Gamers tend to drive many trends in the consumer electronics world. For years, the only way you got anything 3D in the home was if you had a PC and were playing with a stereoscopic 3D driver. Some of the 3D games that NVIDIA had optimized drivers for looked good. Gamers will pay the money it costs for 3D gear in the home before your average TV watcher will and the gamer will wear the glasses that 3D requires while many people are holding at for 3D TVs that need no glasses.
If you are a gamer looking to step up to NVIDIA 3D vision gaming a new LCD is now available for you to pick up. Other than a compatible NVIDIA video card, all you need for 3D gaming action is a LCD with 120Hz refresh rate and the NVIDIA 3D Vision glasses. The Planar SA2311W LCD is a 23-inch wide 1920 x 1080 resolution LCD that has a 2ms refresh rate. That should give the screen plenty of speed to support gaming and fast action without any video issues.
I have said it before, when it comes to FPS games the only way to roll in my opinion is with a mouse and keyboard. I can't play with a gamepad in my hands from an Xbox 360 without flailing about on screen like a noob. I know there are some people out there that are hard-core Xbox 360 gamers and can play with the gamepad with some leet skillz, but I am not one of them. If you are an Xbox 360 gamer that likes FPS and other games where you need to be able to hit many buttons at once, the Avenger might be interesting to you.
The Avenger is a sleeve that grips your own Xbox 360 controllers and puts all sorts of weird levers and stuff on the controller. It looks like the Borg assimilated the thing. According to the company that makes the thing it is designed to increase the manual dexterity and accuracy of the gamer when plying games like Call of Duty and others. The Avenger also claims to improve response time.
I'm not one to get an input device just because it's cool or popular. I like cool and popular gear, but more importantly, the stuff has to work and have a purpose. I think that the Microsoft Kinect motion controller for the Xbox 360 has a good use on the console, but on a computer, I am not convinced that there is any reason for it to be there. A geek has now hacked the Kinect controller to work with Mac OS X.
The controller apparently works with the OS, but it is unable to actually control anything. The potential to control something is there, but I just don't get the need for this at all. I can agree that its cool to get it to work on the Mac, but the reality is outside of modding fans having Kinect work on anything other than the Xbox is of dubious value. If you are one of these modding fans that wants to hack into the device the guy who made the Mac mod used an open source tool called libfreenect to do the deed.
Besides looking at Antec's new range of High Current power supplies today, we were also given a guided tour of Antec's Taipei offices.
Christoph Katzer who is Antec's Power Supply Marketing Manager showed us around their shiny work space in Taipei's "Silicon Valley" area just outside of the city center. We go from outside the front doors all the way through to its special overclocking lab that is usually occupied by famous Taiwanese overclocker Nick Shih.
Watch the video above as you get an inside look into Antec and what goes on.
The only thing that Apple fans lust for nearly as much as new hardware from Cupertino is a new update for their beloved Apple OS'. We knew that iOS 4.2 is set to hit after a beta for the OS surfaced for devs a while back. The OS was expected to hit iTunes today and geeks the world over have probably been spamming the software all day looking for the update.
We have some bad news; apparently, the OS update is delayed. The reason for the delay is that there was some sort of issue with WiFi with the iPad stemming from the update. It's much better to have irate users that couldn't get the update, than irate users with iPads that can't get online after updating so Apple made the right call here.
Today we visited the Antec offices here in Taipei, Taiwan and were introduced to their range of new "High Current" power supplies which were only just announced a couple of days ago.
Christoph Katzer, Antec's Power Supply Marketing Manager, was on hand to give us a solid run-down of the new High Current Pro and High Current Gamer power supplies that started shipping this week.
The High Current Pro is at the top-end of Antec's range and comes with 80 Plus Gold certification and in a range of sizes from 1200-watts down. We also got a look and unboxing of the High Current Gamer PSU series which is more affordable. They come in five different wattages all the way up to 900-watts and lack cable management on the rear of the PSU which helps cut costs down. Chris commented that roughly half of Antec's PSU business is units without cable management.
Both the Pro and Gamer series power supplies feature Antec Continuous Power which is something all PSUs on the market should really to be honest. Continuous Power means that if say you buy a 500-watt power supply from Antec, it will actually operate at 500-watts and won't just sometimes peak at 500-watts like cheap power supplies that main really only offer reliable power at around 300-watts. Watch the video above for more.
Our Download of the Day today is jetAudio 8.0.10 Basic.
JetAudio is integrated multimedia software made up of a single compact rack. Not only does it play various music and video files, it also has features such as CD burning, recording, and conversion to other file formats.
You can create your own Internet broadcast by using JetCast, provided with JetAudio, and you can play all major file formats, including WAV, MP3, MP3Pro, OGG, WMA, MPEG, AVI, WMV, MIDI, RM, and video and audio CD tracks.
Supports All Major File Formats
Audio CD burning
Tag Editing including multiple file tag editing
Multi-channel sound ouput
Media Center window with Device Manager
Internet CD Database
Convenient album management & Playlist
Audio CD Ripping
Various sound effects
Plus many more features!
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Engadget have a sexy pic of Samsung's Orion chip - a dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and a quad-core Mali 400 GPU on-board.
It was spotted at the ARM Technology Conference, running "Linaro" Linux middleware - as well as stock Android 2.2 - obviously at the moment it's early days, these are simple development boards, so they couldn't be shown off, or flexing their muscles through testing, etc.
There are 110 million Android users and counting - AVG is looking to jump on the anti-virus market by purchasing Android platform security company, DroidSecurity.
For years, people said devices like phones (and Apple products) would not be harmed by viruses - but just like anything that gets popular, there will always be ways to break through that nasty "NO" word and create a new market by unleashing viruses onto these types of products.