It looks like we already have a few reasons to be excited about the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month, with Corsair preemptively striking in the mechanical keyboard space.
The high-end manufacturer of all sorts of goods has teamed up with Cherry, to announce a modified MX Red-class switch, that sports RGB illumination. This means we have a mix of three colors that allow a key to be lit in any color that is on the visible spectrum. We're looking at 8-bit per channel control, which sits us at around 16.7 million colors.
Cherry has chosen Corsair as its launch partner, and we should see these beautiful keyboards shown off at CES in just a few weeks time!
This is an odd way to find out about a new smartphone from HTC, but there was a ruling on Tuesday morning that threatened HTC's One smartphone from being pulled from the UK market.
Well, Judge Richard Arnold looks to have slipped that there is an HTC One successor coming very soon. Judge Arnold slipped the news nugget during his decision, where he said: "HTC is close to launching the successor flagship model to the HTC One. HTC has not revealed the launch date. Nokia has adduced evidence which suggests that the launch date is in the first quarter of 2014 and possibly as early as February 2014. HTC has not contradicted this."
The reason behind Judge Arnold bringing up the unreleased, unannounced One successor, is that HTC is worried that its business will suffer (more so than it is now) if the HTC One disappears from the UK market before it can unleash a new smartphone. Judge Arnold says that the HTC One successor will be released in Q1 2014.
Spotify has just launched a new set of tools that artists, managers and others can use to track the popularity of their music on the music streaming service. Spotify continues to focus on communicating to the music industry that its service is great for artists, and that all of the bad words you hear about music streaming isn't all that it's cracked up to be.
Spotify provides an analytics dashboard, which allows artists a real-time look at just how much their content is being listened to. Also included in this, are details on listeners, such as age, gender, location of their listeners and more. Spotify one-ups this though, providing details on just how the royalties are paid out from Spotify.
It also shows other avenues where Spotify exposes artists to the public, with the music streaming company saying that it pays "more than two times more" than ad-supported services like YouTube, and "significantly" more than traditional and online radio services. Spotify holds just 30% of the profits, giving the remaining 70% to its artists.
Microsoft's next major milestone is something called "Threshold", an internal name for an upcoming update to its platforms. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley is reporting from multiple anonymous sources, as well as an internal Microsoft e-mail from Executive Vice President, Terry Myerson.
Foley says that Threshold will hit all three major platforms from Microsoft: Windows, Xbox One and Windows Phone. The company is wanting to unify the developer toolset for all three platforms, and support the same core set of "high value activities" across platforms. There are four parts to this, the first is expression/documents (Office), decision making/task completion (Bing), IT management (intune) and something else, which is labeled as "serious fun".
We did hear about this not long ago, so we should expect big things from this Threshold update. Before Threshold, we should expect an update being pushed out for Windows 8.1, which is known as Windows 8.1 Update 1, and Windows Phone 8.1, sometime next year.
If you're based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and want the opportunity to test games out for Bethesda, then prepare yourselves! The developer is looking for playtesters to try out its "upcoming and released games".
The Dallas-Fort Worth area is where id Software is based, with id Software and Bethesda both subsidiaries Zenimax Media. Considering id Software is currently working on first-person shooter, Doom 4, this could be quite the opportunity for someone interested. Those who are interested need to provide their own transport to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, must be at least 18 years old, and will be unpaid volunteers. An NDA will require your signature, too.
Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, is being threatened by British police over "potential" terrorism charges for publishing the incriminating NSA and GCHQ documents that NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, leaked.
Rusbridger testified in front of a British parliamentary committee on Tuesday, where lawmakers pushed the suggestion that the Guardian helped terrorists, just because the British paper revealed UK and US spy agency 'secrets'. Rusbridger stood his ground, stating that the government spying going on all around the world should be of public knowledge.
The Guardian editor said: "We have published I think 26 documents out of the 58,000 we've seen, or 58,000 plus. So we have made very selective judgments about what to print. We have published no names and we have lost control of no names."
Critics are comparing the current spy scandals and "terrorism" charges against the infamous anti-communism hearing which were conducted by US Senator Joseph McCarthy during the Cold War. Ben Emmerson, the UN special rapporteur on counter-terrorism, said: "The astonishing suggestion that this sort of journalism can be equated with aiding and abetting terrorism needs to be scotched decisively. Attacking the Guardian is an attempt to do the bidding of the services themselves, by distracting attention from the real issues. It is the roles of a free press to hold government to account, and yet there have even been outrageous suggestions from some conservative MPs that the Guardian should face a criminal investigation."
Something interesting just popped up onto my radar, and that's the news that ASUS is working on a new dual OS tablet. The new tablet is capable of running Android and Windows, something of which ASUS is no newbie at.
But, with Android 4.4 KitKat now out, and Windows 8.1, could we see a mashup of operating systems under a new ASUS-built device? Well, it looks liker we can expect three models: M82T, L82T, and the R82T - with no information on what makes them all different. We do know that on the tablet that slid through the FCC was powered by the Intel Atom "Bay Trail" chip.
Other than that, we know it has a 3910mAh battery, and either 32GB or 64GB of storage. We don't know about the screen size, but we could expect something in the 7-inch range or so - which would work, considering ASUS builds the Android 4.4-powered Nexus 7 slate. If we do see this thing released, we should expect it to be shown off at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, in January.
I've been playing Battlefield 4 quite a bit (quite a bit for me is more than 5 hours in a week) and I thoroughly enjoy it. Keep in mind, I'm looking through the issues and bugs, and just at the game itself. Well, Battlefield 4's first expansion, China Rising, is here, and so is its trailer.
The trailer shows off some incredible gameplay moments, only possible in Battlefield 4, and is available right now for Premium members. There are four new maps included with China Rising, with the DLC launching on December 17 for those not on Premium.
NVIDIA has just added a feature to its Shield device that might just pull in a drove of new consumers - 1080p streaming. You can now use NVIDIA's GameStream console mode to stream your PC games to your TV, all at the glorious 1080p res.
Although the words 'streaming' are used, there's no wireless trickery here, unfortunately. Cables are still used, as you'll need an Ethernet cable for 1080p, and you'll also require the Shield's microUSB port, too. If you want to check out the latest update, it should be getting pushed to your Shield right now, or very soon.
With the PS4 now launched in more countries, Sony has said that it has sold a "record-setting" 2.1 million units of its next-generation console. With the PlayStation 4 now finding a home in 32 countries, many of them selling out of the console itself.
Andrew House took to the PlayStation Blog, where he said: "It's an impressive and record-setting accomplishment for our company and for our industry, and we couldn't have done it without you. I want to personally thank PlayStation fans, both old and new, for your vote of confidence."
House promised that the PS4 would continously evolve, and added: "In addition to an incredible line-up of PS4 games from the best developers in the world," he said, "we will continue to introduce valuable new features and services to PS4 in the months and years ahead."