Good ol' Charlie, I really do love some of his posts and this is no different. He has supposedly seen the upcoming Apple iPhone 5 and has a little whisper about it.
The only thing he was allowed to mention is that it will include a mini-DisplayPort jack on it, which will obviously be used as a video-output connection. This is the only news on it so far, believe what you will!
A Q&A session was held on STALKER 2's Facebook page and the first snippets of info were heard. STALKER 2 will be a multi-platform game - which means consoles will get to finally roam around in STALKER-land.
STALKER 2 is set to offer a completely different story to the previous STALKER games, but it's said it will feature not only characters from the previous STALKER games but locations too. STALKER 2 has been confirmed to take place in 'the triangle of CNPP, the cities of Chernobyl and Chernobyl 2 (where the huge antenna is located)'.
Apple have posted the iOS 4.3 beta to developers which allows video to be sent from apps or websites to the Apple TV. Other features of iOS 4.3 include personal hotspot, the orientation lock is now an option to be changed (finally!) between lock and mute on the iPad.
The iPad also gains multi-touch multitasking gestures, this gives the user the ability to use four or five fingers to pinch to the home screen, swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar and also swipe left or right between apps.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - While visiting Kingston we learned quite a bit about the company's 2011 lineup. The big news for me was learning that Kingston will be rocking SandForce for their upper tier SSDs when the SF-2000 controller is ready.
Since the SF-2000 isn't quite ready yet the main attraction at the Kingston suite was the new MobiSX. To be fair the MobiSX isn't quite ready yet, Kingston is still hard at work with the software interface but other than a good polishing the product does what Kingston says it will do. Here we see the MobiSX next to an IPhone. The current case is translucent black and you can see a green and blue flashing light when the SSD / WiFi storage server / media transferer is activated. We are just making up words now since there isn't anything else like it on the market today but if I were to call it one thing is would be Wireless Storage Device.
After hitting the MobiSX through an IP address in your browser you get an interface for watching or listening to content. Everything is wireless but the MobiSX does have a USB 2.0 mini port for charging and most likely to aid in loading content to the drive. In the demo we actually had five devices connected and playing content at the same time. Two IPads and three IPhones, one TweakTown owner Cameron Wilmot's personal IPhone.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - I've been using the ultra slim Pico USB 2.0 drive for a couple of years now and love the size of this thing. At CES 2011 Super Talent had a new USB 3.0 version of the drive to show me. While we were wrapping things up a rep pulled this drive out of his pocket and said, "Psst, look at this!"
I don't know if Super Talent plans to release this under the Pico naming scheme since out meeting was cut short but it wouldn't be a bad idea since the name fits in well with the previous line of products. Here we see this tiny USB 3.0 drive in action, it's the thin blade sticking out of the top USB 3.0 port.
On the far left we can see the standard connectors that carry USB 2.0 data to and from the computer. On the right there are five small gold connectors that are used for USB 3.0 power and data. No word on availability or pricing, we just know we want one ASAP.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Patriot's Javelin Series consists of two new NAS servers and runs DLNA. We all know that NAS appliances are great for storing data long term but few realize that with DLNA media files can be shared to all computers and consoles on the network. I run a similar network at home and it is great to be able to start a movie downstairs and then finish it in bed later that same night without moving a disk or thumb drive.
Here we see the Javelin starting line up. The new, larger S4 is on the left and the smaller, two drive version is on the right.
The Javelin S4 is the flagship model and uses 4 drives in RAID 0 or RAID 5. To keep your data protected I suggest running RAID 5. The NAS has blue LEDs for power and to show which bays are populated with drives. We can't wait to get our hands on a sample and to see what the cost is. As families get larger and more digital data is collected the need for purpose built "family NAS" appliances has increased. I couldn't imagine living without one and if you've ever lost precious data before you know exactly what I mean.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Patriot is preparing their next generation SSD, Wildfire but didn't disclose if the new SATA 6G drive will be controlled by a SandForce or Marvell SSD. From what we learned at the show Marvell will have their next gen SSD controller ready a month or two before SandForce but the SandForce controller will be a little faster than the Marvell when it comes to all out performance. As you already know, higher sequential speed measured in ATTO doesn't tell the whole story so we will be following Wildfire closely to see who gets the design win.
Here we see Patriot's early 2011 SSD lineup. On the left is Wildfire, then the very fast SandForce SF-1200 controlled Inferno and finally the JMicron controlled budget SSD Torqx.
The hot topic in this group is Wildfire but we will have to wait a little longer to find out what is inside this next generation SSD.
We hear government workers accused of a lot of things and rarely is one of those things being fast. The FCC is like anyone else and when the holidays come around they slow down and enjoy the time by slacking a bit. The FCC is apparently backed up on paper work having to do with issuing the all important FCC and CE numbers to gadgets looking to launch.
That means that anything that is sitting in a warehouse waiting for these numbers to head out the door to the waiting geek masses can't ship until the numbers come in. This is the case with the cool Notion Ink Adam tablet. The new tablet has been up for pre-order and was expected to go out really soon.
Notion Ink has sent an email around to people that pre-ordered to tell them that the FCC is backed up giving the numbers it needs to ship. However, Notion Ink does say that the numbers should be here this week so hopefully the delay won't last long.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - All it takes is to say SandForce to get the blood flowing. In 2010 SandForce was like the magic word to get interest in a product and to erect attention.
Super Talent is ready to get a raise out of their growing USB 3.0 product line. Here we see a traditional size portable enclosure but instead of just holding a 2.5" drive the POD mini is the drive. Super Talent has removed the SATA II interface and replaced it with a mini USB 3.0 port.
If the tall blond didn't do it for you then the short, small figured brunette will. The Storage POD 500H is the same size as a traditional thumb drive (exactly the same size as the RAM Cache we are reviewing now) but it packs a SandForce SF-1200 controller and takes it deep, all the way to 500GB in capacity! Super Talent calls these affordable but we are thinking this one was picked up at The Wynn and not on the street corner.
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There are bunches of different camcorders on the market today that are aimed at people that want to record sports and other things from their point of view. These cameras are generally rugged units that can withstand crashes and water that would kill a normal camcorder. The thing that many of these rugged camcorders have in common is that they need a plastic shell to be water and shock resistant.
A new camera from V.I.O. has debuted called the POV.HD that needs no case to protect it from the elements. The camera is waterproof and very small. It can survive being submerged in a meter of water for half an hour and comes with a small handheld part that has an LED screen to let you view the video in the field.
The camera can be mounted to a helmet, goggle strap, and to other devices using two included mount styles. It also has a wireless remote control that lets the user tag video, start the recording, and stop recording that can be mounted to a goggle strap as well. The camera can be pre-ordered right now for $599.95.