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ZenFone AR: The world's first smartphone with 8GB of RAM

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 2:26 pm

CES 2017 - ASUS unveiled the ZenFone AR - the world's first smartphone that is both Tango-enabled and Daydream-ready. The ZenFone AR was developed in close cooperation with Google to deliver the best Tango and Daydream experiences.

 

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ZenFone AR is also the world's first Tango-enabled device to be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and world's first smartphone with 8GB of RAM.

 

The phone has a 5.7-inch WQHD (2560x1440) Super AMOLED display and comes with Android 7.0 Nougat.

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Western Digital launches first app-focused SD card

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 1:31 pm

CES 2017 - Western Digital announced the SanDisk Ultra MicroSD card that meets the new application performance class set by the SD association.

 

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The 256 GB microSDXC card meets the SD association's SD 5.1 specification A1 class of performance. This 256 GB microSDXC card is also UHS-1 class performance with premium transfer speeds of up to 95 MB/s.

 

Dinesh Bahal, vice president of product management, Client Solutions Business Unit, Western Digital, said in an official statement:

 

The microSD card has been an integral part of the digital revolution by providing more options for high-performance, high-capacity storage for smartphones. SanDisk cards are at the center of more than two billion consumer devices, and now with this A1 card, we're proud to play a significant role in continuing to advance the trusted format.

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Supermicro's silent fanless PC rocks GTX 1060, Kaby Lake

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 12:59 pm

CES 2017 - Supermicro is mostly known for enterprise grade storage solutions, but the company has been expanding its gaming hardware footprint, and took to CES 2017 in Las Vegas to showcase its latest Supero PC gaming hardware. One of Supermicro's most interesting builds showcased at the event is its new fanless mini-ITX desktop PC.

 

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The Supero SYS-5130DB-IL is a mini-ITX concept build that uses passive cooling for near-silent operation, but also rocks dedicated hardware to ensure decent desktop-grade performance. This fanless desktop PC features Supermicro's own proprietary C7ZB250-CG-ML Mini-ITX motherboard from its Core Gaming lineup alongside a seventh-gen Intel Core i7-7500 CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 video card, technically making it VR-ready.

 

"Enabling customers to have a budget friendly system that features a mix of all the latest technologies, SYS-5130DB-IL is equipped with C7ZB250-CG-ML motherboard, a feature-rich CSE-DS3A-261B mini-tower chassis, and a 260W power supply."

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Huawei's Honor 6x comes to the US and Europe

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 12:22 pm

CES 2017 - Huawei has announced that their Honor 6x smartphone, initially launched in October 2016 only in China, is coming to the US and Europe.

 

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The device is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 655 processor and comes with 3 or 4GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB of internal storage, which you can expand to 256GB with a microSD. Honor 6x has a dual (12MP + 2MP) camera and a 8 MP selfie cam.

 

The phone also has a fingerprint sensor, 3340 mAh battery and it comes in three colors - gray, gold and silver.

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Square Enix Europe's Twitter account has been hacked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 12:11 pm

Tomb Raider, Deus Ex and Final Fantasy publisher Square Enix's European account has been hacked, and the would-be ne'er-do-wells are trolling the industry.

 

 

Almost an hour ago, Square Enix Europe's Twitter account started spewing ridiculousness to its 70,000+ followers, leading gamers and fans to come to the obvious conclusion: the account has been compromised. The hacking group responsible for the invasion is apparently called the #cyberwolfgang, and the users are currently still in full control over the account.

 

Just months ago No Man's Sky developer Hello Games had their Twitter account compromised, leading to the damning--if not quite true--statement "No Man's Sky was a mistake" put out for the entire world to see. It'll be interesting to see what happens, and we'll be sure to update the post once we hear more.

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Razer's Project Ariana opens up Chroma-filled dimension

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 9:19 am

CES 2017 - In a move that is so Razer-worthy, the company has revealed Project Ariana, a unique device that essentially opens up a doorway to a scintillating world of color in your gaming space.

