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Cooler Master @ CES 2013

We stopped by the Cooler Master suite today to see some of their new products that they are showcasing at CES 2013.  This year they are bringing a few new coolers to the market as well as showing off some of their best-selling gear that has proven itself in the field.  All of these main CPU coolers have a fan and they are showing off some of their new fans that offer great performance and 90cfm+ airflow while remaining fairly quiet.  These new fans will complement many of their new coolers.

Cooled

 

Cooler Master has really expanded their line of mobile accessories as well.  They have a lot of tablet products available in the Apple Store and are trying to get some of these working with popular Android devices as well.  Their CM Storm line of products made a strong showing as well and they are working on a couple of new keyboards with Cherry Green switches that offer an even firmer feel and finish that Brown, Blue, or Red swtiches that are currently available from many other companies.

CM Storm Stuff

 

Cooler Master still focuses on cooling, but they do have a lot of products that are interesting and geared toward a lot of different people.  From Power Supplies to Lithium-Polymer Batteries for charging your USB-based products on-the-go, Cooler Master now has something for almost everyone.

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.

Patriot @ CES 2014

We stopped by for a quick visit today at Patriot and saw some of their newest product offerings here at CES 2014.

Patriot is known as a memory company but this year at CES they were really trying to show off some of their other products (don't worry, they still make memory). Probably the biggest lineup of products they were showcasing was their Fuel+ lineup of batteries that let you charge your electronic devices on the go. Portable batteries might not be the most exciting product but Patriot has been able to offer them at very competitive prices and offer features that no one else does (like 2.5 mAh charging speeds which helps charge your devices faster). As you can see in the picture below, Patriot has Fuel+ products of all shapes and sizes.



Patriot Fuel+ Portable Batteries
 

Like always Patriot also has USB drives, media cards, and DDR memory and was showing them off as well.

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

Windows 7 Support Ends January 2015

If you are using Windows 7 until Windows 8 "gets better" or until Windows 9 comes out, you may have to rethink your platform of choice a little bit. According to sources, Microsoft is all set to end "mainstream" support for Windows 7, Office 2010 and Windows Server 2003 as early as January of next year. What does this mean to you? It means that no features will be updated, but there will contiunue to be security fixes until 2020.

Some industry watchers have speculated that Microsoft will end up pushing out Windows 7's support dates the way the company did for XP, given Windows 7's popularity and pervasiveness, but so far, there's been no word from Microsoft officials that this is the plan.

Source: ZDNet

Xbox One Promotion for $75 Off

It seems that Microsoft is getting desparate to catch up to the PS4 sales and is now offering a promotional price (through coupon in your Xbox Live) for $75 off the purchase of a new Xbox One. As far as I can tell, this qualifies for ANY Xbox One or Xbox One bundle and would make the price of the Kinect-less Xbox as little as $325. For that price, I think they'd convince a lot of people to bite. Check you Xbox Live messages and see if you coupon awaits!

Xbox One

Source: Neogaf

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