Mushkin at CES 2015

Mushkin has a couple of new products that they were showing off this year at CES 2015. The biggest announcement was their new Striker SSD to add to their SATA SSD lineup. 
Mushkin is also excited about their new M.2 Hyperion drive that are based on Phisons latest PS5007-E7 controller. It should be very interesting to see how this Phison can perform in real world testing and we look forward to getting one of these into our test rig but the numbers being talked about are very impressive.
In addition to Mushkin's SSD's they were showing off their new DDR4 memory which will be called Ridgeback. Mushkin also was showing off their lineup of portable battery powerbanks which they offer in a variety of different capacities.


To check out more of our CES 2015 coverage, please check here and of course you can check out more pictures from the Day 3 of CES 2015 right here.

Martian Watches @ CES 2016

Martian was one of the companies that started the smart-watch thing - and they've done it with style from the get-go. Their watches have always focused on one thing first - the watch. They are great analog timepieces that also have a few smart features thrown in for good measure. They have a pretty wide distribution in the USA and have limited retail locations in Canada. It's too bad, because their current generation of "Active" watches - including the Envoy, Alpha and Electra have been doing very well.

As CES, Martian announced some new watches that are geared more toward female users. These do not have a notification display, but instead use different vibration pulses and a mutli-colored LED to indicate what app is sending a notification. It could be a text message, incoming call, Facebook post or pretty much anything that sends notifcations. You have the ability to specify a ton of options and notification settings via their handy app. 

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The battery life on their devices is about two years for the actual watch, while the new watches should last about a week on a charge for the smart features. The new watches charge via pogo pins, while the current "Active" series charge by way of a microUSB port that gets covered up for water resistance.

There are a lot of very attractive products coming later this spring from Martian - and the best thing of all - they are watches, that just happen to be smart. Sometimes there is more beauty in less features than a watch that drains the battery by 2:00pm.

Please check out more images from our CES coverage here and be sure to check out all the current lineup of products from Martian here.

Kindle Oasis - Good, but Way Too Expensive

We talked about the Kindle Oasis a few weeks back on WeeklyTechUpdate and there is no doubt that the Kindle is their best yet. The specifications, features, battery life and resolution are all top-notch and that is evidenced in the massive price of this small reader. The street price in the USA is $290 and according to recent reviews - it's nowhere worth that kind of coin.

Amazon's Kindle Oasis is like a feast with the world's finest caviar. It's an all-you-can-eat Wagyu steak dinner. It's an $80 cup of coffee. Simply put, the Oasis is a $290 extravagance meant only for the few who can afford it. For the rest of us, it's just something to lust after. We called the $200 Kindle Voyage the "Rolls Royce of e-readers" two years ago, but instead of going cheaper (the standard Kindle is currently $60, and the backlit Paperwhite model is $100), Amazon pushed even further into luxury status.

Source: Engadget

Windows 10 Upgrades are Pushy

I'm a big fan on Windows 10. I've been using it since an early developer preview and I haven't had too many issues with the operating system. I do understand that when a company has a good product - and they're givijng it away for free - they want as many people on-board as they can. This big push to Windows 10 helps them a lot as support for an older OS won't be needed as long. The problem is, Microsoft has been really, REALLY pushy when it comes to upgrading and it's been a pain to say "no". This could ultimatly generate more negative feedback than positive for Microsoft and they don't need that at all right now.

Then there is Microsoft's increasingly aggressive tactics to get everyone running Windows 10. It started with a simple notification on the taskbar of Windows 7 and 8, making people aware of Windows 10 and offering to let them 'reserve a copy' to download when available. However, Microsoft then started pre-emptively downloading the Windows 10 installer to those who had opted to reserve a copy, taking up gigabytes of space. 

Source: TheInquirer

VRidge + Cardboard = VR for Your PC

If you've got a simple Google Cardboard to go with your Android phone and a decent gaming PC, you now have the option to run PC VR games and use your $3 Cardboard as an Occulus Rift headset. VRidge is an application that offers complete runtime capability for PCs VR titles and while the exerience won't be quite Occulus worthy - it is pretty close - and it doesn't cost $800 for a party trick.

There's already one company doing this, Trinus VR, but VRidge claims to have a "complete runtime replacement" for VR titles, "with low level hooks that emulate Oculus." Right now VRidge can only do rotational tracking, not positional (basically, the same limitations as Google Cardboard and Gear VR), but these "low level hooks" should give VRidge a theoretical way to do positional tracking with a phone, and to squeeze out a bit more performance.

Source: TheVerge

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