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Canon announce PowerShot SX40 HS and S100 point-and-shoot cameras

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 15, 2011 4:24 pm

Canon has hit up the point-and-shoot market with a couple new additions today in the PowerShot S100 and SX40 HS, both of which use the DIGIC 5 image processor, promising excellent low-light performance and faster speeds.

 

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The PowerShot SX40 HS sports a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor with an ISO sensitivity of up to ISO 3200. It boasts a 35x optical zoom and includes Intelligent IS (Image Stabilization) and includes a 2.7-inch sized vari-angle LCD.

 

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As for the PowerShot S100, this one also has a 12.1MP CMOS sensor with ISO 6400 sensitivity, GPS, 5x optical zoom and a 3-inch sized LCD. Both the S100 and SX40 HS are capable of Full HD (1920 x 1080) video recording.

 

Pricing and availability wise, both cameras will set you back $430 US. The PowerShot SX40 HS is scheduled for release later this month, while the S100 is slated for an early November release.

Youtube adds a bunch of new video tweaking tools

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Online Video | Posted: Sep 15, 2011 3:38 pm

Uploading various odds and ends to YouTube often? You may like to know there's just been a bunch of new editing tools added in to make it easier than ever to tweak their clips directly from the site.

 

 

The new editing tools give the ability to do things like cutting out select frames, changing the soundtrack, stabilizing or rotating the video, modifying the contrast and colors and further influencing the video via a number of effects on offer. Once you have made your changes and are happy with the result it gives you, it's as simple as re-saving it with the same ID in which it then overwrites the older version of that video.

 

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To locate the new editing tweaks, just click on the 'edit view' button as indicated in the above screenshot.

SanDisk designs a vault for your data and promises 100 year shelf life

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 15, 2011 2:46 pm

SanDisk is making an effort to keep the most paranoid folks at bay when it comes to the backing up of precious storage with the launch of its new "Memory Vault" which utilizes NAND Flash memory along with Chronolock technology to help ensure that all data on the device will be preserved for what they can somehow promise at this time to be up to 100 years.

 

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The vault uses a somewhat ruggedized looking outer metallic casing, relying on typical USB 2.0 connectivty and is offered in two capacity sizes at this time; 8GB and 16GB, and priced at $49.99 and $89.99, respectively. SanDisk feels confident the Memory Vault will not let you down, giving it a lifetime warranty.

 

SanDisk already offers great image-capture products, and we've built upon that expertise to create a new category of image-preservation products," said Tim Sutton, senior product marketing manager, SanDisk. "The Memory Vault allows parents to preserve photos of their daughter's first steps alongside videos from her wedding and then pass those images down for generations to come.

MSI is adding voice command functionality to select motherboards

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Sep 15, 2011 1:52 pm

While voice command tech is nothing new in this day and age, you have to admit this particular implementation has quite the cool factor associated with it.

 

Apparently MSI is aiming to role in a new technology called "Voice Activated Motherboard" for select models of their mobo lineup which instantly raises a number of questions about how it would work.

 

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Imagine being able to simply look at your PC, then say a given word (or words) that would have it power on from a halted state, go into suspend, or power down. This is what MSI is looking at doing.

 

The tech works via a daughterboard comprising a mic/line input and taking up a PCI-E x1 slot; it then connects to a header on select motherboards, some boards of which are already on the market. That header is labelled "JDLED3".

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Download of the Day: Soluto 1.2.506.0 Beta

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 15, 2011 1:06 pm

Our Download of the Day today is Soluto 1.2.506.0 Beta.

 

Soluto's goal is to bring an end to the frustrations PC users encounter. Soluto developed technology that tackles this problem from two different directions:

 

Frustration detection: Our patent-pending low level driver technology detects when you're frustrated by your PC and tells you which application is causing it.

 

Power of the crowd: Soluto harnesses the power of the crowd to learn which actions really eliminate frustrations and improve user experience, and leverages this user wisdom for the benefit of all PC users. By using Soluto's software, you're putting a whole community of PC power-users at your desk to help you improve your PC experience.

 

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Spotted: NVIDIA's Kal-El reference tablet rocking Windows 8 at Build

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 15, 2011 3:46 am

This isn't the first time the Superman-named Kal-El tablet from NVIDIA has been seen, but it's the first time its been seen close up. NVIDIA just recently launched their Windows 8 developer program, in anticipation for the absolutely salvatingly beautiful Windows 8. Some interesting news did catch my eye though: NVIDIA expects to see significant battery life gains on Kal-El notebooks, as in days, not hours.

 

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Yes, you read that right: days! Unfortunately, the tablet was not able to be tested... but I'm sure it won't be long until we see Kal-El.

Max Payne 3 - Official Trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 15, 2011 3:16 am

I have waited so long for this day, as a huge fan of Max Payne 3, it's great to see the slow-mo man himself back in action. The trailer shows him a bit heavier, more facial hair, pissed off and hopefully still has the magical ability of slow-motion awesomeness. The trailer is [apparently] composed of in-engine footage and looks quite good so far. Take a look below:

 

 

The game looks different, it looks a bit darker and doomy than the previous titles. It almost feels like you're playing the cut scenes of some action movie with a cheesy, cliche plot. I wouldn't mind seeing some in-game gameplay footage, with them showing off the slow-mo and graphics, etc. But, an official trailer will do for now. Bring it on.

 

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AMD shows off 28nm notebook GPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 15, 2011 3:00 am

AMD have shown off their first working 28nm notebook GPU to the public at a media event held in San Francisco, California. The chip is part of the upcoming AMD Radeon HD 7000 series and was shown off displaying Dirt 3 but resolution, graphic settings and FPS were unknown. The upcoming HD 7000 series dons the codename "Southern Islands" and is being built by TMSC. The new cards are looking to be unleashed onto the market by the end of the year - but there are also rumors TMSC are having issues with the 28nm production.

 

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The new cards are expected to support switchable graphics and continue pushing current technology features such as Eyefinity and H3D stereo 3D gaming. There are reports that AMD are planning to launch four different GPUs based on the 28nm version of the VLIW4 architecture and will use them in three different series: the Radeon HD 7800, HD 7600 and HD 7500. These GPUs will sport between 768 and 1536 stream processors as well as using GDDR5 memory.

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Firefox for Honeycomb beta available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Sep 15, 2011 2:30 am

A beta build for developers of Firefox for Honeycomb is available for you to try. With developer Lucas Rocha saying on a blog post:

 

It has now reached a functional state that is good enough for getting some early feedback. Keep in mind that this is very early stage work. There are lots of rough edges and design is continuously evolving.

 

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The design continues the keep the elements of the smaller-screen smartphone version, with tab switching that is accessed bu pulling out from the left side and other options that can be accessed by pulling from the right side. The bigger screen adds forward and backward navigation buttons, an address bar, and buttons for reloading and bookmarking. Firefox on smartphones is well underway, so Mozilla are now beginning to focus on Android-based tablets, in particular, Honeycomb.

 

Mozilla is banking on Android as a way to keep its browser relevant in the fast-growing mobile world. With MeeGo and Windows Mobile 6.5 riding into the sunset, Windows Phone 7 not having the necessary low-level access to permit Firefox to run, and the dominant mobile OS, Apple's iOS, only permits browsers that put a new interface on Apple's WebKit browser engine.

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