Dell has announced a local release date and pricing for it's 5-inch Android based Streak, a device that blurs the line between tablets and smart phones.
Optus will have a 3 month exclusive, offering the Dell Streak from October 1 for FREE on it's $59 plan, locked in a 24 month contract. The Streak will also be available on the $79 cap and $99 Timeless plans, as well as the $49 cap with an additional $7 per month for the handset.
Dell says the Streak will sell for $649 outright - they also rumour to release a 7-inch and 10-inch version coming next year.
The Streak features a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 5MP camera with dual LED flash, 2GB internal memory and will include a 16GB micro-SD card. At the moment, it's understood to run Android 1.6 - although before launch it might get the upgrade to 2.2
Today SteelSeries announced the SteelSeries Shift gaming keyboard.
From SteelSeries CEO, Bruce Hawver, he has the following to say:
"The Shift redefines what it means to gamers when they hear a keyboard can be fully customized. Starting with its solid outside appearance, the Shift adapts to games through interchangeable keysets with pre-defined mods and common commands. Players, whether at the professional level or learning a new blockbuster title, will be able to create multiple layers of macros for every key and fully remap every key on the entire keyboard. Ultimately, the Shift can reduce reaction time in First Person Shooters, it can increase Actions Per Minute in Real Time Strategy titles and it can do advanced macros (including timed delays) in Massive Multiplayer Online games."
"With the introduction of the SteelSeries Shift, we're able to bring another unique and powerful gaming tool to consumers, said SteelSeries CEO, Bruce Hawver. "The Shift greatly expands the functionality and concept of the original Zboard, which joined our product line in 2008 as a result of our acquisition of Ideazon, with new SteelSeries features that will provide gamers with a keyboard experience that can be customized for all types of games. As we bring the SteelSeries Shift to market, we are continuing to work with the best developers and publishers in the games industry to offer player's unique layouts and functionalities that will enhance their entire gaming experience."
I mentioned a new case for the iPad that has a keyboard earlier today that was cool and a new case for the iPhone has now surfaced that adds a keyboard to the smartphone. We have seen keyboard cases already for the iPhone, but the TK-421 comes from ThinkGeek, a company known and loved by many geeks. The keyboard comes in two versions.
The case can be had for the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4. The case will fit the iPhone 3G, but the 3G doesn't support Bluetooth keyboards. The QWERTY keyboard hides under the iPhone and when needed the iPhone swivels out of the way for use. The keyboard connects with Bluetooth and a magnetic clasp keeps the keyboard tucked away when not needed.
One of the key components of most home theater systems is the AV receiver. The receiver turns multiple inputs into one and supports sound formats that your TV alone probably doesn't offer. Sherwood has unveiled a new AV receiver that has some cool features at a decent price.
The receiver is called the RD-705i and it can stream internet radio station and services like Pandora and more using a built-in 801.22n WiFi adapter. The receiver also supports playback of music streamed from other sources in the home with WiFi and an optional Bluetooth adapter. The receiver is Windows 7 compatible.
I really like my iPad and I would use it to work on the go if I wanted in place of my netbook. The only downside is that I would rather have a physical keyboard for typing documents and stuff if I took the iPad with me. I can type on the onscreen keyboard quickly, but a real keyboard would be much more comfortable.
Kensington has unveiled a new accessory that is up for pre-order called the KeyFolio. The thing is a synthetic leather case with a Bluetooth keyboard inside. That keyboard works with anything on the iPad and has iPad specific action keys as well. The keys of the keyboard are rubber coated to protect the iPad screen when the case is closed.
If you are lucky enough to live in one of the handful of cities around the country that can get access to the Sprint or Clearwire 4G WiMax networks Toshiba has announced some of its notebooks can be purchased with WiMax modems installed already. The newly updated machines are set to hit stores this month and run a range of sizes and price points.
The machines include the Satellite A665 with a 16-inch HD screen, GeForce graphics, and Intel Core processors. The machine will be offered in three models with WiMax inside starting at $804.99. The Satellite M645 is a 14-inch HD widescreen notebook with harman/kardon sound system, Intel Core processors and more. It will start at $759.99 for WiMax packing models.
NVIDIA is getting smartphones with its dual-core Tegra CPUs onto the market in time for the holiday shopping season and there are other dual-core processors for smartphones and tablets headed to market as well. Marvell has announced today what it claims to be the world's first tri-core application processor aimed at smartphones and tablets.
The processor is called the Armada 628. The two main cores of the processor run at up to 1.5GHz and the third core runs at 624MHz. The third lower power core will run the basic tasks of the smartphone and sip power doing it with the other cores there when needed. The processor uses heterogeneous multiprocessing and has a 1MB L2 cache.
Thing's just can't go right for NVIDIA's Fermi - now an interview is out with Jen-Hsun Huang, in which he blames TMSC for Fermi's problems - all of it's performance issues, heat problems all TMSC's fault.
He had the following to say: "The parasitic, umm, characterization from our foundries and the tools and the reality are simply not related. At all. We found that a major breakdown between the models, the tools and reality."
But, as Charlie says in his article (in which I agree with) if TMSC were completely at fault - then wouldn't all fabrication done at TMSC have had issues. AMD were able to release the 5xxx series to a smashing success and over 20, 000, 000 GPU's sold in the 5xxx family alone in under 12 months shows this.
Charlie also notes that Fermi's failed architecture will be felt in the industry for years - and NVIDIA pointing their finger at TMSC is the wrong thing to do.
I'd really love to be a fly on the wall at the green HQ in times like this...
You're sitting there, quietly playing a game... your spare controller is sitting on the table in front of you... you walk around a corner and expect zombies on the screen - KABOOM, you wonder where it came from, where is that sound???
Oh - it was your FREAKING PLAYSTATION CONTROLLER EXPLODING.
Sony today has issued a consumer warning to anyone who currently uses an unofficial PlayStation 3 controller.
Obviously, in an effort to stop the world's first PS3 modchip, the "PS Jailbreak" from working - Sony unleashed the firmware update 3.50 which renders any third party USB peripheral unworkable.
Also, the company warns consumers that "any unofficial controller may explode!".
The official Sony statement reads:
Our Download of the Day today is TeamSpeak Client 3.0.0 Beta 30.
TeamSpeak is flexible, powerful, scalable software which enables people to speak with one another over the Internet. TeamSpeak consists of both client and server software. The server acts as a host to multiple client connections, capable of handling literally thousands of simultaneous users.
Address book for easier management of multiple TeamSpeak servers
Create multiple channels and sub-channels for your users
Moderate channels for more control when hosting large group meetings
Whisper functions so you can speak privately to inidividuals, groups of persons, or users in other channels