The latest happenings from around the web - January 13th, 2010
- ViewSonic ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10 Video'ed @ tbreak
- TechSpot PC Buying Guide: 2011 Kick Off @ Techspot
- Maingear 13.3" Clutch 13 Ultraportable Notebook @ Hot Hardware
- ASUS RoG Maximus IV Extreme (P67) Motherboard @ Hardware Heaven
- The State of Intel Desktop Motherboards @ Benchmark Reviews
- Zotac GTX 580 AMP! Edition @ tbreak
- AMD HD 6950 Video Card @ Overclockers.com
-CES 2011, Las Vegas- For those of you that dropped some serious coin on an iPad, you've probably been looking for some standout protection for your tablet investment. Enter NavJack, who are looking to take the iPad case market by storm with their high end, unique products. Jay from NavJack took us for a little tour of their two newest creations for the iPad.
Carbon fiber has long been known as one of the lightest materials out there; NavJack has weaved aerospace grade carbon fiber with fiberglass to give a thin, tough, and sleek look to the iPad with the Corium series. Built to be form fitting, there is also a slight lip around the edge to keep you from dragging the screen across a surface as well. Protection without the bulk is pretty sweet, but with the high end material comes a high end price; about $115.
-CES 2011, Las Vegas- Razer usually has some pretty cool new toys to show off at their CES booth, but this year one of their debut peripherals looked a little different than most. At a first far away glance you might wonder if Razer was making Wiimotes, but this was something different for you PC lovers: the Razer Hydra.
Centered around TrueMotion Technology from Sixense Entertainment, the controllers are tracked by a base magnet that connects to the PC and gives the player "six degrees of freedom" while playing titles that support the controller. The magnet in the base is PC friendly, not an electromagnet that could zap any of your precious devices. Portal 2 is the big title that has been given official Hydra support and even a few extra levels when the game is released in April. Having the ability to actually throw the Companion Cube or even make it larger or smaller with your gestures was pretty good fun, and the thumbsticks made controlling the character a smooth experience.
Golly. It seems like such a long time ago that the Ti series of NVIDIA cards were the shiznit - NVIDIA have taken a sip from the cup of nostalgia and are rumored to be bringing it back!
Back in the day (wow do I sound old) NVIDIA had their Ti and MX ranges. The Ti range had programmable shaders, where the MX did not. This is confusing now as most GPU's from NVIDIA have nearly the same feature-set. But, the name itself brings power and nostalgia to the table.
Good ol' Charlie, I really do love some of his posts and this is no different. He has supposedly seen the upcoming Apple iPhone 5 and has a little whisper about it.
The only thing he was allowed to mention is that it will include a mini-DisplayPort jack on it, which will obviously be used as a video-output connection. This is the only news on it so far, believe what you will!
A Q&A session was held on STALKER 2's Facebook page and the first snippets of info were heard. STALKER 2 will be a multi-platform game - which means consoles will get to finally roam around in STALKER-land.
STALKER 2 is set to offer a completely different story to the previous STALKER games, but it's said it will feature not only characters from the previous STALKER games but locations too. STALKER 2 has been confirmed to take place in 'the triangle of CNPP, the cities of Chernobyl and Chernobyl 2 (where the huge antenna is located)'.
Apple have posted the iOS 4.3 beta to developers which allows video to be sent from apps or websites to the Apple TV. Other features of iOS 4.3 include personal hotspot, the orientation lock is now an option to be changed (finally!) between lock and mute on the iPad.
The iPad also gains multi-touch multitasking gestures, this gives the user the ability to use four or five fingers to pinch to the home screen, swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar and also swipe left or right between apps.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - While visiting Kingston we learned quite a bit about the company's 2011 lineup. The big news for me was learning that Kingston will be rocking SandForce for their upper tier SSDs when the SF-2000 controller is ready.
Since the SF-2000 isn't quite ready yet the main attraction at the Kingston suite was the new MobiSX. To be fair the MobiSX isn't quite ready yet, Kingston is still hard at work with the software interface but other than a good polishing the product does what Kingston says it will do. Here we see the MobiSX next to an IPhone. The current case is translucent black and you can see a green and blue flashing light when the SSD / WiFi storage server / media transferer is activated. We are just making up words now since there isn't anything else like it on the market today but if I were to call it one thing is would be Wireless Storage Device.
After hitting the MobiSX through an IP address in your browser you get an interface for watching or listening to content. Everything is wireless but the MobiSX does have a USB 2.0 mini port for charging and most likely to aid in loading content to the drive. In the demo we actually had five devices connected and playing content at the same time. Two IPads and three IPhones, one TweakTown owner Cameron Wilmot's personal IPhone.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - I've been using the ultra slim Pico USB 2.0 drive for a couple of years now and love the size of this thing. At CES 2011 Super Talent had a new USB 3.0 version of the drive to show me. While we were wrapping things up a rep pulled this drive out of his pocket and said, "Psst, look at this!"
I don't know if Super Talent plans to release this under the Pico naming scheme since out meeting was cut short but it wouldn't be a bad idea since the name fits in well with the previous line of products. Here we see this tiny USB 3.0 drive in action, it's the thin blade sticking out of the top USB 3.0 port.
On the far left we can see the standard connectors that carry USB 2.0 data to and from the computer. On the right there are five small gold connectors that are used for USB 3.0 power and data. No word on availability or pricing, we just know we want one ASAP.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Patriot's Javelin Series consists of two new NAS servers and runs DLNA. We all know that NAS appliances are great for storing data long term but few realize that with DLNA media files can be shared to all computers and consoles on the network. I run a similar network at home and it is great to be able to start a movie downstairs and then finish it in bed later that same night without moving a disk or thumb drive.
Here we see the Javelin starting line up. The new, larger S4 is on the left and the smaller, two drive version is on the right.
The Javelin S4 is the flagship model and uses 4 drives in RAID 0 or RAID 5. To keep your data protected I suggest running RAID 5. The NAS has blue LEDs for power and to show which bays are populated with drives. We can't wait to get our hands on a sample and to see what the cost is. As families get larger and more digital data is collected the need for purpose built "family NAS" appliances has increased. I couldn't imagine living without one and if you've ever lost precious data before you know exactly what I mean.