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Wacom’s New 13-Inch Drawing Tablet Gives Android Fans the Apple Pencil Experience

It took a couple of iterations to get it right, but the Apple Pencil 2 turned the iPad into an excellent creative tool. But now Android users can hopefully get a similar artistic experience from their mobile devices with Wacom’s new One tablet—the first from the company to support connectivity to mobile devices like…

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The Biggest Problems With Bluetooth Audio Are About to Be Fixed

Although used for everything from lightbulbs, to video game controllers, to RC toys, audio remains the most popular use for Bluetooth, powering the endless array of wireless headphones flooding the market. So as we move into the next decade the Bluetooth Special Interest Group is introducing some key upgrades to the…

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Stephen Colbert cracks himself up with savage jokes about Trump’s Iran chaos

Stephen Colbert cracks himself up with savage jokes about Trump's Iran chaos

If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry, folks. 

Stephen Colbert came roaring into 2020 on Monday night, opening The Late Show for the year with a solid 10 minutes of bleakly brutal material about Trump’s strike on Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

Trump has subsequently threatened — via Twitter, naturally — to further attack 52 Iranian targets, including culturally important sites, in retaliation for any retaliation. As many legal experts have pointed out, the president may have essentially threatened in a public forum to commit war crimes. The Late Show team, in an attempt to write a joke to measure up to this turn of events, came up with one that was a little much even for the host. Read more…

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Seth Meyers calls out Trump’s defense of killing Iranian general as ‘Orwellian’

Seth Meyers calls out Trump's defense of killing Iranian general as 'Orwellian'

A new year of Late Night with Seth Meyers premiered on Monday, but the host was still stuck tackling some old problems. “2020 is already the worst,” Meyers said with a despairing smile. It’s hard to disagree.

Chief on the agenda was Trump’s Jan. 3 drone strike on Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani, as well as the president’s subsequent tweets claiming to be targeting 52 Iranian sites. 

“You can’t just kill a top general of a sovereign nation and then call it de-escalation,” said Meyers, labelling Trump’s assertion that he called the strike to prevent a war “Orwellian.”

Meyers also addressed Mike Pence’s claim that Soleimani was linked to 9/11, which has no evidence to support it. Republicans also made similar claims to justify the war in Iraq almost two decades ago when they linked Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda — a link which, as Meyers points out, was similarly baseless. Read more…

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Samsung’s rolling robot Ballie is like your own personal BB-8

Samsung's rolling robot Ballie is like your own personal BB-8

Samsung used CES to reveal a revolution in ball technology. Ballie is a rolling robot that follows you around — kind of like BB-8, but the size of a softball.

According to Samsung, it can be used to patrol your home, its camera searching for burglars. That camera can also be used to capture “special moments,” said Sebastian Seung, executive vice president at Samsung Electronics. Moments like your grandmother’s bewildered face as a robot ball follows her to the bathroom in the middle of the night, or your dog right before it destroys your new toy. 

Samsung also says Ballie is a fitness assistant, because nothing gets your blood pumping like being chased or chirped at by a robot.  Read more…

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Sony randomly announced a concept car at CES just because they could

Sony randomly announced a concept car at CES just because they could

At this year’s CES, Sony didn’t announce the PlayStation 5. But instead, went with something much bigger. Like, literally bigger.

The company went ahead and shocked everyone with a concept car instead.

Yep. A literal car. And it’s called the Vision-S.

But don’t get too excited, because this thing won’t actually be available to drive. The Vision-S is basically Sony’s way of showing off all that its technology can do.

A humble brag, I guess.

For starters, the concept car packs a total of 33 sensors. This includes CMOS and ToF sensors embedded within the car itself. They’re meant to detect both people and objects inside and outside the car, as well as provide advanced driving support.  Read more…

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Parkland survivor on why he believes in brain-scanning meditation wearables

Parkland survivor on why he believes in brain-scanning meditation wearables

At CES, tech execs and thirsty industry analysts abound. This year, there was also a college student and mass shooting survivor named Kai Koerber preaching about the benefits of meditation.

Koerber is a U.C. Berkeley student and activist who is a survivor of the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida. Parkland survivors took action in the wake of the shooting by advocating for gun control legislation, and now, Koerber is calling for mental health resources in schools. 

He founded an organization called the Societal Reform Corp. that raises money and champions mental health, mediation, and mindfulness education. Read more…

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