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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.

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.

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.

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.

When I meet Josh Westerholt at the offices of Project 100, the Las Vegas urban mobility startup that's funded by the Downtown Project, we decide it would probably make sense to head out into downtown Vegas to tour their project area in person. From the other room, his co-worker has an even better idea: "Take the Tesla."

If you've ever been to a touristy locale, you've likely seen flocks of tourists riding Segways -- the electric, two-wheeled, lean-steered, (dorky) personal transporters. There are two major problems with them though: they're very expensive, and they're very heavy. But a small company called Inmotion may have just solved those problems. I got to zip around the sidewalk outside this year's CES on one of InMotion's SCVs, and I had way more fun than I should have.

Whenever you see a smartphone come out branded as a “mini” or a “compact” or a “nano”, you immediately assume it has crap specs compared to the original. Sony has done this for years, but the watermark was raised considerably at CES this year with the launch of the Z1 Compact. Smaller doesn’t necessarily mean worse in this case.

The last five years have been full of reinvention for Motorola; it's gone from being kind of a dinosaur, to launching the super-popular Droid line, to being swallowed up by Google, to making some of the best, easiest-to-use smartphones out there. It's been quite a roller-coaster.

The Livescribe 3 is an awesome little gadget that makes paper relevant again, but its love of Evernote could turn some hardcore Office users off. Thankfully, Livescribe has made a deal that will give you the ability to capture pen strokes into OneNote on PC and Mac.