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CES 2018: 8 Highlights from Day 1

As the first day of CES 2018 wrapped up in Las Vegas yesterday, robots and smart devices were everywhere, the CEOs of Intel and Huawei nabbed the spotlight for very different reasons, and the tech industry continued to show signs of its sexist underbelly.

More than 20,000 new products are expected to launch during the annual consumer technology conference and exhibition, which runs from Jan. 9-12. They include innovations in virtual and augmented reality, self-driving cars, smart homes, artificial intelligence, digital health, and many other areas.

In addition to providing hints of cool gadgets to come in the year ahead, CES also offers a showcase for weird concept devices, tech industry rumors, and market trends. Here are some of the highlights from day one:


Intel on the Ropes

On Monday evening, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich presented the first keynote of the conference, with his topic being, “How Data is Shaping Innovation of the Future.”

However, before introducing an Intel-powered autonomous car, electric Volocopter, augmented reality video, and other innovations, Krzanich acknowledged a couple of the elephants in the room for his company: the recent disclosure of the serious Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities that affect almost every processor from Intel — along with some ARM and AMD chips from other companies — produced over the past decade or more.

Krzanich said Intel expects to release patches for the bulk of its newest processors over the next couple of weeks. But industry experts believe the fallout from the Meltdown and Spectre bugs will continue for much longer. And Krzanich didn’t address reports that he sold more than $39 million of Intel stock before the vulnerabilities became public, actions that have prompted a securities fraud investigation.


Huawei CEO Goes Off Script

Huawei CEO Richard Yu tackled a different elephant toward the end of his…

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