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Monster introduces three new models of Diesel headphones, talks Diamond Tears, updates Inspiration

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 5:32 pm

CES 2013 - Monster went on stage today and introduced three new models of Diesel headphones, as you can see in the picture below:




These headsets have been seen in Milan, Italy fashion shows, magazines, and elsewhere, and exemplify the fashion aspect of Monster's 2013 marketing plan.


Diamond Tears, a flashy set of headphones introduced last year have been selling well. Retailers report that it is one of the most sold units. Monster has introduced a new color of Diamond Tears today.




The Inspiration line of headphones features interchangeable headbands to match your style and now Monster is debuting the Inspiration Lite, which is lighter and thinner, though not noise canceling. It still features the same interchangeable headbands.






Now, Monster is introducing the N Credible line. As part of the line, they're adding new products to the N Credible line. There are the N-Pulse, N-Tune, and N-ERGY. The N-Pulse is capable of being used as studio headphones, while the N-ERGY are in-ear models.

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Delphi's Connected Car device lets you remotely track and monitor your vehicle

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 5:13 pm

Delphi, a company most known for its vehicle based electronics has teamed up with Verizon and released a new device that lets you remotely monitor, track and control your car.




The Bluetooth-enabled "Car Connect" device plugs into your car's OBD2 port. Once drivers install the device, they can then connect to it on their smart phone via a custom app.


The app is available on both Android and iOS allows them to monitor their vehicle's fuel levels, engine temperature, and other vital signs. The app will also notify drivers of any error codes that may prompt them to check their engines. An onboard GPS chip will allow real time vehicle tracking if the car is stolen. The app is also able to unlock and lock the car as well as remotely starting the vehicle from afar.

Monster CES 2013 Press Conference live coverage

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 5:07 pm

CES 2013 - "Always lead, never follow." - Monster's mantra


Monster is showing off 3 active HDMI cables, called the M Series. Used to carry HD content long distances. Debuting new mobile power components and chargers for mobile devices.




beats by dr. dre were built by Monster. Monster wants to keep the market leadership they've gotten with that.

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Linux Steam Box coming this year

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 4:04 pm

2013 is set to become the battle of the small brand consoles. Nvidia and Ouya both have gaming consoles releasing this year and we have heard rumors and tiny tidbits of official information on Valve's entrance into the console gaming world.




A German website (Golem) is claiming to have information on Valve's "Steam Box" straight from Valve engineer Ben Krasnow. He is said to have confirmed that the Steam Box will not run on Windows like so many expected, but rather on a Linux based backbone.


This comes as no surprise as Valve has been making a major push into its Linux compatible software this past year, and with Valve CEO Gabe Newell lashing out publicly about how bad Windows 8 is. No word on an official release date but the we know it will most likely be released this year.

Disney's 'MagicBands' will track the movements and behavior of theme park attendees

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 3:12 pm

Over the next quarter, Disney World will begin introducing a new program called MyMagic+ that will collect data and spending trends on park visitors in hopes of making the park more interactive and fun for all.




Disney will begin issuing park visitors RFID equipped wrist bands known as "Magic Bands" which will take over duties such as room keys, credit cards, and FastPass cards. The bands will then transmit data to Disney officials that will clue them in on what was purchased and when it was purchased.


The technology should be able to allow guest to be notified when a rides lines are short, or even send personalized information to Disney performers in those elaborate costumes so that they greet you by your first name. Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Thomas O. Staggs says "This approach should make the park-going experience more enjoyable for consumers, thereby fostering greater loyalty to the Disney brand. If we can enhance the experience, more people will spend more of their leisure time with us,"

SteelSeries unveil the world's fastest gaming keyboards - introducing the SteelSeries Apex and Apex RAW

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 2:59 pm

CES 2013 - SteelSeries start off with a sprint this morning, unveiling the "world's fastest gaming keyboards" otherwise known as the SteelSeries Apex and Apex RAW. Both of these keyboards sport "unique enhancements" to the keyboards layout from low-profile keys, specifically designed raised macros rows for quick access, as well as various customizations in terms of colors and intensity on the keyboard itself.




