Want tech innovation? CES 2017 is about to bring it.

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Each year at CES, tech's biggest players show off their latest, greatest gear. (Except for Apple, of course.)
Each year at CES, tech's biggest players show off their latest, greatest gear. (Except for Apple, of course.)
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CES2017 Just because Apple ignores CES, the gigantic electronics show that slams Las Vegas each January, doesn’t mean you should. If you’re interested in the next wave of tech innovation, the annual show should definitely be on your radar.

You won’t glimpse the next iPhone or the rumored Apple Car, but there’s plenty of great tech breakthroughs that should get you salivating over next week’s big event. Here’s a rundown of all the cool stuff we expect to see at CES 2017.

Best iPhone accessories of 2016

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The ultimate companions for your iPhone.
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2016 Year in Review Cult of Mac This year’s iPhone upgrade might have been a little dull, but we saw plenty of exciting accessories for Apple’s iconic smartphone in 2016.

From awesome new AirPods to ultraportable virtual reality headsets, they all helped make iPhone 7 more exciting. Here are our favorite iPhone accessories of the year.

iPhone camera is the key to Apple’s AR future

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The iPhone's camera will be an AR portal.
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A secret team of Apple employees are working on a project that will turn iPhone cameras everywhere into a portal for augmented reality.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he’s bullish on the future of AR, and according to a new report the company is working on a total game changer.

Apple’s first AR product may arrive by 2018

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All Apple has to do is making something that looks less dorky than this.
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Apple’s stalling autonomous car project caused the company to shift its attention to augmented reality, according to analyst Ming Chi Kuo, who says the company is racing ahead of the competition when it comes to AR.

In a new note to investors, the KGI Securities analyst says Apple’s decision to develop a self-driving platform instead of an entire electric car makes sense. The company will use augmented reality to provide an incredible experience, he predicts.

You don’t need to break the bank for a great VR headset [Deals]

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This headset offers the chance for a high-quality VR experience without paying high-quality prices.
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All the news about virtual reality, the pictures and videos of people having a great time wearing high performance (and high price) headsets, makes for a brand new form of FOMO. Thankfully, it doesn’t take hundreds of dollars to get in on the virtual fun, thanks to headsets like the DAWAY 360. It’s a full-featured, comfortable, high quality headset that transforms your mobile device into a VR gateway, and right now you can get one for just $38.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Twitter hires ex-Apple designer to lead VR team

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Twitter is getting ready for the future of virtual reality.
Twitter is getting ready for the future of virtual reality.
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Unlike its rivals at Facebok, Twitter has shown little interest in virtual reality, but it appears that the company is finally ready to make a play and an ex-Apple designer is leading the charge.

Twitter has hired Alessandro Sabatelli as its first Director of VR and AR where he has been charged to “empower us all in the spatial computing revolution.”

Microsoft’s crazy HoloLens ad reveals our cyborg futures

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Yes, it's stupid, but I want it.
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Microsoft today announced that it’s opening up its HoloLens platform to third-parties — and it has a crazy new ad to celebrate.

The three-minute clip showcases some of HoloLens’ insane capabilities, like turning an old warehouse into a shoe store, putting people from around the world in the same room, and taking you on sublime acid trips without the acid.

Beastly all-in-one proves the iMac could be great for gaming

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The Aura is spectacular inside and out.
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Apple doesn’t have gamers in mind when choosing components for its latest Macs, but PC maker Digital Storm has proven that it’s possible to build a beastly gaming rig into the iMac’s gorgeous all-in-one form factor.

Check out the company’s stunning new Aura PC, which puts NVIDIA’s latest GTX 1080 graphics card behind a 34-inch curved display.

MSI’s backpack PC makes high-end VR portable

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Oculus in the park? Not quite.
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Thanks to headsets like Google Cardboard and Gear VR, the virtual reality experience is already pretty portable. But on a smartphone, you’re only getting a watered-down version.

That’s why MSI decided it would be a good idea to build a PC into a backpack, allowing you to enjoy high-end VR on the go.