It's hard to believe with all the talk of the Nintendo 3DS that has been going on for months now that the portable console is still only in the pre-order stage. It hasn't been too long since the mere existence of the console was speculation and now we know the exact price and date that the machine will land. Amazon has previously been taking pre-orders for the 3DS for about $250.
Nintendo is now taking pre-orders as well directly from its site on the 3DS for the same price of $249.99. The console will ship on March 27 and you can pre-order yours in aqua blue or cosmo black colors. Both of the machines share the same features and same chance of making you feel sick when using the device in 3D.
If you live under a rock and have somehow missed all the talk of the 3DS, the main feature is that it can play games in 3D without needing glasses. It has a motion sensor and a gyro sensor for reacting to the tilt of the console as a control. It has the same two-screen layout the other DS consoles have used. It ships with a 2GB SD card and has a lot more features as well. The $250 price tag seems a bit high to me.
Today Thermaltake opened its shiny new doors to customers, partners and press to celebrate the opening of their new Taipei Neihu based headquarters. We got an invite to go along and check out all three floors which are home to Thermaltake, Tt eSPORTS, LUXA2 and the Tt Apollo's Pro Gaming Team.
Kenny Lin kicked things off with a short press conference discussing the new office and the reasons behind the investment - or so I think... it was all in Chinese. Judging by our visit today, Thermaltake has clearly invested a lot of money into its new office space, which is located in an expensive industrial area of Taipei that is home to big fish like NVIDIA, Foxconn and ECS. The new office is vibrant, follows the red and black theme colors of Thermaltake. No expenses have been spared with all the trimmings in place.
Included are such things as various Sony TV's hooked up with Nintendo Wii's for staff to take a break and get some prospective on things. Staff have various comfortable couches and bars located all around the offices to sit back, relax and discuss ideas and matters. Ceiling hung "moon air chairs" as I call them include a stunning view over Taipei and give staff another chance to get away from their typically mundane office chair. Every staff member got a Thermaltake eSPORTS keyboard and mouse and their office chairs even look comfortable, too. CONTINUED...
Our Download of the Day today is CCleaner Network Edition.
Introducing a new efficient way to use CCleaner in the business and enterprise world. CCleaner Network Edition, is a scalable network version of CCleaner that allows remote deployment and management. Use the awesome system optimization power of CCleaner, across your entire network with only a few clicks.
- Small and large network support.
- Simple one-click deployment onto clients.
- Analyze single machines, workgroups or the entire network.
- Manage cleaning rules and settings from one place.
- Highly secure client and encrypted communications.
If CCleaner can improve the speed of one machine by several factors, then imagine what it can do for your entire network!
Deal of the Day: 13.3" LED-backlit Ultraportable Dell Vostro V13 Laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo ULV, 2GB Memory, 320GB HD, Wireless-N, Webcam, Bluetooth, Verizon Broadband, and More for $399 plus $8 Shipping!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - 13.3" LED-backlit Ultraportable Dell Vostro V13 Laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo ULV, 2GB Memory, 320GB HD, Wireless-N, Webcam, Bluetooth, Verizon Broadband, and More for $399 plus $8 Shipping!.
Offer: Dell extended this incredible deal again on their thin (0.65" thick), light (3.5lb) 13.3" LED-backlit Vostro V13 at $399 after $345 instant discount: 13.3" LED-backlit Dell Vostro V13 ultraportable laptop with 1.3Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo ULV SU7300, 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 320GB 7200RPM hard drive, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 1.3MP webcam, Bluetooth, Verizon Wireless Broadband Built-in, 6-Cell LiOh battery, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit, and 1 year warranty. Unknown expiration date, will expire when stock runs out.
The ChevronMP7 team met with Microsoft this week to discuss the benefits of homebrew toward developers and consumers, after a juicy discussion ChevronMP7 developers Rafael Rivera, Chris Walsh, and Long Zheng have posted their conclusion of their meetings with Microsoft.
Most of the discussions are still wrapped in that great NDA bow, but they've stated that they are optimistic about the future of WP7 homebrew and have said that they are working with Microsoft on an interim solution to permit homebrew on WP7 devices.
Twitter and Apple addicts aren't going to have to go far to check out the latest apps for their iOS devices. Apple has started up an official Twitter account for the App Store, and is promising Twitter-exclusive app deals and plenty of featured apps being sent to their followers.
Already rocking nearly 60,000 followers since their first tweet a mere 8 hours ago, it looks like the word is definitely out. Don't get your hopes up about the App Store following you though as they only have official Apple accounts on their follow list. Apple may have started out a little cautious over teaming up with Twitter, but with the official accounts and Ping integration it looks like Apple is now fully diving into the social networking scene.
Storage just keeps getting smaller yet larger as mobile devices get more and more popular. Toshiba's usually one of the big dogs when it comes to OEM storage, and now they have a new line of 1.8 inch drives for PMP devices like tablets and media players.
Available in 160GB, 200GB and 220GB flavors, these are the first drives of their size featuring low-insertion force (LIF) SATA connectors. With a 16MB cache Requiring just 0.35 watts at idle, they should be both snappy and battery-friendly. These drives should find themselves in manufacturer's hands sometime in February.
Update; I've been informed this is a fake, sad face ahoy.
Obviously the rabbit hole goes deeper than Morpheus first said in the original Matrix, with news coming out that Keanu Reeves has met with the Wachowski Brothers (well, one brother and now a sister) over Christmas.
Keanu Reeves was at the London School of Performing Arts University where he was the guest of honor, he was promoting his new film Henry's Crime and then answered a bunch of questions, where he says he met the Wachowski's over Christmas and they had worked on a two picture script that would provide a return to the world of The Matrix as Neo.
Ever envisioned yourself printing directly from your Android-powered mobile? Well now, you can. You will still require a Windows-based PC to hook the printer up to and hook it up to Google Cloud Print.
The service was rolled out to Chrome OS netbooks last month but it is now coming to a mobile near you soon. You'll be able to print documents from most mobiles that support HTML5, Android 2.1+ or iOS 3+.
NVIDIA is going hard at the tablet and phone game, not only do they have a Tegra 2 3D capable chip but now they're boasting that Tegra 3 should be in the 1.5GHz range with quad-core in a mobile/tablet!
The Tegra 3 will be a Cortex A9 chip, capable of 13, 800 MIPS and also Blu-Ray support is included. The chip will also have ULP which is Ultra Low Power, but that was inevitable for a beast like this in a tablet or mobile environment.