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SteelSeries' latest H Wireless Headset cuts the cord

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 6:21 am

SteelSeries has just unveiled its latest H Wireless Headset, which is a new multi-platform wireless headset. The H Wireless Headset provides "robust sound, lag-free wireless and versatile functionality bring superior audio to a wide range of platforms, including PC, Mac, mobile devices, consoles, home entertainment, streaming devices and more." The new SteelSeries wireless headset boats some impressive Dolby technologies, including:

 

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  • Dolby Digital reproduces multichannel audio for a cinematic audio experience
  • Dolby Headphone recreates the sensation of up to 7.1-channel multi-speaker surround sound in headphones
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx optimizes the surround sound experience for the most realistic multi-directional sound

 

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What about gaming? Well, SteelSeries has your back with two innovative gaming features. The first, is ChatMix, which lets the user tune the right balance between game and chat audio, which comes in handy, as you can increase another gamers voice, but keep your game volume tuned to your specific liking.

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GravityLight, the portable light that is powered by gravity

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 5:58 am

A gravity powered LED light has been introduced by the designers of GravityLight. This light produces its own energy by, you guessed it, gravity. A string on one side of the light is pulled, lifting a bag attached to the other side. After letting go, the bag gradually falls back down to the starting point. This turns gears inside that produce enough energy to power the LED for up to 30 minutes. The weight of the bag determines how long the light will last. Brighter light settings can be selected but also shorten the amount of time it lasts.

 

This easy to use, portable light that uses no costly batteries or fuel also allows light in areas without electricity. It can replace dangerous kerosene lamps in those areas.

 

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After raising a sufficient $400,000, which is $345,000 more than their original $55,000 goal, the designers are testing the new product and are expecting it to be available to the market soon after.

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AMD prepares TressFX 2.0, will feature animated grass and fur

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 5:32 am

For those of you who have played Tomb Raider with TressFX enabled, well, TressFX 2.0 is coming. TressFX 2.0 will introduce animated grass and fur, along with the hair simulation that TressFX bought to the table.

 

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TressFX made its debut in the Tomb Raider reset, something that we benchmark across our GPU articles. TressFX allowed developers to render and simulate thousands of individual strands of hair, which made Lara look more lifelike. This is all coming from the AMD Developer Summit which will show off the new capabilities of TressFX 2.0.

Sony to 'monitor and record' you through PSN voice/text chat on PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 4:38 am

The minutes are counting down until the next-gen consoles launch from Microsoft and Sony, with the latter updating its PlayStation 4 Software Usage Terms today, stating that it may monitor and record PSN activity, including content of voice and text communications.

 

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Sony has said that is cannot monitor "all PSN activity" and that it makes "no commitment to do so." But, Sony's statement does say: "However, we reserve the right in our sole discretion to monitor and record any or all of your PSN activity and to remove any of your UGM at our sole discretion, without further notice to you." It goes on to state:

 

Your use of PSN and our community features may be recorded and collected by us or sent to us by other users as described in 13.1. Any information collected in this way, for example, your UGM, the content of your voice and text communications, video of your gameplay, the time and location of your activities, and your name, your PSN Online ID and IP address, may be used by us or our affiliated companies to enforce these Terms and the SEN Terms of Service, to comply with the law, to protect our rights and those of our licensors and users, and to protect the personal safety of our employees and users. This information may be passed to the police or other appropriate authorities. By accepting these Software Usage Terms, you expressly consent to this.

Xbox One launch titles shipping out now

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 4:13 am

Next-gen consoles are just around the corner! Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One's launch titles are currently being manufactured, packaged and shipped to retailers. The company has also posted some pictures of the shipping crates that are full of the games.

 

Microsoft says "It's almost time. There are just 11 days to go before Xbox One's worldwide launch on Nov. 22, and all the wheels at Xbox HQ are in motion."

 

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Microsoft Studios Corporate VP Phil Spencer shared with IGN. "Games in Xbox One's launch lineup, including Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome and Zoo Tycoon have finished development. Today, we're excited to announce that they've also officially gone gold, and are currently being published, packaged and shipped to retailers at this very moment."

Scare up a copy of Monsters University in our latest Blu-ray comp!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 4:02 am

To celebrate this week's release of the prequel to the much loved 2001 Pixar animation Monsters Inc., on Blu-ray Disney Home Entertainment have given us two copies of Monsters University to give away to two lucky readers.

