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CES 2020: Apple Privacy Chief Defends Company Stance on Encryption and Backdoors

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Apple’s senior director for global privacy, Jane Horvath, spoke on a panel at CES. She used the opportunity to defend the company’s stance on user privacy, speaking out in favor of encryption and preventing software backdoors, according to MacRumors.

Jane Horvath, Apple’s senior director for global privacy, joined an all-female panel consisting of representatives from Facebook, Procter & Gamble and the Federal Trade Commission. During the discussion, Horvath defended Apple’s use of encryption to protect customer data on mobile devices.  “Our phones are relatively small and they get lost and stolen,” Horvath said. “If we’re going to be able to rely on our health data and finance data on our devices, we need to make sure that if you misplace that device, you’re not losing your sensitive data.” Apple has held a consistent position regarding its use of encryption, even if that means it has limited ability to help law enforcement access data on devices involved in criminal investigations.

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CES – Chamberlain/LiftMaster Adds Camera to HomeKit-compatible Garage Door Openers

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LAS VEGAS – At Pepcom at CES on Monday LiftMaster (and, their home brand, Chamberlain) were showing off their latest garage door opener that now incorporate a camera so you can remotely see what’s going on in your garage. These units also contain Wi-Fi and MyQ, meaning they’re HomeKit-compatible out of the box. Available now for $299 for the Chamberlain B4545 base unit, and $399 for Chamberlain B6765, which includes a battery backup and LED lighting.

CES – Speck's Presidio2 Cases Use Air Capsules to Suspend and Protect your iPhone

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LAS VEGAS – At Pepcom here at CES on Monday, Speck was showing off their latest Presidio2 line of cases that use Presidio2 Armor Cloud technology. Like an air bag for your iPhone, Presidio2 incorporates air capsules around edge to resist damage upon impact, cushioning your iPhone when it falls and keeping things safe. Expect to see these available in the spring.

CES – Aukey's Omnia 100W PD Charger is 66% Smaller Than Apple's

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LAS VEGAS – Aukey, a leader in charging products, was showing off their Omnia line of chargers at Pepcom Digital Experience on Monday. These are all built with Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology allowing them to be cooler and smaller than those made with silicon. The highlight of the line is their 100W USB-C PD charger that’s a full 66% smaller than Apple’s comparable model. These are all due out in Q2 of this year.

CES 2020: Delta and Sarcos Demonstrate Full Body Exoskeleton

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Delta Airlines and Sarcos demonstrated a full-body exoskeleton at CES. The Guardian XO Full-Body, Force-Multiplying Industrial Exoskeleton Robot is designed to help staff carrying heavy payloads. The exoskeleton bears the weight so the worker doesn’t have to. Consequently, the firms say it may enable someone to repeatedly lift up to 200 pounds for up eight hours at a time without strain or fatigue. They said that this could also help broaden roles to a more diverse group of people.

CES 2020: Plugable Launch New Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C dual DisplayPort dock

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Plugable unveiled at new Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C dual DisplayPort dock at CES on Tuesday. It offers 100W of host charging too. It means you can easily add two additional 4k displays to your Mac without any further external adaptors. It also has an integrated 1Gbps network adapter that supports connection to wired gigabit Ethernet networks. It is fully compatible with late 2016/Mid 2017/2018/2019 MacBook Pros, 2018 MacBook Air, 2018 Mac Mini, and mid 2017/2018/2019 iMacs. Plugable currently lists the device as “coming soon.”

CES 2020: Plugable Launch New Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C dual DisplayPort dock

JBL, SanDisk, Legrand, LE Audio, and More from CES 2020 – TMO Daily Observations 2020-01-07

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LAS VEGAS – Live from CES 2020, Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun share their thoughts on the new stuff they’ve found. Cool Stuff Found includes JBL’s new Quantum gaming headsets, Legrand’s smart electrical panel, ChronoLife’s smart Nexkin shirt, SanDisk’s latest (r)evolution of the thumb drive (it’s got a lot of storage and it’s fast!), Bluetooth’s first audio evolution in decades, and even more. Listen, enjoy, and let us know what you think at [email protected]

CES – SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe With Both USB-C and USB-A ports

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LAS VEGAS – As USB speeds and capabilities increase, so expands the concept of the thumb drive. At CES Monday, SanDisk was showing off their new Dual Drive Luxe USB-C, a thumb drive supporting USB 3 speeds over both USB-C and USB-A. Capable of delivering up to 150MB/s, the 1TB model will be $249.99 and 500GB will be $89.99, both due to be released in Q1 this year.