Privacy on the internet is a hard thing to achieve. For starters there are tons of companies that are very interested in what you do and where you go online so they can get you to buy things. On top of that there are the spying eyes of the government watching to make sure you are not a bad guy and storing all of this data in massive warehouses. This mass data collection seems to exist in every single device we own; from laptops to phone to smart TVs. It is enough to make someone paranoid, or at least to look for some form of privacy when connected to the internet.
One area that is booming in the consumer electronic field is health and fitness wearables. For the last year or so we have watched multiple new products hit the market as this particular vertical tries to find an identity. One of the items that we have been able to take a deeper look at in the lab is the Jabra Sport Pulse Bluetooth headphones. These are interesting because in addition to being headphones they can also take your pulse and track progress through different workouts. Let’s take a look and see if these stand out from the crowd or if they are just another device in the sea of also rans.
As the world gets all excited about some of the new “features” in Windows 10 there are some in the press (and consumers) that are less than thrilled about them. We are talking about Cortana and some of the predictive typing tools and features that Microsoft has embedded and how they really work. On the surface the concept of predictive text and searches is a pretty neat idea. After you type something in, or search for a topic your system will build a small database of information to help you find those things again.
Privacy and security in consumer electronics is (and has been) a big deal for a number of years although most consumers are not aware just how vulnerable they are. In most cases the lack of security is due to a lack of any real standard between devices combined with massive growth in the connected device market. For far too many years cellular communication has been left vulnerable while the market boomed. The same can be said for the phones and devices we use to communicate. These have so many holes and flaws in them that it is almost comical.
CES 2015, Las Vegas NV - Palazzo
Out of all of the people we visited during CES 2015 Thermaltake’s suite was one of the most interesting. When we walked in we found three full suites packed with cases, cooling, power supplies and items aimed right at the gamers out there. I was rather impressed even before Shannon Rob came by to show everything off.
CES 2015, Las Vegas NV -
ADATA has had some very interesting products to show us at CES in the past and this year was no exception. Although much of what we saw was not new, it was still pretty interesting. We kicked off our guided tour with a couple of demonstrations. The first was one showing off the power loss protection on their SSDs. This is a handy little feature that helps prevent you from losing data that has not been written to “disk” in the event of a loss of power. Not really new, but still cool.
CES 2015 Las Vegas, NV Patriot Suite Bellagio
Stopping by the Patriot suite at the Bellagio we found Patriot talking about some pretty cool new items in addition to their normal memory products. We kicked off our meeting with a walk through of their flash memory products.
CES 2015 Las Vegas, NV LVCC
When we stopped by the Synology booth at CES we had the chance to take a look at Synology’s latest idea to bring better network storage to the masses. This is their BeyondCloud concept which takes the most commonly used applications and pre-loads them onto your storage device. This lets the consumer get as close to plug and play as possible. We spoke with Franklin Hua about this new concept as well as a new 10Gbe NAS box that is bound to eat into some of the mid-range SAN market.
CES 2015 Las Vegas, NV Caesar’s Palace
One company that we always are sure to visit during CES is Kingston. Over the years they have had a number of interesting demos and products that are dropped on the world during CES. This year was no exception. David Leong was quick to get into the meat of the presentation and showed off the next generation of the Cloud gaming headset. This new headset features 53mm drivers and a power USB audio adapter to push 7.1 virtual surround sound.
CES 2015 Las Vegas, NV Diamond Suite at the Mirage
When we stopped by Diamond at the Mirage we expected to see some pretty cool stuff including one or two new graphics cards. However, there were no graphics cards to be seen in the suite at all. We were told that this was because AMD had nothing new to show and Diamond did not see any reason to show products that were already well known. That did not mean that things were boring, instead we saw some pretty cool devices that, while not the most exciting, really did make a lot of sense.