iPad Pro 2017 Models Outperform New MacBook Pro Models in Some Benchmarks

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The benchmark tests pitted new iPad Pro models against MacBook Pro
  • The 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models were included in the test
  • Benchmark also included 2016 MacBook Pro models

Apple’s new iPad Pro models are as capable as the refreshed MacBook Pro models, matching, and even surpassing the laptops in certain benchmarks. Bare Feats, a benchmarking blog, posted some CPU and GPU test results that pitted the 2017 MacBook Pro models against the new iPad Pro 12.9 inch and 10.5-inch models.

The devices were tested with a series of benchmark tests like GeekBench and GFXBench giving an idea about the CPU and GPU performance of the new iPad Pro and MacBook Pro models. The tests also included older 2016 MacBook Pro and iPad Pro models to get a better idea about the improvements that the new hardware brings to the hotel.

In terms of GPU performance, the new iPad Pro models outperform the MacBook Pro (2016 and 2017) models in Geekbench 4 Compute Metal test. The test results showed the 10.5-inch iPad Pro model scoring 27,814, and was closely followed by 12.9-inch iPad Pro which scored 27,597. MacBook Pro 2016 and 2017 models came third and fourth with a score of 27,631 and 26,353 respectively.

In the single-core GeekBench 4 tests, the all-new MacBook Pro 13-inch was seen scoring 4,650, which outperformed the new iPad Pro models which scored around 4,000 mark. Though, the test also saw that the 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch iPad Pro models scores were on par with the older MacBook Pro models.iPad Pro 2017 Models Outperform New MacBook Pro Models in Some Benchmarks

In the multi-core CPU tests, the 2017 MacBook Pro models yet again outperformed all the iPad Pro models with a stunning score of 10,261. The new iPad Pro models, however, beat the 2016 MacBook Pro models, which can be seen as a big improvement for the tablets.

The benchmark scores may indicate that the new iPad Pro models can match CPU and GPU performance of MacBook Pro though we want to stress that these scores aren’t indicative of real-world usage usage.

To recall, Apple refreshed the 12.9-inch iPad Pro model at the WWDC 2017, and also launched the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The company also refreshed the entire MacBook lineup, including a new 13-Inch MacBook Pro configuration.

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The Roomba Creator’s New Robot Automatically Weeds Your Garden

When iRobot’s Roomba was introduced in 2002, it looked like humanity’s first step into living like The Jetsons. People couldn’t believe that for a few hundred bucks you could buy a robot that would vacuum your floors. After the Roomba’s success, its creator, Joe Jones, would invent iRobot’s Scooba, and his new start-up has just changed gardening with the Tertill.
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The Tertill is essentially a Roomba that lives in gardens and automatically cuts the weeds. It’s solar-powered and relies on capacitive sensors to navigate around garden obstacles. Its sensors can also identify weeds, activating a mini weed whacker to chop them down. The Tertill is currently available on Kickstarter for $249 and will ship to supporters in May 2018.

The Tertill is part of Jones’s larger goal to create robots that can automatically weed farms without the need for dangerous herbicides. Jones believes that robot technology will eventually increase agricultural efficiency and help eliminate global food shortages as well. But for now, the Tertill is a great way for people to save their backs and knees from the rigors of bending over in the garden.

What’s Yours is Mine? The New Sharing Economy and Small Business

In recent years, many workers have found new ways to earn a living, becoming their own bosses as they enjoy a freelance lifestyle. Whether they’re offering rides to the airport through Lyft or Uber, or running errands through TaskRabbit, people are redefining the way they earn a living and blazing a trail for future generations.

But there are downsides to working this way. For freelancers, the unpredictability of work and changing pay structures make it sometimes difficult to make a reliable living. But for businesses and the American economy as a whole, the impact can be far more widespread.

Pros and Cons of Our New Sharing Economy

Pro: Growth of Outsourcing Opportunities

The increase in freelance workers gives businesses a great alternative to hiring full-time, salaried workers. Instead they can outsource work on a per-project basis and continue working with those employees if they do well.

Additionally, errand services like TaskRabbit give professionals the ability to outsource mundane personal tasks, like picking up dry cleaning or running errands. They can then focus on their own work. For traveling professionals, Lyft and Uber have proven to be a better alternative to taxis and public transportation, allowing them to call for a car and pay all on their mobile devices.

