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Samsung inks deals for 4K content with Amazon, Comcast

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 1:21 pm

CES 2014 - Samsung is pushing 4K at CES 2014, where the South Korean giant has inked content deals with Amazon, Comcast and M-Go. The three companies will now offer 4K streaming to Samsung's Ultra HD TVs.

 

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Comcast will allow its Xfinity customers to launch the app through their Samsung 4K TVs, which will then stream 4K content to the set. Comcast has also said it is working with NBC Universal on securing more content. Amazon on the other hand is working with not only Samsung, but Warner Bros., Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox and Discovery to provide 4K content throughout the year.

Digital Storm Bolt II Steam Machine packed with customizations

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 1:03 pm

Boutique PC maker Digital Storm launched a small form factor hybrid PC that will dual boot Microsoft Windows and Valve's Steam OS, in a liquid cooled SFF cooling system. The GPU, storage drives, optical drive, and cooling system can be easily removed and upgraded, and provides optimal cooling in a small space.

 

The Digital Storm Bolt will be available later in January with a starting MSRP of $1,899 - not a surprising high price point, as Digital Storm makes high-quality products for a very niche market.

 

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"We are not looking to compete with console pricing," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm Director of Product Development, in a press statement. "We're taking aim at the high-end of the market, targeting consumers that demand the best possible gaming experience and who are looking for a PC capable of playing any title on their new 4K display."

 

Meanwhile, Steam OS is helping bring PC use to an entirely new level, as the price of computer hardware remains friendly for consumers. CES 2014 will feature a slew of different Steam OS-powered devices, with a dozen companies planning to implement the custom platform.

Be Quiet shows off their new PSUs and CPU coolers at CES 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 12:50 pm

CES 2014 - Be Quiet made their push into the US Market back in 2012 with their release of its Dark Power Pro 10 line of power supplies, and its presence at CES 2014 is a testament to the company's commitment to bringing high-quality PC power supplies and cooling solutions to its US customers. Today we stopped by their suite to check out what new products they brought to the show.

 

 

Be Quiet's already expansive line of PSUs is slated to grow even larger in 2014 and with the addition of the new 1200 watt Dark Power Pro 10, the company has even more premium hardware to please hard-core and high-end PC enthusiast across the US who have power-hungry systems.

 

We spoke with Christoph Katzer about the new products that Be Quiet is showing off this year, and he appeared to be very excited about the new CPU coolers as well as PSUs. Katzer said that Be Quiet is dedicated to bringing high-quality products to the market while keeping things affordable.

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Samsung unveils its new Ativ Book 9 Plus, loses its high-end display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 12:14 pm

CES 2014 - Samsung has made some modifications to its new Ativ Book 9 ultrabook, where it has dropped the high-resolution display, and instead pushed more battery life into the machine. Something that Samsung estimates will give consumers around 14 hours of battery life.

 

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The previous model featured a 3200x1800-pixel 15.6-inch display, but the new model turns the heat down on the resolution to 1920x1080. This is something that should provide more battery life, but I don't see why we couldn't see two models on offer - one with the high-res display, one with the Full HD panel.

 

We have a choice between Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors, either a 128GB or 256GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM minimum.

ASUS unveils its new Intel Atom-powered ZenFone smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 11:14 am

CES 2014 - During ASUS' keynote speech at CES 2014, ASUS chairman and all-round cool guy Jonney Shih announced a new range of smartphones from the Taiwanese giant, the ZenFone series.

 

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ASUS' ZenFone series comes in multiple products: ZenFone 4, 5, and 6. Starting with the ZenFone 4, which is a low-end smartphone with a 4-inch display and measly 800x480 resolution, it has a 5-megapixel rear-snapper, and is powered by Intel's Atom Z2520 CPU clocked at 1.2GHz. The ASUS ZenFone 4 will be priced at just $99 - a steal!

