The best bit of this news article is not just the fact that the XIM3 mega-adapter can now be purchased (at quite a steep $149.99 I might add) but the huge uproar in the gaming community it will cause.
Check out the video and you'll see that a WASD keyboard + mouse setup is just absolute domination over a controller on a console. The guy racks up more kills in those 3 minutes than you'd get playing BLOPS on the 360 for an hour. Makes the consoles more appealing in my opinion!
Superbowl 2011 is one of the most exciting times of the year for an Australian like me. I don't want the football action, but give me those $3 million, 30 second movie teasers that roll around each year and I'm a happy boy. This year is no different, we have the finale of Michael Bay's Transformers movies, JJ Abrams' Spielberg-ian Super 8 and Chris "Flame-On" Evans as Captain America. Check out the first trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon below:
Well, that was just off it's dial wasn't it? Looking forward to that a fair bit for turn-your-brain-off special effects pr0n. Next up we have JJ Abrams Super 8. I personally think it gets the 1980's feel just right and feels like Close Encounters mixed with The Goonies, with an entire new angle I'm sure we'll see from Abrams.
The latest happenings from around the web - February 6th, 2011
- Sapphire PURE Black X58 Intel Motherboard @ Modders-Inc.
- ASRock X58 Extreme6 vs. Gigabyte X58A-UD7 Mainboard @ Technic3D
- Sapphire HD6870 FleX Edition CrossfireX Review - Quad screen 7680×1080 testing @ Kitguru
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Flex Edition 1GB DX11 Video Card @ HiTechLegion
- How to Buy the Right Headphones @ Techreviewsource
- MP4Nation Brainwavz M1 In-ears @ Techpowerup
The beta version of iOS 4.3 has been out and about for a while now, and most reports have pointed towards mid-February for an official release. The folks at Macstories have a "reliable source" that may have nailed it down even further: February 14th at 10 AM PST.
That's right, Apple's not giving you flowers or chocolates for Valentine's Day; they may be giving you a nice iOS update. While it may not look pretty tied up in a bow, it may have some AirPlay fixes and iTunes app subscriptions among the usual bug fixes. While February 14th does fall on a Monday which is Apple's usual new release day, this is still just rumblings so don't completely count on them for the gift just yet.
The crew of Facebook is celebrating the social networking site's seventh birthday and it looks like they've gotten themselves a major present. It looks like they're moving from their current digs in Palo Alto, CA into the former home of Sun Microsystems in San Mateo, CA.
The current Palo Alto headquarters is nearing 2,000 employees which apparently has the current campus bursting at the seams and ready for expansion. The former Sun Microsystems property fits the bill, since they left the property after being acquired by Oracle. A press conference has been scheduled for February 8th to make the official announcement and give more information about the future of Facebook.
In an announcement that will shock nearly no one, Verizon has stated that pre-orders for the iPhone has set a new record for first day sales for the wireless company. The impressive part? It only took two hours to break the record.
Apparently a lot of people stayed up late to get their pre-orders in as the record was set from 3am-5am EST. Only current Verizon customers were able to get in on the early preorder opportunity, and they bought enough that Verizon has halted orders for the iPhone 4 until Wednesday. Non-Verizon customers still have to wait until next Thursday to make the switch. Sorry AT&T jumpers, supplies may be really limited by the time you're able to get in on the fun.
Up until now, the only way to access the Android Market was directly via your mobile device. That has all changed with the official launch of the Android Market on the web.
The new web interface gives you a simple and easy to use way to score new apps for your phone. Search apps, find stuff you like, and after signing into your Google account you can tell the site to download straight to your phone without even having to plug it in. I downloaded an app via the Market on the web and it began downloading on my HTC Desire nearly instantly after clicking the download button. Check out the Android Market in its full PC glory
When was the last time we saw something really cool or innovative from Nokia? The company isn't exactly known for edgy designs and cool new features. Nokia Beta Labs has a new and interesting offering it is showing off called Nokia Bubbles that can be downloaded now for compatible devices.
Bubbles puts little bubbles on the unlock screen of your device. The idea is that when you unlock the device rather than having to unlock, then navigate to what you wanted to do like check email or something, you can just unlock and go directly to what you want automatically.
This is done with little bubbles that float all around the screen of the smartphone. As soon as you hit the wake button to get the phone out of sleep mode you can touch one of the bubbles for the function you want, drag it to the drop point, and then the phone will unlock and go right to what you wanted to do. That is a really cool feature.
If you work from a notebook all the time, odds are you end up using that notebook around food and other items that could fall between the keys and create problems for you down the road. The only way to keep your keyboard from getting gummed up is to keep food away from it and to keep a keyboard cover on the machine.
iSkin has announced that its ProTouch classic keyboard cover is now available for the 11" MacBook Air. The keyboard protector has Microban technology inside to kill germs and if the cover gets dirty, you can take it off and wash it under your faucet.
Other than keeping germs and crumbs away from your keyboard, the covers will also help keep keys from yellowing over time and will help keep the letters on the keys from rubbing off too. The Classic design is offered in clear only.
There are a lot of companies in the home theater and audio business that make some really nice speakers and other audio gear. One of the companies that many people really like is Klipsch. Klipsch makes some seriously high-end speakers for home theaters that will run you $30,000 or more and the company has much cheaper offerings for us normal folks.
Klipsch used to be in the PC speaker market and my favorite set of surround sound speakers ever for a PC came from them. Audiovox is a company that used to be big in the consumer electronics and radio market and is still part of the market; I just rarely hear about them or see their products today. Audiovox has announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase Klipsch.
The deal will cost Audiovox $166 million and will make Klipsch a wholly owned subsidiary of Audiovox. The Klipsch brand will live on and the company will be run separately and remain in its current US headquarters. The deal is expected to close in the next 30 days. I would bet that the move would see some new tech coming to Audiovox gear.