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ROCCAT @ CES 2014

We met up with ROCCAT to take a look at some of their new offerings for this upcoming year here at CES 2014. 


ROCCAT has a new line of headsets, the Kave, which has a couple different versions (an analog version and a digital 5.1 surround version). We didn't get much of a chance to demo these too in-depth but given ROCCAT's track record we are looking forward to getting them onto the BCCHardware test bench for some more testing.



ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Gaming Headset


ROCCAT was also showing off their lineup of keyboards which is highlighted by the Ryos mechanical keyboards. The Ryos keyboards aren't new but they have introduced a new smaller version of the Ryos dubbed the Ryos TKL which is the same keyboard minus the number pad to make it fit into tighter desk configurations where a full keyboard might not work.



ROCCAT Ryos TKL Mechanical Keyboard

 

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

Amazon to raise Prime rate

Amazon's Prime program has been a huge success which for $79 bucks a year give US customers unlimited free 2-day shipping (on eligible products) and access to Amazon's video library (movies and TV shows) as well as access to streaming music in the near future. The price however is going to be jumping up to $99 dollars a year which is probably still a good deal if you are a big Amazon user. If you act fast you can lock in another year at $79 but if you are too slow the price will be $99 within a week or so. BusinessInsider has more details.

Amazon announced on its home page today that it has raised the price of its Prime subscription service from $79 to $99 per year.

Prime gives you access to unlimited free two-day shipping on many items, plus access to thousands of streaming movies and TV shows through Amazon Instant Video, a service similar to Netflix. There have also been reports that Prime members will soon get access to a Spotify-like streaming music service.

Android App Pick - Days Left Widget Pro

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are looking at a handy widget that will help you keep track of how many "Days Left" with the Pro version of this widget. Often you want to know how many days left until a game launch, LAN Party, Holiday or event and Days Left Widget Pro can help you keep track of all of those events are more. See why it's our App Pick of the Week.

Enjoy!

Turkey Spoofing Google DNS to Spy/Control

Google has just discovered that Turkey is pulling off some DNS spoofing in order to block social networks and things that they want to control. After a recent scandal, the residents of Turkey starting to tweet and post their frustrations and spread video of the corruption, they got shut down. Google says this is a big deal - not because they are being cut out - but because this fake DNS will allow the government to intercept and redirect all traffic as they see fit.

A DNS routes the domain name you type into your browser to the IP address of that site. In the early days of Turkey's crackdown on social media, Turkish citizens were able to restore their access to Twitter and YouTube by routing their traffic through Google's DNS. But now Turkish ISPs have set up servers that appear to be Google's, according to Google, putting users at risk that their traffic could be monitored.

Source: TheVerge

EA Origin Quits Physical Media

Downloadable games are more popular that physical media any more and while you've been able to choose either physical media or downloadable media for current games when buying through Origin, that is coming to a halt later this week. April 4th is slated to be the last day you'll be able to buy anything from Origin and have it shipped to your door. From now on out, it's downloads only.

What does this mean for you? If you're among 99 percent of our users, absolutely nothing. Your shopping experience hasn't changed one single bit," reads a statement from the company. "But if you're that one percent who still desires a physical collection, we want to let you know that Origin won't be able to fulfill that need beginning April 4th. We'll still be here when you transition your gaming habits to the wonders of digital downloads.

Source: Origin

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