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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. 
 
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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.
 
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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.

Fan-Made Sequel to Half-Life: Opposing Force to be Sold on Steam

You know Valve is done with a franchise when they allow a fan-made sequel to one of their titles - not only to be made, but also to be sold on their own Steam service. That's right. Opposing Force gets a sequel, and it's made by fans of the original game. I wasn't huge into Opposing Force, but this gives me hope that Half-Life 3 may actually be coming - from fans - not from Valve.

Prospekt is a mod that functions as as sequel to Opposing Force, letting you play as Adrian Shepard, the soldier you played in Opposing Force, during the events of Half-Life 2. These sorts of things are not usually a big deal. Mods are everywhere, mod-sequels have been churned out for ages, especially for Half-Life. Except that the key difference here is this one has received  "official Valve approval for Half-life 2 license and assets" and will go on sale on Steam for $9.99 sometime next month as a standalone game.

Source: GameInformer

Metal Gear Solid (1998) Gets Unreal Engine 4 Love

There are a few of these games that have been reworked using the latest graphics engine from Epic Games. There is no "port" of the game to the new engine. These reworks are a labor of love that requires the full developer kit and patience while the maps are painstakingly created from scratch. MGS looks great by the way.

Shadow Moses is a labor of love from some serious Metal Gear Solid fans who want to play Konami's pivotal 1998 game in updated, Unreal Engine 4 graphics. So far, it's looking so good. The creators don't have permission from Konami to actually release the remake, though they're aware that conversation will have to take place, eventually.

 

Source: Engadget via YouTube

Volvo Promises "Deathproof" Cars by 2020

Volvo has been working hard on making their cars safer and figure that by 2020 it will be near impossible to be killed or seriously injured in one of their cars or SUVs. While this sounds pretty amazing, the truth is that Volvo isn't the first and obviously if you are trying to kill yourself, you probably still can. This is pretty cool though and I'm not sure if  this was inspired by Stalone and Secure Foam or not.

Volvo, still based in Sweden but now owned by China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (GELYY), wants to make this the case for its entire vehicle line up throughout the world. The automaker already tracks how many people die in its vehicles in order to monitor safety. That way, engineers can tell how much safer their vehicles become each time they roll out a new crash-prevention technology.

Source: CNN

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