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Five Kinect exclusive games announced with legendary Japanese game creators at the helm

By: Don Lynn | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 17, 2010 12:08 am

Microsoft announced ten "transformative" games today at the Tokyo Game Show(TGS) today, and among those were five Kinect exclusive titles. The titles themselves weren't even as thrilling as the announcement of the names that had been working on them; some of the biggest names in the Japanese and global gaming industry.

 

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The keynote address for the show was given by Takashi Sensui, general manager of the Home & Entertainment Division for Microsoft He was joined by Goichi Suda, also known as "SUDA 51," chief executive officer of Grasshopper Manufacture Inc.; Keiji Inafune, global head of production of Capcom and From Software; Yukio Futatsugi, game director for Grounding; Shigenobu Matsuyama, producer for "Metal Gear Solid: Rising"; and Masaya Matsuura, president for NanaOn-Sha Co. Ltd., who appeared via video.

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Logitech Revue with Google TV to come on September 29th; Dish Network offering discounts

By: Don Lynn | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 16, 2010 11:55 pm

Google TV seems to be officially on the horizon, and Logitech is looking to be the first to take advantage of it. The Logitech Revue is reportedly ready to hit shelves on September 29th at a price of $299 USD.

 

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It also looks like subscribers to Dish Network's satellite service will get a deep discount on the box; only paying $179 for the setup. This is an interesting revelation considering the possible competition these streaming solutions are bringing to our tried and true satellite services. Regardless, it's a fairly nice deal, and definitely worth looking into if you're not willing to part with the satellite just yet.

TweakTown is now IE9 Jump List ready, give it a try!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Sep 16, 2010 7:39 pm

Yesterday all the rage was the big announcement of the Internet Explorer 9 beta by Microsoft. One of the many new features it brings to the table is support for pinning websites to your taskbar as well as website jump lists.

 

You probably would have seen jump lists before with some of your favorite desktop applications. Such as with Windows Messenger Live you can quickly change your status without actually opening the program. For TweakTown we have added some handy quick links to our jump lists including Latest News, Reviews, Articles, SBG and Contact Us with some nice looking icons to go along with it. We would have added more, but there is a maximum limit of five.

 

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Want to give it a try? First you will need to be using the IE9 beta that came out yesterday (grab it here). Once you are in IE9, just locate our blue "TT" favicon to the left of the URL in the address bar and click and drag it down to your taskbar. That will pin TweakTown to your taskbar. Now right click on it and you will see a list of jump list items to quickly access some of the best parts of our website.

 

Let us know what you think!

Incipio unveils Linq iPod nano watch case

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Sep 16, 2010 7:04 pm

The technology world was all aflutter a few weeks back when Apple unveiled its new line of iPods. One of the new offerings was an updated version of the nano with a touchscreen and a clock function. With the thing being able to be used as a clock it didn't take long for some accessories to hit the market to turn the thing into a watch.

 

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Many of the watchbands for the new nano were just simple bands that you clip the nano onto. The problem there was that the nano was left unprotected from scratches or drops. A new nano case has surfaced from Incipio called the Linq that offers protection while you wear the nano like a watch.

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Crosley Revolution CR6002A portable record player launches

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Sep 16, 2010 6:02 pm

I haven't touched a vinyl record since I was a kid. I know there are a lot of people out there who have large vinyl record collections that they want to listen too. There are also a lot of folks out there who have vinyl that they want to turn into digital tracks to use with modern devices like the iPod. Crosley has announced a new portable turntable that is really cool and will play vinyl on the go.

 

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The device is called the CR6002A Revolution and it is a portable belt-driven turntable. I really like the design that has the edges of the record sticking out and floating over the surface the turntable is sitting on. It will work with small 45 RPM records and larger 33 1/3 RPM records as well. The turntable also has a pair of stereo speakers built-in.

