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BMW board member Klaus Froehlich introduces the BMW i Vision Future Interaction concept car during a news conference at CES International on Tuesday in Las Vegas.

CES gadget show highlights self-driving car tech

Companies from Silicon Valley to Detroit will use the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week to demonstrate that autonomous car technology is heading for prime time

The Samsung Gear S2's big new feature is the bezel around the watch face, which you rotate to navigate between apps, widgets and screens.

Why the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch is a breath of fresh air: review

The Samsung Gear big new feature is the bezel around the watch face, which you rotate to navigate between apps, widgets and screens.

Not everyone wants the latest and greatest phone. Some people are keeping their old phones because they like them, they're used to them or the cost to upgrade is too expensive.

Why some people are refusing to upgrade their phones

Not everyone wants the latest and greatest phone. Some people are keeping their old phones because they like them, they're used to them or the cost to upgrade is too expensive.

Attendees look at an EHang 184 autonomous-flight drone that can fly a person at CES 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Thursday in Las Vegas. The 18-foot-long, 440-pound drone has four arms and can carry one passenger who does not need to pilot the drone.

CES suggests drones — even ones carrying humans — are on the horizon

Attendees look at an EHang 184 autonomous-flight drone that can fly a person at CES 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Thursday in Las Vegas. The drone has four arms and can carry one passenger who does not need to pilot the drone.

The netbook was hyped as the ultimate replacement for laptops, but were soon beaten out by tablets and ultrabooks.

Five products that failed after CES launch hype

The netbook was hyped as the ultimate replacement for laptops, but were soon beaten out by tablets and ultrabooks.

An aroma module is inserted into a Sensorwake alarm clock at the 2016 International CES trade show, in Las Vegas. The olfactory alarm clock releases the scents at the programmed time but will also sound an auditory alarm if you don't wake up after three minutes.

Wake up and smell the coffee

Representatives from the French company Parrot demonstrate a prototype of their new Disco drone A vinyl revival, high-tech fitness gadge.

For years, TV makers have focused on making pictures sharper by squeezing more pixels onto screens, but now their attention is shifting to improving the way sets display colour, with a newish technology called HDR taking centre stage.

CES 2016: High-tech colour scheme threatens to complicate TV

The reasons shoppers don’t care about brand names

Outside the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. The company's new rules may help counter criticism  that militant extremists are using the service to recruit members and promote their violent agendas.

Twitter unveils revised hate speech rules

Outside the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. The company's new rules may help counter criticism that militant extremists are using the service to recruit members and promote their violent agendas.

Just don’t play if you’re so concerned about your privacy, right? It’s not that simple.

Video game companies are collecting massive amounts of data about you

Gold, games, for, you : Free Online, games

The United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) has responded to a funding crunch by developing a mobile app that lets people around the world donate money to help feed the 4 million displaced Syrians living in neighboring countries. Developed by a start-up in Berlin, the app 'Share the Meal' is touted as the first of its kind, allowing people to fund food rations for WFP initiatives in Jordan, to which many of the people escaping Syria's civil war have fled.

Entertain and feed kids with these apps: review

The updated Yahoo Messenger features a new unsend function and Share the Meal lets you feed kids with just a tap.

With smart tvs consumers can access movie services like Netflix, games, news and weather feeds, Facebook and Twitter or just do a search for information, all with their remotes.

How safe is the Internet of Things?

With smart tvs consumers can access movie services like Netflix, games, news and weather feeds, Facebook and Twitter or just do a search for information, all with their remotes.

The Samsung Galaxy S7  (Vince Talotta / Toronto Star)

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: The ‘droid’ you're looking for

The Samsung Galaxy (Vince Talotta / Toronto Star)

Google already has an office in Kitchener at the old Lang Tanning Company building, which also holds offices for other tech startups. The new workspace will be located in the Breithuapt Block, a former rubber manufacturing facility that takes up a full city block.

Google Canada to unveil new development HQ in Kitchener

Google already has an office in Kitchener at the old Lang Tanning Company building, which also holds offices for other tech startups. The new workspace will be located in the Breithuapt Block, a former rubber manufacturing facility that takes up a full city block.

Carli Stephens-Rothman is rethinking that winky face after going a week without using emojis.

The Dare: A week without emojis

Emojis are fun, and funny, and that’s why we use them. But is it possible we use yellow faces because we actually have yellow bellies when it comes to getting real? Have emojis stripped us of our ability to use our.

Raju Mudhar does a roundup of three new iOS games to keep your fingers busy.

Three exciting new iOS games to check out

Raju Mudhar does a roundup of three new iOS games to keep your fingers busy.

The Nest Learning Thermostat recognizes when no one is home and turns itself down. A fully automated home is still years away, but the building blocks are already here.

The new wave of products laying a foundation for smarter homes

The Nest Learning Thermostat recognizes when no one is home and turns itself down. A fully automated home is still years away, but the building blocks are already here.

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