Panasonic’s Invisible TV Appears Out Of Nowhere

CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is a place where all the most popular tech brands and companies gather every year to show off their coolest gadgets and inventions. This year Panasonic made a come back with a strange invention – An Invisible TV that appears only when you want.

Transparent displays are’t really the most amazing tech these days. We’ve seen the prototypes and some cool previews, but Panasonic’s new TV is the closest thing we have to bringing this new tech to our homes.

From the looks of it, the TV can be hooked onto a shelf or maybe a wall and you can still see through it. Once activated, the TV will show clear visuals without any interference from the transparent effect (unlike Samsung’s display).

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Is it using cameras to project the background? Or is this some sort of evil magic? I’ve no idea. We’ll get to learn more sometime soon.

Check out the video below to see more (jump to 2.24).


[Via: Engadget / YouTube (1) (2)]
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A Closer Look at the new Type-C Reversible USB of the Future

The future is here! The frustration of finding the right side for plugging in USB cables will soon be over, as the development of the new reversible USB is progressing faster than we’ve though. In fact, it has already made an appearance at the CES 2015.

Folks over at ArsTechnica has managed to get their hands on the new cable, which as you can see looks pretty cute. The versatile design of the new USB plug with the rounded edges will make your devices work, no matter which side you plug it in.

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Many new devices are already adapting the new technology, including Nokia N1 tablet and MSI’s USB 3.1 laptop, and soon more devices will join the new reversible USB force.

Have a closer look.

[Via: ArsTechnica / YouTube / Photo Credit: Andrew Cunningham ]
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Intel’s “Compute Stick” Turns Your TV into a Windows or Linux Computer

Intel’s new HDMI Compute Stick is actually more than just a Chromecast rival, as it does much more than just streaming Netflix movies. The $149 Compute Stick basically transforms your ordinary TV into a powerful computer.

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Powered with a quad-core Atom processor, 32GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM this tiny stick brings juice to run Windows 8.1 apps on your TV. Also with support for more features including a USB port, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, the Intel Compute Stick is probably closest thing we have for an affordable living room computer.

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The Windows-powered Compute Stick set you back $149. And for the Linux folks, there’s a version with 1GB of RAM and 8GB storage at just $89. Both versions will ship out in March 2015.

 

[Via: Engadget / Intel ]
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Mad Catz Announces L.Y.N.X.9 Mobile Gamepad/Keyboard Hybrid Controller

The gaming accessory maker, Mad Catz has unveiled a new transformer-style mobile controller called L.Y.N.X.9, which comes with a gamepad for mobile gaming and a QWERTY keyboard for instant chatting.

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The L.Y.N.X. 9 Mobile Hybrid Controller allows the user to configure and assemble the controller in different configurations to fit their mobile device, to turn their smartphone or tablet into an ultimate portable console or even gaming on a set-top box or PC. The on-board QWERTY Keyboard will also help multiplayer and online gamers to chat with each other without having to take hands off the controller.

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The L.Y.N.X. 9 is designed to offer a premium gaming experience in almost any situation. Thanks to the ingenious design of the L.Y.N.X. 9, Mad Catz has produced a truly portable controller that delivers a full size, uncompromised gaming experience,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz.

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The L.Y.N.X. 9 Mobile Hybrid Controller will be available in March at $300.

[Via: Press Release ]
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Sony Brings Back the Walkman with new $1200 MP3 Player

Walkman is not ready to give up yet, Sony has come forward with a new Walkman sporting 128GB of storage to revive the old portable music player back from the dead.

Sony used to be the kind of portable music players, back in the 80’s, when they made the radical cassette tape player that you can carry around. But after the arrival of the revolutionary iPod and portable MP3 players, Sony’s products went down the dumpster. And now, the company is trying to make a come back with a new and upgraded music player called Walkman NW-ZX2.

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Featuring a 4-inch TRILUMINOS touchscreen, powered by Android 4.2 Jellybean and 128GB of internal storage with a microSD expansion slot, the new Walkman Hi-Res Digital Music Player NW-ZX2 has the ability to play music for up to 60 hours or 33 hours playing Hi-resolution audio.

Although, those specs would probably mean nothing to you when you head about the price of this device. The Walkman NW-ZX2 will set you back $1200, which is actually enough for you get, not one, not two, but four 64GB iPod Touch devices with 4-inch Retina display and 5-megapixel iSight camera.

