Harman Kardon rolls out Soho headphones and Esquire wireless speaker

Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Feb 18, 2014 12:47 PM CST

Harman Kardon has been around for a long time and has a reputation for making speakers and other radio gear that sounds good and looks really cool too. Harman Kardon makes the cool Nova speakers that we talked about back in November. These speakers have a cool clear case and NFC tech crammed inside.

Harman Kardon is back with a couple new products being unveiled, including a set of attractive headphones called the Soho and a wireless loudspeaker called the Esquire. The Soho headphones are Android compatible and have an inline mic and remote. That means you can control your music without taking your smartphone out of your pocket or bag and make and receive phone calls.

The Soho headphones fold flat making them only 1.25-inches thick and easy to take on the go. They are available in white, black, and brown colors for £169.99. The Esquire wireless loudspeaker is aimed at people wanting to share their music with a large group.

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Chroma Musical FPS game coming from Rock Band creator Harmonix

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Feb 18, 2014 12:13 PM CST

If you are a fan of music games, you probably played Rock Band at one time or another. This game was a competitor to Guitar Hero and added in drums and vocals on top of the guitar rhythm play. Rock Band isn't particularly popular any more.

Way back in 2010 Viacom sold off Harmonix and we haven't heard much form them in a while. Harmonix has now announced that it is working on a new video game. Like the other games that the company is known for, it will be music based.

The new game won't have instruments that let you play as Rock Band did. Oddly, the new game is described as a musical FPS title. The game is called Chroma and it is being produced in cooperation with Hidden Path. If you are familiar with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, you are familiar with Hidden Path's work.

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Google Chromecast to get screen mirroring via AllCast app

Shane McGlaun | Software & Apps | Feb 18, 2014 11:42 AM CST

If you are a big fan of the Google Chromecast device, it will be getting a new trick soon. The Chromecast was designed to shoot content like photos, music, and video form the Android device to your big screen in the living room. Soon the Chromecast will get the ability to mirror screen content.

That should mean that anything seen on the screen of the Android device could be seen on your big screen. That means everything from your home page to your favorite game app presumably. The ability to mirror the screen will be coming via the AllCast app.

There will be a bit of lag, as you would get with other screen mirroring solutions like Miracast. The lag isn't expected to affect the ability for users to watch videos. There are a few things that we don't know just yet about the screen mirroring experience.

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Digital Storm now offering NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Black GPUs

Charles Gantt | Computer Systems | Feb 18, 2014 11:25 AM CST

Following this mornings announcement from NVIDIA, boutique PC builder, Digital Storm, has announced that it now offers all three of NVIDIA's new discrete graphics solutions in its line of custom gaming PCs. Digital Storm is offering both the GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti, as a low-cost HD gaming solution to lineup. If Ultra-HD 4k gaming is more your style, Digital Storm is also offering NVIDIA's new flagship, the GeForce GTX Titan Black, the world's fastest GPU.

"HD gaming is the new standard and Ultra HD is not far behind with 4K displays already available for $800," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm's Director of Product Development. "This is an exciting time for gamers and we're thrilled to incorporate NVIDIA's new cards into our systems to deliver the stunning graphics and advanced gaming experience our customers demand." Digital Storm went on to highlight a few of its PCs that pair up great with these new offerings.

The Aventum II, with its supercar inspired nickel-plated copper piping solution, is the ideal pairing for the TITAN BLACK. Combined with three huge 420mm radiators, the liquid cooling system is as efficient as it is beautiful and fully capable of unlocking the maximum performance potential of bleeding edge components like the world's fastest video card.

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CoinTerra unveils new PCIe GSX I bitcoin mining card

Shane McGlaun | Business, Financial & Legal | Feb 18, 2014 10:31 AM CST

There are two basic ways that you can get your hands on bitcoins. You can buy them with real-world money and hope that the value goes up in the future and you can make a profit. The other way is to get your hands on some PC hardware that will allow you to mine your own bitcoins. The mining process is resource intensive and isn't fast, but you can make money if you are successful.

Back in December, we talked a bit about the BIOSTAR mainboards that the company was positioning for bitcoin mining. Another new bit of bitcoin mining hardware has now turned up from a company called CoinTerra.

CoinTerra has unveiled its "affordable" bitcoin mining card called the GSX I. I say "affordable" because the GSX I sells for $1599, which is hardly affordable in my book. Compared to other mining options that can cost many times that $1599, it is affordable though.

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Austin and Seattle to get first bitcoin ATMs in the US

Shane McGlaun | Business, Financial & Legal | Feb 18, 2014 9:54 AM CST

Bitcoin is booming right now with the virtual currency worth a significant amount of real-world money. The success of bitcoin is a bit cloudy though with some countries deeming the virtual currency illegal, such as Russia. There have also been some issues with popular bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox stopping withdrawals in some instances.

