The Planet Mars Could be Recreated as a Theme Park in Las Vegas

A consortium of designers and investors has proposed a new attraction in Las Vegas, called Mars World, which aims to recreate the surface of The Red Planet. Should the proposal be successful, Mars World would offer visitors the opportunity to spacewalk across Mars at ¼ Earth’s gravity, ride a monorail around the rocky terrain, or even stay overnight in one of Mars World’s space habitats, members of the consortium told Space.com.

“The multi-acre simulated city will rise on yet-to-be purchased land somewhere between the I-15 freeway and Las Vegas Boulevard, if all goes according to plan,” Elizabeth Howell of Space.com writes. “Visitors will be treated to the music, costumes and culture of a Mars colony. They will take simulated “Marswalks” in one-fourth Earth gravity, ride a tram around the crater in which the city is built and even sleep overnight in rough habitats if they wish.”

Mars World would cost around $2 billion to fund, with the consortium hoping to build the Red Planet recreation by 2021. $500,000 has already been raised, with a second round of funding hoping to gather around $17 million.

“We’re really moving forward on this longstanding connection between science fiction and entertainment and real things,” Chief Designer John Spencer said. “We developed an approach — we call this a design approach —that what we’re doing is not science fiction. It’s science future.”

As well as attracting the standard throng of Vegas tourists, with parts of the attraction designed to appeal to kids, Spencer also wants Mars World to appeal to the Burning Man crowd.

“They’re pretty rowdy, independent, artistic. Don’t agree with authority too much. At Burning Man, clothing is optional,” Spencer said. “If you take that as a foundation and extend that out further in the controlled environment, then we have amazing characters, artwork and costumes.”

LG Unveils An Enormous Television Screen At CES

Televisions are becoming thinner and thinner yet bigger and bigger, more homes are adopting at least a 40-inch screen and above with the aim of enjoying a wide variety of entertainment on a Full HD or even a 4k screen. LG have noted this and might have taken it to slightly over the top heights after unveiling a 98-inch Television screen at CES 2016 which is being held in Las Vegas, (and eTeknix are there, yes I know)

The South Korean electronic manufacturer has unveiled this mammoth screen that boasts a 98-inch UHD with 8K resolution, below is an image to demonstrate this, it looks imposing and it feels as if it could provide a fantastic experience if you played Call of Duty or GTA on it, only pity is you might be playing it in the garden when you consider the size.

Understandably, there has been no word concerning the official price, my guess is it would be very expensive when you consider Sharp’s 98 inch offering at 2015 CES had a price of over $130,000 dollars (£88,591.77)  Content is also slightly limited on the 8K front when you consider consumers are not exactly overwhelmed by a vast array of 4K TV let alone 8K.

Only time will tell whether this TV will be a viable product if it is, my guess is the price will be for those who have enough room in their house for such a gadget.

Image courtesy of androasia

Automotive Companies Choose Microsoft At CES

The Automotive industry is an avenue with which tech companies are always striving to exploit, from self-driving cars, clever Sat Nav that manages to avoid rivers to the self-aware AI system that has become ubiquitous for many branded vehicles. Now, four further automotive companies have announced partnerships with Microsoft with the aim of enhancing their computing power.

The four companies who have confirmed a working relationship at CES in Las Vegas (Where the gang at eTeknix insert plug here) are Volvo, Nissan, Harman and engineering partner IAV. These companies join a growing list for Microsoft which also include Toyota, Ford, Qoros (Chinese automotive manufacturing company) and Delphi (UK manufacturing company)

Microsoft envisage that every car will be connected to the Internet and strangely to other cars and will also be a “Companion within your digital life”. The following is a quick summary of how Volvo, Nissan, Harman and IAV plan to integrate Microsoft tech into their cars.

