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Pepcom Highlights from CES 2014

We stopped by Pepcom this year and saw a few nifty things from Piston, drooled over the Lenovo 4K display and checked out a "fair" way to cheat at gaming. The Red Dot is not a cheat - it's just a fancy way to hipfire accurately - and it's awesome. Check it out!

 

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

 

GameStop Actually Values Your Trade-Ins

In a move that makes a bit of sense for the consumer, GameStop is revamping their trade-in system to give you more money for your games. In the past, the trade-in value was so low that you were almost better off throwing your games away instead of wasting gas to drive to the store and swap some games. This change affects different games differently, but in the end, it should put more value toward your next purchase - and that is never a bad thing.

The new system has been confirmed by GameStop's senior VP of pre-owned business Jason Cochran, and has a projected launch date of August 18. This isn't the only new business move that GameStop has made; just last week, it was revealed that GameStop was planning to introduce a high-interest credit card closely tied to its Power-Up Rewards program.

Source: IGN

BlackBerry on the rebound?

Even in spite of the new numbers show that Android and iOS are domintating the smartphone market, BlackBerry appears to be making a bit of a comeback and they've seen their stock rise 45% this year (although to be fair their stock prices had pretty much tanked about this time last year). The hype around some of BlackBerry's new offerings that will be released this fall are probably helping things, but only time will tell if their newest lineup of devices is enough to help right the ship that has been steadily sinking for a couple years now. Global News has the details.

BlackBerry is mounting something of a comeback in the face of long odds many experts – and media – have placed their bets against.

Some however now appear to be reconsidering their wagers.

Shares in the former smartphone leader have quietly touched new highs this week (though are down Tuesday), as the Waterloo, Ont., firm readies for a slew of new product launches this fall.

Moto 360 Up Early at Best Buy

While the Moto 360 wasn't supposed to be released for a couple more weeks, there was a sneak review that made it up online a while back and now Best Buy has leaked the full specifications and features list. What I find impressive about all of this hardware is that the Moto 360 in all its beauty is actually priced at the same as ugly square or rectangular smart watches. Hopefully that, and the two-day battery life really push the wearable market forward.

The device is also listed as having a 1.5-inch backlit LCD touch screen, with a 320×290 resolution, 205ppi, and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. Matching up to what we learned from a leak a week ago, we are also seeing mentions of a heart rate monitor, water resistance (up to 3.3 feet for up to 30 minutes), and an ambient light sensor.

Source: Droid-Life

HPs $199 Windows 8.1 Notebook

If you don't think a Chromebook has quite enough features for you to use for your daily grind, a Windows laptop probably gets the job done better, but if you lose the think, you're generally out a lot more money. That's where Chromebooks have exceled and I do like it. The latest generation of Chromebooks is a bit more pricey and Microsoft really wants to compete in this space and they are. The HP Stream is a $199 Windows 8.1 machine that is powered by AMD and comes with 100GB of OneDrive. There's more details at the link below.

Instead of Intel's Atom or Pentium-SoCs here comes an AMD A4 Micro-6400T Quad-Core SoC with 1.0 GHz (up to 1.6 GHz) and integrated Radeon graphics R3 unit, which only needs 4.5 watts. This also ensures that the new cheap laptop from HP manages apparently without an active fan, because in his own excavations at us repair manual surfaced only a heatsink, but no fan on.

Source: MobileGeeks

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