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Hot tech products spotted at press conferences and product showcases by tech journalist Robert S. Anthony, editor, Stadium Circle Features. Twitter: @newyorkbob www.newyorkbob.com Also read The Paper PC blog: www.paperpc.com. All photo collages © Copyright 2017 Robert S. Anthony
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What do $120,000 headphones sound like? Pretty darn good actually, but they look even better. Utopia by Tournaire headphones combine Focal reference-class $3,999 Utopia headphones with 18-karat yellow gold, six carats of diamonds and clever design work by @TournaireParis jewelers. It has unique open-backed speaker drivers and high-end materials, including beryllium domes. Only eight diamond units were made—the $12,000 stand is extra. But diamond-free @focalcorporate Utopias are available…

What do $120,000 headphones sound like? Pretty darn good actually, but they look even better. Utopia by Tournaire headphones combine Focal reference-class $3,999 Utopia headphones with 18-karat yellow gold, six carats of diamonds and clever design work by @TournaireParis jewelers. It has unique open-backed speaker drivers and high-end materials, including beryllium domes. Only eight diamond units were made—the $12,000 stand is extra. But diamond-free @focalcorporate Utopias are available…

The CUJO smart firewall (UPDATE: 15% off on Parent's Day, July 23 with code FAMILY) looks friendly, but gets mean when defending networks from hackers and malware, including ransomware. It protects everything from PCs to baby monitors by analyzing each device and using machine learning to resolve problems. An app lets users monitor the network or limit a child's Internet time. CUJO is $99 with an $8.99 monthly or $108 annual monitoring plan or $249 with free lifetime plan. CLICK THE PIC FOR…

The CUJO smart firewall (UPDATE: 15% off on Parent's Day, July 23 with code FAMILY) looks friendly, but gets mean when defending networks from hackers and malware, including ransomware. It protects everything from PCs to baby monitors by analyzing each device and using machine learning to resolve problems. An app lets users monitor the network or limit a child's Internet time. CUJO is $99 with an $8.99 monthly or $108 annual monitoring plan or $249 with free lifetime plan. CLICK THE PIC FOR…

The @microsoft Surface Studio desktop PC has an impressive 28-inch, 4,500-by-3,000-pixel touch display, but at $2,999 to $4,199, it doesn’t come cheap. It folds almost flat but smoothly glides upright. It comes with an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, an @nvidia GeForce GPU with up to 4GB of memory, up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB or 2TB of storage. It comes with a Surface Pen stylus and works with the new Surface Dial, which can be placed directly on the screen to add new app-control features.

The @microsoft Surface Studio desktop PC has an impressive 28-inch, 4,500-by-3,000-pixel touch display, but at $2,999 to $4,199, it doesn’t come cheap. It folds almost flat but smoothly glides upright. It comes with an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, an @nvidia GeForce GPU with up to 4GB of memory, up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB or 2TB of storage. It comes with a Surface Pen stylus and works with the new Surface Dial, which can be placed directly on the screen to add new app-control features.

When you’re hot, you’re hot, And the new FLIR ONE ($200) and ONE Pro ($400) IR thermal cameras can prove it. The revised ONE and high-def ONE Pro can detect hot spots, heating/cooling/water loss from bad seals and other issues. Dual cameras capture IR and standard images simultaneously and saved photos can be overlaid or separated. The smartwatch-compatible units come in Apple and Android versions (USB-C now; microUSB later). Help and tips are available from the @flirsystems online…

When you’re hot, you’re hot, And the new FLIR ONE ($200) and ONE Pro ($400) IR thermal cameras can prove it. The revised ONE and high-def ONE Pro can detect hot spots, heating/cooling/water loss from bad seals and other issues. Dual cameras capture IR and standard images simultaneously and saved photos can be overlaid or separated. The smartwatch-compatible units come in Apple and Android versions (USB-C now; microUSB later). Help and tips are available from the @flirsystems online…

Vifa's Helsinki portable Bluetooth wireless speakers: High-def audio with Nordic style. The $379 unit has acoustically transparent wool covers by @kvadrattextiles of Denmark, @vifadk’s home, and a leather strap by Sweden’s @tarnsjogarveri. A solid aluminum frame, two 50mm drivers and two 60mm woofers offer clear highs and solid bass, said Vifa. The 3-pound unit, seen at the Luxury Technology Show in NYC, comes in dusty rose, misty blue, sandstone grey and willow green. CLICK THE PIC…

Vifa's Helsinki portable Bluetooth wireless speakers: High-def audio with Nordic style. The $379 unit has acoustically transparent wool covers by @kvadrattextiles of Denmark, @vifadk’s home, and a leather strap by Sweden’s @tarnsjogarveri. A solid aluminum frame, two 50mm drivers and two 60mm woofers offer clear highs and solid bass, said Vifa. The 3-pound unit, seen at the Luxury Technology Show in NYC, comes in dusty rose, misty blue, sandstone grey and willow green. CLICK THE PIC…

LeEco Le Pro3: The most powerful Android smartphone you’ve never heard of. Its Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 CPU (snappy app performance, enhanced audio and smooth video) is the same used in the Google Pixel but at $299 (after $100 rebate) it’s far cheaper. It has a 5.5-inch display, 16/8 MP rear/front cameras, a fast-charging, long-lasting 4070 mAh battery, a fingerprint reader and an infrared port with a remote-control app. No headphone jack, but earbuds for its USB-C port are included.

