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Amazon Echo Listens to Everything You Say

Amazon has quietly released their latest piece of hardware for your home - the Echo. This is a stand-alone 'Siri' that is always on, always connected and always ready to help you with any information you're searching for - not only that, it's also a Bluetooth Speaker. This has "far-field" voice recognition - meaning that is can listen to you no matter where you are in your home. Creepy? I think so. The big bonus is that if you're a Prime member, you get spied on for $100 less than the average consumer. Good deal!

Tucked under Echo's light ring is an array of seven microphones. These sensors use beam-forming technology to hear you from any direction. With enhanced noise cancellation, Echo can hear you ask a question even while it's playing music.

Source: Amazon

Rosetta's Philae Probe Lands of Comet

This isn't tech - but it is pretty nifty. Rosetta has just dropped a probe that has landed safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (we'll just call it 67P). Not that truth is trying to mimick the fiction of the movie "Armageddon", but it's pretty nifty that man has the science, technology and engineering to figure something like this out. Well done European Space Agency!

After a tense wait during the seven-hour descent to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the signal confirming the successful touchdown arrived on Earth at 16:03 GMT (17:03 CET). The confirmation was relayed via the Rosetta orbiter to Earth and picked up simultaneously by ESA’s ground station in Malargüe, Argentina and NASA’s station in Madrid, Spain. The signal was immediately confirmed at ESA’s Space Operations Centre, ESOC, in Darmstadt, and DLR’s Lander Control Centre in Cologne, both in Germany.

Source: ESA

Thermaltake @ CES 2013

We had the opportunity to stop by Thermaltake today and check out their new products for 2013. Thermaltake has a full lineup of keyboards, mice, power supplies, headphones, and more that they were showing off.

We took a look at Thermaltake’s Tt esports keyboards which featured their MEKA keyboards which are mechanical keyboards built with gamers in mind.

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Thermaltake also was showing off some of their new headphones also from the Tt esports lineup which feature the CRONOS, DRACCO, and ISURUS headphones. 

 

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Make sure to check out our CES 2013 gallery for more pictures of Thermaltake's new products.

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.

CoD Pre-Orders Down Year-Over-Year

The Call of Duty franchise has long been iconic when it comes to video games but those days seem to be over. After 12 or more refreshes, it seems that pre-orders are sliding year-after-year. While the game series will not be going away anytime soon, it just goes to show that when you refuse to listen to gamers, and you continue to charge full-price for a map-pack (aka new version), people get tired of it. I don't even feel a little sorry for Activision and everyone else involved. It's about time people started thinking outside the box again when it comes to video game titles.

Pre-order sales analysis by Cowen and Company released today suggests that the sales decline for the Call of Duty series will continue this year, with the forthcoming Advanced Warfare expected to sell 40 per cent less than last year's Ghosts and 70 per cent less than Black Ops 2 from 2012.

Source: GamesIndustry

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