Ah Google Chrome - your extensions are like a big hug to your users. Well, even amongst the pillow fight between Google and Facebook (with Facebook removing the feature of importing your Google contacts from Gmail into Facebook), a new Extension is out that allows you to export your Facebook contacts through Chrome.
It will export your contacts into both Gmail and CSV files. The extension is not officially affiliated with Google or Facebook, obviously after a bit of airtime between sites (like this post) it might disappear. So quick, go export your friends to Gmail!
I'm sure most people are pigging out on turkey and celebrating Thanksgiving over in the US, but that hasn't stopped Microsoft from getting into the festive spirit by releasing festive Windows 7 themes!
As a bonus for Halo Reach fans - next week you'll get an opportunity to get a glimpse into the creative process behind the game with a Windows 7 theme that features some amazing Halo Reach concept artwork.
I haven't had a home phone in years. I don't even want a VoIP line; I stick with my mobile phone all the way. If you do like to have a phone in the house other than your mobile for one reason or another and you want cool features like video calling, Vox Communications has a new VoIP handset for you. The phone is called the Ojo Phone.
It has a big 7-inch LCD screen on it that lets you see who you are talking to and the user can pick custom wallpaper on the device to spice up the looks of it. The phone is plug and play with the only thing the user needs to do to set it up being plug it into an Ethernet cable and hook up the power. The phone will complete the reminder of the setup itself.
There are plenty of convertible notebooks and netbooks on the market today. They all use a screen that swivels at the base and folds down to turn into a tablet and that process can take a bit of time and the hinges always feel flimsy to me. Dell unveiled its Inspiron Duo convertible netbook a while back and the machine has a very interesting design for the convertible screen.
Rather than having a pivot at the base of the screen, the Duo has two pivot on the sides of the screen and a frame for the screen that doesn't move. To convert the user simply rotates the screen from facing the keyboard to facing away from it. The Duo can also be used in landscape of portrait modes in tablet guise as well.
I am really looking forward to WiFi Direct being integrated into all sorts of products. WiFi Direct is a new spec that was officially launched not too long ago. It allows devices to directly connect to each other using WiFi giving lots of bandwidth and circumventing the need for a router and other tech usually needed for setting up a wireless network.
The specification opens up some really cool possibilities. Things like connecting directly from your iPhone to an Android device to transfer a file or video. Streaming a video from your iPhone directly to a TV in the living room and sharing of web connections. It appears that the first product to use WiFi direct is the LG BD690 Blu-ray player.
NVIDIA has been pushing its 3D Vision stereoscopic support for what feels like a long while now and AMD got in on the game via its HD3D Technology open eco-system with the launch of its Radeon Catalyst 10.3 driver back in March. Who are we missing, though? Oh, Intel!
During our visit to the ASRock headquarters today, we got an early look at one of their Intel H67 Express based motherboards and noticed something interesting on the packaging. Something along the lines of "Intel" and "3D" in the same line got our attention pretty quickly.
It turns out that as long a H67 motherboard comes with a HDMI 1.4a connector, Intel will be able to provide 3D support to desktop systems early in 2011 when the Sandy Bridge platform officially goes on sale around CES time.
The technology used is "InTru 3D" and it was originally thought the technology would only be reserved for laptops. The Sandy Bridge HD Graphics IGP (onboard graphics) will be able to process full dual H.264, VC1 and MPEG-2 high definition decodes, which is what is required to provide 3D viewing.
One of ASRock's upcoming motherboards will include a free set of red and blue polarized lense glasses, pictured above. When asked what type of software would be required for 3D Blu-ray playback, the comment was that any software could be used. CONTINUED...
It has to suck to be a higher up manager at the Foxconn plant in China. The company has been under very close scrutiny over the last year after workers started to kill themselves by jumping off the buildings at the campus. Workers have also alleged that the factory has poor working conditions and some allege they were poisoned at work by toxic fumes.
Foxconn has reportedly been seeing protests by workers over wages they feel isn't fair. One worker has reportedly told Reuters that there were protests over the weekend with as many as 7,000 workers in the streets. The unnamed worker said, "The entire street here was filled with workers." There were perhaps six or seven thousand the worker claims that Foxconn employees are "not satisfied."
It took me a while before I realized that the TK-421 case for the iPhone from ThinkGeek actually had meaning other than to some arcane person within the bowels of ThinkGeek just handing out arcane product numbers. It hit me later than TK-421 was the missing Storm Trooper in Star Wars.
If you have an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 and you want a keyboard for your device that you can flip out to shut the Blackberry fans out here up, ThinkGeek's TK-421 may be exactly what you are looking for. The case is made in a version to fir the 3GS and one to fit the iPhone 4. Both have a rotating QWERTY keyboard with hard keys that connects to the smartphone via Bluetooth.
Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family, food, football, and fun. All of us at TweakTown want to wish our readers a happy Thanksgiving. Remember, this is the calm before the Black Friday storm, so enjoy it! Thanks for making a little time for us during this holiday!
Earlier on today we visited the ASRock headquarters here in Taipei and Chris Lee, Marketing Manager, was on hand to give us a full hands-on video look at their upcoming P67 Socket LGA-1155 Sandy Bridge Extreme6 motherboard.
Due to NDA restrictions, we are kind of limited by exactly what we can say and show, but in the video above, you still get a good look at what is on offer. One of the tricks that ASRock has up their sleeves is to do with USB performance. Using the included ASRock XFast USB technology, they claim performance improvements of up to 100% when "turbo mode" is enabled in the small application which pops up whenever a USB device is attached to the motherboard.
All upcoming ASRock P67 motherboard also support UEFI which is a next-generation BIOS that provides a full graphical interface, support for using a mouse as well as support for OS booting 3TB and larger hard drives. Also on the software side, with the P67 series, ASRock is also introducing AXTU which is an all-in-one revised tuning program which holds all of ASRock's software tools in one handy location.
For the full scoop on the P67 Extreme6, you'd be best served watching the video above. Enjoy.