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Sony Parties with OLED 4K HDR This April

LG is not the only game in the OLED town. Sony is also in the game with their 4K OLED unit that is shipping this April. Sony is doing something a bit interesting with sound on this as it is super thin and implements a technology they call "Acoustic Surface" which sounds like the entire screen is used as a membrane/speaker. It will be interesting to see if the performance of this is as good as what we've seen from the master of OLED - LG.

The new TVs are packed full of high-end technology, as you would expect given their considerable price tags. They include Sony's 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme, promising "powerful image processing", along with the company's 'Acoustic Surface' sound technology. The company says that this "emits superior, powerful sound from the screen itself".

Source: Neowin

Mass Effect: Andromeda Pre-Loading Has Begun

If you are excited about Mass Effect: Andromeda, you'll be chomping at the proverbial bit now that pre-loading has begun on PS4 and Xbox One. At this point, PC pre-loading hasn't started, but it probably will later this week. For all the details regarding the launch, head on down to the link below. In the meantime, check out the trailer - one more time.

 

Source: GamesRadar

GoPro makes more cuts

GoPro has announced a third round of cuts with the announcement of 270 more jobs being eliminated. This is the third round of cuts since 2016, round one as 15% of staff, round 2 saw another 7% leave, and now another 270 jobs. GoPro has been having a rough time thanks to increased competition and lack of a new "killer product" and lost $373 million in 2016. Time will tell if they can turn things around in 2017. The Verge has the full story.

GoPro is reducing its workforce by about 270 employees, the company announced today, citing an effort to reduce operating costs by about $200 million for 2017. The new cuts include current employees as well as open positions, and it’s the third reduction to GoPro’s workforce since the beginning of 2016.

The camera company operated at a loss of $373 million in 2016, in part thanks to production delays on the new Hero 5 cameras and the recall of the Karma drone. GoPro’s stock price hit an all-time low this past week, though it was up more than 10 percent in after-hours trading following the news.

ARM Steps up their Performance Game

There's been a lot of talk lately about the AMD Ryzen CPU, but ARM doesn't want to be discounted out of the fight just yet. They are working hard to step up their performance game to keep up with Intel and AMD - but at the same time they are committed to excellent battery life and excellent efficiency. ARM has come a long, long way and once they enter the desktop CPU market, things are going to get really interesting.

The improvements increase the possibility of Apple switching over to ARM architecture on its Macs. That hasn’t happened yet as Intel’s mainstream Core chips are significantly faster than current ARM processors. Like other chipmakers, Apple licenses ARM architecture, which it already uses in iPhones, iPads, and other devices.

Source: PCWorld

Lian Li @ CES 2013

Lian Li was at CES once again this year and they brought a few interesting chassis to the show.  By interesting, I mean a beast, a thermal guru and a train.  Let's start with the beast.  The PC-D8000.  This case supposts the largest motherboards possible and complies to the HPTX standard.  Even with a motherboard as large as 15" x 13.6", you still will have room for 20 (that's right, twenty) 3.5" HDDs.  In addition to that, it has four USB 3.0 ports on the front and all of the other awesome features we've come to expect from the all-aluminum case manufacturer, Lian Li.

PC-D8000 Big Front

 

The PC-V850 is a case that is coming in the near future (hopefully) and it offers the standard Lian Li quality with a bit of a different way to manage thermal issues.  Once the side panel is on, the air intake comes from the rear and the deflector ensures that you are not sucking in hot air from the rear exhaust.  The chassis is sectioned off into several areas that are compartmentalized so that different components don't heat up each other.

 

The last and oddest thing that we've seen from Lian Li is the train PC case.  We've seen some pretty odd cases, that included sea shells, horses and a yeti, but we've never seen a moving train PC.  There is not much else to be said about this.

Lian Li Train

Please check out the gallery for more pictures from the Lian Li booth.

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