In the maddening crush of gadgets and humanity that is CES, we walked right past the Qosmio sitting in Toshiba's booth--after all, we'd seen that laptop before, and R2-D2 was in the house. But there was something different about that Qosmio; Toshiba was using it to show off its laptop-size HD-DVD-R optical drive, which reportedly will let users burn as much as 30GB of data on a single HD-DVD disc. The company's been mum on other key deets, such as release date and price, though they have promised more info by the end of this quarter. If the previous Qosmio was any indication, though, it's safe to say that the addition of the new technology will price the laptop far beyond the means of the average home consumer--not that the average home consumer has much interest in burning high-def discs, anyway.
Samsung's toxic phone may rise from the ashes as a refurbished phone, as part of an environmentally responsible plan to deal with millions of recalled units.
by Bridget Carey
Uber crash puts brakes on self-driving cars, Whatsapp access sought to fight terror
In today's tech news, a crash involving a self-driving Uber leads the company to halt its autonomy program. A British politician calls for intelligence services to access Whatsapp to fight terrorism. And Spotify partners with Waze to bring music and GPS together.