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Buffalo readies up its BDXL supporting portable Blu-ray writer

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 7, 2011 2:50 pm

Buffalo is now preparing shipments of its BDXL-format supporting "BRXL-PCW6U2-BK" external/portable Blu-ray writer.

 

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The unit connects via USB 2.0 and includes support for both 3-layer (100GB) and 4-layer (128GB) BDXL discs. The drive runs measurements of 145 x 19 x 153 mm with a weight of 340 grams. It will ship with a couple built-in USB cables whereby one acts as the data path and the other for power.

 

As for write speeds, the drive can do up to 4x for BDXL media, 6x for BD-R (single- and dual-layer), 2x for BD-RE, 8x for DVD-R/+R/+RW, 6x for DVD-R DL/+R DL/-RW, 5x for DVD-RAM, 24x for CD-R and 16x for CD-RW.

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Panasonic announce DMC-GX1 and 3D capable DMC-3D1 Lumix cameras

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cameras | Posted: Nov 7, 2011 2:08 pm

Panasonic has made a couple announcements today with two new Lumix series cameras - the DMC-GX1 Micro Four Thirds and DMC-3D1.

 

Beginning with the former, the GX1 sports a Venus Engine image processor with a 16.01MP Live MOS sensor and a sensitivity of up to ISO 12800. It includes a Contrast AF focus system with 0.09 second (Light Speed AF) autofocus and the use of a dust reduction system, as well as One Push AE and the iA and iA Plus modes for automatic shots.

 

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The LCD on the new GX1 is touch-enabled, being 3-inch (460,000-dot) in size. The camera is capable of recording video at up to 1080/60i and will come in two colour options - black and silver. There will also be two differing kits on offer from Panasonic for this model, the DMC-GX1-K which comes with the 14-42 standard zoom (priced at $800) and the DMC-GX1-X which has the Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S (H-PS14042) lens (at $950).

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Download of the Day: Emsisoft Anti-Malware 6.0.0.44

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 7, 2011 1:09 pm

Our Download of the Day today is Emsisoft Anti-Malware 6.0.0.44.

 

Emsisoft Anti-Malware monitors all active programs in real time for dangerous behavior (Behavior Blocking) and can detect new unknown Trojans, Worms, Viruses and other damaging programs (Zero-Day dangers) without daily updates. The signature-based security (Emsisoft and Ikarus double engine) ensures a very high recognition rate of known Malware such as Trojans, Worms and Viruses.

 

Emsisoft Anti-Malware provides reliable protection from:

 

• Viruses, worms, bots.

• Trojans, backdoors, keyloggers, rootkits.

• Spyware, Adware, TrackingCookies.

 

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The latest version includes the following changes:

 

Changes in Version 6.0.0.44

 

Manually created host rule disappears from the list - fixed.

Framework module crash - fixed.

Stack overflow crash - fixed.

Code cleanup and internal improvements.

Incomplete uninstalling of drivers bug - fixed.

Internal service crash - fixed.

Crash in quarantine module - fixed.

Occasional crashes reported by users - fixed.

Import/export settings bug - fixed.

Localization reading bug - fixed.

 

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Deal of the Day: 32-Inch Haier L32D1120 720p LCD HDTV for $197 with FREE Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Nov 7, 2011 12:30 pm

Our Deal of the Day today is the Amazon - 32-Inch Haier L32D1120 720p LCD HDTV for $197 with FREE Shipping!.

 

Offer: $197 with FREE shipping buys this 32" Haier 720p LCD HDTV from Amazon.com. This HDTV features 7,500:1 contrast, 60hz refresh, and has 2 HDMI inputs, a USB input (for MP3, and Jpegs).

 

32-INCH HAIER 720P LCD HDTV DEAL

 

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AMOLED technology, coming soon to a TV near everyone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Nov 7, 2011 11:31 am

After using my Samsung GALAXY S II for the past week, I have fallen in love with its Super AMOLED Plus display. Hearing this news today, is great. Currently, the display technology standard that powers most PCs and TVs is LCD. LCD of course, has its issue such as limited viewing angles, poor colors, motion blur and input lag.

 

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Most people don't seem to notice it, but its there. When compared to an IPS panel, or CRT set, it is instantly noticeable to most people. There are various types of LCD technology in mainstream use today which attempt to solve the issues, but none fix all of them. TN panels are cheap to buy, relatively fast (they're the ones that power 120Hz screens) which reduces motion smear and input lag, but the shortcomings are viewing angles and color accuracy. Good for gamers, but not great for video or picture work.

