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Thermaltake rehashes Chaser MK1 cases and introduces the Urban series at CES 2013

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:51 am

CES 2013 - The chassis selection from Thermaltake was a bit more limited this year at CES, and there weren't any signs of modded chassis' like the Mayan Mod that attracted so much attention last year, but that isn't to say that they had nothing to offer. In fact, while on one hand the Chaser series got a pair of new color choices, there was a quartet of chassis from a whole new line to also bring the techies to the yard.

 

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Thermaltake had a table with many more Chaser chassis' that we have already seen in black, with many various configurations of cooling mounted inside of them to show off the room and capability of handling both the AIO coolers and tower coolers, at the one end of that table was a pair of Chaser cases in new flavors. As you can see there is now a light blue version and a white version with light blue trim to add to this well know fleet of cases.

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RockDoc and Pitbull launch new portable speaker line through VisionTek

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:37 am

RockDoc have teamed up with quite the international music superstar, Armando Christian Perez aka Pitbull - you know, Mr Worldwide. They've both teamed up to develop a "revolutionary portable speaker line" which is based on their Proprietary Weave Technology.

 

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VisionTek have stepped in to bring the line-up of RockDoc-branded products to the North American market this holiday season. RockDoc's series of Pitbull speakers will "change the way you listen to music, at a price that will not slow you down". RockDoc and VisionTek will make the new line of products available through GameStop, BestBuy, Fry's Electronics, CDW, Dell, Costco and other retailers and partners.

 

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The new products from include the RockDoc POWER which sports 4GB of on-board memory, 1-reflex floating portable speaker that features two Pitbull songs and comes with an MSRP of $39.99. The RockDoc BOOM also sports 4GB of internal memory, a 2-way portable speaker and includes two Pitbull songs and an MSRP of $49.99. Lastly, there's the RockDoc Bluetooth 2-way portable speaker with an MSRP of $59.99.

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Netflix announces 'Super HD', as well as 3D streaming for certain ISPs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:35 am

Netflix have used the cover, or not, of CES to announce some new enhanced streaming options for users on certain ISPs, these new options have confirmed the often rumored availability of 'Super HD" streaming.

 

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Super HD streaming is Netflix's name for streaming 1080p content, as well as 3D. Both services are available right now, as long as you're a Netflix subscriber with Cablevision or Google Fiber. Oh. For those lucky enough to jump on Super HD, you'll have the option of using a slew of devices: Nintendo's Wii U, compatible Roku players, Apple TV, Windows 8-based PCs, and certain Smart TVs and Blu-ray players.

Thermaltake at CES 2013 offer some old and new, but nothing borrowed, or blue

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:23 am

CES 2013 - I started my morning with a trip to the Thermaltake suite, and since it is very much a part of my segment, I was immediately attracted to the new peripherals setting against a couple of walls in the room. While it is always good to see a good product that has already made a great name for itself gets revised, it is much better to see something new. Two of the products you are about to see are slight rehashes of older products, but one new peripheral is a mix of Thermaltake and an Xbox controller!

 

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Starting off whit the White Ra inspired design, the Saphira optical sensor based mice are getting new clothes. As you can see, this is a product that has been around for a bit, but now is dressed in seven new colors. So while you may not have enjoyed the look of the original design, Thermaltake is now delivering the Saphira in anything from olive drab and digital camouflage to five solid colors that should allow for users to buy mice to match system colorations.

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CoolerMaster's new cooling discovered during CES 2013

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:04 am

CES 2013 - As I toured the CoolerMaster suite to see what is new this year the first thing I was drawn to at a table was covering all of the new cooling solutions that they plan to bring out this year. They have a couple of takes on products that we have seen and one of which I am currently awaiting my sample of.

 

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If you have paid attention, you are likely already aware of the Eisberg customizable water kits. CoolerMaster has seen some action and much interest in this design. In fact, they have actually started at this point offering the Eisberg Solo. Essentially this is the workhorse of all of the Eisberg systems, but now CoolerMaster is offering the head unit with the built in pump and reservoir for the completely custom cooling desires of many builders. This way you get the compact, AIO style of the head unit, but with the ability to now use your own tubing, fittings, and radiators to get exactly what you want from the Eisberg without having the spend for all the extras that you really had no desire to use in some instances anyways.

 

The depressing part of this is that there wasn't a set price that I am aware of, and there was no discussion of an actual date of availability. Since the Eisberg kits are already in retail markets, the availability really isn't in question, but the pricing will make a big decision for those interested in using the Solo for their own custom water cooling loops.

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A slick new keyboard is soon to be on the way from CoolerMaster

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 6:55 am

CES 2013 - For those that weren't aware, a few weeks ago I was given the golden unicorn of keyboard from CoolerMaster, the Trigger with Cherry MX Green switches, and to keep my response short without giving away too much of the review that is soon to hit TweakTown's front page, let's just say I am very impressed and even so much that I have now given away the Matias Tactile Pro 3 that used to be what I would say is the best keyboard I have had, until I got the Trigger that is!

 

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Sharp shows off split-screen web browsing abilities on their Smart TVs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 6:37 am

CES 2013 - If there's trends that happen at each CES, over the years we've seen it begin from 1080p, to 3D and now 4K. TVs are always huge business at CES, and this year is no different with Sharp showing off some split-screen web browsing abilities on their Smart TVs.

 

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Sharp says that all of their upcoming TVs will sport dual-core processors, perfect for this split-screen web browsing ability and that the browser itself will be arriving on all of Sharp's 6-, 7-, and 8-Series sets. Sharp haven't talked about their Ultra HD 4K TVs having this split-screen-capable browser, but it would be strange to not see it.

Nokia's factory in India gets raided over an unpaid tax bill worth $542 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 5:32 am

According to reports, Nokia's factory in India has been raided over an unpaid tax bill. The taxes owed amount to 3000 Crore INR - or $542 million and have not been paid by the Finnish company to the Indian government.

 

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The news comes from confirmation from two factory employees and a spokesperson, who all confirmed the raid to the Economic Times. The Nokia spokesperson told the publication "yes, raids are on. I will call back". A statement from Nokia that The Next Web received says "operations in Chennai are continuing unaffected. "Nokia's commitment to being a good corporate citizen is firm and unwavering: we always observe applicable laws and rulings in the countries where we operate."

Broadcom's new chip supports H.265, UltraHD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 4:39 am

CES 2013 - Broadcom announced something that most people would usually look past thanks to its name, but the BCM7445 features some very impressive abilities.

 

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The new processor from Broadcom is designed for Internet-connected video devices, and is one of the first to support the new video compression technology otherwise known as H.265, MPEG-5 and HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding). The new chip is the successor to the hugely popular H.264 standard, also known as AVC and MPEG-4 Part 10.

 

H.265 brings some cool new tech, where it can firstly match the quality of H.265 yet use just half the network bandwidth - which will improve streaming video at the same data rate or reduce network usage at the same quality. The Broadcom BCM7445 also supports UltraHD video, which pushes four times as many pixels onto displays without even getting into image quality improvements through the roof.

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Facebook unveiling something next week? Invites press to "see what we're building" for next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 3:31 am

Bit of a quick one here folks as there's nothing really juicy on this one - but AllThingsD are reporting that Facebook have wanted to get in on the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 bandwagon today.

 

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The social network have announced that they're hosting an event at its Menlo Park HQ next week, which asks reporters to "come and see what we're building". Facebook haven't opened their doors with warm hearts for quite sometime, so this should hopefully turn into something interesting.

 

The show starts at 10am PT, Tuesday January 15.

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