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Vizio's 50-inch 4K TV will cost $1,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 8, 2014 4:52 am

CES 2014 - Vizio teases its new P-Series of 4K-capable TVs yesterday, but we didn't know the pricing on these new Ultra HD TVs, until now. Vizio will be pricing its 50-inch 4K P-Series TV at just $1,000.

 

 

The bigger screens will cost an additional $400 for every size bigger, until it reaches $2,600 for the 70-inch beast. Considering House of Cards' season season is being streamed by Netflix in 4K, it might be high time that you acquire that Ultra HD TV now, hey?

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Oculus VR unveils its new 'Crystal Cove' prototype headset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 8, 2014 4:09 am

CES 2014 - Oculus VR has just unveiled its new Oculus Rift prototype, which has been codenamed 'Crystal Cove'. The new virtual reality headset features positional tracking, and a brand new AMOLED-based display.

 

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The new Crystal Cove prototype features positional tracking, where it uses multiple LEDs and an IR tracking camera which works out the position of the headset, in 3D space. One of the major downsides to the current two prototypes (the 720p and 1080p models - both of which I've used) is that there is motion sickness for some people, but this new positional tracking addition should help those who get sick, not feel nauseous.

 

The positional tracking will also push some new features into games, such as leaning around corners, or over cover to shoot enemies. But the biggest addition here is the new AMOLED display, which is a low-latency panel, versus the LCD-based tech which had motion blur galore. With the new headset, you should be able to turn your head in a game or demo now, without the blurring associated with the previous development kits.

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Samsung speaks about 3D V-NAND and TLC NAND in the datacenter

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 8, 2014 4:03 am

Storage Visions 2014 - Samsung's Ryan Smith, the manager of SSD manufacturing, stopped by the booth to speak about their latest SSD and NAND developments.

 

 

 

Ryan's projections of 2TB SSDs used in the datacenter falls in track with recent SSD releases and roadmaps we have observed from the major SSD manufacturers. Ryan also speaks about Samsung's deployment of 3D V-NAND into the datacenter, and their current use of TLC products as well.

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World Exclusive- Marvell 88SS9293 Altaplus PCIe 2.0 x4 SSD Controller

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 8, 2014 3:58 am

CES 2014 Just days ago we tested the ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer with a PCIe 2.0 x2 m.2 socket. In that preview article we used a SanDisk A110 PCIe based m.2 drive, but that's old news now. Just moments ago we sat down with Marvell and tested a new controller named Altaplus. This controller, model number 88SS9293, can use four PCI Express lanes.

 

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There are other PCIe 4-lane controllers coming and we've seen read benchmarks, but the new Marvell 4-lane controller is able to read and write data at a high speed already.

 

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In the test Marvell ran, the drive achieved a 128KB sequential read speed of 1445 MB/s. In the same sequential test the drive wrote at 1051 MB/s. Making the performance even more impressive is the test is a full span read and write. We didn't test 4KB random performance, but it won't be long before we have a working sample in our hands. When it comes to general availability, Marvell tells us to check back in at Computex for an update. We can say this, the drive looks very strong right now.

Phanteks launches Enthoo Primo White Edition, with clean finish

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 8, 2014 3:05 am

Hardware maker Phanteks showed off a new color of one of its recent flagship products, the Enthoo Primo White Edition gaming PC chassis. The White Edition features touches of black on the largely white case, along with white LED lighting provides a unique look that many PC owners now expect. Proprietary mounting brackets make removing and installing new hardware easier, while cables are hidden from view with a reservoir bracket. There is major cooling potential for gaming and overclocking with the Enthoo Primo White Edition, with water cooling support and a PSU thermally isolated from the rest of the case.

 

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The Phanteks Enthoo Primo White Edition will be released in February and have a $249.99 MSRP.

 

As hardware speeds continue to increase, many PC users are finding the need for a specific type of case, depending on room size, portability, cooling options, and other factors.

Sony PlayStation 4 global demand outpaces Microsoft Xbox 360 sales

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jan 8, 2014 1:30 am

The Sony PlayStation 4 game console has reportedly racked up more than 4.2 million units sold worldwide since launch time in mid-to-late November to most major markets. Early last month, Sony said it sold 2.1 million units worldwide, with the company clearly having a successful 2013 Christmas shopping season.

