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Huawei's Honor 6x comes to the US and Europe

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 12:22 pm

CES 2017 - Huawei has announced that their Honor 6x smartphone, initially launched in October 2016 only in China, is coming to the US and Europe.

 

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The device is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 655 processor and comes with 3 or 4GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB of internal storage, which you can expand to 256GB with a microSD. Honor 6x has a dual (12MP + 2MP) camera and a 8 MP selfie cam.

 

The phone also has a fingerprint sensor, 3340 mAh battery and it comes in three colors - gray, gold and silver.

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Square Enix Europe's Twitter account has been hacked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 12:11 pm

Tomb Raider, Deus Ex and Final Fantasy publisher Square Enix's European account has been hacked, and the would-be ne'er-do-wells are trolling the industry.

 

 

Almost an hour ago, Square Enix Europe's Twitter account started spewing ridiculousness to its 70,000+ followers, leading gamers and fans to come to the obvious conclusion: the account has been compromised. The hacking group responsible for the invasion is apparently called the #cyberwolfgang, and the users are currently still in full control over the account.

 

Just months ago No Man's Sky developer Hello Games had their Twitter account compromised, leading to the damning--if not quite true--statement "No Man's Sky was a mistake" put out for the entire world to see. It'll be interesting to see what happens, and we'll be sure to update the post once we hear more.

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Razer's Project Ariana opens up Chroma-filled dimension

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 9:19 am

CES 2017 - In a move that is so Razer-worthy, the company has revealed Project Ariana, a unique device that essentially opens up a doorway to a scintillating world of color in your gaming space.

 

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RGB lighting is everywhere today; OEMs are slapping LED strips and effects onto RAM, motherboards, fans and even audio headsets. But what if you could add RGB lighting effects into your entire room? Razer's new Project Ariana is the answer to this particular scenario: it's a high-def video projector that uses an ultra-wide fish-eye lens to project Chroma's 16.8 million different colors and lighting effects onto a given space.

 

The Chroma effects are actually powered by the games you play. Using Razer's Chroma Module API, developers can basically sync up the RGB lighting and effects to the game itself, making Chroma-enabled devices pulse to the rhythm of any specific game sequences. Games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Overwatch, and Shadow Warrior 2 support the API, and hardware OEMs like Lenovo, Lian-Li, NZXT and Antec have signed up to help make these environments come alive.

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Tesoro showcases new Tuned In-Ear Pro headphones

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 8:08 am

CES 2017 - Tesoro today announced that its new Tuned In-Ear Pro headphones will join the company's fleet of gaming hardware and peripherals.

 

 

Tesoro's latest In-Ear Pro headphones are made to combine portability with performance, offering 9.2mm dynamic drivers for impressive sound capabilities across iOS, Android, and PC devices. A steel frame ensures the headphones are protected, and the outer edges are magnetic for easy storage. A tangle-free cord ensures you don't spend time fighting knots while on-the-go, and the 3.5mm headphone jack plugs into most devices on the market.

 

The headphones will be available for $34.99, but no release info was announced. Check below for a breakdown of available features and full specifications.

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ZOTAC's GeForce GTX 1080 Mini, a super-small beast

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 7:28 am

CES 2017 - ZOTAC has their new GeForce GTX 1080 Mini on display at CES 2017, showing off the super-small, but very powerful graphics card in all its glory.

 

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ZOTAC has used a custom PCB for the GTX 1080 Mini, their awesome cooling technology as always, and a single 8-pin PCIe power connector.

 

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The backplate has small holes that will let some of the heat out and away from the PCB, and the heat sink itself runs off the end of the card - and still, it's small.

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NVIDIA reveals 4K 144Hz gaming displays, available soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 6:28 am

CES 2017 - One of the most exciting reveals at CES for me would have to be NVIDIA's tease of 4K gaming displays rocking the deliciously smooth 144Hz refresh rate - and G-Sync, of course.

 

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There are two new models, the first from ASUS in the form of the ROG Swift PG27UQ, while the other is from Acer and their upcoming Predator XB272-HDR. Both of these new 4K 144Hz displays will be released in Q2 2017, with no pricing just yet - but we can be sure they're going to be expensive - and require some beefy GPUs to drive 4K at 144FPS.

