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January 9, 2018

The Morning After: Tuesday, January 9th 2018

by John_A

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Now that the big press conferences are over, the CES show floor will open today. Before we dive into the mess of gadgets and people, however, you should check out these highlights. (And, get ready for the live stream from Engadget’s CES 2018 stage starting at 1 PM ET.)

Dude, where’s my spy satellite?Top-secret Zuma payload believed lost


On Sunday, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with a top-secret US Government payload aboard. While we still don’t know exactly what the Zuma mission was supposed to do, the Wall Street Journal reports that its payload didn’t separate from the rocket’s second stage and tumbled back to Earth. Oops?

Look at those cute OLED eyes.Sony Aibo 2018: old robot dog, new tricks


Dogs may be man’s best friend, but Aibo won’t be yours unless you give it some love — no matter how much you paid for it.

A billionaire, a developer and a pro wrestler walk into a keynote.Microsoft’s Xbox was the last great CES reveal


The original Xbox was a perfect microcosm of the CES of yore: A massively ambitious piece of tech, but no one knew how it would work or fit into their lives. Here’s the story of its unveiling at CES in 2001.

Wait, what?ASUS can turn three screens into one seamless gaming display


The most interesting accessory ASUS brought to CES this year isn’t high-tech at all. In fact, the ROG Bezel-free Kit doesn’t even require power or software to operate.

You have to see it to believe it.LG Display’s magic rollable OLED TV


Yep, it’s still a prototype, but LG Display explained that this particular tech demo is closer to real consumer devices than its 88-inch 8K OLED.

Great expectations.LG’s 2018 4K TVs include AI and smarter HDR


The flagship OLED lines (the Signature-badged W8 and more-conventional E8) and the LCD-based SK9500 have designs that are largely familiar to their predecessors but carry some significant upgrades under the hood.

Xtreme.Netgear’s new Nighthawk router is built for pro gamers


The Pro Gaming Router guarantees a local connection thanks to geo filtering and lets you create preferred server lists, while the Dual-Core 1.7GHz processor supports multiple devices for better 4K streaming.

But wait, there’s more…

  • Oculus taps Xiaomi to make its first standalone VR headset
  • Watch the best of Samsung’s CES 2018 press conference in 12 minutes
  • GoPro is out of the drone business and reportedly up for sale
  • Senate bill to undo the net neutrality repeal will get a vote
  • Our first look at Samsung’s massive 146-inch 4K MicroLED TV
  • HTC has a new high-res Vive Pro VR headset
  • Apple updates macOS and iOS to address Spectre vulnerability
  • Hisense shows a 150-inch 4K Laser TV projector

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