 

Filled with extra features including the short film Umbrella, Monsters University comes on a state-of-the-art Blu-ray disc, with fantastic audio and visual quality.

 

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To go into the running, correctly answer the following question:

 

How do the monsters travel between the monster world and the human world?

 

Send your answers, along with your shipping address to ben@tweaktown.com before the competition closes on Friday the 15th of November.

 

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Monsters University is available on 3D Blu-ray, double play Blu-ray and DVD from Australian retailers starting Wednesday the 13th of November.

RumorTT: Google Play Store to makes its way to BlackBerry 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 3:57 am

BlackBerry is pretty much a sunken battleship right now, waiting for the pirates to circle and collect all of its loot. But, is it the end? Not yet, especially not if BlackBerry 10's latest update on its way is any indication.

 

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The next update to the BlackBerry OS would see it natively run the Google Play Store app, which would be quite the swing in a totally different direction. CrackBerry is posting images of a BlackBerry Z10 smartphone running Google Play, which is a nice touch. Remember: it's possible to side-load Android apps onto BB10-based devices, but it isn't simple.

 

If these images are a tease, then the world of BlackBerry could get a little better in the coming weeks.

Meet the Ex1, the first maker friendly circuit printer

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 3:29 am

Everyone knows that I am an avid Tinkerer, DIYer, and Maker of Things, and as such I had to write a post about the latest Kickstarter campaign to catch my eye. The new Ex1 Circuit Board Printer from Cartesian Co bridges the gap between 3D printing and DIY electronics, quite nicely too if I may add.

 

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While being billed as a 3D printer for PCB's, I would like to simply call it a Desktop Circuit Board Printer for DIY enthusiast everywhere. The Ex1 is the first desktop PCB printer that I have ever came across that is not only maker friendly, but simple enough to use in a classroom setting as well. The device uses a 2 part printing process based on inkjet technology to deposit two different chemicals, one on top of the other. The resulting chemical action leaves a trace made out of silver that is highly flexible, and extremely conductive.

 

The Ex1 is capable of printing on wood, paper, kapton tape, glass, fr4, and even fabric, which makes for some very interesting circuit designs. Not only does the Ex1 empower those invested in DIY, but it also spans the gap between maker and crafter which is something projects like the Lilypad have been attempting for years. $1,499 will land you a Ex1 DIY kit which you will need to build yourself, with $1,999 pledge getting you an assembled "experimenters kit" that comes with extra parts to tinker with. I have reached out to the team from Cartesian Co. for an interview, so stay tuned to TweakTown for that!

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The invisible bike helmet from Sweden

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 2:32 am

Two Industrial Design students from the University of Lund, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, decided that the old-fashioned helmet that we are all used to is just too uncomfortable and bothersome. So they set out to design a new helmet for cyclists. With their team of 17 people they have designed a new style of helmet and they are calling it the Hovding helmet.

 

 

With this Hovding helmet you'll be able to have full head protection and still have the freedom of feeling a breeze through your hair, all while being comfortable. Anna and Terese thought up this design for their Master's Thesis in Industrial Design. The great part is that you don't even have to wear it on your head. The device deploys an airbag-style helmet upon impact.

 

Weblog Jalopnik gives an introduction to their product."Tired of strapping ugly, uncomfortable styrofoam-and-plastic turtle shells to their heads, the pair came up with a pretty revolutionary solution that does manage to give you full head protection without, remarkably, wearing anything on your head."

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Mad Catz teams up with NVIDIA to bring GameStream to M.O.J.O. console

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 2:00 am

Mad Catz says that they are working with NVIDIA to bring GameStream to their M.O.J.O. Android-based gaming console before it ships to the public on December 10th. This would use the same technology that NVIDIA's Shield uses to stream games from the users PC and would definitely give the M.O.J.O. more appeal to gamers.

 

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"We're talking to NVIDIA and we hope to enable GameStream soon after the launch of the console," said Mad Catz Global PR Director Alex Verrey. "[Were] also very excited for Steam and we look at all these opportunities with interest."

 

At the moment, none of the small Android gaming consoles really appeal to me. This could be due to the horrible experience I had with the OUYA, or it could be that for the most part, I never play Android games unless I am in a car, on a flight, or otherwise unable to game at my PC. GameStream on the M.O.J.O. might just be a way to lure those like me to purchase the small consoles.

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