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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.

Google Drive drops prices

Good news for everyone that needs some extra cloud storage, Google has announced they've dropped their Google Drive prices. You can now get 100GB of cloud storage for $1.99 a month from Google which is pretty cheap when compared to Dropbox who is currently at $99 per year. Google also has a 1TB plan for $9.99 per year if you just can't live with 100GB. Arstechnica has the story over here.

Google today announced big price cuts for the 100GB and 1TB tiers of Google Drive cloud storage.

"We've lowered the price of our monthly storage plans to $1.99 for 100GB (previously $4.99), [and] $9.99 for 1TB (previously $49.99)," the company said in a blog post.

NVIDIA Shows TITAN Z

If you need a supercomputer under your desk, you may want to consider a TITAN Z. This is a dual-GPU graphics card from NVIDIA that has a mere 5,760 processor cores strapped onto a single PCB. This should accellerate pretty much any GPGPU program you have and take your gaming and 3D-Rendering computer not only to the next level, but it will create a level above that level and then magically teleport you there. Of course the only thing that won't arrive there with you is a lot of money. Still, this is crazy technology that they've crammed into a single card.

“If you’re in desperate need of a supercomputer  that you need to fit under your desk, we have just the card for you,” Jen-Hsun said. Unlike traditional dual-GPU cards, Titan Z’s twin GPUs are tuned to run at the same clock speed, and with dynamic power balancing. So neither GPU creates a performance bottleneck.
 

 

Source: NVIDIA Blog

Half-Life 3 Fan Made Trailer

I know this is just a fan-made trailer, but here's hoping that Half-Life 3 eventually makes it to light.

Source: YouTube

Halo Actress Jen Taylor is WinPhone Cortana

I'm not sure how many of you are excited about this, but dang it - I AM! Even though I don't have a Windows Phone, the good news today is that Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 will feature digital assistant "Cortana" and that will be voiced by Jen Taylor - the very same voice used for Cortana in the video game mega-series, Halo. I do hope they bring this assistant to multiple platforms, but if not, I guess I'll have to skip out as I don't see this as being the killer app to make me switch from Android to Windows Phone. Still, it's pretty cool for all you Halo game junkies.

Microsoft provided the following statement to Neowin regarding Taylor's voice being used in the digital assistant: "[The] Cortana beta synthesizes voices from more than one source, Jen Taylor being one of them. Over time, we plan to employ Jen Taylor’s voice throughout a greater portion of the experience."

Source: Neowin

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