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Sceptre shows off the SoundBase TV audio system, its latest speaker

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 7, 2015 7:56 am

CES 2015 - HDTV and display maker Sceptre has unveiled the SoundBase TV Audio System, a mix between a Bluetooth speaker and sound bar. Powered by Bluetooth 4.0, the SoundBase allows users to connect devices and stream audio wirelessly directly to the unit.


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The SoundBase supports HDTVs up to 55-inches and under 65-lbs, with four speakers and subwoofer combing for 75 watts of surround sound audio.


"The SoundBase is a two-in-one speaker with the power to immerse you into a movie and wirelessly stream your favorite songs via your cell phone, tablet or computer," said Cathy Chou, VP of operations of Sceptre. "Our SoundBase gives users the ability to enjoy high-quality sound without having to purchase expensive and unattractive home theater speaker systems."

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Introducing the Hexoskin Junior, first biometric shirt for kids, teens

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 7, 2015 7:44 am

Biometric smart clothing company Hexoskin has announced the Hexoskin Junior, the world's first biometric shirt for kids and teenagers.


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The shirt makes it possible to track the following: heart rate, step count, sleep duration, calories burned, heart rate recovery, heart rate variability, breathing rate, breathing volume, activity level, acceleration, cadence, and more.


The custom biometric shirt can measure 42,000 data points per minute, with data sent via Bluetooth in real-time, designed to help coaches and athletes better understand their performance. Manufactured to be extremely lightweight, warm, and comfortable, it can measure biometrics during physical activity and sleep - with the Bluetooth device connected to fabric sensors inside of a built-in pocket.

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ECOXGEAR working with SunCore on solar-powered portable electronics

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 7, 2015 7:15 am

CES 2015 - Speaker and audio company ECOXGEAR is now working with SunCore, a semiconductor solar-based product company, to develop the ECOXGEAR high-density solar panels. The lure of solar-powered outdoors products isn't necessarily new, but was rather inefficient until recently.


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The PV panel technology utilizes a solar panel made with a 3D crystalline structure, so light is captured more efficiently during daylight hours. The SunCore solar panels are more efficient than traditional panels, so ECOXGEAR HD solar panels will be able to save more energy each day.


"By exclusively utilizing SunCore's impressive solar technology, we will be able to give our users an untethered experience like no other," said Greg Fadul, ECOXGEAR co-founder. "Our devices will harness the incredible power of the sun at all times of the day, literally making the brightest star in the galaxy your power plug."

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Morgan Stanley employee stole data on 350,000 of the firm's clients

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 7, 2015 6:04 am

A former employee with Morgan Stanley was canned after being accused of stealing and looking to sell personal information of 350,000 of the firm's clients.


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Wealth Management clients are now being informed that the employee took partial client data - and there is no evidence of economic loss - but client information of up to 900 clients, including account names and numbers, were posted on the Internet.


"Morgan Stanley takes extremely seriously its responsibility to safeguard client data, and is working with the appropriate authorities to conduct and conclude a thorough investigation of this incident," the company said in a public statement.

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Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai blasts 'malicious' cyberattack against company

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 7, 2015 5:30 am

CES 2015 - The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is supposed to be all about announcing and launching new, innovative products, but it wasn't all fun for Sony. Kazuo Hirai, president and CEO of Sony, spoke out against the cyberattack that hit Sony Pictures, while applauding employees for their resolve.


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The Guardians of Peace made it a rough end of the year for Sony Pictures, crippling the company, leaking embarassing emails, stealing data, and terrorizing former and current employees - and it remains a rather trying time for employees.


Both Sony, former employees and current employees were the victim of one of the most vicious and malicious cyberattacks in recent history," Hirai said. "I have to say that I'm very proud of all the employees, and certainly the partners who stood up against the extortionist efforts of criminals, and worked tirelessly, sometimes for days on end to bring you 'The Interview,'"

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Razer launch Forge TV - an Android micro-console for $100

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 7, 2015 5:23 am

CES 2015 - Fully optioned with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, a Quad-Core Krait 450 CPU, a fast Adreno 420 GPU and 2GB of RAM coupled with 16GB of storage, Razer's new Forge TV platform doesn't mess around.


