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ASUS teasing 4K 60Hz IPS-based NVIDIA G-SYNC panel at CES 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 6, 2015 12:41 am

CES 2015 - ASUS didn't make a fuss over its upcoming PG27AQ display, but it was hidden in plain sight at their CES 2015 press conference today at Caesers Palace here in Las Vegas.

 

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The ROG Swift PG27AQ is a 27-inch 4K display with NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology. Better yet, we not only have the 3840x2160 resolution at 60Hz, but this new monitor is based on an IPS panel. This means we might be seeing the best 4K gaming monitor to come from ASUS first, with gamers begging for a 4K 60Hz IPS panel for quite sometime. NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology is just the icing on an already very delicious cake.

 

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Another shot of the new ROG Swift PG27AQ.

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Nuu Mobile introduces new unlocked Android smartphones to America

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 6, 2015 12:41 am

CES 2015 - After their 2012 launch in Asia, Nuu Mobile have been trying to break into the smartphone market by providing affordable unlocked Android smartphone offerings. In their latest press release, they've announced a release of their two new smartphones, the NU3S and XI, into the US market.

 

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Featuring Android KitKat 4.4 and Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, these phones also contain noise-cancelling technology to help improve phone calls, high-quality front cameras with wide-angle lenses and rear cameras with BSI sensors to assist users in low-light situations.

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ASUS announces the Zenfone 2 smartphone, with 4GB of RAM, just $199

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 6, 2015 12:32 am

UPDATE: We have reached out to ASUS and asked if the $199 price was on a two-year contract, which it is. The Zenfone 2 will start from $399, which is still a very, very competitive price. It positions ASUS right up against Samsung and Apple, and beats them in terms of specs, features and most of all: price.

 

CES 2015 - One of the most exciting things unveiled at ASUS' CES 2015 press conference has to be the new Zenfone 2.

 

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The new Zenfone 2 from ASUS continues the company's 'iconic Zen design' with a 'concentric-circle texture' and 'sleek, brushed metal finish'.

 

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The Zenfone 2 has some powerhouse specifications, with an quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 64-bit processor clocked at 2.3GHz, either 2GB or 4GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS-based panel with a beautiful 72% screen-to-body ratio, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and 5-megapixel front-facer both with ASUS' PixelMaster technology. We also have LTE Category 4 support, dual SIM, and Dual Active technologies as well as fast-charging technology. ASUS has splashed its ZenUI over Android 5.0 Lollipop for the OS, too.

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The new ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi features up to 8GB of RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 6, 2015 12:10 am

CES 2015 - ASUS started CES 2015 with a bang today, announcing not one, but three new Transformer Book Chi devices. The flagship model, the T300 Chi, has a great spec sheet, with up to 8GB of RAM on offer.

 

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The flagship Chi sports a 12.5-inch display with an option of either a Full HD or WQHD (1920x1080 and 2560x1440, respectively), but it is just 7.6mm thin and weighs only 720g. We have an Intel Core M processor inside, and the option of 4GB or 8GB of RAM which is just crazy in a tablet. We're getting close to Ultrabook specs here, people. On top of that, we have a desktop-class SSD inside.

 

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Speaking of SSDs, the new Transformer Book T300 Chi's SSD is more than capable. When compared to the latest MacBook Air, it is up to 5X faster than Apple's thin laptop. We have sequential write speeds of up to 276MB/sec while reads are at a blistering 436MB/sec.

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Thermaltake launch new 80 PLUS Platinum modular power supply series

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 6, 2015 12:03 am

CES 2015 - Expanding on their already existing Toughpower Grand line, Thermaltake have just announced the addition of an 80 PLUS Platinum range of power supplies, featuring a sleek black and red finish and giving users the ability to save on their power bill through better efficiency.

 

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Available in a wide range of models including 650W, 750W 850W, 1050W and 1200W, this new line of products are being released with a fully modular design. Thanks to the 80 PLUS platinum certification, they're being marketed as the best solution for gamers and tech enthusiasts to assist in powering high-end computers - containing multi-core processors and multi-GPU setups.

