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Chrome OS Gets Android Apps

You may have noticed recently that upon booting into your Chromebook and quickly checking settings that there is a features that is new. A check-box will appear that will give you the option to "Enable Android Apps to run on your Chromebook." As of yet, the feature doesn't work, but it is coming - probably sooner rather than later - and it will be handy. No more will you have to run or test applications on your actual mobile device - you can run them from your Chromebook. This will be a handy feature for developers, but I'm not sure how mainstream it will ever become.

Users can currently download and run a handful of Android apps from the Chrome Web Store. From the screenshot, it appears that Google will be using the more familiar Play Store to distribute and sell apps. Current Android users will likely be able to log-in and access their already purchased apps.

Source: 9to5Google

iPhone Sales and Revenue Slide

Apple has been steadily increasing iPhone sales, market share and revenue for years and this is the first time in many, many years that things haven't looked quite so rosy for the company. The reaility is that Apple is still doing very well, but this could be a sign that the fascination with over-priced devices has started to come to an end. That, and the fact that [almost] everything they label as "innovative" has been done for a year or more competitor devices.

The inevitable has finally happened. After years of continually growing iPhone sales (and corresponding revenue growth), Apple has hit a bump. The company just announced its fiscal Q2 2016 results, and the company sold 51.2 million iPhones, a 16 percent decline from the 61 million it sold one year ago. It's the first time iPhone sales have ever declined year-over-year.

Source: Engadget

Roccat @ CES 2013

We made a stop by Roccat today to check out some of their newest products. Like most other Roccat products, the newest additions to their lineup are made specifically with gamers in mind. The first product we saw was the Ryos MK Pro keyboard. This is a mechanical keyboard with your choice of 4 different cherry MX switches and is the first keyboard to offer individual key illumination. Individual key illumination means you can illuminate only the buttons that you are using in a specific game, or you can change the colors of specific important buttons, or pretty much anything lighting scheme you can think up. Roccat will also offer the Ryos keyboard in other flavors with less features at a lower price.


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Roccat Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Keyboard
 

Also being displayed this year is Roccat’s new software called Power-Grid which allows you to use your smartphone to control things like skype, teamspeak, game macros, news, weather, computer performance statistics, and much much more without ever having to exit out of your game. The Power-Grid software will be free for the base program (extra functions and premium apps will be extra)  and you will be able to make your own apps and customize it to do whatever you want. At first this might not seem like the most useful program but after we experienced it first and we thought up dozens of uses that would make it quite handy. Roccat will be releasing this software for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone (release date still unknown). You can find out more about Power-Grid and even sign up to be a beta tester over at Roccat's website.


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Roccat Power-Grid Smartphone App

Digital Storm at CES 2014

Digital Storm has definitely been working hard since we last interviewed them during CES 2013. We were really excited to get a first hand look at what they’ve been up to.  See Digital Storm's enthusiasm about the new Bolt II and Aventum II in this interview!

 

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

ZOTAC at CES 2015

ZOTAC was showing off their full lineup of ZBOX devices which no matter how many times you see them it is hard not to be impressed at the small size of their systems and the amount of performance they can pack in. The ZBOX Pico series was being shown off and is being offered in AMD and Intel powered solutions, both in a crazy small package that is small enough that you could fit it in your pocket. 

 

The ZBOX series also includes the E-Series devices that are a little bit bigger than devices in the Pico series yet have enough power to easily power 4k displays @60 Hz all in a very small box. The E-Series EN860 that was being shown off features an Intel i5 4210U CPU with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics card which makes the EN860 pack quite a punch in a small package and is enough power to replace most peoples desktop computers.

 

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