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Sony announces high-speed XQD memory cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 7:29 am

In today's world of high-speed data transfers, cameras and their memory cards have been relatively left behind. But, Sony have stopped that with the Sony XQD memory card, based on the PCI-Express specification, the XQD format is aimed at improving digital image capture speed and performance.




It is capable of capturing up to 100 frames in RAW format in continuous shooting mode. Sporting write speeds of 125MB/sec, and theoretical maximum write speeds of 5Gb/s, or roughly 600MB/sec. You can see how this is exciting for photographers. Director of consumer media for Sony Electronics, Viviano Cantu, says:


Advanced shooters want to capture the moment in the highest quality possible, and that often means dealing with massive files like RAW images. Memory card technology has done a great job of keeping pace, but these new cards give an entirely new meaning to speed and performance.

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AMD's Radeon HD 7970 is now available for sale, who is buying me one?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 6:26 am

AMD's next-generation single-GPU Radeon HD 7970 is now available for sale, whilst not officially available until tomorrow, everyone likes to get in early. Newegg have already thrown their 7970s up for sale tonight.




Newegg have cards available from all of AMD's major North American partners, HIS, Gigabyte, XFX, ASUS, Sapphire, and PowerColor. Because they've just launched (and most likely because there's no competition), most of them are at the AMD MSRP of $549. The ASUS card is $589, and XFX's custom-cooled and overclocked model is $599.


There's no official word from AMD on the Radeon HD 7970 availability. Now, which of you amazing readers (or companies? ;)) would like to send me 2 for my rig? Am I kidding? I guess you'd only find out by sending me a few. On a more serious note, if you get your hands on one, be sure to comment and let us (and everyone else) know!

Consumer Electronic sales during holiday period dropped 6% from last year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 5:27 am

The Consumer Electronics Show starts up this week and right out of the gate in relation to consumer electronics is a report from the NPD Group: Consumer electronic sales during the 2011 holiday period dropped 6-percent when compared to 2010.




But, it doesn't look like it'll get any better. The NPD Weekly Tracking Service notes that the decline comes off of another decline from the year before. 2011's drop was not as bad as 2010's bad, but it shows the direction the market is headed. NPD says:


Total consumer technology sales (excluding cell phones, tablets, e-readers, and video games) fell 5.9 percent to around $9.5 billion for the 5 weeks ending December 24, a slight improvement over the 6.2 percent decline in 2010.

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Microsoft tease 3D 360-degree holographic interactive displays

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 4:23 am

Fans of Star Wars will get a huge kick out of this news and the video below. Microsoft have shown off a prototype project, called the "Vermeer Interactive Display", where the research project combines Microsoft's Kinect motion sensing technology to allow you to directly 'touch' and interact with the virtual image being projected, which Microsoft describes as a '3D volumetric/light field display'.



What it does, is create an image between two facing parabolic mirrors, which then creates the optical illusion of a color 3D image floating above them, which can be viewed all the way round. This technology could eventually see the light of day for PC gaming, which would really give PC gaming something that consoles just couldn't have in the near future.


Imagine a new next-gen RTS game where you could have one of these as a controller... or a new adventure game where you could have an additional display, or use for an interactive display. Maybe a Fallout-type, PIPBOY display, where you could press buttons to the side of you with the interactive display. All we need is one serious, thinking-outside-the-box developer to use this and it could really take off.

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Tobii lets you control Windows 8 with your... eyes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 3:24 am

This is something new for me, I've never heard of it before and wow does it sound interesting. Tobii, have introduced eye-tracking technology called "Gaze", where you can control Windows 8 with your... eyes. Yes, the eyes you're reading this text with, can control the next-generation OS from Microsoft. The project is a result of research conducted in 2001 at Stockholm's Royal Institute of Technology.




Gizmodo tried it out and they seem to have nothing but great words to say about it, and it makes me just as excited to read about it and imagine the possibilities. Gaze's eye control device, which is said to look like a "horizontal rectangle glass obelisk attached to the hinge of a laptop", is incredibly accurate.


Just like smartphones, Gaze requires some personal calibration before you can use it and some unique finger movements. Gaze is said to be very accurate, never missing the target by more than a "few pixels". On top of the eye tracking, swipe gestures are also available through Windows 8 and Gaze. Included at the demo was an Asteroids-like game with Tobii's Gaze and everything that was impressive about Tobii before, was just as impressive in Asteroids, according to Gizmodo.

