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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.

Doomhammer

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.

Q Style

 

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 delayed

If you were patiently waiting for pre-orders to open up for the Ataribox, you'll just have to wait a bit longer. The Ataribox is Atari's that'll give you your fix of retro gaming but also splatter in some indie titles as well. The Ataribox will have a somewhat current AMD CPU and will be running Linux and is going to set you back somewhere around $250-300 USD (when it's finally available). Today was supposed to be the day when you could get your pre-orders in but it has now been delayed with no word on when they'll start pre-orders.

Hard to say how this one will do, the Atari name has a pretty loyal following, however, for $250+ it'll be interesting to see if people can play old Atari games long enough to justify the purchase. Engadget has the story.

Preorders for the Ataribox were scheduled to start today, December 14th, but it appears that plan has hit a snag. Atari sent out an email today that said it's taking longer than expected "to create the platform and ecosystem the Atari community deserves."

The company wants to make sure its product lives up to expectations, so it's delaying the preorders and until it can figure out whatever issues the Ataribox is facing. An updated launch plan is going to be announced in the next few weeks, and the Ataribox team will keep supporters in the loop about what's going on.

Sennheiser @ CES 2018

Sennheiser was back at CES with some updated hardware. They have a new audiophile headphone called the HD 820 that is their first closed-back audiophile unit. In the past, the only way to get the resonance they needed for audiophile quality was to use an open-air design, but they've managed to use a concave glass cover and have pulled off some magic. The earphones aren't cheap though at over $2,000 and the matching AMP to drive them - the HDV 820 will set you back an additional $2,399.95

HD 820

HD 820

 

Sennheiser also showed off the GSP 600 headset launching right away. These will replace the GAME line headsets and has a renewed design, better comfort and is really better in every way.

 

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