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Chill Innovation Chill KB-1BT Wireless Bluetooth Micro Keyboard debuts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 16, 2011 1:51 am

Danish-based Chill Innovation have just announced what they dub "The ultimate Media Keyboard on the Market", a bold statement. The Micro Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad supports not only standard PCs and HTPCs but also Tablet PCs, PDAs, Android and iPhone, iPad, Symbian, Windows Mobile and even the Playstation 3 - not only that, it'll work with any any device that has support for Bluetooth HID keyboards.

 

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This bit is marketing awesomeness, with Chill Innovation saying it has a "Compact design and high WAF". For a minute, you'll wonder what the heck WAF is, well, WAF is Wife Acceptance Factor. This is a key factor in any marriage, tech that your wife will approve it. The keyboard boasts an impressive compatibility list, as well as standing out from the over-crowded keyboard markt with a compact size that resembles a TV remote yet still holds a fully functional 71 keys keyboard with an integrated touchpad.

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Wednesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jun 15, 2011 11:35 am

The latest happenings from around the web - June 15th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Honeycomb Tablet @ tbreak

- Building a Core i7 HTPC with Sapphire Mini ITX H67 @ Kitguru

 

Motherboard

 

- GIGABYTE X58A-OC LGA1366 Motherboard @ Hardware Canucks

- MSI P67A-GD65 Motherboard @ eTeknix

 

Memory

 

- Patriot Memory VIPER Xtreme PC3-12800 CL8 6GB Kit @ RWLabs

- Kingston's HyperX Plug and Play (PnP) 8GB DDR3 SODIMM 1866MHz Dual Channel Notebook Memory Kit @ Futurelooks

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Samsung PN59D8000 59-inch 3D Plasma @ TechReviewSource

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Download of the Day: SmartFTP 4.0.1191.0

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 15, 2011 9:14 am

Our Download of the Day today is SmartFTP 4.0.1191.0.

 

SmartFTP is an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client which allows you to transfer files between your local computer and a server on the Internet. With its many basic and advanced features SmartFTP also offers secure, reliable and efficient transfers that make it a powerful tool.

 

SmartFTP can be used for:

 

• Web site publishing and maintenance

• Upload and download of images, documents, movie and music files

• Share your files with your friends and coworkers

• Backups of local or remote files

 

SmartFTP offers these features:

 

• Quickly rename multiple files.

• Search your hard drive in the Local Browser (Windows Vista and higher)

 

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Deal of the Day: Plantronics M100 Bluetooth Headset - $7.99 + $5 Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jun 15, 2011 7:30 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Cowboom - Plantronics M100 Bluetooth Headset - $7.99 + $5 Shipping.

 

Offer: This Plantronics M100 is an awesome bluetooth headset with great reviews. Some reviewers call it one of the most comfortable headsets ever! The M100 typically goes for $40+, but it's just $7.99 + $5 shipping today!

 

PLANTRONICS M100 BLUETOOTH HEADSET SALE

 

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Google intro Instant Pages, knocking down the barriers to knowledge

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 15, 2011 4:33 am

Google held a media event in San Francisco today where they talked about how they're tackling barriers on mobile, announcing that they're bringing speech recognition and computer vision technology to the desktop and took the next step for Google Instant - Google Pages. Google are right when they say the thirst for knowledge doesn't stop when you get off the computer, it continues on your mobile device. Mobile search traffic has grown 500-percent in two years with mobile search growing at a comparable pace to Google in their early years.

 

 

Google reckon that one of the driving forces behind this growth is speech recognition. Voice search doesn't require anything but your voice making it simple as pie to run searches from your mobile device. Today Google teach their English Voice Search system using no less than 230 billion words from real queries so that they can accurately recognize the phrases people are likely to say. As the quality has increased, so has usage; in the past twelve months alone, Voice Search traffic has increased by a whopping 600-percent and every single day people speak more than two years worth of voice into their system.

