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PAPAGO shows off new 1080p Action Cam and Dash Cam at CES 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 16, 2014 12:00 am

CES 2014 - Between scheduled meetings I had about an hour to walk the CES floor in one of the many ballrooms that were set up to house the thousands of vendors who were showcasing their products for media, buyers, and analyst. I happened to stumble across the PAPAGO booth and got to check out their newly released line of video camera devices that have just launched in the US.

 

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Being an avid Airsoft player, their small cylindrical 1080p GoLife Extreme Action Camera instantly caught my eye. The GOLife Extreme is a lightweight and rugged small action camera that features a rechargeable battery and allows for full 1080p capture during even the most extreme sporting outings. Having recently researched action cameras for my Airsoft outings, the GoLife Extreme is definitely the lightest and smallest of the models I have looked at, and would be perfect for anything where a lightweight camera is desired to capture all of the action.

 

Action cameras are awesome, but PAPAGO is most famous for its line of Dash Cameras, and the company was showing of its latest P3 dashcam at CES. The P3 records your commuting trips in full HD and features a built-in G-Sensor that automatically backed up all recorded footage in the event of a collision. Additionally the P3 features an integrated GPS navigation system, and the device can wan you when you exceed the speed limit.

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Silverstone unveils a Thunderbolt 2 external GPU solution at CES

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 15, 2014 11:00 pm

CES 2014 - Intel's Thunderbolt 2 is widely considered the data connection of the future, and rightfully so as nothing else comes close to its transfer speeds. The protocol is so fast that companies can connect GPUs externally to devices such as laptops to give them a boost when needed.

 

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Silverstone was showing off its XG2 Station, a Thunderbolt 2 External GPU housing designed in partnership with ASUS at the 2014 CES. The XG2 housed a AMD Radeon 7970 and small form factor power supply along with an ASUS designed main board that provided the Thunderbolt to PCIe connectivity. Unfortunately we did not get to demo the device, and no word was given on if or when we might see the XG2 Station hit the retail market.

HP announces two new Android-powered "Voice Tablets"

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 15, 2014 10:36 pm

Today HP announced that it will be launching two new tablets that feature cellular voice functionality. The new HP Slate6 VoiceTab and Slate7 VoiceTab are the companies first encroachment into the smartphone arena since it dumped the now LG owned webOS, which is now running in LG Smart TVs.

 

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Each of the new VoiceTab models run Android 4.2, and are powered by unspecified quad-core processors which are most likely of Qualcomm origin. 16GB of on-board storage is present as is a microSD slot for expansion. Front and Rear cameras are HD compatible, and feature decent sensors for what should be good image quality. The Slate6 VoiceTab features a 6-inch 720p display while the Slate7 VoiceTab sports a 1280x800 display.

Silverstone's new Raven Z RVZ01 is the perfect Steam Machine chassis

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 15, 2014 10:00 pm

CES 2014 - The buzzword at this years Consumer Electronics Show was definitely "Steam Machine," and with 12 official models being unveiled everyone was buzzing about Valve and its partners. The PC and Gaming enthusiast world in general do not like to purchase their rig pre-built though and Silverstone has a DIY Steam Machine Solution for that market.

 

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Silverstone's new Raven Z RVZ01 Mini-ITX case is designed with small form factor builds in mind that need to lay horizontal for inclusion into a living room setup. Measuring in at just 15-inches wide by 13.5-inches deep, this case will fit into any space with clearance of about 4.5-inches, which makes it the perfect size for home theater use or to build that custom Steam Machine. The Raven Z RVZ01 has enough room inside for a decent sized GPU, ample storage, and even an AIO Liquid Cooling Solution.

 

Silverstone has removed the full 5.25-inch bay and replaced it with a space sized perfectly for a slot-load dvd drive, while enough room for a small PSU still exist. Magnetic dust filters cover the intake ports which makes for very easy cleaning. The fans pictured are part of Silverstone's new chassis fan lineup and are less than half the thickness of a regular 120mm fan. Finishing things off are vibration isolating rubber feet which ensure a quiet living room gaming experience

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Fractal Design shows off a new PC chassis at CES 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 15, 2014 9:13 pm

CES 2014 - Fractal Design did not have much to show off at this years Consumer Electronics Show, but it did unveil a new Black Out Edition of its popular Define R4 full-tower PC chassis. Fractal says that the decision to go black on black with the case was made after overwhelming demand from Fractal Design fans.

 

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Everything inside the Black edition is... well... black, with the layout staying the same as well as the external aesthetics remaining unchanged. Fractal says that instead of releasing a new design, they focused on bringing to market what its customers and fans were asking for.

