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Mushkin at CES 2015

Mushkin has a couple of new products that they were showing off this year at CES 2015. The biggest announcement was their new Striker SSD to add to their SATA SSD lineup. 
 
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Mushkin is also excited about their new M.2 Hyperion drive that are based on Phisons latest PS5007-E7 controller. It should be very interesting to see how this Phison can perform in real world testing and we look forward to getting one of these into our test rig but the numbers being talked about are very impressive.
 
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In addition to Mushkin's SSD's they were showing off their new DDR4 memory which will be called Ridgeback. Mushkin also was showing off their lineup of portable battery powerbanks which they offer in a variety of different capacities.

 

To check out more of our CES 2015 coverage, please check here and of course you can check out more pictures from the Day 3 of CES 2015 right here.

Martian Watches @ CES 2016

Martian was one of the companies that started the smart-watch thing - and they've done it with style from the get-go. Their watches have always focused on one thing first - the watch. They are great analog timepieces that also have a few smart features thrown in for good measure. They have a pretty wide distribution in the USA and have limited retail locations in Canada. It's too bad, because their current generation of "Active" watches - including the Envoy, Alpha and Electra have been doing very well.

As CES, Martian announced some new watches that are geared more toward female users. These do not have a notification display, but instead use different vibration pulses and a mutli-colored LED to indicate what app is sending a notification. It could be a text message, incoming call, Facebook post or pretty much anything that sends notifcations. You have the ability to specify a ton of options and notification settings via their handy app. 

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The battery life on their devices is about two years for the actual watch, while the new watches should last about a week on a charge for the smart features. The new watches charge via pogo pins, while the current "Active" series charge by way of a microUSB port that gets covered up for water resistance.

There are a lot of very attractive products coming later this spring from Martian - and the best thing of all - they are watches, that just happen to be smart. Sometimes there is more beauty in less features than a watch that drains the battery by 2:00pm.

Please check out more images from our CES coverage here and be sure to check out all the current lineup of products from Martian here.

N64's GoldenEye gets the Unreal Engine 4 Treatment

GoldEye was one of the titles that put N64 onto the wishlist of gamers back in 1997. The graphics were pretty solid for it's time, but it's not as fun to play when you are spoiled with modern graphics. Jude Wilson recreated a portion of the Facility Map using the Unreal Engine 4 and it looks fantastic.

 

Fan-Made Sequel to Half-Life: Opposing Force to be Sold on Steam

You know Valve is done with a franchise when they allow a fan-made sequel to one of their titles - not only to be made, but also to be sold on their own Steam service. That's right. Opposing Force gets a sequel, and it's made by fans of the original game. I wasn't huge into Opposing Force, but this gives me hope that Half-Life 3 may actually be coming - from fans - not from Valve.

Prospekt is a mod that functions as as sequel to Opposing Force, letting you play as Adrian Shepard, the soldier you played in Opposing Force, during the events of Half-Life 2. These sorts of things are not usually a big deal. Mods are everywhere, mod-sequels have been churned out for ages, especially for Half-Life. Except that the key difference here is this one has received  "official Valve approval for Half-life 2 license and assets" and will go on sale on Steam for $9.99 sometime next month as a standalone game.

Source: GameInformer

Panasonic's Lumix CM1 Is More Camera Than Phone

A few years ago, Samsung was all about their camera phone that never really took off. While it was cool to have such a great phone in your camera, the execution was clunky and more camera than phone. Panasonic has seen the dilema and instead of trying something radically different, they've pretty much done the same thing. I don't hold out a lot for the device, but I'd give it a try.

That's really the only major difference here: the CM10 has the same 15mm-thick (21mm at the lens) body with a 4.7-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a Snapdragon 801 processor. It does, at least, run Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, whereas the CM1 launched with KitKat. Panasonic suggests using the CM10 with data and text-only SIM cards for convenient photo sharing.

Source: TheVerge

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