I always feel like I am two feet under water at CES, but this year it's more true than most, given yesterday's rain (more on that in a bit.) That said, I've been having great conversations, including one in today's Login and a few that will be posted in the coming days.
Lenovo's new standalone VR headset and 180-degree camera, developed with Google. Photo: Google
Though best known for its button-down Thinkpad notebooks popular with corporate types, Lenovo is using CES to bet on a few new technology directions.
The big reveal: On Tuesday, the tech giant showed the fruits of work with Google on a standalone VR headset as well as a new 180-degree camera.
Lenovo's thinking: After the introduction, I sat down with Lenovo senior VP Jeff Meredith to better understand the thinking behind the new gear. Here are the highlights:
The fine print: Google says the Miix 630 will ship in Q2 for $799, including pen and keyboard; the VR camera and headset will also ship in Q2. Exact pricing wasn't disclosed but Meredith says the target is less than $400 for the headset and below $300 for the camera.
A rare rainstorm forced Google to close its outdoor CES booth on Tuesday. Photo: Ina Fried / Axios
As part of a big push around Google Assistant, the smartphone giant was aiming to make its biggest CES splash in years. But Mother Nature had other ideas, as a rare Las Vegas rainstorm forced Google to close its 5,000-square-foot booth throughout the day on Tuesday.
Booth or no booth: The battle between Google and Amazon to put voice assistants into all manner of consumer electronics is still the big story of this year's CES.
Try again: Google says it hopes to have the booth open this morning, weather permitting.
Not just Google: The rain snarled traffic, soaked shoes and even seeped onto the show floor.
Stripe is announcing today a new service to help small businesses complete their tax returns. It's part of Atlas, a service that also helps overseas startups set up shop in the U.S.
Background: The company says it sees a need for its service because:
The Russia issue is bubbling up for Silicon Valley again, Axios' David McCabe reports.
What's happening: Senate Intelligence Committee Democrat Mark Warner put Twitter on notice once more on Tuesday after it blew off a deadline to respond to written questions following the big Russia hearing in November. "I’m disappointed in Twitter," he tells Axios.
What's next: Big Tech is headed back to Capitol Hill for another grilling before the Senate Commerce Committee to talk about extremist content. Representatives for YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, who will appear to testify, include:
Why it matters: The Silicon Valley giants are making execs with intimate knowledge of how their platforms work available for questioning (rather than general counsels who testified in the fall). Expect more tough questions.
Another view of Google's rained out CES 2018 booth. Photo: Ina Fried / Axios
I just really wanted to include another picture of Google's soggy booth.