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LG G Watch vs. Pebble Steel

Like it or not, wearable technology isn't going anywhere for the next little while. You don't have to buy into it of course, but there are some appealing aspects that may entice some users. Pebble is one of the first companies to get into this market successfully, but their first device was pretty ugly. They have launched a much sleeker version and today, that is up against the brand-new LG G Watch based off the Android Wear platform.

Here is a comparison that needs to be done – the infamous Pebble smartwatch, the Pebble Steel in this case, versus the new comer, the Android Wear powered LG G Watch.  How does the ‘old’ world stack up to the ‘new’ world in the smartwatch arena – which one offers the most features and best specifications for the money?  Other than the fact that both watches will tell you the time, these watches are as different as night and day in the specs department.

Source: AndroidHeadlines

Microsoft Stock Hits Decade High as the Fire People

Microsoft recently announced that they were axing a bunch of employees and the stock market responded - by going up. That's right, the stock market celebrated unemployment by pushing the price of Microsoft stock up higher than it has been in a decade. With all the buzz around their manifesto lately, there may be some good stuff coming from Microsoft over the next few years. People seem optimistic at least - well, those that still have jobs.

While there is no doubt that Nadella is changing the way the company is operating and is installing a new "challenger mindset," Wall Strett loves layoffs from a profitable company; investors traditionally look at layoffs from a profitable company as a way to streamline operations and reduce unnecessary expenditures. When Microsoft bought Nokia's devices arm, it also obtained more than 25,000 new employees; with that many acquisitions, there are overlapping roles that results in unnecessary overhead for the company.

Source: Neowin

More Power to Nyko

If you are one of the many individuals who purchased a PS4, you were most likely pleased except for the inferior battery life. There is hope on the horizon however; Nyko has developed a battery that hooks up into the micro usb port on the remote. The retail price of this battery is suggested at $20.00.

The Power Pak is designed to add extra power while the controller's in use, but it is also compatible with Nyko's Charge Base, a dock that can store and charge two PS4 controllers when not in use. It's available in video game accessories stories for a recommended retail price of $20.

Source: IGN

Rosewill @ CES 2013

Rosewill was at CES again this year in force.  They have a huge presence in the USA with Newegg.com.  In Canada, they have the same saturation with Newgg.ca, but in Canada Newegg doesn't have the same dominance.  After checking out the products that Rosewill is offering, I think that people should be a little more willing to give them a shot.  One of their products that they showed that will appeal to gamers.  They were in fact one of the first companies to market with a mechanical keyboard and this year, they've brough dual-LED illumination to their keyboards.  It doesn't have a robust software pack, and that's what I love about this idea.  It's all done is hardware and you can switch between the two colors and multiple modes for a personal experience.  They ne wHelios RK-9200 Dual LED keyboards come with Cherry MX Switches in Blue, Red, Brown and Black.

Rosewill Keyboards

 

Rosewill has a new case called the Throne that is their new flagship case.  This case will MSRP at $179 they estimate and be available later in March.  It's a pretty number and is very large.  Rosewill also says they plan on pushing their networking brand a little harder this year.  They aren't jumping into the 802.11ac pool yet, but they have some mainstream and higher-end 802.11n Dual-Band routers that offer the typical 450Mbps speeds - and do so at a lower price.  Also in their networking repitoire are some powerline products.  They have both 200Mbps and 500Mbps products.  We will be looking at some of these in the near future - and are going to kick it off with the 500Mbps gear.

 

Rosewill does a ton of other products including HDMI cables, Infrared Thermometers, Security Cameras and a lot more.  For more images, please check out our CES 2013 Gallery here. We've divided it up into different days to make things easier!

Next Gen Xbox Rumors

Most Xbox fans are already looking forward to see what Microsoft has in store for the Xbox 360's replacement. So far some of the rumors we've been hearing haven't been the greatest, mainly since it is being reported that you won't be able to play used games (or loan your friends you games) as they will only be allowed to be registered once on one system. That rumor is still out there and now it is being rumored that you will need an internet connection if you want to use your system which as expected isn't getting gamers very excited. Kotaku has more details on these rumors.

 

A new Edge report suggests that Microsoft's next Xbox gaming console, code-named Durango, will require an Internet connection to use. It also won't be able to play used games, Edge says.

We have not been able to confirm the veracity of this new report, which claims that Durango discs will ship with one-time-use activation codes that render them irrelevant to anyone but the person who first uses them.

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