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Seagate unveil their Wireless Plus mobile device, take your data everywhere

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 8:42 am

CES 2013 - Seagate have announced the next step in their wireless storage products with the Seagate Wireless Plus. The new Wireless Plus device was designed to wirelessly stream content for up to 8 mobile devices, as well as feature enough storage on-board for 500 high-definition movies.

 

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Seagate's Wireless Plus also comes with a 10-hour battery life which will match the battery life of most smartphones and tablets, and comes with 1TB of storage so you won't be bored with the amount of content you can store on the device. The device is accessed through the mobile Seagate Media app which is available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire HD devices.

 

Not only that, but it can work with pretty much any device that can connect to a Wi-Fi network, and better yet - you can use the Wireless Plus to watch video, photos or listen to music through your TV using Apple AirPlay, DLNA or an application designed specifically for Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray players.

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Amazon's top-selling laptop is the Linux-based Chromebook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 7:32 am

While Microsoft are having issues with sales numbers of Windows 8-based devices and Apple continue to push their awesome Retina-based MacBook's, it is the Linux-based Chromebook from Samsung and Google that is topping Amazon's charts.

 

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Listed at just $249, with Amazon selling it for up to $317 - as demand is driving up the price and retailers are taking advantage of this. Even at $317, which is $68 more than its list price, it is still cheaper than all of the other 20 laptops in Amazon's top 20 laptop list. What makes the Chromebook such a huge seller?

 

After its price being the number one reason, secondly just about anyone can use it as a Chromebook is pretty much just a Chrome web browser-based notebook, and that is definitely not a bad thing. Linux is churning away underneath, but you don't see that on top of the OS. Most people turn away from a Chromebook because they think Google's many services are all online-only, but they're not.

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USB 3.0 about to get an injection of speed, will offer 10Gbps transfers and backwards compatibility, arrives in mid-2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 6:32 am

Currently USB 3.0 offers 5Gbps and with even cheap $150 SSDs offering read speeds of close to, or exceeding 500MB/sec, USB 3.0 is now... old. Well, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced that an upcoming enhancement for USB 3.0 is on its way and will:

 

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Add a much higher data rate, delivering up to twice the data through-put performance of existing SuperSpeed USB over enhanced, fully backward compatible USB connectors and cables.

 

We should expect this new injection of speed to hit USB 3.0 in the middle of the year, and will also include improved data encoding for more efficient data transfer as well as backward compatibility for current 5Gbps USB 3.0 hubs and devices, including USB 2.0-based hardware. We should hear more during CES, but it's great to see USB 3.0 being pumped up to 10Gbps, the future is looking mighty fast!

Google's Eric Schmidt to visit North Korea on humanitarian mission

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 5:33 am

It looks like Google chairman Eric Schmidt is travelling to North Korea, and will take along former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson as well as Google Ideas creator Jared Cohen and Richardson's advisor, Dr. KA Namkung.

 

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The trip is said to be a humanitarian mission, and reports of Schmidt's trip started to pop up last week and the US State Department soon had concerns over the trip where they cited political sensitivities relating to North Korea's recent satellite launch. The entire reasoning behind the trip isn't clear, and we don't know what Schmidt and Richardson will be doing in the country.

 

No media is allowed on the trip, with Richardson set to offer a briefing to media at the Beijing Airport on January 10th.

M-DISC promises 1000 years of life, allows you to archive files on disc

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 4:50 am

Today while browsing the booths offered at Storage Visions--a show like CES that takes place just before and just for storage--this M-DISC caught my eye. The company says that their disc, compatible with most newer DVD writers, will allow data stored on a DVD disc to last for up to 1000 years, compared to the 7 years of a normal disc.

 

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They achieve this by etching the data into a "rock-like layer" that isn't affected by light and other damaging elements. The company said that the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division tested the disc versus normal discs and found that it was the only one to survive the 85*C/85% relative humidity test.

 

The other discs didn't survive past two days. One downside to these new discs is that they will set you back around $3 a piece, whereas normal discs are much, much cheaper than that. Other than that, these discs seem to be pretty cool. You can find out more information from the company's website.

Lenovo will split into two new groups - Lenovo Business Group and Think Business Group - effective in April

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 4:36 am

Ever since its acquisition of IBM's personal computer business back in 2005, Lenovo have done quite well for themselves, but it looks like that's not enough. According to an internal e-mail from CEO Yang Yuanqing, who admitted that despite trying, the Lenovo brand is still only doing well in the mainstream and low-end markets.