 

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RGB lighting is everywhere today; OEMs are slapping LED strips and effects onto RAM, motherboards, fans and even audio headsets. But what if you could add RGB lighting effects into your entire room? Razer's new Project Ariana is the answer to this particular scenario: it's a high-def video projector that uses an ultra-wide fish-eye lens to project Chroma's 16.8 million different colors and lighting effects onto a given space.

 

The Chroma effects are actually powered by the games you play. Using Razer's Chroma Module API, developers can basically sync up the RGB lighting and effects to the game itself, making Chroma-enabled devices pulse to the rhythm of any specific game sequences. Games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Overwatch, and Shadow Warrior 2 support the API, and hardware OEMs like Lenovo, Lian-Li, NZXT and Antec have signed up to help make these environments come alive.

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Tesoro showcases new Tuned In-Ear Pro headphones

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 8:08 am

CES 2017 - Tesoro today announced that its new Tuned In-Ear Pro headphones will join the company's fleet of gaming hardware and peripherals.

 

 

Tesoro's latest In-Ear Pro headphones are made to combine portability with performance, offering 9.2mm dynamic drivers for impressive sound capabilities across iOS, Android, and PC devices. A steel frame ensures the headphones are protected, and the outer edges are magnetic for easy storage. A tangle-free cord ensures you don't spend time fighting knots while on-the-go, and the 3.5mm headphone jack plugs into most devices on the market.

 

The headphones will be available for $34.99, but no release info was announced. Check below for a breakdown of available features and full specifications.

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ZOTAC's GeForce GTX 1080 Mini, a super-small beast

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 7:28 am

CES 2017 - ZOTAC has their new GeForce GTX 1080 Mini on display at CES 2017, showing off the super-small, but very powerful graphics card in all its glory.

 

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ZOTAC has used a custom PCB for the GTX 1080 Mini, their awesome cooling technology as always, and a single 8-pin PCIe power connector.

 

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The backplate has small holes that will let some of the heat out and away from the PCB, and the heat sink itself runs off the end of the card - and still, it's small.

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NVIDIA reveals 4K 144Hz gaming displays, available soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 6:28 am

CES 2017 - One of the most exciting reveals at CES for me would have to be NVIDIA's tease of 4K gaming displays rocking the deliciously smooth 144Hz refresh rate - and G-Sync, of course.

 

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There are two new models, the first from ASUS in the form of the ROG Swift PG27UQ, while the other is from Acer and their upcoming Predator XB272-HDR. Both of these new 4K 144Hz displays will be released in Q2 2017, with no pricing just yet - but we can be sure they're going to be expensive - and require some beefy GPUs to drive 4K at 144FPS.

 

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Both displays rock the new Quantum Dot technology, with HDR10 support, DP1.4/HDMI 2.0 connectivity, and more. You can be sure that the second these bad boys launch, we'll have them in-house for some serious testing.

NVIDIA announces world's first HDR gaming monitors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 5:50 am

CES 2017 - NVIDIA has had quite the CES this year, announcing the world's first HDR gaming displays with G-Sync HDR technology, something it worked with AU Optronics on.

 

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The new G-Sync HDR gaming displays were designed from the ground up for the ultimate in gaming displays, with NVIDIA teasing: "stunning image quality, tear-free and stutter-free G-SYNC smoothness, minimal motion blur, and near-zero input latency, compared to the 22-41ms of latency added by recommended HDR TVs".

 

Not just that, but the new G-Sync HDR monitors will use Quantum Dot technology, and a full array 384-zone backlight that uses "384 individually-controllable LED backlight zones, light will only be shown when and where it is required, enabling G-SYNC HDR displays to simultaneously produce bright bold colors and deep blacks, reminiscent of the very best plasma displays. Monitors with fewer backlight zones, edge-lit backlight zones, or with only a single global backlight are incapable of matching the contrast and image quality of the new 4K G-SYNC HDR monitors, and with 384 controllable zones we have unparalleled control over the picture, producing the best images you've ever seen on an LCD gaming display".

 

NVIDIA is also including HDR10 support, which is the HDR format that is being used for PC gaming.

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