A new and expanded WePC community launched today and is open to anyone with a passion for technology, especially ASUS products with Intel Inside®. Building on its mission to bridge innovation and technology with consumers' needs, the new WePC.com has more ways for fans to present their ideas, interact with community members and drive product development for two of the world's leading technology brands.
As one of the first crowdsourcing communities, WePC.com empowered members to play an integral role in the PC design process of a number of cutting-edge technologies, such as intuitive touchscreen interfaces and kid-friendly netbooks. Last year at CeBIT, ASUS initiated the industry's first dual-panel concept notebooks, making intuitive control possible. The community also supported the direction for the development of future pad devices.
I have a few friends that always want to go somewhere and sing karaoke. One of my hard and fast rules of life is that I don't dance and I don't sing in public. I will humiliate myself with some Rock Band at my house, but singing in front of drunken people at the local Mexican food restaurant isn't my idea of fun. If you like to sing karaoke and want a portable system that will let you belt out your favorite songs and can be used for meetings and more Samson has a new product for you.
The new product is called the Expedition 40iw Portable Pa system. It has an integrated iPod dock and a wireless microphone. This is the first system to feature a wireless mic with an integrated rechargeable battery from Samson. The system can be used for karaoke, meetings, pool parties or any other task where you need to be heard by a group.
I have tried out a bunch of different earphones over the years. I have grown to love the lightweight and compact ones the most. Heavy earphones tend to fall out of my ears when I am moving around a lot at the gym and it drives me crazy. The lightweight earphones are much more comfortable and stay in place with exertion much easier. A company called Lift Audio has pulled the covers off a new set of earphones that it clams is one of the smallest in the world.
Looking at the earphones, it's easy to see that Lift Audio is telling the truth. The tiny 6mm earphones have a case that is smaller in diameter than the ear tips on the Icon by default. The tiny 6mm drivers are encased in an aluminum alloy case that weighs only 1.6 ounces. The ear tips are made from silicone and are snug fitting. The Icon earphones ship with small, medium, and large ear tips.
We have teamed up with Corsair this week to giveaway an XMS 12GB DDR3-2000 memory kit as well as an F60 SandForce based SSD.
First up this week for grabs is the CMX12GX3M3A2000C9 memory kit and if that means nothing to you, allow me to explain. This is a 12GB DDR3-2000 triple-channel kit consisting of three 4GB modules and is designed for use with Intel X58 motherboards. It comes with timings of 9-10-9-27 at 2000MHz. The memory comes sealed with an XMS heat spreader for heat dissipation and sexy looks!
Next up is the CSSD-F60GB2-BRKT, which is in other words the Corsair Force F60 solid state disk drive. This baby is based on the SandForce SF-1200 controller and has a maximum read speed of 285MB/s and a maximum write speed of 275MB/s. You want it.
Head on over to our forum giveaway page to find out how to win one! For this weekly giveaway anyone can enter and you do not pay for the shipping charges.
I will admit that I was excited at the prospect of OnLive when I first heard about it. Once I learned more about the system and realized that you had to pay monthly to access the OnLive network and still buy the video games, I wasn't nearly as interested in the service. I have tried OnLive and in my instance, it had some lag and the graphics weren't as good as some stand-alone games I have on my gaming PC, but it was certainly playable.
If you are a fan of OnLive, you can now pre-order the OnLive Game system that lets you hook OnLive to your TV in the living room and play some of the coolest games you can get on PCs and consoles from the comfort of your couch. The downside for gamers used to a PC is that you have to play using a gamepad that looks like the standard PS3 arrangement.
Over the last year or so Netflix has gone from something I would have never considered joining after experienced years ago with never getting the DVDs I wanted to see to something that I am very interested in trying. The change for me is completely due to the streaming offerings that Netflix has today. Netflix has done so well with its streaming offerings that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has stated previously that the company is a streaming firm that also ships DVDs.
Hastings was on hand at the Web 2.0 Summit and offered some insights into the values of mobile apps for Netflix and what affect those mobile apps have had on the bottom line at the company. Hastings said in a nutshell, that mobile apps for the iPhone and iPad have had a minimal effect on the bottom line for Netflix. Hastings went so far as to say people aren't interested in streaming long-form video to mobile devices.
The most popular tablet on the market right now is the iPad. The popularity of the tablet had something to do with the fact that the machine was the only tablet around for a while. There are more and more tablets coming to the market each day and many of them will be running Android as an operating system just like the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The Galaxy Tab launched not too long ago and is one of the first major Android tablet offerings to land.
With more and more Android tablets coming to the market, analysts are expecting truly big things from Android in the tablet market. Research firm IMS Research as predicted that by 2011 Android tablets will have 15% of the overall tablet market globally. That percentage of the global tablet market will boom and by 2015, the research firm predicts Android tablets will hold 28% of the tablet market.
ASRock has pulled the wraps off its new line of LGA1155 mainboards. The new line of boards runs the gamut from value up to enthusiast class boards. Enthusiast boards are based on the P67 chipset from Intel with value and mainstream boards using the H67 chipset. At the top of the new range is the P67 Extreme6 mainboard with six SATA 6Gb/s ports, and four external USB 3.0 ports with two more USB 3.0 ports inside. The board also has three PCIe x 16 slots and an 18-phase CPU VRM.
Under that board is the P67 Extreme4 with four SATA 6GB/s ports, four USB 3.0 ports, and the same triple PCIe graphics slots. Under those offerings are the P67 Pro and the P67 Pro 3 sporting two 6Gb/s ports, dual rear USB 3.0 ports and a single PCIe x16 slot and packing a 10-phase CPU VRM. That last feature is very good for the class of board.
Did you get my Simpsons joke? *nudge* If not, well onto the article!
AMD's Fusion APU is getting a lot of buzz lately - it is looking to smash into the netbook/ultra-mobile market and judging from early benchmarks, it's flexing some serious muscle toward Intel.
Microsoft brings controller-free entertainment to Australia today, with Kinect for Xbox 360 launching at retailers in time for Christmas.
Predicted to be one of the most significant consumer electronic product launches in history, Kinect's world first technology features a revolutionary sensor which allows full body play for the first time.