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Apple iPad 3 prototype platform, sports 3D display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 15, 2011 3:41 am

Rumors have been circling that the upcoming iPad 3 will include a 3D display. What we do know is that the next-gen iPad will include an upgraded display, but rumors have been firing that the iPad 3 will sport a brighter, higher-resolution Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode AMOLED display screen that is also capable of 3D.

 

 

Wow. Most people would dismiss this news, but Netbook News have reported that the iPad 3 might actually include a 3D display. At Display Taiwan display manufacturer CPT had an Apple iPad device (whether it was the third iteration or not) sporting a 3D display.

 

The iPad 3 is due in Q2 2012 and if CPT stick to their guns, we might actually see a high-resolution, very high-quality, 3D-capable iPad within the next year!

PhotoFast releases i-FlashDrive, UltraDock and GDock power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 15, 2011 3:31 am

PhotoFast Global Inc. have released three new Apple products today. First up they have introduced the i-FlashDrive which is a two-way storage device between iOS-based devices and Mac/PC. The device doesn't require your iOS-based device to be jailbroken, the i-FlashDrive is a two-way file transfer accessory for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The product is Apple-approved and allows users to copy files from desktop to iOS devices and vica versa.

 

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This allows greater flexibility in the form of backups, allowing receiving and backup of files for business trips, copy documents in class or even on an airplane. All it requires is to be plugged in, then disconnected - simple! It also includes built-in contact backup, importing photos from camera roll which allows users to keep a copy off-device. It also features the iCloud API which will be included in later updates of the device. MSRP pricing for 8, 16 and 32GB is USD$95, $115 and $185 respectively.

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Apple start selling unlocked iPhone 4, $649, no contracts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 15, 2011 3:00 am

It has been rumored but the day is here, Apple has started selling the iPhone 4 unlocked, supported by GSM networks. The outright 16GB versions retails for $649 while the outright 32GB model sells for $749. Outright, no contracts. Both black and white models are available and include free shipping from the Apple Store only.

 

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Right now the black model has an estimated shipping time of 1-3 business days whilst the white model amps it up to 3-5 business days. Apple will ship the iphone 4 without a micro-SIM card, but "requires an active micro-SIM card that you obtain from a supported GSM wireless carrier."

 

Apple have done this for customers who don't want to be on contract or for overseas travellers. There is a drawback, because of 3G incompatibilities, the iPhone 4 will only work over the T-Mobile EDGE (2G) network, this limits the data transmission speed of the phone. The upcoming iPhone 4S/5 is reportedly going to receive "global" 3G radio which allows it to operate on CDMA networks and a wider range of 3G GSM networks.

Doom 4 multiplayer locked at 60fps, single player gets 30fps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 15, 2011 2:40 am

John Carmack, the id Software god himself has revealed that once RAGE is completed, the core tech team behind it will focus their entire energies on Doom 4. Whilst Doom 4's single player is said to have a single player frame rate limit of 30fps, this is to allow "30 demons crawling all over" to keep the frame rate steady. Multiplayer however, gets bumped up to 60fps which should be a standard in multiplayer gaming in my opinion.

 

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John has been quoted saying:

 

As soon as Rage ships, the core tech team moves over to start making things happen on the Doom 4 project. There's me and the systems programmer types that have been on Rage for so long. We're going to move over to the Doom team and a lot of resources are going to migrate over there. The only thing I've really talked about on Doom 4, technology-wise, is that we did make the decision that...well, my biggest pride and joy about Rage is that I won the fight for 60 frames per second on there, but it involves significant trade-offs.

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Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jun 14, 2011 11:50 am

The latest happenings from around the web - June 14th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- AMD A-Series Llano APU Sabine Notebook Platform @ PC Perspective

- AMD Llano A-Series APU Sabine Notebook Platform @ Legit Reviews

 

Motherboard

 

- ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

- MSI 990FXA-GD80 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- ASUS UEFI BIOS @ Neoseeker

 

Video/Monitor

 

- ASUS ENGT430 @ Ocaholic

- ASUS Geforce GTS 450 DirectCU OC 1GB Video Card @ ThinkComputers

- PowerColor Radeon HD 6790: Affordable Gaming @ InsideHW

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