In what may one of the most consumer-friendly moves made by a company, Razer has announced that it will honor purchases made with a 90% off coupon that was mistakingly made public on the company’s UK store. Razer said that the coupon was put there by a third-party to test out the company’s online shopping cart, but it ended up making its way out into the limelight.
JVC isn’t a huge name in the headphones market — they’re best known for their camcorders — but they’ve been making headphones for quite awhile now too.
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JVC adds five new headphones to Xtreme Xplosives line
If you’re the sort of person who has a need to be connected to a computer at all times but you don’t want to have to sit in front of it constantly, you might be interested in the Sonic-connect 2.
Belkin made gamer’s hearts flutter with the original N52te speedpad , which Razer took over a couple of years ago and developed into the Nostromo . Now, that peripheral-maker has taken the concept to a new level (and price) with the $130 gadget-tastic Orbweaver gaming keypad. Each of the 20 mechanical keys is programmable with unlimited-length macros, and produces a tactile click when actuated with 2mm travel / 50g of force — all in the service of max speed to give gamers the drop on foes, according to Razer .
MadCatz isn’t ready to divulge all it has in store for CES, but it’s given us a taste of what’s to come by teasing its new GameSmart initiative, which offers an alternative to futzing with a cornucopia of device-specific peripherals . Hardware carrying the GameSmart moniker uses Bluetooth Smart tech to pair with devices ranging from smartphones to tablets — and presumably other Bluetooth-equipped hardware. The firm says it’ll include an app to add functionality to peripherals and it expects the tech will help game developers bridge differences between platforms by offering standardized controllers.
ROCCAT made its debut in the States a year ago and now the German gaming outfit is looking to get a jump start on the happenings at this year’s CES . The company has announced the Ryos, its first mechanical gaming keyboard with per-key lighting and up to two 32-bit ARM Cortex processors. This method of illumination allows the peripheral to display key functions and macros in addition to information like health stats
The curved screens of Samsung‘s Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus helped them stand out in the smartphone crowd, but it’s clearer than ever that the company doesn’t have a lock on the idea . Apple is exploring the concept as well: it just received a patent for a technique that molds thin glass into bent or curved shapes without a drawn-out process or using risky chemicals. By having alignment tools shift along with hotter temperatures during a glass slumping process, where the material shapes itself around a mold, Apple can bend glass without any interference — leading to curvy surfaces that are both quicker to make and higher quality
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Apple patents a method to refine curved glass for displays and beyond
With CES looming like an electrically charged storm of news and announcements, it’s time for us to give you our best bets on what you’ll see come January. During the month of December, we’ll bring you a series of CES preview posts, forecasting what you can expect when the news deluge begins. For more of what’s to come, check out our hub .
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Engadget’s CES 2013 Preview: Gaming
If the regular ol’ S-Pen that arrived inside your Galaxy Note 10.1′s packaging just isn’t cutting it, Wacom is looking lend a hand with its latest offering. The outfit has announced the Bamboo Stylus feel that touts performance similar to a ball-point pen (or S-Pen) for Windows 8 and Android slates outfitted with the company’s “feel IT” pen tech. Of course, this means that these styli make use of electromagnetic signals to interact with devices, differing from their capacitive Bamboo siblings that we’ve seen.
The potential for home 3D printing has regularly been limited by size; even MakerBot’s Replicator 2 can only go so far in matching our ambitions. Solidoodle sees that deficit as a chance to make its name in a still very young industry