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ASRock's Z87 Extreme9/ac is first Intel 8 Series motherboard to receive Thunderbolt certification

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Motherboards | Posted: May 14, 2013 10:03 pm

ASRock has announced that their top-of-the-line Z87 Extreme9/ac is the first Intel 8 Series motherboard to be awarded Thunderbolt certification from Intel. The Z87 Extreme9/ac is ASRock's highest performance motherboard designed for Intel's upcoming Haswell CPU's.

 

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Now the maestros of motherboard manufacturing, ASRock is the world's first to add more of these wonderful Thunderbolt ports to the upcoming Intel 8 Series motherboards! What's more, the company's top-of-the-line Z87 Extreme9/ac motherboard is the world's first Intel 8 Series motherboard to pass the Intel Thunderbolt certification. These Thunderbolt ports will come on ASRock's Z87 Extreme9/ac, which are allegedly arriving to the market very soon, along with dozens of other exciting new features, such as ASRock's A-Style.

 

We expect to see the Z87 Extreme9/ac at Computex during the first part of June. It, along with Intel's Haswell CPU's, should be one of the main highlights of the show.

 

For those who don't know, Thunderbolt is a connectivity platform developed by Intel that provides the ability to daisy-chain devices through a single Thunderbolt port.

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Das Keyboard unveils new Professional Quiet Keyboard, makes use of MX Red switches

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Peripherals | Posted: May 14, 2013 9:34 pm

Das Keyboard has alerted us to their latest keyboard. The new Professional Quiet keyboard from Das Keyboard is a mechanical keyboard that aims to remove some of the noise often associated with mechanical keyboards. The Professional Quiet keyboard features a "quiet key design" that "doesn't peep."

 

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This baby doesn't peep. No clicks or clacks. You'll be able to rudely tweet your life while being on a boring Skype call and nobody will even notice. The new Quiet Key Design is not only, well, quiet, but also provides such an incredible tactile feel your fingers will think they are in finger heaven.

 

I can attest to both the quality and noise of the modern mechanical keyboard. I can also attest to the fact I've been hung up on for typing while being on the phone. I might have to pick up the new Professional Quiet keyboard so people can't tell I'm rude on the phone. To find out more, head over to Das Keyboard's website.

Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile to start selling BlackBerry Q10 this summer

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 14, 2013 9:04 pm

American consumers will soon have expanded access to the BlackBerry Q10. Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile have all announced that they will be carrying the BlackBerry Q10 sometime this summer. Release schedules vary between carriers, but it looks as though T-Mobile and Verizon will be getting it before Sprint.

 

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In fact, business customers can already order the Q10 on T-Mobile and it will be delivered in about a week. General consumers on T-Mobile will have to wait until an unspecified time in June. The device will cost $579.99, or $99.99 down with T-Mobile's purchase plan.

 

Verizon will also be getting the device sometime in June, though a specific date has not been released. Verizon also has an exclusive lock on the white Q10, meaning you'll have to go Verizon if you want the white Q10.

 

Sprint will only say that they are getting the device in "late summer." Of course, "late summer" runs all the way up until the middle of September, so it looks as though Sprint customers will have to wait a bit longer for the Q10.

Microsoft makes it official: Windows Blue will be called Windows 8.1 and will be a free update

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 14, 2013 8:33 pm

Microsoft has made it official: The upcoming Windows Blue update will be referred to as Windows 8.1 and will be available free to all Windows 8 users. The first public preview of the software will be available in June in conjunction with Microsoft's BUILD conference. This remains the same as previously reported.

 

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Windows 8 has been seen somewhat as a failure. While it was received with much fan-fare, sales of the operating system have been quite low. Around 100 million licenses have been sold, but the install base is actually quite a bit less than that. Many are upset with the removal of the Start button, which is rumored to be coming back in 8.1.

 

Microsoft has gone with the Windows 8.1 nomenclature to indicate that it is just an update, not a whole new version. It's somewhat akin to a service pack. We'll be sure to get you the full technical details as soon as Microsoft details what they've changed for Windows 8.1.

NVIDIA puts SHIELD up for pre-order, will set you back $349

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 14, 2013 7:51 pm

NVIDIA has finally launched Project SHIELD as a completed project. Now called SHIELD, the portable gaming device will be available for pre-order starting May 20. SHIELD will be available from Newegg, GameStop, Micro Center, and Canada Computers, as well as shield.nvidia.com.

