Lenovo Boots 3,200 Staff

Things are looking a little rough for Lenovo at the moment. They just had to lay off 3,200 staff as their profits take a 50% dive. That's not to say that they are losing a ton of money, but they aren't making near as much as they did last year. Don't feel too bad for them as gross profit increased to 22% overall - to a mere $1.6 Billion. Hopefully they can clean up some lose ends and turn things around - we need PC makers in order to keep competition alive here in North America.

Times, we are given to understand, are tough and tough decisions have to be made. These decisions are couched in terms of increased efficiency and increased share value. They include the dunking of smartphone inventory worth $300m, and presumably post-Superfish clean up work.

Source: TheInquirer

VHS Camcorder

Have you been craving to go back to VHS quality video instead of the nice and crisp 1080P video that your iPhone produces? Well for $3.99 you can do that thanks to a new app called VHS Camcorder. It's pretty funny to see people paying money to make video worse but I guess the fun factor is definitely there. TechCrunch reviews this app over here.

If you long for the shitty quality videos of pre-2000, the ones shot on a camcorder, then this iOS app is for you. Fittingly, it’s called VHS Camcorder and it costs $3.99.

It’s kind of worth it, and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t pay for a lot of apps.

Not only does your video get turned into something with zero HD quality whatsoever, it also sounds like utter crap. It even sticks that little date and time stamp on your video along with the “PLAY” text in the top right

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.



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.


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

WTU Episode #229 - iOS 7 vs SteamOS

We have just posted up Episode #229 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing the iOS 7 release, Steam OS hits the airwaves and Microsoft bets big on the Surface 2.  We have those stories and more. . .


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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.

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.

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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