CES 2019: What we learned from the world's biggest tech show

Every year the technology industry gathers in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), an event that often sets the agenda for the coming 12 months. This is what CES 2019 taught us.

The dawn of 5G

The first 5G networks are expected to begin rolling out this year, and so the next-generation connectivity technology was being mentioned everywhere at CES.

Intel, Qualcomm and Samsung all spoke about harnessing the technology to not just offer faster mobile internet speeds, but also to connect more devices and appliances to each other and be able to handle more data in the process.

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Experts at the show also commented on the higher capacity of 5G networks being able to support the software needed to power networks of driverless cars and robots.

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The halls of this year’s CES hinted at a world where homes, cars and even entire cities are connected to one another, with people able to use these connections to complete tasks every day. Such blanket coverage of the technology is also likely to spark more manufacturers into creating 5G-enabled devices.

The debate over the meaning of artificial intelligence

The most prominent trend of the last two years in the tech industry was once again one of the most commonly used phrases at CES this year.

Alongside gadget makers such as LG, Samsung and Sony, firms such as farming vehicle manufacturer John Deere were at the show with devices they say are powered by AI. But the idea of artificial intelligence is losing its shine in the eyes of some experts, with some warning the phrase was at risk of becoming an over-used buzzword by some firms as a way to gain attention rather than using it to try to drive forward innovation.

It is an issue many will remain on the lookout for as 2019 continues.

Moving beyond smartphones

The end of 2018 was notable in the smartphone industry for the obvious signs of saturation and stagnation – most notably in the form of a warning from Apple at the start of the year about falling iPhone sales in China hitting its revenue. Other companies now appear to be looking at ways to innovate beyond smartphones too – the most striking example of this was Samsung’s surprise unveiling of three new robots during CES.

The three bots, which can help with care, in retail spaces and as a mobile air quality monitor and purifier, give the Korean firm another market to look into alongside their hugely successful smartphone, TV and home appliance businesses.

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Virtual reality is not dead yet

Virtual reality has struggled to maintain excitement levels among consumers since the current generation of headsets first appeared in 2015. Cost of set-up and the level of immersion it requires to actually play has weakened demand for systems, leading to questions about whether it can stay a viable business. However, two of the biggest names in VR are far from ready to give in and are still innovating.

At CES, HTC introduced a new version of their Vive system that can track eye movement, enabling users to navigate without any controllers.

While Facebook-owned Oculus also showed off its latest headset, the Quest. Both systems are making VR more accessible and could perhaps turn more people on to the technology.

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13, 2019. Twenty-one coal miners were killed when a mine collapsed in northern China, state media reported Sunday

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Firefighters extinguish a fire after the explosion of a bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise in central Paris

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3/50 11 January 2019

Workers shovel snow out of a restaurant after an avalanche at Santis-Schwaegalp mountain resort, in Switzerland

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4/50 10 January 2019

Supporters of Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the Congolese main opposition party, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress who was announced as the winner of the presidential elections; celebrate along the streets of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

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5/50 9 January 2019

Philippine Coast Guards keep watch as Roman Catholic devotees cross the bridge in a raucous procession of the Black Nazarene to celebrate its feast day in Manila.

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6/50 8 January 2019

A car trapped in snowdrifts in southeastern Poland. Many cities in whole Poland have been affected by snowfall

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7/50 7 January 2019

Actor Kevin Spacey pleaded non-guilty to sexual assault charge at Nantucket District Court in Massachusetts. The Oscar-winning actor is accused of groping the teenage son of a former Boston TV anchor in 2016 in a crowded bar at the Club Car in Nantucket

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A gentoo penguin is seen during a promotional event during an annual ice festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China

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Snow covers the statue of Alexander the Great at the seaside promenade of Thessaloniki, Greece

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Firefighters try to extinguish a fire at a commercial market in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

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Two men walk past a damaged cargo train after an accident in Nyborg, Denmark.

