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iBUYPOWER unveils its SBX Steam Machine, promises 60FPS gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 2:01 am

CES 2014 - iBUYPOWER has just unveiled its sleek new SBX Steam Machine, something it collaborated with Valve on. The new iBUYPOWER SBX Steam Machine is capable of delivering 60FPS gaming to the world, which will be a nice change with these not-so-great 'next-gen' consoles.

 

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There will be two models on offer, providing gamers with the choice between AMD and Intel CPUs. Darren Su, co-founder and VP of iBUYPOWER says: "What we really wanted to do was make an impact in the living room. We wanted to really show the world that the power of desktop gaming machine can be experienced in the living room in a totally seamless way."

 

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Each iBUYPOWER SBX Steam Machine will come with an included Steam Controller, with all aspects of the SBX machien optimized for the gaming experience on Steam OS - so don't consider this a small, cheaper PC. iBUYPOWER's SBX Steam Machine will be available later this year, starting for $499 including a Steam Controller.

Microsoft Xbox One racks up 3 million units sold in 2013

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 1:48 am

The Microsoft Xbox One game console is a hot seller for Microsoft, as the company has sold three million units in what little time it was available before the end of the year. As expected, the United States was a major influencer in Microsoft's success, where the company typically outperforms Sony and Nintendo.

 

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"It's been incredible to see Xbox One selling at a record-setting pace for Xbox, and we were honored to see Xbox One become the fastest-selling console in the U.S. during our launch month in November," said Yusuf Mehdi, Xbox Corporate VP of Strategy and Marketing, in a press release. "Since our launch, demand for Xbox One has been strong, selling out throughout the holidays at most retailers worldwide."

 

This is a major victory for the Xbox One, as Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo remain locked in a battle to attract console gamers. Racking up three million units sold in six weeks is a great indicator that gamers are throwing their support behind Microsoft's next-generation console. The full scope of the console wars will be telling when a tech analyst group compares sales figures for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game consoles.

Sharp offers up an 85-inch 8K 3D TV... yes, 8K!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 1:15 am

CES 2014 - Sharp has just unveiled a beautiful new high-resolution TV, that makes 4K whimper in the corner. Sharp's new 85-inch 8K TV is 3D-capable, with the company collaborating with Philips and Dolby to offer users a "lifelike 3D picture" without the need of glasses.

 

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Sharp's new 85-inch 8K TV offers a resolution of 7680x4320, which is 16x the resolution offered by 1920x1080, or Full HD. There's absolutely no word on pricing or a launch date, but I would say this TV would only be for the rich, or home theater enthusiasts.

Pebble intros the new Pebble Steel, an all-steel smartwatch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 12:42 am

CES 2014 - Pebble has just unveiled an all-new smartwatch in the Pebble Steel, which is made completely from stainless steel, and a CNC-machined body, and boy does it look slick.

 

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The new Pebble Steel smartwatch is priced at $250, and will be available with its predecessor on January 28th, with pre-orders open today. The new Pebble Steel is a much nicer looking smartwatch, with some marine-grade premium steel helping it look beautiful. We have Corning's Gorilla Glas technology on the face, which should keep most small scratches at bay.

 

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On the side of it, we have tactile metal buttons, a magnetic charging port on the right hand side, and a choice between both leather and metal bands. The Pebble Steel also has a new RGB LED ligiht which will indicate the charge state, but this is open to developers with the SDK.

Storage Visions 2014 - Booth interview with Samsung

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 12:33 am

Storage Visions 2014 - Today we stopped by the Samsung Booth to take a look at some of their new SSD technology. Unfortunately many of the products they planed to show off were delayed by the blizzard that has crippled much of the US this week.

 

 

We did however get a chance to talk with Michael Willett who had the only 1TB Samsung 840 EVO SSD that was on display at the show. Michael showed off the drive as well as talking a little about the EVO series' built-in encryption. The 840 EVO series also won an Visionary Award at last night's awards banquet.

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Vizio pushes toward 4K TVs, slays its 3D support completely

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 12:25 am

CES 2014 - Vizio is expanding its line up of 4K-capable TVs, with its first consumer-grade 4K TV. The new Vizio P Series of TVs will arrive in sizes between 50 and 70 inches.

 

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Vizio says the P Series "is the culmination of advanced picture quality, powerful performance and a beautifully simple Ultra HD experience." What this translates to, is the P Series featuring advanced local dimming, a backlight that has 64 Active LED Zones, and Vizio's custom silicon.

 

Better yet, there's another set of TVs that Vizio will be pushing, the Reference Series. Vizio's Reference Series TVs are the best TV panels that the company has ever produced. With Vizio's Reference Series aimed at videophiles and "custom integrators". The Reference Series are also 4K-capable, but with High Dynamic Range (HDR) tech.

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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."

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