Con: Shortage of Skilled Workers

Unfortunately, a sharing society also means fewer professionals in the workforce. As the unemployment rate drops, this could result in there being a national labor shortage, where businesses scramble for help from what is a much smaller pool of skilled workers who are willing to work a structured office schedule.

The Millennial generation is now filling the workplace, and they have expressed their preferences for a fun and flexible workplace. The workforce of the future will require a performance-based workday rather than one that is measured by time clocks and traditional 40 hour work weeks.

Pro: Entrepreneurs Working Together

The ad hoc environment can be very good for business owners, who can take advantage of the large variety of skilled freelancers available.

More shared work spaces like Canvs are opening up across the country, providing desks and meeting space for a variety of talented independent workers and small businesses. Co-working spaces encourage collaboration, prompting entrepreneurs to learn from and help each other as they build their businesses.

These centers also serve to help build the local economy by encouraging business growth.

Con: Wage Degradation

There are some who are concerned about these shared labor concepts. Economist Dean Baker pointed out to the New York Times, that the wages workers make in these gigs can equate to less than minimum wage. He expressed concern that in time, this could create a downward pressure on wages overall that could impact the earning ability of mainstream America.

However, for the most entrepreneurial-minded workers, this type of work can help build the confidence they need to start their own businesses.

The new sharing economy opens opportunities for both consumers and workers, allowing people to work on their own terms. With the unemployment rate still high, this sharing economy is enabling people to make money while they wait for job opportunities to open up.

It seems to me that the freedom of being your own boss is empowering and has the potential to inspire many to start their own businesses – which benefits the economy as a whole.

New Volkswagen Polo: 5 Things You Should Know

HIGHLIGHTS

  • This will be the sixth generation model of the Volkswagen Polo
  • The new-gen Polo will come to India next year
  • It will be built on Volkswagen’s MQB platform

The New Volkswagen Polo will be unveiled to the world on 16th June, 2017. This will be the sixth generation Polo and will be coming to India next year as well. Being a completely new-generation, the new VW Polo will sport a new exterior design and will also be slightly bigger than the model currently on sale. The new Volkswagen Polo has been spotted testing many a times as well. Volkswagen says that the design language on the new Polo will complement the sporty demeanour of the car. In fact, the company also released a few teaser images of the new Polo and the Yellow colour surely puts the cheer in the new Polo car.

Here are some important things you should know about the new Polo car.

  1. The first and the most important thing is that the new-gen VW Polo will now be manufactured having the versatile MQB A0 platform as its underpinning. This is the same platform, which also underpins the newly launched Volkswagen Tiguan in India. The previous generation Volkswagen Polo was built on the PQ25 platform.
    new generation volkswagen polo(New-Generation Volkswagen Polo)
  2. The silhouette of the car has changed. The new VW Polo has grown bigger and the wheelbase too has increased by 90 mm, from 2,470 mm to 2,550 mm. The width has increased by a fair margin too. Of course, the car will continue to be less than 4 metres in length. The cabin will have more room than the outgoing generation of the Polo.
  3. As far as connectivity is concerned, the top trims of the new VW Polo will have a 9.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system which will have smartphone integration in the form on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There will be other connectivity options as well, depending on the trim level.
    new generation volkswagen polo(This is the base model of the new-gen Polo. Notice the halogen headlamps)
  4. As far as engine options are concerned, the new-gen Polo will have the 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine when it goes on sale in India. We might also see the sportier GT variants of the Polo in due course of time.
  5. The new-generation Polo will also form the basis of the new-gen Vento and the new-gen Ameo as well.

 

New Nissan Qashqai 2017 – Veteran crossover returns better than ever

Nissan Qashqai 2017 UK price and specs have been revealed
The latest iteration of the Nissan Qashqai will go on sale in the UK from July 2017 and features an upgraded list of specs.

Qashqai is the best-selling urban crossover in Europe and recentyl celebrated its 10 year anniversary.

Philippe Saillard, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Nissan Europe, commented: “The second-generation Nissan Qashqai has been an outstanding ambassador for our innovative crossover range and the Nissan brand since its launch in 2014.

“It has been a sales phenomenon, keeping us at the number one position in the segment.

“With these premium enhancements to its design, quality, technology and driving dynamics, we are confident this will continue.”

One thing you could’ve criticised the current Qashqai for was its relatively safe design.

The latest iteration of the car looks to have been given the same treatment the brand-new Micra was given earlier this year.

