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3D printers are the future, check out this awesome gear assembly

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Printers & Scanners | Posted: Jan 11, 2013 3:33 pm

CES 2013 - There are several manufacturers showing off 3D printers and 3D printing technology at CES this year, and while walking the floor I saw the following gear assembly that was printed as a single print.

 

 

While printing something like this isn't possible at home quite yet, 3D technology is definitely coming along nicely and we should hopefully be able to do prints like this at home soon. The device is fully functional, as you can see in the video, which is just absolutely incredible!

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Google Chrome 24 update eradicates 24 bugs and speeds things up

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 11, 2013 3:29 pm

Google has released version 24 of its popular operating browser, Chrome. The update hit the streets today with little word of anything from the search giant.

 

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Google released a short and sweet blog post announcing the update. "With today's Chrome Stable release, you'll be booting up a faster browser. Feel free to kick back after the holidays and enjoy Chrome's new year freshness through automatic updates", said Dharani Govindan, Technical Program Manager for Chrome, in the blog post.

 

The update fixes several bugs, some Flash updates, and support for MathML. Bookmarks are now searchable via the Omnibox, and that is about it.

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Reebok and mc10 partner up to build head impact sensing CheckLight, helps diagnose concussions

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 11, 2013 2:51 pm

Head trauma in sports has always been a major concern in impact sports. In 2012 we saw the NFL take a lot of heat over its current and former players experiencing multiple concussions. Reebok and mc10 have developed a wearable head impact detector that makes it easy for medical staff to see where the impact took place.

 

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Called CheckLight, the device resembles a skull cap and is worn on the head under protective hear such as helmets. The sensor itself is actually an array of flexible force sensors that are connected to a micro controller that illuminates three indicator LEDs. One LED is a battery indicator, one flashes yellow if the impact was mild, and the third flashes red for severe blows.

 

Verizon, Intel and Ridell all have similar systems in the R&D phase, but CheckLight is the first to hit the market. What sets it apart from the rest is that coaches, training staff and even other players can get somewhat of an indication whether or not a player has suffered a serious hit and needs to be taken out of the game.

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Three new designs from Silverstone based on the same internal layout and are about to offer braided cabling

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 11, 2013 1:35 pm

CES 2013 - Meeting with Tony in the Silverstone suite I was introduced o tree future chassis designs. The chassis in this image is the RV04, yes this is the new Raven! The front of the chassis pulls air through the side, and forces it through this inverted ATX chassis interior. They have had many users say that the typical ninety degree rotated interior wasn't what they wanted, so Silverstone now offers this internal layout for the new revision.

 

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Right next to the Raven is the new FT04, or Fortress series of cases. This chassis keeps the same exact interior, this time plus sound dampening material. The front uses a rolled aluminum front bezel reminiscent of the TJ11 uni-body design with rounded edges.

 

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Zalman enters the all-in-one cooling game, also offers something new in air cooling

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 11, 2013 12:35 pm

CES 2013 - Since AIOs are so popular these days, Zalman is jumping into the game and is now offering their own trio of LQ series coolers. In the image you can see the thick radiator, LQ320, and they are also offering smaller ones including the LQ315 and LQ310. After having it explained that the LQ320 has more surface area than an H100i, I for one an eager to get to test one, or all of these when I return home from CES.

 

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If you want an AIO, but ant to step away from the standard offerings, Zalman is also offering this AIO billed as the CI Water Cooler. Essentially using one of their air coolers to send the liquid through its 8mm heat pipes, this unique take on an AIO will appeal to those who are looking to use something that the average Joe may pass on.

 

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Zalman offers a trio of cases at CES 2013 to fit every need!

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 11, 2013 12:29 pm

CES 2013 - Starting off with the new gaming flagship chassis from Zalman, the MS800 Plus should suit most people's needs. This chassis offering things like removable covers on the front covers that can be done from the outside, fan controller, and a great mix of style and feature set.

