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Capcom Makes A Beeline For Android...?

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 20, 2011 6:05 am

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Capcom announced today that they're rebranding Capcom Mobile as Beeline, which they evidently intend to be more of a social and/or causal gaming platform. Capcom mentioned that everyone's favorite, classic, extremely well-known Capcom games will continue to be released under the auspices of the Capcom brand, but something tells me that this announcement has more to do with non-Apple mobile platforms than Capcom is letting on. "Beeline"? Can anybody else think of any other apian-themed mobile platforms? Or I don't know- operating systems?

 

These days, everyone is trying to capitalize on social gaming in the wake of giants like Zynga, and I doubt Capcom is exempt from that temptation. I still see the rebranding as a harbinger of a future arrangement- but hey, who knows? It could all be a strange comical coincidence.

 

What do you think?

GPS Augmented Reality Startup GoldRun Raises $1.1 Million

By: Trak Lord | More News: Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 20, 2011 5:53 am

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Earlier this week, NYC-based GPS interactive augmented reality game startup GoldRun raised $1.1 Million this week in angel funding. GoldRun was fortunate enough (literally) to have participants like Ed Mathias of The Carlyle Group, financier Jon Ledecky, Founding Partner of United Talent Agency Jeremy Zimmer, Former Chairman and CEO of Sunglass Hut Jim Hauslein, and CEO of Venturehouse Group Mark Ein (Mathias and Zimmer will join the board of directors). GoldRun is looking to use the funding to develop new features for both users and clients to offer more AR interactions within their application. They will also invest in supporting sales and deployment activities in both the US and other, international markets. Even more exciting, we'll see GoldRun hosted gaming sometime in the near future.

 

For those of you unfamiliar with the application, GoldRun uses geo-data to run augmented reality experiences on the iPhone , and they recently launched a campaign with a sentimentally confused billboard near the Holland Tunnel in New York City, which we reported earlier this week. Founder and CEO Vivian Rosenthal commented:

 

GoldRun allows for a new form of...

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Lenovo X220 Notebook, X220T, Now Shipping: Get Spec'd

By: Trak Lord | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 20, 2011 5:26 am

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Remember a while back when we announced the upcoming Lenovo X220 and X220T? They have officially updated their Facebook status to "incoming".

 

Engadget caught a "Buy Now" button on Lenovo's website and published their startling discovery.

 

Anyway.

 

Make sure to check out the article linked above for all of the crazy specs available. The Netbook starts at $850 and the tablet goes for $1,250. They both have the same CPU, but feel free to trick them out as you (or your wallet) see fit. Just remember: iPad 2's are really esthetically pleasing, but you're not going to find a battery life (or a stylus) like this in almost any other product out there.

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Meizu Invites Apple Ire By Moving To USA, Joins Already-Hopping Litigation Party

By: Trak Lord | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 20, 2011 5:06 am

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What? Apple is redubbing their iPhone 5 as the "M9"?! Nope. But that's probably why Apple's going to sue Meizu as soon as they step foot in the country. According to Electronista, the Chinese tech company is planning on opening an office in California, from which it would market its suspiciously familiar-looking portable products, the M9 (pictured above) and the M8. These phones certainly have the look and feel of a post-pc device, and though Apple hasn't followed up on some patent claims they filed against the M8, but I mean, c'mon Meizu. You're just asking for it.

 

Apple has already accused Samsung of infringement because the latter makes portable rectangular things that surf the web. What do you think they're going to do when your device, ya know, pretty much looks the exact same.

 

Best of luck Meizu!

Reprogrammable chip - upgradeable over time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 20, 2011 4:54 am

This could well be the future folks, reprogrammable chips. Startup company, Tabula, is trying to create the hardware equivalent of software - a chip that over time, can have hardware improvements without completely replacing the device. If a programmable chip like this makes it to the market, it would replace the current mantra of replacing the entire device when a new, faster device comes out.

 

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The idea isn't new, field programmable gate array (FPGA) is a similar technology which is used in some finished devices or prototypes before production begins. But right now FPGA chips are large as they require all the space for the reprogrammable circuitry. This of course makes them slow and expensive.

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Google Now Allows Map Maker User Edits: Let The Borgesian Experiment Begin!

By: Trak Lord | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 20, 2011 4:46 am

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Google's 3-year-old Map Maker project, as of today, allows users to create points of interest in the United States and edit them as they see fit. Well, pending Google's eventual (and not guaranteed) approval. Why the three year wait? Evidently Google began its editing program in smaller areas of the world that necessitated detailed maps, experimenting to see if their infrastructure could cope with what would be, and will be, an extremely persistent and massive amount of traffic once it would be implemented in the US. With the potential of millions of unique views a day, someone has to ensure that thousands of Clownfart Daycare Centers don't just start popping up all over the bible belt (and that's giving most Americans the benefit of the doubt).

