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Pepcom Highlights from CES 2014

We stopped by Pepcom this year and saw a few nifty things from Piston, drooled over the Lenovo 4K display and checked out a "fair" way to cheat at gaming. The Red Dot is not a cheat - it's just a fancy way to hipfire accurately - and it's awesome. Check it out!

 

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

 

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Trailer

Call of Duty is slated for another installment and this time they are taking the war to the future - again. That's right, this is totally new, completely redesigned and pretty much the same as the last three installments. This time around it's different though - and it will probably sell a billion copies. Take a look at the multiplayer trailer - again, for the first time.

 

Is Lenovo the next big smartphone maker?

Over the years we've had the chance to check out some of Lenovo's smartphones during CES, however, as impressed as we were, the fact that they aren't available in North America has obviously been a major problem. Lenovo is looking to fix that problem with the aquisition of Motorola a few months back and is setting themselves up to become one of the big players in North America if all goes as planned. Arstechnica takes a look at Lenovo and what their plans for North America are over here.

Lenovo posted its first-quarter financial results last night, and overall the news was good. Revenue was up 11 percent compared to the same quarter last year, and profit after operating expenses was up to $283 million from $202 million. These aren't huge numbers if you're used to looking at results from, say, Apple or Google or Microsoft. But overall Lenovo seems to be doing a good job of keeping its head above water and growing share in a time when that's hardly guaranteed for old-guard PC companies. In fact, Lenovo has been one of the few companies to grow faster than the wider PC industry over the last three-or-so years, as tablets and smartphones have taken a sizable chunk out of the traditional PC market.

Moto 360 Up Early at Best Buy

While the Moto 360 wasn't supposed to be released for a couple more weeks, there was a sneak review that made it up online a while back and now Best Buy has leaked the full specifications and features list. What I find impressive about all of this hardware is that the Moto 360 in all its beauty is actually priced at the same as ugly square or rectangular smart watches. Hopefully that, and the two-day battery life really push the wearable market forward.

The device is also listed as having a 1.5-inch backlit LCD touch screen, with a 320×290 resolution, 205ppi, and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. Matching up to what we learned from a leak a week ago, we are also seeing mentions of a heart rate monitor, water resistance (up to 3.3 feet for up to 30 minutes), and an ambient light sensor.

Source: Droid-Life

HPs $199 Windows 8.1 Notebook

If you don't think a Chromebook has quite enough features for you to use for your daily grind, a Windows laptop probably gets the job done better, but if you lose the think, you're generally out a lot more money. That's where Chromebooks have exceled and I do like it. The latest generation of Chromebooks is a bit more pricey and Microsoft really wants to compete in this space and they are. The HP Stream is a $199 Windows 8.1 machine that is powered by AMD and comes with 100GB of OneDrive. There's more details at the link below.

Instead of Intel's Atom or Pentium-SoCs here comes an AMD A4 Micro-6400T Quad-Core SoC with 1.0 GHz (up to 1.6 GHz) and integrated Radeon graphics R3 unit, which only needs 4.5 watts. This also ensures that the new cheap laptop from HP manages apparently without an active fan, because in his own excavations at us repair manual surfaced only a heatsink, but no fan on.

Source: MobileGeeks

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