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This Android-powered gaming console is set for release at a bargain price of $100 and measures up at only 4x4 inches in size. Designed for PC gaming, Android gaming and Android-based entertainment services via Google Play, this product is set for release some time in Q1, 2015.


The Forge TV can be played by up to 4 simultaneous players and has various connection options including wireless and Bluetooth 4.1. It's going to connect to your television through a HDMI 1.4 output and features speedy gigabit Ethernet capabilities.

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VPRO announce their mechanical gaming keyboard range

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 7, 2015 5:06 am

CES 2015 - Rapoo sub-brand VPRO has used CES 2015 as their launching platform for their new mechanical keyboard offerings - the V700 and V800.


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Unfortunately there is no mention in their recently issued press release if they are Cherry MX mechanical switches or not, but either way these new products are worth a look at. Set for shipment in Spring 2015, the V700 keyboard claims 50 g of operating force and 2mm of key travel distance needed to function - this seems to hint that something like Cherry MX Black keys are being used within.


Alongside this key configuration, the V700 offers 106 out of 108 of the keys as fully programmable through their 32-bit ARM core processor labeled as their "VPOWER3 Gaming Chip." Expect this board to last an extended 60 million keystrokes and feature no backlighting options.

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Intel throws weight behind wearbles, unveils button-sized Curie module

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 7, 2015 5:00 am

CES 2015 - Intel has publicly unveiled its Curie module, a button-sized hardware product that utilizes Quark SE to help power wearable products. It is so small that it can actually be used in a coat button, as demonstrated during the keynote.


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The Quark SE system-on-chip (SOC) module uses a low-power, 32-bit microcontroller with 384 kb of flash, Bluetooth Low Energy support, and an accelerometer and gyroscope combination sensor. The chip will publicly launch during Q3 or Q4 this year, with partners including Fossil Group, MICA and Opening Ceremony, SMS Audio, and Basis Peak.


"The rise of new personal computing experiences, intelligent and connected devices, and the wearable revolution are redefining the relationship between consumers and technology," said Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO. "Our goal with Intel technology is to help solve real problems and enable experiences that are truly desired by people and businesses."

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VPRO unleash their brand-new series of gaming mice

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 7, 2015 4:52 am

CES 2015 - under the banner of Rapoo , VPRO gaming has announced their new range of peripherals to hit the market this coming spring.


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The mice on offer are their V900 laser, V300 optical and V200 optical offerings, all set to be priced nicely at under $70 on release. Their champion product V900 will be released with a 32-bit ARM core processor, helping speed up input commands. Alongside giving you adjustable DPI from 100 - 8200 and an image processing rate of 12000 FPS. This mouse features a multi-color lighting system to help increase user customization and will set you back $69.99 on release.


Slightly lower graded are their optical mice, the V300 and V200. Priced at $49.99 and $39.99 respectively, these mice offer a lightly lower image-processing rate of 6400 FPS, which honestly doesn't really matter anyway. The V300 gives you up to 4000 DPI to play with compared to the V200 offering between 500 and 3000 DPI total.

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'Game of Thrones' episodes getting IMAX upgrade

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 7, 2015 4:51 am

Think your TV is big? Well, its never gonna be bigger than IMAX, which is why 'Game of Thrones' fans will be keen to seize the once off opportunity to see the show on the big screen, when they hit later this month for a limited engagement.


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In an announcement by Time Warner, HBO have confirmed that the final two episodes from the fourth season; 'The Watchers on the Wall' and 'The Children' will be remastered using IMAX's proprietary upscaling technology, IMAX DMR, alongside a trailer for the upcoming fifth season which is set to run for a week starting on January 23rd.


In 2015, IMAX is set for some fantastic exclusives, with 3D IMAX presentations of 'Jurassic World', 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' and 'The Force Awakens', the latter of which will have scenes shot specifically in the larger format and promising to be the hottest ticket in town for moviegoers.


Season five of 'Game of Thrones' premieres on the small screen in April.

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