LeEco Le Pro3: The most powerful Android smartphone you’ve never heard of. Its Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 CPU (snappy app performance, enhanced audio and smooth video) is the same used in the Google Pixel but at $299 (after $100 rebate) it’s far cheaper. It has a 5.5-inch display, 16/8 MP rear/front cameras, a fast-charging, long-lasting 4070 mAh battery, a fingerprint reader and an infrared port with a remote-control app. No headphone jack, but earbuds for its USB-C port are included.

The Tamaggo 360LiveCam live-streaming 360-degree camera has a clever touchscreen which lets users preview and review their work. Panomorph image technology, a 12MP sensor and an f/2.2 lens crafted by Immervision keep the 360-by-220-degree HD videos and 4K photos evenly lit and sharp. A free app allows for remote viewing and easy social media sharing. Users can link to the @tamaggo1 unit directly or via a Wi-Fi network. First seen at the 2012 CES, the unit is now ready for preorders. #Pepcom

The Tamaggo 360LiveCam live-streaming 360-degree camera has a clever touchscreen which lets users preview and review their work. Panomorph image technology, a 12MP sensor and an f/2.2 lens crafted by Immervision keep the 360-by-220-degree HD videos and 4K photos evenly lit and sharp. A free app allows for remote viewing and easy social media sharing. Users can link to the @tamaggo1 unit directly or via a Wi-Fi network. First seen at the 2012 CES, the unit is now ready for preorders. #Pepcom

The Kodak Ektra Android smartphone gives a big nod to the look and feel of the iconic brand as it arrives in US with many photog-friendly features. The $400 Ektra, built by the Bullitt Group, has a 21MP/4K video rear camera, a huge f/2.0 lens and 32GB of expandable storage. The unit comes with Google’s nifty Snapseed photo app and DSLR-like features such as full manual control and a RAW format option. A MediaTek Helio X20 processor provides the muscle for the Ektra’s photo skills…

The Kodak Ektra Android smartphone gives a big nod to the look and feel of the iconic brand as it arrives in US with many photog-friendly features. The $400 Ektra, built by the Bullitt Group, has a 21MP/4K video rear camera, a huge f/2.0 lens and 32GB of expandable storage. The unit comes with Google’s nifty Snapseed photo app and DSLR-like features such as full manual control and a RAW format option. A MediaTek Helio X20 processor provides the muscle for the Ektra’s photo skills…

The @SamsungMobileUS Gear 360 had an Oprah moment March 29 as the new 360-degree live-streaming video camera was doled out to surprised guests at its #Unpacked2017 press event for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. It has two f/2.2 lenses, 8.4-megapixel sensors, supports 4K-resolution and links via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB-C cable. Unlike its older round sibling, it has a handle. Users can live stream on Facebook, YouTube and Samsung VR. Videos can be converted to other formats for sharing.

The @SamsungMobileUS Gear 360 had an Oprah moment March 29 as the new 360-degree live-streaming video camera was doled out to surprised guests at its #Unpacked2017 press event for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. It has two f/2.2 lenses, 8.4-megapixel sensors, supports 4K-resolution and links via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB-C cable. Unlike its older round sibling, it has a handle. Users can live stream on Facebook, YouTube and Samsung VR. Videos can be converted to other formats for sharing.

With tank-like tracks, the Nissan Rogue Warrior Trail Project looks like it’s bearing down on you even when it’s standing still. The one-of-kind vehicle likes sand and snow better than Manhattan streets, but made it to the New York International Auto Show, which runs April 14-23. Aside from minor body modifications to fit the Dominator Tracks by American Track Truck Inc., the crossover has standard Nissan Rogue innards. But don’t look for a window sticker—it’s not for sale. #nyias…

With tank-like tracks, the Nissan Rogue Warrior Trail Project looks like it’s bearing down on you even when it’s standing still. The one-of-kind vehicle likes sand and snow better than Manhattan streets, but made it to the New York International Auto Show, which runs April 14-23. Aside from minor body modifications to fit the Dominator Tracks by American Track Truck Inc., the crossover has standard Nissan Rogue innards. But don’t look for a window sticker—it’s not for sale. #nyias…

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