The Morning After: CES 2021 is going entirely online

Like so many other things, Engadget’s annual trip to Las Vegas will skip a year as CES 2021’s in-person element is canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. As CTA Chief Gary Shapiro said in a statement: “It’s just not possible to safely convene tens of thousands of people in Las Vegas in early January.”

CES 2020

David J Babb

Now, CES will be presented as an experience that we live through from home. Unfortunately, some things just won’t be the same. Events like surprise android appearances and disinterested movie directors flubbing their lines are you-have-to-be-there moments, and Zoom can’t quite cut it. We’ll see if the organizers have something up their sleeve to bring the feeling of the Las Vegas Convention Center home — minus all the germs and annual flu-like symptoms. The CTA made the right call.

— Richard

‘The Mandalorian’ scores a best drama Emmy nomination for Disney+

Somehow Quibi snagged ten nominations.

Star Wars: The Mandalorian

Disney

Disney+ picked up 19 nominations overall, including somewhat of a surprise in the Best Drama Series category with live-action Star Wars show The Mandalorian — it seems Emmy voters loved Baby Yoda just as much as the rest of us. Netflix racked up 160 nominations, by far the most of any network or platform. The Crown, Ozark, Stranger Things, Dead To Me, The Kominsky Method, Unbelievable and Unorthodox all received best series nominations in their categories.

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Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR review: A big, bright content creation machine

A beautiful HDR screen alongside strong performance and battery life.

Gigabyte Aero

Engadget

Steve Dent tests out the Aero 17 HDR XB, another strong model in Gigabyte’s powerful hybrid laptop lineup. The key feature is a very bright and colorful 4K 17.3-inch HDR display. It has an understated design that hides great specs, including Intel’s 8-core i7-10875H CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q graphics. That helps it fly for both video editing and gaming. Interested? Read up on the full review.

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Gogoro’s Eeyo 1s is so light you almost forget it’s an e-bike

A practical but expensive solution for city dwellers.

Gogoro

Engadget

Gogoro, better known for its scooters than bikes, surprised us with a light, practical e-bike that’s (mostly) a joy to ride. The regular Gogoro Eeyo 1, which complements its carbon frame and fork with an alloy seatpost, handlebars and rims, costs $3,899. The lighter almost-completely-carbon Eeyo 1s will set you back $4,599. That’s not crazy for a carbon fiber bicycle, but it’s far more than what you would pay for a heavier e-bike option. Nick Summers takes it for a test ride.

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