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Sony Parties with OLED 4K HDR This April

LG is not the only game in the OLED town. Sony is also in the game with their 4K OLED unit that is shipping this April. Sony is doing something a bit interesting with sound on this as it is super thin and implements a technology they call "Acoustic Surface" which sounds like the entire screen is used as a membrane/speaker. It will be interesting to see if the performance of this is as good as what we've seen from the master of OLED - LG.

The new TVs are packed full of high-end technology, as you would expect given their considerable price tags. They include Sony's 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme, promising "powerful image processing", along with the company's 'Acoustic Surface' sound technology. The company says that this "emits superior, powerful sound from the screen itself".

Source: Neowin

Mass Effect: Andromeda Pre-Loading Has Begun

If you are excited about Mass Effect: Andromeda, you'll be chomping at the proverbial bit now that pre-loading has begun on PS4 and Xbox One. At this point, PC pre-loading hasn't started, but it probably will later this week. For all the details regarding the launch, head on down to the link below. In the meantime, check out the trailer - one more time.

 

Source: GamesRadar

GoPro makes more cuts

GoPro has announced a third round of cuts with the announcement of 270 more jobs being eliminated. This is the third round of cuts since 2016, round one as 15% of staff, round 2 saw another 7% leave, and now another 270 jobs. GoPro has been having a rough time thanks to increased competition and lack of a new "killer product" and lost $373 million in 2016. Time will tell if they can turn things around in 2017. The Verge has the full story.

GoPro is reducing its workforce by about 270 employees, the company announced today, citing an effort to reduce operating costs by about $200 million for 2017. The new cuts include current employees as well as open positions, and it’s the third reduction to GoPro’s workforce since the beginning of 2016.

The camera company operated at a loss of $373 million in 2016, in part thanks to production delays on the new Hero 5 cameras and the recall of the Karma drone. GoPro’s stock price hit an all-time low this past week, though it was up more than 10 percent in after-hours trading following the news.

New iPad is Thick and Heavy

In a world of whiney consumers, some days you just can't win. Apple has just announced their latest iPad - which costs a mere $329. Sounds like a winner right? Not if you like ultra-thin and light devices. This new iPad is thicker and heavier than the iPad Air 2, but let's get real. It's 1.5mm thicker and a mere 30 grams heavier. That's not much considering you get a very nice iPad out of the deal.

In relative terms, this is a pretty substantial change. The new iPad is more than 20% thicker than the iPad Air 2 although in absolute terms, it’s important to note we are still talking about millimetre differences here. An increase of 1.5mm is small but it will definitely be noticeable in the hand if you have handled both tablets before. At 9.7 inches, the weight increase of 0.07lbs or about 30 grams is probably not discernible in practice.

Source: 9to5Mac

Lian Li @ CES 2013

Lian Li was at CES once again this year and they brought a few interesting chassis to the show.  By interesting, I mean a beast, a thermal guru and a train.  Let's start with the beast.  The PC-D8000.  This case supposts the largest motherboards possible and complies to the HPTX standard.  Even with a motherboard as large as 15" x 13.6", you still will have room for 20 (that's right, twenty) 3.5" HDDs.  In addition to that, it has four USB 3.0 ports on the front and all of the other awesome features we've come to expect from the all-aluminum case manufacturer, Lian Li.

PC-D8000 Big Front

 

The PC-V850 is a case that is coming in the near future (hopefully) and it offers the standard Lian Li quality with a bit of a different way to manage thermal issues.  Once the side panel is on, the air intake comes from the rear and the deflector ensures that you are not sucking in hot air from the rear exhaust.  The chassis is sectioned off into several areas that are compartmentalized so that different components don't heat up each other.

 

The last and oddest thing that we've seen from Lian Li is the train PC case.  We've seen some pretty odd cases, that included sea shells, horses and a yeti, but we've never seen a moving train PC.  There is not much else to be said about this.

Lian Li Train

Please check out the gallery for more pictures from the Lian Li booth.

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