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Acer's Predator 21 X laptop starts at $8999

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 3, 2017 5:00 pm

CES 2017 - Acer has just unveiled the most amazing gaming laptop I've ever had the pleasure of writing about, with its next-gen Predator 21 X gaming laptop rocking a damn 21:9 UltraWide display... on a laptop.




The 21-inch 21:9 display rocks a native resolution of 2560x1080, but it pumps it away at a huge 120Hz, a great achievement - and very welcomed, on an $8999 machine.




Inside, you'll find Intel's new Core i7-7820K processor (an overclockable, mobile version of the new Kaby Lake family), with 64GB of DDR4-2400MHz, and not one - but two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards, each with 8GB of GDDR5X.




Acer has used 2 x NVMe PCIe-based SSDs for storage with a 1TB mechanical HDD for storage, a myriad of connectivity - and 660W of power required. The cooling system is beyond impressive, with Acer deploying a 5-fan cooling system with 3 x AeroBlade fans for the CPU and GPUs, while there are 9 heat pipes and DustDefender and CoolBoost fan control from Acer.

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AMD announces FreeSync 2, enthusiast level monitor tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 3, 2017 3:36 pm

If there's one thing that AMD has nailed throughout 2015 and 2016, it was pushing its FreeSync technology into 121 monitors on the market - nearly 5x that of its competitor in G-Sync from NVIDIA. But now AMD has stepped up the monitor refresh technology game with the announcement of FreeSync 2.




FreeSync has been great, offering up to 144Hz refresh smoothed out with FreeSync on 2560x1440 monitors - and even 100Hz on the latest 3440x1440 monitors on the market.

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More than half of all Steam users are running Windows 10

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 3, 2017 2:36 pm

Steam's December 2016 Hardware Survey sees Microsoft's latest cross-platform Windows 10 continue as the preferred operating system among Steam gamers.




The data indicates Windows 10 adoption has jumped by 0.73% throughout the month, putting the modern OS at 50.35% of all Steam users. Most gamers, all 49.10% of them, are using Windows 10 64-bit, with at tiny fraction of 1.25% of users stuck with Win 10 32-bit.


Despite Windows 10 now technically running on more than half of all Steam user's machines, Windows 7 is still quite popular at 33.8% of total Windows users (64-bit and 32-bit combined).

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Synaptics new tech enables multi-factor authentication

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 3, 2017 1:00 pm

CES 2017 - Synaptics is one of the world leaders in fingerprint sensors and other human input devices. They have extensive experience with biometric authentication through methods like fingerprints which have become popular on mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops.




Synaptics has their own Natural ID fingerprint sensors which the new biometric Fusion Engine is capable of utilizing. The new platform combines fingerprint with facial recognition and using both together is very likely going to be very common in the future much like fingerprints are today.


All of this is centered around the importance of security and having multiple factors of authentication to protect users' data. Biometric authentication like fingerprints and facial recognition are added layers of security that are very likely going to become the norm in the future. Synaptics' multi-factor fusion engine is capable of securely combining multiple biometric authentication sources to determine verification.

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Lenovo's new Legion laptops rock GTX 1060, Kaby Lake

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 3, 2017 9:10 am

CES 2017 - Lenovo has announced its new "Legion" duo lineup of performance gaming notebooks, complete with Intel seventh-generation Kaby Lake processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-series video cards.




Lenovo's revamped Legion offering includes two 15.6-inch models: the Y720, which is the premium high-end model, and the Y520, which is the runner-up model. Lenovo will allow users to tailor-make either model to meet their price point and needs.




The base $1,399 Y720 configuration features an Intel i5-7300NQ CPU (upgradable to a i7-7700HQ), an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM, a 1080p display (upgradable to 4K), 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and 2TB of storage.

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Lenovo's $400 Windows 10 VR HMD has built-in mo-tracking

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 3, 2017 7:56 am

CES 2017 - Microsoft has conscripted major hardware-makers like ASUS, Lenovo, Acer and Dell to make budget-friendly Windows 10-powered virtual reality headsets, and now Lenovo is showing off the fruits of this union with its latest sub-$400 VR headset.