 

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Moving into Mid-tower chassis design, Zalman offers the Z12 Plus. This resembles the larger MS800, but still has a front finish all of its own. Again you have the option of a windowed side panel, dust filters, and a similar layout, but the fan controls on this smaller chassis have been changed to slider switch.

 

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Google throws $200 million into the wind, the Texas wind project that is

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 11, 2013 8:31 am

There's a wind project in Texas that is capable of generating an astounding 161 megawatts of energy, enough to power 60,000 average homes across the US. Search and mobile giant Google have now invested $200 million in the project.

 

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Google have injected the investment into the Spinning Spur Wind Project in Oldham Country, Texas, which is run by EDF Renewable Energy. This new $200 million investment is the 11th investment the search giant has made in renewable energy since just 2010. With all of Google's investments, their total output across their invested facilities is now a crazy 2 gigawatts of energy.

 

The Spinning Star facility begun construction in February 2012, and was opened for commercial operation in December last year. The Spinning Star facility features 70 Siemens 2.3 megawatt turbines, and the energy it generates will be pumped into a utility company named SPS, which provides for the Texas and New Mexico areas. Kojo Ako-Asare, Senior Manager of Google Corporate Finance has said:

 

We're proud to be part of a project that provides the Lone Star state with a new source of low-cost, renewable energy and supports the state's thriving wind industry. This investment reflects Google's ongoing commitment to clean energy and our belief that corporations can be an important new source of capital for this sector.

For the first time in five years, PC sales drop in Q4 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 11, 2013 7:31 am

It's not like you or I did not see this coming in this smart device heavy world, but PC sales are now dropping according to new data from analysis firm IDC. IDC's latest data from Q4 2012 "marked the first time in more than five years that the PC market has seen a year-on-year decline during the holiday season".

 

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The analysis firm said that although Windows 8 has launched, worldwide PC shipments reached 90 million units which is 6.4% lower than what they reached last year. Jay Chou, Senior Research Analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker said in a statement:

 

Although the third quarter was focused on the clearing of Windows 7 inventory, preliminary research indicates the clearance did not significantly boost the uptake of Windows 8 systems in Q4. Lost in the shuffle to promote a touch-centric PC, vendors have not forcefully stressed other features that promote a more secure, reliable, and efficient user experience. As Windows 8 matures, and other corresponding variables such as Ultrabook pricing continue to drop, hopefully the PC market can see a reset in both messaging and demand in 2013.

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Beats Audio to release new music streaming service later this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 11, 2013 6:38 am

Thanks to Beats Audio's acquisition of music subscription service MOG, we should expect an iTunes-like music service to be launched from the company. Currently going under the codename of Daisy, the company announced the service on Thursday and have chosen Ian Rogers to oversee "the direction, vision and strategy for project 'Daisy' and the talented team developing the service.

 

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Beats Audio have also announced that Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails fame, has been appointed Chief Creative Officer. CEO and co-founder of Beats Audio, Jimmy Iovine, has said:

 

What's missing from the digital music landscape is a cultural context. We need to bring an emotional connection back to the act of music discovery. With Trent and now Ian we have the right team in place to do it.

 

There aren't many more details to report on just yet, but we should see a late-2013 launch, and should expect it to arrive as a stand-alone company falling under Beats Electronics' umbrella.

Lian Li had a train, a lot of anodized aluminum, and a chassis almost large enough to live in!

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 11, 2013 5:57 am

CES 2013 - Arriving to Lian Li's booth on the floor, there was a few sections of track allowing the PC-CK101 to run back and forth to attract everyone to their booth, or at least make them stop so that the representatives could then show off some of the new trends and creations.

 

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On the tiny side of chassis design, there was this PC-Q27 which is a mini-ITX chassis that is intended to be a show piece as you have this chassis running your HTPC. While the design is atypical to most, the sleek design, slight curve to the chassis, and the large window in such a small chassis makes me think many people may be looking to add this chassis to their living room!

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