 

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The Think brand is the company's best performer in the high-end market, and is the only brand that can compete against Apple in the high-end market. Yang has announced in the same e-mail for the sake of better brand positioning and better efficiency that Lenovo will split into two new groups: Lenovo Business Group (LBG) and Think Business Group (TBG).

 

The fresh start will begin on April 1st, where LBG will be headed by Senior Vice President of Mobile Internet Digital Home, Liu Jun, who will put all of energies into mainstream consumer and business desktops, laptops and tablets, as well as smartphones and smart TVs. TBG will be have current Senior Vice President of Product Groups, Dr. Peter Hortensius at the helm.

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NVIDIA's CES 2013 Special Event coverage - live!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 4:08 am

While waiting to get into the NVIDIA CES 2013 Special Event as well as myself waiting to watch the live webcast, get ready for some huge announcements from NVIDIA. What could we see?

 

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I'm sure NVIDIA will take the stage and hopefully show off some next-gen Tegra 4 SoC gear, or maybe a tease of an upcoming new product we haven't heard of yet? Keep coming back as we're going to be reporting this live as it happens.

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Samsung to unveil new TV with 'unprecedented' new shape and design at CES

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 3:31 am

Well, I can safely say this is something that I didn't see coming - but kinda wished would happen. According to a very vague post over on the company's Samsung Tomorrow blog, the South Korean electronics giant are teasing the world with what seems to be a translucent portrait TV.

 

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Samsung also teases "a true innovation of TV design is coming up with a unprecedented new TV shape and timeless design". Nothing more than this is shown to us, but this is enough to get tongues wagging, that's for sure.

 

Samsung usually teases prototype designs at CES, where they've previously unveiled a 55-inch OLED and 70-inch 4K Ultra HD display. Could Samsung release a portrait TV? Could it have wireless display options for Galaxy smart devices which would throw the image from your smart device up to a huge TV? Could this be the future of multi-monitor gaming in portrait? That's how I roll, and I love it. Give me some super low latency, 120Hz TVs and I'll yell "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY".

iPhone 5 is the worst of the top smartphones according to latest Consumer Reports article

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 2:29 am

Can't say I didn't see it coming - I pretty much said the same thing in my review, but it looks like Consumer Reports' latest conclusion is that the iPhone 5 is the worst of the top smartphones on the market right now. Yes - the worst.

 

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In the February issue of the magazine, we'll get to see the full piece, but for now we have a simple photo above. With AT&T, LG's Optimus G ranks as number one and sitting on number two position is Samsung's Galaxy S III. In third position, we have the iPhone 5.

 

The same goes for Sprint, in the same order, but things change with T-Mobile - Samsung's Galaxy S III enjoys first position, HTC's One S pops up in position numero duo and in third position we have the 5.5-inch, just-released Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone. Verizon is completely different again where two Motorola smartphones take out position one and two with the Droid Razr Maxx HD and Droid Razr HD respectively, and third position goes to the Galaxy S III from Samsung.

 

This means that Apple's iPhone 5 doesn't even rank in the top three phones with Verizon. Samsung is in force with all carriers sporting a Samsung phone, or two, in their top three smartphones. How's dem apples, Apple?

Samsung unveils home theater products ahead of CES 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 1:21 am

Samsung have unveiled some of their new home theater products ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 in Las Vegas, included with the announcement is Samsung coming out with what they're claiming to be the world's first sound bar system to sport a vacuum tube. We're also greeted by a new way of Bluetooth for TV audio reproduction, gyros that improve sound quality and finally an all-in-one home theater system that features an amplifier made with Gallium Nitrade.

 

HW-F750 Vacuum Tube Soundbar

 

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Samsung's HW-F750 Vacuum Tube Soundcar is a sound bar and wireless subwoofer product, and is the South Korean company's latest digital audio product that sports a vacuum tube in the pre-amp stage. Not only does it look great, but it should sound great too. The sound bar will also sport Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming from supported Samsung TVs, and also comes with a built-in gyroscope which is used to help adjust the speakers' sound for optimal results based on the speaker's positioning.

 

HT-F9750W 7.1 Home Theater System

 

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Samsung's 2013 flagship all-in-one home theater also sports a vacuum tube in the pre-amp stage, as well as an amplifier that is made from Gallium Nitride. The system is capable of some 1330-watts, and its included Blu-ray player is capable of 4K/Ultra HD upscaling and an audio override feature which powers the system up and mutes the Samsung TVs speakers with a single press of a button - simple!

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