 

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"The momentum of the PS4 system keeps getting stronger, and we couldn't be more thrilled gamers worldwide are enjoying the incredibly immersive gaming experiences along with deep social capabilities and entertainment provided by our network," said Andrew House, Sony Computer Entertainment President and CEO, in a statement. "After a remarkable launch, we look forward to bringing even more exciting content and continuing to explore the power of the PS4 system by adding new features and services, including PlayStation Now, in 2014."

 

Meanwhile, the Xbox One reportedly sold 3 million units to close out 2013, as Microsoft is reportedly proud of the console's early success. Xbox One should outsell the PS4 in the United States, while the Japanese company is able to cater better to international gamers. More gamers want to use a single device in the living room, so the ability to support streaming content, social media, and more robust software is common.

EVGA introduces its first gaming mouse, carbon fiber TORQ X10

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 11:25 pm

EVGA introduced the TORQ X10 gaming mouse during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014, featuring a custom laser mouse with a carbon fiber surface, adjustable frame, 512KB memory, weight control system, and 9 programmable buttons. TORQ X10 provides up to 8200 DPI and includes modified drivers that provide button setting assignments.

 

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EVGA hasn't publicly confirmed a release date or pricing on its inaugural gaming mouse.

 

This is the company's first gaming mouse, but known among gamers and PC enthusiasts, this is a move that could work out for EVGA. The only downside is the sheer number of gaming-specific companies that are producing innovative gaming mice, keyboards, and other peripherals that EVGA has less working knowledge of.

Razer introduces Project Christine, unique modular gaming design

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 10:21 pm

Gaming company Razer unveiled a rather surprising modular desktop computer concept, dubbed Project Christine, making it extremely easy for PC owners to build and customize a gaming machine. The modular design makes it possible to easily swap CPUs, GPUs, memory and storage drives inside the machine - and each individual module is sealed and is supports the PCI-Express architecture. The touchscreen LED display makes it easier to view and control hardware and software configurations in a fast, convenient manner.

 

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"Project Christine is a new concept design that will revolutionize the way users view the traditional PC. This is the first gaming system that is able to keep pace with technology and could allow consumers to never buy another PC, or gaming system, again," said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO, in a statement. "We have a history of bringing incredibly innovative concept systems to market and it's fair to say that Project Christine is a very exciting new prospect for future development."

 

Razer hasn't publicly disclosed a release date or pricing for Project Christine, though should set the bar fairly high for competitors.

Google Android to top 1 billion in 2014, as industry recovers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 9:55 pm

Global shipment of PCs, tablets, ultramobile devices and mobile phones will top 2.5 billion units shipped by the end of 2014, according to research firm Gartner. Smartphones will be the driving sales leader, but ultramobiles such as tablets, hybrid and ultrabooks will drastically increase an estimated 54 percent growth.

 

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"The device market continues to evolve, with buyers deciding which combination of devices is required to meet their wants and needs," said Ranjit Atwal, Gartner research director, in a statement. "Meanwhile users continue to move away from the traditional PC (notebooks and desk-based) as it becomes more of a shared content creation tool, while the greater flexibility of tablets, hybrids and lighter notebooks address users' increasingly different demands."

 

Although Apple iOS and Mac OS remain extremely popular, Google Android-powered devices will lead the pack with 1 billion units shipped. Android will have 25.6 percent year-over-year growth, compared to 29 percent for Apple and 10 percent for Microsoft Windows.

Casio rolls out multi-sport STB-1000, with Bluetooth connectivity

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 8:22 pm

Longtime watch maker Casio announced a new sports watch using Bluetooth 4.0 technology so owners can check personal fitness data wirelessly - and control a smartphone's music player directly from the watch. The STB-1000 includes Apple iPhone compatibility, Bluetooth 4.0, and third-party iOS fitness apps, such as Wahoo Fitness and Abvio Runmeter.

 

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"This is an ideal sports watch for countless recreational runners who exercise with their iPhones," said Shigenori Itoh, Casio America CEO, in a statement. "In addition to the compatibility with several apps, it has a battery life up to two years and a versatile, water-proof design that makes it easy to use and wear before, during and after any workout."

 

The watch will run for around two years with a single battery, and doesn't require frequent recharging like many sport watch and GPS units.

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