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Thermaltake's new Level 10M gaming headset is a work of art

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 1:42 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - I'm really digging Thermaltake's relationship with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, as they're coming out with some absolutely gorgeous products lately. Their new Level 10M gaming headset is no different, so let's get right into it.

 

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First off, it looks amazing, but looks are only half of the story, right? The Level 10M gaming headset has an adjustable headband that can lock in place, a sleek microphone design that blends in with the earcup when it's not in use, a noise-cancelling microphone for crystal clear communications, and here's where things get really unique - the headphone cable can be connected on either the left, or right earcup. This feature alone had me clapping to Thermaltake, and I don't know how I didn't think of this, and thus want this feature, a very long time ago. Kudos, Thermaltake!

 

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The Level 10M gaming headset comes in a variety of cool colors, with Diamond Black, Iron White, Blazing Red, Military Green and Amber Yellow.

Thermaltake's latest Poseidon keyboard will illuminate your gaming keyboard requirements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 1:18 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - We stopped off at the Thermaltake booth today at Computex to check out a few of their new products, the first of which was their new mechanical gaming keyboard, the Poseidon.

 

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Tt eSports' work in the Poseidon is shown in virtually all areas, with the Poseidon featuring Cherry MX Blue switches, the Windows key can be disabled for gaming, and a beautiful dynamic pulse-break backlight system that has four levels of adjustable brightness, and N-key rollover support. There's a nice cable track on the rear of the Poseidon where you can hide your cable instead of having it snaking across your desk.

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Lian Li's PC-D600 chassis is beautiful, and huge

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 12:47 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - I've been a fan of Lian Li for as long as I can remember, but checking out their latest case today at Computex has me falling in love all over again. They were kind enough to walk us through their latest beast, the PC-D600.

 

 

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Lian Li's PC-D600 chassis can house six 5.25-inch drives, six 3.5-inch (if you use the 5.25-inch slots) and six 2.5-inch drives. It has support for E-ATX, ATX and micro-ATX motherboards, has two 120mm fans and three 140mm fans. There's four USB 3.0 ports and HD audio on the PC-D600 chassis, and as for dimensions, we have 382mm x 495mm x 412mm (W/H/D).

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Intel displays interactive touchscreen bus shelter displays at Computex 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 12:06 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - The halls of Computex are filled with some truly wonderful things, and one of those things was at the Intel stands of Nangang today. It was an interactive bus shelter, which is just a huse touchscreen-capable advertisement.

 

 

You can see how it works in the video above, and better yet, it is controllable from anywhere. This means an advertiser could tweak their advertisement, all from their smartphone, tablet or PC. The display was responsive, and we did ask how strong it was - and it's not that strong. The one thing I have a problem with is its strength in the real-world, one random act of violence or an accident, and thousands of dollars of tech goes down the drain.

 

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We should see Intel's new technology in train and bus stations, airports and other places in the near future.

Intel Capital offers up $100M fund for perceptual computing investments

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 1:33 am

Relating to a story published earlier, Intel's push for perceptual computing has led the company to create a $100M investment fund through its Intel Capital subsidiary. The $100M will be used to fund perceptual computing projects, such as the 3D-depth camera we reported about earlier today.

 

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Intel Capital typically invests in up-and-coming technologies, basically ensuring that Intel's PC chips will continue to be in demand. This announcement was made during Intel's keynote speech at Computex Taipei 2013:

 

Devices with human-like senses--the ability to see, hear and feel much like people do--has long been a subject of science fiction but is now within reach given recent innovations in compute power and camera technology. This new fund will invest in start-ups and companies enabling these experiences, helping them with the business development support, global business network and technology expertise needed to scale for worldwide use.

 

Intel has previously used Intel Capital to create a $300 million fund to push Ultrabook development. Intel Capital has been investing since 1991 and has spread $10.8 billion across 1,284 companies in 54 countries.

AT&T selling BlackBerry Q10 for $200, preorders start June 5

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 1:04 am

AT&T users will about to get another mobile device option in the form of the QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry Q10. QWERTY-equipped devices have become increasingly rare, so having options is always a good thing. AT&T will sell the device for $199.99 with new two-year contract.