  • Volvo – plan to interrogate Microsoft Band 2 with a Windows 10 smartphone and also the Volvo Call Universal App. This means that consumers can interact with the Microsoft Band by holding down the “action button” and requesting a function
  • Harman – Plan to offer drivers the ability to access the Office 365 productivity suite within the Harman infotainment systems. This means that drivers will be able to interact with Office 365 via an intelligent personal assistant software to schedule meetings etc.
  • IAV – Plan to use Windows 10 Continuum to stream Windows 10 via a mobile device directly to a car’s dashboard, giving drivers access to Windows 10 features and apps such as Cortana, Skype for Business, Calendar, Outlook and Groove Music.
  • Nissan – Plan to incorporate Connect Telematics Systems (CTS) which will be powered by Microsoft Azure. This will be incorporated into the LEAF and Infiniti models.

Tech will always be pushed into the automotive industry with the aim of offering consumers a different experience, companies will need to make sure any software is secure and, therefore, cannot be remotely hacked. Drivers will also need to be mindful and not be distracted by the many tech options, imagine attempting to schedule a meeting while travelling at 60 miles an hour down a motorway.

Image courtesy of digitaldealer

Everything Points to an Imminent Launch of the Oculus Rift

As a release date gets closer, more and more things start to line up and paint the picture even tho nothing official has been said. It looks very much like 2016 will be the year where the average consumer will get their hands on the new VR technology and be allowed into the brand new gaming experience that so far has been reserved for the few.

There are multiple things that point to an imminent release of everything and that is no surprise with CES 2016 in Las Vegas being just a few weeks away. The first hint is found on the official Oculus developers blog where it reads that the Rift SDK 1.0, the final first version, is now shipping to developers along with the final Rift hardware. So the hardware is nailed down, the SDK is ready, and it further reads that companies planning to release Rift titles in Q1 can get early access to the hardware, which confirms that we’ll see the Rift VR headset very soon.

I’ve already mentioned CES 2016 in Las Vegas and that will be a big show for the people from Oculus who have a massive booth on the floor. You don’t rent a space that large at CES without having something really big to show.

The third hint we get about this today is in the form of the Nvidia GeForce graphics driver update that comes with special remarks in regards to the Rift headset and VR in general as well as being WQHL certified.

Everything is lining up and there can’t be much doubt anymore that we’ll see 2016 as the year where VR took off. Will you be buying the Rift? Our best guess is you might want to have pre-order money ready by Jan-Feb 2016!

AOC to Showcase 160Hz Curved Gaming Monitor and More at CES 2016

AOC is one of the leading monitor manufacturers in the industry and offers a huge range of screen sizes, resolutions and display technologies to suit various customers’ requirements. Today, the company announced their latest range of products will be showcased during CES 2016. This is exciting news and I cannot wait to see these new models on the show floor in Las Vegas. The new AOC C3583FQ features a whopping 160Hz refresh rate, 35 inch curved display and support of FreeSync technology. In the press release, there wasn’t any information about the panel’s resolution, but it should be 3440×1440 given the screen size and 21:9 aspect ratio.

The AOC I2771FM9 produces unbelievable colours via Quantum Dot technology on a 27 inch IPS display. This should make it an excellent choice where accurate colour reproduction is essential. I’ve personally not seen a Quantum Dot monitor before, and cannot wait to try it out during our visit to CES 2016. Another new addition is the U2879VF, which employs a 4K panel and huge array of fast connectivity options. For example, the product boasts DisplayPort 1.2a and HDMI 2.0 to enable 4K content at 60Hz. This model also utilizes AMD’s Freesync technology.

Finally, the AOC I2781FH opts for an ultra slim frame with luxurious styling. The monitor is almost borderless and equipped with a unique symmetric metal stand. Also, this particular product will be available in March 2016, and comes in 21.5″, 23″ and 23.8″ configurations.

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Coming to Las Vegas Next Year

The first full prototype of Elon Musk’s revolutionary Hyperloop transportation system will begin construction in Las Vegas, Nevada, next year. The test track will be built across a stretch of 50-acres in the Mountain View Industrial Park in the City of North Las Vegas during the first quarter of 2016.

“This decision represents another major milestone in our journey to bring Hyperloop to commercial reality,” Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop Technologies, said in a press release. “Hyperloop Technologies will invest first in regions where we receive government advocacy to move fast. We are grateful for the support we have received from Governor Sandoval, the Nevada Office of Economic Development and Mayor Lee and his team from the City of North Las Vegas.”

