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Sennheiser focuses on wireless at CES 2015

Every year we try and meet with Sennheiser at CES to see what they have that is new, refined and better and this year their big focus was on wireless. Many companies can put a Bluetooth receiver in a set of headphones, but they don't all sound alike. Sennheiser takes they excellent Momentum line and puts basic Bluetooth features in this great product and manages to keep the audio quality they are known for.

The other wireless set they were showing off was the Urbanite. These have been around in a wired version for a while, but they have joined the wireless world as well and include touch sensitive controls for play, pause, forward, back and to answer and end calls. Take a look at the video below for more details.

 

To check out more of our CES 2015 coverage, please check here and of course you can check out more pictures from the Day 2 of CES 2015 right here.

Linksys @ CES 2016

Linksys always has a good presence at CES and this year was no different. Things on the Belkin side of the business were really busy as they were putting on high quality screen protectors for people as they brought their devices by. On the Linksys side of things, they seem to be aiming toward the consumer enthusiast once again as they have resurrected some of their WRT routers that are DD-WRT compatible.

On the super-fast side of things, they have just announced their new Max-Stream Next-Gen Tri-Band router. This is the EA9500 and they claim it can push as much as 5400Mbps through the 802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies while ramping up the 802.11ac and stacking it on top for crazy speeds. You will need a client device that has at least six antennae to maximize the power of your router.


 

One feature of the EA9500 is the MU-MIMO capability. It supports multiple users on the multiple-input, multiple-output protocol. This means that you can stream 12 4K streams at once over a wireless connection. It looks impressive, but we'll have to see how it performs in the real world and not in a theoretical environment.

Please check out more of our CES images here.

Verizon Snags Yahoo for $4.8 Billion

There has been rumors that Yahoo was looking to sell off their core business, but it was unclear as to who would buy them. Many thought that Microsoft would be the logical choice - or even Google may be a decent idea as they could integrate some search, patents and more. Out of left field comes Verizon however. They swooped in and snagged the ailing company for under $5 Billion, but the downside here is that this is only Yahoo's core business and the stuff that has been actually making the company money is not included. I hope Verizon has deep pockets.

In the end, the company was done in by Google and Facebook, two younger behemoths that figured out that survival required a continuous process of reinvention and staying ahead of the next big thing. Yahoo, which flirted with buying both companies in their infancies, watched its fortunes sink as users moved on to apps and social networks.

Source: NYTimes

Gears of War 4 Gets eSports Pro Circuit

Even before the game is actually launched, Microsoft has announced and put a bunch of money behind Gears of War 4 in a Pro eSports league. Later this fall, there will be a million dollars in prize money handed out at eight live regional matches. This is pretty awesome and shows that eSports is growing. Before you naysayers spew hatred for this as a "sport", take a look at the top players. They are actually very athletic and do a lot of physical training away from the video game. Good stuff.

Here's how it works: When Gears of War 4 launches in October, players will be able to earn "Gears Pro Points" by competing in regional MLG online ladder matches. The players with the most points will be able to qualify for open LAN events hosted at cities across the globe. These top players will be flown out to LAN events in London, Paris, Las Vegas and other cities every couple of months -- with each event boasting prize pools between $75-250,000.

Source: Engadget

Intel's Skull Canyon NUC is the Future

Inte's NUC platform is pretty awesome. Mind you, they weren't the first to put a PC into a tiny enclosure, and in fact they don't even do it  the best. That being said, their new Skull Canyon NUC is extra sweet as it packs in a lot of power into a tiny; albeit longer and thinner platform. 

While previous NUCs looked like boring gray mini PCs, Intel actually infused a bit of style into the Skull Canyon model. It's a slim and small device, at only 1.1 inches tall, 8.3 inches long and 4.57 inches wide. It feels like a small hardcover book, weighing in at around 1.5 pounds. Its plastic case is all black, with a reflective webbing pattern and large skull imprinted on the top -- a not-so-subtle hint that Intel built this thing for PC gamers.

Source: Engadget

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