ces 2014

The New Corvette Stingray Will Come With Built-In Instant Replay

You can brag to your friends about the amazing weekend you had at the track all you want, but without a witness, you might as well be boasting about that monstrous fish that got away. So for the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, GM is including what it calls its Performance Data Recorder which overlays telemetry, speed, and location data over a 720p video recording of everywhere you’ve driven — basically giving you instant replay of your hoonage so you can back up your bragging.


Evangelical Urbanism: A Review Of The Downtown Project's Vegas Revival

As the story goes, Las Vegas was built by Mormons and mobsters. This unlikely team worked together to bring gambling to a place almost exclusively populated by men constructing the Hoover Dam. Their work turned a tiny sun-baked town into a global phenomenon.


How Sennheiser Designs Serious Headphones For A Smartphone Generation

For decades, German audio company Sennheiser has made some of the best headphones you can buy, regardless of whether you’re trying to keep it thrifty or splurge. In recent years, though, the legacy brand has had to adapt its technology to an era when how consumers listen to music has radically changed.


Meeting Tony Hsieh, The Mayor Of Downtown Las Vegas

I’m not gonna lie: It’s a lot like meeting Oz in his Emerald City. Mostly because no one associated with him would set up a formal time for me to meet with Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos and the financial and philosophical force behind the Downtown Project, the $US350 million urban revitalisation program transforming downtown Las Vegas. I was encouraged instead simply to “find him” at one of the events happening the week I was in town.


Build For Locals And Tourists Will Come: Vegas' Plan For Its Downtown

Between the Downtown Project’s area and the Arts District is the new Las Vegas City Hall, a gleaming mirage of a building surrounded by a forest of photovoltaics. This is where the city leadership moved after it leased its old City Hall to Tony Hsieh’s company Zappos — a move that you can’t help but imbue with some heavy symbolism.


Another Vegas Neighbourhood In Transition: Looking At The Arts District

About 2.4km southwest of the Downtown Project’s cluster of development in Las Vegas is another creative neighbourhood going through changes. It’s named 18b.


The Best Of CES 2014

CES ain’t quite what it used to be. Pretty much all the big guys have pulled out in favour of doing their own events. The phones are OK and the 4K TVs pretty, but a dime a dozen. But there are still some hidden treasures that are amazing. Here’s all the stuff from CES that made us squeal with glee.


Do Regular People Actually Care About CES?

The past week at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show, we saw a ton of cool, crazy and downright unbelievable technology. Inevitably, in this orgy of tech nerdliness, some of what we saw will have a huge impact, while some will be doomed to vapourware status. But for the normal, non-tech-blogger consumer, does CES really matter?


Are Other Vegas Businesses Benefiting From The Downtown Project?

The oldest freestanding bar in Vegas is Atomic Liquors, built in 1952, back when you could climb onto the roof and watch atomic bombs explode at desert test sites 96.6km away. If you sit long enough at its expansive bar, chances are Kent Johns will pull up a stool next to you and tell you about it.


Tour The CES Show Floor In 90 Frenetic Seconds

Until you’ve been to CES, it’s hard to appreciate how immense the exhibition space is. To convey the experience, we fired up a GoPro as we toured the show floor. Here is a a minute and a half of the chaos.