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Next Apple TV Won't Be 4K

In classic Apple fashion, HD is "Good Enough" for now and it appears that their next Apple TV won't support 4K streaming. I guess I don't blame them. 4K TV sales have been flat right? Oh, that's right - they are selling like cotton candy and the county fair. Maybe it's because the internet can't handle 4K - or people can't tell the difference. Either way, if this is true, it's a stupid move by Apple and one that may have some customers demanding better viewing quality through Roku or some other competitor product.

Moreover, very little streaming content is actively available in 4K, especially from services supported by Apple TV. Sure, you can watch House of Cards and a handful of movies in 4K on Netflix (provided you have a TV that supports 4K streaming on the service), but the library of streaming options on Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime is limited at best. In fact, the amount of native 4K content is reminiscent of the HDTV landscape in the early 2000s.

Source: Mashable

SpaceX Rocket Launch Win - Landing Fail

SpaceX has just launched another rocket and while the launch was successful, the landing was not. Mind you, they tried to land the rocket on a barge. They did hit the barge but with some lateral movement just before touch-down, the rocket ended up tipping over. They are not too worried about it though as there was a slight mechanical malfunction that caused this and it can be easily resolved.

Elon Musk reveals that the rocket landed on the ship, but "excess lateral velocity" caused it to tip over. That's a bad thing for a rocket booster measuring 224 feet high and capable of weighing as much as 1,115,200 lbs. "Normal video" of the crash-landing should be available when the barge gets back to port in a few days.

Falcon 9

 

Source: Engadget via Twitter

Best Sega Games Come to Nintendo 3DS

There are a few Sega titles that have been remastered in 3D for the 3DS. This is pretty cool stuff as I remember playing some of these back in the day. We should see "Streets of Rage II", "Gunstar Heroes" and "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" later this summer in the Nintendo E-Shop for $6. That brings a lot of awesome re-playability the only handheld gaming platform worth buying.

Next, and I'm going to say most importantly, is Gunstar Heroes. This is one of the greatest action games ever made, and it comes from Treasure, the studio behind arcade-twitch masterpieces like Ikaruga, Bangai-O, Sin and Punishment, and so many more. Gunstar Heroes was an astonishing game on the Genesis even in 2D, using various technical tricks to make it look on another level to almost anything else on the system; M2 will have its work cut out translating this all to 3D. 

Source: TheVerge

Netflix is now bigger than CBS

Netflix has been on a good run lately and is now bigger than CBS in terms of market capitalization. Netflix is already the most watched 'channel' in the US and continues to prove that users like choice and the ability to watch what they want when they want. Other services have tried to play catch-up with Netflix but so far no one has been all that successful. Quartz has more on this story over here.

Netflix shares are soaring after another outstanding quarter. And as of right now, that’s pushed the market value of the disruptive streaming TV company above CBS Corp, which, by most measures, operates the highest rating broadcast TV network in the US.

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.

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