The Hyperloop system propels traincars via magnetics through low-pressure, overground tubes. The first Hyperloop track was initially expected to start construction in California last month, the first part of a proposed Los Angeles to San Francisco track, but that appears to have been delayed for the time being. Instead, Nevada will play host to a potentially momentous undertaking, which could change the face of public transport forever.

“Hyperloop Tech is a cutting-edge company focused on changing the way the world views transportation, and we could not be more excited about the role the State of Nevada is going to play in this first phase of testing,” Steve Hill, Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, added. “It certainly is thrilling to see how Nevada is becoming a place to research, develop, test, and implement advanced technologies driven by innovation.”

Image courtesy of National Geographic.

What We Hope to See at CES 2016

CES 2016 is rapidly approaching and there’s no doubt that many of the leading technology manufacturers from all around the world will be there, showing off their latest wares. CES is no stranger to huge product launches and reveals, but without many hints at what we will actually see at the event, which is due to kick off in the first week of January next year, here’s a quick run down of what I’m hoping to see. Of course, these aren’t so much predictions, as wishful thinking, but I like to think I’ve been going to CES for long enough to make an educated guess of how things will go down.


Cheaper 4K Displays

This one is obvious, some of the first 4K displays in the world were first seen at CES, then the year after, we saw them finally dropping down below $1000 both in the home cinema and desktop display markets. Panel production is quickly ramping up and the hardware is becoming more consumer friendly by the day, with increasing levels of content and more so, 4K gaming capable PC hardware.


Ultra HD Blu-Ray Players

Ultra HD is coming, with the first prototype player being shown at CES 2015 and Computex 2015. The format officially launches in January and discs will be available at retail, so that means we need consumer ready players and CES is the perfect launch pad for them. Expect all the big names, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and many others to have something ready to show off and bundle with their 4KTV ranges throughout 2016.


VR

Oculus, Vive, PlayStation VR and about a dozen others are set to fully launch throughout 2016, so you can bet they’ll all have something to show. We’re nearing the end of the first wave of development for consumer VR and that means they’ve got one big show to say “we’re better at this than the other guy!” Personally, I’m thinking Oculus will be the front-runner, but Vive is certainly the strongest contender to take them down a few pegs.


Wearable Tech

Smart watches, clothes, shoes, glasses, the list goes on and on. There’s no doubt that the market is crammed with wearable tech right now, but for me, even the most recent wearable tech such as the Apple Watch and well, any smartwatch actually, has done little to excite me or make me feel compelled to reach for my credit card. This year, I’m hoping to see something really worthwhile in this part of the market. Lighter, faster, more features and longer battery life, that’s where this market needs to go.


Everything Else

Faster processors, more powerful graphics cards, new feature packed motherboards, innovative CPU coolers, kick-ass PC cases and so much more, this much is pretty much a given for any big technology event. What we will see will no doubt features dozens of amazing products and you can rest assured that we’ll be there in Las Vegas bringing you the latest.

What are you hoping to see revealed or launched at CES 2016?

The Internet Could Become as Regulated as TV

“It’s not the level playing field that we once thought it would be,” Jennifer Granick lamented. She was talking about the internet, and how it is slowly shifting away from being the bastion of free speech, invention, and information, at the Black Hat computer security conference in Las Vegas. She fears that the web will become regulated into oblivion, much the same way as US network television.

“It’s going to be this slick, stiff, controlled, closed thing,” Granick, a lawyer and director of civil liberties at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford University, said during her keynote speech in front of 10,000 security researchers in Vegas yesterday. She fears that laws such as Europe’s Right to be Forgotten could cripple the internet’s transparency, especially if the legislation becomes extraterritorial, as France is advocating.

“We’re losing the freedom to tinker,” she complained. “The message is clear—you need permission to operate in their world. If you step over the line, we’ll come for you.” To combat the creeping problem, Granick encouraged hackers and coders to keep jabbing at the establishment, and building decentralised internet systems, to keep ultimate control of the web out of the hands of “The Man”. Failing that, “we need to smash it apart and make something new and better,” she postured.

