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Samsung to release the Galaxy S5 in April, will feature iris scanner

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 9, 2014 11:26 am

CES 2014 - 2014 is here, which means we're in the year of the Galaxy S5, something we're beginning to hear more concrete information about. Bloomberg is reporting that the Galaxy S5 will be released in April, and that Samsung will pack in iris-scanning technology into its upcoming smartphone.

 

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Samsung's Mobile Executive Vice President, Lee Young-hee has said that the Galaxy S5 will debut alongside the next Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The exec also said that the new Galaxy Gear will feature "more advanced functions, and the bulky design will also be improved." Samsung is expected to release the fourth iteration of its smartwatch later in the year, with the South Korean giant considering a "three-sided display" which would pave the way for visibility from multiple angles.

Randy Martineau explains the future of Oracle's tape storage solution

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 9, 2014 10:40 am

Storage Visions 2014 - Randy Martineau provided us with insight into Oracles latest archival programs, and also does a bit of explaining the state of tape in the datacenter. Tape has been used since the early days of computing, and is alive and kicking over a half century later.

 

 

Unbeknownst to many, tape density is actually progressing faster than today's cutting edge hard disk drives. Randy really does a great job of giving a fascinating and thorough explanation of the technology in layman's terms.

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Everspin explains thier ST-MRAM product at Storage Visions 2014

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 9, 2014 10:21 am

Storage Visions 2014 - Everspin continues their lead in the ST-MRAM market with a total of 32million total units already successfully deployed.

 

 

Phillip LoPresti, the President and CEO of Everspin, stopped by the booth to give us an update on their progress, and also speaks about the future of the MRAM market.

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BenQ unveils new monitor built for RTS fans, is better on the eyes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 9, 2014 9:31 am

CES 2014 - BenQ has announced a new monitor that will have serious gamers interested, the new RL2460HT. BenQ's RL2460HT monitor features the company's RevolutionEyes technology, which helps gamers' eyes during massive gaming sessions.

 

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The new display is specifically optimized for real-time strategy (RTS), and first-person shooters (FPS). BenQ specifically mentions Call of Duty: Ghosts, MOBA-style games like StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, League of Legends, and of course, Defense of the Ancients 2 (DotA 2), and even Mortal Kombat. Let's move onto specs, with the BenQ RL2460HT starting off as 24-inch monitor, which comes courtesy of its TN-based panel with "virtually no input lag" and "industry-leading 1 ms response time".

 

We have integrated speakers, two HDMI inputs, DVI, VGA, and SmartScaling for pro-gamers, which allows them to customize their screen viewing area for optimal viewing performance. BenQ has an ETA of Q1 2014 for its new RL2460HT, and a retail price of $249.

NVIDIA releases its GeForce 332.21 WHQL drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 9, 2014 8:24 am

NVIDIA has just released its GeForce 332.21 WHQL drivers, which include some new SLI profiles, 3D Vision profiles, performance and stability improvements, and more. For some of the latest games, we have some SLI profiles, which will help with multi-GPU gaming.

 

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We have new SLI profiles for Assetto Corsa, EVE Online (DirectX 11), Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and Thief. We also have 3D Vision profiles for Injustice: Gods Among Us, and Path of Exile. NVIDIA has pushed in some stability improvements, as well as the usual performance improvements for some titles. You can grab the new drivers right here.

Thermaltake shows off new products for 2014 at CES

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 9, 2014 7:54 am

CES 2014 - Thermaltake always puts on a good showing at CES and 2014 is no exception. Earlier this week I got the chance to stop by their suite and check out some of the new and exciting products we can expect to see in 2014. Shannon Robb spent a few minutes walking me through several new cases, PSUs, and even some new cooling hardware.

 

 

The new Core V71 chassis is one of the cleanest PC chassis I have seen at CES this year, and is definitely an excellent choice for anyone wanting to build a rig destined to be heavily liquid cooled, or anyone needing a large amount of storage such as a server, or gaming box. Thermaltake also showed off some upcoming water cooling components including a new reservoir and pump combo along side a pump-less reservoir, and a complete line of compression fittings.

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Ford CEO Alan Mulally turns down potential to lead Microsoft

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 9, 2014 7:42 am

Ford CEO Alan Mulally has confirmed he will remain with the U.S. automaker and not become the next Microsoft CEO, which will be vacated when Steve Ballmer steps down. Last August, Ballmer said he would resign - and leave within 12 months - but is trying to help the company ease into the transition. However, that's going to be difficult when there is uncertainty about the company's short-term stability.

 

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"I would like to end the Microsoft speculation because I have no other plans to do anything other than serve Ford," Mulally told reporters. "You don't have to worry about me leaving."

 

Microsoft's hunt for Ballmer's replacement has been extremely difficult, as there are only a handful of skilled candidates seeking the job. Microsoft is currently considering both internal and external candidates as the company needs to buckle down and find a new leader.

Oculus VR is developing games in-house for the Rift

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 9, 2014 7:28 am

CES 2014 - The Oculus Rift isn't ready for the big time yet, and even if it were, there's no AAA first-party games available for it. Well, it looks like the virtual reality outfit is looking to change this in multiple ways.

 

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Oculus VR has told Engadget that it is looking to create lots of content for the Rift, where it will constantly talk with developers on making Rift-related content, but it will also build some content in-house, too. Oculus said: "When we catch on to a nugget that seems like it should become a full experience, we may end up doing it ourselves. We may end up putting it out and working with a third-party studio that does. We've actually started to engage with third-party studios like that through the relations group, the publishing group, as well as our own development."

 

Remember that the creator of Doom and Quake, John Carmack, is on-board, so could we expect the true next-generation leap in games from Oculus VR? I've said it before, and I'll say it again: the future of gaming and technology will begin its first big leap with Oculus Rift.

Majority of PC users suffer from digital eye strain, report claims

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Jan 9, 2014 6:43 am

Almost 70 percent of consumers in the United States suffer from digital eye strain from continuous use of electronic devices, according to The Vision Council. As casual consumers become more comfortable with devices like smartphones and tablets, it seems there is major concern that digital eye strain will become more prevalent. The term digital eye strain explains two or more hours using a device with a digital screen - and includes dry, red and irritated eyes, fatigued eyes, blurred vision, headaches, and back, neck or shoulder pain.

 

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"Digital eye strain has become a large concern for the vision community," said Ed Greene, The Vision Council CEO, in a statement. "Fortunately, the optical industry has made great strides in the past year to develop lens technologies that can best address the causes of digital eye strain. Like other glasses we rely on to read and see clearly, computer glasses are transforming the way we look at computer and handheld devices."

 

For better eye health, the "20-20-20" rule: After every 20-minute duration, take a short 20-second break while looking at something 20 feet away. When reading text or looking at a particular screen, either increase font size or zoom in.

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