Several people were killed in the crash on a bridge connecting two islands in Denmark, police said

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13/50 1 January 2019

Emergency officers transporting a baby survivor after a gas explosion rocked a residential building in Russia’s Urals city of Magnitogorsk. Russian rescuers have been forced to temporarily halt the search for dozens of missing people in the rubble of a collapsed high-rise apartment block as the building risked crumbling further, officials said, with the incident claiming at least seven lives. Part of the 10-storey building collapsed following a gas explosion on the morning of December 31, in the industrial city of Magnitogorsk, east of Moscow in the Ural mountains

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14/50 31 December 2018

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney

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15/50 30 December 2018

Bangladeshi army personnel drive a military vehicle through a street adorned with election posters near a polling station in Dhaka.

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17/50 28 December 2018

Bright blue light is seen after a transformer explosion at an electric power station in the New York City borough of Queens

Reuters

18/50 27 December 2018

The Opal Tower at Sydney Olympic Park, Australia.

Residents of the tower have been told to leave for a second time in four days to enable the company and investigators to conduct a ‘comprehensive investigation’ into a crack on the tenth floor of the building. Emergency services were called on the afternoon of the 24 December after residents of the building had heard cracking sounds throughout the morning

EPA

19/50 26 December 2018

A young man dressed in a Father Christmas suit distributes gifts to children in the old city of Mosul

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20/50 25 December 2018

A participant in a Santa Claus costume jumps into the water during the 109th edition of the ‘Copa Nadal’ (Christmas Cup) swimming competition in Barcelona’s Port Vell. The traditional 200-meter Christmas swimming race gathered more than 300 participants on Barcelona’s old harbour

AFP/Getty

21/50 24 December 2018

US President Donald Trump speaks on the telephone as he answers calls from people calling into the NORAD Santa tracker phone line in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington

AFP/Getty

22/50 23 December 2018

An aerial photo shows damaged buildings in Carita after the area was hit by a tsunami on December 22 following an eruption of the Anak Krakatoa volcano.

The volcano-triggered tsunami has left at least 222 people dead and hundreds more injured after slamming without warning into beaches around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait. Officials voiced fears that the toll was set to rise

AFP/Getty

23/50 22 December 2018

Protesters wearing a yellow vest (gilet jaune) stand next to a burning barricade as they demonstrate against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes at the A9 highway toll of Le Boulou, southern France. The “Yellow Vests” (Gilets Jaunes) movement in France originally started as a protest about planned fuel hikes but has morphed into a mass protest against President’s policies and top-down style of governing

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24/50 21 December 2018

A Palestinian man wearing a Santa Claus outfit hands a flower to man in a wheelchair during a demonstration near the border between Israel and Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip

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25/50 20 December 2018

Moroccan authorities investigate the scene of the grisly murder of two Scandinavian women at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains.

The suspects in the killings have pledged alleigance to ISIS

AP

26/50 19 December 2018

Supporters of Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Martin Fayulu gesture number four (the candidate number on the electoral list) as they protest in Kinshasa after campaigning was called off by the authorities on security grounds

Getty

27/50 17 December 2018

Pyongyang residents prepare to lay flowers at the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il during National Memorial Day on Mansu Hill. North Korea is marking the seventh anniversary of the death of Kim Jong II

AFP/Getty

28/50 16 December 2018

Firefighters work on site where a large explosion occurred at a restaurant in Sapporo. According to local media reports, an explosion that triggered a fire occurred at a restaurant in Sapporo in the evening of 16 December.

At least 20 people have been reported injured and taken to hospitals.

EPA

29/50 15 December 2018

A supporter wears a cast on her broken wrist with ‘I (heart) Obamacare’ written on it . A federal judge in Texas ruled that the US health care law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional — a ruling that opposition Democrats vowed to appeal. US District Judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling came in a lawsuit filed by several Republican state attorneys general and a governor opposed to the federal government health plan, known officially as the Affordable Care Act

EPA

30/50 14 December 2018

A Palestinian carries a flaming tyre amid clashes with Israeli forces.