 

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The actual console will begin shipping sometime in June and should mark the introduction of the Tegra 4 processor. It's equipped with 16GB of on-board storage, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, a mini-HDMI out, a micro-USB 2.0, a mircoSD card slot, and a headphone jack. On the processor side of things, it features the Tegra 4, which has 72 GPU cores and four CPU cores. The Tegra 4 is coupled with 2GB of RAM. The screen is a 5-inch 720p touch-enabled display.

Rovio expands into game publishing with Rovio Stars

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 14, 2013 7:06 pm

Rovio, the creator behind the hit series Angry Birds, has announced that they will be expanding into the realm of game publishing. No longer will Angry Birds and its spinoffs be the sole source of revenue for the company. Now, Rovio will provide resources and exposure to third-party games they feel worthy of their attention.

 

 

One of the first games benefiting from Rovio's new publishing arm is Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage. You can see a trailer for the game embedded above. 5 Ant's Tony Thief will also be aided by Rovio Stars. We'll have to wait for a while to see how well Rovio Stars works. I'm sure plenty of people are hoping it doesn't become the next EA.

 

Welcome to Rovio Stars, the new mobile game publishing program from Rovio Entertainment! With more than 1.7 billion downloads and hundreds of millions of monthly active users, Rovio can introduce your game to a massive audience while supporting you with world-class marketing and PR. Our post-production services and extensive know-how take your game to all the relevant app stores, while our expert game teams can mentor you on fine-tuning your game and turning it into a blockbuster.

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Man flies drone over neighbor's property, appears to have been spying in 3rd-story window

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Drones | Posted: May 14, 2013 10:06 am

It's often said that laws can't keep up with modern technology. Interestingly enough, this phrase has been used a lot lately in conjunction with drones, specifically in regards to whether or not they should be allowed to fly over US soil. The US government apparently isn't the only interested group in using drones.

 

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A resident in Seattle, WA tells CHS:

This afternoon, a stranger set an aerial drone into flight over my yard and beside my house near Miller Playfield. I initially mistook its noisy buzzing for a weed-whacker on this warm spring day. After several minutes, I looked out my third-story window to see a drone hovering a few feet away. My husband went to talk to the man on the sidewalk outside our home who was operating the drone with a remote control, to ask him to not fly his drone near our home. The man insisted that it is legal for him to fly an aerial drone over our yard and adjacent to our windows. He noted that the drone has a camera, which transmits images he viewed through a set of glasses. He purported to be doing "research". We are extremely concerned, as he could very easily be a criminal who plans to break into our house or a peeping-tom.

 

This issue brings with it various legal questions. For instance, the Supreme Court ruled in 1946 that "the air is a public highway." But just how low does this public highway extend? Would a person be able to put a camera on a pole and get away with the same thing?

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Amazon picks up Liquavista, the Samsung-owned touchscreen company

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 14, 2013 8:33 am

Amazon has acquired Liquavista, a touchscreen company previously owned by Samsung. This acquisition has sparked rumors that Amazon could be planning to use the company's technology and expertise in future Kindle devices. A specific purchase price was not available, though the price was likely less than $100 million.

 

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Liquavista will likely lead Amazon to producing a full-color, low-power touchscreen for its Kindle line of e-readers. "We are always looking for new technologies we may be able to incorporate into our products over the long term. The Liquavista team shares our passion for invention and is creating exciting new technologies with a lot of potential. It's still early days, but we're excited about the possibilities and we look forward to working with Liquavista to develop these displays," an Amazon spokesperson said.

Google announces Gladstone, Missouri will be getting Google Fiber

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: May 14, 2013 7:31 am

Google seems serious about its Google Fiber endeavor as it has been announcing upcoming cities left and right. The latest city to join Google's growing list of cities that will be getting Google Fiber is Gladstone, Missouri. Gladstone is just north of Kansas City, as you can see on the map provided by Google:

 

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Like the other cities currently pending for Google Fiber, Google needs to plan, engineer, and build the infrastructure. Not even a timeline or projected date has been provided to residents, but this should allow them to rest easy knowing that they will soon be getting super-fast and reasonably priced Internet access.

Google hides Easter egg in image search, play Atari's Breakout with pictures of Breakout

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 14, 2013 6:34 am

Google is well-known for hiding Easter eggs in its search engine. For instance, typing "do a barrel" into the all-knowing Google search bar will result in the whole web page doing a barrel roll. The latest Easter egg to be discovered celebrates Atari's classic game, Breakout.

 

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To initialize the latest Easter egg, simply do a Google Image Search for "Atari Breakout." This will cause the game to start. Simply control the platform with your mouse to bounce the ball and destroy the pictures of, you guessed it, Breakout. Successfully beating that level will result in more levels generating with random pictures.

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