January 15, 2021
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Samsung is offering a trio of Galaxy S21 phones, all of which feature C-band support for 5G, as well as camera and video improvements, with stylus support in the premium Ultra version. The trio's prices are considerably lower than those of their S20 predecessors.
Full Story: PC Magazine (1/14),  The Wall Street Journal (1/14),  Reuters (1/14),  The Verge (1/14) 
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Iconic brands such as NordicTrack and Bowflex made their mark at CES 2021 with home fitness platforms, offering personal training solutions in the wake of gyms shuttering across the country during the pandemic. Other notable smart fitness offerings include iFit ActivePulse and Hyfit.
Full Story: CNET (1/15) 
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Vehicle Tech
Analyst: Apple will go big with autonomous car
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JP Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee thinks Apple will get into the autonomous vehicle business because it sees a potential for growth that far exceeds smartphones. Apple has not shared its plans but is reported to be in talks with Hyundai on a production deal.
Full Story: AppleInsider (1/11),  iMore (1/11) 
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Panasonic leverages AR, AI for interactive windshield
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A windshield powered with artificial intelligence and augmented reality, unveiled by Panasonic at CES this week, includes sensors that monitor movement inside and outside the car and can tell whether a driver is distracted. The system will issue alerts through sound, images flashed on the windshield and vibrations to alert the driver to a roadway hazard.
Full Story: Streetsblog (1/13) 
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Tech News
Microsoft: Windows 10 bug triggers hard drive corruption
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Microsoft is working on a patch for a Windows 10 vulnerability that can corrupt a hard drive if the user opens a folder with a shortcut that contains a hidden threat; the hard drive is also at risk if the user extracts the ZIP file. The fix may require the corrupted data to be repaired manually.
Full Story: The Verge (1/15) 
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Retail Trends
Facebook reveals global consumer trends
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This Facebook infographic reveals global trends from an Ipsos survey of consumers across 14 global markets. Highlights include 82% of respondents saying their relationships with brands have deepened due to social media, 78% citing augmented reality as a fun way to engage with brands and 83% saying they're open to brands taking part in their online communities.
Full Story: Social Media Today (1/13) 
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Association News
Registered CES attendees have access to the digital venue for one month after the show -- engage with nearly 2,000 companies, including tech giants like Intel, LG Electronics, IBM, Panasonic, Samsung Electronics and Sony as well as nearly 700 startups. Access the CES 2021 digital venue.
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In case you missed it, watch CES® 2021 keynote addresses featuring global industry leaders from AMD, Best Buy, General Motors, Microsoft, Verizon, Walmart and more. Registered attendees can view these inspiring discussions on demand.
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CES 2021 featured the latest innovations and top industry experts in digital health. If you registered for CES, there’s still time to visit these innovative exhibitors and watch programming on demand. Explore exhibitors like AARP, Abbott, BioIntelliSense, Omron Healthcare and more, as well as sessions like "Trust and The Impact of AI on Health Care" and "Digital Health in 2020: Rules of Contagion."
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Editor's Note
Live edition of CES 2021 Official Daily now available
The digital edition of the at-show edition of the CES 2021 Official Show Daily is now available. This Daily includes information from Monday's Media Day and Tuesday's keynotes and sessions, as well as new product introductions and reports on the latest trends. Read it now.
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