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ROCCAT Skeltr Keyboard Review

We have just posted our review of the ROCCAT Skeltr Keyboard. This is a membrane (non-mechanical) keyboard that throws in some pretty nifty features such as Bluetooth calling to your phone through your PC headset, a universal device dock, Bluetooth keyboard integration with your phone and more. It might not be perfect, but it is boldly going where I've never seen a keyboard go before - and it's solid. Check our review for more details.

Gaming keyboards lately have been going towards mechanical switches, however, not everyone likes the noise and feel of mechanical switches, and if you're one of them you are probably pretty excited to see a high-end gaming keyboard that has membrane switches, which is what the ROCCAT Skeltr features.

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Horizon Zero Dawn

There are some pretty nifty open-world RPG games out there and I haven't had a huge love for any of them honestly. It seems that Horizon Zero Dawn is the game that may change that for many people. According to one reviewer, the 30 hour demo they were able to play wasn't near enough time to really enjoy the game. That is a good sign and we'll have to see how it all plays out as things progress.

Horizon is, in a word, seamless. It's massive, yet there are no loading screens peppered throughout the map (aside from fast travel and death), leaving Aloy's path open as she travels from village to village. There are plentiful side quests and save points (giant campfires) dotted along the way, and miles of mysterious wilderness for her to explore.

Source: Engadget

GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Rumors

There are some rumors that NVIDIA is responding to AMDs recent graphics card surprise with one of their own. The GTX 1080 Ti is rumored to be coming and it looks like a solid upgrade and have more of a Titan-X performance package. It looks like it could start off with a 10GB memory package and offer some insane performance numbers. While we will have to wait a little bit to see how it all shapes up, it looks like it could be coming soon rather than later. Details can be translated from NordicHardware below.

Earlier rumors that Geforce GTX 1080 Ti is equipped with the corresponding GP102 GPU Titanium X. Our sources could not confirm some of the earlier specifications leaked online but follow its previous Nvidia Ti launches sounds the following program likely. Slightly fewer CUDA units and smaller amount of memory than the Titanium X but with higher frequencies that provide similar computing power.

Source: NordicHardware

Microsoft Groove Offers 4 Months Free

If you sign up for a Groove Music Pass (think Zune Music / Xbox Music), Microsoft will give you four months free. This includes millions of songs, plus playlists, background music for Xbox games and a lot more. They way it works, is that when you sign up, you get a month free and then a promo code for an additional 3 months free. It's a great way to start, and if you're in the Microsoft ecosystem, it's a solid choice.

Sign up for a 30-day Groove Music Pass trial before March 1st, 2017 and we'll send you a token within 30 days for an additional 3 months of free music. Must be redeemed by 03/14/17. 30-day trial continues to a paid monthly subscription unless canceled or after the promotional period. Credit card required. Limit 1 per person; prior Zune, Xbox or Groove Music Pass trial customers not eligible.

Source: Microsoft

KasperskyOS Offers Secure Solution for IoT

While the USA is currently blaming Russia for hacking the election, Kaspersky is also working on an OS to help secure IoT device as well as other network security devices. While we do need more security, I'm not sure of the Russians are the ones that North America will trust right about now. There are some good details at the link below.

The chief executive was quick to emphasize that this package is viewed as a "project offering", not a boxed product, which means pricing will vary according to the needs and the extent to which customers apply the capabilities of KasperskyOS. Cited applications of the technology include IoT, telecommunication equipment, connected cars, as well as the aforementioned industrial control systems.

Source: Neowin

Can Netbooks Be Cool Again?

Netbooks have come and gone and may be coming back again. They were replaced with cheap tablets and then as those died off, 2-in-1's tried to fill the gap, but they were a little large. Now a new company has a "GPD Pocket" system that is really small - much like the Eee PC. I really hope these don't come back in style. While current technology means that they would be more powerful, a micro-PC is still not the solution that anyone really needs.

The GPD Pocket feels like a nostalgic throwback for netbook lovers, and that’s both a good and bad thing. It brings back their combination of tiny form factor, long battery life, relatively low price, and full desktop operating system; you can even get a version with Ubuntu Linux.

Source: TheVerge

Color Changing Hair Dye

Technology has come a long way and invades pretty much every part of our lives - including the color of our hair. There is now a color changing hair-dye that reacts to temperatiure. Thankfully, this uses "less toxic" materials that shouldn't cause cancer or your hair to fall out. Apparently, there is still some work to do.

Fire still needs to be refined and fully assessed for safety before you can buy it. However, this isn't one of those far-off projects that will take many years to reach shelves -- there's already production-oriented testing underway. If everything goes smoothly, you could soon have a hair color evolves from moment to moment, not just whenever you feel up to a dyeing session.

Source: Engadget

AMD Ryzen Will Dominate PC Gaming

AMD's Ryzen CPU line-up is getting some interesting leaks that suggest even their high-end premium part will retail for about $320 - only $680 less than Intel's equivalent - if leaked benchmarks are to be believed. As much as I hesitate to believe leaked benchmarks, I am willing to bet money that they are pretty close to what we are going to see on the finished silicon. If not, this would be devastating for AMD as the hype would quickly turn into a mob mentality as we are all hoping for somethng to challenge Intel. Mainstream CPUs get even more interesting.

But it's Ryzen 5 where things get interesting for gamers - there we see a mixture of six-core/12-thread and four-core/eight-thread processors for Core i5 money. This is the gamer's heartland, and the arrival of a well-priced six-core CPU that can compete with Intel is significant for reasons we'll go into shortly.

Source: Eurogamer

Apple + Android = 99.6%

New Smartphone sales numbers are out, and just like we suspected, it's either Apple's iOS or Google's Android that are on the majority of them. Apple and Android combined equaled 99.6% of all smartphones in Q4 of 2016, Microsoft came in 3rd with 0.3%. Android of course was #1 thanks to 81.7% of smartphones sold in Q4 running their operating system and Apple was 2nd with 17.9%, For more details on what kind of smartphones people are buying check out the new stats courtesy of Gartner.

Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 432 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 7 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. The fourth quarter of 2016 saw Apple leapfrog past Samsung to secure the No. 1 global smartphone vendor position (see Table 1).

In 2016 overall, smartphone sales to end users totaled nearly 1.5 billion units, an increase of 5 percent from 2015 

Weekly Tech Update #390 - Twitter: Basically a Dumpster Fire

We have just posted up Episode #389 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Vizio doesn’t care about your privacy, Google steps up their privacy and Facebook pulls VR demos as people don’t care about it anymore. We have those stories and more at the links below...


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