 

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AT&T will be putting the device up for preorder tomorrow, June 5. The actual release date is still unknown as AT&T has not yet provided a firm date. The Q10 features a 3.5-inch display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 2,100mAh battery.

Android Jelly Bean at 33% adoption, Gingerbread still has over 36%

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 12:37 am

One of the main issues with Google's Android operating system is the lack of after-purchase support. Manufacturers aren't required to keep devices up-to-date with the latest versions of Android. This means app developers have to write code that works on various different versions of the operating system, making it harder or impossible to do certain things on older devices.

 

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That's why it's both good news and bad news that Jelly Bean's adoption rate has hit 33 percent. It's good that more users are adopting the latest Android version, but it's also bad because only 33 percent of users have the latest version. 25 percent are still on Ice Cream Sandwich and a whopping 36 percent are still on Gingerbread.

 

It's important to note that Google changed the way it calculates usage percentage:

 

Note: Beginning in April, 2013, these charts are now built using data collected from each device when the user visits the Google Play Store. Previously, the data was collected when the device simply checked-in to Google servers. We believe the new data more accurately reflects those users who are most engaged in the Android and Google Play ecosystem.

ReportTT: iOS 7 'far superior to anything that is available out there'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 12:07 am

According to a Barrons blog, which cites Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research, Apple's iOS 7 could be one for the history books. Most people currently think of iOS as rather stale because it hasn't seen a major overhaul since its inception. This could all change with iOS 7, rumored to be coming at WWDC next week.

 

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Specifically, Chowdhry says that iOS 7 "has a very simple, clean and uncluttered UI." He notes that it "may take a little time to be appreciated." This comes from interviews with 400 to 500 people a month. Chowdhry predicts that "iOS7 is completed new UI, which is far superior to anything that is available out there."

 

As an iPhone user, I hope that iOS 7 does bring to the table some major changes while keeping the simplicity available in the current iOS. I'd love to see features that were introduced by the jailbreak scene included in iOS 7. If we do see iOS 7 at WWDC next week, you'll see coverage of it here.

ReportTT: Amazon expanding grocery business to Los Angeles, San Fransisco

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 11:25 pm

Most people are unaware of Amazon's grocery business that it runs in its home base of Seattle. More people are about to become aware, if a report by Reuters is accurate. According to their sources who are familiar with the situation, Amazon is preparing to expand its grocery business to Los Angeles as soon as this week and San Fransisco later this year.

 

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Amazon's current grocery business utilizes their own fleet of trucks to deliver fresh produce--eggs, strawberries, and meat--to residents of Seattle. The current business, AmazonFresh, has been operating for a least five years. These sources say that the business could expand to 20 aditional urban areas in 2014, provided the two new markets said to be launching this year go well.

 

Grocery experts feel Amazon faces a major challenge with AmazonFresh. However, if successful, it could pave the way for Amazon to start delivering their own products via the same trucks used to deliver the groceries.

Apple believes Campus 2 will add 7K new employees, $32M in property tax, 9K construction jobs, $66M in public improvements

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 11:03 pm

Apple has released a study detailing the economic benefits they expect to see from the new Campus 2 project in Cupertino. This report details new jobs, revenues, and other benefits the city can expect from the project that was originally started under Steve Jobs' leadership.

 

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Apple expects to add 7,400 new employees in the new campus, bringing more spending money for the shops that rely on Apple employees. Apple is already the largest employer in Cupertino with around 16,000 employees. With the new campus, that number would swell to 23,400. Apple also expects to create 9,000 construction jobs for people working on the building of the new campus.

 

Apple estimates that they will pay roughly $32 million more--on top of the $25 million paid in 2012--in property tax. Apple will also pay $15.4 million annually to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. A one-time additional payment of $38.1 million will be provided for construction fees and taxes.

 

The report also states Apple will provide $66 million in local public improvements, including $2.5 million for affordable housing. $35 million of that will be used on a "transportation demand management program."

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