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Newer Technology Shows Dual Socket USB Power Outlet without Phantom Draw

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 6:35 pm

CES 2012 - Newer Technology, part of the MAC Sales clan which includes OWC SSDs displayed a product I'm sure everyone reading this can appreciates. USB ports built into power sockets aren't anything new but all of them we've seen continually power the USB ports. This is a big waste of power since you don't have devices connected all of the time to the USB ports.

 

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Phantom power draw is a big issue when you are paying the electric bill but Newer Technology has come up with a simple solution to turn the ports off when not in use. The USB ports provide up to 2 amps of power when the USB door opens. A micro switch gets activated and your iPad, iPod, cell phone or other device gets the juice.

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Pre-CES 2012 preview of Thermaltake cases Level 10 GTS and Armor Revo

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 9:01 am

CES 2012 - Last month we visited the Thermaltake HQ in Taipei where we stumbled upon a few products where we got the chance to film them on video in this pre-CES 2012 preview of a couple new cases from the Taiwanese company.

 

 

First up we have the Level 10 GTS which is a new case coming onto the market by the end of Q1 2012 and should end up retailing for around $100 USD. It gets its design from its bigger full tower brother, the original Level 10 GT. Of course the GTS is much cheaper and has a similar feel as the GT and the same extended case width which users like. It will also get bundled with a quick access drive bay that allows you to move around hard drives from one Level 10 GT/GTS to another Level 10 GT/GTS or other computers thanks to the addition of the SATA (data and power) to USB 3.0 adapter that comes included.

 

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Next up we have the Armor Revo which takes some of the design theory from previous Thermaltake Armor series cases but at the same time mixes it up quite a bit. The front is rather busy with a rather unique, funky and stylish design with a mesh flow down the center of the case. You can always rely on Thermaltake to come out with something that stands out from the crowd. This is definitely the sort of case that you are either going to love right away or turn your nose up to. On the top front of the case you have your standard audio ports, eSATA, two USB 3.0 and USB 2.0...

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Lenovo IdeaTab S2 sports Android 4.0/ICS, 10-inch screen, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 8:28 am

CES 2012: In a world of NVIDIA Tegra 3, Transformer Prime and quad-core tablet goodness, Lenovo have steered away from that and unveiled a new 10-inch tablet based on Google's Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) OS.

 

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The IdeaTab S2 sports a 10-inch screen, Android 4.0, a Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual-core 8X60A or 8960, 1280x800 LED-backlit IPS display, 3G with call support, 1GB LPDDR2 RAM, SSD of up to 64GB, HDMI Micro connection, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing cam, 5-megapixel with auto-focus rear-facing camera all weighing in at just 1.27-pounds (580 grams) and at 0.34-inch (8.69mm) thick.

 

Battery life on the IdeaTab S2 can hit up to 9 hours, and using the keyboard dock provides another 9 hours as well as two USB 2.0 ports, a multitouch trackpad and an SDHC card reader. At the moment, as with most things announced at CES, no word on pricing or availability yet.

Sony announces high-speed XQD memory cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 7:29 am

In today's world of high-speed data transfers, cameras and their memory cards have been relatively left behind. But, Sony have stopped that with the Sony XQD memory card, based on the PCI-Express specification, the XQD format is aimed at improving digital image capture speed and performance.

 

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It is capable of capturing up to 100 frames in RAW format in continuous shooting mode. Sporting write speeds of 125MB/sec, and theoretical maximum write speeds of 5Gb/s, or roughly 600MB/sec. You can see how this is exciting for photographers. Director of consumer media for Sony Electronics, Viviano Cantu, says:

 

Advanced shooters want to capture the moment in the highest quality possible, and that often means dealing with massive files like RAW images. Memory card technology has done a great job of keeping pace, but these new cards give an entirely new meaning to speed and performance.

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AMD's Radeon HD 7970 is now available for sale, who is buying me one?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 6:26 am

AMD's next-generation single-GPU Radeon HD 7970 is now available for sale, whilst not officially available until tomorrow, everyone likes to get in early. Newegg have already thrown their 7970s up for sale tonight.

 

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Newegg have cards available from all of AMD's major North American partners, HIS, Gigabyte, XFX, ASUS, Sapphire, and PowerColor. Because they've just launched (and most likely because there's no competition), most of them are at the AMD MSRP of $549. The ASUS card is $589, and XFX's custom-cooled and overclocked model is $599.

 

There's no official word from AMD on the Radeon HD 7970 availability. Now, which of you amazing readers (or companies? ;)) would like to send me 2 for my rig? Am I kidding? I guess you'd only find out by sending me a few. On a more serious note, if you get your hands on one, be sure to comment and let us (and everyone else) know!