Thank you USA Today for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of LiveScience.

See How Hackers Can Take Control of Your Chrysler Vehicles

I know that there have been a lot of movies where hackers can take control of vehicles and crash them, but can it really be done in real life? Well, a pair of hackers have just demonstrated this with a Chrysler using a zero-day exploit they found.

The hackers apparently demonstrated the hack having Wired’s Andy Greenberg in the actual vehicle. He was not told about the hack, but was warned not to panic. So, as he was travelling down a busy highway, the hackers started slowly taking control, first by turning on the air conditioning system, then the radio and finally the windshields.

As Greenberg drove on, the hackers moved to something more serious. They proceeded to cut the transmission, having Greenberg watch the RPM go up, but the car slowly losing speed. To demonstrate the hack even further, they found an empty car lot, where the hackers were able to show how they can kill the engine, apply brakes or even cut the brakes entirely. The latter apparently sent Greenberg into a ditch, as shown in the pic above.

The attack is really terrifying,since a lot of vehicles out there are vulnerable to the attack. However, the hackers stated that they plan on releasing the exploit on the Internet at the same time they are to give a talk at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas next month.

Thank you WIRED for providing us with this information

Google’s Deep Dreaming Makes Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Terrifying!

The art of teaching computers how to see is truly incredible, the amount of processing that needs to be done to identify shapes and patterns is staggering, but our brains do it so quick, we don’t even realise it’s happening. Computers, on the other hand, can show how they’re working stuff out, something we can directly do with our brains. The end result is some seriously trippy images, as faces, animals and more are extrapolated from the image data with hypnotic, terrifying and beautiful results.

So what happens if you start with some already pretty trippy subject matter? Say, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, then feed it through the Google deep learning program called Deep Dreaming? Well, just take a look at these still images from Deep Dreaming and you’ll see what I mean. Not make sure you don’t have a headache, be warned of some strobing to the video below and prepare to see the twisted way Google’s computers see our world.

Some NSFW language in the video below.

It’s both pretty amazing what I’m seeing, but I don’t admit to being able to comprehend it. A rather fitting perspective on that particular movie though, wouldn’t you agree?

EA Thinks Learning to Play Games is Too Difficult

“Challenge Everything”, EA said, including, it seems, the difficulty of its own games. Richard Hilleman, EA’s Chief Creative Officer, took part in a group interview at the D.I.C.E. summit in Las Vegas on Thursday, where he said, “Our games are actually still too hard to learn. The average player probably spends two hours to learn how to play the most basic game.”

Hilleman continued, saying that, “asking for two hours of somebody’s time–most of our customers, between their normal family lives […] to find two contiguous hours to concentrate on learning how to play a video game is a big ask”.

During the same interview session, the design director on Shadow of Mordor Michael de Plater suggested that games could become more complex, incorporating more RPG elements. Plater said, “Every game is an RPG now. You wouldn’t make a game without progression and levels and XP. And I think every game is going to be a social game…good ideas propagate.”

Source: KitGuru

Samsung Reveals Tiny External 1TB SSD

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday, Samsung launched a new external solid state hard drive called the T1. Weighing little more than an ounce, and with dimensions the size of a credit card, the T1 SSD packs up to one terabyte of storage inside its tiny case.

Since most external hard drives are third-party – they use existing controllers and NANDs and package them within their own case – this marks the first time in which a tier one hard drive manufacturer is releasing its own external SSD.

The T1 will be available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities, priced at $180, $300, and $600, respectively, and units ship later this month.

Source: AnandTech

New Jailbreak for Apple’s iOS 7.1.2

It is just a matter of time before someone breaks the improved security in new mobile OS releases, and Georgia Tech researchers have now found a way to jailbreak the current version of iOS.

Georgia Tech Information Security Center has a long track record of jail breaking iOS, giving them a leading edge on every new release. Each time a new patch is introduced, a new way to circumvent it is found. This time the researchers used a multi-step attack after analysing the new patches, working out a sequence that would jailbreak any modern iPhone.