Israel carried out raids in the West Bank today in search of a Palestinian who shot dead two soldiers yesterday

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31/50 13 December 2018

Yemen’s foreign minister Khaled al-Yamani (L) and the head rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam shake hands during peace talks in Sweden that are being overseen by the UN

AFP

32/50 12 December 2018

Baby monkeys play on a wall of India’s parliament in New Delhi. Macaque monkeys have swarmed the parliament, destroying important documents, attacking government officials and generally menacing the state

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33/50 11 December 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes British Prime Minister Theresa May at the chancellery in Berlin. May postponed the Brexit deal Meaningful Vote, on 11 December due to risk of rejection from Members of Parliament.

She is currently on a whistle stop tour of Europe calling on the leaders of the Netherlands, Germany and EU in Brussels looking for new guide lines for her Northern Ireland backstop

EPA

34/50 10 December 2018

Police investigate after an empty school bus crashed in the North Point district of Hong Kong. Two people were killed when a school bus mounted a pavement in a crowded Hong Kong neighbourhood, trapping passers-by underneath and injuring 13, police said

AFP/Getty

35/50 9 December 2018

A Boca Juniors’ fan cheers at a viewing in Buenos Aires for the Copa Libertadores final against rivals River Plate. The match is being held in Madrid, a neutral ground, after it was twice delayed due to violence

AP

36/50 8 December 2018

Protestors wearing “yellow vests” (gilets jaunes) clash with riot police near the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris during a protest against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes. – Paris was on high alert with major security measures in place ahead of fresh “yellow vest” protests which authorities fear could turn violent for a second weekend in a row.

AFP/Getty

37/50 7 December 2018

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer reacts after being elected to leader of the Christian Democratic Union, succeeding the 18 year reign of Angela Merkel

Getty

38/50 6 December 2018

Police use tear gas against protesters during a demonstration in Athens to commemorate the 10th anniversary of a fatal shooting of a teenager which sparked major riots in Greece in 2008

AFP/Getty

39/50 5 December 2018

The flag-draped casket of former US President George HW Bush is carried by military pallbearers past US President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former first lady Hillary Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter as it arrives at his state funeral at Washington National Cathedral

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40/50 4 December 2018

High school students burn a barricade in front of their high school during a demonstration against French government Education reforms

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41/50 3 December 2018

Sully, the service dog of former US President George HW Bush in his final months, lays in front of Bush’s casket at the George H Lewis & Sons funeral home in Houston, Texas

Courtesy Office of George HW Bush/Reuters

42/50 2 December 2018

Demonstrators march in Brussels to ‘claim the climate’ as world leaders meet in Poland to discuss the Paris climate agreement targets

AP

43/50 1 December 2018

A protester moves to lob a tear gas canister during a protest in Paris today against rising fuel prices

Reuters

44/50 30 November 2018

US President Donald Trump, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wave hands in front of other leaders during a family photo at the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Reuters

45/50 29 November 2018

Firefighters battle a blaze on Fingerfield road at the Deepwater National Park area of Queensland. Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in northeastern Australia as bushfires raged across the state amid a scorching heatwave

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46/50 28 November 2018

A child waits to receive free bread by a local charity bakery amid a severe shortage of food in Sana’a, Yemen. According to reports, nearly 22 million people of Yemen’s 26-million population are in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of increased food insecurity.

The impoverished Arab country is experiencing a humanitarian crisis due to an ongoing brutal conflict that has lasted more than three years that has driven millions to the brink of famine

EPA

47/50 27 November 2018

A petrol bomb was thrown towards the Ajax fans during their Champions League away match against AEK Athens in the Greek capital. Home supporters threw flares into the stands also

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48/50 26 November 2018

Ukrainian activists burn flares during their rally in front of the Russian Consulate in Kharkiv, Ukraine. The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council, on 25 November, announced the decision to introduce martial law in Ukraine for a period of 60 days.

