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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

Steam Movies, TV and Music - Coming Soon

I'm not sure how soon the updates are coming to Steam - and knowing government restrictions, it will only roll out in the USA first, but Steam is positioning themselves to start rolling out TV, Movies and Music on their platform. This makes perfect sense for many gamers that enjoy things other than games, but I don't think that there is enough market left for another streaming service. Time will tell who gets this upgrade and how competitive pricing will be. Still, if you want all your content from one place, this may just about do it.

Now that Steam is making its way into the living with the introduction of Steam Machine consoles, it makes sense that Valve would want to bring enhanced functionality to its extremely popular digital store. Game consoles are some of the most popular media streaming devices on the market, so if Valve wants to compete with Microsoft and Sony (along with Apple TV, Roku and other set-top boxes), adding new capabilities to Steam might be a necessity.

Source: BGR

WTU Episode #275 - NVIDIAs K1 is a Game Changer

We have just posted up Episode #275 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing NVIDIAs Tegra changes the 64-bit Android and Chromebook game, Facebook tries harder to make their users mad and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer - no it's not 2007. We have those stories and more and the links below!

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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.

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