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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.

Lenovo shows off its Beacon home cloud storage device for us at CES

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 13, 2014 3:01 am

CES 2014 - Personal home cloud storage is going to be one of the biggest markets in 2014 and Lenovo is poised and ready to serve that market with its new Beacon home cloud storage solution. The Beacon is being billed as a "Smart NAS" that can be set up in less than five minutes, and can stream all your media to connected devices.

 

 

The Beacon features an Intel Atom processor, and runs a custom Linux operating system. Capacities up to 6TB are available, and users can download a custom app to their mobile device to share and sync photos, documents, and other files while on the go from anywhere in the world. The Beacon retails for $199 without storage and will be in stores in April of this year!

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We visit Corsair and demo their upcoming Cherry MX RGB keyboard

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 13, 2014 2:39 am

CES 2014 - A few weeks back Corsair announced that they were developing the worlds first individually addressed RGB LED mechanical keyboard, and at this years CES we got to check it out in person. The keyboard will be featured with Cherry MX switches in red, blue, and brown switches.

 

 

Corsair says that each key will be individually addressable and each key color can be changed via a custom control suite Corsair is developing. Corsair and Cherry MX have entered into an exclusive partnership to develop this keyboard which ensures that the only place to get an RGB mechanical keyboard is from Corsair. We can expect to see it hit the retail market later this year!

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OLEDs get the buzz, but Samsung says not so fast

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 13, 2014 2:10 am

Consumers searching for high-definition TVs have a lot of affordable choices to choose from, though organic LED (OLED) technology will still take a few more years of development for prices to drop. The technology has looked quite impressive due to a higher resolution and is brighter than rival TV formats, but the technology is still too expensive to roll out in mass production.

 

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"I'm really, really terribly sorry to say this, but it will take more time... I believe it will take around three to four years," said HS Kim, Samsung VP for visual display, during a recent interview.

 

During the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), HDTV and 3DTV technologies were on full display all over the Las Vegas Strip. Many companies demoed impressive OLED technology, but most product launch dates and price tags will keep casual customers thinking of other options. However, as Kim predicts, a lower price tag and further technology advancements over the coming years will help drive demand in the future.

 

Meanwhile, Kim also has full faith in the ultra-HD format and believes 4K TV adoption will happen quicker than we think.

We take a look at Lenovo's new Vibe Z smartphone at CES 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 13, 2014 2:07 am

CES 2014 - During our visit with Lenovo at CES, we got a chance to take a brief look at their new Vibe Z, Android-based smartphone. Lenovo announced the Vibe Z at CES and says that the device is their first 4G LTE smartphone and features a full 1920x1080 display.

 

 

The phone features an 13-megapixel rear camera while the front facing camera packs in a full 5-megapixels which makes for the best selfie capturing smartphone on the market. The Vibe Z also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, and 2GB of RAM. Lenovo says the new smartphone will retail for $549 and will hit US carriers soon!

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