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Acer Liquid Jade Primo runs Windows 10, supports Continuum dock

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 10, 2016 12:35 am

CES 2016 - Acer continues its strong relationship with Microsoft, unveiling the new Liquid Jade Primo smartphone at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.



The new smartphone runs Windows 10, is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, has 3GB of RAM, and has 32GB of storage which is expandable through a microSD card slot.


Acer has included a 21-megapixel rear-facing camera on the Liquid Jade Primo smartphone, with an 8-megapixel selfie shooter, too. One of the standout features of t he smartphone is that it's compatible with the Continuum dock, which is powered by Analogix chips.

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Hulu's '11.22.63' trailer tries to prevent Kennedy assasination

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 9, 2016 10:06 pm

The full trailer for Hulu's adaptation of Stephen King's time travel novel '11.22.63' is here and it looks like it could be a very solid adventure indeed.



The eight episode series deals with high school history teacher Jake Epping's (James Franco) attempt to travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Of course, time travel is never clear cut and Epping soon finds multiple forces fighting back - including time itself.


King's 2011 novel was a New York Times best-seller, which quietly gathered rave reviews. Helmed by Academy Award-winning Director Kevin Macdonald and co-produced by 'Force Awakens' director J.J. Abrams, and writer Stephen King, and starring James Franco, Chris Cooper, Josh Duhamel and T.R. Knight, '11.22.63' premiers on the Hulu platform on February 15.

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Acer Aspire Switch 12 S features Intel RealSense 3D camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 9, 2016 9:47 pm

CES 2016 - Acer unveiled their new Aspire Switch 12 S at CES 2016, which features the impressive RealSense 3D camera from Intel.



We have a 12-inch Full HD display protected by Gorilla Glass 4, an Intel Core M processor, up to 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. On the back, the Aspire Switch 12S sports an Intel RealSense 3D camera with a 5-megapixel camera up front.


This all arrives in at 7.8mm thick and 800g, with a release window of March and a starting price of $999.

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AMD's Zen-based AM4 socket puts an end to multi-socket issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jan 9, 2016 9:07 pm

CES 2016 - AMD unveiled their new Wraith cooler at CES 2016, but had some more surprising news: that their upcoming socket AM4 platform will have a single socket. Yes! A single socket.




This means that there will only be one socket to choose from for the Zen-based CPUs and APUs, bringing their platform into unison. Right now, both AMD and Intel's sockets are fragmented, but everything goes into one path with AM4 which is just so great - not just for consumers, but for system builders, too.


As for Zen, AMD is promising 40% more instructions per clock than the current Excavator cores, by utilizing simultaneous multi-threading (SMT) architecture, that is similar to the way Intel does things with its Core series, compared to the cluster-based multi-threading (CMT) approach.

Sony wants to own the 'Let's Play' video trademark

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Online Video | Posted: Jan 9, 2016 8:57 pm

If you've ever made a "Let's Play" video, and you put that tagline in the title, watch out for Sony, because they actually own the trademark to that tagline. Not that anyone's actually in danger of being sued, however.



A user at NeoGaf was poking around and discovered that particular trademark registration by Sony. They originally filed for the trademark with the USPTO in October of 2015 and from the listing, they've been issued a non-final action, meaning more information is needed. And that was on December 29th.


The trademark itself is associated to all the things that it's used for by a huge amount of people, for "Electronic transmission and streaming of video games via global and local computer networks; streaming of audio, visual, and audiovisual material via global and local computer networks". So what does that mean for the hundreds of thousands of people that use it in that context?

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ASUS Vivobook Flip TP301 includes 360-degree hinge, turns into tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 9, 2016 7:40 pm

CES 2016 - ASUS unveiled a pair of VivoBook Flip devices at CES 2016, with the TP301 and TP501. The TP301 has a 13.3-inch screen while the TP501 bumps it up to a 15.6-inch display.



