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CES 2018: Active HDMI Cables and Harmony in the Smart Home

At CES, product engineer Ali Aboosaidi talks about audio/video trends and compatibility between smart devices

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On Thursday at CES in Las Vegas, senior editor Stephen Cass talked with Ali Aboosaidi, a product engineer at DataPro International, a Seattle manufacturer of audio/video cables. They discussed a new HDMI standard and how active cables will provide both power and video to consumer devices.

Aboosaidi also made the case that cables still matter. “Wired peripherals and electronics are still a major part of the market,” he said. “We can’t entirely go wireless yet because there’s so many issues still with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth” including latency and interference problems, he said.

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How Nanotech Can Foil Counterfeiters

These tiny mechanical ID tags are unclonable, cheap, and invisible

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University of Florida

What's the largest criminal enterprise in the world? Narcotics? Gambling? Human trafficking?

Nope. The biggest racket is the production and trade of counterfeit goods, which is expected to exceed US $1 trillion next year. You've probably suffered from it more than once yourself, purchasing on Amazon or eBay what you thought was a brand-name item only to discover that it was an inferior-quality counterfeit.

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