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Cooler Master shows off their latest and greatest at CES 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 11, 2014 6:27 am

CES 2014 - Cooler Master is out in full force at this years CES 2014 and have brought a wealth of new cases, cooling, and peripherals at this years Consumer Electronics Show. We stopped by their booth today to check out what they have to offer and saw some pretty cool new gear that is coming to market this year.



Everything from new HAF Stacker parts to new programmable LED Lit Keyboards, and even new CPU cooling solutions were on display. One of the coolest things to see however was Cooler Masters new Fortress software suite that unifies total control of your gaming rig and allows you to set gaming profiles, control fans, PSU performance, and other features right from the desktop. Additionally, Project "HAF XC" was one of the coolest cube style PC chassis I have seen at CES this year. Its totally clear side panel and unique polygonal mesh outer skin make it something unlike any other.

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Kingston shows prototype dual-connector USB drive for mobile phones

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 11, 2014 5:16 am

CES 2014 - Kingston displayed a prototype of a new type of USB flash drive for mobile phones. A study concluded that the maajority of phone users actually email pictures from thier phones to transfer them to thier PC or laptop.




The concept is pretty simpe, one end of the USB drive connects to the micro-USB connector on the phone, allowing quick and easy access to the contents of the drive.




The other end of the drive is a standard USB 3.0 connector, which can be plugged into any typical laptop or computer. This allows the user to add or remove files on the computer, and then one can transfer files to or from the phone easily.

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Plextor expands portfolio of SSDs for enterprise, and mobile products

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 11, 2014 5:14 am

CES 2014 - We visited Plextor's CES showroom yesterday and found a broad range of new products that span several markets. Over the years, Plextor's image changed from optical products to consumer SSDs and now the company looks to just make it all SSDs.




First up is the new M6e, a PCIe 2.0 m.2 SSD that uses two lanes to outperform SATA based storage products. The M6e drives we saw at the booth include an adapter for desktop use. This makes the M6e the ultimate performance SSD since end users keep TRIM and avoid the hassles of RAID.





Moving closer to the mainstream consumer level, the M.2 form factor could dominate the notebook market with both SATA and PCIe based drives. M.2 products will cost less to manufacture when the economics of scale catch up.

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Seagate demo's Ultrathin 5mm HDD

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 11, 2014 3:50 am

CES 2014 -Seagate displayed it's new 5mm HDD's that stick with the standard SATA connection. For a complete view of the performance capabilities of the drive feel free to take a look at the Seagate Laptop Ultrathin HDD Review by our very own Tyler Bernath.




To give some perspective, I took a snap of the HDD next to my Samsung Galaxy Note 3. This thin profile allows this HDD to be deployed into just about any thin device.




The thin HDD's from Seagate's competitors feature a new edge connector, which hasn't made much headway in terms of mass adoption. The slow uptake, or lack thereof, of the edge connector has led Seagate to forgo use of the spec, since it is much more financially viable for companies to use existing standards at this point. Of course that could be subject to change in the future as devices shrink, but selling relevant products for today's market is Seagate's focus.

LaCie shows Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 with two M.2 SSDs

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 11, 2014 2:44 am

CES 2014 -LaCie unveiled their new Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 storage solution, which is geared for maximum performance for video editing professionals. This power is delivered via dual M.2 Samsung XP941 PCIe SSD's that are configured in factory RAID 0.




Each unit is capable of delivering up to 1,375 MB/s of speed for 4K video editing. The Little Big Disk 2 comes with dual Thunderbolt 2 ports which allows daisy chaining for even more extreme performance, as demoed here with a new Mac Pro.

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We demo Lenovo's 27-inch Horizon 2 table pc / tablet

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 10, 2014 4:19 pm

CES 2014 - During our visit with Lenovo, we got the chance to check out one of the coolest pieces of PC tech on display at CES. The Lenovo Horizon 2 is a 27-inch monster-sized tablet that when paired up with an optional stand, becomes what Lenovo is calling a Table PC.



As you can see in the video, the Horizon features a screen with either a 1920 x 1080 resolution, or a 2560 x 1440 resolution depending on the customer's budget, but unfortunately the stand will have to be purchased separately. The tablet / table PC runs on an Intel Core i7, NVIDIA graphics, and a battery large enough to keep the device running for 4 hours of continuous use. As you can see in the video, things like image manipulation, gaming, and everything else is quite fun on the device! Lenovo says that the Horizon 2 retails for $1499 and will hit shelves in June.

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Cooler Master unveils new mobile device accessories at CES 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 10, 2014 3:47 pm

CES 2014 - Mobile accessories are always hot items at CES and this year is no exception. During our stop at the Cooler Master suite, we got a chance to preview some of their newest products for 2014. The company is focusing heavily on accessories for iOS and Mac devices, with new items ranging from travel stands, to more permanent desktop MacBook Pro stands.



The theme was definitely anodized aluminum, and everything seemed to be of high-quality construction. Cooler Master also showed off a few new Laptop Coolers that feature USB ports, and large cooling fans to help keep your mobile workstation cool and fast.

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Lenovo looks to make a splash in the Chromebook market, too

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 10, 2014 8:24 am

CES 2014 - It looks like Lenovo is preparing to unleash some low-cost Chromebooks this year, with Jay Parker, President for Lenovo's North American operations confirming the news during CES 2014.




Parker said: "Chromebooks can be very impactful in the market really quickly" and that "we believe the market will accelerate greatly in the next 12 months". Lenovo might not become an overnight sensation in the Chromebook market, but extending its offerings outside of the PC market which is dominated with Windows, could be a step in the right direction for the company.

Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 3 Neo, low-cost Galaxy alternative

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 10, 2014 7:23 am

Samsung has released yet another smartphone, with the Galaxy Note 3 Neo now beginning to be shipped out. GSMArena has some specs on Samsung's latest smartphone in the Galaxy Note range, which doesn't seem that different to the Galaxy Note 3, in fact, it's a little worse.




We have a new processor inside the Galaxy Note 3 Neo, with a "new 1.7GHz dual + 1.3GHz quad-core (Hexa) processor" that should give it a performance improvement over the Galaxy Note II. We have a 5.5-inch 1280x720 Super AMOLED display (which is less than the 1920x1080-pixel display on the Galaxy Note 3), an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 3100mAh battery and 2GB of RAM. Overall, it's closer to the Note II than it is the Note 3.


Samsung will most likely be selling this as a low-cost alternative to its flagship Galaxy Note 3, but do you think it will sell well?

Google placing guidelines on Glass branding, accessories to devs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 10, 2014 5:35 am

As Google edges closer to the consumer release of its Glass headset, the search giant has unveiled some brand guidelines for developers. Google is trying to maintain control over the way Glass is treated by third-party companies, in the way of its marketing and branding.




For example, Google wants the "G" in Glass to be capitalized, and that the term is never possessive or plural. This means that the search giant won't allow "Glasses" or "Glass's", which might get annoying, fast. Apple has been here, done that, where it removed "the" before its iPhone, iPad, and iPod products. Another example of walking the fine wearable walk with Glass, is that you should never have the word "Glass" in its name.


It provide an example, "Glass Cat Facts" and "Glassy Cat Photos" are not accepted, but "Cat Facts for Glass" is acceptable. Google also wants to see developers using #throughglass when sharing Glass content, which it says is for better "discoverability and aggregation". As for e-mails, it wants to see users use "Sent through Glass".