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Netgear clues us in on their hot new home and travel products at CES

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Networking | Posted: Jan 13, 2014 4:56 pm

CES 2014 - Netgear invited us to their suite last week to check out some of the new 802.11 ac Wi-Fi products they are showing off at this years Consumer Electronics Show. We were shown everything from new 802.11 ac cable gate ways to range extenders and even a travel router that is 802.11 ac compatible.

 

 

I particularly liked the wall plugged 802.11 ac Wi-Fi range extender. The on board arrows combined with Netgear's app, make this one of the easiest to use Wi-Fi range extenders ever made. The high performance version was cool as well, and I could see my self purchasing one in the coming weeks to extend my wifi. During any CES, internet is at a premium, and in my case, I was lucky to get 300k up over the hotel's Wi-Fi, which made uploading content difficult. With Netgear's new Trek travel router, we could have used the wired connection to share Wi-Fi with my colleagues.

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Feenix makes their CES debut, shows off boutique peripherals

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 13, 2014 4:35 pm

CES 2013 - Feenix is a little known company who is making big-ticket products, and has just made its official debut into the world of consumer electronics at this years CES. We stopped by the Feenix booth to check out its boutique collection of PC peripherals and to get a sneak peek at a new high-end headset its developing.

 

 

Our own Chad Sebring has had his hands on a couple of Feenix products recently, and gave the Nascita an overall score of 88%, while the Diamora mouse pad also received praise. I personally had the chance to check out the new headset shown in the video, and while I am no audiophile, I can say that it sounded much better than any pair of Beats By Dre headphones I have ever worn.

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Steve Wozniak visits Xiaomi, says it has "excellent products"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 13, 2014 10:20 am

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has met with China's top smartphone maker, Xiaomi, where he has publicly stated he supports the company. Wozniak thinks Xiaomi could crack the international market with its products, something he told a group of reporters in Xiaomi's Beijing-based offices.

 

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Wozniak said: "Xiaomi has excellent products; they're good enough to crack the American market. This company has a good, strong vision. The products the company has built so far are very key elements to that future." Xiaomi's co-founder and CEO, Lei Jun, has the same admiration for the co-founder of Apple, with Jun saying he admired Wozniak and his work in creating Apple's first products.

 

Jun said: "We invited Wozniak to Xiaomi to inspire our engineers to build competitive products that are almost like art. This is the approach we've taken with our most recent products." As we move deeper into 2014, the Chinese company will expand beyond the borders of China and Taiwan, and begin selling its products in Singapore and Malaysia, two very large markets with large Chinese speaking populations.

Cisco sets its sights on the 'Internet of Everything' craze

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 13, 2014 8:48 am

Network hardware company Cisco Systems focused on the Internet of Everything (IoE), setting the landscape for people connected to mobile devices, smart buildings, transportation networks, data and other processes on a wide scale. The number of estimated connected devices is 15 to 25 billion by 2015, which will propel up to 50 billion by 2020.

 

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"Cisco has led customers through every Internet transition over the last 30 years," said Blair Christie, Cisco Senior VP and chief marketing officer, in a statement. "The Internet of Everything is perhaps the most promising of these, creating unprecedented opportunities for organizations, individuals, communities and countries to realize dramatically greater value from networked connections between people, processes, data and things."

 

Cisco has been forced to adapt to a changing environment in which employees are largely embracing the 'bring your own device' craze. However, the IoE blows that out of the water, with service users able to benefit from long-form content, location-based and profile data, home/control/automation features, and sensor-collected data in the home and workplace.

Tactus makes real, physical buttons appear on your touchscreen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 13, 2014 8:21 am

Tactus Technology has shown off some impressive technology, a morphing touchscreen which creates physical buttons from your buttonless touchscreen. Tactus' technology works by providing "application-controlled, completely transparent physical buttons that rise up from the touch-screen surface on demand."

 

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When the buttons are enabled, they pop up onto the screen, when disabled they recede back into the screen, leaving your once smooth and flat touchscreen back in its original state. Tactus enables the Tactile Layer, which is called microfluidics. These microfluidics are small channels that are routed throughout the Tactile Layer, allowing fluid to expand the top polymer layer, which creates physical buttons.

 

It sounds impressive, but it'll be more impressive once we see Tactus' technology built into the devices we know and love, and use.

Target wasn't the only US retailer with data breaches last month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Jan 13, 2014 6:34 am

Last month, US retail giant Target was hit with a data breach that saw 40 million customers' private data leaked. The retailer suffered through the threat, and still felt a backlash after it happened - which is expected. In the end, the amount of consumers' data leaked blew out to over 70 million.

 

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But what wasn't expected, is Reuters now reporting that it looks like at least three other major US retailers suffered data breaches "using similar techniques" that hit Target. Reuters hasn't unveiled the names of these businesses, but did state they are "well-known US retailers" that do business in shopping malls.

 

Target has since announced its sales have possibly dropped around 2.5% versus the year previous due to the breach, so you can't be surprised if these other companies are holding their cards close to their chest.

Kitty Mach shows us new products from Tt eSports at CES 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 13, 2014 4:53 am

CES 2014 - Tt eSports by Thermaltake brought a plethora of new products at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Nevada, and Kitty Mach took the time to walk us through the entire lineup. One of the more interesting sets is the Team DK series which features custom red and white color schemes, and is the same hardware used by Team DK.

 

 

Tt eSports also debuted its new in-house mechanical switches that are very similar to Cherry MX switches, and in fact in the blind test, I was unable to tell a difference between the two. Kitty wrapped things up by unveiling two new headsets from its Chronos line.

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Startup company snaps HD video of the Earth from space

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 13, 2014 4:29 am

San Francisco-based Skybox Imaging has snapped some gorgeous imagery of the planet we all live on, all the way from space. The footage was taken at 600km above the ground, where you can easily make out cars, trucks, shipping containers and more.

 

 

Skybox Imaging's SkySat-1 was launched in November as part of the Ukraine's Dnepr-1 rocket program. Skybox Imaging's official website stated that the SkySat-1 is capable of capturing 1920x1080 at 30FPS, and up to 90 seconds per clip. The video above gives you a good look at what the Full HD-capable satellite is capable of.

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We take a tour of the ROCCAT suite at CES 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 13, 2014 3:59 am

CES 2014 - ROCCAT unveiled several new products at this year's Consumer Electronics show, and as always, their peripherals do not disappoint. The company's new Ryos TKL features all the Ryos's famous features but deleted the numerical keys to the right.

 

 

ROCCAT also showed off a new optical version of its flagship Kone XTD mouse, with improvements made to the weight system, as well as the optical performance that many gamers love. The new Kone Pure Military line of mice feature military inspired color schemes, new optical sensors, and the performance we have come to expect from ROCCAT. The company was demoing its new analog version of its popular Kave XTD headset.

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Nintendo sells over 16 million 3DS games in 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 13, 2014 3:29 am

Now that Nintendo has some strong competition in the console space, its Wii U console will continue its downward spiral, but the same cannot be said for its handheld 3DS console.

 

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The Japanese giant sold over 16 million physical and digital 3DS games in 2013, which represents a massive 45% year-over-year increase in sales. The 3DS family includes the 3DS, 3DS XL and 2DS, and in the US alone, the 3DS family sold over 11.5 million units. We had some great system-sellers in 2013, including the new Pokemon games, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.

 

This year, the long-awaited Yoshi's New Island will be released, which should have Nintendo fans across the world pressing buttons for months on end.

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