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Swordfish Collectibles @ CES 2016

For those of you out there that enjoy your video game and comic book action-figures, but hate spending the high dollar amount for them, Swordfish in conjunction with Maybang's Collectibles, brings the world of collectibles and the world of mobile device accessories together at prices that won't break the bank. Currently they have an official licenced deal with Blizzard but at the same time they are looking to get licenced deals with other major companies such as Marvel.

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Some of the products that will hit the market in the coming months are phone docking stations and chargers, storage containers, and power banks - all of which are designed to look like collectibles you would pay a high price for. Although they are only limited to World of Warcraft right now (still a big deal), landing other big name licence deals should help them to grow this merged market exponentially.

Check our more from MayBang Collectibles here - and more from our CES image gallery at this link.

LG Beats Nexus to Market with Android Nougat Device

Traditionally, Google's Nexus devices have been the ones that launched their new OS, but it seems that LG is chomping at the bit and wants to beat Google at their own game - with Google's own software. That's right, instead of a Nexus device being the first one to market with Android 7 (Nougat), it will be LG. The dual-screen V20 will debut September 6th. If being the first one with a new OS is important, you may be in the market for a new LG device.

Although LG has yet to share many details about the new phone's features, we do know it will be once again sporting dual displays: a main 5.7-inch display, plus a second, always-on ribbon display at the top for notifications and quick app access. In practice, Engadget found the V10's second screen to be one of the best implementations to date, with easy access to audio controls or a quick glance at an email subject line.

Source: Engadget

Samsung at CES 2017

I was able to attend both the Samsung Press Conference as well as take a tour through the Samsung booth this year and in the light of the dismal last quarter, the overall feeling was a little muted. That's not to say Samsung doesn't have some great products - they do indeed. It just seems that the shadow of the Note 7 put a bit of a melancholy on the company at this CES. What they were excited about though was their "new" QLED TVs. This is an evolution of the quantum-dot technology that we saw from a few top-tier companies last year and Samsung has upgraded the technology with a metallic alloy that gives truer colors (over a billion colors) as well as deeper blacks, better energy efficiency and the ability to perform right along with OLED in terms of stunning vibrance - with a longer lifespan than they claim OLED will achieve. Only time will tell if this is marketing speak, or if there is truth to it. Either way, their TVs now use a micro-thin cable, some of the best curved panels in the business and a super-simple remote that simply works with every device you have in your home - whether it be Xbox, Hitachi DVD player, set-top boxes or even a Roku. One real remote + an App that works better than ever.

Samsung

 

Samsung is also pushing into the high-end style of TVs that use their near-invisible cable and the TV itself is designed to blend into you artistic home. It's a rather simple idea, but not one that we've seen before. The TV looks like a piece of art hanging on your wall - complete with a matted framed picture. The is part of their Q-Style series and it offers the same features you'd expect from a high-end Samsung TV, but with very sophisticated style. At first, it was hard to tell which image was the TV on the wall, until you start thinking aspect ratios. Either way, it looks great is and has a fit for customers that want something to blend into their room, rather than stand out.

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For a quick glimpse of the QLED TV, watch this video below as it's clearly meant (and did) impress.

 

For more images from our CES coverage at Samsung's booth, please check here. Also, take a look at all of our CES 2017 coverage here.

 

Ataribox Pre-Order Start on December 14

While I'd like to believe that Atari is trying to cash in on the marvel that is the "Classic" editions of older consoles, something about this pre-order situation has me a little skeptical. Atari announced that they are bringing the Ataribox to market with pre-orders starting this week, but they have no word on games or when it will launch. I'm sure it really doesn't take all that time to make these little units, but without more details at the announcement, it smells a bit like vaporware. I'm sure they'll bring it out eventually, but Christmas 2018 is a little long to wait.

Excited for the Ataribox? Well, starting December 14th, you'll be able to lay down $250 - $300 for the retro-modern console. The company emailed the news to fans recently and even teased that there will be a chance for the "earliest supporters" to snag one at a discounted price.

Source: Engadget

iTunes isn't Coming to Windows 10 S Until 2018

iTunes is available on Windows PCs through a downloadable file from Apple - but it's not available in the Windows Store. That's not a big deal at all - unless you have a shiny new Windows 10 S laptop. If you have one of those machines, you won't be able to use your iPod or Sync your iPhone through Windows. That's a big deal and Apple is working on it. They aren't working on it very hard though as it won't be available until 2018. If you are stuck with Windows 10 S and have an Apple product you'd like to sync, I'm sure you've already upgraded the device to Windows 10 Pro.

Because of this, the delay really only affects Windows 10 S users, who are only able to use apps that come from the Microsoft Store. The OS is mainly aimed at students for the time being, and the only mainstream device that runs it is still the Surface Laptop. Of course, if users really need iTunes, they've probably already cashed in on the free upgrade offer to Windows 10 Pro, which is available until March.

Source: Neowin

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