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YouTube to show off 4K streaming at CES next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 3, 2014 3:30 am

It looks like Google will be making quite the high resolution splash at CES 2014 next week, where it will have its YouTube team on-site to show off its new 4K streaming technology that uses the VP9 codec.




The search giant has 19 hardware partners that are supporting the mostly unused codec, including ARM, Broadcom, Intel and Marvel. At CES 2014, YouTube will be showing off its 4K streaming technology at the booths of LG, Panasonic and Sony. Google developed the royalty-free codec in-house, but hasn't ruled out that YouTube won't have support for H.265 sometime in the future.

Valve's Steam Holiday Sales go out with a bang!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 3, 2014 2:51 am

If you hadn't jumped on the Steam Holiday Sales, you need to do so in the next 15 hours or so. Valve has just unleashed the last day of the Holiday Sales, and what a sale it is!




The gaming giant has bought back the most popular deals, with 24 games on the cheap! Check them out above. We have games like Batman: Arkham Origins, Metro: Last Light, Dishonored, Skyrim, Saints Row IV, Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3, and much more - many of the best games of 2013 are available right now, for 15 more hours, on special.

LG's WebOS TV appears in pre-CES leaked images

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 2, 2014 10:30 pm

LG will be showing off its first iteration of WebOS for its SmartTVs at CES 2014, and thanks to @evleaks we have just gotten a sneak peak at what it may look like. @Evleaks posted the photo on its Twitter account this morning, and I have to admit that the UI does not look all that bad.




LG appears to already have apps created for all of the major brands including Facebook, YouTube, Skype, Twitter, and more which will go very far into helping the new smartTV OS become mainstream. The TV shown in the photo is said to feature a 2.2GHz dual-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM which may sound impressive, but many low-end smartphones have more computing power than that today.

Coinye coins look to be the next Bitcoin, Kanye West's ego swells

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 2, 2014 7:59 pm

With the cryptocurrency quickly becoming the next big bubble, new "coins" are popping up every day. Today coders has announced a new digital currency called Coinye West, and is based on the open source Bitcoin code. "Coinye West is a cryptocurrency for the masses," says its creators.




While this is most definitely nothing more than an elaborate joke, the Coinye West coins could take of and actually gain some kind of value, similar to how the Dogecoin, another joke turned real cryptocurrency did. One thing is for sure though, investing is advised as if the Coinye West coins do inflate to anything near the size of Kanye's ego, we all will be billionaires!

Lenovo unveils the Vibe Z, its first LTE-based smartphone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 2, 2014 6:29 pm

CES 2014 - Today Lenovo unveiled its newest addition to its already impressive smartphone lineup. The all new Vibe Z is Lenovo's first LTE-based smartphone and includes features such as gesture controls, photo enhancement software as well as other exciting technology.




The Vibe Z measures in at just 7.9mm thick and features a 5.5-inch 1920x1080 IPS display. A quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor is on-board and has been clocked to 2.2GHz, while 2GB of RAM keeps everything running nice and smooth. 16GB of on-board storage is present, and Android 4.3 is the Vibe Z's operating system of choice. Most importantly, the Vibe Z is Lenovo's first foray into LTE, with the device being capable of super-fast data upload at up to 50 Mb/s and downloading at up to 150 Mb/s to satisfy the most data hungry of individuals. The Vibe Z operates on GSM/UMTS networks up to 2100 and also comes with 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.


"We created the new Vibe Z with its elegant design, high performance and custom software so that people can truly have the best smartphone experience now at the speed of LTE," said Liu Jun, senior vice president, Lenovo Business Group, Lenovo. "Along with the Vibe Z, our new S and A Series smartphones offer consumers choices of screen size and features so they can pick the Lenovo smartphone that's right for them."

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Mach Xtreme debuts new SSD barely larger than a postage stamp

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 2, 2014 4:31 pm

Mach Xtreme Technology has just unveiled what is arguably the smallest SATA-interface SSD on the consumer market today. The new DIY SATA 2 Series SSDs are barely larger than a postage stamp, and is designed to serve as a boot drive for your operating system of choice.




Mach Extreme says that the new DIY series uses the latest storage technology for extreme performance while offering hardware-modding enthusiast a fast, yet flexible storage solution that is 10 times smaller and lighter than a standard 2.5-inch SSD. Read speeds are said to be in the 220MB/s range while writes are performed at 80MB/s. Mach Xtreme manufacturers the DIY Series in both vertical and horizontal configurations, and packs them with storage capacities of 8GB up to 64GB.

Lian Li tease its DK01 desk chassis, a PC in your desk prototype

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 2, 2014 8:05 am

For many PC enthusiasts, there has been a time when the thought of having your PC in your desk would be a great idea. For looks, style, or even for space restriction if you lived in an apartment or unit.




Well, Lian Li is now showing off its new DK01, a desk chassis prototype which looks simply stunning. It features a beautiful glass cover and monitor mount, which the company plans to include in the final DK01 model. It has some rubber feet on the bottom which should stop it from moving around, enough 3.5-inch HDD spots to cater to any storage troll, four front USB 3.0 ports, and enough room inside for some insane watercooling projects.




You can see plenty of screenshots here along with the ones we've posted above.

Snapchat user database hacked, 4.6M users compromised

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 2, 2014 3:30 am

Snapchat is one of the most popular image sharing services in the mobile ecosystem, and today more than 4.6 million users are learning that their contact information has been hacked by unknown persons. A website called has popped up that list out usernames and phone numbers of each account that was compromised.




Originally thought of as a hoax, has been confirmed as real and its creators say that they stole the information and created the website to raise awareness around the security issues surrounding Snapchat. did censor the last two digits of each phone number to reduce spam, and unwanted messages to users, but with only 10 numbers per spot, it would only take a few minutes to figure out which is correct.

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Google to shut down Bump and Flock in just 30 days

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 2, 2014 2:00 am

In true Google form, its recently acquired Bump and Flock apps will be shutdown effective January 31st 2014. Google acquired Bump and Flock in September and only seemed interested in its talented employees, and not necessarily the apps themselves.




The shutdown announcement came late last night via the company's CEO and founder, David Lieb, who quietly broke the news via blog post last night. Google says that users can export their data by simply using the app and following the export instructions provided. This saddens me asbump is one of the apps that I used most often to trade contact info with colleagues and friends.

Winamp may not be dead, name server moved to new company

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 2, 2014 12:30 am

Back in November we reported that AOL had decided to shutdown Winamp for good. This news sparked a ton of outrage across the internet with long-time Winamp users feeling betrayed. Today it appears that Winamp may not on its death march after all, as the Winamp website URL has been transferred to a new company.




The domain has been owned by since 2011 when the company purchased it from A new record has been released that shows the URL has been transferred to a new name server owned by Many industry analyst are speculating that Radionomy has purchased Winamp from AOL and will keep the service alive. Radionomy is a company that specializes in tools and infrastructure for radio producers, and is partnered with more than 6,000 radio stations nation wide. This leaves me wondering if Radionomy is planning on repurposing Winamp into a DJ console for radio stations or something similar!