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NZXT debuts new Sleeved LED Kit for adding light inside your computer

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Tweaking & Overclocking | Posted: Sep 16, 2010 5:06 pm

Computer fans that like to trick out their case to look better or those who are into modding know that some lighting can really make the case pop. The catch is that many lighting systems like CCFLs and LEDs often come on bulky boards and have designs that can be hard to hide and integrate inside a cramped PC case.

 

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NZXT has unveiled a new line of LED lighting accessories that come in five different colors called the Sleeved LED Kit. The kit has LEDs that are inside a black length of wire loom material like we typically see wrapped around the cables of a PSU. Those wire wraps hide the wires that power the LEDs and make the strips flexible and easier to install and hide. The strip has multiple LEDs in one length of the sleeve.

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IDF 2010 - Ray Tracing with 80 threads

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Sep 16, 2010 4:55 pm

Nicole Scott of Netbook News is on the ground for us at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco and she has a few nuggets of great video coverage for us to share with you all.

 

Next up we get a demonstration of the raw power of the Xeon platform in the form of four Intel Westmere EX processors. Each CPU has 10 cores per chip with Hyper-Threading enabled giving us an insane total of 80 processing threads to work with on a single system. If you don't know, that is an insane amount of processing power. What do you do with all that power? You show off some amazing fully CPU-powered ray tracing in the form of a program called KeyShot by the folks over at Luxion.

 

We get a look at KeyShot which is real-time racing tracing software that only uses the CPU to do its work. What is displayed it the production of photo realistic images. And when we say that, we mean it. The chap from Luxion adjusted settings such as the index of refraction (Ior) of glass on a chess piece and it impacted its immediate vicinity according. There are a couple other neat demos in the video below, too.

 

 

Pretty amazing, huh?

Intel Sandy Bridge performance at IDF 2010 - Video Conversation

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Sep 16, 2010 4:01 pm

Nicole Scott of Netbook News is on the ground for us at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco and she has a few nuggets of great video coverage for us to share with you all.

 

First up is an interview with an Intel chap from the EMEA who gives us an early look at Intel Sandy Bridge, which is the upcoming second generation Core CPU architecture for 2011, and how it performs under intensive video conversation. Setup on the test system is an advanced copy of Movavi Video Converter and the test is designed to showcase the power of Sandy Bridge's integrated hardware video encoder, which is said to dramatically speed up the performance of video encoding.

 

 

 

As you can see in the video above, with Sandy Bridge's encoder hardware acceleration (aka Intel Media SDK) enabled, the same H.264 video takes around 20 seconds compared to the 40 - 50 seconds with the hardware acceleration turned off. That will give you a pretty close comparison to modern day Core processors and what you can expect from tomorrow's Intel processors next year.

 

More coming up soon on Sandy Bridge performance. Stay tuned!

Mophie launches new juice pack powerstation for USB devices

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 16, 2010 3:20 pm

We will all agree that when it comes to our phones and other portable devices and gadgets we want more battery life. The battery in my devices like the iPhone and iPod never seem to last as long as I want them too. For my iPhone have a Mophie Juice Pack that helps to keep the thing going longer.

 

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Mophie has announced a new universal battery pack for the iPhone, iPad, and any other device that can charge via a USB port. The device is called the juice pack powerstation. It has two USB ports on the bottom and to connect any device to it you need the device's charge cable. The battery pack supports iPad charging with 2.1A output and it can also automatically change to other settings depending on what the device needs.

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Altec Lansing offers new earphones for iPhone audiophiles

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Sep 16, 2010 2:34 pm

The biggest problem for iPhone users that want to listen to their music on earphones, but want to be able to make and receive calls if needed as well is that many of the best earphones lack support for making and receiving calls. Altec Lansing has announced a new set of earphones that are aimed at the audiophile that uses an iPhone or iPod. The earphones are called the Muzx Ultra MZX606.

 

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The earphones are designed to block sounds from outside to make the music clearer. The maker claims that they can block up to 26dB of noise. That should mean that you could use them in an airplane, car, or bus to block the noise that can drive you up the wall on a long trip. The earphones use a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

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