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Windows "Threshold" (aka Windows 9) Coming

Microsoft just released Windows 8.1 a few months ago, and already they are starting to highlight changes coming in Windows "Threshold". This is Windows 9 and it is supposed to be released in April 2015. The upcoming BUILD conference will be featuring this new OS from Microsoft and in my opinion if they don't hit this one out of the park, they may find their stadium emptying. On the heels of a chilly reception to Windows 8, they really need a winner here.

Windows 8 is tanking harder than Microsoft is comfortable discussing in public, and the latest release, Windows 8.1, which is a substantial and free upgrade with major improvements over the original release, is in use on less than 25 million PCs at the moment. That's a disaster, and Threshold needs to strike a better balance between meeting the needs of over a billion traditional PC users while enticing users to adopt this new Windows on new types of personal computing devices.

Source: WinSuperSite

Offline Mode Coming to SimCity

It looks like "Offline" is actually going to make its way into SimCity with Update 10 that is scheduled to be released in the near future. I'm sure that you're thinking, "Wait, this is impossible! They said it couldn't be done!" We all knew it could be done and was being done by game hackers shortly after launch. It seems that they finally decided to implement this amazing feature for a single-player game. Good for them.

In Update 10, you can still play solo in Regions on your own, or in Multiplayer with people from around the world. What’s new is the Single Player Mode, which allows you to play the game Offline by yourself. And because your saved games in this mode are stored locally, you can save and load to your heart’s content.

Source: SimCity Blog

Samsung's Curved 105-in UHD TV & Galaxy Pro at CES 2014

We have a look at the massive and amazing 105-inch Samsung UHD TV at CES 2014 as well as the new "Pro" line of Samsung Galaxy Tablets and Note products. These are a huge step in the right direction and are setting the bar for the coming year.

 

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

Zalman at CES 2014

Zalman shows off a really cool case that is almost ready to go to production. It has some pretty funky fan control options and some features than separate it from other cases. Take a look at it in action in this video.

 

In addition to the super cool case that Zalman is showing off this year, they do have a bunch of other stuff including mice, coolers, fans, secure hard drive enclosures and a few audio products. They seem to be adapting well and we hope to see them continue releasing good products for many years.

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Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

MSI Gaming Laptops and All-in-Ones at CES 2014

We stopped in at the MSI Suite to look at their latest gaming laptops and other goodies. They have a very thin 17-inch unit that can hold four hard drives (drools). This beast will run a RAID 0 array on three drives and a single drive for other storage. It's crazy. Details here!

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

Able Planet @ CES 2014

At the very first CES BCCHardware attended (8 years ago) we got to meet with a brand new audio company called Able Planet. We knew from that very first meeting that Able Planet wasn't just another headphone company thanks to their much different approach to audio and every year at CES we look forward to stopping by and seeing what they've been up to.


At CES 2014 we saw a countless number of headphone makers showing off countless number of designs and colors but Able Planet isn't worried about colors and designs, they are all about the audio quality. We've had the chance to review numerous Able Planet headphones over the years and we've always walked away impressed with the sound quality.


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Last year at CES 2013 Able Planet was showing off their newest product that promised to bring 4D sound to their headphones. Last year we got to see the prototypes but at this years CES the product is completed and we got a proper demo of the final product which Able Planet has called Linx Fusion. In addition to the audio signal, Linx Fusion adds a slight vibration to the sounds which allows the user to listen to audio at a lower decibel level yet the brain still processes the audio as if it was much louder. Adding a vibration might sound like a cheap gimmick, but the reality is that when done properly it can add an entirely new dimension to the audio and also can help prevent hearing loss over time as the audio does not need to be as loud as with other products. Hopefully I've done a good enough job trying to explain this product, unfortunately it might just be one of those things that you need to hear to really believe and if you're like me you will be very impressed.
 

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Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

Lenovo's X1 Carbon & MIIX 2 at CES 2014

We stopped by the Lenovo restaurant (Aquanox) in the Venetian to take a look at their new products. We have a bunch of pictures and coverage from Pepcom, so in the video below we talk about the new X1 Carbon as well as the nifty MIIX 2. Check out the goodies!

 

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

Sennheiser at CES 2014 (Gamers and DJs Welcome)

We have a look at a few new products from Sennheiser this year at CES. They just launched a couple of new gaming headphones - including a closed style as well as some great new DJ headphones. Take a look at our interview for more info!

 

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

Digital Storm at CES 2014

Digital Storm has definitely been working hard since we last interviewed them during CES 2013. We were really excited to get a first hand look at what they’ve been up to.  See Digital Storm's enthusiasm about the new Bolt II and Aventum II in this interview!

 

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

Pepcom Highlights from CES 2014

We stopped by Pepcom this year and saw a few nifty things from Piston, drooled over the Lenovo 4K display and checked out a "fair" way to cheat at gaming. The Red Dot is not a cheat - it's just a fancy way to hipfire accurately - and it's awesome. Check it out!

 

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

 

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