I want my notebook and smartphone to perform well with lots of speed for games and other uses, but I also want the battery to last a really long time. Some of the biggest advances in technology over the next few years will be in the battery market as makers seek to improve the battery to make it last longer and charge quicker. Researchers from Japan have shown off a new battery device that is much more powerful than other batteries of the type.
The little battery is actually a power generator that is able to make power by harnessing vibrations. The battery is made from an alloy of iron and gallium called galfenol that changes shape when exposed to a magnetic field. The little battery is able to generate 20x more power from vibrations that similar devices of its size.
If you are an iPod touch owner that has wished you could somehow make voice calls and send text messages when away from a WiFi network, the Apple Peel 520 may be the device that answers your wishes. The company behind the product in the US has announced that it has applied to Apple to be part of the MFi program that allows companies to build products for Apple devices that are certified.
Once the company gets into the MFi program, they can use the logos for the Apple Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad on their devices to let owners know they are compatible and certified by Apple. The Peel 520 fits onto the iPod touch like a case and adds 3G connectivity. The question in my mind is will Apple want a device like this on the market at all.
When it comes to setting up a wireless network that will work with your broadband connection at home some people are clueless. My mom once tried to set up her own wireless network and ended up cramming a phone line into the Ethernet port on the router. It wasn't pretty. For folks that want more simplicity on their devices or just need less clutter and want 4G Clearwire has a new modem for you.
The new modem is called the Clear Modem and it supports the WiMax 4G service Clearwire offers in some markets. The modem also has a built in WiFi router that will support multiple devices using 802.11n and supports older protocols as well. The router is about the size of a clock according to Clear and will shoot fast speeds throughout the home.
Our Download of the Day today is Google Chrome 9.0.597.0 Beta.
Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.
One box for everything
Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.
Thumbnails of your top sites
Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.
Don't want pages you visit to show up in your web history? Choose incognito mode for private browsing.
Google Chrome warns you if you're about to visit a suspected phishing, malware or otherwise unsafe website.
For information about alpha and developer builds, check out the Chrome dev channel here.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 9.0.597.0 Beta
- Ongoing work on IndexDB and GPU
- Tweaks/Fixes to Google Chrome Instant
- Extensions/Apps work
- Autofill related fixes
Deal of the Day: EVGA GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) Superclocked 01G-P3-1467-AR Video Card - $155 after Rebate, Shipped Free!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - EVGA GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) Superclocked 01G-P3-1467-AR Video Card - $155 after Rebate, Shipped Free!.
Offer: Get this great gaming video card for a great price. NewEgg has the EVGA 01G-P3-1467-AR GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) Superclocked 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card for just $154.99 after a $40 MIR.
$40 REBATE CARD expires 12/31/2010.
The latest happenings from around the web - December 3rd, 2010
- New ASUS U36JC 13.3-inch Ultra-Thin and Toshiba NB520 Netbook Hands On Videos @ Netbooknews
- ASRock Vision 3D System @ Kitguru
- Dell XPS 15 (L501X) Laptop @ Hardware Heaven
- ECS H67H2-M Intel H67 Motherboard - FIRST LOOK @ PCStats
- GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 Motherboard @ Legit Reviews
- MSI P67A-GD65 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 (rev. 2.0): Contemporary Second Generation LGA1366 Mainboard @ XBit Labs
- Patriot Viper Xtreme DDR3 2000MHz Kit @ Neoseeker
Yesterday on our busy tech tour around Taipei, we stopped by the MSI headquarters to get a look at one of their upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge motherboards; specifically we took a look at the P67A-GD65.
Okay, so originally we got all mixed up in our rush and were actually looking at the GD55 throughout most of the video, but we made a correction at the end of the video.
As you'll see in the video above, the P67A-GD65 is a mid-range motherboard from MSI that uses an LGA-1155 socket which means it supports Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge processors. Straight up it's easy to see MSI design and attitude style in the design and it comes packed with loads of good features. The big one that MSI is pushing is "Military Class II". It has been upgraded from the first version in the P55 boards to provide even better power and stability. This is done through the use of a six phase power SFC choke setup that provides up to 30% better efficiency than standard chokes, 100% Hi-c CAP's and Japanese made solid capacitors with a claimed life-time of an impressive 10 years.
It also comes packed with "OC Genie II" which provides quick and easy one button touch overclocking to the CPU frequency. If you have an upcoming MSI H67 motherboard, instead of overclocking the CPU, the OC button will instead overclock the onboard IGP (graphics) instead. CONTINUED...
Futuremark has today officially announced the highly anticipated (and delayed) 3DMark 11 for Direct X 11 GPU's. Futuremark and their official motherboard and graphics card sponsor MSI have also together announced the official launch of the OC competition Phase II.
There are two events for this competition which is to be held between December 3rd and December 31st 2010.
Several companies have been tinkering with the idea of cloud based gaming for a while now, and GameString has been right there in the middle of it. Their latest accomplishment is a custom UI that allows World of Warcraft to be played on an Android phone.
A translucent spot that operates as a thumbstick along with buttons for spells allow the game to be playable while it streams from an Adrenalin Host Server from approximately 80 kilometers away. The HTC Desire used is connected to a home network with speeds of 2Mbps down / 2Mbps up. While this Alpha version does show some stuttering in intense spots, it's still a step in pushing mobile gaming to another level. Check out the video demo after the break.
RIM made quite a few waves today with their announcement that they have acquired
The Astonishing Tribe(TAT), a Swedish mobile interface team that had a hand in developing Android's look in its early stages.
No specifics on money or timelines were given, but RIM CTO David Yach stated in the release that he's "excited that the TAT team will be joining RIM and bringing their talent to the BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphone platforms." The folks at TAT are indeed really creative when it comes to mobile interface; not only have they had their hands on Android but also in projects like Fujitsu's dual touchscreen phone with its flick to share interface. BlackBerries could get a whole lot cooler in the near future.