This Qashqai features an integrated new front bumper, glossy contrasting cladding, new air vents flanking the front bumper.

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It features bold new styling to help it compete with the burgeoning market

At the heart of redesigned front face of the Qashqai is the latest incarnation of Nissan’s iconic ‘V-motion’ grille, which frames the Nissan badge.

There are two versions of the badge, a standard contoured version or the N-Connecta.

N-Connecta has a completely flat finish because the upgraded radar, which is used by the Intelligent Emergency Braking system, is located behind it.

The front camera is now housed in the chrome surrounds and are used for the 360 parking camera system and Around View Monitor.

New front-headlights and LED daytime running lights are now a feature of the new car with certain trim levels.

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Qashqai is the best-selling urban crossover in Europe

The clam-shell bonnet is an evolution of the last and helps the car look bolder and more dominant.

Two new exterior colours are now available – Vivid Blue and Chestnut Bronze.

N-Connecta grade and above seats have been completely redesigned claiming to offer superior comfort compared to previous generations.

Boot space is a decent 430 litres which increases to 860 litres when the 60:40 split rear seats are folded flat.

Every new Nissan Qashqai comes with six airbags as standard, plus driver assistance systems including anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution and stability control.

Nissan reveal BRAND NEW enhanced Qashqai

Other standard equipment includes manual air-conditioning, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, DAB digital radio (in most markets), Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control with speed limiter, and electrically adjustable heated door mirrors.
Depending on the grade chosen, available features include dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and wipers, folding door mirrors and privacy glass. Many of the higher-grade features are available as optional extras on lower grades.

Additional options include the full-length panoramic glass roof with one-touch shade, exterior styling plates and side styling bars. Genuine Nissan accessories include a dog guard, roof bars and a fixed towbar with electric hook-up.

The infotainments systems have been upgraded based on customer feedback. DAB radio will now comes as standard and the NissanConnect touch-screen satellite navigation unit features a more app-like appearance, to make it more user-friendly.

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ProPilot semi-autonomous functionality is also available on the new crossover

One of the most talked about features is the Nissan Intelligent Mobility ProPILOT function which offers autonomous driving The system controls the steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane on highways during heavy traffic congestion and high-speed cruising and is based on three technologies – Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Traffic Jam Pilot (TJP).

The Qashqai continues to be offered with Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Driver Alertness, Intelligent Park Assist, Intelligent Around View Monitor and Lane Departure Warning and Stand Still Assist (SSA), which supplements Hill Start Assist (HSA).

On top of this the Intelligent Emergency Braking has been upgraded with Pedestrian Recognition using a combination of forward-facing radar and a camera.

The Qashqai’s range of engines has been carried over form the previous generation, offering the choice of petrol or diesel, six-speed manual or CVT XTronic automatic transmissions, and two or four-wheel drive.

This line-up includes the 1.5-litre 110PS diesel which, with CO2 emissions of just 99g/km and fuel economy of only 3.8 litres/100km, is the segment leader.

Qashqai is Nissan’s most successful model in Europe with over 2.3million sold since the original version went on sale in 2007. Since then it has racked up our 80 awards including 19 Car of the Year titles.

The car will be built at Nissan’s manufacturing facility in Sunderland, UK.

 

Twitter Starts Rolling Out New Look for Web, Apps, TweetDeck, and Twitter Lite

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Changes designed to make Twitter feel lighter, faster, and easier to use
  • Update brings bolder headlines and more intuitive icons
  • Users’ profile images changed from square-shaped to round

Twitter has unveiled a new look, and much like some previous changes the company has made to its short-messaging service, it’s not going over so well with the Twitterati.

“Today, with lots of feedback and ideas from you, we’re refreshing our product too and making it feel lighter, faster, and easier to use. We listened closely and kept what you love,” Twitter said in a blog post announcing the new design.

The San Francisco company says the new design emphasises simplicity, making it faster and easier to use, with bolder headlines and more intuitive icons. It also changed users’ profile images from square-shaped to round. On its apps and TweetDeck, tweets will “now update instantly with reply, Retweet, and like counts so you can see conversations as they’re happening,” Twitter added.

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The company said the new user interface will roll out on twitter.com, Twitter for iOS, Twitter for Android, TweetDeck, and Twitter Lite in the coming days and weeks.

