The Best Tech at CES 2014

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The Consumer Electronic Show 2014 had us on our toes all through the the 4 day extravaganza. With a breathtaking display of innovative products   the audience was in for a treat for sure. Though its hard to reward certain products with the “Best Product” title we would surely try our level best to share the technologies which stood out during the show.

Virtual Reality: Oculus Rift

The first version of this virtual reality wearable device did not have much in it with  basic movement motions and angle of vision. The updated Crystal Clove version which was showcased in CES 2014 caught us by surprise. The tracking system allows you to peek down from ledges and well optimized movement with the ability to lean at corners. We are desperately waiting for the product as it is bound to take gaming to a whole new level.

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The next generation Television

Both Samsung and LG brought in their futuristic series of televisions to amaze us all. The televisions provide ultra HD 4k  OLED display in a screen that bends to provide an unmatched immersive experience. This smart move by both the tech giants is surely going to bring about a revolution in the home entertainment market. The bending televisions would be up for sale later this year and surely would be a hard hit on your pocket. But, the money would be well spent as this new generation of televisions is surely going to set you generations apart from others.

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A whole new dimension to gaming: PLAYSTATION NOW

Sony has stepped up the competition in the gaming industry with its revolutionary technology called “PlayStation NOW”.  Acquisition of Gaikai in $380 million finally paid off for Sony at CES 2014. The stakes are high for the revolution in the gaming entertainment business. PlayStation Now enables subscribers to stream PS3  (PS1, PS2 titles also promised as later release ) game titles onto their Sony Tv’s, smart phones, PS Vita straight from the cloud. With services like buying, demo, rental Sony has brought out a whole new perspective to playing games on the go. The demo at CES 2014 was amazing, “The Last of Us” was being streamed onto a PS Vita without any lag or glitch of any kind. This definitely is a game changer for Sony and is bound to set it out in the spotlight for the years to come. We would surely try to get our hands on the early closed beta release  later this year.

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Nvidia’s fifth generation “TEGRA K1” mobile processor

Jen-Hsun Huang( NVIDIA CEO) never fails to surprise his audience during his presentations. He accomplished this feat yet again with the release of Nvidia’s ground breaking next-gen mobile processor series. Not only does this processor rock 192 Kepler graphic cores but also provides high end graphics and supports Unreal Engine 4 which enables designers to carry super computer like monstrous power in their pockets. This completely changes the way we look at mobile processors,Tegra K1 would be the first 64 bit processor to support android, this processor lineup is sure to ushers in a whole new level of graphic details in android  games. Nvidia takes on Apple head on with the claim stating that ” Tegra K1 has 3x the performance of the A7 processor”. This new series proves Nvidia’s supremacy in visual computing one again, here is a seak peak into what the Tegra K1 can do.

Sony’s New Flagship Smart Phone: XPERIA Z1 COMPACT

This new flagship smartphone from Sony puts the myth of “Bigger is Better” to dust. This 4.3 inch smartphone is loaded with the same high end specs and water resistant technology as its elder brother the Xperia Z1. This phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800  processor and supported by 2 Gb of ram. The rear camera is a powerful 20.7 megapixel  which is the same as the 5 inch Xperia Z1. The Z1 compact also carries Sony’s “Triluminous” display technology to compensate for a not so sharp screen resolution of 1280×720 which turns out to be the only set back of this otherwise amazing smart phone.

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THE BEST WINDOWS TABLET : LENOVO THINKPAD 8

Lenovo has made it quite clear that it means serious business with its new 8.3 inch windows 8.1 tablet. This tablet has got some amazing specs under the hood making it a sole winner in the 8 inch tablet market. With a sharp 1920×1200 screen resolution it provides an amazing entertainment experience. It runs on Intel’s Atom Bay Trail processor clocked at 2.4GHz , the best part being that it supports 4K  video playback. It houses a 8 MP high resolution rear camera and a 2.2 MP front facing camera. This tablet has an amazing sleek all aluminium design which is inline with the ThinkPad legacy. In all this tablet is the best bet for a handy professional tablet which is fully packed for entertainment purposes.

