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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.

Steam Takes on Twitch

Steam has just rolled out their new "Steam Broadcasting" service where you can stream your game and tune in and watch your friends play. This is still a beta feature, but it looks like they are shaping up to take on Twitch.tv and push this content seriously. I think this is all just positioning themselves for when their actual Steambox ships (Vaporware), and will quickly fall by the wayside. If you want to check it out, make sure you are signed up for the "Beta" Steam client and broadcast (and watch) away!

How do I start & stop my broadcast?
When you're playing a game and someone starts watching, you automatically start broadcasting. When you end the game your broadcast ends.

Source: Steam

The SSD Experiment Surpasses 2 Petabytes

While mechanical drives tend to last only a few years these days, SSDs have the potential to last a lot longer. While cells degrade, proper software wear leveling will work well to mark these defective and allow the drive to continue to function normally - albeit with less space. One of our affiliates has been pushing a bunch of drives to see how much transfer is possible before the drive dies. They've shown some pretty interesting results and there are two drives still running at well over 2 Petabytes. Amazing.

The last victim fell at 1.2PB, which is barely a speck in the rear-view mirror for our remaining subjects. The 840 Pro and a second HyperX 3K have now reached two freaking petabytes of writes. To put that figure into perspective, the SSDs in my main desktop have logged less than two terabytes of writes over the past couple years. At this rate, it'll take me a thousand years to reach that total.

Source: TechReport

Windows Insiders Can Upgrade from Beta to RTM

Here's a bit of good news for those of you that are part of the Windows Insider program. It looks like Microsoft will let you upgrade from the beta version you're using to the full RTM version when it is available sometime in the middle of next year. This is a change from other preview versions that required you to do a full install instead of just upgrade to the new build. There was really no reason you couldn't do this in the past and it's nice to see that Satya is starting to get it and lead Microsoft in the direction they need to go.

Microsoft has already outlined a roadmap for Windows 10's release, which is set to happen sometime between late summer or early fall of next year. But one question has come up regarding these preview builds. Will Microsoft allow testers the ability to upgrade a preview build to the RTM (final) version of Windows 10 once it becomes available? The answer is yes.

Source: WinBeta

Ford Sync 3 Minus Microsoft

Microsoft has updated their Sync system to version 3.0 and this time around it shows up with no help from Microsoft. Blackberry's QNX platform is what powers the new interface and backbone and instead of being crazy feature-laden, Ford has opted for something a bit more simple, intuitive and functional. This system won't be shipping in any 2015 models and will instead appear in 2016 units. Hopefully drivers will have to reboot their cars less often.

Striking harmony between your phone and car is something every auto manufacturer is pursuing; after all, over 80 percent of Ford customers are now carrying smartphones. Raj Nair, Ford’s CTO of global product development, said the company went out of its way to understand what customers are looking for. "It’s more research than we’ve ever done for any vehicle line, any product, any feature in our history," he said.

Source: TheVerge

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