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Das Keyboard to demo cloud-based 5Q keyboard at CES 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Dec 31, 2016 8:11 pm

Das Keyboard's new cloud-connected 5Q keyboard will be showcased at CES 2017, allowing attendees a chance to try it out at the event.

 

 

The Das Keyboard 5Q was originally funded thanks to a wildly successful Kickstarter, which exceeded its goal by some 500%. The 5Q is connected to the internet via QCloud, and relays information via color-coded signals on its RGB backlit keys instead of an LED screen. For example, you can assign a custom profile that makes a specific key turn red whenever you get an email, or as a reminder for a project deadline.

 

All of the 5Q's keys can be custom programmed with RGB lighting schemes to allow users to create their own unique visual queues. The 5Q is a fully-fledged mechanical keyboard with new Gamma-Zulu mechanical switches made by Omron, which withstand 100 million actuations at 1.5mm actuate speeds and 3.5mm travel distance. The 5Q also features full n-key rollover and 100% anti-ghosting and RTO, aka Real-Time One analog tech.

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GIGABYTE's new 'Gaming GT' PC rocks Kaby Lake, GTX 1080

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 31, 2016 6:26 pm

GIGABYTE is going on the offensive with its Gaming GT PC, a new SFF gaming PC that rocks some ridiculously delicious specifications - normally found in a high-end desktop gaming PC.

 

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We're looking at Intel's Core i7-6700K processor, a GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming graphics card, 32GB of DDR RAM, a 240GB PCIe-based SSD, 1TB mechanical HDD (2.5-inch 7200RPM), plenty of connectivity (Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Type-C, 5 x USB 3.0, and 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A).

 

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All of this fits into a chassis that is barely bigger than the PS3 console, with an automated exhaust system that AnandTech reports "opens up exhaust flippers at the top of the computer when it needs to cool down the components". The site continues: "The chassis can accommodate any double wide graphics card with a maximum size of 280 mm in length and 41 mm in depth, but nothing too custom with regards heat pipes and backplates because the space is constrained".

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Foxconn wants to replace nearly every human with robots

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 31, 2016 4:31 pm

Foxconn has been pushing into automating its manufacturing process in three of its Chinese manufacturing plants, with plans to "fully automate entire factories eventually" - according to Foxconn's Automation Technology Development Committee General Manager Dai Jia-peng, reports DigiTimes.

 

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Dai said that in the first phase, Foxconn "aims to set up individual automated work stations for work that workers are unwilling to do or is dangerous". There will be entire production lines that will be automated, so that less robots are required for the second phase. In the third phase, Dai teased that "entire factories will be automated with only a minimal number of workers assigned for production, logistics, testing and inspection processes".

 

Foxconn has already deployed over 40,000 of their Foxbots, an industrial robot that was designed and made in-house by Foxconn. The company is capable of making around 10,000 of these Foxbots per year, as well as industrial robots - Foxconn is also working on medical-orientated robots. Dai added that robotics technology continues to improve, so industrial robots might not be able to completely replace human workers just yet - as human workers can easily switch from task to task, but robots can't do that... yet.

What happens when Mario eats a bad mushroom?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 31, 2016 3:57 pm

Ever wondered what happens when Mario eats a bad mushroom? No, not a rotten mushroom; the kind that make you see things. I mean Mario is always gobbling up mushrooms to grow bigger, and one of two of them are bound to be the wrong kind, right? Now we know, and the results are pretty horrifying.

 

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This delirious fever dream hallucination-gone-wrong was created by YouTuber CosmoCourtney, who used a Super Mario 3D World hack to make a gangly monster out of everyone's favorite plumber.

 

I wonder if Miyamoto has seen this yet, and what he thinks about these kinds of hacks. One thing's for sure: every time a mushroom pops up in a Super Mario game, I'll be hesitant to pick it up lest Mario turns into this freakish terror.

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Surface Phone fake renders actually look awesome

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 31, 2016 9:21 am

A bunch of fake renders on Microsoft's upcoming Surface Phone have appeared online, with a striking design that I think could be popular - especially in a sea of lookalike smartphones that we've become way too accustomed to.