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Sure, the Walkman NW-ZX2 does ship with some of Sony’s audio-enhancing features like S-Master HX digital amplifier and ClearAudio+, but are those really worth this price? Or would you rather listen to music right off your smartphone?

 

[Via: Android Authority / Sony – Press Release]
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HP’s Adorable New Mini PC Costs Only $180

HP is well known for making super-affordable Windows laptops and Chromebooks, yesterday the company unveiled yet another set of affordable Windows-powered Mini PCs, starting at only $180.

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The HP Pavilion Mini Desktop and the HP Stream Mini Desktop were unveiled at the CES 2015 as powerful smart desktop PC with very stylish and energy-efficient designs “that looks beautiful in any room in the home.”

The big brother of the duo, HP Pavilion Mini is actually small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but comes packed with Intel Core i3 processors, 8GB of RAM and up to 1TB storage, starting at $320.

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The cheaper HP Stream Mini offers Intel Celeron 2957U CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32 GB solid-state drive (SSD) for storage and 200 GB of Microsoft OneDrive Storage for two years with a $25 gift card for the Windows Store, at only $180.

Both the HP Pavilion Mini Desktop and HP Stream Mini Desktop will be available in the US starting Jan. 14, 2015.

 

[Via: HP – Press Release ]
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Microsoft Goes Old School with new $29 Nokia Feature Phone

No, Nokia is not dead yet! Microsoft has just proved all the previous rumors about ditching the Nokia brand wrong by releasing a new feature phone dubbed Nokia 215.

Microsoft calls it the “most affordable Internet-ready entry level phone yet”. Although, unlike many other Microsoft devices, the Nokia 215 does not get powered by Windows Phone, or any other OS. It’s simply an old-school feature phone with internet for checking Facebook, only through a 2G connection, of course.

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The $29 Nokia 215 also comes packed with a long-lasting battery that keeps the phone up and running for about a month on a single charge. It will also be available in both single-SIM and dual-SIM models in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe starting in the first quarter of 2015.

 

[Via: Microsoft ]
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Acer Chromebook 15 is the Biggest Chromebook Ever Made

Kicking off its CES 2015 event in Las Vegas, Acer has unveiled a new Chromebook starting at $249. Yes, it looks the same as any other Chromebook, but this device has a 15.6-inch display, which makes it the biggest Chromebook yet.

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“The Acer Chromebook 15 is a true powerhouse – it provides fast mobile performance and a large display to help customers accomplish more every day,” said Jerry Kao, president of Acer Notebook Business Group. “ We’re driving the category forward again with the world’s first 15.6-inch display Chromebook, the Acer Chromebook 15.”

15-inch may sounds like the usual laptop size for most Windows and Mac users, but it’s actually a big deal for Chromebook users. Not just because of the large full HD display with 1920×1080 resolution, but it’s also the first Chromebook to use 5th Generation Intel Core i3 processors with fast and quiet solid state drives.

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The will be available in several different versions with either 16GB or 32GB SSD drive and either 2GB or 4GB or RAM. Acer has also expanded its Chromebook 13 lineup with a touch screen model.

 

[Via: Ubergizmo / Acer – Press Release ]
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LG Announces 34-Inch UltraWide Curved Monitor, Heading to CES 2015

LG is not going to let Samsung win without a fight. Following Samsung news about its AIO PC with curved screen, LG has come forward with their competition. It’s a whopping 34-inch 21:9 UltraWide monitor with a curve.

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Featuring AMD’s FreeSync technology these new curved monitors will be available in two models – the 34UC97 with Quad HD 3,440 x 1,440 resolution and 178-degree-viewing pleasure for gamers and heavy users, as well as the 34UC87M model which features extensive screen capabilities to “maximize the use of screen real estate” for professionals.

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LG will show off these new monitors at the CES 2015.

 

[Via: Engadget / LG ]
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Samsung Unveils new All-In-One PC with Curved Display Ahead of CES 2015

All the giants in the technology world are preparing to bring out their big guns to the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015, which takes place in Vegas from January 6-9. To get all the tech geeks hyped up, Samsung showed off a couple of their upcoming products ahead of their big CES 2015 event, including this The Series 7 AIO computer with a curved display.

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Sporting a 27-inch curved display with Full HD 1080p resolution, the The Series 7 AIO comes packed with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM and a 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD. The device will run Microsoft’s latest Windows 8.1.

