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Angry Birds recreated in a... music clip?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 12:27 pm

Angry Birds is everywhere. My Mum is addicted to it, and she's mostly a technophobe. She rocks my old ASUS Transformer and keeps asking me to help her finish the harder levels, or get 3 stars on them. Angry Birds has now entered the realm of the... music videos.

 

Brisbane-based band 'Hey Geronimo' has recreated a whole bunch of classic iOS games for the video clip to their single 'Why Don't We Do Something?' Check it out below.

 

 

Included in the clip: Fruit Ninja, Flight Control, Plants vs Zombies, Cut the Rope and of course, Angry Birds. The video reportedly cost $500 to make. The video looks great, and is a lot of fun.

 

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Intel hearts NFC, enters licensing deal with Inside Secure for NFC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 9:27 am

Intel did show off a Medfield-powered tablet at IDF which had NFC tech built in, as well as being partnered with MasterCard, it promises to bring PayPass checkouts to Ultrabooks.

 

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Intel is now entering a licensing deal with Inside Secure. Inside Secure specializes in contactless payment systems and will be lending its Microread, Secured and Open NFC products to Intel for future chips.

 

NFC should feature in Ultrabooks, and we should see it in any future x86-powered smartphones, too. NFC is looking to become the next pure standard, and with companies like Intel behind it, it gives more confidence to the technology, and its customers.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen who has plans to create a business for commercial space travel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 8:26 am

Space Travel. Microsoft. Skynet. The steps are there, and we're hitting them at a nice pace. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has announced new plans to create a business for commercial space travel. It should take roughly five years to develop.

 

 

With the U.S. government slicing space flight, Allen has sensed a gap in the market for investment. Yesterday, Allen showcased designs for a new craft that would eventually have the ability of taking human passengers into the vast space that is, well, space.

 

Allen has previously funded spaceflight, as he was behind SpaceShipOne, which was the first manned private journey. Stratolaunch System are the ones behind the building of the new craft, which is a company founded by Paul Allen.

Continue reading 'Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen who has plans to create a business for commercial space travel' (full post)

RumorTT: More news of a MacBook Pro sporting a high-DPI panel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 7:32 am

This rumor has been heating up for a while now, but some news posted by DigiTimes this morning is reporting that the high-DPI panels will hit the MacBook Pro's, too.

 

They say that a "new MacBook Pro lineup" sporting 2880x1800 displays, which "sources in the upstream supply chain" should see the light of day in Q2 2012. That resolution is 400-percent more pixels than the current 13-inch MacBook Air displays, which have a resolution of just 1440x900.

 

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Quadrupling the number of pixels is the same tactic Apple used when they put the "Retina" display into the iPhone 4 when compared to the 3GS.

 

If Apple do this, it might make me want to upgrade my 17-inch MacBook Pro, yes it has a nice IPS panel with a 1920x1200 resolution, but 2880x1800... oh my.

ARM & GlobalFoundaries show off 2.5GHz+ 28nm Cortex A9 and 20nm test vehicle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 7:28 am

GlobalFoundaries will be a name that will be commonly mentioned in 2012, which is something they'll be easily doing if they continue at this pace. They've announced a dual-core Cortex A9 test chip that is built on a 28nm HPP (High Performance Plus) process.

 

This test chip clocks in at 2.5GHz and is said to be capable of higher frequencies. It operating voltage is just 0.85V. Both the frequency and voltage targets are good for a Cortex A9 implementation, but remember, this is just a test chip.

 

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Most companies are expecting to pass the 2GHz mark next year on high-performance 28nm processes, so we should see this by the end of 2012, if not early 2013. We should see these designs in tablets and netbook replacements, with ARM being Windows 8-compatible now.

Continue reading 'ARM & GlobalFoundaries show off 2.5GHz+ 28nm Cortex A9 and 20nm test vehicle' (full post)

Basemark Halti annouced, an OpelGL ES 3.0 benchmark for your smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 6:26 am

RightWare, who are behind BrowserMark and the very popular Basemark ES 2.0, have announced the latest in their smartphone testing software: Basemark Halti, an OpenGL ES 3.0 benchmark.

 

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Basemark Halti contains two primary benchmarking scenes, in the same fashion that Basemark ES 2.0 had two scenes. This time they're named Rush and Car Race. The two tests will have triangle counts of roughly 100,000 triangles per frame, and be rendered front to back where possible.

 

First up, Rush is an action scene based on a city rooftop and its aim is to bring PC-quality game rendering. Character animation with skinning and bones, dynamic shadows and reflections, per-pixel lighting with 3 point lights, depth of field, light bloom, and SSAO are all featured in Rush.

Continue reading 'Basemark Halti annouced, an OpelGL ES 3.0 benchmark for your smartphone' (full post)

Dirt Showdown announced, steers away from Dirt 3's gameplay

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 5:26 am

Codemasters have just announced another Dirt game, that isn't Dirt 4, it's Dirt Showdown. It's a spin-off from the main series that is said to have more destruction and less of the speedy driving.

 

 

Dirt Showdown has all of the 'extreme events' that were in Dirt 3, but now in a spin-off series instead of being one of the features in a game that wasn't completely enjoyed. Dirt 4 will continue to concentrate on the racing side of the game.

Continue reading 'Dirt Showdown announced, steers away from Dirt 3's gameplay' (full post)

Hitachi unleashes new 10k RPM HDD, enter Ultrastar C10K900

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 4:27 am

Hitachi have only just unleashed some 4TB consumer hard drives, and throughout the the Thailand flood crisis, one would think we wouldn't see any new hard-drive announcements, well, you were wrong.

 

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Hitachi Global Storage Technologies have just unveiled something for the enterprise market, the Ultrastar C10K900 series. This new series comes in 300, 450, 600 and 900GB sizes, which all feature a 2.5-inch form factor, a SAS 6Gbps interface, 64MB of cache, an average seek time of 3.8 milliseconds, an average latency of 3.0ms, and an operating/idle power draw of just 5.8/3.0W. A Bulk Data Encryption option will also be available on specific models.

Continue reading 'Hitachi unleashes new 10k RPM HDD, enter Ultrastar C10K900' (full post)

Transcend let loose two new 85MB/sec-capable SDHC memory cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 3:29 am

Transcend Information Inc. have just expanded their memory card lineup with the introduction of two new products which are said to 'unleash the full potential of today's high-end digital cameras and camcorders.'

 

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The two products are 8GB and 16GB SDHC cards, which comply with the SD version 3.01 specification, have an Ultra-High Speed Class 1 (UHS-1) rating, and are capable of delivering speeds of up to 85MB/sec.

Continue reading 'Transcend let loose two new 85MB/sec-capable SDHC memory cards' (full post)

Dell rollout LGA 2011-based Alienware Aurora desktops, plan to take over the world

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 2:29 am

Dell's Alienware team have today launched an updated Aurora gaming desktop, which is based on Intel's latest Sandy Bridge-E platform. It is known as model R4 and uses the ALX mid-tower chassis.

 

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It also features a liquid-cooled Core i7-3930K or i7-3960X, up to 32GB of RAM, up to a 2TB hard drive and/or up to a 512GB solid-state drive, and right up to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 GPU or two AMD Radeon HD 6950's in CrossFire.

Continue reading 'Dell rollout LGA 2011-based Alienware Aurora desktops, plan to take over the world' (full post)

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