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New Intel Atom to Power Cheap Phones & Premium Tablets

While Intel is dominating the enthusiast space, thery haven't invested a lot of product development in the past when it comes to ultra-mobile products (think tablets and phones). Their new Atom processor is intended to change all of that though and they just announced new Atom X3, X5 and X7 processors that will cover everything from entry-level phones to high-end tablets.

All of Intel's new Atoms offer 64-bit architecture, but the X5 and X7 are also notable for being the company's first 14nm mobile chips. Basically, that should allow them to be powerful without sipping too much battery life. Intel claims the X7 is also twice as fast in GFXBench compared to its former Atom heavyweight, the Z3795, as well as 50 percent faster in 3DMark.

Source: Engadget

HBO goes streaming

One of the biggest holdouts in the streaming industry has been HBO, but that is changing. HBO has announced that they are going to be offering their content via their own streaming service called HBO Now and is hoping to be up and running by April 12th. The only catch is that HBO Now is going to be $15 USD per month which makes it one of the more expensive streaming services available. This might be enough for some to finally 'cut the cord', however, if you add HBO Now's $15 to the list of other streaming services you already pay for it might eventually come to the point that 'cutting the cord' isn't the cost savings you thought it would be. Quartz has the full story.

HBO’s cable-free streaming service will be called “HBO Now” and cost $15 per month, according to International Business Times. HBO is reportedly trying to launch the service by April 12, in time for the fifth-season premiere of Game of Thrones.

“We know there’s great anticipation around our standalone streaming service,” HBO said in a statement, responding to questions about the report. “And when we have details to share, we will do so.”

ADATA @ CES 2013

We had the chance to sit down with ADATA at CES 2013 and check out the latest and greatest from them. ADATA is most famous for their DDR memory, Flash drives, SSD’s and memory cards and over the years we’ve had the chance to take a look at a few of them and have always been happy with the performance and quality. ADATA has a full lineup of SSD and memory products on display. one of which is their lineup of M.2 (NGFF) SSD drives which are designed for things like Ultrabooks where a full 2.5" drive just won't fit.


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ADATA M.2 (NGFF) SSD Drives


This year at CES ADATA is showing off a new product, the DashDrive Air. The DashDrive Air is a great portable device that can wirelessly transfer files to and from a SD card to your smartphone (Android or iOS). The DashDrive also has a battery inside which allows you to charge up any USB device. If thats not enough for you, the DashDrive Air can also act as a wireless hotspot and share a wireless connection with up to 8-10 devices (depends on model of DashDrive). The DashDrive Air comes in two models, the AE800 (which features an internal 500GB hard drive instead of having to use SD cards) and the AE400 (which is a bit smaller and uses an SD card for storage). The combination of a power bank, wireless hotspot, and wireless file storage makes this a very interesting product and could make it a great travel accessory.


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ADATA DashDrive Air AE400
 

Check out our CES 2013 gallery for more pictures of ADATA's full lineup of products.

Steam passed Xbox Live

Steam has hit 65 Million active users which now puts them ahead of Xbox Live when it comes to active users and shows a 30% rise for Steam in the past year. This is a very interesting stat as PC gaming has been written off for a few years now, yet Steam has managed to grow anyways. The Verge has all the numbers over here.

Steam now has more than 65 million active accounts. The figure marks a 30 percent rise in players over the last year. The video game digital-download platform also boasts daily peak concurrent users of more than 6 million.

Sennheiser at CES 2014 (Gamers and DJs Welcome)

We have a look at a few new products from Sennheiser this year at CES. They just launched a couple of new gaming headphones - including a closed style as well as some great new DJ headphones. Take a look at our interview for more info!

 

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

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