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You Can Now Have Your Very Own A.I. Personal Robot Lady Friend

If you have no fear of death at the hands of robot overlords, I guess.

Did no one see Her? Or Battlestar Galactica? Or like... any piece of fiction where teaching robots to be our friendly BBFs/have any artificial intelligence ever is a horrible idea?

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CES Study Shows Millennials Prefer Netflix and Streaming TV, Surprising No Millennials Whatsoever

Was this not something non-millennials were aware of?

A study presented at the Consumer Electronics Show demonstrated that millennials value Netflix subscriptions more than cable or broadcast TV, which you can probably corroborate with the fact that you've watched nothing but Gilmore Girls on Netflix for the past month and actually had to pause it to write read this story.

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Intel Wants Diversity in the Workplace, Puts $300 Million Where Their Mouth Is

"This isn't just good business, it's the right thing to do."

What's the best way to help your image after accidentally taking sides in a gender-based smear campaign in the video game world? Put forth millions of dollars toward getting more women in the industry. Oh, and they promoted Feminist Frequency. I believe they call this a mic drop.

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This Robotic Spider Dress Will Attack Anyone Who Comes At You Wrong

Perfect for being in public at any time!

If you want a dress that makes people stay the eff out of your personal space on the subway, fashion designer Anouk Wipprecht has the perfect holiday gift for you.

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Watch Sony’s CES Conference Live Tonight to See New Sony Tech

Oh, right, Sony makes electronics that are not video games.

Sony's press conference for the Consumer Electronics Show will broadcast live tonight and show you all of the advancements you can expect in upcoming Sony technology. It might also contain an appearance of their rumored virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4, so we'll be watching excitedly when it starts at 5PM PST.

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Sounds From Google Glass Will Vibrate Your Skull

Listening to traditional headphones is so completely 2012. That's why Google Glass wants to rattle your brain cage directly by sending vibrations straight through your skull instead of using normal speakers. The technology is called "bone conduction" and we saw a few examples of it at CES this year. It's not exactly new, but it hasn't caught on in the mainstream just yet. Looks like Google is going to cram as much technology people aren't used to using into Glass as they can.

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The BBC Investigates Booth Babes At International CES [VIDEO]

Consider the Following

Last year, the BBC delved into the great Booth Babe debate at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and decided to do a follow-up to see if anything had changed. It hadn't. While Booth Babes, attractive women hired to promote a product at a convention, are always a hot topic, some consider their inclusion at CES to be especially problematic considering it's a professional trade convention. What do you think? Should these models be removed from the equation, should men be added to even things out, or do you not see their inclusion as an issue at all? (via Bonnie Burton) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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Is This The ‘Steam Box?’ — Detail Light, Valve Branded “Piston” Debuts At CES

This morning brought some eagerly-awaited details about Valve's upcoming foray into the console/set-top box gaming world from the company's apparent partner on the so-called Steam Box, hardware manufacturer Xi3. The company, which specializes in tiny, high-performance PCs was on hand with a Valve-branded piece of hardware known for the moment as 'Piston.' What else do we know about the little box that might be Valve's inroad to living rooms across the nation? Precious little, for now.

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Samsung Smart Window is Like a Giant Transparent iPad

Whenever you're cruising through CES announcements and demos, you're always looking for that one thing that ignites that spark of excitement in your chest, lights up your eyes, and makes you realize that we're living in the future. Well, the Samsung Smart Window will deliver. The Samsung Smart Window is a window, but it's a display. It's a giant transparent touchscreen you can use as a window. It's a see-through, window iPad. It's amazing.

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900 Pound iPod Dock Drops the Heaviest of Bass

The biggest problem with tech these days is that everything is getting smaller. That is why I strongly approve of Behringer and their new iNuke iPod dock announced at CES 2012. This baby weighs 900 pounds, requires a double door to even get into a house, and is too big to even function as a desk or table or something. It's so big that it is severely inconvenient and practically useless for the average person; exactly how I like my speakers. Needless to say, the bass this bad boy drops could probably kill you, but that's part of the fun. Behringer has miraculously gotten a few pre-orders for the insane device, and I say more power to them. Apple, I'm looking at you for a giant iPhone. I want to be able to hollow it out and live inside.

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This Swiss Army Knife Has a 1 Terabyte USB Drive Alongside the Essentials

If you thought Swiss Army Knives that just had flash drives in them were cool, have I ever got news for you: They're going to make a Swiss Army Knife that has a flash drive and the traditional pointy implements. You can now commence jumping up and down in celebration. What with the cloud being all hip, popular and easily accessable, physical storage is becoming more and more antiquated, but pointy things are always important, especially when accompanied by a 1 terabyte drive.

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Motorized Shoes Are Real, Not Just Pulling Your Leg

If you ever wanted your own pair of remote control, motorized shoes, you don't have to wait any longer. spnKiX (pronounced "spin kicks") have just launched at CES and are exactly what they appear to be. These puppies boast speeds up to 10 mph and can support a wide variety of feet, men's sizes 6-14 and women's 7-15.5. Ironically enough, it might seem, spnKiX are NOT recommended for anyone over 180 pounds, so they're no substitute for your trusty Rascal. That being said, they might be a step towards the future I think we all want.

