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Sony at CES 2017

Sony brought a few new TVs to CES this year - along with a bunch of products that are already on sale - and are quite impressive. They also brought along a prototype project that should make it to market in the coming years. Sony’s XBR-A1E Bravia is their first consumer ready OLED TV that will come in 55-in, 65-in. and 77-inch sizes. This TV also sports a unique sound system in that there is no speaker but instead use a bar to vibrate the screen to produce sound all the while having a subwoofer to help with the bass. Oddly enough some of the Sony reps won’t call the OLED their flagship TV and instead point to some LED TVs as the prime examples of what can be done with them.

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These 4K HDR LED TVs will eventually have more shutters in them than currently on the market, to turn off the LEDs to achieve the same blacks in the OLEDs all the while pushing the power to the other parts of the TV to help improve the brightness of the picture to give it a brighter picture than OLEDs.

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Sony also introduced some amazing projectors with short throw lenses in them so that they only need to be about six inches away from the surface that it will be projecting on. These projects can either rest on the floor or shelving unit, or be mounted to the wall and can produce a 4K HDR picture up to about 120 inches. When powered off the projector will hide itself inside of its unit making it look like normal decor in the room. Because these projectors use lasers instead of what’s currently on the market these projectors can still display clear and crisp images even when the lights are on full blast. One of the cooler things that you may not hear about when it comes to sony is their small scale projector that is currently in prototype mode. When connected to your home or google home network you can use the image that is being projected onto your tabletop the same way as if you were looking at your phone or your computer screen.

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For more images from our Sony visit, please check the gallery here. Also, you can find all of our CES 2017 coverage right here.

StarCraft II is Now Free-to-Play

Blizzard announced earlier this month that it will be making it's popular strategy title, StarCraft II, free to play. It now is. It's available and ready to go. The free-to-play players will only be able to access the ranked ladder in multiplayer if they achieve the "First Wins of the Day". The co-op mode is also free for all players. So, you don't get everything and a bag of chips - some of it you have to earn. Still, if you want to save a few bucks and play casually, it's a nice option.

Beyond that, the game's co-op mode is also free for all players, with Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis playable to their max levels, while other co-op commanders will need purchasing after level 5. The official StarCraft Twitter account celebrated the free-to-play transition with some digs at EA regarding the current Star Wars: Battlefront II debacle, seen below.

Source: Neowin

Intel Leaks More Details on Core i7 Chip with Radeon Graphics

Intel and AMD have teamed up on a CPU that has integrated Radeon graphics - much like the AMD Ryzen CPU. It's odd that AMD agreed to join in on the deal, but I guess Intel knows that they can't compete and are wishing they'd be making the money that NVIDIA makes with discreet GPUs on laptops and portable devices. The graphics chips are touted as Radeon RX Vega M GH and it looks like it could be a good year for both Intel on the CPU front and AMD on the GPU front.

As far as the technical specs, ExtremeTech speculates that the new chip will offer 204GB/s memory bandwidth, which put it on par with an RX 470 GPU. It also said the suspected 1,536 GPU cores would put it at slightly below $200+ mid-range GPUs, and when coupled with the Kaby Lake CPU and support for DDR4-2400 memory, the combo chip should be able to handle most gaming workloads, especially if the chip is able to be overclocked to 4.1GHz as rumored.

Source: Neowin

Boox by ONYX: eReader, Monitor, Writing Tablet & More

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Every now and then a company comes along with a product that claims to have some pretty unique features. CES is all about showcasing these products, but often there are many products that leave us disappointed. The BOOX (pronounced books) from ONYX is a product that shows a lot of promise and delivers exactly what they promise. 

Select BOOX devices will be running Android 6.0 and the range in size from 6-inch basic units to the massive 13.3-inch unit we looked at today. This big reader can be used as an external monitor via a MicroHDMI cable, a standard large eReader or even a writing tablet with a pressure sensitive stylus. 

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While the e-Ink BOOX in computer monitor mode has limited use, the fact that it can do it and provides a very easy-on-the-eyes display is pretty awesome. This is a very premium device with a lot of features, and that comes at a cost - a fairly large cost in fact. MSRP is about $800 on this, but when we referenced their products on Amazon, we found them for a little over half-price of their MSRP. This could make it the perfect, premium, large format reader for professionals or anyone that consumes a large amount of print media.

 

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The fact is, I'd love of these to play around with and use on the road. It could be a great companion for any journalist. 

More info on BOOX here.

Apple to "fix" throttling in iOS 11.3

Good news Apple fans, in iOS 11.3 you'll get a fix to the throttling "problem" where as your battery ages your phone slows down. Now I'm being generous saying it's a "problem" because Apple did it to user unknowingly on purpose, but regardless, by Spring 2018 you'll finally have the option to turn that off and sacrifice battery life to maintain performance. Mashable has the story.

Apple just announced iOS 11.3 (available in beta today and public release this spring) with a boatload of new features worth getting excited about.

The most notable update is the addition of a controversial power management switch that will let iPhone users turn off any performance throttling. Oh, and there's also four new Animoji for the iPhone X. 

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