Russia seized three Ukrainian vessels amid their leaving the Kerch Strait. The two small-sized ‘Berdiansk’ and ‘Nikopol’ armored artillery boats had come under enemy fire and are now dead in the water. The ‘Yany Kapu’ tugboat was forcibly stopped and captured by special forces of the Russian Federation

EPA

49/50 25 November 2018

Women’s rights activists gather to march through Taksim Square to protest against gender violence in Istanbul on the International Day for the elimination of violence against women

AFP/Getty

50/50 24 November 2018

River Plate’s fans clash with riot police after the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final match against rivals Boc Juniors was postponed

Reuters

1/50 13 January

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, ambulance vehicles and rescuers gather at the Lijiagou coal mine of the Baiji Mining Co., Ltd. in Shenmu City, northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, Sunday, Jan.

13, 2019. Twenty-one coal miners were killed when a mine collapsed in northern China, state media reported Sunday

AP

2/50 12 January 2019

Firefighters extinguish a fire after the explosion of a bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise in central Paris

AFP/Getty

3/50 11 January 2019

Workers shovel snow out of a restaurant after an avalanche at Santis-Schwaegalp mountain resort, in Switzerland

Reuters

4/50 10 January 2019

Supporters of Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the Congolese main opposition party, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress who was announced as the winner of the presidential elections; celebrate along the streets of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Reuters

5/50 9 January 2019

Philippine Coast Guards keep watch as Roman Catholic devotees cross the bridge in a raucous procession of the Black Nazarene to celebrate its feast day in Manila. Tens of thousands of mostly barefoot Filipino Catholics joined the annual procession of a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ to celebrate the Feast of the Black Nazarene which usually ends before dawn the next day

AP

6/50 8 January 2019

A car trapped in snowdrifts in southeastern Poland.

Many cities in whole Poland have been affected by snowfall

EPA

7/50 7 January 2019

Actor Kevin Spacey pleaded non-guilty to sexual assault charge at Nantucket District Court in Massachusetts. The Oscar-winning actor is accused of groping the teenage son of a former Boston TV anchor in 2016 in a crowded bar at the Club Car in Nantucket

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8/50 6 January 2019

A gentoo penguin is seen during a promotional event during an annual ice festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China

Reuters

9/50 5 January 2019

Snow covers the statue of Alexander the Great at the seaside promenade of Thessaloniki, Greece

Reuters

10/50 4 January 2019

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire at a commercial market in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Reuters

11/50 3 January 2019

AFP/Getty

12/50 2 January 2019

Two men walk past a damaged cargo train after an accident in Nyborg, Denmark. Several people were killed in the crash on a bridge connecting two islands in Denmark, police said

AFP/Getty

13/50 1 January 2019

Emergency officers transporting a baby survivor after a gas explosion rocked a residential building in Russia’s Urals city of Magnitogorsk.

Russian rescuers have been forced to temporarily halt the search for dozens of missing people in the rubble of a collapsed high-rise apartment block as the building risked crumbling further, officials said, with the incident claiming at least seven lives. Part of the 10-storey building collapsed following a gas explosion on the morning of December 31, in the industrial city of Magnitogorsk, east of Moscow in the Ural mountains

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry/AFP/Getty

14/50 31 December 2018

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney

AP

15/50 30 December 2018

Bangladeshi army personnel drive a military vehicle through a street adorned with election posters near a polling station in Dhaka. Bangladesh headed to the polls following a weeks-long campaign that was dominated by deadly violence and allegations of a crackdown on thousands of opposition activists.

AFP/Getty

16/50 29 December 2018

Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli speaks to journalists as he arrives at the hospital where Vietnamese victims of an attack on a tourist bus where taken, in Al-Haram district in the Egyptian capital Cairo’s western twin city of Giza. – Three Vietnamese holidaymakers and an Egyptian tour guide were killed on December 28 when a roadside bomb blast hit their bus as it travelled close to the Giza pyramids outside Cairo, officials said.