Consumer Electronic sales during holiday period dropped 6% from last year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 5:27 am

The Consumer Electronics Show starts up this week and right out of the gate in relation to consumer electronics is a report from the NPD Group: Consumer electronic sales during the 2011 holiday period dropped 6-percent when compared to 2010.

 

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But, it doesn't look like it'll get any better. The NPD Weekly Tracking Service notes that the decline comes off of another decline from the year before. 2011's drop was not as bad as 2010's bad, but it shows the direction the market is headed. NPD says:

 

Total consumer technology sales (excluding cell phones, tablets, e-readers, and video games) fell 5.9 percent to around $9.5 billion for the 5 weeks ending December 24, a slight improvement over the 6.2 percent decline in 2010.

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Microsoft tease 3D 360-degree holographic interactive displays

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 4:23 am

Fans of Star Wars will get a huge kick out of this news and the video below. Microsoft have shown off a prototype project, called the "Vermeer Interactive Display", where the research project combines Microsoft's Kinect motion sensing technology to allow you to directly 'touch' and interact with the virtual image being projected, which Microsoft describes as a '3D volumetric/light field display'.

 

 

What it does, is create an image between two facing parabolic mirrors, which then creates the optical illusion of a color 3D image floating above them, which can be viewed all the way round. This technology could eventually see the light of day for PC gaming, which would really give PC gaming something that consoles just couldn't have in the near future.

 

Imagine a new next-gen RTS game where you could have one of these as a controller... or a new adventure game where you could have an additional display, or use for an interactive display. Maybe a Fallout-type, PIPBOY display, where you could press buttons to the side of you with the interactive display. All we need is one serious, thinking-outside-the-box developer to use this and it could really take off.

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Tobii lets you control Windows 8 with your... eyes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 3:24 am

This is something new for me, I've never heard of it before and wow does it sound interesting. Tobii, have introduced eye-tracking technology called "Gaze", where you can control Windows 8 with your... eyes. Yes, the eyes you're reading this text with, can control the next-generation OS from Microsoft. The project is a result of research conducted in 2001 at Stockholm's Royal Institute of Technology.

 

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Gizmodo tried it out and they seem to have nothing but great words to say about it, and it makes me just as excited to read about it and imagine the possibilities. Gaze's eye control device, which is said to look like a "horizontal rectangle glass obelisk attached to the hinge of a laptop", is incredibly accurate.

 

Just like smartphones, Gaze requires some personal calibration before you can use it and some unique finger movements. Gaze is said to be very accurate, never missing the target by more than a "few pixels". On top of the eye tracking, swipe gestures are also available through Windows 8 and Gaze. Included at the demo was an Asteroids-like game with Tobii's Gaze and everything that was impressive about Tobii before, was just as impressive in Asteroids, according to Gizmodo.

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Space Quest fan game, Vohaul Strikes Back, a fan-made feature-length sequel to Space Quest

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 3:22 am

Team VSB, a bunch of peeps who have built a feature-length Space Quest game called "Vohaul Strikes Back" is now available, and best of all: for free. Vohaul Strikes Back is a labor of love, with nearly 10 years of work going into the game.

 

 

It's also the first original Space Quest game of this scale since the official Space Quest 6 which was released all the way back in 1995. Vohaul Strikes Back doesn't include a voice pack, but Team VSB are working on one. If you'd like to help the team out with the voice pack, you can reach them through their forums.

 

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You can check out their website here, and download the game (again, for free!) from here. I'm quite enjoying the amount of love these old-school adventure games are getting, now if we can just get updated Full HD versions of my favorite FMV games such as Night Trap, Under a Killing Moon and others, I'd be in nostalgic heaven.

CES Unveiled was a wash; check out what we found to be more worth your time!

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 2:49 am

So as Cameron and Chris talk me into running through CES Unveiled, I found myself packed in a room with hundreds of people, just after what should have been the biggest tip off of the night. As we passed through the doors, there was a lady handing out iPhone cases to everyone who wanted one. Once we passed through the doors you see food, a bar at each end of the hall, and what seemed to be an iHall.

 

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With select few displays showing convection cook tops, some radar detectors, and the most impressive of the whole room was the ice block that chilled the Vodka for the Martini's that were given away to keep us in the room longer. I realize it was an open bar, and that is all fine and great for us who were in the room, but poor Cameron had to drink his Jack and Cokes with Coke Zero of all things, as regular Coke was something the bartender seemed to have no concept of!

 

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After fighting your way through tons of people and getting slammed by bags from every angle as you try to squirm your way through the masses, I for one was left underwhelmed at what was actually being displayed to kick off the event. Most of my time speaking with others was spent looking at the nuances of the new convection cook tops, as it was seriously the biggest draw to me personally in the room, as I don't own any Apple products. For those that do, there were a couple of cool devices to mix with your iPhone and iPads, but again, enough is enough with the iGadgets.

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