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ASUS releases the Limited Edition ROG ARES II Graphics Card

Charles Gantt | Video Cards & GPUs | Jan 7, 2013 3:58 PM CST

CES 2013 - ASUS released the latest edition of its ARES Graphics Card line today and it, as usual, is a beast. The ROG ARES II is the fastest most powerful GPU available to date, and it looks almost as good as it preforms!

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The ARES II features exclusive ASUS DIGI+ VRM and Super Alloy Power technologies for greater stability and product longevity. This GPU Monster is powered by two AMD Radeon HD 7970's, 6GB GDDR5, and is water cooled from the factory. Clocks are set at 1050MHz Base, 1100MHZ Boost, and 6600MHz Memory. Max resolution is set at 2560x1600 through a DVI connection.

ASUS has only manufactured 1000 of these beauties and each one is numbered for collect-ability. No word yet on pricing for the ARES II but with the previous ARES and MARS cards selling in the $1500 range, it is not far fetched to think the ARES II will be in that same range, if not higher.

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Kingston debuts world's largest flash drive, capacities up to 1TB

Trace Hagan | Storage | Jan 7, 2013 1:56 PM CST

CES 2013 - Kingston has debuted what they are calling the world's fastest and largest flash drive, the DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 USB Flash drive. It is currently shipping in a 512GB model, with a 1TB model just over the horizon later this quarter. Read and write speeds come in at 240MB/s and 160MB/s respectively.

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"Our new DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 allows users to store their entire digital world on a portable USB 3.0 Flash drive," said Andrew Ewing, Flash memory business manager, Kingston. "The large capacity and fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds allow users to save time as they can access, edit and transfer applications or files such as HD movies directly from the drive without any performance lag."

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Delphi's Connected Car device lets you remotely track and monitor your vehicle

Charles Gantt | Electric Vehicles & Cars | Jan 7, 2013 11:13 AM CST

Delphi, a company most known for its vehicle based electronics has teamed up with Verizon and released a new device that lets you remotely monitor, track and control your car.

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The Bluetooth-enabled "Car Connect" device plugs into your car's OBD2 port. Once drivers install the device, they can then connect to it on their smart phone via a custom app.

The app is available on both Android and iOS allows them to monitor their vehicle's fuel levels, engine temperature, and other vital signs. The app will also notify drivers of any error codes that may prompt them to check their engines. An onboard GPS chip will allow real time vehicle tracking if the car is stolen. The app is also able to unlock and lock the car as well as remotely starting the vehicle from afar.

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SteelSeries unveil the world's fastest gaming keyboards - introducing the SteelSeries Apex and Apex RAW

Anthony Garreffa | Peripherals | Jan 7, 2013 8:59 AM CST

CES 2013 - SteelSeries start off with a sprint this morning, unveiling the "world's fastest gaming keyboards" otherwise known as the SteelSeries Apex and Apex RAW. Both of these keyboards sport "unique enhancements" to the keyboards layout from low-profile keys, specifically designed raised macros rows for quick access, as well as various customizations in terms of colors and intensity on the keyboard itself.

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Where the world's fastest gaming keyboard term comes into play is in the SteelSeries ActiveZone, which is a combination of programmability as well as visual support to navigate the keys better.

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The Apex keyboard is the higher-end of the two, sports the aforementioned SteelSeries ActiveZone which gives an insane amount of customization functions available to the user. Up to 8 levels of illumination intensity in each of its 5 zones, with up to 4 different customizable layers per zone.

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Seagate want you to organize your home with their Seagate Central shared storage device

Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Jan 7, 2013 3:34 AM CST

CES 2013 - Network attached storage is huge right now, and will only grow in the future, so it was only inevitable that Seagate would push more products in this area. CES 2013 brings Seagate into a position to release their Seagate Central shared storage, which is the first storage device to feature an app for Smart TVs that allow users to access their files on the big screen.

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Seagate Central is also capable of automatic backups for the entire house, as well as acting as centralized storage for your digital movies and music. Remote access is also featured, where you can access Seagate Central from any Internet-connected device. Seagate have built Seagate Central with simplicity in mind, where the storage giant have reworked their software and user experience for Seagate Central where it will provide an easy backup solution for each system on the network.

This can be a Windows PC, or a Mac notebook - it doesn't matter - Seagate Central does it all. The network attached storage device is also capable of backing up photos and videos directly from Facebook, which is something the company first unveiled in their award-winning Backup Plus lineup of devices.

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Seagate unveil their Wireless Plus mobile device, take your data everywhere

Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Jan 7, 2013 2:42 AM CST

CES 2013 - Seagate have announced the next step in their wireless storage products with the Seagate Wireless Plus. The new Wireless Plus device was designed to wirelessly stream content for up to 8 mobile devices, as well as feature enough storage on-board for 500 high-definition movies.

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Seagate's Wireless Plus also comes with a 10-hour battery life which will match the battery life of most smartphones and tablets, and comes with 1TB of storage so you won't be bored with the amount of content you can store on the device. The device is accessed through the mobile Seagate Media app which is available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire HD devices.

Not only that, but it can work with pretty much any device that can connect to a Wi-Fi network, and better yet - you can use the Wireless Plus to watch video, photos or listen to music through your TV using Apple AirPlay, DLNA or an application designed specifically for Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray players.

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Amazon's top-selling laptop is the Linux-based Chromebook

Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Jan 7, 2013 1:32 AM CST

While Microsoft are having issues with sales numbers of Windows 8-based devices and Apple continue to push their awesome Retina-based MacBook's, it is the Linux-based Chromebook from Samsung and Google that is topping Amazon's charts.

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Listed at just $249, with Amazon selling it for up to $317 - as demand is driving up the price and retailers are taking advantage of this. Even at $317, which is $68 more than its list price, it is still cheaper than all of the other 20 laptops in Amazon's top 20 laptop list. What makes the Chromebook such a huge seller?

After its price being the number one reason, secondly just about anyone can use it as a Chromebook is pretty much just a Chrome web browser-based notebook, and that is definitely not a bad thing. Linux is churning away underneath, but you don't see that on top of the OS. Most people turn away from a Chromebook because they think Google's many services are all online-only, but they're not.

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M-DISC promises 1000 years of life, allows you to archive files on disc

Trace Hagan | Storage | Jan 6, 2013 10:50 PM CST

Today while browsing the booths offered at Storage Visions--a show like CES that takes place just before and just for storage--this M-DISC caught my eye. The company says that their disc, compatible with most newer DVD writers, will allow data stored on a DVD disc to last for up to 1000 years, compared to the 7 years of a normal disc.

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They achieve this by etching the data into a "rock-like layer" that isn't affected by light and other damaging elements. The company said that the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division tested the disc versus normal discs and found that it was the only one to survive the 85*C/85% relative humidity test.

The other discs didn't survive past two days. One downside to these new discs is that they will set you back around $3 a piece, whereas normal discs are much, much cheaper than that. Other than that, these discs seem to be pretty cool. You can find out more information from the company's website.

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