The team of researchers, Yeongjin Jang, Byoungyoung Lee, Tielei Wang and Billy Lau, stresses the importance of patching all of the threats and not just to close one vulnerability and assume that it renders others unusable as attack method.

“Patching all vulnerabilities for a modern, complex software system (i.e., Windows, iOS) is often difficult due to the volume of bugs and response time requirements. Instead, software vendors usually devise quick workarounds to mitigate the exploitation of a given vulnerability. However, those patches are sometimes incomplete, and attackers can utilize different attack vectors to re-exploit a patched vulnerability. iOS is no exception.”

As so many recent vulnerability discoveries, the findings will be presented at the upcoming Black Hat convention in Las Vegas. Weirdly enough, no one has yet claimed the $30.000 Device Freedom Prize for an open source iOS7 jailbreak.

It is highly unlikely that this jailbreak will remain operational for very long, as Apple certainly will try to patch it, iOS 8 is in beta and iPhone 6 is rumoured for an October launch.

Thank you I programmer for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Apple

Can Bitcoin Be Taxed? The IRS Seems Clueless

How do we define Bitcoin? Is it a commodity, an asset, a currency? It seems that opinions are different everywhere you look. For example, a federal judge considers Bitcoin as a currency, while the Internal Revenue Service has not decided upon adopting it as an actual currency.

“The IRS is aware of the potential tax-compliance risks posed by virtual currencies,” the tax agency said in a statement to the National Journal . “The IRS continues to study virtual currencies and intends to provide some guidance on the tax consequences of virtual-currency transactions.”

Bitcoin is undoubtedly becoming more and more appreciated by retailers such as Tiger Direct and Overstock.com, and for good reasons too! Take Overstock.com for example and its $126,000 income on the first day of accepting Bitcoin as a payment method. Even hotels from Los Vegas started to embrace the well-known cryptocurrency.

However, the IRS has a massive incentive to create a proper tax regime for the Bitcoin. Without a system in place, the agency would be losing out on potentially millions in tax revenue. Until a proper tax system is put in place, one accountant recommends reporting the earnings of converting Bitcoin to cash as capital gains.

“If you made a best effort, added and documented your process, that if the IRS were to question it, it most likely would be allowable,” said Janet Lee Krochman, a chartered accountant in Southern California, to the National Journal.

As soon as there will be a clear decision on how the IRS will handle Bitcoin profit, other countries are said to be keen on following their decision. It appears that not too long ago, Canadian authorities have declared that Bitcoin is not a legal tender, complicating things for users in a country that is home to the world’s second-largest userbase of the cryptocurrency.

Thank you VR-Zone for providing us with this information

Bitcoin Rewards Offered By PointsHound For Booking Hotel Rooms

Reports say that PointsHound is now offering members the option of earning Bitcoins and use them to book hotel rooms.

The site allows users to select Bitcoin as a reward method for their next hotel stay, having the payout variable and depending on multiple factors, most importantly being where a user chooses to stay. For example, a three-night stay in New York City will net more Bitcoins than a similar stay in Pittsburgh. Other factors include the market value of Bitcoin and whether or not the hotel you choose offers the maximum commission to PointsHound. What’s more, the site uses an in-house algorithm to calculate how much Bitcoin is offered by each hotel. Fortunately, all of this information is shown when you perform a query.

To be noted as well is that PointsHound partners with more than 150,000 hotels around the globe. Tech Spot did a check of hotels on the Las Vegas strip for a three-night stay, having results shows Bitcoin rewards ranging from 0.0356 at Circus Hotel to 0.1392 for those staying at the Wynn Las Vegas.

Pete Van Dorn, co-founder of PointsHound, points out that rewards are typically sent to a user’s Bitcoin wallet with a few days of checkout from the hotel but can take up to two weeks at most.

Thank you Tech Spot for providing us with this information

CES 2014 Live Gallery

With another year, comes another CES and as always, the eTeknix team will be at the heart of the event, getting you the latest coverage from the biggest and smallest manufacturers on the market from components to of course; consumer electronics. While this page will be constantly updated with photos of CES 2014 coverage, all CES based content articles will be found here.