We went hands-on with the VivoBook Flip TP301, with its 13.3-inch screen coming in two options: HD or Full HD. Inside, you can customize it with an Intel Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 processor. It comes with 4GB of RAM, but can be optioned to 8GB while it arrives with both SSD and HDD options. GPU duties are taken care of by the iGPU in the form of Intel HD 520 graphics, while the discrete GPU comes in the flavor of an NVIDIA GeForce 920M, or 940M.


Where the VivoBook Flip takes a different turn, is its 360-degree hinge that lets you flip the display all the way around, and use it as a tablet. You can also use it in laptop mode, tent mode, stand mode - or as a tablet. It's super versatile.

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Nikon D5 and D500 push the boundaries of low-light photography

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 9, 2016 7:12 pm

CES 2016 - Nikon has released two new cameras in two different segments that have some fantastically high specs. The D5 halo DSLR and the D500 APS-C based DLSR have the highest ISO sensitivity in any consumer available sensor, not to mention a whole lot more when they release in March.




The D5 is the flagship camera for Nikon that builds wildly on the successes of the line of massive full-frame cameras with a much improved 35mm sensor that can shoot at a whopping 3,280,000 ISO. This opens up so many possibilities with low-light photography. Just don't expect print quality at that 3 million setting, but this does mean that noise should be better at higher than usual ISO settings that might be used on real shoots


The D500 uses a similar cropped APS-C sized sensor (DX format) that has slightly less megapixels though it's still just as sensitive as it's big brother. This is Nikon using the majority of the technology found in their halo product and trickling it down. On the back is a 3.2-inch touchscreen and all the manual controls you'd want.

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Lenovo's Yoga 900S is the world's thinnest convertible laptop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 9, 2016 4:58 pm

CES 2016 - Lenovo was out in force at CES this year, showing off its new Yoga 900S which the company claims is the world's thinnest convertible laptop.



We have a 12.5-inch QHD (2560x1440) display with a 360-degree hinge for any situation, with the entire body of the Yoga 900S made from carbon. Inside, we have an Intel Core M processor, Active Pen support, 10.5 hours of battery life and of course, Windows 10.


Unfortunately, the Lenovo Yoga 900S only features 8GB of RAM, but you can customize up to 512GB of storage inside. The Yoga 900S starts at $1099 and will be available in March.

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LG's V10 smartphone features super-cool Dual Window mode

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 9, 2016 7:56 am

CES 2016 - If you haven't seen LG's V10 smartphone, you really need to get acquainted with it. It features a beautiful 5.7-inch QHD display, with a smaller 0.2-inch display that shows critical information as well as a place for shortcut icons.



Inside, the V10 sports Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 processor, 4GB of RAM and expandable storage thanks to its included microSD slot. Around the back, we have a 16-megapixel camera with OIS and laser autofocus, but up front we have dual 5-megapixel selfie shooters. All of this will run for most of the day thanks to its 3000mAh battery.

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Alienware offers VR Ready PC and Oculus Rift for $1600

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 9, 2016 6:47 am

CES 2016 - Alienware has announced a new promo aimed at new VR adopters that discounts the price of an Oculus Certified PC when purchased alongside an Oculus Rift headset.




With the Oculus Rift opening up pre-orders at $599, key hardware titans are piecing together VR-compatible builds to prepare for the oncoming storm of virtual reality. Dell's Alienware line has joined the VR Ready program by announcing the $1200 Alienware X51 R3 Gaming Desktop, which sports the minimum specs required to power the Rift. The Alienware X51 comes with an Intel i5-6400 Skylake CPU, 8GB of onboard DDR4 RAM clocked at 2133MHz, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (model unspecified, probably stock), and a 1TB hard drive. No keyboard, mouse or monitor is included.


$1200 seems like a lot, especially for a PC that only sports the bare minimum specs. Alienware will actually lower the X51 R3's price down to $1000 if you pre-order the Oculus Rift along with the PC...but of course that brings the grand total of your bill to $1600 plus tax. Apart from the discount, one of the major benefits in going this route is that you automatically get skipped to the front of the Oculus Rift pre-order line and are guaranteed to receive your headset when the first batch is released.ds don't have to be expensive if you look in the right place.

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