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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.

Chromebooks for Schools? New York Says Yes!

I think Google's Chromebooks are in trouble in the long-run as Microsoft is really starting to push their super-low-cost laptops, but that hasn't bothered New York and they just approved the use of Chromebooks in their schools. This is a huge win for Google (and Chromebook manufacturers) as this space was formerly used by Apple and Microsoft. That being said, with the competition dropping their prices, I still think Chrome will not live a long and happy life.

Over the last year, we saw more and more schools using Google Apps for Education. After evaluating it centrally we decided to add Google Apps to our list of approved and supported tools for NYC schools this year. A number of factors drove this decision. First, a number of schools were already using Google Apps for Education. Second, since Google Apps doesn’t require special technical skills, schools were able to customize the tools to meet their specific needs.

Source: Google

Another Reason to Hate Ubisoft

If you are a big fan of Ubisoft - or if you hate them, here's something to think about next time you go buy one of their titles. According to a writer that works at Ubisoft and has been working on Far Cry 4 - gamers are terrorists. He says that there are some controversial things in the new game that you may not like, but he doesn't care if gamers like it or not "because you don't negotiate with terrorists". He's not talking about the content of the game here, he's stating that gamers are terrorists and he won't change the game if you don't like it. 

This comes in the shadow that still haunts Mass Effect 3 where people hated the ending so much and after many complaints, free DLC was given with a different ending that closed the story much better. Ubisoft will NOT being doing that. They won't let us gaming terrorists ruin their ideas. Yeah, I play games, I have an opinion - and I'm a terrorist. Thanks Ubisoft. I won't argue with your game stories because I won't be playing them.

Source: Twitter @cjkershner

Genius Gila MMO/RTS Mouse Review

We have just posted up our review of the Genius Gila MMO/RTS Professional Gaming Mouse. There are a lot of mice that claim to be "Professional" grade, but if they can't stand up to the actual punishment of long hours of gaming, they suck. The Genius Gila doesn't suck and we've been putting this mouse through torture and it still is awesome. Take a look at our review for all the details.

Three months of mercilessly pounding this mouse with ARMA 3 has definitely put the Gila to the test. It relies heavily on multiple mouse functions with keyboard modifiers and the Gila doesn’t even bat an eye... It is a great mouse and I would recommend it to anyone enjoys having a lot of functionality right at their fingertips.

Gila Mouse

Firefox Chooses... Yahoo?

After years of Firefox having Google as the default search engine, Mozilla has brokered a deal to use Yahoo for the next few years. Of course you can always specify what search engine you want, but many users just use "whatever comes in the box" and in this case, the contents of the box have changed. I'm not sure if this is a good move for Mozilla or not (in the long term), but I'm sure that Yahoo outbid Google, so for the next few years, they will have that money rolling in.

  • Under a new five-year strategic partnership announced today, Yahoo Search will become the default search experience for Firefox in the U.S.
  • Starting in December, Firefox users will be introduced to a new enhanced Yahoo Search experience that features a clean, modern interface that brings the best of the Web front and center.
  • Under this partnership, Yahoo will also support Do Not Track (DNT) in Firefox.
  • Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, eBay, Amazon, Twitter and Wikipedia will continue to be built-in as alternate search options.

Source: Mozilla.org

 

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