This article will be split into pages for each manufacturer that we cover, and at the bottom of the page will be a handy navigation bar so that you can check out pictures of exactly what you want to see and yes of course that will include a page devoted to booth babes.

Stay tuned as we prepare for the first days of CES 2014 in the ever so dry desert that is Las Vegas.

3D Printing Expected To Take Center Stage At CES 2014

 

CES 2014 is just around the corner, and the convention always seem to have a central focus as we’ve seen products like high-end televisions and tablets take center stage during recent years. Next January’s show, however, will likely be overwhelmed by a relative newcomer in consumer electronics – 3D printers.

“Consumer 3D printing is now big enough to warrant its own exhibit area at the 2014 CES”, said Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association. He was in London with other CEA members, ratcheting up interest in the CEA’s event that takes place in January in Las Vegas. “The 3D printing tech zone has sold out”, said Shapiro. The new zone will complement other zones focused on motion tech, robotics, and other electronics.

Shapiro expects to see 20,000 new products launched at the trade show from more than 3,200 different exhibitors. He also anticipates some 150,000 industry associates and members of the media from more than 150 countries will come together in Las Vegas to attend the show.

Shapiro mentioned there will be two hackathons held during the show and for the first time ever, there will be two keynotes – one from Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler and another from Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. Other themes expected to be featured heavily during the show include tablets, sensors embedded in products and mass customization.

The event starts on January the 7th 2014 and runs through January 10th although pre-show festivities and events for members of the press begin a couple of days earlier on January the 5th.

Thank you Tom’s Hardware and Cnet for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Tom’s Hardware and Cnet.

eTeknix @ The Las Vegas Convention Center / CES 2013 Show Floor

For eTeknix the biggest part of CES is hitting up the hotel suites and other private hosting locations of the major peripheral, chassis and component manufacturers that were present in Las Vegas, taking a more personal one to one approach to viewing their products, discussing what we can expect to see hit the market in 2013 and much much more. This is of course only a fraction of the whole show and CES is about (literally) all kinds of consumer products from a new cooker to a 110″ 8K TV, it doesn’t matter what tech you love, you’ll find it at this show.

We only had the pleasure of hitting up the show floor twice, once when the show was being setup and again on the last day before everything was torn down, but that didn’t stop us from seeing some amazing sights, capturing some great images and sampling some of the finest consumer products to have ever been created.

A picture speaks a thousand words and for the most part I intend to let these pictures do the talking.

Intels stunning ornamental ultra book tree.

HiSense may not be a big brand here in the UK, but after seeing their range in action, we want one.

Next up was this 4K 84″ TV which blew us away more than we expected.

At least until we stumbled into this monster, our first 110″ TV of the show and by no means the last either. Check out eTeknix reviewer Chris on the right who was kind enough to give you an idea of scale here.

eTeknix visit Showstoppers at CES 2013

CES is a massive show with many different sections and displays for the various press to visit, but while the show its self is massive it also plays host to many side shows, Show Stoppers is one of those events. This was a great place for many companies to wine and dine the press and show off a few of their select innovations, with everything from glasses free 3DTV to Apple product cases, it really was a mixed event, for better and for worse there was plenty to see.

While the motto “save the best till last” can be true, we can’t help but dive straight into this one, a stunning laptop with SLI capabilities. The device you see below is a GTX 650 which can be inserted into the optical drive slot, giving you double the GPU power from an already incredible performance system.

The SLI laptop in question is from Lenovo and since it’s fitted with an i7 CPU, with a twin GTX 560 SLI setup this is a stunning desktop replacement and should prove popular with those that need to do heavy duty video editing and intense computing while on the move. Easily one of our top picks from the whole show, which is saying something.

Lenovo weren’t showing just one device of course, they had on offer a stunning range of touch screen untrabooks, tablets and tranformer tablets that we think will set them up for a great year throughout 2013, well worth keeping an eye on their range.

EnGenious bring to the scene these cloud manageable wireless routers, nothing ground breaking but the design is a little different from most on the market.

