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Belkin acquires Linksys brand

Almost 10 years ago, Cisco bought Linksys and entered the home networking market. This week that experiement ended as Cisco has sold the Linksys brand to Belkin for an undisclosed amount of money. Belkin isn't the biggest name in home networking, but with the acquisition of Linksys they now control 30% of the market and are a major player. Belkin appears like they are going to keep the Linksys brand name (which is probably a good move since it's one of the most recognizable networking brands). Allthindsd has more info on this deal.

Looking back, it’s hard to figure out what networking giant Cisco Systems ever wanted with consumer goods, anyway. But now the distraction of trying to sell stuff to consumers and not companies is gone.

Tt eSPORTS and Thermaltake at CES 2014

 

Kitty Mach from Thermaltake shows off their new eSPORTS products as well as some of the previous generation models to show how far they've come and where they are going. If you're a gamer, make sure you check out our CES 2014 coverage from Thermaltake as they have a lot of good products coming down the pipe.

 

 

In the clip below, Shannon talks to us from the Thermaltake suite about their newest cases as well as the digital power supply app and how well they've implemented this feature in their software.

 

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

 

Now that's a severance package!

In January, Time Warner Cable appointed Robert D. Marcus was appointed as their new CEO. 6 weeks later Time Warner Cable was sold to Comcast for $45 Billion. As part of Robert D Marcus' contract if Time Warner Cable was sold during his tenure as CEO he would receive a little severance pay, to the tune of $80 Million bucks. For those of you who don't want to do math on a Friday, that works out to around $1 Million bucks a day for severance, not bad for 6 weeks of work. The NY Times has the full story.

Robert D. Marcus became chief executive of Time Warner Cable at the start of the year. Less than two months later, he agreed to sell the company to its largest rival, Comcast, for $45 billion.

For that work, he will receive nearly $80 million if the deal closes, a severance payment that amounts to more than $1 million a day for the six weeks he ran the company before agreeing to sell.

Sony Reveals 13.3" eInk Tablet for $1,100

I know it's April 1st, but it is no joke that Sony is releasing a new eInk tablet for business customers in May that will set you back $1,100. That's right, they are selling a device that packs a whopping 4GB of storage and an eInk display for more than a fancy tablet with an expensive screen and more storage. Their idea is to get paper-based applications moved over to digital and they are doing it wrong. For $200, it might happen, but for this kind of money you can buy a lot of paper and have a better experience. That being said, the device will last for three weeks on a charge.

Bob Nell, director of digital paper solutions at Sony Electronics, describes Digital Paper as "a true replacement for the vast amounts of paper that continue to clutter many offices and institutions," noting that it's easy to use and optimized for reading and annotating contracts and other documents.

Source: InformationWeek

Halo Actress Jen Taylor is WinPhone Cortana

I'm not sure how many of you are excited about this, but dang it - I AM! Even though I don't have a Windows Phone, the good news today is that Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 will feature digital assistant "Cortana" and that will be voiced by Jen Taylor - the very same voice used for Cortana in the video game mega-series, Halo. I do hope they bring this assistant to multiple platforms, but if not, I guess I'll have to skip out as I don't see this as being the killer app to make me switch from Android to Windows Phone. Still, it's pretty cool for all you Halo game junkies.

Microsoft provided the following statement to Neowin regarding Taylor's voice being used in the digital assistant: "[The] Cortana beta synthesizes voices from more than one source, Jen Taylor being one of them. Over time, we plan to employ Jen Taylor’s voice throughout a greater portion of the experience."

Source: Neowin

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