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Úll 2015 announces speakers, conference details — and iMore will be there!

Ùll is like something out of legend. A conference in the style of 4C and Çingleton, it's taken place for the last couple of years in Ireland, and included a veritable treasure trove of speakers and guests from the Apple community. 2015 looks to be be as ambitious as ever, just announced for March 30-31 in Killarney at the Europe Hotel. Oh, and Serenity Caldwell, Georgia Dow, and I will be there!

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These are iMore's CES 2015 top picks

Apple might not have an official presence at CES 2015, but Apple's ecosystem is everywhere at the show. People are walking around with iPhones and iPads, using them to stay connected and to demo their apps and accessories, tying into CarPlay, HomeKit, and HealthKit, and it general building their platforms on top of the platforms Apple has built. It's pervasive. And that also makes it hard to pick our favorites. There's. Just. So. Much. But that's the job and we did it! Here are iMore's top picks for CES 2015!

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Incipio shows off the future of Siri-powered home automation

Incipio is doing Apple's HomeKit the way it's meant to be done — an app lets you set homes, rooms, zones, actions, etc. and Siri lets you control it all with your voice. They have a light socket and power plug on the way, and Serenity and I checked it all out at CES 2015!

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Oculus scared the hell out of us — and we loved it!

Oculus has come a long way. It's better looking, smoother, and more immersive than ever. From alien encounters to polygon landscapes, T-Rex attacks to Unreal 4 assaults, impossible vertigo to unbelievable action, at CES 2015 virtual reality got one step closer to reality. And Serenity and I were there to try it. You can watch Ren's reaction in the video up top, and here's my take — Yes, it still compresses and goes jagged around the edges, but when the alien is greeting you, the dinosaur is roaring in your face, shrapnel is streaking by your head, or you're looking down into the abyss, your body thinks and reacts as though it's real. And that is amazing.

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Sick of walking? Here's the future of personal transportation!

We might not have gotten to hoverboards quite yet, but the state-of-the-art of personal transportation tech at CES 2015 was still terrific. From rocket skates to gryo-boards to eco-scooters Serenity, Georgia, Anthony and I hit Pepcom, Showstoppers, the CESlive stage, and the Sands to check out the most interesting, exciting, and energizing personal transportation coming our way!

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CarPlay gets touched, knobbed, and after-marketed at CES 2015

CarPlay is Apple's way to bring your iPhone experience into any car you own, lease, rent, or borrow. As long as the manufacturer supports it — or you install it after-market — you never have to worry about learning a new "infotainment" system again, nor being stuck with one locked forever to your purchase day. Simply get in, connect, and your latest iPhone hardware and up-to-date iOS software take over the screen and give you the interface you already know so you can use all the apps you already love — all with the date and content you already have. While CarPlay will look and work similarly from vendor to vendor for just that reason, there are also a few differences. Georgia, Serenity Caldwell, and Anthony Casella took to CES 2015 to show you how!

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Yes, your thermostat can now tell your washing machine to fluff your clothes...!

Apple's HomeKit has been announced and while a few vendors are doing some amazing Siri-powered things with it, not everyone has been as quick to embrace it. Some are playing coy, others are marching to the beat of their own standards and agendas, and yet others claim to waiting to see more from Apple. Yet HomeKit or not, home automation is while hot and everything and anything that can have a chip is getting a chip. That might mean there's not enough stuff that all works together yet, and too many apps needed to control it all, but that's change with time. Just take a look at what Anthony and Georgia were able to find at CES 2015 and it's not hard to imagine what's coming next.

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Gyro-skating, drone flying, bed jumping, and sharp shooting at CES 2015!

Showstoppers is a media event at CES 2015 where a concentration of vendors from the show get to show off the wares in what's hopefully a less crowded, congested setting. Sometimes it's jam-packed with the amazing. Other times it's a real snooze. This year fell decidedly in the middle, with some cool and interesting new things interspersed among the same-olds. So, Georgia, Anthony, Serenity and I tore through it and brought you back the very best.

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Health & HealthKit highlights from CES 2015

HealthKit is the set of protocols developers and vendor can use to tie into Apple's Health app, which lets us get all of our health and fitness information all in one place. With HealthKit, we can also share information between apps — let one step tracker know what another step tracker has recorded — and also with our healthcare professionals, if we so choose. It's still early days and not every developer or vendor supports it yet, but everyone supports iOS in some way. At CES 2015, Georgia and Anthony took a look at some of the highlight from the health and fitness industry, and from HealthKit.

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Pepcom highlights: Waterproof speakers, tricorder-like scanners, and more

On Monday night at CES, we visited Pepcom's annual press event, Digital Experience, which collects some of the best CES has to offer in a less chaotic, more compact version of the show. This year's theme was "I Love the 80s," and there were Pop Rocks, sweat bands, and jelly bracelets galore, scattered on tables next to the many exhibitors proffering their wares.

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