The Monthly - January 2024
Everything we published in December, some interesting tech from CES, some great January tech deals, and recommended reading
Welcome to 2024 - AI is EVERYWHERE AT CES
CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) just wrapped up this week and a ton of new products were announced including new TVs, graphics cards from Nvidia, a new AI-powered device from Rabbit that sold 10,000 units in a day, selling out their inital inventory. One big theme this year was too many companies integrating AI chatbots into their products, like VW integrating ChatGPT into their cars. (remember these chatbots can still confidently lie to you)
Before the event even kicked off, Apple stole a bit of the show by announcing when their newest product - the Vision Pro - will be available for preorder (yes, I will be getting one and reviewing it over 6 months).
While I don’t cover CES on the YouTube channel, given the focus of 6 Months Later is on the long-term impacts of the tech around all of us, CES can be a good barometer for what’s to come throughout the year. To celebrate the weirdness that is CES, I’ve put together a special section in this newsletter of some of my favorite CES coverage this year.
P.S. I was just alerted to the ongoing situation with Substack an hour before publishing. I’ll have more to share by next month’s update about any change to where this newsletter is hosted.
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Videos We Published - December 2023
ChatGPT Review: One Year Later - Should You Use It?
Dyson Pure Cool Fan Review - 6 Months Later
Bird Buddy Review - 6 Months Later
Google Pixel Tablet Review - 6 Months Later
Roborock S8 Pro Ultra Review - 6 Months Later
Deals on products we’ve previously covered:
Pixel 8 - Save $150
Pixel Watch 2 - Save $50
Kindle Scribe - Save $80
Amazon Kindle Scribe - $269 (21% off) (Affiliate Link)
Cool Stuff at CES 2024
Apple crushed Beeper Mini, an app that let Android users into Apple’s iMessage service. Beeper cofounder Eric Migicovsky says interoperability between Big Tech’s walled gardens is urgently needed.
By Lauren Goode - Wired
How the internet reshaped itself around Google’s search algorithms — and into a world where websites look the same.
By Mia Sato - The Verge
The National Transportation Safety Board’s statement about the Max 9 jet that had a midair blowout came hours after two airlines reported finding loose parts on some Max 9s.
By Niraj Chokski and Mark Walker - The New York Times
I was a patsy, a sucker, a fool.
By Caitlin Flanagan - The Atlantic
By Sean O’Kane - TechCrunch