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The New Creed

There has been a lot of speculation about what the latest Assassin’s Creed will be. This speculation will come to an end at 9 AM PST May 12th when the new reveal trailer will be launched on Gamespot. It should be exciting to see what the next title in this great franchise is.

Ubisoft will be lifting the curtain on its upcoming new Assassin's Creed game at 9 AM PST on Tuesday, May 12. Stay tuned to this page on GameSpot if you want to catch the reveal as it goes live. More specific story details and previews will be posted soon. We will also be sharing our impressions of the reveal right after the stream.

Source: GameSpot

Android Auto Reviewed in a Hyundai

Android Auto has been teased and talked about for a while and now it is actually available in a Hyundai. If you want to get the most out of your device without suction-cupping it to your windshield, Android Auto is where it is at. This interfaces with your Android device and provides you a great interface for all of your navigation, entertainment and communication - all through a Lollipop interface that you're already familiar with. It's a great step in the right direction for Google.

 

There are a lot more photos, information and more at the link below.

Source: TheVerge

Netflix accounts for 36.5% of peak internet traffic

Anyone who is on a shared internet connection curses the day Netflix was invented as it slows their internet performance down to a halt during peak hours when everyone and their dog is streaming Netflix. According to one North American study, Netflix was taking up 36.5% of the bandwidth with Youtube grabbing 15.6%. Basically 50+% of the bandwidth is taken up by video streaming which in comparison to web browsing (6%) is pretty amazing. The other interesting stat is that the new Call of Duty Advanced Warfare DLC download had just come out and it grabbed 12% of the bandwidth. DSLRepords has more details on why your internet is so slow during peak times.

A new analysis of Internet data indicates that Netflix now accounts for 36.5% of Internet traffic in North America during peak usage hours. According to the latest Sandvine breakdown of user behavior, the sharp climb in Netflix usage continues to coincide, rather un-coincidentally, with a notable drop in BitTorrent traffic. BitTorrent now accounts for 6.3% of total traffic in North America, and 8.5% in Latin America, notes the hardware vendor.

The study notes that YouTube comprised 15.6% of peak downstream Internet traffic, while web browsing was 6%, Facebook 2.7%, Amazon Instant Video 2.0% and Hulu 1.9%. Sling TV accounted for less than 1% of peak downstream traffic.

 

Google I/O and Android M Features

Just when we were starting to all get Lollipop, Google goes ahead and announced Android M. Other than the name of the next OS for your mobile phone, Google has been pretty forthcoming with details on their upcoming software. There are a few features that are pretty interesting and will definitely improve the Android experience. One of the most talked about features in Android Pay which is little more than a reboot of Google Pay, but this time around it looks like they've done a lot of things right. Check out more details on that feature as well as the ability to use your phone to charge other devices. That's just what I need, shorter battery life on my phone.

Android M officially ushers in Android Pay, a mobile payments system that Google talked about during Mobile World Congress earlier this year. The Android Pay platform lets third-party apps process payments both within the app (think in-app payments) and in retail stores, using NFC. Google Wallet, the standalone mobile wallet app, won't disappear, but it will use Android Pay going forward.

Source: CNET

Digital Storm @ CES 2013

We stopped at Digital Storm to check out their latest two products that they have refreshed and beefed up for this coming year.  The Aventum is a beast that has been developed entirely in house and offers exceptional performance.  The system will start at $5,000 and come with a single CPU and a single graphics card.  It will also come liquid cooled with some amazing thermal features.

As an upgrade option, you can get the liquid cooling built with nickel plated copper tubing for a completely custom look.  Digital Storm plans to start selling this system in March of this year and the upgrade options are almost endless.  If you want to spend $10,000 on a system, you’ll be able to drop in four graphics cards, dual Xeon CPUs and a lot more.

Digital Storm Aventum

 

Digital Storm has also recently upgraded their Bolt system as well.  We found the Bolt system to be very interesting.  It’s a “Micro Tower” that offers some pretty impressive features including full Core i7 CPU support as well as up to a GTX 670 graphics card from NVIDIA.  This is a tiny system that is big on performance and has a lot of upgrade options as well.  The Bolt will likely be available with custom paint in the near future as well.  You can see in the image below just how awesome this would be.

Digital Storm Bolt

It’s pretty amazing that this system has so many upgrade options for such a small system.  You don’t have to sacrifice performance for size here as it supports two 3.5” HDDs or a single 3.5” HDD and two 2.5” SSDs.  Make sure to check out the video below for all the details.

We have more pictures in the gallery link here.

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