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Death Of Flip Camcorder Leaves Ecosystem In/At Its Wake

By: Trak Lord | More News: Cameras | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 2:13 am

San Francisco-based telecommunications giant Cisco recently announced they'd be discontinuing their Flip Minicamcorder line of products, which has left an existential vacuum for a lot of different Flip-based gadgets, including Blue Microphone's Mikey. To commemorate it's untimely demise, Blue Microphone posted an obituary for their beloved product.

 

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Before its discontinuation, a series of Flip Camcorders with "Flip Ports" had been released, opening up developing opportunities for third party tinkerers. The Mikey have been shortlived, but it is survived by its brother and sisters who attach to the iPod and other Apple devices that, like Flip Mikey, record high quality stereophonic audio so your videos catch all sorts of phonic nuance.

 

These days, amidst an ever growing economy of gadgets and enterprises, it's always surprising to realize how similarly structured the technological ecosystem is to its living counterpart. Just as if a species were to go extinct, the disappearance of Flip leaves a slew of accessories, attachables, cases, protectors, carrying bags, etc. that will meet as tragic passings as the Mikey.

Super Mario Bros. Much Easier With Portal Gun

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 1:58 am

Shocker.

 

This great re-imagining of the iconic Nintendo Entertainment System shows just how darn useful a Portal gun can be- in pretty much any situation.

 

 

I think it's pretty evident that the addition of a Portal gun into any experience that, you know, didn't revolve around creating portals would be a literal game-changer. But it's fun to imagine some of them, isn't it?

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Royal Wedding Goes AR: Become Will & Catherine, AR Style

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 12:01 am

Face-tracking app maker Aptronic has devised a clever and timely app to coordinate with the upcoming already-internationally-infamous Royal Wedding. The app, RoyalMirror is available for the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4 (rear-facing camera is necessary), and tracks your face to overlay a stylized and cartoonish depiction of either Prince William or Princess Catherine that you can promptly share on a variety of social network sites.

 

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It's a nice addition to an already overwhelming list of lampoons associated with the Wedding of the Century, but it seems novel enough for a few laughs. I think the $0.99 price tag would be more worthwhile if Aptronic had included, say, more than just two royals (who doesn't want to be the Queen of England?) or even a function that allows multiple faces to be tracked for group photos- but hey, I'm not complaining when a mobile augmented reality application has some visibility potential. Plus, Aptronic should see some decent numbers for downloads.

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ASUS AMD Motherboards To Support SLI'd NVIDIA Video Card

By: Trak Lord | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Apr 28, 2011 11:26 pm

Man, can we get anymore anagrams in that headline?

 

Andrew Burnes of Geforce announced today that they will once again be providing AMD motherboards that support SLI. Kick-ass, Andrew. Hit the jump for a photo of one of these shiny new toys, and to check out the rest of the press release.

 

As gamers we know how important it is to find the best price-performance ratio when building a new rig. For several years, gamers have been clamouring for us to reintroduce SLI support for AMD motherboards, and as hard as it may be to believe, SLI was first seen on AMD motherboards in fact, but as the years went by AMD's stature as the preferred platform for gamers fell by the wayside.

 

However, due to the increasing abundance of affordable, high performance kit across all aspects of the industry, and continued calls for the reintroduction of SLI support for AMD motherboards, we figured that now is a great time to do it. After all, we want to make sure that gamers can benefit from the new competitive CPU landscape and to ensure that their existing SLI setups can be utilised in all systems, and that new buyers can make use of NVIDIA SLI, the highest performance, most stable multi-GPU solution.

 

According to Steam's monthly hardware survey, ninety-three percent of all multi-GPU systems in use today use SLI.

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Thursday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Apr 28, 2011 3:27 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - April 28th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte G1.Assassin Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- ASUS Rampage III Black Edition X58 Motherboard @ HiTechLegion

- Intel Desktop Extreme DX58SO2 Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

 

Video/Monitor

 

- EVGA GeForce GTX 460 2WIN 2GB dual-GPU Graphics Card @ PC Perspective

- AMD Radeon 6790 (Barts LE) @ RBMods

- HIS 6950/6970 Fan Turbo 2GB and HIS 6850 IceQ X Turbo 1GB Graphics Cards @ ixbtlabs

- PowerColor Radeon 6670 1GB @ Hardware Heaven

- PowerColor Radeon 6670 1GB @ Pureoverclock

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Brink Get SMART Series: The Basics and Objectives

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2011 2:00 pm

Brink is not far away and now that we're getting close Splash Damage are teasing us with all sorts of new videos showing the game off. These new videos come in the form of the "Get SMART" Series. The Get SMART Series currently has two videos out, the first one called "The Basics" which obviously walks through the baby steps of the game whilst the second video is called "Objectives", I'll let you guess that one for yourself you smart cookie you.

 

 

Depth - a multiplayer game of Shark versus Diver - yes you read that right!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2011 1:00 pm

Well, isn't this an amazing find. A non-typical, original game that isn't a COD-clone. "Depth" is a game where you can choose to be the Predator or Thief. As the Predator, you're a 21-foot man-eating shark and your objective is to find and dismember divers. You get "Shark vision" which lets you experience the sights, sounds and smells of the shark's world. Track prey by the disturbances they make in the water or by the sound of their own heartbeat! As the Shark you have the ability of full-body dismemberment, tear off your victim's limbs one by one and let him bleed to death or take him out with the final bite.

 

 

As a "Thief" you obviously play a human diver and your objective is to loot wealth in the form of sunken booty on the ocean floor - the only way to do this is to outsmart the 21-foot Shark enemies that are hunting you. Take cover in dense sea-weed, wrecks or stay as quiet as possible while the Shark's are hunting for you.

Deal of the Day: Ultimate Ears SuperFi 4 Noise-Isolating Earphones (Dented Box) - $29.99 Shipped Free

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Apr 28, 2011 7:34 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Logitech - Ultimate Ears SuperFi 4 Noise-Isolating Earphones (Dented Box) - $29.99 Shipped Free!.

 

Offer: The Ultimate Ears SuperFi 4 is a noise-isolating earphone with single armature speakers. It also comes with pocket-ready hard case, silicone ear cushions (S, M, L), one set of Comply foam ear cushions, and a cleaning tool.

 

ULTIMATE EARS SUPERFI 4 NOISE-ISOLATING EARPHONES DENTED BOX SALE

 

Use coupon code: superfi4_42611 for the discount. Expires 04/29/2011.

 

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Intel's Larsen Creek SSDs leak from ASRock PDF file

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 28, 2011 5:00 am

Some juicy information has just landed in the laps of the sexy boys and girls of TweakTown, the information is in the form of Intel's upcoming Z68 Express motherboards. ASRock have an upcoming Z68 Extreme 4 motherboard out and someone has found a nice little PDF file with info, check out the pic below:

 

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The picture shows what a system is capable of if using one of these Z68-based boards with an Intel 20GB Larsen Creek solid state drive with the additional herbs that Intel sprinkle on in the form of Intel's SSD caching technology which (as the picture above shows) provides a huge performance increase for a much lower price than a standalone SSD drive. More details should be provided soon, but as this is only a leak, details are scarce.

R18+ Classification in Australia, SA Attorney-General John Rau backs the new games rating

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2011 3:34 am

A new classifications system for computer games that will "increase protection for children and provide parents with clearer guidance" will be supported by the State Government. Attorney-General John Rau has said today that he supports the Federal Government's national push to create an R18+ classification for games but he would abolish the MA15+ classification in SA.

 

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Mr Rau has been quoted saying:

 

This model will give parents greater certainty about the appropriateness of games for their children.

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