AFP/Getty

17/50 28 December 2018

Bright blue light is seen after a transformer explosion at an electric power station in the New York City borough of Queens

Reuters

18/50 27 December 2018

The Opal Tower at Sydney Olympic Park, Australia. Residents of the tower have been told to leave for a second time in four days to enable the company and investigators to conduct a ‘comprehensive investigation’ into a crack on the tenth floor of the building. Emergency services were called on the afternoon of the 24 December after residents of the building had heard cracking sounds throughout the morning

EPA

19/50 26 December 2018

A young man dressed in a Father Christmas suit distributes gifts to children in the old city of Mosul

AFP/Getty

20/50 25 December 2018

A participant in a Santa Claus costume jumps into the water during the 109th edition of the ‘Copa Nadal’ (Christmas Cup) swimming competition in Barcelona’s Port Vell.

The traditional 200-meter Christmas swimming race gathered more than 300 participants on Barcelona’s old harbour

AFP/Getty

21/50 24 December 2018

US President Donald Trump speaks on the telephone as he answers calls from people calling into the NORAD Santa tracker phone line in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington

AFP/Getty

22/50 23 December 2018

An aerial photo shows damaged buildings in Carita after the area was hit by a tsunami on December 22 following an eruption of the Anak Krakatoa volcano. The volcano-triggered tsunami has left at least 222 people dead and hundreds more injured after slamming without warning into beaches around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait. Officials voiced fears that the toll was set to rise

AFP/Getty

23/50 22 December 2018

Protesters wearing a yellow vest (gilet jaune) stand next to a burning barricade as they demonstrate against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes at the A9 highway toll of Le Boulou, southern France.

The “Yellow Vests” (Gilets Jaunes) movement in France originally started as a protest about planned fuel hikes but has morphed into a mass protest against President’s policies and top-down style of governing

AFP/Getty

24/50 21 December 2018

A Palestinian man wearing a Santa Claus outfit hands a flower to man in a wheelchair during a demonstration near the border between Israel and Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip

AFP/Getty

25/50 20 December 2018

Moroccan authorities investigate the scene of the grisly murder of two Scandinavian women at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. The suspects in the killings have pledged alleigance to ISIS

AP

26/50 19 December 2018

Supporters of Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Martin Fayulu gesture number four (the candidate number on the electoral list) as they protest in Kinshasa after campaigning was called off by the authorities on security grounds

Getty

27/50 17 December 2018

Pyongyang residents prepare to lay flowers at the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il during National Memorial Day on Mansu Hill. North Korea is marking the seventh anniversary of the death of Kim Jong II

AFP/Getty

28/50 16 December 2018

Firefighters work on site where a large explosion occurred at a restaurant in Sapporo.

According to local media reports, an explosion that triggered a fire occurred at a restaurant in Sapporo in the evening of 16 December. At least 20 people have been reported injured and taken to hospitals. EPA

29/50 15 December 2018

A supporter wears a cast on her broken wrist with ‘I (heart) Obamacare’ written on it .

A federal judge in Texas ruled that the US health care law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional — a ruling that opposition Democrats vowed to appeal. US District Judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling came in a lawsuit filed by several Republican state attorneys general and a governor opposed to the federal government health plan, known officially as the Affordable Care Act

EPA

30/50 14 December 2018

A Palestinian carries a flaming tyre amid clashes with Israeli forces. Israel carried out raids in the West Bank today in search of a Palestinian who shot dead two soldiers yesterday

AFP/Getty

31/50 13 December 2018

Yemen’s foreign minister Khaled al-Yamani (L) and the head rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam shake hands during peace talks in Sweden that are being overseen by the UN

AFP

32/50 12 December 2018

Baby monkeys play on a wall of India’s parliament in New Delhi.

Macaque monkeys have swarmed the parliament, destroying important documents, attacking government officials and generally menacing the state

Reuters

33/50 11 December 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes British Prime Minister Theresa May at the chancellery in Berlin. May postponed the Brexit deal Meaningful Vote, on 11 December due to risk of rejection from Members of Parliament. She is currently on a whistle stop tour of Europe calling on the leaders of the Netherlands, Germany and EU in Brussels looking for new guide lines for her Northern Ireland backstop

EPA

34/50 10 December 2018

Police investigate after an empty school bus crashed in the North Point district of Hong Kong.

