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The Microsoft Lumia 535

The new Microsoft Lumia 535 isn't the most impressive phone ever released, however, there are a couple things that are noteworthy about it. First of all, this is the first "Sans-Nokia" phone that Microsoft has released, they've replaced the Nokia badging with Microsoft's name instead. Secondly, the price tag on the Lumia 535 is ~$30 bucks with no contract which might make you think that it is a piece of garbage automatically but that just might not be the case. Arstechnica takes a closer look at the Lumia 535 to see what it is all about.

It's no secret that Windows Phone and the Lumia smartphone range have had the most success at the low end. The Lumia 520 sold like hot cakes thanks to aggressive pricing, and it's still on the market today, with the Microsoft Store currently running a special offer where an AT&T-locked, off-contract phone can be picked up for less than $30.

The successor to the 520 was the Lumia 530, and it had big, if cheap, shoes to fill. Unfortunately, we don't think it really pulled this off, with less storage, no auto-brightness sensor, and a markedly worse screen. The Lumia 630 and 635 were more compelling, with decent screens and more capable cameras. However, they still had only 512MB RAM and lacked the ambient light sensor, which felt a little substandard for their price point.

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!

Samsung Galaxy S4

So the big news of the week is the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S4 on Thursday. The Galaxy lineup of phones has been the most popular Android-based devices around so naturally there was quite a bit of speculation surrounding this launch. Overall I think most of the rumors were correct and there weren't too many big surprises at the launch.

For a overview of the S4 from Samsung you can head over to their website for more pictures and information on all the new accessories they announced.

 

If you would like more information from around the internet, as well as some quick hands on reviews, here is a collection of articles:

The Verge takes a look at the S4

Gizmodo puts the S4 up against the S3

The Verge has pictures from a Chinese site that has already ripped the S4 apart

AllthingsD ask the question "is better enough?"

HTC's CMO doesn't like the S4, says it's just "more of the same" and other trash talk @ Engadget

OCZ @ CES 2014

We had the chance to stop by and catch up with OCZ here at CES 2014. As you might already know, OCZ had a rough 2013 and is currently in the process of being acquired by Toshiba. OCZ Vertex and Vector drives traditionally have been using Micron flash memory inside them, however, that will be changing soon as OCZ will be begin using Toshiba flash memory in their new Vertex 460 SSD and they are saying that this move could really help improve performance which has everyone at OCZ excited. At this point we don't have any numbers but when the lineup and new models are finalized the performance numbers will be released. Stay tuned to BCCHardware as we will taking a look at these new drives down the road and we will see just how much performance they were able to gain.



OCZ Vertex and Vector SSD Lineup

 

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

 

Another Reason to Hate Ubisoft

If you are a big fan of Ubisoft - or if you hate them, here's something to think about next time you go buy one of their titles. According to a writer that works at Ubisoft and has been working on Far Cry 4 - gamers are terrorists. He says that there are some controversial things in the new game that you may not like, but he doesn't care if gamers like it or not "because you don't negotiate with terrorists". He's not talking about the content of the game here, he's stating that gamers are terrorists and he won't change the game if you don't like it. 

This comes in the shadow that still haunts Mass Effect 3 where people hated the ending so much and after many complaints, free DLC was given with a different ending that closed the story much better. Ubisoft will NOT being doing that. They won't let us gaming terrorists ruin their ideas. Yeah, I play games, I have an opinion - and I'm a terrorist. Thanks Ubisoft. I won't argue with your game stories because I won't be playing them.

Source: Twitter @cjkershner

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