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Gadget Lab Podcast: CES 2020 Preview

Gadget Lab Podcast: CES 2020 Preview

Next week, we’ll bound for the largest consumer electronics showcase of the season. CES starts on January 7 in Las Vegas, and we’ll be heading into the fray to touch, swipe, drive, cuddle, ride, and otherwise experience all of the latest gadgets the consumer tech industry wants to put in front of our eager eyeballs.…
How CES keeps gadget enthusiasm going amid the backlash against Silicon Valley – CNET

How CES keeps gadget enthusiasm going amid the backlash against Silicon Valley – CNET

The Google Assistant ride at CES 2019 -- those were the days. James Martin/CNET This story is part of CES 2020, complete coverage of the showroom floor for the hottest new tech gadgets around. CES is a celebration of the latest and greatest in tech, with no shortage of cheerleading. But that tone at next…
Gadget Lab Podcast: Our Favorite Stuff From 2019, Plus Our 2020 Predictions

Gadget Lab Podcast: Our Favorite Stuff From 2019, Plus Our 2020 Predictions

2019 was a tumultuous time for technology. While product engineers created hybrid franken-gadgets and software companies turned nearly everything into a subscription service, we also grappled with the increasingly chaotic ripple effects of social media and the realization that there are people listening to our private home recordings. (Not to mention Elon Musk's new Murdertruck.)On…
Gadget Lab Podcast: An Interview With Biologist Laura Boykin

Gadget Lab Podcast: An Interview With Biologist Laura Boykin

The cassava plant is one of the most important food sources in the world. In Africa, it sustains 500 million people and provides a stable income for farmers. The crop is also susceptible to viruses transmitted by the common pest known as the whitefly, which can devastate farms. Biologist Laura Boykin has found a way…
Gadget Lab Podcast: Tesla’s Lasers, the Cybertruck, and Travel Tips

Gadget Lab Podcast: Tesla’s Lasers, the Cybertruck, and Travel Tips

In May, Tesla, the electric vehicle manufacturer run by billionaire Elon Musk, filed a patent to put lasers on its cars. While this might sound like a step toward some kind of James Bond-mobile, the intent is actually to use the lasers to clean dirt and grime from windshields and the lenses of cameras used…
This cheap gadget can stop your smartphone or tablet being hacked at an airport, hotel or cafe – ZDNet

This cheap gadget can stop your smartphone or tablet being hacked at an airport,...

Look, I'm not super paranoid. Really, I'm not. But there are three things that I make sure I do when I'm out and about. I seek out the best coffee I can find. I make sure I use a VPN when using public Wi-Fi, and I always make sure I use a USB data blocker,…
Gadget Lab Podcast: Chris Cox on Life After Facebook

Gadget Lab Podcast: Chris Cox on Life After Facebook

Former Facebook bigwig Chris Cox has been busy. In March, Cox left his position as chief product officer of the social media giant, where he had overseen Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger. Since then, he’s taken on advising roles with an environmental data company and a political firm gearing up for a 2020 marketing campaign. He’s…
Gadget Lab Podcast: Facebook Rebrands, and Google Buys Fitbit

Gadget Lab Podcast: Facebook Rebrands, and Google Buys Fitbit

Given all the criticism, mistrust, and investigations that have been levied at Facebook in the past couple years, one might think that they would want to lie low for a while. Instead, Facebook has decided to rebrand to be as prominent as possible across the various apps it owns. In a similar flex of brand…
A New Smoking Gadget Says It’s Safe. Should You Trust It?

A New Smoking Gadget Says It’s Safe. Should You Trust It?

Last month, a new tobacco product made its American debut. The sleek, oblong devices made their premiere in minimalist cases at Atlanta’s Lenox Square mall; a few weeks later, they went on sale at another Georgia mall. This is Iqos, and it likely won't be long before it expands across the country.Not an e-cigarette, but…
Gadget Lab Podcast: AirPods Pro, Smart Speaker Privacy

Gadget Lab Podcast: AirPods Pro, Smart Speaker Privacy

The way we listen to audio has evolved with technology. Headphones, once bulky skull-huggers that kept us plugged into a device, are going increasingly wireless. The simplicity makes it easy to wear your AirPods for hours at a time, and with the noise-canceling feature of the newly released Pro model, you can block out even…

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AWS’ new text-to-speech engine sounds like a newscaster

Thanks to modern machine learning techniques, text-to-speech engines have made massive strides over the last few years. It used to be incredibly easy to know that it was a computer that was reading a text and not a human being. But that’s changing quickly. Amazon’s AWS cloud computing arm today launched a new number of…

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