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Discover in our special CES 2020 review: Samsung unveils an extra-large 8K TV, Mercedes-Benz and James Cameron built an Avatar-inspired car perfect for Pandora, meet Ballie, Samsung’s rolling personal assistant, Sony’s electric car...and more.

Samsung unveils an extra-large 8K TV for 2020, engadget.com

Picture-in-picture is back, with 14 different layouts.

Mercedes-Benz and James Cameron built an Avatar-inspired car perfect for Pandora, techcrunch.com

Mercedes-Benz channeled the wild and imaginative world of James Cameron’s hit movie “Avatar” for its latest concept car — an electric autonomous vehicle covered in bionic flaps that aims to show how man and machine can merge and live responsibly in nature.

Meet Ballie, Samsung’s rolling personal assistant that does…stuff, techcrunch.com

This time last year, we asked the question: Is Samsung getting serious about robotics? I’m not sure we’re that much closer to an answer, but tonight’s CES keynote pointed to a company that clearly wants to convince us of as much. Though much like the demos shown off last year, tonight’s devices were concepts — indications of what a Samsung could bring to market if it was determined to do so.

Intel's foldable Horseshoe Bend is a little laptop with a big screen. Like, really big, cnet.com

In a CNET exclusive, Intel reveals how its premium Horseshoe Bend laptop PC works. Now it needs to get PC makers on board.

Sony’s electric car is the best surprise of CES, theverge.com

To answer your question: no, you won’t be able to buy the Sony car. Not any time soon, at least. The company has no plans to mass-produce the Vision-S, the car it surprise-announced at the end of its press conference at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, nor does it plan to do a limited run.

Quibi versus the world, theverge.com

Jeffrey Katzenberg insists that his new video-streaming service Quibi isn’t competing against Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Peacock, or any of the other streaming services that have launched or are launching soon. You’ve got it all wrong. You’re not even asking the right questions.

Withings ScanWatch will feature ECG and sleep apnea detection, zdnet.com

The latest smartwatch from Withings is the first to alert users of potential Afib events and detect sleep apnea.

Hyundai and Uber unveil concept design for flying car, deezen.com

Hyundai is the latest automaker to turn its attention from the roads to the skies, partnering with Uber to design a concept for a future air-taxi service.

Netatmo enters the smart door lock space with programmable NFC keys, techcrunch.com

Netatmo, the French startup that got acquired by Legrand, is announcing a new device at CES, the Netatmo Smart Door Lock. You can install it as a replacement to any cylinder door lock, which are more common in Europe than U.S.-style deadbolts.

Toyota will transform a 175-acre site in Japan into a ‘prototype city of the future’, theverge.com

The Japanese auto giant said it will transform the 175-acre site of a former car factory in Japan into a “prototype city of the future” where it can test autonomous vehicles, innovative street design, smart home technology, robotics, and new mobility products on a population of real people who would live there full-time.

Virtual reality getting more real at CES 2020, reviewjournal.com

The form and function of virtual reality have come a long way in recent years, and the full scope of the growing technology will be on display at CES 2020.

BMW CES concept shows how autonomous cars will change luxury as we know it, cnet.com

The i Interaction Ease concept shows off a cockpit from a time after self-driving cars have become mainstream.