 

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Both displays rock the new Quantum Dot technology, with HDR10 support, DP1.4/HDMI 2.0 connectivity, and more. You can be sure that the second these bad boys launch, we'll have them in-house for some serious testing.

NVIDIA announces world's first HDR gaming monitors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 5:50 am

CES 2017 - NVIDIA has had quite the CES this year, announcing the world's first HDR gaming displays with G-Sync HDR technology, something it worked with AU Optronics on.

 

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The new G-Sync HDR gaming displays were designed from the ground up for the ultimate in gaming displays, with NVIDIA teasing: "stunning image quality, tear-free and stutter-free G-SYNC smoothness, minimal motion blur, and near-zero input latency, compared to the 22-41ms of latency added by recommended HDR TVs".

 

Not just that, but the new G-Sync HDR monitors will use Quantum Dot technology, and a full array 384-zone backlight that uses "384 individually-controllable LED backlight zones, light will only be shown when and where it is required, enabling G-SYNC HDR displays to simultaneously produce bright bold colors and deep blacks, reminiscent of the very best plasma displays. Monitors with fewer backlight zones, edge-lit backlight zones, or with only a single global backlight are incapable of matching the contrast and image quality of the new 4K G-SYNC HDR monitors, and with 384 controllable zones we have unparalleled control over the picture, producing the best images you've ever seen on an LCD gaming display".

 

NVIDIA is also including HDR10 support, which is the HDR format that is being used for PC gaming.

AVADirect is making the 'most advanced' custom gaming PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 5:25 am

CES 2017 - AVADirect is aiming at the gaming PC market in a big way this year, continuing their efforts from 2016 - where they pushed into VR gaming PCs and so much more - but now they're teaming with GIGABYTE on a new gaming PC that they're calling the "most advanced" custom gaming PC.

 

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Inside of the new AVA Z270 Scorpio is GIGABYTE's feature-packed Aorus GA-Z270X-GAMING 7 motherboard, which takes the new Kaby Lake family of CPUs - with the Z270 Scorpio system powered by the Core i7-7700K processor. We also have GIGABYTE's on-board TURBO B-Clock Tuning IC that lets you tune clock rates for performance, stability, and more.

 

AVADirect will let you customize the AVA Z270 Scorpio with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080, up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and a slew of storage options. The components are placed into the system with a "showroom quality appearance", which is clearly visible from the images you can see here.

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Sony entering OLED display market once again

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 3:45 am

While Sony released the very first OLED TV back in 2008; an 11 inch display which sold for $2,500USD, the company abandoned the field to rivals such as LG who went on to solve some of the large scale manufacturing issues. But at CES this week, Sony have announced they're back - and in a big way.

 

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Branded under the Bravia TV line, the A1E series will be available in 55, 65 and 77 inch sizes and will feature 4K resolution, Dolby Vision and base HDR-10 standard, multiple HDMI 2.1 ports and Android TV built in. While Sony aren't producing the panel themselves, the unit will benefit from Sony's experience in image processing and will be built on what they're calling the '4K HDR processor X1™ Extreme'.

 

Sony's OLED models are expected to roll out sometime mid-year.

Razer's new gaming laptop has 3 x 17-inch displays

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 1:09 am

CES 2017 - It's not CES without Razer teasing something incredible, and that's what has happened yet again with something they're calling Project Valerie.

 

 

Razer's new laptop prototype a lot thicker than we're used to, but it features 3 freakin' displays - yes, not 1 - but 3 displays. Project Valerie has a standard 17-inch display flanked by two more displays, with Razer able to tout Project Valerie is "the world's first portable laptop with three built-in monitors".

 

The two additional 17-inch displays pop out from the main display, with something that Razer calls "an automated deployment mechanism", where they snap into place without much hassle.

 

Inside, Razer has used NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, with all 3 displays featuring NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. Project Valerie is 1.5 inches thick and weighs a huge 12 pounds, and other than that - the company hasn't teased pricing or availability. I'd expect that we won't see it for months yet, and the price - I don't even want to think about it.

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