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.
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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
When we sat down with the head of NVIDIA, Jen-Hsun Huang, at CES we only had one question on our mind: when will Australia get the NVIDIA Shield, and why has it taken so long? We got half an answer at least.
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.
In just a few short years, bitcoin mining has come a long way, from CPUs, to GPUs, to specialised, single purpose, system-on-a-chip beasts. There's still progress to be made though, more efficient mining marvels to build. This is that progress. Meet the (prototype) brains of an insane digital drill.