Two people were killed when a school bus mounted a pavement in a crowded Hong Kong neighbourhood, trapping passers-by underneath and injuring 13, police said

AFP/Getty

35/50 9 December 2018

A Boca Juniors’ fan cheers at a viewing in Buenos Aires for the Copa Libertadores final against rivals River Plate. The match is being held in Madrid, a neutral ground, after it was twice delayed due to violence

AP

36/50 8 December 2018

Protestors wearing “yellow vests” (gilets jaunes) clash with riot police near the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris during a protest against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes. – Paris was on high alert with major security measures in place ahead of fresh “yellow vest” protests which authorities fear could turn violent for a second weekend in a row. AFP/Getty

37/50 7 December 2018

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer reacts after being elected to leader of the Christian Democratic Union, succeeding the 18 year reign of Angela Merkel

Getty

38/50 6 December 2018

Police use tear gas against protesters during a demonstration in Athens to commemorate the 10th anniversary of a fatal shooting of a teenager which sparked major riots in Greece in 2008

AFP/Getty

39/50 5 December 2018

The flag-draped casket of former US President George HW Bush is carried by military pallbearers past US President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former first lady Hillary Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter as it arrives at his state funeral at Washington National Cathedral

Reuters

40/50 4 December 2018

High school students burn a barricade in front of their high school during a demonstration against French government Education reforms

AFP/Getty

41/50 3 December 2018

Sully, the service dog of former US President George HW Bush in his final months, lays in front of Bush’s casket at the George H Lewis & Sons funeral home in Houston, Texas

Courtesy Office of George HW Bush/Reuters

42/50 2 December 2018

Demonstrators march in Brussels to ‘claim the climate’ as world leaders meet in Poland to discuss the Paris climate agreement targets

AP

43/50 1 December 2018

A protester moves to lob a tear gas canister during a protest in Paris today against rising fuel prices

Reuters

44/50 30 November 2018

US President Donald Trump, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wave hands in front of other leaders during a family photo at the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Reuters

45/50 29 November 2018

Firefighters battle a blaze on Fingerfield road at the Deepwater National Park area of Queensland.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in northeastern Australia as bushfires raged across the state amid a scorching heatwave

AFP/Getty

46/50 28 November 2018

A child waits to receive free bread by a local charity bakery amid a severe shortage of food in Sana’a, Yemen. According to reports, nearly 22 million people of Yemen’s 26-million population are in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of increased food insecurity. The impoverished Arab country is experiencing a humanitarian crisis due to an ongoing brutal conflict that has lasted more than three years that has driven millions to the brink of famine

EPA

47/50 27 November 2018

A petrol bomb was thrown towards the Ajax fans during their Champions League away match against AEK Athens in the Greek capital.

Home supporters threw flares into the stands also

Reuters

48/50 26 November 2018

Ukrainian activists burn flares during their rally in front of the Russian Consulate in Kharkiv, Ukraine. The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council, on 25 November, announced the decision to introduce martial law in Ukraine for a period of 60 days. Russia seized three Ukrainian vessels amid their leaving the Kerch Strait.

The two small-sized ‘Berdiansk’ and ‘Nikopol’ armored artillery boats had come under enemy fire and are now dead in the water. The ‘Yany Kapu’ tugboat was forcibly stopped and captured by special forces of the Russian Federation

EPA

49/50 25 November 2018

Women’s rights activists gather to march through Taksim Square to protest against gender violence in Istanbul on the International Day for the elimination of violence against women

AFP/Getty

50/50 24 November 2018

River Plate’s fans clash with riot police after the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final match against rivals Boc Juniors was postponed

Reuters

The growth of pet tech

It is not just humans who are benefiting from shows like CES now – cats, dogs and other pets were widely catered for at this year’s show too.

For felines, there was a cat treadmill and an automated, self-cleaning litter tray. While there was a smart toilet for dogs too.

Called the Inubox, the device, which is designed for dog owners who do not have outside space, cleans itself and washes away waste after use.

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