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Curved screens quickly became a new trend, not only for TV’s but also for smartphones, for its unique viewing experience. Looks like the trend will expand to the PC’s next year. Release dates and pricing details for this device will be revealed at CES 2015.

 

[Via: Technobuffalo / Samsung Tomorrow ]
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EXTERMINATE: This Life-Size Dalek is The World’s Loudest

No matter if you hate or love Daleks for all the bad things they did in Doctor Who, you will definitely find some good qualities inside this life-size “Dalek Massive” made by Massive Audio.

“Created from recovered plans from the planet Skaro, this floor show cyborg, dubbed “Dalek Massive” is modeled after the Doctor’s most loathed enemy; the fearsome Dalek. These extraterrestrial terrors can blast and defeat their foes with their advanced technology faster than you can say Raxacoricofallapatorius.”

Well, not really. This Dalek Massive is completely harmless, except for blowing out eardrums with its’ sonic sound. This 6-foot-tall Dalek Massive is the “world’s largest and loudest Bluetooth speaker” that comes packed with 40 speakers all around the body of the Dalek, supported by a 3000 watt Summo Series subwoofer and a Bluetooth monitor. Massive Audio call it “Truly a portable sonic powerhouse that will rival anything in the Galaxy.”

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If you ever feel like scaring off some Doctor Who fans, just set this speaker’s volume to max and play an audio clip saying “EXTERMINATE!.” Although, it will set you back about $25,000. Check out the video for a demo.

[Source: Walyou / Massive Audio]
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Intel’s SD Card-Sized Computer Packs WiFi, Runs Multiple Operating Systems

I was wrong, Intel seems to have bigger plans for future than making illuminating T-Shirts. After making smartphones and trying out lots of different products, the company is jumping back into the good old computer pool, which they’re actually good at.

Intel has been busy over the past year making a mind-blowing invention – Edison. No, it’s not a light-bulb. It’s a computer, shrunken down  to the size of an SD card. How about that. Just when we were starting to think that they can’t make a computer smaller than a Raspberry Pi, Intel comes up with a super-tiny PC.

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich called Edison “a full Pentium-class PC.” This tiny PC comes packed with an Intel dual-core Quark SOC chip and features built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and even supports multiple operating systems.

“Wearables are not everywhere today because they aren’t yet solving real problems and they aren’t yet integrated with our lifestyles,” said Krzanich. “We’re focused on addressing this engineering innovation challenge. Our goal is, if something computes and connects, it does it best with Intel inside.”

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Intel Edison is basically a computer oriented for powering up wearable gadgets. Company plans to ship Edison starting this summer. Wireless Charging Bowls, Hands-free Smart Headsets, Smart Earbuds are some of the other plans Intel has for its’ future in wearable tech.

 

[Source: Intel – News Room ]
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Alienware, Gigabyte & More Teams-Up With Valve, Unveils 13 New Steam Machines

Valve’s future of gaming appears to be Steaming with potential as the company unveils 13 new Steam machine models made by third-party partners. A lot of popular gaming computer and peripheral makers like Alienware, Gigabyte, Alternate, Origin and many others have teamed up with Valve to release their own Steam Machines powered by the gamer-oriented SteamOS. These machines range from $499 and to $6,000, depending on the specs of each machine.

Check out the specs details of all the third-party Steam Machines after the jump, except for Alienware’s machine which kept its’ silence on specs and pricing details for the moment.

  • Alternate – $1339
    CPU – Intel Core i5 4570
    Graphics – Gigabyte GTX 760
    RAM – 16GB
    Storage – 1TB SSHD
  • CyberPowerPC – $499 and up
    CPU – AMD/Intel Core i5 CPU
    Graphics – AMD Radeon R9 270/Nvidia GTX 760
    RAM – 8GB
    Storage – 500GB
  • Digital Storm Bolt II – $2,584
    CPU – Intel Core i7 4770K
    Graphics – GTX 780 Ti
    RAM – 16GB
    Storage – 1TB HDD + 120 GB SSD
  • Gigabyte Brix Pro – TBD
    CPU – Intel Core i7-4770R
    Graphics – Intel Iris Pro 5200
    RAM – 2 x 4GB
    Storage – 1TB SATA/6GB SATA