Twitter users immediately responded Thursday by tweeting jokes and memes critical of the changes. There were almost 30,000 tweets about the new user interface, or UI, within hours of the change, the vast majority of them either complaining about the new look or mocking it. A popular image was a suddenly round SpongeBob SquarePants.

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Twitter also took heat from users last year when it changed its algorithm that orders the tweets users see. Users also tweeted their dismay when the company rolled out its Moments feature, and when it got rid of its star icon signifying a “favorite” tweet, in favor of a heart icon, similar to Facebook’s “like” button.

The redesign is Twitter’s latest attempt to freshen the messaging service, which has struggled to attract new users at the same pace as Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat. Twitter revenue growth has stalled for years, and the company has cut costs and shuffled executives while still never posting a quarter of profit.

Small Businesses Do 40 Percent of the Hiring in the Gig Economy, New Study Says

Over the course of the last decade, the so-called “gig economy” has rapidly expanded to become one of America’s most crucial labor markets. Around one in three American workers are now freelancers, and more than one third of Millennials.

And according to a new study compiled by LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD), it’s small business owners that are the driving force behind that exponential growth.

The Gig Economy and Small Businesses

The Gig Economy and Small Businesses

Researchers at the world’s largest professional networking site found that small businesses are now responsible for an estimated 40 percent of all hiring activity across the wider gig economy, with midmarket companies and enterprises accounting for 35 percent and 25 percent, respectively.

The study also found that 93 percent of contractors and freelancers as a collective are likely to consider working at a small business — which comes in at three percent higher than the global average for business professionals.

Software and IT services tops the list of industry segments with the largest number of contractors and freelancers in the gig economy, boasting a talent base of some 223,000 professionals. Media and communications comes in second with 166,000 contractors, followed by healthcare with 164,000.

The Gig Economy and Small Businesses - Top Industries

It’s also worth pointing out that, according to LinkedIn data, 70 percent of all contractors who switched jobs in the past year also moved to a different industry.

“This means that if you’re not having luck with recruiting contractors within your industry, you may have much more success if you look outside it,” researchers said.

“The healthcare, real estate and construction industries have gained contractors over the past year, while public safety, retail, and the arts have lost them.”

The Gig Economy and Small Businesses - Industry Migration

As one might predict, the majority of that talent has migrated to either the East or West Coast.

Cities like Seattle and Portland have experienced a net population gain of eight percent over the past year in terms of available contractors, with San Francisco experiencing a six percent gain and New York’s gig economy increasing four percent.

That being said, Denver bucked the trend by posting an eight percent net gain in the size of its freelance pool. The survey also classed Denver as a “hidden gem” due to its high supply of freelance professionals, at approximately 38,000, but relatively low demand.

The Gig Economy and Small Businesses - Supply and Demand

Bearing in mind that the median job for an American contractor lasts for some 11 months, the study suggests that a substantial number of freelancers are indeed willing to relocate — with 13 percent of contractors who switched companies over the last year also moving to a new region.

The data from LinkedIn’s study is aggregated from a range of public LinkedIn profiles, with contractor status having been determined through member supplied position titles and behavioral analysis.

12 Rules for the New Economy

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking at a holiday event. Instead of one of my usual (but awesome) presentations, I wrote some thoughts on a piece of paper and shared what I thought these businesses needed to know to align themselves for 2015. Here’s what I shared. I hope these rules (guidelines) help you.

1. Word of mouth alone won’t work — relying on word of mouth for all of your marketing is “ok”. However, if you want to boost revenue, increase profits and take your business to new heights, you MUST create a purpose built marketing plan. Word of mouth alone won’t cut it.

2. Sales as usual is not enough. You need to educate with content marketing. — While traditional sales will always be important, you must also learn how to SELL through education. This means that instead of FIRST asking for money, FIRST take the time to understand the customer’s needs and educate them on the value your product or service has for them. Online content is a GREAT way to show value and educate your customers.

3. Barrier between small businesses who do use technology and those who do not. — While many business owners are leveraging the power of technology, there are still many business owners who are falling behind. These business owners are afraid of technology, don’t appreciate it’s benefit to them, fear it’s too expensive or some other reason. Which side of the technology barrier will you fall on? The tech laggard or those who use technology as a strategic asset?

4. Every business is ripe for displacement — this is the Uber economy. See what Uber has done to the taxi industry. See what Hulu, Netflix (the Internet) and RedBox have done to Blockbuster? Well it’s how OLD SCHOOL technologies have been disrupted and displaced by NEW technology and NEW ways of doing things.

