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Google announces Google Cast for audio

As CES 2015 starts ramping up, Google has announced Google Cast for audio. This integrates the same tech behind Chromecast into speakers, soundbars, and A/V receivers to let you cast your music from Android, iOS, and the web.

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Intel launches 5th-generation 'Broadwell' processors

Intel has just announced its 5th generation Intel Core processors, also known as Broadwell, at CES 2015. The new chips are 37% smaller than the previous generation, using Intel's new 14nm process. Intel emphasizes the performance gains in Broadwell, especially battery life improvements. Intel says that battery life could improve by as much as 1.5 hours. The chips also enable faster wake times and improved graphics performance.

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Hands-on with the Alcatel smartwatch, for iOS and Android

It's tough to traipse past even a single blackjack table here in Las Vegas without someone trying to pitch you on a new sort of smartwatch. But one of the more interesting ones we've seen here at CES 2015 is the Alcatel smartwatch — proper name: WATCH, which we'll use just this one time in all caps. And that what piques our interest is that this one isn't just another Android notifications pusher — it picks up where Pebble started and works with iOS devices as well.

Will the Alcatel watch make the same sort of dent as Pebble or be as prevalent with the Android faithful as Android Wear is?

Let's rap.

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Enjoy this drone tour of Apple's new Campus 2, recorded in beautiful 4K

Drones have visited Apple's new Campus 2 construct numerous times already, but we have yet to see how progress is coming along in 4K. Should you have a display capable of rendering video in said resolution, fetch the popcorn and enjoy the drone flyover footage.

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First look at the Parrot RNB6 in-dash system, compatible with Apple CarPlay

Parrot came to CES 2015 with more than anyone had expected. Instead of announcing a new quad-copter or a jumping vehicle, Parrot showed off an in-dash car infotainment system. This system, codenamed RNB6, is a lot more than any third party in-dash unit that you can install in your car.

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Newly announced HP displays offer 4K, 5K, curved designs and virtual reality

CES is just getting started and HP has already taken the time to announce some new products. The company has unveiled a number of new monitors, bringing 4K, 5K and even virtual reality to the modern day desktop environment.

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Nest thermostats can now talk to Philips Hue, third-party smart locks and more

After launching the Works with Nest initiative last year, Nest is announcing a slew of new partnerships that include Philips, LG, Insteon, Withings and more. The new integrations mean that your Nest thermostat will be able to communicate with a wider range of devices and services.

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Griffin adds two new accessories to iTrip lineup

Accessory maker Griffin is introducing two new accessories to its iTrip line of products at CES 2015. The iTrip AUX Bluetooth adds a Bluetooth connection to your car stereo, while the iTrip AUX AutoPilot packs in device charging, audio output, and playback controls into a single device.

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Seagate announces several new drives ahead of CES 2015

Seagate has unveiled its lineup for CES 2015, including some new Wi-Fi-enabled hard drives that let you take your data anywhere. Personal Cloud drives offer high-capacity storage for all of your media, accessible from any device, while the Seagate Wireless extends the space on your iPhone or iPad. They also announced a new portable hard drive in the Seagate Seven, which is said by Seagate to be the world's thinnest portable hard drive.

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Some teens turn to AirDrop instead of Snapchat and Instagram

Sharing photos is a popular pastime for teens with smartphones, and there's no shortage of services to cater to them — Snapchat and Instagram remain popular options. But there's another way to share photos and other files that may be picking up steam, especially among young people with iPhones: AirDrop.

AirDrop, built right into iOS, enables iPhone users to exchange files with one another without relying on a separate app or third-party service. The advantage over services like Instagram and Snapchat is that you don't have to have usernames or set up specific accounts to use it.

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