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  • Falcon Northwest – $1,799 to $6000
    CPU – customizable
    Graphics – Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan
    RAM – 8 to 16 GB
    Storage – up to 6 TB
  • iBuyPower – $499 and up
    CPU – Quad core AMD or Intel
    Graphics – Radeon GCN Graphics
    RAM – 8GB
    Storage – 500GB+
  • Materiel.net – $1,098
    CPU – Intel Core i5 4440
    Graphics – MSI GeForce GTX 760 OC
    RAM – 8GB
    Storage – 8 GB + 1 TB SSHD
  • Origin PC Chronos – price TBD
    CPU – Intel Core i7 4770K (3.9 to 4.6 GHz)
    Graphics – 2 x 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX Titans
  • Next SPA – price TBD
    CPU – Intel Core i5
    Graphics – Nvidia GT 760
    RAM – 8GB
    Storage – 1TB
  • Scan NC 10 – $1,090
    CPU – Intel Core i3 4000M
    Graphics – Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M
    RAM – 8GB
    Storage – 500GB
  • Webhallen – $1,499
    CPU – Intel Core i7
    Graphics – Nvidia GT 780
    RAM – 16GB
    Storage – 1TB SSHD
  • Zotac – $599
    CPU – Intel Core (TBD)
    Graphics – Nvidia GeForce GTX
    RAM – TBD
    Storage – TBD

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“The first generation Steam Machines offers something for every gamer, which is a critical part of extending Steam into the living room,” said Gabe Newell of Valve. “With over 3,000 games and more than 65 million gamers on Steam, it’s important to offer gamers a variety of Steam Machines that allow them to select what makes the most sense for them.”

It was also announced that Valve’s planning to sell the Steam Controller separately, which means that anyone could build their own Steam Machine at home without submitting to these third-party manufacturers. What a brilliant way to start a new gaming generation, right?

 

[Source: Polygon / Valve ]
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Transformers Director Michael Bay Screws-Up Big Time at Samsung’s CES Event

Samsung had a surprise guest at its’ CES press conference to talk about its giant new Curved 105-inch UHD TV. It was no other than the famous director of Transformers series, Michael Bay. He takes the stage to talk about this amazing TV but he screws-up his lines from the beginning. It seems like he has come to the event with no preparation what so ever. Bay loses it big time and then leaves the stage without even saying a word about the TV.

After the screw-up, Bay used his official website to explain what happened –

“Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES – I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP’s intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down – then I walked off. I guess live shows aren’t my thing.”

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The incident is an embarrassment for both Samsung and Michael Bay. However, something good did came out of it. Now everyone on the Internet is talking about it. I’m starting to wonder if this was a planned act all along. Hmmm..

Check out the hilarious/embarrassing scene after the jump.



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NVIDIA Tegra K1 Chip With 192 Cores Brings Unreal Engine 4 to Mobile

Ahead of its’ CES 2014 event, NVIDIA has unveiled its’ revolutionary take on next-generation mobile computing – NVIDIA Tegra K1, a powerful mobile chip with 192 NVIDIA CUDA cores offering the “first GPU architecture to span from supercomputers to PCs to mobile devices.”

“It’s simply inappropriate to call it Tegra 5, it’s simply not linear,” CEO of NVIDIA, Jen-Hsun told the crowd at The Strip’s Cosmopolitan Hotel. “We’ve brought the heart of GeForce and the soul of Tesla to mobile computing.”

NVIDIA Tegra K1 consits of a NVIDIA 4-Plus-1 Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A15 “r3” CPU that can be clocked at 2.3 GHz. The GPU in this chip uses NVIDIA Kepler Architecture to pack 192 NVIDIA CUDA Cores. It will be capable of producing  3840 x 2160 LCD resolution as well as 4K UltraHD at 4096 x 2160, allowing it to power-up 4K TV sets, game consoles, cars and much more, consuming the lowest of power. Tegra K1 will virtually turn any device into a supercomputer.

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“Tegra K1 is based on DX11. Its GPU has more horsepower than Xbox 360 and PS3”

“Console in the palm of your hand” reads one of the slides at the press event showing a comparison between next-gen video game consoles against NVIDIA Tegra K1. This actually amazed me how advanced NVIDIA has become.

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In a brilliant marketing stunt, NVIDIA also explained how it fooled many people into talk about its’ latest invention by making an amazing crop circle to promote the Tegra K1 processor. Even the most popular news providers went crazy over it.

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During the press event, Jen-Hsun demoed Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 running on a Tegra K1 mobile processor. In case you’re unaware, Unreal Engine 4 is the same tech that powers the upcoming next-gen video games. Check it out on the video to see the awesomeness of this chip.



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