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MSI CONCEPT GAMING LAPTOP

MSI is well known for its series of GPU’s and laptops. Its new gaming laptop swept us off our feet with its amazing specs given its sleek design and light body.The design is inspired by muscle cars and the body is as light as 3 pounds, what baffled us was that it is suppose to be lighter than the Razor blade 14 and the 15 inch Mac book pro. It has a sharp 2880×1620 resolution and will carry two mSATA drives. Though MSI did not share any further specs it can be predicted that the laptop will carry a high end intel processor and a discrete graphics unit. The laptop also has a smart cooling system, the top of the keyboard has a layer which sucks in cool air and radiates hot air out through the bottom and the ends.

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CES 2014 kept the consumers engaged with some enthralling products ranging from automobiles to devices. What was note worthy was the fact that technology is briskly moving towards  a more sustainable solution to development of society which is definitely the need of the hour.

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Build 2014 to set the vision for rumoured Windows 9?

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Microsoft’s Build will be back in San Francisco, CA for BUILD 2014 between April 2-4.  If rumours are to be believed BUILD 2014 will set the vision for Windows 9 codenamed Threshold.

 Windows watcher Paul Thurrott reports that the company’s Threshold plans will involve a release of Windows 9 around April 2015.

So are we done with Windows 8?

“To distance itself from the Windows 8 debacle, Microsoft is currently planning to drop the Windows 8 name and brand this next release as Windows 9. That could change, but that’s the current thinking,” his reports claimed.

He also claimed that Microsoft is currently working on Windows 8.1 Update 1 which is expected to ship in April 2014 alongside Windows Phone 8.1, the development of which Micosoft will complete soon.

It is still not clear what changes should we expect in Windows 9, but “Metro 2.0” inside the new OS will reportedly include a major focus on improving Microsoft’s new app world and tiles. Rumours also state that Microsoft will make a clever move by bringing back the START menu, as it did by bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1.

Developer Edition? No luck this time for the developers during BUILD, as Microsoft hasn’t started working on this and will only begin after the BUILD.

It is said that Microsoft is in a hurry to launch Windows 9 because of the criticism it has faced for Windows 8 and its latest release, Windows 8.1, which is a substantial and free upgrade with major improvements over the original release. Threshold is expected to bridge the gap between the users and the company and also entice users to adopt this new Windows on new types of personal computing devices.

It will be nice to see Threshold recast Windows 8 as the next Vista. Let’s wait for the official announcement though!

Our say:

Windows 9 needs to be everything that Windows 8 is not.

 

Nokia begins global Lumia Black update roll out

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Nokia started rolling out Lumia Black update, and the first region to get this update is China! We know all the Lumia users are waiting for it to launch globally and that is why we are giving you a sneak peak of what is awaited!

Nokia China posted on Chinese website Weibo (translated):

“Nokia Lumia Black system upgrade coming in recently for different types of users, have to upgrade push it! I believe that many users already can not wait to learn what the system update, right? Come! Click on the picture, preview it!

What’s new with Lumia Black?

We know you are eager to know and we are excited to share with you the new features:

* App Folders

Yes you can organize multiple apps into a tile on the home screen

* Bluetooth LE

Extending it’s support to Adidas MiCoach and even smart watches like Pebble

*Camera

Combines Nokia Pro Camera and Smart Camera to simplify the photo-taking experience, and ensure to get the perfect shot every time. The app has been available for Lumia PureView smartphones since last year, but it’s now coming to the rest of the WP8 Lumia range. Raw camera support for both the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520. Also new camera algorithms, notably for the Lumia 1020 with tone mapping and noise reduction.

* Glance Screen 2.0

New colors for night mode, notifications, pedometer, custom text and calendar information. Plus you can add up to 5 notifications.

