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Notch, a motion tracker that captures all body movement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 12:08 am

CES 2014 - Not to be confused with the guy who created Minecraft, but Notch is a new motion tracker that takes motion tracking to an entire new level.

 

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Every single sensor in Notch collects accelerometer data, with 10 sensors pushing back the data to a user's smartphone at all times. The data collected is enough to allow skeletal tracking, as well as a much more detailed analysis on how your body is moving. Walking isn't a problem, but for physical movements like swinging a tennis racket, or a fly-kick, it will offer much more data into how the mechanics of the body are at that particular time.

 

Stepan Boltalin, CEO and co-founder calls it "symbolic muscle memory", which is a way of quantifying the motion of the body in a way that most professional athletes only know by physical feel. Boltalin explains: "Martial artists want to know the height of the kick, the amplitude, all of that."

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Storage Visions 2014 - Booth interview with Pure Storage

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 12:07 am

Storage Visions 2014 - Today I got a chance to stop by the Pure Storage's booth and take a look at the hardware its showing off at the conference. Vaughn Stewart, the companies Chief Evangelist took a few moments to talk to us about the company's all flash storage array.

 

 

Pure's All-Flash Enterprise Array features capacities up to 100TB and provide up to 400,000 8k IOPS which means your companies storage needs will be accelerated to epic speeds when utilizing the 300 or 400 series solutions. Pure says that their devices use 100-percent MLC Flash and are designed for the demanding enterprise market.

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Samsung unveils its new 12.2-inch Galaxy NotePRO tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 6, 2014 11:32 pm

CES 2014 - Something we saw coming, but is now official, is Samsung's new Galaxy NotePRO tablet. The new Galaxy NotePRO is a 12.2-inch slate, so its much bigger than the 10.1-inch tablets we're used to, and features some serious horsepower.

 

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We have the 12.2-inch 2500x1600 WXGA display, which reportedly feels like an A4 notebook, 3GB of RAM, either 32GB or 64GB of on-board storage, which is expandable through microSD, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. The South Korean giant has installed its Knox security suite, included some VPN abilities, Cisco WebEx support, LinkedIn app, Remote PC functions, a decent Android document, slideshow and table editing suite, too.

 

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We have Android on the NotePRO of course, but there's a new type of TouchWiz installed for the NotePRO which is dubbed Magazine UX. It looks like a blend of Windows 8 and Android, which could be very nice at this size.

Michael Bay walks out on the Samsung press conference at CES 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jan 6, 2014 11:12 pm

CES 2014 - The director of smash hits like Transformers and Bad Boys walked on stage for a Samsung press event at CES 2014 to talk about its new curved 4K TVs, but what happens next is just awful.

 

 

Bay stumbles through his teleprompter, states it fails and then says he'll just "wing it". He fails to gain traction speaking again, turns around, and walks off the stage, leaving a Samsung EVP Joe Stinziano embarrassed, and alone on stage. Considering this was Samsung's biggest marketing event of the year, Bay walking out isn't a good start.

 

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Bay has come out and talked about this, where he has said: "Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES - I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP's intro line and then the teleprompter got lost.

 

Then the prompter went up and down - then I walked off. I guess live shows aren't my thing. But I'm doing a special curved screen experience with Samsung and Transformers 4 footage that will be traveling around the world."

CyberPower unveils AMD and Intel Steam OS-powered Steam Machines

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 6, 2014 11:02 pm

PC manufacturer CyberPower has unveiled its Steam Machine PC, opening up access to Valve's Steam gaming library directly from the living room. The entry-level Steam Machine A, powered by an AMD A6-6400K 3.90GHz and AMD Radeon R9 270 2GB GDDR5 GPU for $499, while the Steam Machine B starts with an Intel Core i3-4330 3.50GHz CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX760 2GB GDDR5 for $699.

 

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The Steam OS won't suddenly take over the PC market, but is highly appealing for OEMs trying to cater directly to gamers. Everyone from CyberPower and Alienware to iBuyPower and GIGABYTE are chomping at the bit to release Steam OS machines, with around one dozen companies expected to launch products in early 2014.

 

Both systems include high-density storage, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, and ship with the Steam Controller.

