Briefly: New Steam Machines, CES Highlights, Toyota's Water Vapour Car

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: Valve outs latest Steam Machines, CES 2014 highlights, Toyota's new fuel cell car.

  • CES, arguably the biggest event on the consumer technology calender, has kicked off in Los Vegas for another year. Some of the show-stopping gadgets announced thus far include the Asus Transformer Book Duet, the Sony Xperia Z1S, the Asus 'Zenfone' ran, the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and the Pebble Steel smartwatch. Nvidia also showed off its new Tegra K1 CPU which has a whopping 192 cores.
  • Valve and its partners have unveiled 13 new Steam Machines including specifications and prices. The console-esque PC gaming systems come in all shapes and sizes with prices ranging from $499 to a cool $6000. Head over to Kotaku for more details.
  • In other Steam Machine news, Gizmodo Australia got its hands on a Steam controller on the CES showroom floor. Their verdict? "It’s a weird looking little thing that shouldn’t slide into your hand as well as it does." Oo-er.
  • Michael Bay spectacularly botched a Samsung presentation at CES today when his teleprompter stopped working mid-way through a scripted conversation (you can read Lifehacker's lessons on the incident here). The embarrassed director ended up storming off sage with a mumbled apology. You can watch the cringe-inducing video here.
  • Also at CES, Toyota has unveiled more details about its FCV car concept which borrows the same Hybrid Synergy Drive used in the Toyota Prius, but swaps out the petrol engine for a hydrogen fuel cell. The car has a 480km range on a single fill-up with water vapor being the most harmful thing it emits. More details at Gizmodo.


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