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Able Planet @ CES 2014

At the very first CES BCCHardware attended (8 years ago) we got to meet with a brand new audio company called Able Planet. We knew from that very first meeting that Able Planet wasn't just another headphone company thanks to their much different approach to audio and every year at CES we look forward to stopping by and seeing what they've been up to.


At CES 2014 we saw a countless number of headphone makers showing off countless number of designs and colors but Able Planet isn't worried about colors and designs, they are all about the audio quality. We've had the chance to review numerous Able Planet headphones over the years and we've always walked away impressed with the sound quality.


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Last year at CES 2013 Able Planet was showing off their newest product that promised to bring 4D sound to their headphones. Last year we got to see the prototypes but at this years CES the product is completed and we got a proper demo of the final product which Able Planet has called Linx Fusion. In addition to the audio signal, Linx Fusion adds a slight vibration to the sounds which allows the user to listen to audio at a lower decibel level yet the brain still processes the audio as if it was much louder. Adding a vibration might sound like a cheap gimmick, but the reality is that when done properly it can add an entirely new dimension to the audio and also can help prevent hearing loss over time as the audio does not need to be as loud as with other products. Hopefully I've done a good enough job trying to explain this product, unfortunately it might just be one of those things that you need to hear to really believe and if you're like me you will be very impressed.
 

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Able Planet Linx Fusion Headphones
 

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

Apple iWatch Rumors

More rumors coming out today about the Apple iWatch over at Pocket Lint. The fact that Apple has been working on a smartwatch won't come as much of a surprise but now the "leaked" pictures and rumors are going to be coming fast and furious as it is being reported that the iWatch will be launched in October. According to supply chain details it's looking like the watch will look similar to the Motorola 360 smartwatch but since it's made by Apple it will be "revolutionary". For more on this set of rumors head on over here.

Design details of the Apple iWatch have been revealed by an analyst that claims to have got the information from within Apple's supply chain.

Brian Blair of Rosenblatt Securities alleges that his sources in Taiwan are insistent that the new smartwatch from the Cupertino company will have a round face, much like the Motorola Android Wear device, Moto 360.

Kingston Brings 64GB DDR4 kits to CES 2015

Kingston brought some great stuff to CES this year with a new SDD drive, DDR4 RAM, a new M.2 form factor SSD, and a 7.1 channel gaming headset. The HyperX Predator PCIe is the new M.2 SSD that boasts a 1400 MB/s seq read speed and 1k MB/s seq write speed. Kingston was also showing off the HyperX Predator in 2.5-inch form factor as well which uses the Phison s10 controller which allows for speeds of 560 and 540 sequential read and write speeds.

 

Kingston Lineup

 

Next on the list is the HyperX Cloud 2 gaming headset that touts a USB DSP sound card in the microphone control unit. It allows for switching between normal operation or 7.1 channel virtual audio with the press of a button. From a short demo of the headset, gaming sounds pretty good with the 7.1 enabled, however music sounds much better with the 7.1 audio off. With the best saved for last, the new HyperX Predator DDR4 64GB RAM is claimed as the first to be produced using the official standard for DDR4. This ram can operate at 3000MHz and in quad-channel making this ram very beastly.

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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.

10 free games worth playing on Steam

Kotaku has come up with a list of the top 10 free games worth playing on Steam which should pretty much kill your entire weekend without costing you a penny. Sorry in advance.

While Steam gets a lot of hype for discounted prices, you don’t actually have to spend any money to enjoy some of the best games the service has to offer. Over the years, Steam has accumulated a number of great games that are free-to-play, and I’m here to tell you which ones you should check out. 

Some of these recommendations will be obvious, as some of Steam’s biggest games are free-to-play—so why wouldn’t I suggest them? But, I also want to make sure to tell you about the smaller free games you might otherwise not hear about, especially when it comes to games that try something new. With that in mind, here are our top free Steam games that everyone should try.

Surface Pro 3 vs Surface 3

I know we have a bit of Microsoft news today, but this article over at Forbes is pretty interesting. Last week, Microsoft announced their new Surface 3 (not-Pro) and this low-cost devices packs in an Atom processor and leaves out a pen to keep the cost below $500 for a base model. Other than those two things, there are a few other differences though that you may want to be aware of before you get too excited and drop less money on something that may not be right for you.

The new Surface 3 is a great surprise. Unlike most high profile devices these days, Microsoft MSFT -1.02% got the smaller, lighter and cheaper version of its excellent Surface Pro 3 out of the door without a single leak. But given the two machines look virtually identical, what exactly are the differences between them?

Source: Forbes

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