TiVo Mega

As hard drive capacities grow larger and larger, TiVo has come out with their latest PVR that will ensure you won't have to delete anything. The TiVo Mega will feature 24TB of storage (yes, you read that right, Terabyte!) and will allow you to record up to 6 channels at a time and should give you enough storage for 26,000 hours of standard def video. Unforunately the TiVo Mega doesn't come out until early 2015 and carries a $5,000 price tag, but other than that this is the ideal PVR if you are a hoarder. The WSJ has more details.

The Mega DVR is less of a set-top box and more of a personal server farm for your videos. It’s got 24 terabytes of hard-drive space, which TiVo says can hold more than 26,000 hours of continuous standard-definition video, or at least 4,000 of your favorite “Real Housewives” episodes in glorious high-def. It can record six channels at the same time.

Maybe you’re just crazy enough to plunk down $5,000—which includes the lifetime subscription to TiVo’s service—when the TiVo Mega goes on sale in early 2015. At least you can stash the rack-mountable monster someplace other than directly beneath your super-thin TV: It automatically transcodes video to stream over the Internet to your iOS devices, and you can also access its abundant stash on any HDTV in the house that’s connected to a much smaller $100 TiVo Mini box.

Microsoft strikes a deal with the NFL

Microsoft has dropped $400 Million bucks over 5 years to become the official tablet of the NFL. Now on the sidelines of NFL games you will see players and coaches using Surface tablets as part of this sponsorship deal. Nothing about this deal is out of the ordinary in terms of sponsorship deals, however, in week one of the new NFL season on two separate occasions, announcers make fun of the Surface tablets and mistaking call them iPads. This probably isn't what Microsoft was envisioning when they dropped $400 Million bucks. BusinessInsider has the details.

Prior to the season, Microsoft and the NFL struck a 5-year, $400 million deal with one of the major components being that the Microsoft Surface would become "the official tablet of the NFL" with coaches and players using the Surface on the sidelines during games.

But Microsoft and the league ran into a problem during week one of the season when at least two television announcers mistakenly referred to the tablets as iPads giving a huge rival some unexpected exposure.

NVIDIA GTX 970 / 980 Leaks

If you've been waiting for a card that will be able to push game content to all three of your new 4K displays, the wait may soon be over. It appears that some benchmarks and specifications for the upcoming generation of video cards based on NVIDIA's latest chip have leaked. Both of these cards look to be pretty impressive and I'm thinking that the 970 may be in my future. As always, take these "leaks" with a grain of salt. Many things could change before release.

...GTX 970 is looking sharp with plenty more OC headroom . That's only 1140mhz. According to TPU GPU DB of a bunch of different cards, 1178mhz should be the reference boost clock for the GTX 970. An 1150mhz GTX 780 Ti which is a healthy air OC for one, scores around 12,200 gpu score. That sub-reference-clock GTX 970, pumps out an 11,300 score which is under 10% less. Now realize that you can buy a 1280mhz or higher out of the box card at launch.

Source: HardOCP Forums

Microsoft buys Minecraft

Microsoft has officially dropped $2.5 Billion bucks and acquired Mojang, the makers of Minecraft. This deal had been rumored for a while but with a price tag that high I personally thought it probably wouldn't happen, looks like I couldn't have been more wrong. PCWorld has the full story.

It’s not really clear why Microsoft spent $2.5 billion on Mojang and Minecraft, a game most kids own already. But Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella has given his own explanation: to get kids involved with math and science.

Yes, Microsoft sees Minecraft as a learning tool. Appearing at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Monday—because, what better way to address investor concerns than at a local Seattle luncheon?—Nadella was asked why Microsoft spent all that money. That’s 13.5 times the amount that Zynga paid for Draw Something, if you’re keeping score.

Aftershokz @ CES 2013

We met AfterShokz last year at CES and they were bringing to market their first product - the AfterShokz Sport.  Since then they have lauched the Sportz 2 and Sportz M2.  The M2 has a microphone and is still very much a current product for them.  They did announce and have some working samples of the upcoming AfterShokz Bluez.  This is a Bluetooth version that is based off the Sportz M2 and has a microphone, as well as full media player functionality.



The media player functionality looks a little strained with some of the controls located on the back of the headset and other controls located on each ear(ahem) cheek-piece.  Time will tell how this works in the real world.  Typically, AfterShokz put a fair bit of thought into usage as these are designed to be worn while running and working out.


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