* Nokia Refocus

Available for all Windows Phone 8 devices

* Nokia Beamer

It gives you the ability to magically beam a photo from your Nokia Lumia to a connected screen like your TV, laptop, or another phone or tablet

* Nokia StoryTeller

Nokia Storyteller aims to turn pictures back into events again, to allow people to tell stories about important moments in their lives using their smartphone pictures, by helping to organise them and by providing more context.

The devices which received this update are Nokia Lumia 925 and Nokia Lumia 1020, while the other Lumia range will receive it in the coming weeks.

Windows Phone Store hits 200,000+ apps

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2013 has been a great year for Windows Phone. Be it a series of new Lumia’s or the addition of apps like Instagram, Vine and Subway Surfer or the Nokia Lumia 520’s 26.5% market share globally. The year 2013 was all about Windows Phone and with it’s end we are being told that the windows phone app store has hit 200,000+ apps.

And Microsoft is being seen rejoicing the moment, the official blog post reads:

“The current holiday shopping season and all the great promotions are just underway, and we’re already seeing momentum build with the Store surpassing 12 million transactions per day and Windows Phone Store surpassing 200,000 apps. The best news is that we’re just getting started. In the new calendar year we’ll introduce creative new approaches to help you reach users in your app developing,”

We at thewittytechie.com hope to see a great 2014 for Windows Phone!

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The Steam Machine might turn out to be Xbox One and PS4’s Predator !!

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As VALVE prepares to enter the console entertainment market with its  Linux based Steam OS. Not just that it has also confirmed a revolutionary gaming controller which is already turning a lot of heads months before its official release.

Just when Microsoft and Sony thought that they were at the pinnacle of console gaming with their latest entries ( XBOX One and PS4 respectively). Valve enters the game and ridicules the entertainment giants in the best way possible.

The official specs of the Steam Machine are out and they are breathtaking. Just when you thought that the 8GB of ram in the XBox one and the PS4 was just enough , Valve confirmed a whooping 16GB of RAM . Not just that,  the colossal machine would be powered by the NVIDIA TITAN GPU and  Intel i7- 4770,  to add on to the pain a 1TB SSHD( Hybrid Drive) . That not only makes the present market leaders look puny but also sends a strong message to the Microsoft and Sony  camps to step up their game , else that day is not far off when there would be a monopoly in the console gaming industry.

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Recap of the Proposed Specs of the Steam Machine:

Processor :  Intel i7-4770

GPU  :   NVIDIA TITAN

RAM :  16 GB

Storage :    1TB SSHD (Solid state Hybrid Drive)

Our Verdict : Though the steam machine does seem to be far better in terms of specs and overall appeal , but with the Nvidia Titan priced at  $1000 alone , it would be intriguing to see how Valve manages to bring its console into the price bracket of the Xbox One and the PS4 ( $500- $600 ) with  its expensive hardware.

If it is able to do so, it would indeed be the end of Microsoft and Sony’s long run duopoly in the console industry.

GTA 5 becomes the most selling game in the HISTORY of gaming in just THREE days!!

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Yes its official , GTA 5 has become the “MOST SELLING GAME” in the history of the gaming industry and whats more shocking is that it has managed to do that within 3 days of its release .

Now coming to the magic figures GTA 5 has been successful in touching the £1 billion mark in just 3 days of its release.

This Colossal game was developed by Rockstar North. The far fetched success didnt come easy , the game took 5 years of  dedicated and indefatigable work by the highly motivated team , every member knew that they were going to be a part of something historic.

Although, the early success of this game doesn’t come as a surprise to us, Rockstar spending over $150 million in advertising and marketing this game, so it seems the money was well spent as even non gamers seemed quite titillated after the release of the first official gameplay of the epic game.

This game also introduces the concept of multi character RPG gameplay  with close integrity every gamer is in for a treat with breathtaking graphics and thousands of new features this surely is a must have game.

For those of you who still are not swept off their feet by the awesomeness of this game here’s  a sneak peak into the game:

Our Verdict  :  Go Grab Your Copy Today!!