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Pure Storage dicusses the benefits off all-flash arrays

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 8:25 am

Storage Visions 2014 - Vaughn Stewart stopped by our booth to discuss the Pure Storage line of all-flash arrays. The key benefits of their core data reduction technologies, paired with thin provisioning and an easy-to-manage interface, allow Pure Storage to maximize data density with an easy to deploy solution.

 

 

The benefits of flash also provide radical acceleration to existing infrastructure. Pure Storage utilizes Samsung MLC SSDs in their products, so we couldn't help but to slip in a question about a possible transition to Samsung 3D V-NAND.

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ASUS announces its PB287Q, a 28-inch 4K monitor for $799

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 8:19 am

CES 2014 - ASUS has outed another 4K-capable monitor, which will join the ranks with its 31.5-inch 4K monitor we gushed over at Computex 2013 back in June of last year.

 

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The new ASUS PB287Q is a 28-inch display with a resolution of 3840x2160, or 4K, and is priced very competitively at $799. Compared to its bigger brother which is priced at over $3000, this is a great monitor for high-res fans. The ASUS PB287Q has a 1ms response time, DisplayPort, MHL-capable HDMI port and a rotatable design.

Valve boss Gabe Newell talks Steam Machines, and much more at CES

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 7:25 am

CES 2014 - If there's one thing I don't like about not being at CES 2014, it's that Gabe Newell was there, talking about all things Steam. This includes Steam Machines, Steam Controllers, Steam itself and its users, and much more.

 

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The Valve god himself, GabeN, took the stage and talked about Steam's 62% year-over-year revenue growth, as well as the 65 million and counting user accounts on Steam. Newell also said that Valve will be producing Steam Controllers in-house, but it will also see other companies making their own controllers, which is a nice turn of events.

 

Newell said that Valve has around 250 titles running on SteamOS, and that the beta users are reporting good things about it so far. One interesting thing to take away from Newell's talk at CES 2014, is that they're not pushing companies to release Steam Controllers, or Steam Machines - and he has no firm dates on when to expect them. Instead, he said that he sees Valve's role in all of this as an enabler in this process, and that if people want to know when the Steam Machines are coming, to ask the hardware makers themselves.

Toshiba announces the Tecra W50, a 15.6-inch 4K-capable laptop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 6:48 am

CES 2014 - Toshiba has just outed its impressive Tecra W50 laptop, which features Intel's fourth-generation Core processor, NVIDIA's Quadro K2100M GPU with 2GB of RAM, and a beautiful 15.6-inch 4K display - providing 282PPI, and it has been color calibrated, too.

 

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Toshiba's new Tecra W50 is "designed for professionals working with graphically-intensive applications". The company also unveiled its new Satellite P50t, which features the same 3840x2160-pixel 15.6-inch display, but is touch-capable. We have edge-to-edge glass, with provides some gorgeous color, clarity, and contrast.

 

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Both of Toshiba's new mobile offerings will be running Windows 8.1, and will be available in the second half of the year.014 -

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Intel unveils a super-small PC dubbed Edison, the size of an SD card

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 6:33 am

CES 2014 - Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has announced Edison, a super tiny PC that is the size of an SD card - yes, those things you install into your camera. An entire PC.

 

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Intel is leveraging its 22nm process here, with the Edison PC running Linux, and features built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules. Intel's Edison, even at the size of an SD card, still connects to its own app store, which should create an entire new market for developers. Where this will end up leading Intel will be an adventure, but it's something that is exciting, that's for sure.

ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q, delivering 1440p at 120Hz with NVIDIA G-Sync

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 6:17 am

CES 2014 - ASUS has gone and done the seemingly impossible: announced a 2560x1440 panel, which runs at 120Hz. The new ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q comes with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology on-board, too.

 

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We have a 1ms response time, mixed with G-Sync, ASUS' GamePlus, which is an OSD overlay, a single DisplayPort 1.2 port, dual USB 3.09 ports and VESA wall mount capabilities. It also comes with a 6mm bezel, which will be perfect when I get three of these for my test bed. ASUS: hurry up and release this bad boy, please.-

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Broadcom triples home Wi-Fi speeds with its new 5G Wi-Fi offerings

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 6:02 am

CES 2014 - Broadcom has just unveiled its super-speed 5G Wi-Fi chips, which will be capable of tripling the typical bandwidth found in the average consumers' home.

 

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Broadcom announced the new technology at CES 2014, where it will make it easier to stream video through routers, gateways, STBs, digital TVs, and much more in the home. The company is offering up two 5G Wi-Fi systems that will hopefully break through any walls in any home, with the chips capable of reducing interference when one person plays an online game, while another streams video content from one device to another.

 

The new Broadcom BCM43569 wireless networking chip will allow smart TVs to receive both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals, simultaneously. Better yet, the BCM43602 can offline processing from a CPU for Wi-Fi networking, with both chips offering support for beamforming, or taking advantage of noise to increase available bandwidth.

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House of Cards S2 trailer in 4K, looks deliciously conniving

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 5:43 am

One of my favorite shows of 2013 was House of Cards, but to mix the worlds of tech and great writing is even better. Netflix has released a new poster for the hit show, and a beautiful new 4K trailer for the upcoming second season of the political, back-stabbing drama.

 

 

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You'll have to manually choose '2160p' in the options, but if you have the screen - or multi-screens - to handle this resolution, it doesn't get better than this.

Mozilla and Panasonic team up to bring Firefox OS to the living room

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 5:40 am

Mozilla wants to push the boundaries of all connected devices, and is shifting focus to the living room with its Firefox OS. The open source operating system offers an opportunity to try and break up the rather proprietary and closed world among today's TVs and home entertainment products.

 

Mozilla and Panasonic will team up to bring the Firefox OS into the living room on smart HDTVs, with other announcements in the near future likely.

 

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"By producing an OS powered by Web technologies and the Web's principles of openness and competition at every layer of the stack, we're applying the full power and flexibility of the Web to the mobile ecosystem for the first time," said Jay Sullivan, Mozilla Chief Operating Officer, in a blog post.

 

The mobile ecosystem is evolving rapidly, and Mozilla hopes Firefox OS users find the cloud-based functionality practical.

Zzzz... Withings launches Aura active smart sleep technology

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 5:39 am

Electronics company Withings has launched a $299 gadget that uses customized light and sound programs that adapt to each sleeper, providing a more restful amount of sleep. Aura also has the ability to track heart rate, breathing and body movement, along with noise pollution, room temperature, and lighting. Both the custom sensor pad and beside unit send information wirelessly, which owners can check using a free mobile app.

 

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"Sleep is such a vital part of a healthy balance that we challenged ourselves to create a product that could be used not only to analyze and monitor sleep, but also to positively impact the experience," said Cedric Hutchings, Withings co-founder, in a press statement.

 

Smart technologies will be a major draw at CES 2014, with Withings fighting for attention among a strong list of competitors. However, the niche market for those looking to improve daily life could benefit from looking at something like the Withings Aura.

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