 

There isn't a quoted initial price on Thermaltake's issued press release, nor a release date. However given that these power supplies are already listed on their website, you can expect them to hit the shelves within 30 days time.

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Trackimo personal-tracking platform launches in North America

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 11:57 pm

CES 2015 - Tracking device company Trackimo officially launched in North America during the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), with the company promoting its small, affordable and feature-rich tracking devices in Las Vegas.

 

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The company is showing off the Trackimo Universal, a compact, lightweight device that measures just 45mm x 18mm x 40mm. The device can be quickly attached to backpacks, bikes, luggage, and similar products - and can be hardwired directly into a vehicle.

 

"We're very excited to be part of the Trackimo Worldwide team and to be launching Trackimo into the North American market," said Jim Prandine, VP of sales of Trackimo North America. "Trackimo Universal covers dozens of applications in various channels, and our new upcoming products will broaden consumer demand even further."

ASUS unveil three new Transformer Book Chi 2-in-1 detatchable devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 11:55 pm

CES 2015 - At the ASUS CES 2015 press conference today, the company unveiled a slew of interesting new products, starting with the Transformer Book Chi range of 2-in-1 detachable devices.

 

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The three models include the T100 Chi, T300 Chi and T90 Chi.

 

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ASUS was quick to point out that the new Transformer Book Chi range of devices were "Thinner than Air," comparing them to Apple's popular MacBook Air range. The new Chi's are just 1.65cm thick, compared to 1.7cm on the MBA.

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Mad Catz launches F.R.E.Q gaming headset for Mac, Windows gamers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 11:43 pm

CES 2015 - Gaming peripheral company Mad Catz launched its F.R.E.Q. Stereo Gaming Headset, designed for Microsoft Windows PCs and Mac OS X. As part of the company's Tournament Edition range of gaming products, F.R.E.Q. was created with help from professional e-sports gamers.

 

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The padded ear cups support precision 50mm speakers and the microphone is a uni-directional Boom Mic. The headset doesn't require any drivers or complicated software, a welcome decision as many gaming peripherals ship with occasionally complicated software.

 

"Our Tournament Edition range appeals to the passionate gamer who plays at a professional level," said Darren Richardson, President and CEO of Mad Catz, in a press statement. "By focusing on quality and only the features needed to win at a competitive level, we believe the F.R.E.Q. will prove a common fixture at LAN tournaments and allow us to grow our share in the rapidly growing e-sports arena."

Autonomous vehicle investments increasing as interest skyrockets

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 11:20 pm

Autonomous vehicles traveling the open roads is no longer just for science fiction movies, as car makers continue investing in autonomous research, according to HIS Automotive's "Autonomous Driving: Question is When, Not If" report.

 

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It would appear OEMs wants autonomous functionality to help driver augmentation, especially with parking assist features. There will be a predicted 12 million self-driving cars on US roads in 2035, and there is great long-term potential through 2050.

 

Car makers are receiving help from universities and tech companies, interested in developing self-driving algorithms and technology.

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20th Century Fox betting on virtual reality films

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 11:01 pm

With Oculus Rift and PlayStation's Project Morpheus virtual reality gaming systems looking to hit retail by the end of the year, movie studios such as 20th Century Fox are keen to get a piece of the action too. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter ahead of Samsung's CES presentation, 20th Century Fox Fox Home Entertainment worldwide president Mike Dunn is looking to embrace the Gear VR platform to release interactive movie experiences that can act both as "a promotional, marketing medium and a product category", complimenting the release of an upcoming film, but also act as a standalone product for sale.

 

"The movie is no longer just the movie. If we are going to tap into young audiences, we need to make immersive, complementary experiences... This takes you into the movie rather than just to the movie. What's exciting to me is it will be different, not a 'normal' VR experience, meaning gaming."

 

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Fox and Samsung will be demonstrating a three minute narrative VR experience based on an upcoming film 'Wild' starring Reese Witherspoon, which will place the viewer in 360-degree environment, utilising the Samsung Gear VR and Galaxy Note 4.

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