Where the world's fastest gaming keyboard term comes into play is in the SteelSeries ActiveZone, which is a combination of programmability as well as visual support to navigate the keys better.




The Apex keyboard is the higher-end of the two, sports the aforementioned SteelSeries ActiveZone which gives an insane amount of customization functions available to the user. Up to 8 levels of illumination intensity in each of its 5 zones, with up to 4 different customizable layers per zone.

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OCZ will unveil pre-production, PCIe-based Vector SSD at CES 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 2:37 pm

CES 2013 - Just after we posted about Marvell's DragonFly NVDRIVE, it looks like OCZ is ready to step into the PCIe ring with their own PCIe-based storage solution using their flagship Vector line of SSDs.




OCZ's Vector PCIe SSD will work on Windows-based desktops, laptops and workstations that sport 4 lanes of PCIe 2.0 in full-height and half-height formats. OCZ's Vector PCIe SSD will be capable of supporting up to 100GB host writes per day for up to five years, which should give plenty of peace of mind to users looking for a super-fast storage upgrade.


The drive will continue to be powered by the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller and will feature improved IOPS burst performance, but no numebrs have been unveiled by OCZ just yet.


OCZ are also set to show off a bunch of other storage solutions at CES, so continue to check back for more news from OCZ!

Vizio goes after the Nexus 7 with a Kindle-sized stock Android tablet

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 2:04 pm

Vizio announced their answer to Google's Nexus 7 challenge, a 7 inch Android tablet is basically spec for spec a Nexus 7. Packaged in a case roughly the size of a Amazon Kindle e-reader, the new tablet from Vizio packs a nice punch.




Featuring a Tegra 3 processor, 1280x800 IPS display, 16GB of on-board storage, 1.2mp front facing camera and running stock Android Jellybean, the tablet looks to be serious competition to Google's Nexus 7.


"Most people use the 7 inch devices for reading, which is why the company designed the tablet for mostly portrait orientation use." Vizio's head of design, Scott McManigal said in an interview. The Tablet will arrive sometime in the first half of the year with no word on pricing yet.

Marvell DragonFly NVDRIVE + SanDisk X100 SSD unveiled

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 1:09 pm

CES 2013 - Our resident storage editors Chris Ramseyer and Paul Acorn are down in Las Vegas right now for CES 2013 and hit up Storage Visions before the big show kicks off tomorrow. They've just taken a look at Marvell's DragonFly NVDRIVE + SanDisk X100 SSD and we have a video about it below.



The Marvell DragonFly NVDRIVE sports a SanDisk X100 SSD which is an mSSD module that are connected to the drive and will rock up in various sizes. There's a super capacitor strapped to the DragonFly NVDRIVE which protects the drive (and data) in case of power loss, an NDA controller.




The drive connects through a PCIe 2.0 interface, and the drive will be used in server environments, such as Google or Facebook's servers.

Toshiba unveil their new 84-inch Ultra HD 4K TV

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 10:35 am

CES 2013 - Ultra HD 4K TVs are all the rage this year, and will continue to be so until 1080p becomes the VHS of yesteryear - the quicker, the better in my opinion. I'm a resolution whore, and Toshiba have come out teasing their new L9300 series of Ultra HD 4K TVs.




The L9300 series is lead by the 84-inch model, but the series also includes a 58-inch model, as well as a 65-inch set. Toshiba's range of Ultra HD 4K TVs sport their own CEVO 4K Quad + Dual Core Processor, which converts standard 1080p content up to the 4K resolution, all without any artifacts.


The included dual-core processor is capable of grabbing 1080p content, upscaling it to near-4K, all without losing too much of the image quality, if any at all. Toshiba's new L9300 range of TVs also use the company's new Cloud TV platform which gives users access to features like Skype calls, personal messaging, family event calendar and streaming news.

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