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Samsung Galaxy S4

So the big news of the week is the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S4 on Thursday. The Galaxy lineup of phones has been the most popular Android-based devices around so naturally there was quite a bit of speculation surrounding this launch. Overall I think most of the rumors were correct and there weren't too many big surprises at the launch.

For a overview of the S4 from Samsung you can head over to their website for more pictures and information on all the new accessories they announced.

 

If you would like more information from around the internet, as well as some quick hands on reviews, here is a collection of articles:

The Verge takes a look at the S4

Gizmodo puts the S4 up against the S3

The Verge has pictures from a Chinese site that has already ripped the S4 apart

AllthingsD ask the question "is better enough?"

HTC's CMO doesn't like the S4, says it's just "more of the same" and other trash talk @ Engadget

Xbox One Does a 180

It appears that Microsoft has done the unthinkable - listened to the consumers voice.  While the consumer does carry quite a loud voice - and especially consumers that play video games, it's not often that a company will make such drastic changes to policies based a few days of outcry.  Microsoft released a statement today saying that they are making changes to the Xbox One.  Even the page title states "Your Feedback Matters..."

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At E3 last week, Microsoft made their next-generation console announcement before Sony and Sony wisely measured the outcry and likely made last-minute changes to their platform announcement.  For one, the price of a PS4 is $100 cheaper and it doesn't require an internet connection to play.  Along with the used game fiasco, Microsoft had created a massive hole for themselves.  In just a week, things have changed - as I told Jason Schneider in Episode #216 of WeeklyTechUpdate that it would.  They're are really only two major changes to the platform, but the implications of these address the issues that gamers had and what I knew they had to change.  I honestly didn't think they'd make changes to both issues, but they did.  Hit the read more link to see what all has changed.

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Rosewill @ CES 2014

We had the chance to stop by and see Rosewill at CES 2014 and saw a whole bunch of new products. Rosewill produces a ton of different products and they seem to always be releasing new products so we had a bit of catching up to do.


Rosewill had a whole variety of cases on display and this year they've got some very nice looking aluminum cases that they have just released. Typically aluminum cases cost a fair bit more than steel cases but Rosewill has a couple offerings that won't break the bank and will make it look like you spent a whole lot more than you actually did.


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Rosewill Case Lineup @ CES 2014


Rosewill had quite a few new products on display from their gaming lineup which included gaming keyboards, gaming mice, mousepads, headesets, and pretty much anything else a gamer would need. 


Another interesting product launch from Rosewill is their R-Studio lineup of earbuds. Rosewill has released 3 versions and you can expect to find them ranging from around $39.99 USD (F-340's)-up to $59.99 USD (F-860's). We have seen quite a few earbud offerings at CES 2014 but Rosewill's are some of the more affordable ones we've come across and we look forward to taking a close look at them in the future.


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Rosewill R-Studio E-860, E-550, and E-340 Earbuds

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

 

PlayStation Network and Xbox Get DoS'd

Sony had a rough weekend. In addition to their PlayStation Network was taken down with a Denial of Service attack and then were further crippled when their Sony Online Entertainment service was also taken down. Microsoft didn't escape unscathed either as their Xbox Live login servers were also knocked offline in a world wide hack on these gaming services. Reports are floating around that Battle.net was also affected and this caused League of Legends to be unavailable for a while as well. Thankfully for all of these services, no information was taken and nothing was compromised - logins were just crippled due to the DoS flood.

As SOE's John Smedley explains, the culprits are simply trying to overwhelm Sony rather than break in. That won't be much comfort if you wanted to squeeze in a few rounds of Killzone before the weekend was over, but it hopefully means that you can get back to playing without worrying that your data is vulnerable. In at least SOE's case, some services are already back up and running -- give it a try and let others know how it's going in the comments.

Source: Engadget

Apple Announced Watch and Phones

Yesterday was Apple's big event of the year and this year it was in fact all about big stuff. They have dropped their idea that there is a "perfect screen" size (they believed for years that it was 3.5-inch), and have moved up to larger screens for a while. They moved from 3.5-inch to 4-inch and now have pulled off two new phones with 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch screen. There are a few other bits that are new-ish, but most of them have been done before and been done a while ago. On the watch side of things, Apple joined the bandwagon way too late and they aren't really bringing much special to the table here either - unfortunately. I was really hoping they'd push things to the limit and make everyone step up their game. They didn't. That being said, their devices today sure look pretty and if that's your thing, you should check out the links below.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus feature a 64-bit Apple A8 chip built on a 20nm manufacturing process, which the company has claimed, offers 25% more CPU power and 50% more GPU power. Apple's A8 SoC comes coupled with the M8 co-processor which has an onboard barometer to assist various health tracking activities such as steps. The devices support 20 LTE bands and would work with majority of networks worldwide.

Sources: Neowin, Engadget

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