The latest happenings from around the web - December 22nd, 2010
- Sony VAIO VPCZ137GX/S Notebook @ TechReviewSource
- Acer Aspire 5551G-4591 15.6-in AMD Turion II Notebook @ PC Perspective
- TR's Christmas 2010 system guide @ Tech Report
- ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Motherboard Preview @ Legit Reviews
- Biostar TH67XE Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- Foxconn P67A-S Sandy Bridge LGA1155 @ Vortez UK
- Gigabyte H55N-USB3 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- Palit GTX 570 Sonic Platinum @ tbreak
- AMD Mecha HK-2207 DirectX 11 Demo Now Available @ NGOHQ
It seems like every day another company is announcing a tablet unveiling at CES. The latest to jump on the bandwagon is Viliv, who are going to be unveiling two new Android tablets and a Windows 7 based tablet at CES.
Details are fairly sketchy at this point, but what is known is that the Android based tablets will be called to X7 and X10, with the X10 tabbed as having the longest battery life of any 10 inch tablet. The X70 "slate" will be Windows 7 based and is being hailed as "most slim and light Windows 7 based tablet in the world." More to come at the official unveiling in a couple of weeks.
Yeah yeah, we know; size isn't everything. That being said, it's hard not to snap your neck turning your head when you see packaging like the folks at bit-tech grabbed a picture of while visiting with Gigabyte about their upcoming big-time motherboard.
That's Gigabyte's deputy director of motherboard marketing Tim Handley with the actual retail packaging of their upcoming, as of now unnamed flagship motherboard. Judging by the box, this motherboard's going to be enormous or be VERY safely packaged with a ton of extras. Solid state capacitors, and on-board SSDs were mentioned by bit-tech as "rumblings" but there's nothing official at this time. Regardless, we're very excited to see more.
Find my iPhone is a feature that many iPhone owners find very useful if their precious device falls victim to either thieves or flat out forgetfulness. A columnist for dealnews found a funky problem with the now free feature to track down his iPhone that had been stolen at a coffee shop: it didn't work in Google Chrome.
Apparently the problem isn't with Chrome; Find my iPhone plays nicely with Google's browser under one condition: you're running OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). If you're running an earlier version of OS X, you have to use Safari. Otherwise, you ger a blue screen stating "Find My iPhone is unavailable due to a connection error." This may not be a problem a whole lot of you will face, but panic in the face of a lost iPhone is no laughing matter.
Looking for a multifunctional USB 3.0 device? You may not have to look any farther than the Brando SATA hard drive dock that has been upgraded to include USB 3.0 connectivity.
These docks aren't exactly big news, but this dock boasts a feature that others lack: three fully usable USB 3.0 ports incorporated into the dock itself. No more reaching for your case to use your shiny new USB 3.0 device. Sounds good? You might need to check your bank balance; the price comes in at a hefty $140.
Auzentech is well known among PC audiophiles for producing some of the best soundcards in the business. They are looking to build off of the popularity of the X-Meridian card with their newest release, the X-Meridian 7.1 2G.
Upgrades include Auzen's new new Advanced Driver Software Architecture (ADSA ) for the C-Media CMI8788 Oxygen HD PCI Audio Processor and Xear3D sound technology. The card still boasts the Dolby Digital Live Real-Time Content Encoder and DTS CONNECT functionality as well. The 2G is available now for $159.99.
LG's Optimus 2X was announced a few days ago and the US was left out of it's reach, obviously "FFFUUUU" was probably thought of by thousands nation-wide.
But, it is rumored that T-Mobile will be launching the Optimus 2X in late February or early March. It would be a major staple for T-Mobile because of it's powerhouse specs, dual-core processor, HSPA+ and the promise of Gingerbread in the form of an update will surely be a hot seller for T-Mobile.
AMD's Terry "CatalystMaker" Makedon, who is the Catalyst Product Manager is changing roles within AMD in around two weeks time.
Terry has said on his Twitter page that "Catalyst has been a great ride for me with alot of ups and downs."
Activision has said that Call of Duty: Black Ops has surpassed even Modern Warfare 2 in sales and has to date surpassed $1 billion in sales across all platforms.
Black Ops gamers have collectively played 600 million hours played since release. Bobby Kotick has also come out and said:
Well, well Microsoft. Rumors are flying that the Kinect motion-based sensor will in the future, support PC games. Korean developer GamePrix's upcoming PC-only MMORPG, Divine Souls, will support gaming pads making "it resemble console games even more, and is scheduled to support Kinect, a new control system of Xbox360."
GamePrix's Jason Lim continued, saying: "Kinect will soon be available as a new controller so it might be supported like joy pad mode in the future," also mentioning "Currently in MS, there are many game companies that are trying to apply for this system." The implication is that Divine Souls won't be the only game for the PC that supports the Kinect.