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Google's Best of 2017

Google has just announced their best of 2017 when it comes to the Play Store. There are a few great applications and a ton of useless drivel, so it's nice to see a nice tidy list that will help you narrow down your choices if you're still looking for a few good apps. They cover music, games, apps, and movies. Head on over for all the details.

No one knows how far she can go better than “Moana,” as she landed the most popular movie of the year on Google Play. Strong female characters dominated this year’s movies chart with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Wonder Woman” rounding out the top three. “Game of Thrones” kept “Rick and Morty” and “The Walking Dead” at bay to claim the Iron Throne for the second year in a row as the most popular TV show.

Source: Google

Windows 10 ARM Laptop Emerge

ARM has come to laptops and now have been embraced by Microsoft. That's right, Qualcomm and Microsoft have teamed up with some hardware partners to make laptops that will run full version Windows 10. The benefits are better power efficiency, reliable performance, always-on connectivity and better battery life. This looks awesome and the only loser here is Intel.

Contrary to what you might expect, the new Windows 10 ARM computers don’t look hugely different from their Intel counterparts. They all support standard Windows 10 features, such as a touchscreen, Windows Hello, and pen input. HP Envy X2 looks just like the Spectre X2 detachable already available, while Asus’ NovaGo is a standard laptop that is visually indistinguishable from the rest of its lineup.

Source: TheVerge

Steam no longer accepting Bitcoin

Lot's of online retailers now accept Bitcoin but already is seems like some are starting to question how good of an idea that is with Steam being the first to pull the plug on using Bitcoin for payment. Citing high fees and volatility, Steam has removed Bitcoin as a payment option. With the sharp fluctuations in the price over the last couple months I'm really not too surprised that vendors are getting concerned with accepting Bitcoin as payment only to see the value drop sharply in a matter of seconds. The Verge has the story.

Steam is no longer accepting bitcoin as a payment method, game company and distributor Valve announced today. The company is attributing its decision to cryptocurrency’s “high fees and volatility.” In a blog post, Valve explained that bitcoin transaction fees have gone up to nearly $20 per transaction last week, “compared to roughly $0.20 when we initially enabled Bitcoin.” Those fees then have to be shouldered by gamers making purchases on Steam, and the total cost to consumers could be even higher if the value of bitcoin dips in the meantime.

Roccat @ CES 2013

We made a stop by Roccat today to check out some of their newest products. Like most other Roccat products, the newest additions to their lineup are made specifically with gamers in mind. The first product we saw was the Ryos MK Pro keyboard. This is a mechanical keyboard with your choice of 4 different cherry MX switches and is the first keyboard to offer individual key illumination. Individual key illumination means you can illuminate only the buttons that you are using in a specific game, or you can change the colors of specific important buttons, or pretty much anything lighting scheme you can think up. Roccat will also offer the Ryos keyboard in other flavors with less features at a lower price.


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Roccat Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Keyboard
 

Also being displayed this year is Roccat’s new software called Power-Grid which allows you to use your smartphone to control things like skype, teamspeak, game macros, news, weather, computer performance statistics, and much much more without ever having to exit out of your game. The Power-Grid software will be free for the base program (extra functions and premium apps will be extra)  and you will be able to make your own apps and customize it to do whatever you want. At first this might not seem like the most useful program but after we experienced it first and we thought up dozens of uses that would make it quite handy. Roccat will be releasing this software for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone (release date still unknown). You can find out more about Power-Grid and even sign up to be a beta tester over at Roccat's website.


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Roccat Power-Grid Smartphone App

Digital Storm at CES 2014

Digital Storm has definitely been working hard since we last interviewed them during CES 2013. We were really excited to get a first hand look at what they’ve been up to.  See Digital Storm's enthusiasm about the new Bolt II and Aventum II in this interview!

 

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

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