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Panasonic launches 56-inch OLED 4K TV at CES 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:58 pm

CES 2013 - In a keynote speech at CES, Panasonic's chief executive Kazuhiro Tsuga said that he knew that hardware manufacturers can not survive on hardware alone and that they must begin improving on software as well.




"We are expanding our role from a hardware manufacturer to a total solutions provider," said Tsuga. When he was finished his speech, he introduced Panasonic's newest TV, a 56" Printed OLED 4k TV measuring in at just half an inch thick total.


The company is also working on creating user profiles for their TV's, letting each member of the family customize their home theater experience to suit their needs. There is not much 4k content out at the moment though, we have seen some devices that attempt to up convert to it but nothing that really did it well.

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Apple chalks up 40 billion app downloads

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 4:16 pm

In just 1682 days, Apple's app store has set a new record by serving up its 40 billionth download since its launch. That works out to just over 23,781,212 downloads a day or 16,514 downloads a minute.




Those numbers have not always been that high, with over half of them occurring in 2012, but 40,000,000,000 is an astonishing and impressive number. With over 500 million active App Store accounts it is going to be quite hard for anyone to catch up to this many app downloads any time soon.


The Apple developer community has written more than 775,000 applications for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Apple has had to pay out over $7 billion in payments for these contributions. By the way, for those of you wondering, that is a total of 257.24 apps downloaded every second and in the time it has taken me to write this, 132117 apps have been downloaded from the App Store.

Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotics set boasts Linux, ARM9 SOC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 3:04 pm

Lego just announced a new Mindstorms kit that packs one heck of a punch. The EV3 kit is designed to introduce a younger generation to the joys of building and programming robots while still keeping things fresh for their existing Mindstorm fans.




The new EV3 kit is centered around the EV3 Intelligent Brick which features an ARM9 SOC, which includes more memory and a much more robust processor than previous Mindstorm bricks. Users can now remove the tether from their Mindstorm project and take advantage of the new "on brick programming" feature.


The EV3 is running on a new Linux-based firmware and can be programmed with a USB port and storage can be augmented by an on-board SD card slot. The EV3 kit will also include full Android and iOS app compatibility out of the box. Availability is set for the second half of 2013 and will carry a MSRP of $349.99

Corsair Voyager Air, the first all-in-one wireless mobile drive - a breath of fresh [Voyager] air

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 2:15 pm

CES 2013 - Corsair is one of those companies that doesn't like to box themselves into a corner, and today has been a perfect example of this. The company have announced their Voyager Air product, which is the first all-in-one mobile wireless drive, home network attached storage, USB drive and wireless hub.




Voyager Air comes with up to 1TB of storage, a rechargeable battery, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and USB 3.0 connectivity. Voyager Air will allow so many segments of the market from office-type users, to home theater enthusiasts to experience a consolidated collection of their wares, be it music, movies or documents. Voyager Air is capable of working and being accessed from either Windows or Mac, and better yet - with the free Corsair app, streaming to Android and Apple products.

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Corsair unleash next-gen Vengeance gaming keyboard and mice

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 2:10 pm

CES 2013 - Corsair are unstoppable today, announcing the next-generation of their awesome Vengeance lineup of gaming peripherals. Not only that, but current owners of the Vengeance 2000 wireless gaming headset will receive an upcoming free software update which will give them Dolby Headphone 2.0 7.1-channel surround sound support - not bad for free, eh?



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Corsair launch the world's fastest native USB 3.0 flash drive - the Flash Voyager GT Turbo

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 2:07 pm

CES 2013 - Corsair have unveiled the Flash Voyager GT Turbo flash drive line of products, which are the world's fastest native USB 3.0 flash drives. Corsair will release the new zippy flash drives in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB sizes.




The new drivers will offer more affordable, yet super-quick drives with speeds that were only previously capable using a much more expensive USB 3.0 to SATA bridge-based drive. The new Flash Voyager GT Turbo USB 3.0 flash drives find themselves snug in a brushed metal housing with a easy-to-use capless design.


We're talking about up to 260MB/sec read speeds and up to 235MB/sec write on these new drives - some 1.7 times faster than other competing native USB 3.0 flash drives. Pricing on the new drives will be $49.99, $89.99 and $179.99 for the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB drives respectively.

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Corsair releases new Dominator Platinum Light Bar Upgrade Kits

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 2:05 pm

CES 2013 - Corsair have announced the release of the Dominator Platinum Light Bar Upgrade Kits, which allow users to pimp their ride, or should I say RAM, with lighting for their Dominator Platinum DDR3 RAM.




Each of the Dominator Platinum Light Bar Upgrade Kits will include two light bars which will replace the existing bars that come stock on the memory, sporting translucent colored inserts which come in Cerulean Blue and Arctic White which will allow the user to customize the lighting color. The light bars are designed in a way that the new top openings radiate more light upwards.

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Corsair unveil Raptor line of gaming peripherals are now available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 2:00 pm

CES 2013 - Corsair have burst out of the CES 2013 gate in Las Vegas with the announcement of the Raptor line of gaming peripherals. The Raptor line will sit side-by-side with the current Vengeance line of products and offer gamers a larger choice of gaming goodies to choose from.




Back in August 2012, Corsair acquired Raptor Gaming in Germany, and along with the acquisition comes the Raptor gaming peripherals. Corsair's Raptor line of peripherals are designed with "conventional materials and are priced to hit a wider variety of retailer price points". Ruben Mookerjee, Vice President and General Manager of the Peripherals Business Unit at Corsair has said:


Together, our Corsair Raptor and Corsair Vengeance series provide gamers with a diverse arsenal of gaming peripherals to choose from. And an increasing number of local and online retail locations where they can purchase them.

First look at Valve's Steam powered console at CES 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 1:59 pm

CES 2013 - Yesterday I reported that we would be seeing Valve's entry into the console gaming world this year, and now we have our first look at the new Linux based console.




Dubbed the Piston, Valve's console is manufactured by Xi3 and is not a traditional console. The Piston is a little modular PC featuring a quad core CPU of unknown origin or specifications, and it supports storage up to 1TB. It is low power too, said to consume just 40w, but that is unknown if that is under load or at idle.


The coolest feature is that the whole unit is modular like a traditional PC. The motherboard can be swapped out if the official hardware is updated, and we think the GPU is upgrade-able as well. No images of the controller design have surfaced yet, but we are sure that it will be as sleek and awesome as the Piston itself.

IDT displays NVMe hardware

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 12:35 pm

CES 2013 - IDT revealed new hardware today that is focused on impending NVMe products. IDT is leading the charge to provide controllers powering the first wave of NVMe equipped SSDs.




First up we noticed the IDT reference SSD board. This is a 2.5" form factor SSD which can be used in numerous applications. This reference board is provided as a template for resellers to manufacture and pattern their own devices after. This SSD will be used in enterprise applications, and actually connects via the PCIe interface.




We were allowed to pop off the cover of the SSD, and it is a very heavy milled chassis. There are also thermal pads that shed heat into the heavy milled chassis. The thickness of the case and the thermal pads point to a processor that while powerful, probably creates a bit of heat. Heat typically correlates directly to power draw, and unfortunately we do not have power draw figures for this controller.

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