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AI Was the Star of CES

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A crowd gathered around some guy at CES who had stuck an antenna in a potato and said it was 5G enabled. That was a joke. If he had said that it was an AI-assisted superfood that learned from you every time you ate it, people probably would have placed orders for it. Continue Reading →

CES 2020: The 8K Hot Dog

CES® has always been synonymous with new TVs. While the show has expanded to cover every imaginable kind of consumer technology, everyone always asks me about TVs. This year, the TV story is 8K (screens that are 7680 × 4320 pixels). There is no content available in 8K. That said, every major manufacturer is showing Continue Reading →
The fun continues at CES® 2020! This morning, we hosted more than a thousand of the coolest people in Las Vegas at our Innovation Series Summit, where our friends from Facebook, Samsung, The CW, Google, and Westwood One spoke about working together, as well as their visions for the future. There were more exciting announcements Continue Reading →
Smart Speakers
I have seen a bunch of articles from pundits and reviewers espousing the virtues of one smart speaker over another. The consensus seems to be that the Apple HomePod is the "best sounding" smart speaker. Other honorable mentions go to Sonos, followed by Amazon's Echo Plus (which has the added virtue of smart home control). Let me be as polite as possible: bulls#&t! Continue Reading →
Hi-Res Audio
According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), about 75 percent of the recorded music industry’s revenue comes from streaming. Bandwidth keeps getting cheaper and faster. Hardware and software continue to improve at an exponential pace. Surely there is pent-up demand for high resolution audio (hi-res audio). After all, doesn’t everyone want the “best sounding” audio? Continue Reading →
Smart Speakers
Amazon, Google, Apple, and the Zigbee Alliance announced a new partnership called Project Connected Home over IP. It will create a new smart home standard so their products can work together. Sadly, we won’t see a draft specification until late next year. But the good news is that the partnership is announced and there will be a spec and open source materials, too. Continue Reading →

Alexa Is Getting Emotional

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A few weeks ago, Amazon announced new developer tools to enable Alexa to speak with emotion, either excited or disappointed across a range of intensities. Amazon said, "Use new Alexa Emotions and speaking styles to create a more natural and intuitive voice experience." Continue Reading →

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