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BlackBerry Empathy concept design - feels your emotions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 6:01 am

Have you put your mind back together after glimpsing at the picture? Because it would typically blow your mind looking at it. The design is something that has never really been done before and obviously it's a concept - so we might never see this in the retail market.

 

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Doesn't stop you from dreaming though, don't dream too much though as this phone will detect your emotions. No, seriously it will. A RIM-sponsored design project at the Art Center College of Design are talking about how they have designed the Empathy to detect the emotion of it's user and his or her contacts.

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AMD announces HD 6500M and 6300M mobile graphics processors

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 4:55 am

With the launch of the 6000 series of desktop cards well underway, it's about time that the mobile segment got a little love. That love has arrived with AMD's announcement of the Radeon HD 6500M and Radeon HD 6300M mobile GPUs.

 

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Both GPUs boast DX11 compatibility, Shader Model 5.0, DirectCompute 11, and HDR texture compression support as standard along with a programmable hardware tessellation unit. OpenGL 4.1 and OpenCL 1.1 support is also included as well as support for ATI's dynamic switchable graphics technology for alternating between low-power integrated graphics and high-performance dedicated graphics.

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Zoom enhance tool for HD mobile device streaming coming from KDDI

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 4:41 am

In this modern world of wanting high resolution video on smaller and smaller screens, sometimes there's some give and take involved when it comes to download speeds and how much of the video you can see. KDDI is trying to take some of the pain away with their zoom and enhance platform for video.

 

 

Since it's hard to make out some things on smaller screens, the trick that KDDI is giving you is the ability to zoom in on the part of the video that's important and that you want to see. Since many cameras usually stay centered on the action in things like ballgames, you can cut out the clutter and even save yourself from having to download that section of the video. The picture fidelity loss is supposed to be minimal, so this may be an interesting idea for video watching on items like smartphones and tablets.

Facebook now worth $50 billion?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 4:11 am

In the words of the great Ron Burgundy, "Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean, that really got out of hand fast!" And by getting out of hand, I mean Facebook's value, $50 billion!!

 

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The last company valuation put them at $35 billion, at the moment there are 2.5 billion shares at around $20.76 a share.

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Digital Realty Trust to invest in $350 million data centre in Sydney

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 3:59 am

Digital Realty Trust are a data centre reseller and hosting provider to Facebook, the company is setting a flag in Sydney for 2011 where it plans to spend $350 million on a data centre.

 

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Digital Realty has partnered with Macquarie Capital to bid for the NSW government's data centre consolidation project. Kris Kumar who is the Asia-Pacific chief has said that it [Digital Realty Trust] have ambitious plans for regional growth, saying "I'd like to see 10 per cent of global revenue coming from Asia-Pacific in the next few years."

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Windows 7 family pack Christmas special

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 2:56 am

Microsoft are running another Christmas special, this time for Windows 7. Microsoft retail a Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade license (as a download) for AU$199 or AU$221.99 with a disc. There's also an option for Anytime Upgrade from Starter to Premium for AU$140.

 

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At the moment there's a "while stocks last" Christmas promotion, where Microsoft are offering a family pack which can be used to upgrade 3 computers to Windows 7 Home Premium for AU$249. The pack is available from Microsoft's site as well as Bing Lee, Dick Smith, The Good Guys, Harvey Norman, JB HI-FI, Officeworks and WOW Sight & Sound (price may vary).

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AT&T "accidentally" leaks Motorola Olympus release date on Facebook

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 2:29 am

In yet another "oops, we shared too much" moment that seems to be happening on a fairly regular basis, An AT&T employee dropped a release time for the Motorola Olympus Android handset…………that has not even gotten an official announcement yet. This is causing quite a buzz around the dual core, Tegra 2 sporting device that could become AT&T's flagship Android handset.

 

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The post was pulled from the page soon afterwards, but the Internet news stalker is a wily and crafty individual with a quick trigger when it comes to the PrntScrn button. AT&T's official word on the matter is that "this response was posted erroneously. We don't have any information to share about upcoming devices." Well, not anymore.

Microsoft sell 2.5 million Kinects in 25 days - sales achievement unlocked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 2:00 am

Well, Microsoft - well played good sir. The Kinect has been introduced with warm hugs into 2.5 million homes within 25 days globally. I'm sure the ability to hack them and the air time that has gotten them hasn't helped...

 

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The sales numbers include Black Friday sales from the weekend just gone. Microsoft are well on their way toward their goal of 5 million units through the holiday season - ho, ho, ho.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX570 outed by Palit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 1:09 am

NVIDIA are on a roll, and that roll is down a green hill made of money and good times. Palit's sales sheet for the GTX570 has been distributed ahead of NVIDIA's official launch of the upcoming GTX570 on December 7th.

 

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The GTX570 has the same number of cores as the older GTX480, but has them clocked 32MHz faster. It's down to 1.28GB of memory from 1.5GB and that 1.28GB of memory is down to a 320-bit bus.

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Google Earth 6 released - makes trees 3D!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: GPS & Location | Posted: Nov 30, 2010 1:00 am

Google has released Google Earth 6, with it comes a variety of upgrades and improvements. Most important is Street View is now deeply integrated into Google Earth which allows users to fly from space to whichever street Google has Street View imagery of.

 

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In order to do this, pickup the Pegman icon docked right next to the navigation controls and drop Pegman wherever you see a blue-highlighted road.

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