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Sony at CES 2017

Sony brought a few new TVs to CES this year - along with a bunch of products that are already on sale - and are quite impressive. They also brought along a prototype project that should make it to market in the coming years. Sony’s XBR-A1E Bravia is their first consumer ready OLED TV that will come in 55-in, 65-in. and 77-inch sizes. This TV also sports a unique sound system in that there is no speaker but instead use a bar to vibrate the screen to produce sound all the while having a subwoofer to help with the bass. Oddly enough some of the Sony reps won’t call the OLED their flagship TV and instead point to some LED TVs as the prime examples of what can be done with them.

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These 4K HDR LED TVs will eventually have more shutters in them than currently on the market, to turn off the LEDs to achieve the same blacks in the OLEDs all the while pushing the power to the other parts of the TV to help improve the brightness of the picture to give it a brighter picture than OLEDs.

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Sony also introduced some amazing projectors with short throw lenses in them so that they only need to be about six inches away from the surface that it will be projecting on. These projects can either rest on the floor or shelving unit, or be mounted to the wall and can produce a 4K HDR picture up to about 120 inches. When powered off the projector will hide itself inside of its unit making it look like normal decor in the room. Because these projectors use lasers instead of what’s currently on the market these projectors can still display clear and crisp images even when the lights are on full blast. One of the cooler things that you may not hear about when it comes to sony is their small scale projector that is currently in prototype mode. When connected to your home or google home network you can use the image that is being projected onto your tabletop the same way as if you were looking at your phone or your computer screen.

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For more images from our Sony visit, please check the gallery here. Also, you can find all of our CES 2017 coverage right here.

StarCraft II is Now Free-to-Play

Blizzard announced earlier this month that it will be making it's popular strategy title, StarCraft II, free to play. It now is. It's available and ready to go. The free-to-play players will only be able to access the ranked ladder in multiplayer if they achieve the "First Wins of the Day". The co-op mode is also free for all players. So, you don't get everything and a bag of chips - some of it you have to earn. Still, if you want to save a few bucks and play casually, it's a nice option.

Beyond that, the game's co-op mode is also free for all players, with Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis playable to their max levels, while other co-op commanders will need purchasing after level 5. The official StarCraft Twitter account celebrated the free-to-play transition with some digs at EA regarding the current Star Wars: Battlefront II debacle, seen below.

Source: Neowin

The Game Awards

The Game Awards are touted as being the video game industry's answer to the Oscars and this week the awards were dished out in Los Angeles. The big winners of th night appears to be Nintendo with Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild taking the top prize in addition to Nintendo grabbing a few other of the categories as well. You can find the who list of winners and coverage of the event over at Engadget. 

Geoff Keighley has been touting this year's The Game Awards as the gaming industry's answer to the Oscars. Now that the ceremony has concluded, we can safely say that he delivered. It had all the hallmarks of a lavish awards show: Live orchestra (check), fervent spiels (check), Hollywood a-listers (check). And, there was the return of the hotly-anticipated game reveals that -- in part -- helped nab 8.6 million viewers last time round. If you didn't catch the action online, we've got your back. Below you'll find a list of the night's winners and the game trailers that went out live from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. As always, there were touching moments too, like a noticeably awestruck Melina Juergens getting the Best Performance award for Hellblade from Andy Serkis.

MIcrosoft's 12 Days of Deals on PCs

If you're looking for some good deals on computer hardware, Microsoft always has some great deals on hardware prior to Christmas. In their latest sale, you can save up to $500 off of a new PC. They do have items ranging from $499 all the way to $2,200+, so if you are looking for something entry level, or a full-on workstation, they have you covered.

Source: Microsoft Store via Neowin

iPhone X Sales Forecast Cut

Just in time for Christmas, analysts have hacked the forecast for iPhone X sales as the demand has been lukewarm at best. It appears that people aren't interested in over-priced phones that don't offer any new features other than software updates which animate emojis. The fact is, Apple has found the price point where people aren't willing to get the latest and the greatest technology. We knew there was a ceiling on what you could charge, but no one ever found out what it was - until now. Poor Apple. Maybe they should offer better quality at the very least.

Apple has been counting on a redesigned 10th anniversary iPhone to boost shipments as its market value advances toward $1 trillion. The Cupertino, California-based company is facing new challenges from Samsung Electronics Co., which is quickly recovering from the Galaxy Note 7’s recall after fires. In the meantime, Chinese brands such as Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi are also luring away potential customers in China and other emerging markets such as India.

Source: Bloomberg

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