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$149 Windows 8.1 Tablet Revealed

You read the headline right. Microsoft and Archos have teamed up to bring you a $149 Windows 8.1 (not RT) tablet that should actually be adequate for many users. If you are using your tablet for surfing the web, sending emails, and playing casual games as well as watching movies, the new 80 Cesium could be exactly what you're looking for. At $149, you can't really expect much, but this little unit packs in a quad-core Intel CPU and 1280x800 resolution. No word yet on battery life, storage or RAM, but you won't be using this at the next VulcLAN.

In fact, you can put any application on here and that could be an issue as consumers see these devices as Windows, so they should be able to run all of their desktop applications. If consumers take the mindset that these are desktop capable machines, Windows, at this price point, could turn off users to the platform if they perceive Windows to be slow or unable to run their applications.

Source: Neowin

Google Joins Delivery Drone Game

Google has thrown their hat into the ring and joined the race for usable delivery drones. They have been testing these out in Australia as authorities down under have less rules about drone use. They are testing out delivery of things such as medicine, battery and other small things with winged drones that could have better range than quadracopters. It's pretty nifty stuff and should be harder for farmers to shoot down.

Google’s drones have a 1.5m wingspan, and is driven by four electric propellers. Each aircraft weighs 8.5kg but can carry an additional 1.5kg for a total weight of 10kg. The aircraft sits on its tail while on the ground. The propellers give it lift, but once its in the air, the drone flips into a horizontal flying mode.

Source: ElectronicsNews

Digital Storm @ CES 2013

We stopped at Digital Storm to check out their latest two products that they have refreshed and beefed up for this coming year.  The Aventum is a beast that has been developed entirely in house and offers exceptional performance.  The system will start at $5,000 and come with a single CPU and a single graphics card.  It will also come liquid cooled with some amazing thermal features.

As an upgrade option, you can get the liquid cooling built with nickel plated copper tubing for a completely custom look.  Digital Storm plans to start selling this system in March of this year and the upgrade options are almost endless.  If you want to spend $10,000 on a system, you’ll be able to drop in four graphics cards, dual Xeon CPUs and a lot more.

Digital Storm Aventum

 

Digital Storm has also recently upgraded their Bolt system as well.  We found the Bolt system to be very interesting.  It’s a “Micro Tower” that offers some pretty impressive features including full Core i7 CPU support as well as up to a GTX 670 graphics card from NVIDIA.  This is a tiny system that is big on performance and has a lot of upgrade options as well.  The Bolt will likely be available with custom paint in the near future as well.  You can see in the image below just how awesome this would be.

Digital Storm Bolt

It’s pretty amazing that this system has so many upgrade options for such a small system.  You don’t have to sacrifice performance for size here as it supports two 3.5” HDDs or a single 3.5” HDD and two 2.5” SSDs.  Make sure to check out the video below for all the details.

We have more pictures in the gallery link here.

MSI Gaming Laptops and All-in-Ones at CES 2014

We stopped in at the MSI Suite to look at their latest gaming laptops and other goodies. They have a very thin 17-inch unit that can hold four hard drives (drools). This beast will run a RAID 0 array on three drives and a single drive for other storage. It's crazy. Details here!

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.

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