Deepcool @ CES 2016

If you haven't heard of Deepcool before, after this CES, you will probably be trying to find someone who sells their products here in North America. Deepcool brought some interesting designs to their suite this year. One of such is the Tristellar case and by looks alone one could almost say it was out of a Star Wars movie. The graphics card is contained in the top one of the three "wings", while the PSU is in the lower left "wing" and lastly the ITX motherboard and CPU are housed in the lower right. There is also enough room to stick one of Deepcool’s liquid coolers in the case as well.

The Images will show the Tristellar S white case however this is a special Bill Owen MOD case with only 50 made globally; the normal version of the case comes in black.


The Genome which will be hitting the market later this year is more than just a case, it's an extreme liquid cooling system. The case and liquid cooler are designed to fit seamlessly together all the while bringing some interesting design elements in along the way. The cooling solution is a 360mm radiator with 3 PWM fans, a helix reservoir, and all the while using the new captain design CPU block and pump. Depending on the final price when it hits the market it really could be worth looking at when building a new rig.

To top it all off DeepCool was demonstrating a PSU that was liquid cooled which is something not too many people have worked on. Who knows if it will become a mainstream item or not, but it's always cool to seem something new and different.

Liquid Cooled PUS

Please be sure to check out more image in our CES gallery here. Also, take a look at the Deepcool website to find our more about these products.

ESPN vs. Cable Cutters

We post quite a few stories about how more and more people are making the decision to cut the cord on traditional cable services and go with other alternatives. ESPN is one of the names that comes up time and time again in this discussion and thanks to a new report their name has surfaced once again. In this new report people were asked if they would be cut ESPN from their cable package in exchange for a $8 drop in price and 56% said yes. The follow up question was would you pay $20 a month for a streaming service (similar to HBO, etc.) and the response was 85% said no. The results probably aren't too surprising, it's just amazing that the cable companies and their content providers aren't making a better effort to combat the loss of subscribers. TechDirt has the full story.

Over the last year, ESPN's decision to laugh off cord cutting has truly come home to roost. The company has had to engage in numerous "belt tightening measures" after losing around 7 million subscribers in just two years. Where are these subscribers going? Many are cutting the TV cord entirely. Others are opting for so-called "skinny bundles" that pull pricier channels like ESPN out of the core cable lineup, moving them to additional, premium channel packs. Companies like Verizon that have experimented with skinny bundles have been rewarded for their efforts with with lawsuits from ESPN. 

Facebook Messenger Allows End-to-End Ecryption

Back in April, WhatsApp allowed encrypted chats, but Facebooks' own Messenging service hasn't allowed encryption - until now. WhatsApp has enabled this by default, but Facebook Messenger will still require you to go into your settings and choose the "Secret Conversations" option. You really should turn it on for every conversation as encryption is never a bad thing.

Facebook Messenger’s new layer of encryption has to be enabled manually for every conversation, rather than being switched on by default, as it is in the Signal app or in WhatsApp. That decision may be in part a compromise designed to help Facebook avoid legal and political difficulties; WhatsApp’s default encryption, for instance, has already put its parent company in an uncomfortable spot at least once, when Brazilian authorities arrested a Facebook executive in the country for failing to help police decrypt WhatsApp messages sent by criminal suspects in a drug trafficking case.

Source: Wired

Samsung: Stop Using the Note 7

In a move that could really hurt Samsung on the short-term, they have issued a bulletin stating that Note 7 users should stop using the device immediately. This comes after the fact that there have been a couple of isolated replacement Note 7 devices that have exhibited the same problems as the first-released product. This is very bad news for Samsung and until they get things figured out, they have pulled the plug on production of one of their hottest selling products. This could be the end of the Note. It will surely affect Note 8 sales - if they even build that device.

Samsung quickly issued a recall and began working with officials worldwide to replace the original shipment of 2.5 million phones. But customers have since said that replacement Note 7s and models with supposedly safe batteries were overheating and catching fire, fueling concerns Samsung hasn’t solved the battery problems after all.

Source: Bloomberg

Xbox One sales picking up steam

The PS4 had been outselling the Xbox One for quite some time since both of the 'next generation' consoles launched last year. The Xbox One has been picking up in the sales department recently and it is estimated that the Xbox One will beat the PS4 for the 3rd month in a row, which is a good thing for the Microsoft camp. The only thing that will probably throw a wrench in Microsoft's plans is the launch of the PS4 Pro next month which could boost Sony and the PS4 back up to the top of the charts. The Verge has the full story.

Microsoft's Xbox One sales appear to be picking up in the US. Xbox One was the top-selling console in the US during July, August, and September, according to the NPD group. Microsoft still hasn't released updated console sales figures, but EA estimated Microsoft had sold 19 million Xbox Ones back in January. Nvidia recently estimated that Microsoft has reached 29 million Xbox One sales, compared to an estimate of 52 million for PS4. Sony revealed in May that it had sold more than 40 million PS4s.

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