5. Customers expect convenience, speed and efficiency. — Your customers are used to using apps to check in to airlines, having the Starbucks barista ask for their name, etc. If your business is not able to adore your customers and shower them with love and speed of business you’ll lose.

6. Personal brand solidification is a must (The Local Celebrity Entrepreneur) — Sure Nike has spent billions so we all know “just do it”, but you don’t have billions. You probably don’t even have a few thousand a month to spend on marketing. However, you MUST invest the time (and maybe some dollars) to build your personal brand. Be The Local Celebrity Entrepreneur in your market.

7. The phone is the tool of choice for everything (mobile web site and apps). Take your phone out — look at it. That tiny computer is POWERFUL. Ensure your web site is easily viewable on it’s tiny screen and enable your customers to interact with your business on their phones. Can they check orders on their phones? Can they use your app to engage deeper with your company?

8. Hyper local targeting — not targeting everyone. Instead of trying to go BIG it’s best to go even more narrow. Master marketer Casey Graham speaks about this with me here and Seth Godin most recently wrote about it here. Local does not just mean geography but it also refers to specialization.

9. Social media is not everything, but it’s important. F.R.E.A — Frequent, Relevant, Engaged, Analytics. You can read more about my thoughts about social media marketing here.

10. Your marketing must change — Attract. Sell. Wow. The principles of Infusionsoft’s Lifecycle Marketing — are VITIAL in how your marketing mindset needs to change. Check out my presentation on it here.

11. Design, how you look, is important. Logos, clothes, branding, business cards, etc. — Listen, how you LOOK, how you SPEAK, how you SMELL is important. Not just your personal appearance of course but also your overall branding — business cards, logos, web site and more. Upgrade yourself and OVERALL LOOK better!

12. Deeper connection to customers. (Wow) — Finally, beyond making it easier to work with you, you must always work HARDER to ensure you know your customers. What are their needs, their challenges and the problems YOU can solve for them?

5 Faces of the Gig Economy: New Study Reveals All (Infographic)

The gig economy is growing at a pace faster than some might have imagined. And driving it forward are freelancers who are redefining the modern workspace.

Not all of these people are gravitating to freelancing for the same reasons. A new infographic created by LinkedIn ProFinder and Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU) reveals there are five different types of freelancers in the gig economy today. They have different income levels, career objectives and motivations.

Types of Freelancers

Side Giggers

As the name suggests, side giggers are into freelancing because they want to earn extra money. As a result, they are most likely to have a traditional job as well.

These freelancers are driven by financial security and job flexibility. And their current gig helps them earn about 19 percent of their total income.

On average, they make $7,600 a year.

5 Types of Freelancers Revealed: New Study Reveals All (Infographic)

Substituters

For this group of freelancers, a gig provides an opportunity to make money after losing a job. They tend to take on multiple gigs and rely on them until a traditional job comes along.

Their current gig makes up for about 22 percent of their total income. They make $9,400 on average.

Career Freelancers

Career freelancers are the most diverse and satisfied group of freelancers. Their primary objective is to gain more experience and learn new skills to advance their careers.

They also look at gigs as opportunities for social interaction. Not surprisingly, this group mostly includes millennials who are into part-time freelancing.

Their current gig generates about 26 percent of their total income and they make $9,700 on average from freelancing, per year.

Business Builders

For business builders, gigs are an effective means of supplementing or expanding an existing business. These freelancers like being their own bosses and dislike answering to a supervisor.

Their current gig contributes to around 30 percent of their total income. On average, they make $12,300 a year.

Passionistas

These freelancers love what they do and it’s their passion that drives them to look for gigs.

They are well-educated, value flexibility, work the fewest hours, but earn the most per hour from their gig work.

At present, their current gig generates 25 percent of their total income. They make $9,000 a year, on average.

Planning to Hire a Freelancer?

As the infographic reveals, it’s worth remembering that not all freelancers have the same motivations. That’s why you should be careful when you hire one for your business. For example, if you are looking for someone to stick around for longer, you should probably not pick a substituter.

A good understanding of a freelancer’s job expectations and career plans can benefit your business.

