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Razer's Switchblade UI makes its way to standalone keyboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 17, 2012 5:22 am

Razer may have been showing off its expensive Blade laptop at CES, but for those of you who don't want to buy an entire laptop for their cool Switchblade UI configurable touchscreen with programmable keys, you're in luck, it's made it' way to a standalone keyboard.

 

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There are 10 programmable buttons at the top of the Switchblade panel that are backed by an LCD, which allow the look of each key to be different. These keys can be programmed to launch applications, toggle functions like the Windows key, and execute macros. Below them is a nicely-sized touchscreen that doubles as a touchpad, a numpad, a directional pad optimized for gaming, and even a secondary display.

 

Razer has said they plan to release an SDK that should unleash the community to build their own applications for the Switchblade UI. Even at this point in time, there's a YouTube app and a web browser. Switchblade also supports on-the-fly macro recording, which lets users quickly automate combos without having to exit a game. All preferences and macros are stored in the cloud, another nice benefit.

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Thecus release N4800 NAS, sports HDMI output

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 17, 2012 4:21 am

We reported on this back in December, but now Thecus have released their HDMI-equipped NAS, the N4800. It should start flowing into retailers shortly, and if you're after a new NAS solution, this has some very nice features that might interest you.

 

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Thecus' N4800 NAS sports HDMI output, which lets you connect your NAS directly to your TV for device management, web browsing with Flash support, and even HD video playback. Something that I did not expect was "Mini-UPS", which lets you quickly write unwritten data to the HDDs and safely shutdown, preserving the integrity of not only the unit, but your data.

 

N4800 sports USB 3.0 support, as well as Acronis True Image for your data backup needs.

 

Let's not forgot those tasty things we all want to know, specs. Thecus' N4800 features an Intel Atom D2700, 2GB of RAM, dual Gigabit Ethernet, a 2.8-inch OLED display, HDMI/VGA output, 4 x SATA bays, 1 x eSATA and dimensions are 192 x 172 x 250 (mm).

NVIDIA Kepler coming in March or April, Team Green are building up stock for a hard launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 17, 2012 3:41 am

My birthday is in March and I'm pretty sure this is why NVIDIA are launching then, but the latest news is that NVIDIA does not want to paper launch the Kepler, so the launch of their first high-end Kepler part will only start once they have enough units for the first wave of customers.

 

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NVIDIA originally had a Q1 2012 launch date in mind, with Quadro Kepler arriving in Q2 and Tesla Kepler arriving in Q3. But the new plans seem to indicate that NVIDIA will be launching the GeForce Kepler when they are able to ensure hard availability and have all of its partners covered.

 

AMD launched their GCN-based Radeon HD 7970 on December 22, 2011, but did not have any on retail shelves until closer to January 9th, 2012. NVIDIA does not want to repeat this and want to have stock availability in some what good numbers when they launch.

 

Have you held out for Team Green? Or did you take some of that Team Red action with the HD 7970?

BitTorrent shows off "Share" technology for easy sharing from apps at CES

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 17, 2012 3:33 am

CES 2012 - In our second video from the BitTorrent suite at the Hilton hotel at CES last week, Brad from BitTorrent gave us a demo of its "Share" technology.

 

 

This tech allows you to use either an Android or iOS app when logged into your BitTorrent client account and do things like record a video and send it back to your PC over 3G or Wi-Fi on your mobile device using the BitTorrent protocol. We saw it right before our eyes during our meeting and it was very impressive to say the least.

 

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Once it's been downloaded back to your PC client using software like BitTorrentPlus, you can then instantly stream it your BT certified device in just a few seconds. It all happens that quickly and it is very easy to use.

 

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Very impressive, indeed!

RumorTT: iPad 3 to sport quad-core processor, 4G support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 17, 2012 3:21 am

iPad 3 rumors have been so frequent, that its now silly to just stop and not talk about it. Bloomberg has now joined in the ranks of iPad 3 talk, with Bloomberg citing "three people familiar with the product" revealing that the iPad 3 will sport a quad-core chip, and high-definition screen.

 

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On top of those two reveals, it will also be LTE-powered, allowing it to work on 4G networks. Bloomberg's source also claims that the iPad 3 is in full flow production, and will peak at the end of February before it goes on sale in March.

 

The iPad 3 is said to include a 9.7-inch 2048x1536 display which will blow people's iSocks off. We'll keep you updated on any new iPad 3 news, and let's face it, there'll be more news about it before the end of the week, and if there's not, well color me surprised.

BitTorrent demos BitTorrentPlus client at CES - transcoding and home streaming

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 17, 2012 3:15 am

CES 2012 - One of my final meetings at CES was with the folks at BitTorrent in their suite at the Hilton hotel. We were given an introduction to some of the new features inside the latest version of the BitTorrentPlus client.

