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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.

ROCCAT wrap-up CES 2015 with the Kave XTD 5.1 Analog Headset

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 7, 2015 4:35 am

CES 2015 - Set to provide gamers with immersive and deep sound quality, ROCCAT's last installment to their CES 2015 onslaught is the Kave XTD 5.1 Analog headset.

 

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Designed with Noise cancelling technology build into their dual-mode, in-cable remote means full immersion without distraction. ROCCAT proudly states that sound quality is paramount when designing their Kave models, stating that "our tweaks based in part on customer feedback and our own sound engineering goals have catapulted the XTD 5.1 Analog's audio to new heights."

 

Alongside increased sound performance, ROCCAT claims that 25 percent of the total weight has been taken from this headset, when compared to previous Kave models.

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Research: 35% of Americans own at least one smart device besides phone

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 7, 2015 4:29 am

Thirty five percent of US consumers now have at least one smart device besides their smartphone, according to a new research report from TRUSTe. Smart TVs (20 percent), in-car navigation systems (12 percent), fitness bands (5 percent) and home alarm systems (4 percent) are the most popular connected devices - but with so many different emerging products, the industry could change at a rapid pace.

 

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However, there are concerns related to IoT, with 79 percent of consumers concerned about personal data collection, with 69 percent of users believe they should own data that is being collected. Furthermore, 27 percent of consumers also have concerns regarding security, whether from mobile devices, or the connected devices themselves.

 

"The Internet of Things market continues to gain traction as many consumers are embracing the convenience and benefits of connected devices," said Chris Babel, CEO of TRUSTe. "However, privacy questions over the personal data being collected, including who has access and ownership of this data is still a major concern for consumers and a big question that the industry must address moving forward."

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ROCCAT launch a modular gaming mouse with 3D-printed add-ons

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 7, 2015 4:18 am

CES 2015 - Quoted as a "fully modular chameleon peripheral that is a glove-fit to MMO gaming, that fluidly transforms into MOBA and FPS layouts thanks to custom button placement, and interchangeable side-parts" in their recent press release, ROCCAT are looking to appeal to almost any gamer with their new peripheral offering.

 

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The ROCCAT Nyth features 3D-printed parts that are changeable as you see fit. If you're a heavy user of macro keys in games like World of Warcraft or a precision aimer in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, this mouse is deigned to suit either or both of those purposes.

 

"Our growing file library of 3-D printed buttons and side-parts will ensure Nyth users get value out of Nyth years past what anyone else is offering today" states Rene Korte, CEO and Founder of ROCCAT, further adding "it's adaptable and great fun to play with. Much like the human fingerprint, almost no Nyth will be the same as another once users bring their creative customizations into the picture."

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ROCCAT launch their upgraded Ryos smartphone-connectable keyboard

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 7, 2015 4:06 am

CES 2015 - We've seen things like Logitech's keyboard with a smartphone dock , but nothing quite like what ROCCAT has just launched as part of their CES 2015 promotions.

 

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Featuring RGB LEDs and smartphone integration, the ROCCAT Ryos Pobo is aimed at the gamer, giving up Cherry MX Switch Mechanical Keys, two USB ports and a tenkeyless design. Roccat have now bolstered their range as of recent, seeing extra features added into the mid.

 

This keyboard is quoted to be made as part of ROCCAT's "Future Ready philosophy", with their CEO and Founder, Rene Korte explaining in their recent press release that "when concepting Phobo, we knew we had a strong vision. Still, we brought it back to the drawing board to expand and perfect the design."

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First full 'Ant-Man' trailer teased online by Marvel

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 7, 2015 3:43 am

Marvel Studios have released their first look at this year's release of 'Ant-Man', which stars Paul Rudd and which will premiere just a few months after the studios other big hit in the making; 'The Avengers: The Age of Ultron'.

 

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Much like last year's 'Guardians of the Galaxy', 'Ant-Man' will need to overcome low general awareness if it wants to ring in the big bucks, but may face an even greater uphill battle due to the much publicised behind the-scenes battles which culminated in the original director, Edgar Wright of 'Hot Fuzz' and 'The World's End' fame, departing last year. Still, if anyone can do it, Marvel can - its track record speaks for itself.

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Velocity Micro will build your customized laptop in 3 days or less

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 7, 2015 3:12 am

PC and laptop company Velocity Micro has announced a new effort to build custom configured laptops that will be completed with lead times of three days or less.

 

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The NoteMagix M17 starts at $1,199 with the following options: 17.3" full HD display, Intel Haswell Core i7 CPU options, NVIDIA GTX 850M options, integrated optical drives and integrated camera and fingerprint scanner.

 

The Raptor MX50 starts at $1,899 with the following: 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS screen, which can be upgraded to 3840x2160, Intel Haswell Core i7 CPU options, NVIDIA GeForce GTX970M and 980M options, and integrated camera, fingerprint scanner, backlit keyboard.

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FAA issues drone permits for real estate, agriculture commercial use

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 7, 2015 2:41 am

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued drone flight permits for a real estate firm and agricultural farm in Washington to take to the skies.

 

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Advanced Aviation Solutions will be able to conduct "crop scouting," while the Tierra Antigua Realty firm in Arizona will be able to film properties.

 

Advanced Aviation Solutions will use an eBee drone to measure fields and measure monitor health, in an effort to save time for farmers. Meanwhile, Tierra Antigua Realty plans to "enhance academic community awareness and augment real estate listing videos," according to the FAA.

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