Here at TweakTown we've posted a few things about Kinect - mainly because it's been such a success for Microsoft and it looks to represent a large change in how we use technology in the future. The broadness of it's tech from hacking has also interested thousands of people.
It is still successful weeks after launch selling 125, 000 units every single day for the past week in the run up to the end of year holiday season. Microsoft have been quite proud (and so they should) be of this achievement, where Sony has been quite as open about their sales numbers - Move is popular, but Microsoft seem to be much more confident in their sales numbers.
NVIDIA are still riding the success-train of the GTX580 launch (with various countries experiencing way shorter than usual stock levels) and have now launched the GTX570. We talked about this not very long ago with spec details but pricing eluded us at the time.
The Palit GTX570 info we posted is still correct - 732MHz core, 480 CUDA cores with shader clocks at 1.4GHz. Pricing is set at £299 including VAT in the UK. This is interesting as it's now £100 more than the GTX470 but £100 less than the GTX580.
I really like ThinkGeek. The site has some of the coolest stuff for geeks including toys, stuff you can eat or eat out of and clothing. I am particularly fond of the awesome Star Wars gear that they have. I also really like the cool drum kit shirt and guitar shirt that they have offered for a while now. ThinkGeek has announced that a new shirt is now shipping that goes right along with the other playable shirts. The new shirt is called the Electronic Music Synthesizer Shirt.
The shirt is offered in sizes for adults from Small to XXL and all sell for the same $29.99. The synthesizer on the front of the shirt can actually be played and you can press up to eight different keys at one time. The instrument has five different instrument sounds you can choose from and the sound comes out of a box that looks like a speaker you wear on your belt.
When it comes to high-end headphones and headsets, Sennheiser makes some of the coolest around. The company has all sorts of headphones from units for audiophiles to headphones made for use with your gaming system or iPod. Sennheiser also makes a lien of headphones that are just for the DJs out there. The latest set of headphones form Sennheiser is the HD 25-1-II and they are branded with Adidas.
The headphones are over the ear style and they are offered in black and blue color scheme with the three stripes that Adidas is famous for. The headphones have value ear pads that help block out room sounds and are padded for long-term ear and comfort. The transducers are dynamic closed units with a frequency response of 16 - 22000 Hz.
The tablet market is hot right now with the iPad selling in droves and other tablets coming to the market in force. Some of the most popular tablets are those that run Android like the Galaxy Tab and there are many other tablets heading to market in the next few months that will use Android as well. HTC VP Jack Tong has noted that the iPad right now is hurting the PC business more than it is affecting the smartphone business.
HTC is watching the tablet market closely according to Tong in an effort to determine when it should enter the fray. It would be safe to assume that if HTC offered a tablet it would run Android. Tong also talked about Windows Phone 7 and says that HTC will continue to focus on Android for the time being. It will offer WinPo 7 handsets in the US and will offer Windows OS devices in China and other countries next year when the OS launches in other languages.
Corsair has SSDs for all sorts of needs from simple and small boot drives to high-capacity drives that can be used for storage and the OS on your notebook or desktop computer. Corsair is also a big name in the RAM business for PCs and other users. Corsair has announced today that it is adding a pair of new capacity SSDs to its Force Series offerings. The new SSDs are the F90 and F180 and they share many of the same features of their other family members the F60, F120, and F240.
The new SSDs both use the Sandforce SF-1200 SSD processor with read speeds up to 285MB/sec and write speeds up to 275MB/sec. Corsair also claims that the SSDs are good for 50K IOPs with 4K random writes. Both of the new SSDs support TRIM in Windows 7 and are shipping right now. The F90 will sell for $189.99 and the F180 will sell for $399.99. These should be some really nice SSDs for comptuer geeks to use in their computers.
Back in October the Zoom company pulled the wraps off a new video recorder that promises audio recording that was HD along with 1080p HD video recording. The camera is billed as the only video recorder that can record HD video and audio with point and shoot ease. The camera is called the Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder. When it was announced, we were given most of the important details.
We know the camera will record 1080p HD video at 30 fps and will record 720p resolution video at 30fps or 60 fps. It will record audio at 24-bit/96kHz quality and has an easy to use interface. The camera has a LCD screen on the back for watching video in the field and has a HDMI output. That HDMI output allows you to shoot the video over to your big screen in the living room.
ASUS held a press conference in Taipei today to announce its latest notebook, the U36JC. I couldn't attend the event personally, but luckily for us, Nicole of Netbook News fame was on hand to shoot a hands-on video of this new super slim laptop for us.
The U36JC features a 13.3-inch screen and comes installed with Windows 7 Home Premium and an Intel Core i5 460M processor and an NVIDIA GT310M GPU with 1GB of dedicated video memory. As far as memory goes, it comes with 2GB of DDR3 RAM and a 500GB hard disk drive. As Nicole explains in the video above, it's an ultra slim notebook coming in at just 1.66 kilograms, yet it still packs in an 8-cell battery that should be able to provide pretty decent battery life for most applications.
Nicole comments she is not a fan of glossy displays, but I reckon that style actually works pretty well, but I am still a bit on the fence. Getting a look at the notebook opened, we are presented with a stylish looking notebook with what Nicole describes a great chicklet keyboard, however she thought the shift keys are too small - I tend to agree.
Above the 1366 x 768 screen is a 0.3mp web camera for online chat, and as far as the track pad goes, it's a decent size and there is even a finger print scanner included. The mouse buttons are a little "clickly" (new word, Nicole?), but overall it looks to be a pretty decent notebook.
Here is one for the books! If you've been in the PC scene for some years, you'll remember back in the day that a guy by the name of Jonathan Wendel or "Fatal1ty" as he is known in the online world by his gaming tag, made some of the best gaming motherboards on the market with the once king we knew as ABIT.
Fast forward several years. I get a call from ASRock earlier this week saying that they have a special guest in town and I should come out to their office for an interview. Of course, that special guest from the US was Fatal1ty. He is in town to introduce his new Fatal1ty P67 Professional gaming motherboard exclusively to us here at TweakTown.
The Fatal1ty product team decided to work with ASRock after discussions started back at CeBIT in Germany earlier this year. Development has been on-going for the past two or three months and both sides are finally ready to show-off the fruits of their labor and planning. According to Jonathan and his team, ASRock was selected since they consider the Taiwanese motherboard maker "craftsman of motherboards" after inspecting its engineers and products over time.
In the video above we speak with Chris Lee from ASRock Marketing and the man himself, the renowned American gamer with a new product in his hands to show off to the world. CONTINUED...
There's a lot to like about Apple's iOS 4.2 update; especially if you're an iPad owner. Then again, Apple has given as well as taken away. Their help forums are all abuzz because the update has rendered many previously iPad friendly USB devices useless. If you've got this problem, here's why:
The culprit in the update is that the USB power output has been dropped from 100ma to 20ma, making more power hungry card readers, keyboards, and such unable to get the juice they need to function even if they are straight from Apple themselves. Expectedly, this has iPad owners in an uproar that use their device for photo manipulation and with higher power devices. Nothing official from Apple on why the change was made has been released.