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A 3D Printed... Car

Local Motors has put together a 3D printed car. That's right. Sadly, it looks more impressive than I thought it would. Will I buy one? No.

 

iOS 8 Review

While the big news is that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are almost available, the OS that powers these new devices has almost slipped under the radar. If you are wondering what all the fuss is about, there is a full review that highlights a bunch of new features of this OS and you may already be familiar with some of them if you are currently using an Android device. That's right, some of these are long overdue - but worth the wait apparently.

As usual, there are some devices that will iOS 8, but won't enjoy the full feature list. The new Health app, for example, will only come to the iPhones (4s and later) and fifth-gen iPod touch. Meaning, no iPad support. Additionally, the Continuity feature, which makes it possible to hand off content from mobile to desktop (and vice versa), is only available to the iPhone 5 and later, latest iPod touch, fourth-gen iPad and later and both iPad minis.

Source: Engadget

New Micron M600 SSD Offers 16nm NAND

If you are looking to buy a new SSD, you may want to wait just a few more days until the Micron M600 drives hit the store shelves. These are based on a new 16nm process and offer great features and performance that includes Dynamic Write Acceleration. These new drives will come in 2.5-inch, mSATA and M.2 platforms. It will be interesting to see how this write acceleration performs in the real world. In theory, it looks impressive.

According to Micron, accelerating writes in this fashion can lead to dramatic improvements in total power consumption because, while the drive consumes slightly more power in some cases, it still slashes the amount of time required to perform the write. There are a few caveats with Dynamic Write Acceleration. It cannot accelerate sustained random write workloads indefinitely -- eventually the drive will begin performing garbage collection, and write acceleration doesn't function when it's taking out the trash. 

Source: HotHardware

Samsung @ CES 2013

One of the highlights of every CES is a stop by the Samsung booth and this year didn’t disappoint. Samsung has so many products on display which makes it feel like walking through a candy story wishing you could have one of each. The big product in the TV market this year at CES is 4k displays (4096x2160 resolution) and Samsung had a bunch of those on display. Right now content is pretty tough to find in resolutions that high, but the demo clips that they were showing attracted quite a crowd. 


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Samsung 4K TV
 

Also on display was one of Samsung's curved OLED TV's. The curve in the screen wasn't drastic but it was enough to give the picture a bit of a different look and thanks to the OLED technology the picture was great. 


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Samsung Curved OLED TV

Check out more of our pictures from Samsung in our CES 2013 gallery.

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.

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