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Mad Catz announces the new S.T.R.I.K.E M Mobile Keyboard

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 12:40 am

Today Mad Catz announced the launch of its all new S.T.R.I.K.E M mobile keyboard, which features an overall footprint that is ideal for mobile use. The new S.T.R.I.K.E M is compatible with a wide range of devices including the company's new M.O.J.O. Android-based console.

 

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"The S.T.R.I.K.E. range has proven to resonate with passionate gamers, and we are exciting to extend the brand into mobile gaming with a technically advanced product which combines impressive features with striking aesthetics" said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive. "We believe the S.T.R.I.K.E.M fits perfectly with our long-term strategy of designing innovative products for passionate gamers across all gaming platforms."

 

Available in red, white and black, the new S.T.R.I.K.E M is part of Mad Catz GameSmart line of mobile products and features NFC technology that will pair the keyboard with compatible devices by simply tapping them together. The S.T.R.I.K.E M features P.U.l.S.E scissor keys that give the keys a crisp feel and provide a "tactile" feel without the need for costly mechanical switches. No pricing information was provided at the time of this writing.

Toshiba unveils the PX02SS enterprise-grade solid state drive

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 11:46 pm

Earlier today, Toshiba announced a new SSD from its Storage Products Business. The new PX02SS is a new 2.5-inch enterprise-grade solid state drive that is available in capacities up to 800GB. Toshiba says that this new SSD is designed for various write-intensive enterprise applications and is an ideal solution for large workloads.

 

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The new PX02SS is built around a 12Gb/second interface with select models utilizing self-encrypting technology. Toshiba says that the drive is capable of supporting up to 30 full drive writes per day, and that features a layered error code correction approach which improves reliability.

 

"Toshiba's unique integrated SSD design and manufacturing capability ensures that key components of the SSD, including NAND flash, are designed by Toshiba," said Don Jeanette, senior director of product marketing at Toshiba Storage Products Business Unit. "Component and design commonality reduces qualification time for our customers and reflects Toshiba's partner-driven approach to SSD design and manufacturing, helping our customers save time and money."

Valve hits milestone: Steam now has 65 million registered users

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 10:40 pm

There was once a time when many of the big game developers said that Valve's Steam gaming network would never succeed and that no one wanted to buy a digital copy of a videogame. Fastforward a few years and Valve has just announced that Steam now has a record breaking 65 million users accessing and playing games on its platform.

 

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Over the last year, Steam has seen over 15 million new accounts registered which equates to a rise of about 30-percent over the previous year. With 65 million users, Steam is now a bigger social and gaming platform that Microsoft's Xbox Live service. Sony's PlayStation Network is still larger with about 110 million users though. With SteamOS and Steam Machines coming in 2014, it appears that only the sky is the limit for what Steam can grow to in the next 12 months.

Q3 numbers are in for Facebook, managed to beat Wall Street estimates

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 9:33 pm

Facebook has just released its third quarter financial report, and even though its growth slowed, the company's revenue increased. Wall Street analyst predicted earlier that the Facebook would report a revenue of $1.91 billion with an estimated earnings of $0.19 per share, but the social network managed to best those estimates.

 

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Facebook has reported that during the third quarter of 2013 it earned a revenue of $2.02 billion with a per share earnings of $0.25, much higher than analyst had predicted. 41-percent of that $2.02 billion was generated from mobile which is up 10-percent over Q2 2013. Daily active users on the site rose to 728 million which is up from the 699 million Facebook reported last quarter. Monthly active users hit the 1.19 billion mark which is also up from the last quarter.

 

"We've made good progress growing our community, deepening engagement and delivering strong financial results, especially on mobile," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement. "The work we've done to make mobile the best Facebook experience is showing good results and provides us with a solid foundation for the future." This quarter that number grew to 49 percent."

AMD delays R9 290 launch until November 5th, cites driver issues

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 8:10 pm

Today AMD confirmed the rumors that its Radeon R9 290 GPU has been delayed by about a week due to issues with its drivers. AMD is working on a new driver and says that it should give the card a substantial boost in performance. As a result of this new development, AMD is asking all media to run all benchmarks again with the new driver when it becomes available.

 

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The "Non X" version of the R9 290 is a slightly slowed down version of its R9 290X which has been met with rave reviews since its launch. With the launch being pushed back by a week, AMD has chosen to not release any information or pricing figures on the new card, but I expect it to retail in the $439-$449 price range.

Ashton Kutcher is the newest product engineer at Lenovo

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 7:10 pm

Over the years, Lenovo has given celebrity advisors honorary positions in the company and it appears that Ashton Kutcher is the company's latest honoree. A press release from the company this morning states that Kutcher will work with engineering teams around the world to develop and market the all new Yoga line of tablets.

