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In front of thousands, the pitch sounded good. Bring PC gaming to the hundreds of millions who can't, or haven't experienced it before. It's a sensible, reasonable goal for a publicly listed company like NVIDIA to aim at. And the idea of putting a gaming PC in the cloud has a certain logic to it.
Problem is, we've been here before. It didn't work. And even if the streaming technology was sound, it still wouldn't work for Australians.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
One of the biggest professional gripes about the new MacBook Pro -- dongle issues aside -- is its lack of upgradability. Apple made the decision to solder the storage onto the logic board (just as it does the RAM), making it impossible for users to upgrade past the capacity they choose at time of purchase.
Typically only found in the toolkits of law enforcement and the military, the FLIR ONE smartphone camera gave thermal vision to any consumer with several hundred bucks. But yesterday FLIR revealed a professional version for those who want to use the thermal camera for more than just running around pretending to be a Schwarzenegger-hunting Predator.
Beds are beds, right?
No. Beds are smart now. The newest in a long line of gadgets that we're not sure necessarily needed to have electronics integrated into them is a bed that can tell exactly how well you're sleeping, and then do a whole bunch of funky shit, including warming your feet, to make your life better.
But this is the best part for anyone struggling with a partner that has a little bit of a sleeping problem. Sleep Number's new 360 bed will push your lover -- or you, not that you snore, of course -- around when it senses snoring.
There are a million reasons to want to stay in bed every morning, not the least of which being stepping into a cold shower that isn't as warm as you thought it would be. BRRRR! But with the new U by Moen shower, you can use your smartphone to start and pre-heat the water so that it's guaranteed to be the perfect temperature when you hose off in the morning.
Getting the recommended eight hours of sleep every night means you'll spend at least a third of your life in bed. So if you're going to splurge on a piece of furniture, it might as well be a bed that constantly adjusts its comfort to match your sleeping position and warms your feet so you can fall asleep faster at night.
CES is kicking off with its traditional showing of really fancy TVs. Combining all the good top-end stuff we're already used to like Dolby Vision HDR with new 'nano cell' tech that reportedly improves colour quality and viewing angles, LG's three newest Super UHD panels are the most advanced the company has produced -- and promise the best ever picture quality from a LCD.