. These days, of course, that technology is widely available in consumer wearables from the likes of Fitbit, Garmin and Apple. But the devices we saw at the 2018 iteration of the world’s biggest electronics show raised the bar for health, fitness, wellness and medical technology in some surprising new ways — and for an audience that reaches far beyond runners and gym addicts.  This…

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Quartz is a water bottle that cleans itself – CNET

The Quartz Bottle will be available purifies water and cleans itself automatically. Ian Knighton/CNET The cap of the Quartz contains a UV-C light that purifies water and keeps the bottle clean. Ian Knighton/CNET Admit it, you clean your water bottle sparingly, at best. The Quartz Bottle, which was on display today at the CES tech show in Las Vegas, wants to take over the responsibility by using ultraviolet light to keep itself and your water clean.  Here’s how Quartz works: The cap of the 18-ounce (about half a liter) bottle…

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Blocks modular smartwatch snaps on Android Oreo and Alexa – CNET

Will Blocks make its module idea work for wearable developers looking to explore new sensors? Scott Stein/CNET Why would anyone want a modular smartwatch? Well, maybe the better question is: Who could use a modular smartwatch? A concept kicking around for years has enterprise and developers in its sights. And maybe that’s where this idea could work. Blocks, a gadget concept, has been crowdfunding and pitching its idea for years. The watch is like one of those CES ideas straight out of Central Casting. It’s a smartwatch that has novelty…

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TrackNet Tabs Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

Keep track of your stuff with TrackNet’s Tabs sensors.  Tabs Tabs from TrackNet is a smart sensor system designed to keep track of stuff you don’t want to lose, as well as monitor your home. You can currently buy the complete set of sensors on Kickstarter, starting at $229 (roughly £170/AU$290). So, what do you get for your money?   Wristband locator Object locator Motion sensor Door/window sensor “Healthy home” sensor Smart button  While Tabs sounds very similar to what companies like Trackr and Tile make, Tabs relies on a protocol called…

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Creative Super X-Fi Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

Creative Multi-speaker sound systems are great — too bad you can’t take them with you on the commute to work. Audio company Creative thinks it has the next best thing, a dongle that gives headphones the power to create acoustic, 3D sound in your ears.  Creative calls it Super X-Fi, unveiling the tech on Monday at CES 2018. It comes mainly in the form of a dongle that plugs into your phone or computer. You plug your headphones into the other side to experience its musical superpowers. The headphones then…

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Science 

Before ‘plantscrapers’ can grow food in the city, they’ll need to grow money

plantscrapers More When Hans Hassle imagines the future, he sees urban farms and office spaces growing side-by-side. He sees half-green high rises providing Stockholm with lettuce, spinach, and swiss chard. Herbs grow underground. During winter, heat from grow lamps is recovered to help heat the buildings. Employees might not smell the crops growing across the hall, but they breathe their filtered air and they’ll probably eat them for lunch. Hassle envisions a similar scene in every big city. There might be more bok choy grown in Singapore or napa cabbage…

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Space 

SpaceIL making final fundraising push for lunar lander mission

WASHINGTON — SpaceIL, the Israeli team in the Google Lunar X Prize competition, says it needs to raise $7.5 million in less than a week in order to complete its lander and retain its launch contract. The nonprofit organization says it has identified $22.5 million of the $30 million of total funding it needs to raise to complete and launch its lunar lander in the form of matching funds, but those funds are contingent on raising $7.5 million by Dec. 20, the end of the Hanukkah holiday. “We’ve made good…

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Japanese lunar exploration company ispace raises $90 million

NEW ORLEANS — A Japanese company planning a series of robotic missions to the moon announced Dec. 13 that it has raised more than $90 million in one of the largest Series A funding rounds for any emerging space venture. Tokyo-based ispace said the $90.2 million round, featuring a consortium of Japanese funds and companies, will be used to develop a pair of missions launching by the end of 2020 to orbit and land on the moon, precursors for a more regular series of lunar lander missions in following years.…

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Take my money: Why you’re paying for free media willingly – CNET

By many standards, 2017 was a dismal year for digital media. Once-buzzy publishers deflated. Hoax reports infected our searches and social feeds after tragedies. All those “fake news” stories about politics last year? Yeah, it turned out to be worse than we imagined. And on YouTube, 2017 first brought ads next to repugnant videos, then the stuff of nightmares for our kids, and finally, to wrap up the year, child exploitation. But this year also marked a turning point. Many of you realized that free online media sometimes can come…

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