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CES 2017: Bosch’s Plan For IOT? How About Everything
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Bosch Connect Everything

There are a LOT of companies peddling products here at CES. We’ve got smart cameras that auto-send images to Facebook and double-washing machines that allow you to clean two separate loads of clothes at once without ruining them or taking up more space.

But among all of the keynotes, Bosch stuck out, as board member Werner Struth spoke about their plans for the future. The private company’s leader of North and South American operations managed to speak with certainty not about the next whizbang product or another device was going to be the next big thing, but rather about how combining two mundane technologies (home appliances and internet connectivity) and ending up with extraordinary products. He’s spent the last year “figuring out how technology can do better for all of us.”

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CES 2017: iKeybo: The Light Keyboard (Literally)
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iKeybo Light Keyboard #1

Somewhere and sometime in some imagined future, protagonists in fashionable yet slightly over-fitted clothing have stealthily stolen in to some grand facility, mercilessly protected by a merciless faction, hell bent on doing something dastardly. They access a panel with their device and a keyboard is projected onto the surface in front of them.

Or maybe that was me and a few other reporters gathered around the founder of a Kickstarter campaign here at CES 2017. Serafim Technologies, a Taiwanese-based company led by CEO GZ Chen, has a new toy called iKeybo in store for all those who’ve imagined what it would be like to set words down my tapping nothing but mere light.

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CES 2017: Talk To Your TV: Dish Unveils Integration With Amazon Echo
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Amazon Echo & Dish Hopper

In case you needed another reason to go Alexa rather than Google, the media gods have got one for you. The avalanche of CES 2017 press conferences hadn’t even begun when the news came in from Dish Network. In addition to their Sling Box and their 2014 breakthrough, no-contract live-streaming cable service, SlingTV, Dish decided to take another leap forward in delivering television entertainment to their consumers — support for Amazon‘s Alexa Voice Services or AVS.

Dish users with Hopper DRV devices of any generation will be able to control them using their voice through Amazon’s Echo or Echo Dot hardware.

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Review: Google Home – Not The Droid You’re Looking For… Yet
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Google Home

Google Home is a little device that plugs into the wall and responds to your voice. It can play recorded music or the radio through services like Google Play Music and TuneIn, and it can respond to questions based on the knowledge Google has amassed throughout the 21st century. If you’ve got the correct hardware at home, like a Nest Thermostat, Samsung’s Smartthings, or Philips hue, Google Home can allow you to control some of your home’s functions with your voice.

We’ve had some time to get to know the Google Home and there are a LOT of things to like about it. Its voice recognition is robust and its audio is impressive for being a little tiny speaker. At the same time, when one looks at Google Home through the lens of a smarthome, AI, product, one quickly realizes that the device is not quite where the demonstrations were during the 2016 Google IO developers conference, nor is it a device that delivers on the promise of its advertisements.

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Wristy Business: Fitbit Gobbles Up Pebble For A Michael Knight Future
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fitbit 2016

Fitness tracker giant Fitbit has reportedly made a bid to absorb smart watch pioneer Pebble in a deal valued at $34-40 million. On its surface this would mean that two independent wearable tech companies are ostensibly teaming up to fare better against their larger rivals in the wearables and fitness tracking space.

But that’s not what’s happening.

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TV Review: Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell Season 3
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Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell Season 3

Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell
Season 3
Created by Casper Kelly and Dave Willis
Starring Matt Servitto, Henry Zebrowski, Craig Rowin, Dana Snyder, Dan Triandiflou, Jon Glaser
Adult Swim
Sunday at 11:30pm ET

Just in time for Halloween, everyone’s favorite psychopathic (yet mundane) demons are back. Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell aired its premiere episode of the third season earlier this month October, but we got a first look at a couple of the latest episodes and thought we’d share our thoughts.

Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell is a mouthful to say out loud, but then that’s part of its charm. The Adult Swim property is a sort of Office Space meets Hell, displaying the banality of evil in literal terms, much like Comedy Central’s two-season series Ugly Americans. The irony here is that Adult Swim’s show is live action while Comedy Central’s show was animated.

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A Violent Delight: Reviewing Michael Crichton’s ‘Westworld’ (1973)
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WestWorld (1973) Banner

Recently, we started a new podcast here at Geeks Of Doom called Violent Delights. It follows HBO’s reboot of Westworld, which began airing and streaming on October 2nd, and takes a deep look into the themes and storytelling that take place on the show. We couldn’t possibly hope to understand what Westworld 2016 could become without taking a look back at the original Westworld (1973). Here’s how this 43-year-old iconic film stands up to the scrutiny of fall 2016.

Anyone who’s ever delved into a DC or Marvel comic has noticed that, for the most part, while the world those stories take place in may be nearly identical to our own, it’s just slightly…better. The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers both took place in New York in 2012, but both stories employ superior technology and characters with the goodwill to use them well — to take their power, however gained, and employ it in opposition of the selfish, the greedy, and the grim for the embetterment of all those who are too weak to stand up and face those threats themselves. We call these people heroes.

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‘Game Of Thrones’: The (Not So) Great Houses Of Westeros
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Game of Thrones Houses of Westeros

So by now you’ve hopefully seen the season finale of Game of Thrones Season 6, and if you have, be sure to check out Empress Eve’s detailed review. One thing that really stuck out in this final season was that women took over Westeros and Essos, in most cases, freeing people from the dark reality of male, jerk leadership — but that’s a story for a different post.

Still, in order for that to happen, we’ve got to take stock of who had to be removed in order for the ladies to gain power. Men had to die. And in a world, where only male heirs seem to matter, that means whole families have been wiped off the board. Let’s take stock, shall we?

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‘Ghostbusters’ Theme Song Gets Japanese Pop Remix
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Ghostbusters Theme Japanese Pop Cover

A week ago our own Michael Lee shared the new Ghostbuster‘s theme song by Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott on Geeks of Doom, and the reactions were sorta… mixed.

But if you were among those who disliked that version, a new Japanese pop take on the song has been released that you might just enjoy. You can watch the video below.

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Geek Discussion: About That Jon Snow Reveal…
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Game Of Thrones 5.5 Kit Harington as Jon Snow

Look, if you haven’t seen Game of Thrones Season 6 all the way through just stop. Stop here, maybe turn in your geek card and walk away. Because there be spoilers below!

There was a big reveal during the season finale this past weekend, “The Winds of Winter,” involving Jon Snow and the biggest mystery surrounding him. For this geek discussion, we take a closer look at that reveal and what it could mean.

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