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January 3, 2017, 3:20 PM

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Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
Lenovo launches $129 Alexa-powered Smart Assistant speaker, VR-ready Legion gaming notebooks, and updated Thinkpad X1 workstations and Miix detachables  —  Channeling its inner gamer who simultaneously wants a smarter home.  —  LAS VEGAS—Lenovo prepared a few surprises for its CES lineup.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Amazon pushes Alexa-everywhere strategy at CES, with integrations for Dish's Hopper DVR, Whirlpool appliances, Lenovo assistant devices, more  —  A bevy of vendors are integrating Amazon's Alexa digital assistant technology.  Artificial intelligence matters, but distribution, developers, and integration may matter more.
Mark Walton / Ars Technica UK:
Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake review: minimal improvements mean high-end desktop CPU performance remains at a standstill  —  With identical performance to Skylake, Intel brings desktop performance to a standstill.  —  The Intel Core i7-7700K is what happens when a chip company stops trying.
Mollie Ruiz-Hopper / Windows Blog:
Acer debuts new high-end PCs including a 21-inch curved screen gaming laptop with GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, eye-tracking, 7th-gen Intel i7, 64GB RAM, $9K price tag  —  Ahead of CES 2017, Acer announced an impressive new lineup of Windows 10 PCs focused on performance and entertainment.
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Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Dish's AirTV set-top box provides 4K streaming for Sling TV, Netflix, and YouTube, also has an over-the-air antenna for live TV  —  Finding quality 4K content is still rather difficult, but that isn't keeping hardware manufacturers from building devices to support the format.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Qualcomm inadvertently reveals ASUS ZenFone AR, Tango-enabled and Daydream-ready, and powered by Snapdragon 821  —  Qualcomm has inadvertently published a press release today about the yet-to-be-announced ASUS ZenFone AR.  Billed as the world's first device to be both Tango-enabled and Daydream-ready …

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Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
It's go time for Go Zoho!  —  It's not often that you hear of a tech company taking a vintage Airstream trailer on the road to help users in their own neighborhood.  Then again, Zoho's no ordinary tech company.

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