 

Fractal was also showing off a few boutique builds from XioticPC and Puget Systems. The Puget Systems rig features some uber-quiet Tranquillo CPU coolers from GELID Solutions and the entire PC was almost inaudible. XioticPC's two custom builds featured custom paint, and some high-end components that showcased Fractal's cases quite nicely.

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Microsoft, DVE team up for digital meetings, using augmented reality

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 15, 2014 5:22 pm

Telepresence company Digital Video Enterprises (DVE) has teamed up with Microsoft to demo the DVE Immersion Room, a new holographic presentation room. During the demo, Microsoft Windows is floating in the middle of the room and visitors are able to interact with the OS using video objects that are floating in mid-air.

 

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The company also has its newest generation of telepresence technology in which Microsoft Lync coupled with DVE's program provides HD images of life-size people in the room. Telepresence is still in its infancy, but shows great potential for remote video conferences that provide users with a life-like meeting experience.

 

"We have predicted that software based conferencing will transform enterprise communication and now we are able to power the best telepresence experience in the world from a Windows PC, notebook, and even a Surface Pro tablet," said Jeff Machtig, DVE co-founder, in a statement.

 

DVE is now showing off the new technology in its showrooms, as businesses are showing interest in newer, innovative ways to communicate.

Weekly Giveaway: Win one of five Seagate 600 Pro 200GB SSDs (Global)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jan 15, 2014 4:57 pm

We have teamed up with Seagate who is giving away five of its 600 Pro 200GB solid state drives! We will giveaway one 600 Pro 200GB SSD drive every week for five weeks until February 19th, 2014.

 

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The Seagate 600 Pro SSD delivers ultra-fast performance - maximizing IOPS/watt value while reducing energy costs. Designed for low power consumption, these drives also automatically adjust power usage based on workload I/O levels, which means lighter workloads use even less power.

 

Built-in Seagate Advanced Media Management technology increases read-performance by detecting data patterns and optimizing placement for rapid access.

 

- Average of 10K IOPS/W (measured at 50% writes)

- High random R/W IOPS: up to 85,000/30,000 (6Gb/s SATA interface speed)

 

 

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ROCCAT rolls out Siru, an ultra thin gaming mouse pad

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 15, 2014 4:08 pm

Gaming peripheral company ROCCAT released its Siru ultra-thin gaming mouse pad, measuring less than one millimeter thick. The ROCCAT Siru uses a non-slip backing so the mouse pad won't slide around and promises a reliable, immovable surface that gamers can depend on.

 

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The Siru mouse pad measures 13.25" x 9.84" x 0.01", so it's almost invisible when placed next to the keyboard. The thin profile allows the mouse to sit at the same level as the desktop, which should provide a fast surface able to give gamers accurate, fast movements.

 

Gamers tend to upgrade PC hardware, mice, keyboards and headphones - but the mouse pad is typically overlooked - though ROCCAT, Razer, Logitech, and other companies have a variety of different mouse pads to choose from.

Companies waiting to leave behind XP are only hurting themselves

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 15, 2014 3:32 pm

Companies that haven't started migrating from Microsoft Windows XP to a newer operating system are running the risk of missing the XP end of support deadline on April 8. Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) support will no longer be offered as the 12-year-old operating system is not as secure as Windows 7 or Windows 8.

 

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"Businesses may not realize the complexity of migrating to a new OS," said Brad Mendonsa, Clare Computer Solutions CEO, said in a statement. "Because the migration involves detailed planning, creating a budget specific to a company's needs, testing, implementation and training, it's important for companies to begin now."

 

San Francisco Bay Area IT firm Clare Computer Solutions provides these four reasons to migrate: some industries face legal consequences if they don't upgrade; Windows XP will face significant malware and other security threats; no more XP-compatible hardware is being produced; and businesses will pay a steep financial price trying to keep using an unsupported OS in the workplace.

 

Realistically, businesses should have started to migrate from XP sometime last year - and there are significant business operation issues if they don't migrate.

BMW Motorrad and Dainese to develop inflatable, wearable airbags

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 15, 2014 11:28 am

If there's one thing about riding motorbikes versus driving a car, it's the safety factor. But, it looks like a new joint development between BMW Motorrad and Dainese might solve this.

 

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The two companies are collaborating on a very innovative motocycle safety clothing for BMW Motorrad. It takes the Dainese D-Air Protect System to start with, and from there, both companies will develop "motorcycle rider equipment with fully integrated inflatable protectors for BMW Motorrad," reports BMW Motorcycle Magazine.

 

The first product from their joint venture will be the DoubleR RaceAir one-piece leather suit with D-Air racing protectors. This suit is designed exclusively for use on racetracks. The suit will be shown off at the international EICMA motorcycle show in Milan in November. From there, we'll see the companies develop the Dainese D-Air Street System, which is a retrofit solution for BMW Motorrad.

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