MSI teases R9 290X Lightning, features triple-fan, triple-slot cooler

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 6, 2014 10:49 pm

CES 2014 - I'm still gushing over SAPPHIRE's Radeon R9 290X Tri-X GPU, which runs incredibly cool and has some serious overclocking headroom thanks to its impressive cooler, but MSI has just shown its new Radeon R9 290X Lightning GPU at CES 2014, which trumps the cooling on the SAPPHIRE card.

 

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MSI have used a triple-slot, triple-fan design on the Lightning, which should keep the Hawaii GPU underneath nice and cool. It will also provide for some serious overclocking potential, but has a serious flaw - the triple-slot design. This will stop people from going for 3- and 4-way R9 290X Lightning rigs, which is unfortunate.

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Alcatel announces its One Touch Idol X+, features 8-core processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 6, 2014 10:16 pm

CES 2014 - CES 2014 - We heard about this a while ago now, but the Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ smartphone has been announced at CES 2014. The new Idol X+ smartphone features an 8-core processor clocked at 2GHz, and a 5-inch 1080p display.

 

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We have a 13.1-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 2-megapixel front shooter, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal flash storage and a decent 2500mAh battery. We have some speakers placed at the bottom edge of the Idol X+ which should provide a decent listening experience. One of the disappointing sides of the Idol X+, is that it only features Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and not Android 4.4 KitKat, and no 4G LTE support.

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Feenix launches Autore mechanical keyboard for gamers ready to spend

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 6, 2014 8:42 pm

Boutique gaming company Feenix launched its Autore gaming keyboard during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014, providing a high-end mechanical keyboard to make typing faster while reducing physical fatigue. Based from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Autore features lightweight keycaps providing an easy-to-click button that is responsive - and a polyurethane layer ontop of the aluminum coating helps defend against spills.

 

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"Our goal was to create an intelligent product for a very intelligent market," said Ashkon Shayani, Feenix Creative Director, in a press statement. "The Autore offers the fastest possible reaction times and features top quality workmanship that we know gamers will appreciate."

 

Razer and Logitech typically are best known among gamers, but companies such as Feenix continue to build relationships with gamers. The company's products, especially mice and keyboard, cost more than rival gaming products - but the quality and innovation is top notch.

 

The Feenix Autore is available now and has a $163 starting price point.

SanDisk wins Mobile Consumer Storage Innovation Award

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 6, 2014 7:11 pm

Storage Visions 2014 - SanDisk's new Connect Wireless Flash Drive is one of the hottest piece of hardware being shown off at the Storage Visions conference as well as CES 2014 in general. During last night's Storage Visions Innovations Awards, SanDisk took home the Visionary Mobile Consumer Storage Award for the Connect Wireless Flash Drive.

 

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The SanDisk Connect Wirless Flash Drive features capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, and is capable of streaming up to 4 hours of video content simultaneously to 3 devices up to 150 feet away on a single charge. Our own Tyler Bernath reviewed the SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive here, and awarded it TweakTown's Must Have, Best Features award.

Roku ready to innovate, partnering with HDTV makers to help it happen

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Jan 6, 2014 5:20 pm

Set-top box maker Roku is innovating and will spend more time in 2014 focused on supporting streaming services with custom partnerships alongside TV manufacturers. Roku's shift from set-top boxes and moving directly into app support for HDTV makers is a smart strategy for long-term longevity. All content is available on the Roku TV home screen, with the platform currently supporting more than 1,200 apps - and includes partners such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Pandora, and Rdio. All updates will be implemented by Roku and rolled out directly into the connected smart TVs.

 

TV makers TCL and Hisense are the first two manufacturers to jump onboard with Roku, though better known, higher-end companies should eventually jump into the fun. HDTVs supporting Roku TV models will be available fall 2014, with TV sizing expected to range from 32" up to 55".

 

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"Consumers will enjoy the ease and satisfaction of Roku TV while manufacturers leverage our design specifications, content relationships and software expertise," said Anthony Wood, Roku CEO, in a press statement. "At the same time the content community will gain additional distribution and revenues through an already popular and trusted streaming platform - now in the TV."

 

Online streaming allows TV viewers to cut cords and access a wider library of TV episodes, movies, and other Web-based content.

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