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Edifier @ CES 2013

One of our last stops at CES was at the Edifier booth.  This Chinese company makes some interesting products that offer really unique designs but still manage to pull off some pretty decent performance and quality.  Traditional speaker purists will tell you that the speaker cabinet must be made from wood and have a lot of specifications to enable good sound, but Edifier continues to break the mold and offer products with very unique designs that still sound rather nice.

One of the products of CES 2012 that we picked as our "Best of Show" was the Edifier Spinnaker speakers, and even though these are more than a year old, these speakers still catch your eye and your ear in terms of looks and performance.  The original red ones looked like the horns from some beast and they've expanded their lineup to include a lot more different colors.  These speakers are still some of my favorite products at the show again, and with the large color selection you can even snag a set that is a bit more muted if you don't want to scare away small children.

Spinnaker

 

The other speakers that looked really interesting and sounded very good as well was the Eclipse.  These speakers have a very unique dual radiator design at the rear that helps project the sound to fill the room.  These really aren't that large, but even in a horrible venue like the LVCC, we noted that the sound was very good.  These speakers are quite directional as well and this will work great for PC speakers - and that's what Edifier has in mind.

Edifier Design

 

 

We have lots more pictures from our last day at the show.  Go check them out here, and our full list of coverage here.

Samsung's Curved 105-in UHD TV & Galaxy Pro at CES 2014

We have a look at the massive and amazing 105-inch Samsung UHD TV at CES 2014 as well as the new "Pro" line of Samsung Galaxy Tablets and Note products. These are a huge step in the right direction and are setting the bar for the coming year.

 

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

ASUStor at CES 2015

We stopped by ASUStor once again this year to see what they've been working on over the past year as well as to see what is coming in 2015. They haven't been around all that long in the grand scheme of things, but they have a lot of expertise in their company as many of their employees are not new to the NAS product line.

At CES they didn't launch any new hardware specifically, but they show us a lot of features of their upcoming ADM software revision. When it comes right down to it, software is really what drives these Network Attached Servers - they are not just for raw storage anymore. Before we jump into the software however, they did show us their two main lines that they are excited about this time around.

ASUStor

They have a great lineup of AS5x0 units that are divided up into two performance lineups based on their processor. The Home/Power user bays in this series are AS5002T, AS5004T, AS5008T and AS5010T that are 2-bay, 4-bay, 8-bay and 10-bay units. These all have dual core Intel Celeron processors with 1GB of DDR3. The Power users/SOHO/SMB products in the 5x0 line are the AS5102T and AS5104T that are 2-bay and 4-bay units. These come with 2GB of DDR3 and have a 2.0GHz Celeron Quad-Core processor.

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The 10 Most Important Announcements from WWDC 2015

Apple has a bunch of little announcements this year at their WWDC and probably the 10 most important announcements are linked below. Of course they include iOS9, OSX El Capitan, Siri gets to really know you and more. There is nothing really all that groundbreaking at all, but instead it feels like they are adding a new decimal to their version numbers (eg. iOS9 should be iOS 8.2)

Flashy as the whole thing was, though, it followed two hours of low-key but fairly solid tweaks to Apple's software products, from new versions of OS X and iOS to updates of its car, home, and watch software. This fall, Apple product users of all stripes can look forward to a lot of refreshed apps and, if the company delivers on its promise, all sorts of Siri integration. They might not make headlines quite as well, but little changes like Maps public transit support can make a big difference in the long run, too.

Source: TheVerge

How to Prep for Windows 10

Windows 10 is set to arrive later this week and there are a few things you can do to prepare your PC and make the upgrade seemless. As far as system specs, they are pretty lean: 1GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, 20GB of disk space and DX9 capable graphics. There are a few things you can also do to prepare yourself for a disaster - of course backing up is always a good idea. Check out those ideas and a lot more information at the link below.

Both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 come with a tool that lets you create a system image (a full backup of everything on your computer). Head to the Control Panel and select "Back up your computer" under the Systems and Security section. On the left choose to create a system image, pick the location you want to save it to (I chose my external storage drive).

Source: CNET

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