For those just wanting a solid home network for a few computers, with less of a focus on home entertainment then these with N300/600/900 routers will offer a more budget friendly solution, both devices should be hitting retail markets soon.

HP had a strong presence at Show Stopper and had a choice selection of Windows 8 powered devices such as tablets and notebooks, nothing that we haven’t seen elsewhere at the show, but the one thing that stood out was this interactive and “huge” laptop, it definitely stands out in a crowd, no hope of getting this into your local Starbucks of course.

CES 2013 had enough Apps and iThings to make your head spin, so much so that I’m now bored to tears with anything to do with mobile… at least until we stumbled across this little number from Nero. NeroKwik is a free app and service that allows to you sync your devices images. Take a photo on your iPhone and it appears on your Android tablet, home PC, or you can share the link via web, this is incredibly handy for people like us who take multiple photos in multiple places, but need to share our progress.

It’s free to try and well worth a nosy over at www.nerokwik.com.

Now this is what you call a show stopper! that’s not a typo either and this is one of the most talked about products of the entire show, a 1TB USB drive, incredible amount of pocket storage, there will be plenty of room for it in your pocket too though as your wallet will be empty, expect to pay a couple of thousand pounds for this little number. Expensive or not though, it’s simply incredible and it just goes to show that Kingston are top of their game.

For those that can’t afford the awesome 1TB drive (which is a lot of people), there is the more wallet friendly Wi-Drive+, hook up your flash drives and memory cards and they can be instantly shared over Wi-Fi from this rechargeable device. Or you could combine the two and really show off to your friends.

Also on display from Kingston were their common favourites, the Xpredator and Beast ram kits, both of which are held in high regard here at eTeknix.

For those of you who love a good peripheral, Mionix were on offer to fulfil your desires with their new keyboard, I was silly enough not to take down more details of this one but it was a joy to use and we hope to have this in for review in the coming months, so stay tuned for a full breakdown of this one.

There was a lot more on offer at Show Stoppers, but as I said before some of it was better than the rest, I feel sorry to say some of the goods and stands were quite poor and not worth mentioning, or at least were displaying products that in no way relate to our interests. CES is a huge show though and when I say we have a LOT more epic content coming your way, I mean it. Stay tuned throughout the week as we bring you in depth coverage of some of the top manufacturers at the show.

AMD CES 2013 Presentation

Today me and Chris spent an hour with AMD and their presentation for the next generation of AMD technologies. On display were a range of technologies for the future of the AMD GPU and CPU range, as well as their demonstrations of surround technology for multiple displays, audio devices and more.

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There were a number of key technologies on display, from both present and future product ranges but the primary focus was definitely on mobile applications such as tablets and ultra books.

It was good to see that with a heavy focus on mobile applications and power saving solutions for ultrabooks and similar devices that there was still room for computers built to blow your mind and this laptop from MSI was no different, easily capable of running Eyefinity.

Tomb Raider and most any modern game was easy work for the laptop and it definitely grabbed plenty of attention after the presentation.

 The real star of the show though, for me personally (Peter) was this tablet, which you will have seen in the video above, but to be able to game on graphically stunning titles such as DiRT Showdown, on a tablet, is simple stunning.


We’ve got plenty more great coverage from some of the biggest names at the show, with some great looks at some of the latest Chassis, PSU, Graphics cards, Motherboards and a whole lot more. Be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or website for more.

CES 2013 – The eTeknix team travel to Las Vegas


With the start of the new year comes one of the biggest events in the tech calendar, CES International. The event takes over a colossal amount of the Las Vegas strip and its surrounding areas as the who’s who of the tech industry, manufacturers, suppliers and more aim to show their worth to the rest of the industry and the related media.

eTeknix isn’t new to the CES scene and Andy and Chris were here last year, but given the overwhelming scale of the event they’ve been kind enough to invite me along for the ride with them in the hope we can bring you even more coverage of the show.

Just like any great story, this one starts out with an epic journey. After I had completed the 10 hour coach journey from Leeds to Kent, I was able to meet up with the rest of the eTeknix team, Andy the site owner, Chris our storage, memory and motherboard (to name but a few) reviewer.