 

The editing process is pretty straightforward: anybody with a Google account can sign in, add a map POI with all of the corresponding information, and even draw a structure or addition to an existing point. For example, if someone were to make a large change to their house, like adding a wing or a helipad or something, you could draw that in. Google has made it so that edits are approved or denied and added to Google Maps (including Street View) within seconds- a pretty impressive feature considering the amount of editing requests that will start pouring in.

 

I'm sure people will complain about censorship at some point...

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Wednesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Apr 20, 2011 3:45 am

The latest happenings from around the web - April 20th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- Dell XPS x8300-5215NBK @ Techreviewsource

- Zotac Zbox HD Blu-Ray All-in-One Mini-PC @ OCIA

- HP Pavilion g6x @ Techreviewsource

- Alienware M11x R3 review (Core i7 2630UM) @ Kitguru

- Alienware M11x R3 Gaming Laptop @ Hardware Heaven

- Alienware M18x Gaming Laptop Launch @ Hardware Heaven

 

Motherboard

 

- ASUS P8P76 WS Revolution: Elegant and Perfectly Functional @ InsideHW

- Intel P67 Motherboard 5-Way Shootout @ Techspot

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Adaptec MaxIQ SSD Caching demo at IDF Beijing 2011 (video)

By: Nicole Scott | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 19, 2011 3:50 pm

We all love the idea of using an SSD to replace our hard drives but there are just situations where it's just too expensive, like say in a server. Let's imagine that we can speed up our servers and make our hard drives seem as fast as if we'd replace them all with SSDs. Let's take a look at a hybrid array of HDDs and SSDs specifically the demo we saw put on by Adaptec MaxIQ at IDF Beijing 2011.

 

 

The increased speed and performance are achieved by automatic storage acceleration, which is facilitated using MaxIQ SSD Caching. The storage controller is in a unique position to monitor storage traffic and make decisions regarding "hot" data areas that can be copied to SSDs, automatically and dramatically increasing the speed of any system. Analysis of traffic patterns is made and copies frequently-read "hot" data are made to the SSD cache pool. This automatically increases performance without adding any management issues. The data in the SSD cache pool is simply a copy of the hot data residing on the HDD, eliminating many of the data migration concerns that get involved in placement algorithms.

 

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This is the basic overview of what is explained in depth by Neil Cameron field engineer at Adaptec PMC, it's a very interesting interview in which I felt I learned a lot... and trust me when I say that SSD caching isn't usually something that I would cover, unless it was REALLY interesting!!

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Weekly Giveaway: NZXT Phantom, Bunker, Sentry LXE and Cryo LX

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 19, 2011 3:42 pm

We have teamed up with NZXT this week to giveaway a bunch of cool prizes.

 

There will be four winners who have a chance of winning a Phantom, Bunker, Sentry LXE or Cryo LX.

 

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NZXT presents the cutting edge Phantom Full Tower Chassis. Designed with sleek, pristine contours, the Phantom radiates personality and quality. As with all NZXT products, we strive to set apart our customers from the rest with unique, original designs - we run the extra mile so you won't have to settle with the typical rectangular box.

 

Introducing the Bunker, NZXT's 4 USB Lock system, the first PC accessory contrived for USB expansion and protection of gaming accessories. Plug in gaming mice, keyboards, and headphones and lock it with a sophisticated 20 key lock system and durable locking door to prevent theft at LAN parties and schools. Secure your gaming accessories, game on assured.

 

Introducing Sentry LXE, a high performance external fan controller with an intuitive touch screen. Its unique patent-pending PCI card interface desktop design allows effortless control without having to reach underneath the desk to configure the settings. Some of the additional advanced features include touch screen capability, 5 channel fan control and temperature detect, time and date display, temperature alarm, and screen on/of functions...

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Apple slap Samsung with a lawsuit, claim they've copied the iPhone and iPad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 19, 2011 10:08 am

Apple is not happy with Samsung, they've filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung (who have just sold their HDD operations to Seagate btw!) for the Galaxy-branded line of products. Apple is claiming that Samsung have infringed on their rights with the Galaxy S phones and Tab by violating various patents which were assigned to Apple by US PTO.

 

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Apple also think that the Galaxy S phones and Galaxy Tab look like their iPhone and iPad, which is a violation called "trade dress". Apart from sounding like Apple are saying Samsung are cross-dressing, Apple are seriously pissed about this and are claiming that the Galaxy Tab took its design from the iPad with the same aspect ratio, rectangular shape, rounded corners (oh no!) and similar black border - referencing the similarities found in the iPad.

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