CES

  • France’s Digital Minister Mounir Mahjoubi on French startups

    More than 270 French startups flew all the way to Las Vegas for CES 2018. And France’s Secretary of State for Digital Affairs Mounir Mahjoubi came there to support them. I had the opportunity to sit down and interview him about the current state of the tech ecosystem in France and how it can compete at a global level. Mahjoubi joined Emmanuel Macron’s team as the person in charge… Read More

  • Intel tried desperately to change the subject from Spectre and Meltdown at CES

    Intel tried desperately to change the subject from Spectre and Meltdown at CES

    Intel had a bad week last week. It was so bad that the chip maker has to be thrilled to have CES, the massive consumer technology show going on this week in Las Vegas, as a way to change the subject and focus on the other work they are doing. Read More

  • Cherry’s new low-profile switches may help bring mechanical keyboards to more laptops

    Cherry’s new low-profile switches may help bring mechanical keyboards to more laptops

    You may not think much about the switches that sit underneath the keycaps of your keyboard, but there are many enthusiasts who really, really care. The trend is clearly going toward slim keyboards — and that’s not lost on Cherry. At CES this week, the company introduced a new line of keyboard switches that may just be small enough to bring mechanical keyboards to more laptops. Read More

  • This ring lets you bend musical notes on a keyboard with a wave of your hand

    This ring lets you bend musical notes on a keyboard with a wave of your hand

    We saw a small mountain of cool stuff at CES this week, but this one is still on my mind a few days later. It’s a ring you wear while playing a MIDI keyboard. By wavering your hand or sliding your fingers up the keys, you can change the vibrato or intensity of your notes. It’s an effect perhaps best demonstrated on video: Read More

  • CES should move to an innovative city

    CES should move to an innovative city

    CES, the yearly bacchanal of tech and innovation, has outgrown its shell. Las Vegas has been home to the event since the late 1970s and, for better or worse, the city has survived and served the influx of technologists who flock to the event each year to see the latest and greatest. But two things are happening simultaneously that make Las Vegas the last place to find innovation. Read More

  • This $1,600 fighting robot toy kicks serious butt

    This $1,600 fighting robot toy kicks serious butt

    All right, I’m impressed. I’m not sure I’m $1,600 impressed, but I definitely want one of these Zeus battling robots. We probably should have booked the Shenzhen-based startup a bit earlier, because by the time they got to the TechCrunch booth, this model was the last standing of the three models it brought to the show. No one ever said the job of a fighting robot was an… Read More

  • A tour of Google’s reopened CES booth

    A tour of Google’s reopened CES booth

    For the first time ever, Google has a big presence at CES. You can’t look out of a window and not see a Google logo somewhere. But the one thing that didn’t work out so well for the company was its massive booth in the parking lot in front of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Yesterday, it rained a bit more than usual in Las Vegas and the booth leaked, so Google had to shut it down… Read More

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