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Space Quest fan game, Vohaul Strikes Back, a fan-made feature-length sequel to Space Quest

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 3:22 am

Team VSB, a bunch of peeps who have built a feature-length Space Quest game called "Vohaul Strikes Back" is now available, and best of all: for free. Vohaul Strikes Back is a labor of love, with nearly 10 years of work going into the game.



It's also the first original Space Quest game of this scale since the official Space Quest 6 which was released all the way back in 1995. Vohaul Strikes Back doesn't include a voice pack, but Team VSB are working on one. If you'd like to help the team out with the voice pack, you can reach them through their forums.




You can check out their website here, and download the game (again, for free!) from here. I'm quite enjoying the amount of love these old-school adventure games are getting, now if we can just get updated Full HD versions of my favorite FMV games such as Night Trap, Under a Killing Moon and others, I'd be in nostalgic heaven.

CES Unveiled was a wash; check out what we found to be more worth your time!

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 2:49 am

So as Cameron and Chris talk me into running through CES Unveiled, I found myself packed in a room with hundreds of people, just after what should have been the biggest tip off of the night. As we passed through the doors, there was a lady handing out iPhone cases to everyone who wanted one. Once we passed through the doors you see food, a bar at each end of the hall, and what seemed to be an iHall.




With select few displays showing convection cook tops, some radar detectors, and the most impressive of the whole room was the ice block that chilled the Vodka for the Martini's that were given away to keep us in the room longer. I realize it was an open bar, and that is all fine and great for us who were in the room, but poor Cameron had to drink his Jack and Cokes with Coke Zero of all things, as regular Coke was something the bartender seemed to have no concept of!




After fighting your way through tons of people and getting slammed by bags from every angle as you try to squirm your way through the masses, I for one was left underwhelmed at what was actually being displayed to kick off the event. Most of my time speaking with others was spent looking at the nuances of the new convection cook tops, as it was seriously the biggest draw to me personally in the room, as I don't own any Apple products. For those that do, there were a couple of cool devices to mix with your iPhone and iPads, but again, enough is enough with the iGadgets.

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Fusion-io ioDrive II and ioCache Emerge - Get a Towel First

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 2:45 am

CES 2012 - Even in lusty Las Vegas there are few things sexier than an ioDrive. Today we spotted a duo we haven't seen in the flesh before. These ladies wear a little more cloths than the first generation ioDrive we reviewed a couple of years ago.




Here we have the ioDrive II sans the drool that we had to wipe off before the photo was taken. We're going to have to get back in contact with the masters of IO and see how she dances on our PCIe pole at home.




Next up to take the stage, the lovely ioCache 600GB. You have to watch out for this one, her IO appetite is more than what you can provide.

OCZ Enters the Thunderbolt Market

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 2:28 am

CES 2012 - Thunderbolt is getting big this year even though it's mainly a MAC thing right now. OCZ isn't going to stand by and watch the pretenders take up the whole market early so they are jumping on board the Thunderbolt train early.




This device is a little thicker than the Enyo we loved last year. No word on performance just yet but I'm sure we're already in line to try one out when they become available and we're up to the challenge. The Enyo was and still is one of the fastest USB 3.0 products on the market and the Thunderbolt version could outperform it by a large margin now that technology has progressed.

Parrot shows off AR.Done 2.0, includes 720p HD camera, autonomous video-recording

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 2:19 am

CES 2012: Parrot have just flown into CES 2012 with an upgraded AR.Drone 2.0 and while flying around the Las Vegas Convention Center, they've let out some information and specs on their next-gen AR.Drone.




AR.Drone 2.0 features an upgraded 720p HD video-recording camera, a revamped app with updated flight controls and features, as well as revised hardware and reinforced hulls. The smartphone-controlled UAV is definitely flying into next-gen territory and I want one, quite bad. Parrot have also included some other tweaks to the AR.Drone 2.0.


Included new features allow easier control, on top of its usual sensors, AR.Drone 2.0 sports a 3D magnetometer which allows it to auto-orient based on its front camera and the position of the smartphone you're using. Additionally, Parrot have added a "pressure sensor" which allows the unit to fly higher than the previous models, up to six meters. Even though Parrot have baked in these new features into the AR.Drone 2.0, it is said to maintain the same flying time as its older brother.


AR.Drone 2.0 flies into your hands in "Q2 of this year" and should hit the same $300 price point, too.

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