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There will be smartwatches galore

What to expect at CES 2015, smartwatches and all

haverzineces2015CES 2015 will be the year of the smartwatch. It will also be the year of the sub-$2000 4K television set, the far-away 8K television set, virtual reality, and driverless cars. It will be the year where smartphones became passé; it will be the year home automation became a legitimate, for real, real thing. Or, maybe, 2015 will be none of those things. Maybe 2015 will be the year of something crazy, something none of us could have possibly expected.

Maybe whatever we get at CES this year will be something so jaw dropping, so amazing, that it will instantly send ripples through the fabric of space time, changing the course of humanity forever. Maybe CES 2015 will bring something quiet, something small, something that slips underneath the radar and we don’t even notice it yet somehow manages to become the next big thing.

Maybe CES 2015 will be none of those things, and maybe it’ll just be another average, expected – albeit boring – trade show with a bunch of things that nobody wants, and things that everybody wants but nobody will get (at least not yet).

Whatever CES 2015 brings, we’ll be right here to deliver the biggest, baddest, and maybe most ridiculous it has to offer. Our CES 2015 coverage begins now.

Interested in taking a walk to ghosts of CES past? Take a gander at our archived CES 2014 portal, or go into the way, way back with our CES 2013 portal.

"Dear Mr. President..."

Leading US tech companies call for US Government Surveillance reform

nsa_logoAOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo are all the names on a letter sent to President Barack Obama this weekend, one which asks the President to consider comprehensive US Government Surveillance reforms in the wake of the ongoing NSA scandal. The letter, which can be found on “” (a great domain name, I should say) will also be found on a full page print ad in today’s edition of The New York times in full.

The letter, which focuses on the privacy violations Americans have suffered at the hands of over zealous government surveillance, says the following:

Dear Mr. President and Members of Congress,

We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for a change.

For our part, we are focused on keeping user’s data secure — deploying the latest encryption technology to prevent unauthorized surveillance on our networks and by pushing back on government requests to ensure that they are legal and reasonable in scope.

We urge the US to take the lead and make reforms that ensure that government surveillance efforts are clearly restricted by law, proportionate to the risks, transparent and subject to independent oversight. To see the full set of principles we support, visit


AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo

It should be important to note, however, that all of the above companies have in the past been accused or at least suspected of providing private information to the government in compliance with the NSA over the past couple of years. Such an act would, of course, be in violation of their own principles but likely the consequence of a demanding and over reaching government program.