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Somebody actually paid $1725 for a leaked copy of Modern Warfare 3 on eBay

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 7, 2011 10:23 am

Kmart have let a copy of Modern Warfare 3 slip off the shelves, and four days before its released, sold on eBay for an astonishing $1,725. Of course the buyer is anonymous, but there is one [lucky?] person out there who happened to value a leaked copy of Modern Warfare 3 at $1,725.

 

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$1,725. That number is huge. Especially for an Xbox 360 copy, consider this; you could buy a full HD TV, Xbox 360 console and a handful of games for that kind of money. But, to a diehard fan, or someone who just wants it before everyone else (COD-peen?), then it would be invaluable to that person.

 

The problem with this? It takes three-to-four days for the game to be shipped as on the eBay delivery status it clearly states "Delivery: Estimated within 3-4 business days". Can you imagine how your heart would feel if it stopped beating for a second? That's what this person would feel when they realised they'd be waiting to pretty much on the day of proper release of MW3, and they'd get their copy. But, at $1,725.

Nikon issues third notice regarding damage in Thailand flood

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 7, 2011 9:29 am

And so begins the problems for Nikon, again. After having issues at the beginning of the year with the Japanese tsunami, Nikon have been hit again with the Thailand floods. Nikon (Thailand) Co., Ltd., have released a new statement regarding their manufacturing plant in Ayutthaya Province located in Central Thailand.

 

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Nikon state that damages to the first floor of all buildings continues to be submerged. Operations at the factory have been suspended since October 6th with no human "damage" reported. Water levels have reportedly lowered by roughly 40 centimeters from the highest period at measuring points in the Park.

 

Business-wise, Nikon expect it to hit them quite hard with their estimates of financial damage sitting at 65 billion yen ($830 million) in sales, and 25 billion yen ($320 million) in income. Nikon also deeply apologize for any inconveniences caused by the disaster, and short supply of their products.

A Somewhat Awesome Skyrim video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 7, 2011 8:12 am

I stumbled across this video today, which is from the same two guys who bought the world the live-action Battlefield 3 video which featured "Fearless CPU player who loves running down dark corridors" and "Sitting-down terrorist with no peripheral vision", comes a Skyrim-themed short film.

 

The two guys behind it, Rob Hardy and Jarrad Cody are also from my home town, Adelaide, South Australia. I noticed some of their props looked like local brands, and then at the end of the Battlefield 3 video they said that the prize giveaway was to be picked up from Adelaide, SA. Small world! Anyway, check out the Somewhat Skyrim video below:

 

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Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, behind-the-scenes, 5k resolution, 48 fps, 3D

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Nov 7, 2011 7:25 am

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit is currently filming and Jackson is uploading Production Videos onto Facebook, with Production Video #4 from the set of the Hobbit being uploaded today. The video goes into the 3D side of things where its revealed The Hobbit is being shot in 5k resolution, 48fps and 3D. Intense, and I'm loving the high-res shoot.

 

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The movie is being shot on digital cameras, and directly to hard drives (SSDs by the look of them) at 128GB in size. To get an idea of 5k, think of your TV with 1080p, and then imagine a Windows desktop on it. Increase what you can fit on that screen by five times, and you're nearly there. It's hard to show the scope of it, but as the market moves toward it (with the help of movies like this and James Cameron's upcoming Avatar sequels), it is a great thing for the industry.

 

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Motorola Corvair, an Android-based TV controller leaks out

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 7, 2011 6:28 am

Motorola's latest toy has been leaked out, with it being a 6-inch Android 2.3 device codenamed "Corvair" that's designed for use in your living room. It's reportedly being tested with cable companies at the moment, but it's unsure how it's designed to be used.

 

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The box itself calls it a "dedicated controller," but it also seems to show Corvair wirelessly displaying what is on the TV, which means it should be capable of streaming content to the tablet itself, whilst serving as a remote control. Specs-wise, theres not much known apart from the 6-inch screen size and Android 2.3. The box does state the design is "optimized for low cost," so there wouldn't be any super high-end specs inside, at all.

 

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Also included is an IR control and RF4CE, a ZigBee-based RF control protocol, as well as a high-capacity 4,000mAh battery. The battery is a great feature, because if the Corvair is going to live on your coffee table or living room, you'll want it to last a fairly long time.

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