 

 

Brad from BitTorrent started by giving us a demo of "Disconnected" on the BitTorrentPlus client and its ability to transcode files that have been received through the BitTorrent network. He downloaded a torrent file (a .3gp file) from a mobile phone and while it's playable on a PC, it's not playable on other devices such as media players.

 

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It's really a simple and quick process to convert the file, copy to a USB drive and then plug into a BT certified device (in this case a Blu-ray player) and playback the file which was converted from a .3gp file to a .mkv file which is supported by a vast amount of media players. No longer are you required to use third party tools which can be complex to convert files. It's all done within the BitTorrentPlus client.

 

Next up we got a demo of "PC Connected" which allows you to very easily stream your downloaded torrents from your PC to your TV using a BitTorrent enabled device. In the video above you can see a prototype Broadcom box which allows streaming of your torrent content over the network.

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ARM CEO says they won't be beaten by Intel on efficiency

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 17, 2012 2:22 am

Intel shook the hands of its two new partners at CES last week, with Lenovo and Motorola Mobility both at the hand-shaking end of that deal, where Intel also let ARM know its intentions of competing in the low-power consumption smartphone and tablet markets.

 

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Lenovo went on to show off its K800 smartphone, sporting an Intel 32nm Medfield Atom Z2460 single-core processor with hyper-threading clocked at 1.6GHz. Motorola's product is currently in the final processes of preparation and is due to be delivered for carrier validation this summer.

 

Warren East, CEO of ARM, shrugs off Intel's attempt to strong arm them [that pun actually wasn't meant to be a pun, but I looked back and it works surprisingly well, so it stays] and says:

 

Intel has taken some designs that were never meant for mobile phones and they've literally wrenched those designs and put them into a power-performance space which is roughly good enough for mobile phones.

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RumorTT: Intel-based Windows 8 tablets could start at just $600

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 17, 2012 1:27 am

You know what? Over the course of CES, I noticed I'm actually excited for something for once... what is it? Windows 8 tablets. I really think they could change things up this year, with full Windows capabilities, a next-gen, touch-based OS, proper touch-based tablets, it would really change things up against the kinda basic tasks the iPad can do compared to the powerhouse OS X. Anyway, DigiTimes is reporting that we could see Intel-based tablets starting at just $599.

 

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This is due to Microsoft and Intel both willing to drop their related hardware and software quotes, as you can imagine, this will shave down the price considerably. This is of course, according to "sources from notebook vendors". DigiTimes never runs out of sources, up, down, and sideways from the supply chain, so I'm throwing some salt at you, now.

 

These same sources claim that Intel and Microsoft are struggling since if Microsoft drops its Windows 8, and Intel drops its Clover Trail-W prices, whilst this strategy could help raise Wintel-based tablet PC's market share, it could seriously damage pricing in the PC market and bring down both their margin performance.

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Futuremark confirm Unstoppable Gorg release date, price and it will now be available on Apple Mac's

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 17, 2012 12:14 am

Futuremark Game Studio have just confirmed the release date and pricing for the PC and iPad versions of their upcoming orbital tower defense game, Unstoppable Gorg. In case you've forgotten what Futuremark's Unstoppable Gorg is all about, check out the gameplay trailer below.

 

 

Futuermark also announced that there is a previously unannounced version coming out, appearing on Apple Mac-based systems. On top of the newly announced Mac version, Unstoppable Gorg will be released on PC, XBLA, and the iPad. Futuremark Game Studio also announced today that Unstoppable Gorg will be released as a Steam Play title, which will let users buy it just once and play it on both the Mac and PC.

 

RELEASE DATES, PLATFORMS AND PRICES

 

Windows PC and Apple Mac

To be released on Steam Thursday January 19, 2012

$9.99 (Steam Play - buy once, play on either PC or Mac)

 

Apple iPad

To be released on the App Store Thursday January 19, 2012

$4.99

 

Xbox LIVE Arcade

To be released in the first half of 2012.

Price TBA

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Patriot's New Wildfire PRO and SE Play Hide and Seek

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 17, 2012 12:06 am

CES 2012 - This little bit of news had to wait till I arrived back at home since I don't carry a scanner with me on my work trips. In our meeting Patriot didn't mention the new additions but they were included in the product catalog we were issued. The Patriot Wildfire leap to the the top of our performance charts in our reviews and it was one of the finest drives of 2011. The Wildfire products also included all of the accessories we like to get with our SSDs and included a solid warranty.

 

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First up is the Wildfire PRO model. The specs of this one are similar to the already reviewed Wildfire other than the user capacity. Patriot has changed the user capacity back to the previous overprovisioning rate found on early SandForce SF-1200 based products, 100GB, 200GB and 400GB. That leaves a lot of space for background tasks and that means these would work really, really well in RAID.

 

Click the link for the Wildfire SE.

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