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Pepcom Highlights from CES 2014

We stopped by Pepcom this year and saw a few nifty things from Piston, drooled over the Lenovo 4K display and checked out a "fair" way to cheat at gaming. The Red Dot is not a cheat - it's just a fancy way to hipfire accurately - and it's awesome. Check it out!

 

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

 

Humble Jumbo Bundle 2

If you are looking to while away a few more hours this summer playing games, the Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 may have a few titles that will keep you interested. There are a few Indie titles at the start, but if you manage to donate $15 or more, they even throw in Microsoft's Age of Empires Legacy Bundle to boot. That, combined with everything else would normally sell for $210+, but if you want to support these guys, it's yours for much cheaper.

The monstrous Jumbo bundle returns! It towers over the city leaving bundles in its wake. No gamer is safe when Jumbo comes to town. Is it friend or foe? The only thing we know, it's Jumbo! Pay what you want for the DRM-free version of Deadlight. Paying $1 or more gets you access to the title on Steam, as well as The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Complete Pack and Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition. If you pay more than the average price, you'll also get Terraria, THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII Steam Edition and Crusader Kings II with 3 DLC Unit Packs. Those who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus the Age of Empires Legacy Bundle.

Source: HumbleBundle

IE Usage Up; Chrome Usage Down

It's actually been quite a while since I used Internet Explorer, and while things have improved (or so I've heard) at this point I'm still sticking with Chrome. That is not the case with other users though as IE usage is up lately. Of course that could be due to the fact that Windows XP slid this last month and Windows 8.1 is up. My guess is that people can't figure out how to install Chrome and are stuck in the Metro interface using the App version of Internet Explorer.

If you wondered why these companies want you to use their browser rather than a rival's, it is because there is a lot of money on the line for these products even though they are free. How do they make money? Well, it all comes down to searches. For Firefox, Google pays them hundreds of millions of dollars to be the default search engine and on Chrome, Google gets the default search preference too, while on Internet Explorer, Bing gets the nod as the default engine.

Source: Neowin via NetMarketShare

WTU Episode #278 - BlackBerry Wins

We have just posted up Episode #278 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing next gen consoles are more last gen, Google joins the drone delivery game and Snapchat is apparently worth $10 Billion.We have those stories and more and the links below!

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Intel Details New Core-M Chips

Why should you care about the new Intel Core-M chip? Battery life. That's what portable devices are all about at this point is how long can you go without plugging in. The new processor is based on the Haswell-Y processor design and really optimizes things. They are claiming that you'll quite easily see 1.7 hours more battery life with the same performance. That, and these are based on a 14-nm process, portable PCs can get a whole lot thinner.

Because Intel moved from a 22-nanometer process with Haswell to a 14-nanometer one with Broadwell, this new crop of PCs will be both thinner and lighter than was previously possible for a full-fledged PC. In particular, Intel says some of these devices will measure as little as 7mm thick, though the company has warned from the beginning that not every Core M device will be as thin as that iPad Air-like tablet we mentioned earlier.

Source: Engadget

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