Mt. Gox has promised that withdrawals are coming back soon. While bitcoin is having some issues, the world keeps moving forwards. The US is set to get its first bitcoin ATMs soon. A company called Robocoin announced this week that it would be putting bitcoin ATMs in place in Austin, Texas, and Seattle, Washington.

The company says that the bitcoin ATMs will require the user to scan an official ID like a passport or driver's license before a transaction can be made. The ATMs will allow users to swap bitcoin for cash, deposit cash, and purchase bitcoins.

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NVIDIA unleashes the GeForce GTX Titan Black, the worlds fastest GPU

Charles Gantt | Video Cards & GPUs | Feb 18, 2014 9:44 AM CST

When NVIDIA first unveiled the GeForce GTX Titan to the world, it instantly became the must-have video card for every hard-core gamer and custom PC enthusiast on the planet. Fast forward to more than a year later, and the original GTX Titan is still considered a force to be reckoned with. This morning NVIDIA unveiled the new Titan Black, the successor to the original Titan, and the fastest GPU on planet earth.

NVIDIA's new Titan Black is based on its Kepler architecture and boast an impressive 2,880 CUDA cores which equates to about 200 more cores than the original Titan. Stock clock speeds have also been increased to 889MHz, and 980MHz when boosted, which is slightly higher than the original Titan. 6GB of GDDR5 is addressed over a 384-bit memory bus, and just like its older brother, the Titan black is a massive power hungry beast. With a TDP of 250-watts, the GPU requires both a 6-pin and 8-pin power connector just to get the card up and running.

Two dual-link DVI ports, one HDMI, and one Display Port 1.2 connector allow for multiple monitor connections, while several Titans can be chained together via NVIDIA's SLI connector. NVIDIA says that the Titan Black is about 10-percent faster than the original Titan and is capable of powering the most extreme games at 4K resolution and higher across multiple 4K compatible monitors. Just like its predecessor, the GeForce GTX Titan Black is expected to be priced in the $1000 USD range, and is available from OEMs such as Palit, and is also being featured at several boutique builders such as Origin, Digital Storm and Cyberpower PC.

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Sony PS4 has sold 5.3 million units globally since launch

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Feb 18, 2014 9:23 AM CST

When it came to sales numbers for the last generation of consoles, the PS3 was typically outsold by the Xbox 360. Things are looking much different for the latest generation of game consoles with the PS4 outselling the Xbox One. Not all has been perfect in the PS4 launch story though.

Some users had issues with their PS4 hardware early on and supply was so limited, they had to wait until 2014 to get replacement hardware. Sony PS4 developers are also having success with games for the PS4 console flying off the shelves with over 9.7 million games sold as of January.

Sony is taking the time to officially brag about the sales of the PS4. Sony has now sold over 5.3 million units globally. That number came in early February even though the console is not available in Japan yet. Japanese gamers have been waiting to get their hands on the console and that launch will certainly help sales.

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Team Group unveils new ultra-small C134 Compact Flash Drive

Charles Gantt | Storage | Feb 17, 2014 7:18 PM CST

phFor many years now, flash memory manufacturers have been working hard at shrinking USB drives down smaller and smaller, and today Team Group announced the launch of a new ultra-small compact flash drive that is truly the size of your thumb. The new C134 Compact Flash Drive measures in at just over 24mm x 12mm x 6mm in size and weighs only 3.4-grams, making it one of the smallest thumb drives on the market today.

The extremely small size of the C134 makes it ideal for use in applications where a traditional thumb drive could easily get bumped and broken off, or where a very small profile is ideal for discrete operation. The new C134 is available in capacities from 4GB up to 32GB, and is encased in an all metal, gold-anodized zinc body.

"The compact size allows it to stick closely to other lightweight mobile devices while in use, so that it will not interfere or become an obstruction when using two USB devices or when carrying or moving the device.It prevents unnecessary space wastage and avoids possible collisions due to the excessive body size. It also echoes perfectly with the design concept of Ultrabook and tablet PCs, working impeccably together," said Team Group in a statement.

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Konami confirms Metal Gear Solid 5 will run better on PlayStation 4

Charles Gantt | Gaming | Feb 17, 2014 6:33 PM CST

It seems that Microsoft and Sony just keep exchanging blows over which console is better than the other. Today Konami released a statement confirming that its long awaited fifth installment to the famed Metal Gear Solid franchise will in fact run better on Sony's PlayStation 4 console. This is a major blow to Metal Gear Solid fans who bought the Xbox One awaiting the game.

Konami says that Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes will run at its native resolution of 1080p at 60fps on the PlayStation 4 while only running at 720p and 60fps on the Xbox One. To further pour salt on the wound, the games creator, Hideo Kojima, said that; "I think, between the home console available in the domestic market, the PS4 is the best. Since it does it a little better than other hardware, the image quality of the PS4 is the most beautiful. It's the closest to the photo-realistic quality we are aiming at." With many new games launching with native 1080p resolutions, it appears that Microsoft may be playing catch-up with the PS4 for quite some time to come.

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