Microsoft was out of the peripheral game for a while and then came back with a gob of new offerings. Among those new offerings was a resurrection of its Sidewinder gaming controller name. Today Microsoft has announced a new wireless mouse aimed at notebook users called the Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 Studio Edition.
The new mouse comes in six different designs that all have the same tech. That tech includes the MS BlueTrack laser senor, 2.4GHz wireless connectivity, a small nano plug-and-go transceiver, and ten months of use on a single battery. The only difference in the mice offered in the series is the different patterns and colors available.
You won't find a 3D TV in my house until units that need no glasses and have decent viewing angles start to come to market. For now, all we can get are the 3D sets like the new offerings from Sony that need active glasses that cost a bundle. Sony's three new 3D ready LED backlit sets include the Bravia 60NX810, the 55NX810, and the 46NX810.
All three of the new sets have integrated WiFi for connecting to the web and streaming content directly to the screen. That web connectivity also provides a link to the new streaming Sony movie service. The 60-inch set will land in September for around $4700. That gets 1080p resolution with a 240Hz refresh rate.
For the first time in a while a set of new ATI Catalyst drivers have been released which look much more worthy of your time in going out with the old, in with the new.
The new Catalyst 10.8 driver suite give a solid amount of promised performance improvements along with some additional functionalities in the way of better optimied video playback quality, support for hardware-accelerated 3D content in web browsers, anti-aliasing support in StarCraft II and OpenGL ES 2.0 support.
If you're running a Quad CrossfireX configuration with Eyefinity enabled you will also appreciate greatly improved performance with this particular driver update.
Microsoft's Tech.Ed conference which took place on the Gold Coast recently gave indication of what might be happening with Telstra's upcoming range of Windows Phone 7 handsets.
One such detail mentioned by David Powell whom is Telstra's manager of Device Management & Operations was that there will be a good amount of different Windows 7 based phones on offer right off the bat, but did not say how many exactly.
When questioned about the exact feature list of these next-gen Microsoft phones, Microsoft evangelist David Glover said while there are defintive features locked in for launch and others still undecided at this point, Microsoft is being super careful about giving stable features on a solid platform as a first and foremost directive.
Foxtel has finally delivered on something many of its viewers have been wanting for a long time; a dedicated TV Guide with advanced search abilities, remote recording and more from the ease of their Windows Desktop.
The new piece of software was launched this week and is designed to sit neatly on your desktop as a Windows Gadget. Microsoft played a role in helping with the development and in keeping things simple. At the same time, it has a host of useful features not only limited to keyword searching, but also with the ability to view program summaries, create a separate list of your favourite channels and if you're an IQ or IQ2 subscriber, you can also use it so set Reminders and even Remote Record programs up to 14 days in advance (particularly handy if you're away from home/on vacation etc.).
If you don't like the idea of it taking up space on your spotless desktop, you can also download the new Foxtel TV Guide Gadget as a 'Web Slice' through MS's IE8 web browser. It then sits on your Favourites bar and lets you keep track of that 'slice' at any time with ease.
The rollout for high definition freeview TV certainly ran at a slow pace in the initial stages, but for a while there things were looking good for free high definition TV on all of the major Australian networks.....until said networks started pulling the plug on dedicated HD channels that mirrored their popular SD channel content.
First we witnessed the loss of Ten HD once channel One arrived, which many are still unhappy about to this day with a lot of good HD content lacking on One that Ten HD had. Then came the recent loss of ABC HD, with ABC's excuse being that they would launch ABC News 24 in replacement. This is by no means a step forward; to the contrary, only a minimal amount of news on this channel is in high definition.
Our Download of the Day today is CCleaner 2.35.1219.
CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)
Cleans the following:
Windows - Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.
100% Spyware FREE
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Zonet and TRENDnet Wireless-N Routers for $19.99 Each with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: Newegg has two wireless 802.11b/g/n routers for $19.99 each with FREE shipping. They include four 10/100 ports and a WAN port.
Zonet router with 3 year warranty: ZONET ZSR4154WE 802.11B/G/N WIRELESS ROUTER DEAL
TRENDnet router with 1 year warranty, expiring 8/29/10: TRENDNET TEW-651BR 802.11B/G/N WIRELESS ROUTER DEAL
The latest happenings from around the web - August 26th, 2010
- Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 Motherboard @ Ninjalane
- ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 890FX Motherboard @ Hardware Canucks
- Next-Gen AMD Bobcat and Bulldozer CPU Deep Dive @ Hot Hardware
- AMD Bulldozer @ HT4U
- Gainward GTX460 Golden Sample @ Overclock3D
- Compro Videomate E900F Dual Tuner TV Card Unboxing Video @ eTeknix
Apple's yearly September "special event" is slated for September 1st, and the rumor mills are abuzz over what they have in store for us. A new iPod Touch, cloud-based iTunes, and Apple TV are among the most kicked around ideas with a new Macbook Air and TV show rentals in the less-likely barrel of rumors.