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Apple’s Homepod Smart Speaker Is Coming… But Is It Too Late?
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Apple Homepod

Earlier this week Apple announced that their smart home speaker, the Homepod, will go on sale in stores beginning on February 9th. Pre-orders begin this week.

The story of the Homepod has been a strange one given Apple’s history. Recall that Apple created both the modern consumer digital music market in 2003 with iTunes and then, eight years later they launched the voice assistant game with their 2011 introduction of Siri. Given these milestones and a history of building some of the best hardware in modern consumer technology. It’s a shame they’re so late to this voice speaker game.

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CES 2018: No Boob Tube – Willow’s All-In-One Wireless, Tubeless Breast Pump Is The Easiest Way To Feed Your Baby (Video)
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Willow Smart Pump

We talk a lot about tech on The Drill Down – gaming tech and smart home tech are the sort of thing we get into regularly. But what about smart mom tech?

Willow is breaking into the smart mom tech movement with their eponymous pump. Unlike most breast pumps, which attach suction cups to nipples and then extract the milk through tubes, the Willow Pump uses a different approach. Last year they showed off a prototype, but this year at CES 2018 they’re back after a beta, with a lot of knowledge, along with new pricing and availability.

Continue reading for more info and some videos.

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CES 2018: Volocopter Dreams Of A ‘Jetsons’ World (Video)
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Volocopter CEO Florian Reuter

It’s early 2018 and the year has already seen a match made literally in the heavens. Two days ago, Intel‘s CEO, Brian Krzanich, became one of the first people to fly in German air taxi company Volocopter‘s latest prototype. He did so as he announced a strategic partnership between the two companies, which was met with all sorts of fanfare and applause.

Knowing that everyone wanted a closer look, we headed over the Central Plaza here at CES 2018 to get next to the device, and to hear what Volocopter leadership had to say. More on that and videos can be found below.

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CES 2018: DJI’s Ronin-S Gimbal Is The Affordable Future Of Smooth Videography (Video)
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DJI has a new gimbal named the Ronin S

DJI Senior Product Manager Paul Pan shows off the Ronin-S at CES 2018.

Las Vegas Convention Center – Nevada. People know DJI for their drones, but at CES 2018, DJI debuted the Ronin-S gimbal. Even though it was in the back, behind the flying apparatuses, the gimbal was one of most, if not the most, popular item there.

Rather than holding a phone steady, this gimbal is focused on keeping your SLR’s footage as smooth as can be while you’re on the move. Control of the device is simplified from other gimbal designs – there’s a thumbstick to control panning and framing shots, and a sport mode that helps stability when you’re on the move.

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CES 2018: MyDefence Presents Drone Tech Focused On Privacy and Security
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Drone Defence CES 2018

Drones. They’re EVERYWHERE. At CES 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, you can head over to the drone area of South Hall in Tech East and be awash in the whir of electric quadrocopters. These things have 4K cameras with incredible zoom lenses and can be found in varieties from whisper quiet, all the way to crazy loud.

They’re awesome, but at least one company understands that the runaway, or rather flyaway, technology of the past few years presents some potential security risks.

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CES 2018: Toyota (FINALLY) Signals A Commitment To Battery Electric
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Toyota Keynote

Toyota is finally connecting with reality. What could be Japan’s most venerable automaker has decided to walk away from their earlier dreams of a hydrogen future. Instead, they’re newly focused on adding battery electric options to their line up of Toyota and Lexus luxury lines.

It sounds like the sort of thing we hear from all sorts of automakers these days – “we’re going electric!” – but make no mistake, this announcement out of CES 2018 is far more significant.

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CES 2018: Samsung’s HomeHub Fridge Knows Who You Are (Video)
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The HomeHub Fridge - On Display At CES 2018.

As if the connected world wasn’t already suffering from enough information overload, Samsung has doubled-down with their smart HomeHub fridge, an appliance with an interactive touch screen larger than a standard iPad on display at CES 2018.

Wait a minute. They’re not doubling down. What’s the descriptor for the number 14? That’s right, they’re launching not two or five versions of their HomeHub fridge, but they’re launching 14. The idea here is that by 2020, Samsung wants all of its appliances to be not only IoT ready, but smart – and that’s where the title of this post comes in.

Continue below for more and a video of the HomeHub fridge.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi”: Satisfying & Sad, It’s The “Empire” Of This Legacy Trilogy
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Star Wars The Last Jedi - Empire

The Last Jedi and Empire Strikes Back have things in common.

SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

When last I wrote about Star Wars, it was late 2015. I’d seen a screening of The Force Awakens, and I left the film feeling pumped. It’d been ten years since any of us had seen a Star Wars film on screen, and while 2005’s Revenge of the Sith was probably the very best of the prequel trilogy, I’d left that film somewhat disappointed – it just wasn’t the unqualified space opera tragedy I was looking for.

The Force Awakens, however, ticked off all of the boxes in the theater:

– Fast-paced
– Fresh, new characters
– Surprisingly heart-warming performances
– Suspense
– Fantastic effects
– Action Action Action

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Force Block Browser Extension Is Mindful Of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Spoilers
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Star Wars Don't spoil me!

I am your father!

Star Wars Opening Weekend.

Over the last few days, many, many, MANY geeks have gone to see em>Star Wars: The Last Jedi in standard theaters as well as the 3D, 4D(X), IMAX, and ATMOS experience. You love that, but you’re not one of them… yet. You plan to go to the theater on a later date with the family, perhaps next week or the week after when the crowds have died down.

In the meantime, how do you keep yourself free from spoilers that might ruin the film for you?

Enter Force Block – a browser extension specifically designed to keep the Internet from ruining your relationship with Star Wars: The Last Jedi before it even begins.

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‘American Gods’: Scenes From Episode 1.7 ‘A Prayer For Mad Sweeney’
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Emily Browning has a new role on American Gods

Earlier today, we dropped a poetic recap of American Gods Episode 1.7: “A Prayer for Mad Sweeney.”

But… not everyone enjoys epic prose.

Therefore, we’ve got a few video recaps from STARZ themselves.

(For those who dunna like the readin’, a video recap to keep yer eyes from bleedin’.)

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