 

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The renders of the Surface Phone tease a very sharp cornered style, with the rear-camera reportedly hitting 20-megapixels and branded by Carl Zeiss. I'm really digging this look, and I think Microsoft won't play it this left field unfortunately - we'll see something like Google did with Pixel, and make a smartphone that looks ridiculously identical to the iPhone.

 

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But those straight edges on this Surface Phone are rocking my world right now, what about you?

Samsung has two new Windows 10 tablets for CES 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 31, 2016 7:18 am

It looks like Samsung is preparing two new Windows 10-based tablets for CES 2017 next week, with the Galaxy TabPro S successor - thanks to SamMobile reporting on a purported model number SM-W720 tablet.

 

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Samsung's new Galaxy TabPro S successor is a high-end Windows 10 tablet rocking an Intel Core M processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of SSD storage. The company will include a 5200mAh battery with fast-charging port, USB Type-C, and more - all found inside of a 12-inch 2160x1440 Super AMOLED display and 5-megapixel cameras on the front and back.

 

The other tablet Samsung is expected to unveil is the purported SM-W620, which should be a smaller version - possibly an 8- or 10-inch variant, with possibly watered down specifications.

Facebook buys offline data on its users from 6 partners

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Dec 31, 2016 5:30 am

Facebook loves to get to know its users, so it purchases offline financial information on you from 6 of its data partners in the US: Acxiom, Epsilon, Experian, Oracle Data Cloud, TransUnion and WPP.

 

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With this information, Facebook knows about users' household income, and much more. The social network buys the offline data, mixing it with the data it collects on your online activity. Facebook uses the blend of information to customize advertising for you on Facebook, with ProPublica "reports 29,000 categories are offered to advertisers, with 600 filled with third-party data", reports NextPowerUp.

 

Is there anything Facebook doesn't know about you? Considering its founder Mark Zuckerberg tapes up the webcam on his laptop, I wouldn't put it past them.

ASUS working on thinnest GeForce GTX 1080 gaming laptop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 31, 2016 3:32 am

Razer has been owning the gaming notebook market for a while now, but with competitors like MSI, GIGABYTE, and ASUS - that lead isn't guaranteed.

 

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ASUS continued to refine their gaming notebooks, with reports suggesting a new premium gaming laptop is in the works - with it measuring in at just 16.65mm thick. There are Ultrabooks on the market that are thicker than that, so the rumor that ASUS is cramming in a GeForce GTX 1080 inside has us excited.

 

Not only that, but we should see Intel's new Core i7-7700HQ processor, up to 24GB of DDR4 RAM, and super-fast PCIe x4-based NVMe SSD. We should expect ASUS to unveil the GTX 1080-powered gaming notebook next week at CES 2017.

Microsoft planning Surface Pro 5 for Q1 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 31, 2016 1:30 am

Microsoft is looking to edge out its competitors that are sure to dump out a bunch of devices during CES 2017 next week with a next-gen refresh of its Surface Pro family.

 

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Surface Pro 5 will reportedly launch in Q1 2017, featuring a 4K display and magnetic charging stylus. Microsoft is reportedly tapping Pegatron Technology for manufacturing, according to DigiTimes, which added: "Microsoft also considered adding Quanta Computer as a manufacturer of the Surface Pro 5, but so far has not yet confirmed the plan".

ZOTAC unveils its GeForce GTX 1080 Mini graphics card

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 31, 2016 12:17 am

ZOTAC has been keeping some secrets for an unveiling days before CES 2017, with the new GeForce GTX 1080 Mini graphics card - perfect for those blistering fast SFF gaming PCs you want to build.

 

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It has a fully-enabled GP104 GPU with 8GB of GDDR5X at its full 10Gbps bandwidth, with 1620/1759MHz base and boost clocks, respectively. We have 3 x DP 1.4 connectors, 1 x HDMI 2.0b, and 1 x DVI output.

 

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ZOTAC has made totally-new custom PCB with compatible GDDR5X RAM, but we don't know if ZOTAC went with NVIDIA's 5+1-phase VRM, or altered the VRM design. The GeForce GTX 1080 Mini rocks a single 8-pin PCIe power connector, and two SLI-HB bridges. It will consume up to 180W of power, with ZOTAC using a shortened PCB and custom cooler that rocks 2 x fans to keep everything nice and cool.

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