The latest happenings from around the web - November 13th, 2010
- Samsung NP-NF710-S02US laptop @ Techreviewsource
- ASUS Eee PC 1201N Netbook @ Technic3D
- Jetway Mini-Top Atom Based Nettop PC @ Techwarelabs
- ASUS U33JC Core i3 13-in Bamboo Notebook Review - ASUS Gets Classy @ PC Perspective
- ASUS Sabertooth X58 Motherboard Performance @ Legit Reviews
- ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme @ Pureoverclock
- XFX HD 6850 Black Edition @ Overclockers Club
- XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB Single Slot Graphics Card Video Review @ eTeknix
You wouldn't think that the folks at Google would be driving people towards the competition, but engineer Matt Cutts is so stoked about the possibilities that Microsoft's Kinect has to offer that he's offering cold hard cash to the coolest hacks that he can find.
A $1000 prize is being offered to the developer who creates the best open source program or demo based around the Kinect. A second $1000 will be given to the developers who can create a simple Linux based Kinect program writing application. We've already seen several hacks around like the multitouch functions that Cameron wrote about earlier today and a nightshot function, so it will be interesting to see what people can come up with when there's cash on the line as well as internet famousness.
No, you're not seeing things; those boots are indeed plugged into an outlet. With winter coming to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, nightmares of shoveling snow and trudging through slush are creeping closer into our realities. Columbia's Bugathermo boots are trying to make those chores a little less chilly with their rechargeable battery powered heat.
With removable lithium ion batteries that can be charged via AC or even USB power, these boots can provide up to 4 hours of toasty heat depending on the settings used. Sporting lightweight and waterproof materials in the rubber shell, rustproof gaiters, and Omni-Grip traction, these boots can take any terrain or job you can throw at them. They're not cheap with models starting at $325, but can you put a price on warmth while breaking your back shoveling snow?
Malwarebytes is one of the kings when it comes to programs that hunt down and kill the nasty spyware and malware you can pick up in your daily surfing. It's been a while since a new version has hit, but now they have made the beta of version 1.50 available to the public.
Some of the new features for the free version are improved program loading and scan speed, a warning for an out of date database to remind you to update, and more details about infections such as the type, port, and process. The paid Pro version has many updates to the real time scanning side as well. Download info is available at the Source Link.
While Apple mobile device owners are a little saddened by the delay of iOS 4.2, Apple has not totally forsaken it. A revised version of the Gold Master release of iOS 4.2 was released by Apple to developers.
Rumors swirling say that issues with the iPad's WiFi functionality was the reason for the delay in the public launch of 4.2. The modification to the Gold Master was specifically lined out for the iPad with build number "8C134b," which may just be enough to verify the issue. 8C134 was verified by several sources to indeed negatively affect WiFi, so you do the math. Hopefully the dev community washes out the last few bugs so that iOS junkies can have their updates soon.
Intel is giving customers a gift this holiday season: price cuts and new capacities on their X25 SSD lineup. Intel's X25-V 40GB drive has been lowered to $99, the X25-M Mainstream 80GB is now $199 and the X25-M 160GB is $415.
New to the Intel SSD family is the X25-M 120GB drive. Hailed as the "best dollar-per-GB value in the Intel X25-M SSD line," this drive will only set you back $249. These drives will be carried at Best Buy and Fry's stores as well as the big name online stores like Amazon and Newegg. The new prices don't seem to have taken effect yet but should soon.
When it comes to gaming mice gamers tend to fall into two general categories. You have your low sensitivity gamers who like to be able to make big hand movements when they are controlling their character. You also have high-sensitivity gamers that like mice that move a long way on screen with tiny hand movements. What mouse you choose will depend on what type of gamer you are. If you are the low-sensitivity type of gamer, Tt eSports has a new optical mouse for you.
The mouse is called the Azurues and has some interesting features built-in. It has adjustable sensitivity with a switch from 400 dpi to 1600 dpi. Considering that the high-end laser gaming mice have sensitivity upwards of 5000dpi, this mouse is certainly for the low sensitivity gamers out there. Tt eSports is aiming this mouse at FPS gamers, but it will work for any type of game.
Gamers tend to drive many trends in the consumer electronics world. For years, the only way you got anything 3D in the home was if you had a PC and were playing with a stereoscopic 3D driver. Some of the 3D games that NVIDIA had optimized drivers for looked good. Gamers will pay the money it costs for 3D gear in the home before your average TV watcher will and the gamer will wear the glasses that 3D requires while many people are holding at for 3D TVs that need no glasses.
If you are a gamer looking to step up to NVIDIA 3D vision gaming a new LCD is now available for you to pick up. Other than a compatible NVIDIA video card, all you need for 3D gaming action is a LCD with 120Hz refresh rate and the NVIDIA 3D Vision glasses. The Planar SA2311W LCD is a 23-inch wide 1920 x 1080 resolution LCD that has a 2ms refresh rate. That should give the screen plenty of speed to support gaming and fast action without any video issues.
I have said it before, when it comes to FPS games the only way to roll in my opinion is with a mouse and keyboard. I can't play with a gamepad in my hands from an Xbox 360 without flailing about on screen like a noob. I know there are some people out there that are hard-core Xbox 360 gamers and can play with the gamepad with some leet skillz, but I am not one of them. If you are an Xbox 360 gamer that likes FPS and other games where you need to be able to hit many buttons at once, the Avenger might be interesting to you.
The Avenger is a sleeve that grips your own Xbox 360 controllers and puts all sorts of weird levers and stuff on the controller. It looks like the Borg assimilated the thing. According to the company that makes the thing it is designed to increase the manual dexterity and accuracy of the gamer when plying games like Call of Duty and others. The Avenger also claims to improve response time.
I'm not one to get an input device just because it's cool or popular. I like cool and popular gear, but more importantly, the stuff has to work and have a purpose. I think that the Microsoft Kinect motion controller for the Xbox 360 has a good use on the console, but on a computer, I am not convinced that there is any reason for it to be there. A geek has now hacked the Kinect controller to work with Mac OS X.
The controller apparently works with the OS, but it is unable to actually control anything. The potential to control something is there, but I just don't get the need for this at all. I can agree that its cool to get it to work on the Mac, but the reality is outside of modding fans having Kinect work on anything other than the Xbox is of dubious value. If you are one of these modding fans that wants to hack into the device the guy who made the Mac mod used an open source tool called libfreenect to do the deed.