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Lenovo Y50 UHD Laptop

If you are enjoying your new, affordable UHD desktop monitor and don't want to give up that 3840x2160 resolution, Lenovo now has an option that takes all that pixel density on your desktop and makes it even tighter on the Y50 laptops. This series all come with UHD displays that are a nice and tidy 15.6". They come equipped with 4th Gen Core processors and a lot of RAM, plus dedicated NVIDIA graphics to push that display. If you're looking for a new machine for back to school, this should be right near the top of your list.

  • Power to Keep Pace with Today's Latest Games
  • Intimidating Design Shows You Mean Business
  • DisplayEye-Popping Visuals Leave Nothing to the Imagination
  • Outstanding Performance with Discrete Graphics
  • JBL® Speakers Deliver Category-Leading Sound

 

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Manned Aerial Vehicle Aptly Named - Swarm

While I know that there are going to be more than a few UAV "Drones" shot down by Americans during the rest of this year, hopefully it's not this Super Drone that is actually being manned.

 

Star Wars Battlefront Beta Coming October

I've been eagerly waiting for Star Wars Battlefront news and now there is some really good news. It appears that there will be a public multiplayer (40 person maps) coming as early as the beginning of October. This looks to be an epic game of large multiplayer battles that will inspire the inner Jedi in you to rise up and take action. This game looks amazing. Check out more details from EA.

Walker Assault will also give you the chance to play as two of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars™ universe: Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. The Beta will also feature our Survival Mission on Tatooine, where you and a Rebel friend must fight back waves of Imperial forces.

Star Wars Battlefront

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Hulu announces "almost no commericals" service

Hulu has announced a new "commercial free" premium service for $11.99 per month that is an upgrade over the currently available $7.99 "limited commercials" package. The reason people are talking about it though is that apparently on some programs even by paying the extra money per month you still have to watch a commercial at the beginning and one at the end of the episode. The reason this is of course making headlines is that people were obviously expecting that by paying extra for a "commercial free" subscription that they wouldn't have to watch commercials but apparently Hulu has other plans and is now gaining unwanted publicity. AV Club has the full story.

High on the list of so-called “first-world problems”—coming in just behind “this latte is too hot” and “my Uber driver tried to talk to me”—is the complaint that “Hulu keeps playing the same ads over and over again.” The general consumer sentiment seems to be that it’s unacceptable for a paid streaming service to show ads with its programming, even though cable TV—which also costs money—also includes commercial breaks, a fact that consumers accepted for decades.

Digital Storm @ CES 2013

We stopped at Digital Storm to check out their latest two products that they have refreshed and beefed up for this coming year.  The Aventum is a beast that has been developed entirely in house and offers exceptional performance.  The system will start at $5,000 and come with a single CPU and a single graphics card.  It will also come liquid cooled with some amazing thermal features.

As an upgrade option, you can get the liquid cooling built with nickel plated copper tubing for a completely custom look.  Digital Storm plans to start selling this system in March of this year and the upgrade options are almost endless.  If you want to spend $10,000 on a system, you’ll be able to drop in four graphics cards, dual Xeon CPUs and a lot more.

Digital Storm Aventum

 

Digital Storm has also recently upgraded their Bolt system as well.  We found the Bolt system to be very interesting.  It’s a “Micro Tower” that offers some pretty impressive features including full Core i7 CPU support as well as up to a GTX 670 graphics card from NVIDIA.  This is a tiny system that is big on performance and has a lot of upgrade options as well.  The Bolt will likely be available with custom paint in the near future as well.  You can see in the image below just how awesome this would be.

Digital Storm Bolt

It’s pretty amazing that this system has so many upgrade options for such a small system.  You don’t have to sacrifice performance for size here as it supports two 3.5” HDDs or a single 3.5” HDD and two 2.5” SSDs.  Make sure to check out the video below for all the details.

We have more pictures in the gallery link here.

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