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Raspberry Pi Sells 5 Million Plus

We talk about the Raspberry Pi around here a bit and I've wondered how many of these $35 computers have they actually sold? While it is cool and all, how many people actually buy these and use them for any actual projects. The number is in and it's a big one. 5,000,000 have sold and counting. That's awesome for a company that gives you a board, four USB ports, an ethernet port, HDMI and audio. Here's to another 5 Million!

The Raspberry Pi's super-low pricing ($35 or less) played a large part in those sales numbers, of course. It's relatively painless to pick up the device if you're curious, and it's well-suited to bulk educational purchases that help entire classrooms learn how to code. Whatever factors are driving the Pi's popularity, it's proof that the DIY market is alive and well despite the closures of tinkering-friendly stores like RadioShack.

Source: Engadget

Samsung Lied - Smart TV's Are Indeed Spies

Samsung has some pretty nice gear - Smart TVs with integrated cameras for Skype calling as well as a host of other applications. The worry was at launch, "Will the TV spy on me with the camera?" Samsung assured us that no such action would or could take place. Well, they lied. These units have been indeed spying on users and Samsung knows this is and not doing anything about it. This is huge and I certainly won't be buying a new Samsung TV anytime soon.

Last week, the good folks at The Daily Beast dug through the company’s policy page to find that Samsung smart TVs were orchestrated to record everything you say and send them back to the company, which was later sent to an unidentified third-party player. This could be a major issue to many, as not all of us would be comfortable with the fact that all the conversations we have in front and around our TV set are being analyzed by someone.

Source: BetaNews

Aftershokz @ CES 2013

We met AfterShokz last year at CES and they were bringing to market their first product - the AfterShokz Sport.  Since then they have lauched the Sportz 2 and Sportz M2.  The M2 has a microphone and is still very much a current product for them.  They did announce and have some working samples of the upcoming AfterShokz Bluez.  This is a Bluetooth version that is based off the Sportz M2 and has a microphone, as well as full media player functionality.

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The media player functionality looks a little strained with some of the controls located on the back of the headset and other controls located on each ear(ahem) cheek-piece.  Time will tell how this works in the real world.  Typically, AfterShokz put a fair bit of thought into usage as these are designed to be worn while running and working out.

Shockz

Check out all of our CES coverage here and our galleries over here.

Google Keep

Google has officially released their newest app, Google Keep. Basically Keep is an Evernote competitor that helps you take better notes in either text, audio, or picture form. Google Keep is now available in the Google Play store for devices running Android 4.0 and above. Arstechnica takes a closer look at the app over here.

It looks like Evernote has another competitor in the note-taking game. Though it was leaked only a few days ago, Google has officially lifted the curtain off its Google Keep note-taking service. Keep allows users to quickly jot down ideas, make checklists and voice notes, and archive important photos. Everything is then stored away in Google Drive, and it syncs to all of your Google-linked devices.

Rosewill @ CES 2014

We had the chance to stop by and see Rosewill at CES 2014 and saw a whole bunch of new products. Rosewill produces a ton of different products and they seem to always be releasing new products so we had a bit of catching up to do.


Rosewill had a whole variety of cases on display and this year they've got some very nice looking aluminum cases that they have just released. Typically aluminum cases cost a fair bit more than steel cases but Rosewill has a couple offerings that won't break the bank and will make it look like you spent a whole lot more than you actually did.


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Rosewill Case Lineup @ CES 2014


Rosewill had quite a few new products on display from their gaming lineup which included gaming keyboards, gaming mice, mousepads, headesets, and pretty much anything else a gamer would need. 


Another interesting product launch from Rosewill is their R-Studio lineup of earbuds. Rosewill has released 3 versions and you can expect to find them ranging from around $39.99 USD (F-340's)-up to $59.99 USD (F-860's). We have seen quite a few earbud offerings at CES 2014 but Rosewill's are some of the more affordable ones we've come across and we look forward to taking a close look at them in the future.


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Rosewill R-Studio E-860, E-550, and E-340 Earbuds

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

 

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