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October Video Game Blitz

If you're a gamer, you'll want to be saving your money. There are a few games coming down the pipe that are definitely worth checking out. Things will kick off with Super Smash Bros. (3DS) and then it just gets even better from there. Games coming down the pipe include Battlefield Hardline, Civilization: Beyond Earth, Assassins's Creed Unity and a lot more.

That's a lot of games. And we're not even counting the indies, digital releases, and other surprises that haven't been announced yet (looking at you, Assassin's Creed Comet). Prepare your wallets-and vacation days-accordingly.

Source: Wikipedia, Kotaku

Hyundai Car Tech

We all expect high-end car manufacturers to make some pretty cool things and include crazy features in their cars. We don't always expect a company like Hyundai to do this as well. Check out the driverless car convoy below. That's cool tech, although I'm not sure I'd trust my life to a computer car just yet.


HP Fanless Chromebox Has a Fan

HP is one of the few companies making the Chromebox. In fact, in the marketing pitch of the product itself, they claim that "the fanless design prevents dust from being ffunneled through the computer case". According to a teardown, there is infact a fan and it is not silent and it will pull dust into the PC. So either the marketing team didn't know what was going on, or they are just plain lying.

Given that the Chromebox is powered by a 17W CPU it was unlikely that it would be fanless, so it's interesting to note HP marketing it as such.

Source: ZDNet, HP

Internet Explorer still #1

The downfall of Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser has been predicted by many for years and years, however, according to the stats, Internet Explorer is still #1 with ~58% of the market share. In IE's defense, the browser has improved significantly since the last time you used to download a better browser, but the fact that it comes pre-installed on so many devices has made it pretty tough for anyone to catch them. The Escapist has the numbers over here.

But guess what? The web browser you last used intentionally in 2004 is still the cat's pajamas in much of the world, as Net MarketShare's latest report shows. Internet Explorer still has an insane 58.38 percent market share (number is from June 2014), undoubtedly fueled by older versions of IE still installed on Dell and Compaq computer the world 'round. In fact, its market share is actually up from the previous month (58.17 percent in May).

BlueAnt PUMP HD Sportbuds Review

We have just posted up our review of the BlueAnt PUMP HD Sportbuds. This is a wireless sport-oriented set of earbuds that is built to take a beating - wet or dry. We had a lot of fun with these and wore them hiking, biking, running and diving and they survived to play another day. If you're in the market for some good-sounding wireless earbuds, live untethered after you check out our review.

A couple of things that are absolutely fantastic about these are comfort and durability. I wore these for hours a day without any issues at all and we abused these pretty hard and even took them deeper than their IP67 rating and have had absolutely no issues. They take a beating and keep on working. That is the most impressive and their best quality.


The end of Plasma

Samsung has announced they are ending their production of Plasma TV's at the end of the year. Panasonic already pulled the plug last year but Samsung continued but has now found low consumer interest and will now be focusing on LED and 4K TV production. Plasma TV's just never caught on like manufacturers were expecting and by the end of the year will be no more. CNET has the full story.

We plan to continue our PDP TV business until the end of this year, due to changes in market demands. We remain committed to providing consumers with products that meet their needs, and will increase our focus on growth opportunities in UHD TV's and Curved TV's

Google buys Songza

Google announced this week that they've acquired Songza, an online music streaming service. The price tag of this acquisition is not known at this time but it is being estimated in the $15+ Million dollar range. As all of the big companies are trying to get into the streaming music service, the acquisition of Songza isn't too surprising. TechCrunch has more details.

Google has acquired music streaming service Songza after weeks of speculation around a potential buyout.

Songza uses information about the user and context to determine the best playlists for you at any given time, all of which are curated by music experts (DJs, Rolling Stone writers, etc.).

Rosewill RGB80 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

We have just posted up our review of the Rosewill RGB80 Mechanical "Tenkeyless" keyboard. This keyboard some with Blue switches and is a very solid product that offers customization for macros as well as LED backlighting. If you are looking for a keyboard that is built for gaming and the right size to carry with you to your next LAN, check out our review to see how this keyboard stacks up.

When it comes to performance, you can’t really go wrong here. I haven’t played around with other mechanical keyboards, but overall, it is a very positive experience. The Anti-Ghosting won’t bugger up your gaming experience and the keyboard works very well.

Rosewill RGB80

Waiting for a Rift

If you are one of the people who preordered the Oculus Rift 2nd generation for $350 back in March, then rejoice! Oculus VR announced today that the DK2 should starting arriving at their proper locations sometime by the week of July 14. The only downside to this is that they believe that only 10,000 of them will go out this month.

Word on the Oculus fan forums was that the company would announce more details today, and sure enough: the company has just announced that the first DK2 (Developer Kit #2) headsets should start arriving by the week of July 14th. The bad news: even with that sweet, sweet Facebook cash behind them, they can’t keep up with pre-orders — so if you didn’t get your order in early, you might be waiting a while. Oculus has received just over 45,000+ pre-orders for the DK2, but just 10,000 headsets are expected to ship this month.

Source: TechCrunch

4G is Fast?

We have all already seen the dawn of 4G networks, and the speed is outrageous! But this is not the stopping point for this ship of wireless speed! Ericsson, a Swedish based tech company, has already conducted a test that produced 5 Gigabits over the air!

Forget 4G. Ericsson already has its sights set on the dizzying speeds that can be achieved with 5G. The telecommunications gear maker said Tuesday it had conducted a test that achieved a connection speed of 5 gigabits per second over the air, part of its plans for 5G wireless technology. The bad news: commercial deployment won't actually occur until at least 2020.

Source: CNET

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