For more information on the five types of freelancers, check out the infographic below:

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Images: LinkedIn, Intuit

CES 2017: World's Largest Tech Show Looks Beyond Smart at New Realities

The mega-extravaganza of the tech world in Las Vegas is showcasing an array of new devices that get smarts from computer chips, sensors and artificial intelligence, but go further by opening doors to augmented or virtual realities.

The Consumer Electronics Show, which begins with a series of media events Tuesday will offer trade professionals a look at new robotics, connected cars and a dizzying assortment of gizmos from connected sneakers to drones.

This year’s show will see results of a boost in computing power from artificial intelligence, which can help power things like autonomous cars, and deliver new experiences such as augmented or virtual reality.

“Virtual reality is changing the game for a variety of industries including health care, agriculture, manufacturing and business,” said Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Technology Association that organizes the annual show, in a Reddit chat.

“Doctors are using VR to enhance traditional therapies, architects use VR to design stronger buildings and travel agencies are using it to simplify vacation planning.”

CES will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the gathering, and organizers promised it would have the largest showcase of VR technology ever.

One CES panel discussion will examine how virtual reality is transforming television, movies and even news with immersive forms of video.

A host of virtual reality experiences will entice attendees at the trade-only show.

CES 2017: World's Largest Tech Show Looks Beyond Smart at New Realities

Cars will feature virtual reality displays to provide a better sense of the environment around them, while similar technologies will be showcased for smart glasses, medicine and beauty makeovers.

Enhancing reality
Robin Raskin, who heads the Living in Digital Times center of the show, said augmented reality is catching on with try-and-see beauty apps, in-store virtual mirrors and toys.

Augmented reality, she said, “lets us look at the real world and add valuable, entertaining and immersive information to it.”

Analyst Jack Gold at J. Gold Associates said that despite the potential benefits of virtual and augmented reality in business or industry, “gaming is where it is going to take off first,” because that’s where people are spending money.

“The issue is not whether it has the potential to transform things, but whether you can put it into a space where consumers can afford it and give enough additional information so people are able to use it,” Gold said.

CES is among the world’s biggest trade shows, and last year drew 177,000 attendees over exhibit space of 2.47 million square feet (230,000 square meters). This year, 150 countries will be represented.

It will include big industry names such as Sony, LG and Samsung in electronics, with the perennial battle to have the sleekest most gorgeous television screen.

(Also see: Samsung Unveils CH711 Curved Quantum Dot Monitor for Gamers Ahead of CES 2017)

 

Meanwhile, in attendance will be more than 600 startups from 33 countries, including first-time participants – the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Ukraine.

Auto-industry titans including Ford and BMW are increasingly using CES to show off technology packed into vehicles for efficiency, safety, entertainment and navigation.

Race for autonomy
The show will feature demonstrations of autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles, including one from Japan’s Honda said to be equipped with an artificial intelligence “emotion engine” that aims to better understand its occupants.

Electric car startup Faraday Future, one of several manufacturers taking on Tesla, is expected to unveil its first production car a year after showing a prototype.

Renault-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn has promised to discuss “a major technological breakthrough in the realization of a zero-emission, zero-fatality world for everyone,” according to a statement from CES organizers.

Humanoid robots
The show is also expected to feature advances in robotics, with more human-like robots and the public debut of “Professor Einstein” from Hanson Robotics.

Getting a boost from artificial intelligence, some new robots at the show will keep an eye on the kids, play chess or help with homework.

Gold said he expects to see a large number of drones looking for a slice of a surging market.

“This is really the year of the drone, and everybody is trying to get into this market,” he said.

But he added that the strongest potential for drones may be with businesses, with uses including aerial photography.

On the smartphone front, South Korea’s LG will show a range of new “mid-range” handsets and China’s Huawei has a smartphone event scheduled. TCL, the Chinese firm which owns the Alcatel brand, will unveil new BlackBerry handsets following its deal for the troubled Canadian brand.

(Also see: BlackBerry Mercury aka DTEK70 Tipped to Launch With Snapdragon 625 SoC at CES 2017)

The show floor will see a host of new and improved connected home technologies that manage everything from light bulbs to refrigerators.

“We’re pretty close on things like the smart home, where we’re going to get up one day and everybody is going to speak to their refrigerators,” said NPD analyst Stephen Baker.

Carolina Milanesi of the consultancy Creative Strategies said 2016 “has seen material progress” in some new technologies that will result in products hitting the marketplace, even though not all will be hits.

“In some cases, it’s because the consumers weren’t really asking for it,” she said.