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Sleek Induction Cooktop Cooks With 48 Magnets, Only $5,000

When you think cutting edge technology, you think cooktops. Alright, maybe you don't, but I do. Okay, I don't either, but it turns out that cooktop tech is way cooler than you might give it credit for. Enter the Thermador Freedom Induction Cooktop, recently unveiled at CES. Because the Freedom Induction Cooktop uses a series of 48 magnetic inductors, it gains all sorts of super powers. Its surface stays cool to the touch, it can support pans of any shape and size, and it doesn't limit you to placement on any specific burner.

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Everything You Need To Know About CES [Infographic]

As you are probably aware, the International Consumer Electronics Show 2012, or CES, will be taking place in Las Vegas in just a few days. You may not be able to go, but you can at least brush up on your CES history and that's just as good, isn't it? Okay, it's probably not, but it beats a hard kick to the head. CES has been the home for announcements such as the LaserDisc, the NES, Pong, Tetris, and TiVo. Want to know more? You bet you do. Just check out this wonderful infographic and timeline from Sortable and let your imagination run wild. What can we expect this year? Flying VCRs? The MegaDisc? We'll just have to wait and see.

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Verizon iPhone All But Confirmed; Unlimited Data Plan Expected at Launch

Since Verizon Wireless let it slip that it would be holding a special event tomorrow and curiously invited some Apple-exclusive journalists who wouldn't normally cover Verizon happenings, a number of heavy hitters have put their names on the line to confirm that yes, tomorrow will be the day that the Verizon iPhone becomes a reality. What else do we know -- or think we know -- about the Verizon iPhone?

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Spider Jerusalem’s Camera-Glasses Exist and Lady Gaga Has Them

Rogue journalist Spider Jerusalem had a set of oddly-shaped glasses that snapped pictures. I've always wanted them even if they didn't snap pictures, simply because Spider Jerusalem is awesome, rogue journalism is awesome, and ridiculous-looking glasses that let me display my love for Transmetropolitan would be awesome. It turns out Polaroid actually made a set of glasses that snap pictures, which is awesome, but they're the product of Lady Gaga's tenure as Polaroid's creative director, which is less awesome, but not nearly as less awesome as the glasses being called "Grey Label by Haus of Gaga." Oh well.

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iCade, The iPad Arcade Cabinet, Is Now a Reality

Remember the iCade, the iPad-powered arcade cabinet with which ThinkGeek buoyed our nerdy hopes on April Fool's Day, only to crush them thereafter? Well, OhGizmo!'s Andrew Liszewski confirms from CES that it has become an actual, real product, thanks to ION Audio and Atari, that it "feels just fantastic," equipped with more buttons than the original ThinkGeek mockup, and that it will be coming soon for $100. ION:
The arcade action starts with the retro-gaming classic Asteroids and continues with many other Atari arcade titles. In addition to the extensive Atari library, new and existing apps can be easily updated to work with iCADE. Grab hold of iCADE's full-sized joystick and smash the eight arcade buttons for commanding control of iPad's on-screen action.
If the iCade has you involuntarily salivating, also check out ThinkGeek's JOYSTICK-IT, a wireless, battery-less joystick for iPads and other tablet devices. (via OhGizmo! | ThinkGeek)

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UltraViolet is Coming, But Will it Burn?

In non-Apple, non-Microsoft, non-Google news from CES 2011, a consortium of media providers have announced last night that UltraViolet, a cloud-based digital media management standard, will be coming very soon. Hinted at last summer, the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), which backs  UltraViolet, claim it will provide consumers with life-time rights to the media they buy in addition to the flexibility to watch that content on a variety of devices. It works like this:

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Microsoft Surface “2” Announced at CES 2011

Microsoft Surface, basically a neat multi-touch table-computer, was always this mythical thing that was very cool when shown off, but always too expensive for the general public. This year at the Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung announced the SUR40 with Microsoft Surface, basically Microsoft Surface 2, an upgraded, slightly-less-expensive-but-still-completely-unaffordable iteration of the device. Head on past the break for details.

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Watch Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg’s CES Keynote Live

While we're sure it will be interesting, normally, departing Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg's CES keynote on the state of the consumer electronic industry might not be the subject of wide interest and speculation; however, there's definitely some anticipation (hope?) that he will either announce or hint at a Verizon-Apple partnership and the dawn of the Verizon iPhone. We wouldn't hold our breaths -- many have pointed out that Apple would almost certainly hold its own joint press conference with Verizon if indeed said mythical iPhone was to materialize -- but then again, Apple has already upstaged CES a bit this morning with the launch of the Mac App Store, and they'd no doubt like to get attention and tech hype turned back their way. Seidenberg's keynote, originally scheduled for 8:30am PT / 11:30am ET, has been pushed back a bit to 9am PT / 12pm ET. Verizon will be providing a live stream of the keynote address, though somewhat annoyingly, you have to register to view it (i.e. give them your name, company, and email address). If you're still game, register here; once you're in, you can view it here.

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