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Rapoo release their first range of tablet cases at CES 2015

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 8, 2015 11:13 pm

CES 2015 - We've released a few news articles on Rapoo's new gaming branch, VPRO, bringing out brand new PC gaming peripherals, but now it's time to take it back a notch.


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Rapoo have just announced their first range of protective tablet cases, offering built-in Bluetooth keyboards into the mix. Suitable for a wide range of models including Samsung's 8", 8.4", 10.1", 10.5" and Tab Pro 12.2" models, these cases feature an ultra-slim design.


This line of keyboard cases is set for launch in Spring 2015 and will be listed at between $49.99 - $99.99 in major retail stores.

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25 classic films added to US National Film Registry for preservation

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 8, 2015 10:55 pm

Each year, the US Library of Congress adds up to 25 "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films" to its list of films for preservation and in 2015 the Library has announced it will add another 25 films from directors such as Steven Spielberg, John Hughes, Ethan Coen, Howard Hawks and the first short film from Pixar; 'Luxo Jr.'


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According to ArtDaily, the list of new inductees set for preservation include: 'Saving Private Ryan', 'Rosemary's Baby', 'Little Big Man', 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off', 'The Big Lebowski, 'Luxo Jr.', 'House of Wax', 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory', 'Ruggles of Red Gap', 'Please Don't Bury Me Alive!', 'Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport', 'Felicia', 'Moon Breath Beat', 'The Dragon Painter', 'Shoes', 'Unmasked', along with seven reels of untitled and unassembled footage from the earliest days of motion pictures.


With the latest batch, the National Film Registry includes a total of 650 films, the full list of which is available here.

The Samson Meteorite mic claims professional quality through USB

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 8, 2015 10:54 pm

CES 2015 - Looking slightly similar to the Blue Snowball, Samson's new Meteorite microphone claims "professional-quality recording and improved communication" as per their recently issued press release.


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Claiming to bypass the "computers standard mic capsule and noisy sound card, in favor of the Meteorite's studio-quality 14mm capsule and dedicated audio conversion path," this product will hit the shelves at a price of $39.99 - the same pricing as their new mini-microphone.


Connected to your computer via USB, Samson claim that this device is best suited for Skype, FaceTime and other VoiP software implementations.

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Samson unveil their new Go Mic Direct - USB mini-microphone

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 8, 2015 10:40 pm

CES 2015 - Being pushed to the market for a low price of $39.99, Samson have just announced the release of their new Go Mic Direct to the public. This portable microphone solution connects to your PC or Mac via USB technology, said to be small enough to not block surrounding ports on laptop devices.


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Coming with Samson's Sound Deck Noise Cancellation software for PC and Mac, this product is designed to be small enough to carry everywhere you go - stating in their recently issued press release that "With Go Mic Direct, you'll never want to use your Computer's internal microphone again."


I don't think that statement is too far from the truth. My laptop microphone sucks, as does the one in my girlfriends All-in-One Toshiba PC - if this microphone is as small and well-performing as they state, I'll be picking up a couple for myself.

Sony CEO doesn't think cyberattack will cause 'upheaval' for company

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 8, 2015 10:31 pm

Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai complemented employees and partners for their support and patience following a late 2014 cyberattack. Hirai is optimistic that Hollywood actors and companies will continue to choose to work with the company in 2015 and later down the road - despite how damning some of the information leaked was, likely hurting SPE's reputation.


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"We are still reviewing the effects of the cyber attack," Hirai told reporters during CES. "However, I do not see it as something that will cause a material upheaval on Sony Pictures business operations."


Meanwhile, the company is still analyzing full effects of the attack and data breach, which revealed former and current employee personal information, leaked emails, unreleased films, and other company-related information.

New Steam sales covers Anime related games

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 8, 2015 10:25 pm

Today Valve announced their first Anime Games Sale through their popular gaming and messenger platform Steam.


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Beginning today and running through until Monday the 12th at 10AM PST, this sale features games up to 75% off - in true Steam fashion.


Their announcement points out that some of their largest titles on special include Agarest: Generations of War, Long Live the Queen, and Analogue: A Hate Story.

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Much like adults, kids must also learn to put phones away before bed

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 8, 2015 8:54 pm

Children using smartphones before bed leads to later bedtimes, less sleep, and increased fatigue, a study from UC Berkeley recently confirmed. Kids who have "small screen" electronics in the same room they sleep in get an average of 21 minutes less sleep than children who don't have access to electronics before bed.


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More than half (54 percent) of fourth and seventh graders reported sleeping near their smartphone, as parents are being urged to keep smartphones away from children close to bed time.


"Kids need to learn to deal with fear of missing out and they need to learn to give their brains a real rest," said Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, author of "The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age," in a statement to Yahoo Parenting. "Sleep is so important, and having that phone next to the bed - when they get up to go to the bathroom, they check it, which can lead to 10 minutes or two hours online. Their psychological dependency on the phone is increased if they have it with them all the time."

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iPhone 6 helps iOS eat away at Google Android's smartphone lead

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 8, 2015 8:14 pm

The quarter ending November 2014 saw drastic change thanks to the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch, with iOS able to chomp into Google Android's lead. The iPhone 6 was the highest selling phone during that specific quarter, accounting for 19 percent of all US smartphone sales, according to the Kantar Worldpanel research group.


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"A decline in Android market share does not necessarily translate into bad news for all the ecosystem's players," said Carolina Milanesi, Chief of Research at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, in a statement. "The choice of brands and devices within the ecosystem empowers consumers to drive different fortunes for the players in it."


Apple iPhone sales racked up 47.4 of smartphone sales in the United States, 4.3 percent higher year-over-year - and iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus are reportedly still going strong. Android still controls 69.9 percent of the mobile OS lead in Europe, dropping 3.2 percent year-over-year.

Report indicates US border drones are overly expensive, ineffective

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 8, 2015 8:03 pm

It looks like the US government has shiny toys, and defense contractors are getting paid, but border drones cost $12,255 per hour to operate - and aren't very effective in detecting human smuggling or drug running.


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The DHS has a fleet of 10 Predator B drones that are used to patrol selected locations of the US-Mexico border in Arizona and Texas, however, they logged just 5,102 hours of the planned 23,296 total flight hours per year. The DHS has invested $360 million into the program since 2005, and the department wants to spend upwards of $443 million for another 14 drones.


"Notwithstanding the significant investment, we see no evidence that the drones contribute to a more secure border, and there is no reason to invest additional taxpayer funds at this time," said John Roth, inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, in a statement.

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Purchase Futuremark 3DMark for $4.99 in Steam sale for next 48 hours

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 8, 2015 6:50 pm

The Daily Deal on Steam is Futuremark's 3DMark Advanced Edition, helping users test Microsoft Windows PC-based machines. The deal is live for the next 48 hours, and started at 10:00AM PST on Thursday, January 8 - with an 80 percent savings, so it only costs $4.99.


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The Advanced Edition allows users to run Fire Strike Ultra, which is the only 4K Ultra HD benchmark currently available. In addition, the software enables CrossFire/SLI testing for multi-GPU machines, use benchmark looping, and see in-depth performance graphs of all benchmark runs.

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