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GS4 is Still a Hot Device

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is not that new of a device, but it is still hot and selling well. In Texas, one teen found that her S4 was a little hotter than it should be as she woke up to a smoking device that she'd placed under her pillow while she was charging it and sleeping. Samsung is in the clear here as they have disclaimers about covering your phone while charging and the battery was a non-Samsung replacement. Still, this serves to warn you to monitor your phone and maybe not keep it under your pillow.

If I am awoken by smoke in the middle of the night, I assume the neighbors are having a key party again. However, one 13-year-old from Texas, says she was woken by a smoky smell and didn't even worry about it. She went back to sleep. For Ariel Tolfree, though, the smell didn't go away. When she woke up again, she noticed that her Samsung Galaxy S4 was melting under her pillow.

Source: CNET

Roccat @ CES 2013

We made a stop by Roccat today to check out some of their newest products. Like most other Roccat products, the newest additions to their lineup are made specifically with gamers in mind. The first product we saw was the Ryos MK Pro keyboard. This is a mechanical keyboard with your choice of 4 different cherry MX switches and is the first keyboard to offer individual key illumination. Individual key illumination means you can illuminate only the buttons that you are using in a specific game, or you can change the colors of specific important buttons, or pretty much anything lighting scheme you can think up. Roccat will also offer the Ryos keyboard in other flavors with less features at a lower price.


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Roccat Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Keyboard
 

Also being displayed this year is Roccat’s new software called Power-Grid which allows you to use your smartphone to control things like skype, teamspeak, game macros, news, weather, computer performance statistics, and much much more without ever having to exit out of your game. The Power-Grid software will be free for the base program (extra functions and premium apps will be extra)  and you will be able to make your own apps and customize it to do whatever you want. At first this might not seem like the most useful program but after we experienced it first and we thought up dozens of uses that would make it quite handy. Roccat will be releasing this software for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone (release date still unknown). You can find out more about Power-Grid and even sign up to be a beta tester over at Roccat's website.


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Roccat Power-Grid Smartphone App

WTU Episode #229 - iOS 7 vs SteamOS

We have just posted up Episode #229 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing the iOS 7 release, Steam OS hits the airwaves and Microsoft bets big on the Surface 2.  We have those stories and more. . .

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Digital Storm at CES 2014

Digital Storm has definitely been working hard since we last interviewed them during CES 2013. We were really excited to get a first hand look at what they’ve been up to.  See Digital Storm's enthusiasm about the new Bolt II and Aventum II in this interview!

 

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

Button to Buy

Have you ever been looking at your Facebook feed and wanted to be able to buy a product you saw displayed there without having to go to another site? Well, now you can! They are testing the new "buy button" which will provide you with the means of buying that object you desire by only using your credit card info linked with your Facebook account! For the time being Facebook will not be charging businesses for this service but it has not been ruled out.

Rather than clicking away to a merchant’s site, the Buy button lets you complete the entire purchase flow within Facebook, which could boost conversion rates and endear retailers to the social network. You can use a credit card you have on file with Facebook, enter new payment details and save them for future use, or just checkout and not store your payment info. The feature is privacy safe, and Facebook won’t pass payment details on to other advertisers.

Source: TechCrunch

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