Zotac ZBOX CI320 nano Review: A Fanless Bay Trail-M mini-PC

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Over the last couple of years, mini-PCs in the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) have emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Zotac is no stranger to this segment. In fact, their nano xs units came to the market before the Intel NUC, even though the NUC is credited with kickstarting the UCFF trend. Intel’s Bay Trail family of SoCs has proved to be an affordable and low-power candidate for UCFF PC units. We have already evaluated a couple – an actively cooled GIGABYTE BXBT-1900 and and the fanless ECS LIVA. This review provides some insights into what the passively cooled Zotac ZBOX CI320 nano brings to the market.

Apple will now sell you an unlocked iPhone 6 or 6 Plus without a SIM

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The latest iPhones are now available off-contract and without a SIM card in the United States. 9to5 Mac was the first to spot the new options, starting at $649 for the 6 and $749 for the 6 Plus, both in-store and online. It’s the same price as buying the phone under a T-Mobile plan — effectively off-contract — but this is the first time the new batch of phones has been available without any connection to a carrier whatsoever. The unlocked phones can be activated under any carrier. There’s still no sign of the Apple SIM — used in recent iPads to enable the same hardware to connect to multiple carriers — but many have speculated that Apple’s longterm goal will involve doing away with the cards entirely, enabling fiercer competition between…

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Honeywell’s Lyric security system is its next big step into home automation

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Honeywell took its biggest step yet towards building a smart, connected home last year with the Lyric Thermostat — an obvious competitor to the Nest Learning Thermostat. Now, the company is moving beyond a single product and building out its vision of a Honeywell-powered connected home with the next piece of the Lyric family: a home security system. It’s a logical place for Honeywell to go next — Google and Nest’s $555 million purchase of Dropcam is a pretty good sign that home security will likely be a frontier the companies try to tackle next.

While the Lyric thermostat was a single piece of hardware, Honeywell’s home security system looks to be a more complicated affair — the main pieces of the system consist of “awareness”…

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E Ink Prism lets you program the color of your building

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E Ink is moving from small displays to building walls. Hoping to change how open spaces are experienced, the company today announced E Ink Prism, a new technology that that incorporates programmable E Ink into building materials.

Clearly E Ink has much grander applications than the recently released YotaPhone 2, since Prism is aimed directly at architects and designers. E Ink’s offering, made to replace both paint and high-end displays, can be programmed to change color based on interaction or show off huge, alterable scenes without requiring the same amount of power as an array of screens.

Perfect for #brands

An early build is on the convention floor here at CES, and it’s fairly simplistic. Still, E Ink says it can be used for…

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WeMo can now light your smart home from the inside and out

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Following Sunday’s expansion of the WeMo ecosystem with a bevy of sensors, Belkin’s home automation brand is today announcing an expanded lineup of smart lighting devices from Osram Sylvania and TCP (Technical Consumer Products).

The announcement expands WeMo lighting options from the regular LED bulbs already available from Sylvania and WeMo to decorative lighting and outdoor spotlights. Choices include a fully dimmable white LED bulb from TCP for $19.97, a colorful and flexible adhesive light strip from Osram for $64.99, and an Osram gardenspot for $79.99. Osram bulbs can be pre-ordered through Amazon now while TCP Plus lighting will be available at select retailers in 2015.

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Razer introduces OSVR, the ‘Android of virtual reality’

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For a year or more after the Oculus Rift got people talking about virtual reality, the two were nearly synonymous. In 2015, that space is filling out. You’ve got Samsung and Oculus’ mobile Gear VR, experimental headsets like the Avegant Glyph, and a huge number of motion controllers and other peripherals. So at CES, gaming company Razer and professional VR company Sensics are heading an effort to standardize virtual reality development: the Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) platform.

