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Kinect for Windows SDK beta released!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 17, 2011 2:30 am

It was only yesterday that I reported that Microsoft would release the beta for Kinect for Window SDK and now it's out. If you'd like to check out the Kinect for Windows SDK at no cost for development of noncommercial applications which can be downloaded here.


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Also, to celebrate the release, Microsoft have invited a select group of developers to the Microsoft campus in Redmond, challenging them to test the limits of their imaginations using the SDK in a Channel 9 24-hour coding marathon dubbed "Code Camp". Developers will be working with the new toolkit and are expected to built concept applications across a diverse range of scenarios, including, potentially, healthcare, science and education.


Projects from Code Camp will be shown in a live broadcast on Channel 9 today from 10am - 2pm PDT with highlights to be found on the Microsoft News Center.

Intel SSD 710 and SSD 720 benchmarks leaked, impressive results

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 17, 2011 1:46 am

Intel's upcoming 700-series SSD benchmarks have found their way to the internet ahead of the formal unveiling of the drives from Intel. The 720 Ramsdale SSD is the performance king with the leaked benchmarks showing sequential read performance at 200MB/sec and up to 1800MB/sec (!) when writing. Endurance wise, the drive can sustain up to 32PB of 8K random writes before performance begins to degrade in the high-performance model. The 720-series will come in 200GB and 400GB sizes.


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The 710-series is obviously not as good but still impressive nonetheless. With sequential read speeds of 270MB/sec and write speeds of 210MB/sec, the speeds may not seem impressive but they are made from MLC NAND Flash which should make the drives much cheaper. The 710-series will come in 100GB and 200GB flavors.


The 710-series is reported to be available for OEMs to sample in June with production ramping up in July. The 720-series has a stamped ETA of Q4 of this year.

Griffin's Beacon for iOS, turns your iPhone or iPad into a universal remote

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 17, 2011 1:12 am

Griffin's Beacon is an alternative to those universal remotes in the wild, with this new device controlled by Dijit's remote control app takes your iPhone or iPad's Bluetooth signal and converts it to IR and then transmits signals to your A/V gear. The Beacon has some tricks up its sleeves, allowing you to "Add a Device", "Add an Activity" or "Learn a Command" all through your iOS-powered device.


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Not bad for $80. Available from Griffin's website or an Apple Store today.

Thursday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jun 16, 2011 2:29 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - June 16th, 2011




- Asus won't compete with UK gaming system builders @ Kitguru

- HP ProBook 6360b Notebook @ Techspot

- Asus K53E-B1 Notebook @ TechReviewSource




- ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Socket 1155 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers

- Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- ECS HDC-I Mini-ITX Motherboard @ Neoseeker




- Turn your TV into a giant Touchscreen - ITRI at Display Taiwan 2011 @ Netbooknews

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Acer intro Aspire Ethos notebook PCs, puts entertainment into the palm of your hand

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 16, 2011 1:42 pm

Acer today introduce two new top-of-the-line multimedia notebook PC lines for both the US and Canada. The new Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G and AS5951G are designed to deliver an unparalleled high-definition personal theatre experience for a wide range of activities, including graphics-intensive gaming, video streaming and enjoying high-definition DVDs, photography or videos.


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The new Ethos-branded notebooks feature edge-to-edge frameless displays available in two sizes. Firstly, the Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G includes an 18.4-inch full HD widescreen (1920x1080) display whilst the AS5951G includes a 15.6-inch HD widescreen (1366x768) display. The Ethos notebooks can be configured with Blu-ray drives or just the standard DVD optical drive while the screens included are scratch-resistant due to Corning Gorilla glass display tech.

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Download of the Day: Macrium Reflect 4.2.3638

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 16, 2011 7:08 am

Our Download of the Day today is Macrium Reflect 4.2.3638.


A complete disaster recovery solution for your home and office. Protect your personal documents, photos, music and emails. Upgrade your hard disk or try new operating systems in the safe knowledge that everything is securely saved in an easily recovered backup file.


• Don't compromise your data integrity with second best

Macrium Reflect uses leading data compression techniques to create accurate and reliable images of your hard disk or partitions on your disk.


• Simple step by step operation

Image and Restore using intuitive wizards and interfaces. Macrium Reflect integrates fully with Windows Explorer, a partition image can be created with a simple right click.


• Automate the process

With Macrium Reflect you can schedule Images to run at any time. Disk space management ensures that you optimize the available space on external drives.


• Restore individual files and folders

Create a 'Virtual' drive in Windows Explorer and recover selected files and directories using simple copy and paste operations.


• Recovery

In the event of a total loss of the Windows operating system your PC can be started using the Reflect recovery CD.


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Deal of the Day: Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer worth $449 for $49.95 after Rebate, with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Printers & Scanners | Posted: Jun 16, 2011 5:56 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Adorama - Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer worth $449 for $49.95 after Rebate, with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: Normally $449, Adorama has the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II color inkjet photo printer with 4800 x 2400 dpi resolution, 8-color ink, and up to 13" x 19" paper handling for just $249.95 - $200 mail in rebate (expiring 6/30/11) = $49.95 with FREE shipping!




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Kinect for Windows SDK beta to be out this week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 16, 2011 3:04 am

It is rumored that Microsoft plan to release the beta of Kinect for Windows SDK this week during a special developer event on Thursday. Microsoft is planning to stream a Channel 9 special event at 9:30AM PST on Thursday to celebrate the release of Kinect for Windows SDK beta. María Garaña, President of Microsoft Spain, revealed on Wednesday that Microsoft plans to make the SDK available this week.


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Microsoft's Kinect for Windows SDK beta is set to include support for:


Robust Skeletal Tracking for high-performance capabilities that track the skeleton image of one or two persons moving within the Kinect field of view

Advanced Audio Capabilities, including four-element microphone array with sophisticated acoustic noise and echo cancellation for great audio; beam formation to identify the current sound source and integration with the Windows speech recognition API is also included

XYZ depth camera for standard color camera stream access and depth data that indicates the distance of the object from the Kinect camera.

Facebook to release Instagram rival app for iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 16, 2011 2:30 am

Facebook is reportedly working on a second iPhone app that is meant to butt heads with Instagram as another social photo app. It's currently nicknamed Hovertown or WithPeople, the app has the ability to show individual photos and events while exploiting the near 700 million members of Facebook.


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Current info shows that the new App would get the same likes as regular Facebook content but would show photos tagged with friend's faces. Currently, the app is "discrete" with Facebook supposedly bringing the idea up of folding it into the main iOS code base. Would Android get an equivalent? This is not yet known.

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