 

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"This partnership with Lenovo brings together my love of technology and design that makes your life better. I can't wait to dig in and help Lenovo develop future mobile computing products, starting with the Yoga Tablet," said Ashton Kutcher. "Lenovo is all about innovation and strong leadership. Entrepreneurship is part of their DNA, and I couldn't ask for a better fit."

 

"Ashton Kutcher's authentic, creative appetite for technology and keen consumer insight combined with our innovation engine make this a very natural and powerful partnership," said David Roman, chief marketing officer, Lenovo. "This partnership goes beyond traditional bounds by deeply integrating him into our organization as a product engineer as we look at developing the next wave of products. As we continue to push into new PC Plus product areas and lead in multimode computing, Ashton will help us break new ground by challenging assumptions, bringing new perspective and contributing his technical expertise to Yoga Tablet and other devices."

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LeakedTT: Nexus 5 gets unboxed and benchmarked in new leaks

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 6:08 pm

It appears that the leaks around Google's upcoming Nexus 5 are never ending and beginning to form more of a stream than the slow drip we have seen all week. Today not one, but two independant leaks have surfaced that depict the Nexus 5 being unboxed as well as showing the world what a speed demon the device really is.

 

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Google's Nexus 5 has been rumored to be the fastest Android phone ever made, and our first leak this morning seemingly confirms those rumors. Benchmark screenshot have been leaked from the Basemark X benchmarking program and the results show that the Nexus 5 beats out the Samsung Galaxy S4 by more than six whole points and falls under the iPhone S5 by just about a single point. It edges out the HTC one by more than seven points and the Sharp Aquos SHL23 by about one point.

 

Our second leak is a little less exciting, but still newsworthy nonetheless. A photo has popped up in a Photobucket album that is showing off the Nexus 5 unboxed from its packaging and apparently being powered on. Its unclear where this image was taken, but the phone and packaging does look like it is resting on an office chair and you can see some sort of network cables in the background. My guess is that this is either from a PR firm, developer, or Reviewer who let their phone upload to their Photobucket account by mistake.

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Cambridge Audio unveils a matchbox sized headphone amplifier

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 4:59 pm

Cambridge Audio has just unveiled a new Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) that is said to change one's entire computer audio experience. The all new DacMagic XS is a ultra-compact Digital to Analog Converter that takes the digital audio signal from your PC and converts it into a much more rich and full analog signal for a true Hi-Fi experience.

 

 

The DacMagic XS is smaller is size than your average matchbox but still manages to pack in the high-end components and technology needed to produce a product that audiophiles will appreciate. The DacMagic also features a built in headphone amplifier, that delivers ten times more power than most of the laptops soundcards are capable of. This ensures that the audio is always crisp and clear, even in the noisiest environments. Cambridge Audio says that the DacMagic XS is available now at an MSRP of $189.

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Oculus Rift is heading to Android-based mobile devices says CEO

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 3:43 pm

The Oculus Rift is in my opinion, one of the biggest game changing pieces of technology to hit the PC gaming world since the introduction of the discrete GPU. Until now though, the Rift has officially been slated for the PC, but this morning a new report has surfaced that suggest we will be seeing a mobile friendly version quite soon.

 

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Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe spoke earlier this week at the GamesBeat conference held by VentureBeat, and during his speech, Iribe said that his company has plans to launch a production version of the Oculus Rift that is both PC and Mobile compatible. He went on to say that the this version would be lighter and smaller in size than the existing developer units, and that it would be compatible with any device running the Android OS.

 

Iribe says that Id Software founder and Oculus CTO John Carmack has been working on the mobile side of things and that development is coming along quite nicely. "We have some exciting plans on the mobile VR side as [well as] the PC VR side,' Iribe said. 'We're really looking at hitting the consumer market. We're very excited about what we're seeing," Iribe said. "We were sceptical about how good mobile VR could be on such a small platform, but it's pretty incredible what Carmack has been able to do."

UK researchers working on 'Li-Fi' see 250x the speed of broadband

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 11:52 am

While I potter around on my 8mbps connection, a team of researchers from the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, St Andrews and Strathclyde working on the Ultra-Parallel Visible Light Communications Project are claiming to have reached some epic speeds on Li-Fi: 10.5Gbit/s.

 

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Yeah - that's fast. How does Li-Fi work? Well, it works by utilizing specialized LED bulbs to transmit data through parallel streams of light that are completely undetectable to the human eye. Harald Haas, a German physicist, and one of the project leaders at the University of Edinburgh said: "If you think of a shower head separating water out into parallel streams, that's how we can make light behave."

 

In order to reach the dizzying heights of 10.5Gbit/s, the researchers used a micro-LED bulb which was developed over at the University of Strathclyde, which transmitted 3.5Gbit/s through three primary colors - red, green and blue.

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