Engadget recently tried out Lenovo's new Windows 10 VR headset, revealing key details about the HMD and what we can expect when it ships later this year. Lenovo affirms that the VR headset will be "less than $400," and the HMD rocks two 1440 x 1440 OLED panels. It's also worth noting that the "demo" headset didn't actually turn on, and the publication didn't get a proper hands-on test.


What's most interesting about Lenovo's VR HMD it's front face is fringed by two cameras to add various functionality. The cameras apparently allow room-scale tracking, meaning the tracking is self-contained into the headset itself and may not require extra sensors akin to the HTC Vive's Lighthouse beacons. The cameras could also be used to simulate AR, or at the very least let users see their environment in real-time to avoid any possible mishaps.

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LG's new 4K TVs boast 'nano cell' technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 3, 2017 6:15 am

LG has been leading TV technology for a while now, with its dominance in OLED - and now, we're looking at 3 new sets that feature 'Nano Cell LCD' - with the SJ8000, SJ8500, and SJ9500.




The new series of TVs feature uniformly-sized particles that will provide more details and consistent colors, even when you're not sitting dead-center in front of your TV. Nano Cell technology "absorbs excess light wavelengths, preventing unwanted color bleeding (such as from green to blue or yellow), fading and other effects that reduce the vibrancy of the picture", reports Engadget.


LG has even teamed with Technicolor to ensure color accuracy is top notch, using a special Technicolor Expert Mode, and support for Advanced HDR. LG also throws in Dolby Vision, HDR10, and Hybrid Log Gamma support - so you won't be left out in the technological jargon arguments with your friends.


Moving back to the Nano Cell technology, which will feature an Active HDR feature that allows HDR data to be inserted into specific areas of individual frames.


The highest-end model is the upcoming SJ9500 which features a frame that measures in at just 0.27 inches at its slimmest point. Pricing and availability haven't been announced just yet.

Dell's new 27 Ultrathin is... well, ridiculously thin

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 3, 2017 4:22 am

Dell will be getting the attention of showgoers at the Consumer Electronics Show this week with its new 27 Ultrathin, the most simply named monitor ever made.




Dell's new 27 Ultrathin is ridiculously thin, with the company shifting all of the hardware that normally resides behind the panel itself, into the base - which as Engadget reports "makes the monitor seem almost like an all-in-one machine at first".




The new 27 Ultrathin is a 27-inch 2560x1440 display with HDR support, but Dell adds its not the same HDR support that we're seeing hit the market on 4K TVs. Dell will support higher contrast ratios and color range than most consumer monitors on the market, with up to 99% of the sRGB gamut.


We'll see USB-C connectivity on the new Dell 27 Ultrathin, and HDMI 2.0 as well. As for price and availability, we can expect a launch on March 23, and a price of $700.

Your fridge could be a witness in a murder trial

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 3, 2017 3:30 am

I like my fridge, I really do... but when I get to the point of having a fridge with a camera, and a microphone - I feel like we've stepped over a line. What next... our toilet roll holders will have built-in microphones? Our showers will have 360-degree cameras for the next level of Big Brother voyeurism?




According to Mark Stokes, the head of the digital, cyber and communications forensics unit at the Metropolitan Police: "Wireless cameras within a device, such as fridge, may record the movement of owners and suspects. Doorbells that connect directly to apps on a user's phone can show who has rung the door and the owner or others may then remotely,m if they choose, to give controlled access to the premises while away from the property".


Stokes added: "All these leave a log and a trace of activity. The crime scene of tomorrow is going to be the internet of things".

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Dell's new XPS 13 is a surprise 2-in-1 foldable tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 3, 2017 2:25 am

Dell's cat is out of the bag, with a massive tease of its new XPS 13 laptop that seems to have Dell shifting their glance towards the likes of Lenovo and HP with their Yoga series, and Spectre x360 respectively.




The new XPS 13 is a 2-in-1 that is exactly what it sounds like: a 2-in-1 laptop that will flip itself into a tablet or a display if you pitch it like a tent. Inside, we should expect Intel's new Kaby Lake-based Core processor, I'm going to take a stab in the dark and say a minimum of 8GB of RAM and configurable to 16GB, and a bunch of ports - unlike Apple, and its courageousness by removing every single port they could.


I'll try to get some hands-on time with the new XPS 13 at CES 2017 in a few days time.