OSVR is a development system meant to get VR on all kinds of hardware. It’s not an operating system, but Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan refers to it as the “Android of virtual reality,” an open-source software platform that encompasses multiple game engines,…

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Game of Thrones is coming to IMAX theaters

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Winter is coming — to the big screen. HBO and IMAX have partnered to bring several episodes of Game of Thrones to theaters, along with a new trailer for the upcoming fifth season. The final two episodes of season four have been remastered for the format — making them the first TV episodes showcased in IMAX —  and they’ll be airing with the new trailer in 150 different IMAX theaters throughout the US starting on January 23rd through to the 29th. (Tickets are expected to go on sale at imax.com soon.) HBO has been slowly teasing season five of the show since late last year, with the first episode set to debut in April.

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Fandango Brings Its Web Video Series To Hulu

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Fandango Frontrunners Eddie Redmayne Fandango is known to most users as a web and mobile ticketing service, but it’s also been creating its own web TV shows. Today, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it’s announcing that those programs are coming to Hulu, in what Fandango says is its first partnership with a subscription video-on-demand service.
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Fitbit Finally Starts Shipping The Charge HR And Surge Smartwatch

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fitbit 2 Fitbit announced its latest and greatest fitness trackers back in October and the company announced today at CES that the devices are finally shipping. The Charge HR retails for $150 while the Surge smartwatch commands $250. These are the models to carry Fitbit into 2015 and beyond. The company carved out a dominant place in the fitness market despite suffering a major recall in early 2014.… Read More

Razer Unveils Its $100 Android-Powered Gaming Console, Razer Forge TV

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Gadgets_Razer_Forge_TV_Pic Earlier this year, high-end gaming tech company Razer announced at Google I/O that it would be soon be making its first foray into Android-based gaming consoles. Today at CES, that device made its public debut. The Razer Forge TV is a micro-console, 4×4 inches and selling for $100, and Razer hopes it will give the company three new routes into your living room: as a platform for… Read More

Alcatel’s Pixi phones can’t actually triple-boot into different operating systems

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Alcatel Onetouch announced the third generation of its Pixi line of smartphones a few days ago and offered up the intriguing possibility of a phone that could run three different operating systems. Now we’ve gotten a chance to check out the new Pixi family and unfortunately got some bad news — users won’t be able to boot between Android, Firefox OS, and Windows Phone. Alcatel told us that the multi-OS mode is more of an offering for carrier partners to fill out their lineups with phones running their preferred OS rather than something a buyer will be able to play around with.

That unfortunate omission means there isn’t a whole for the Pixi family to hang their hat on, at least for those of us used to huge and powerful smartphones….

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Watch SpaceX launch and then land a rocket on a barge out at sea

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SpaceX is about to take recycling to the next level.The company is attempting to launch and then land its uncrewed Falcon 9 rocket on a barge out at sea at 6:20AM ET. The goal is to find out if SpaceX can safely conserve a rocket for future flights. But the landing will be no small feat; according to SpaceX, the rocket has a 50-50 chance of making it.

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Seinfeld and friends tackle Twitter in Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

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Isn’t there some way we can just let Tiny Fey run Twitter? I mean, we have all this quote-un-quote democracy lying around — you know; rallies, petitions, some sort of president — but all of a sudden we can’t put it to good use? As Fey says in the recent Twitter-focused mini-episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, if she was in charge then there’d at least be some control over who gets an account.

“You would give me ten samples of what you thought you might wanna talk about,” says Fey calmly, politely, completely reasonably. “And I would talk to you about whether that was something we all needed to know.” Or, as Jerry more succinctly sums it up: “What kind of asshole goes on Twitter?”

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Audi’s A7 Sportback is driving itself more than 550 miles to CES this year

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Of all the ways of getting to CES this year, taking a self-driving car is by far the most on-theme. At least, this seems to be the reasoning behind Audi’s decision to let an A7 Sportback drive itself across more than 550 miles of highway from San Francisco to Las Vegas for this year’s show. The stunt is designed to show off the German manufacturer’s new “Piloted Driving” tech — a sort of intermediary step between cruise control and fully autonomous driving that can handle highways without human intervention but isn’t ready for navigating city streets. And, yes, there’ll be a human behind the wheel for the whole two-day trip.

If drivers don’t take control near cities the car will park itself in the emergency lane

The technology in the…

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