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Mushkin at CES 2015

Mushkin has a couple of new products that they were showing off this year at CES 2015. The biggest announcement was their new Striker SSD to add to their SATA SSD lineup. 
 
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Mushkin is also excited about their new M.2 Hyperion drive that are based on Phisons latest PS5007-E7 controller. It should be very interesting to see how this Phison can perform in real world testing and we look forward to getting one of these into our test rig but the numbers being talked about are very impressive.
 
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In addition to Mushkin's SSD's they were showing off their new DDR4 memory which will be called Ridgeback. Mushkin also was showing off their lineup of portable battery powerbanks which they offer in a variety of different capacities.

 

To check out more of our CES 2015 coverage, please check here and of course you can check out more pictures from the Day 3 of CES 2015 right here.

Martian Watches @ CES 2016

Martian was one of the companies that started the smart-watch thing - and they've done it with style from the get-go. Their watches have always focused on one thing first - the watch. They are great analog timepieces that also have a few smart features thrown in for good measure. They have a pretty wide distribution in the USA and have limited retail locations in Canada. It's too bad, because their current generation of "Active" watches - including the Envoy, Alpha and Electra have been doing very well.

As CES, Martian announced some new watches that are geared more toward female users. These do not have a notification display, but instead use different vibration pulses and a mutli-colored LED to indicate what app is sending a notification. It could be a text message, incoming call, Facebook post or pretty much anything that sends notifcations. You have the ability to specify a ton of options and notification settings via their handy app. 

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The battery life on their devices is about two years for the actual watch, while the new watches should last about a week on a charge for the smart features. The new watches charge via pogo pins, while the current "Active" series charge by way of a microUSB port that gets covered up for water resistance.

There are a lot of very attractive products coming later this spring from Martian - and the best thing of all - they are watches, that just happen to be smart. Sometimes there is more beauty in less features than a watch that drains the battery by 2:00pm.

Please check out more images from our CES coverage here and be sure to check out all the current lineup of products from Martian here.

Bose Helps Kids Build Inferior Speaker for $149

Bose has introduced a BoseBuild program that allows people to build mini cube speakers for a mere $149. While the idea is pretty awesome, it really gives you a look into the small drivers that are in the Bose system and the electronics that do the spoofing to make the sound harmonic and appear to be rich and full. I know, I'm a bit harsh, but I've always enjoyed clean, crisp, natural sound - not the digital stuff that Bose pushes. Still, it's an interesting project box and hey - it's educational, right?

With the Speaker Cube, kids (or anyone else who's interested in tinkering) can learn step by step how to make a device that reproduces music or other types of noise. Not only that, but they're able to customize the speaker to their liking, with different covers and a variety of colored lights. Of course, since it is a Bluetooth speaker, the Cube pairs easily with smartphones or tablets.

Source: Engadget

Steam Controller - Six Months Later

The Steam Controller has been out for a while now and while it claims to have a lot of feautures and may in fact be a superior controller, I don't believe it's sold all that well. Some people really like it though as it offers a different take and more precision that what you can get from a dual analog-stick controller. There are some other good features as well - including gyro motion as well as a ton of configurations if you want to tweak up your controller to the max.

The growing list of "configs" for the controller has produced some surprising applications -- for example, you can play Street Fighter V strictly with motion controls. Serious Rocket League players have the Steam Controller grips programmed for acceleration/brake and triggers for drift/boost. Cities Skylines has moved into the living room for many people.

Source: Engadget

Android Gets Malware from Chinese Adware

The Android camp has been exploited once again with a Malware - this time from China. HummindBad has infected only 10 Million devices. This malware doesn't steal a bunch of data, instead it is used to generate fraudulent advertising revenue by indicating that you have viewed certain ads - or clicked on them, thus making the advertising firm more money. It only makes the company $300,000 a month - so it's not that impressive.

The bulk of victims are in China and India, with 1.6 million and 1.35 million cases respectively. The Philippines, Indonesia and Turkey are toward the top of the list, too. The US has 288,800 infected devices. The UK and Australia each have fewer than 100,000 devices affected.

Source: CNET

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