Samsung CES 2019

Samsung will showcase the future of connected living at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.

The big event kicks off in Las Vegas with a common thread through the sprawling maze of exhibitions -- 5-G, the next generation of faster wireless.

Samsung is committed to putting the power of 5G in consumers' hands, with a 5G smartphone coming in the first half of 2019. Consumers can expect to see some of that on display.

But also, demonstrations on how consumers can live a Connected Life.

Samsung says its Smart TVs will offer more ways to search for content and more compatibility with connected devices than ever before.

With an improved AI algorithm that leverages a user's subscription services, favorite content, and TV viewing habits, the Universal Guide makes it easier for users to find the perfect show to watch.

Users also have more options than ever to quickly and easily find and control their favorite content with just their voice by using new Bixby.

The CES 2019 gadget show runs January 8-10, 2019, but even technology's biggest trade event isn't immune to the effects of the partial government shutdown.

Organizers said Saturday that several scheduled government speakers have canceled their travel plans. These include Ajit Pai, head of the Federal Communications Commission, and at least nine other federal officials.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is still planning to deliver a keynote talk Wednesday on federal initiatives to advance drone technology and self-driving vehicles.

Kroger, Microsoft Team Up

Kroger has a plan to keep up with Amazon.  The company tapping Microsoft to help create grocery stores of the future.

The partnership will bring digital shelves, price tags, and advertisements to two pilot stores in Ohio and Washington state.

The stores are designed to make it easier for customers and workers to navigate the stores, saving shoppers time and Kroger money. 

Customers can build shopping lists using Kroger's app.  Then, the app works with sensors in the store to guide them around as they check off items on their list.

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