Also in attendance was Ryan our superb cooling editor who came to pay us a visit before we headed out to Gatwick airport.

A little last minute work and tinkering before we loaded up our bags, far too busy to tidy up of course.

Loaded up and ready to go through security at the airport, the fear of a super long flight begins to set in.

Thankfully a hearty breakfast helped alleviate some of the stress of the flight.

30,000ft above the Atlantic as we spend 11 hours making “are we there yet” jokes.

At least at times, the view was simply incredible, but where are all the technology pictures I hear you ask? well CES International is a big show and boy do we have some great coverage lined up for you soon.

Stay tuned to the site, our Facebook page, Twitter or YouTube as we’ve already got hundreds of images, stories and even a few up close videos to give you a taste of the tech on display this year.

CES 2013, Las Vegas Preview

So another year has flown by in the tech world and we’re round to that time of year again where the industry comes in to Las Vegas for one of the biggest technology shows of the year; The Consumer Electronics Show. Spearding itself over a large area of Las Vegas and with a large number of manufacturers having private suites in various hotels up and down the strip, there is virtually no end to the kinds of technology that can be seen and a whole host of unveiling that are set to take place; some of which have been announced and some which may be left as a surprise.

For the second year running myself and Andy are heading out to the show and this time we are also joined by Peter who also does reviews on the site. By having a slightly larger team, we aim to get you more content from the show and hopefully we will be able to get a few new names to work with in the future, which could mean more reviews in the pipeline.

So what is the talk of the show this year? Well, outside of computers and the associated hardware that we normally focus on, one of the bigger things that we will be seeing relates to 4K televisions. We’ve seen and heard a lot about them just recently and we are hearing that a number of manufacturers are going to be showing off the new technology in all its super high definition glory.

As part of our pre-opening endeavour to spot some upcoming tech, its clear to say that a large number of manufacturers are not shy to let us get a small glimpse of what they have to offer. We did find that one or two however are holding their card close to their chest and Samsung had their stand covered from virtually every angle so this would lead us to believe that they must have something special to unveil this week.

Hisense (situated opposite Intel in the main convention centre) had a number 4K screens on their stand all fired up and showing some full resolution content. First impressions and all I can say for now is wow! – with screens on display that go all the way up to a staggering 110″ across, our first impressions are very good with the clarity of the image along with vibrant and deep colours, contrast and supreme detail. To give a reference as to the pure size of this screen, I stood by it just for scale (I’m just over 6ft tall).

Moving a little further in to the halls, Sony’s presence this year is massive with a stand that has a complete wrap around display suspended from the ceiling comprising of 19 projectors working seemlessly together to give a single continuous image. Their stand is broken up into many sections with areas dedicated to cameras, headphones, home audio, notebooks and largely to no surprise  monitors.

A number of side by side comparisons are on offer showing 4K working its magic in many different ways, such as displaying ultra hig resolution images that can be looked at clear as day. The two monitors below are showing the exact same image, the left in 4K and the right in standard 1920*1080. At a distance you can make out what the text to the right is meant to say, but the left hand side however is totally different with a totally transparent difference to be seen.

Moving away from the monitors, there is a whole variety of other things on display varying from cameras and home cinema systems, Intel with their ultra books by the masses, Bluetooth enabled watches that connect to your phone, Ford with new in car technologies including WiFi in the new 2013 Focus and in car audio to name but a few categories.

Outside of the convention centre and the exhibition halls in the Venetian hotel, a large number of exhibitors (especially those of whom we relate to directly) have their own private suites in hotels up and down the Las Vegas Strip. Here they have many products to show off and with a large number of meetings lined up and potentially a number of video interviews as well. All in all there is a lot to be seen, but what we will aim to get is what we feel to be the best pickings from the show for the computer and mobile markets.

Finally, as I round this off, on behalf of the eTeknix team, I would like to give our thanks to Gigabyte and Sapphire, who without their sponsorship, this trip would not have been possible. Stay tuned here on eTeknix.com, our Facebook page , our Twitter feed and finally our YouTube channel, where you can keep up to date with the latest content direct from CES 2013.