 

Moving onto the ZenFone 5, which features the Intel Atom Z2580 CPU clocked at 2GHz. It has a 1280x720-pixel 5-inch display, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. The ZenFone 5 will retail for $149.

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Oculus VR founder invited to the White House's "We the Geeks" event

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 11:09 am

CES 2014 - Last year when I met with Oculus VR here in Australia at PAX AU, I walked away knowing that the future of VR was in good hands. Now, the creator of Oculus Rift, Palmer Luckey, has been invited to the White House's We the Geeks: Future of Computing event.

 

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Luckey isn't the only big name going, as we'll also see Mark Papermaster, who is the Chief Technology Officer at AMD, Alex Hawkinson, the CEO of SmartThings, Alex Kipman from the Microsoft Kinect team, and Wil Wheaton, who starred on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and has a kick ass role on The Big Bang Theory, too. The event takes place on January 8, where a bunch of the in-people of tech will be there to talk about the following points of discussion:

 

  • What new computing advancements might we see in the next few years? What about 10-15 years from now?
  • What are the technological breakthroughs that need to happen to get there?
  • And finally, what might be the impact of the ever growing intelligent connection of people, processes, data and things?

AMD unveils FreeSync, a variable refresh rate technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 10:21 am

CES 2014 - NVIDIA's G-Sync has been getting all the headlines lately, with its refresh rate technology helping gamers achieving under 60FPS to feel like they're achieving more, smoothly.

 

 

AMD hasn't been sitting around doing nothing, with the chipmaker unveiling its new FreeSync technology at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. AMD purchased two retail Toshiba Satellite Click notebooks to show off the technology, with no modifications performed to the notebooks.

 

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The biggest hurdle for NVIDIA is that G-Sync requires gamers to purchase a specific monitor, or to already own a specific monitor which is capable of having the G-Sync module installed. AMD's FreeSync on the other hand, does not have this limitation - opening it up to magnitudes more gamers and consumers alike.

 

We will definitely have more on AMD's FreeSync in the coming weeks and months.

Storage Visions 2014 - Interview with the Outlook Foundation

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 9:39 am

Storage Visions 2014 - As someone who personally helps run a youth outreach program, I know the value that foundations dedicated to helping under-resourced youth have the tools needed to learn the valuable STEM skills our school system simply overlooks. The Outlook Foundation refurbishes, re-purposes, and then donates used computers to Youth Outreach programs across the US, as well as providing used PCs to military families so deployment communication is as easy and efficient as possible.

 

 

This was my last interview of the show and while not directly related to digital storage, I feel that this was a story that needed to get out. The importance of organizations like this is unmeasurable, as getting the tools into under-resourced youth hands will allow outreach programs to go that extra mile in STEM education that public schools just have no time or funds to teach.

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SanDisk's John Scaramuzzo discusses the all-flash datacenter

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 9:23 am

Storage Visions 2014 - John Scaramuzzo stopped by the booth to discuss the increasing proliferation of flash in the datacenter. Continuing innovation from SanDisk is paving the way towards an all-flash datacenter architecture.

 

 

We also touch on a few other topics, including the possibility of TLC NAND in the datacenter. We have posted a recent product evaluation of SanDisk's latest datacenter-class SSD, the Optimus Eco, so feel free to hit the link and take a look at the latest SAS SSD on the market.

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Samsung unveils its Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, features 2560x1600 resolution

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 9:15 am

CES 2014 - Samsung teased its new range of Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO slates yesterday, but there were a few others that were unveiled, too. We have the new Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 to now gush over, with an 8.4-inch 2560x1600-pixel display.

 

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This mammoth resolution on a smaller screen size results in a massive pixel density of 359PPI, easily beating out Apple's new Retina-based iPad mini. We also have a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, either a 32GB or 64GB model which is expandable by microSD, a 4800mAh battery, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 2-megapixel front shooter, and Android 4.4 KitKat.

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