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Mionix Zibal 60 backlit mechanical gaming keyboard, includes "rage-proof durability"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Apr 15, 2011 1:38 am

Mionix have unveiled their first mechanical keyboard to the market today, the gaming-orientated "Zibal 60". The board sports some sexy looking Cherry MX Black switches, which have a linear (non-tactile) travel, require about 60 grams of force to actuate and are typically favored among FPS gamers.

 

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The Zibal 60 has "rage-proof durability" which is thanks to its 1.6mm-thick steel frame - obviously this is added at the FPS market as it's full of rage at times (myself included). The Zibal 60 features green multi-level backlighting that can illuminate the entire board or just the cluster of WASD keys. The spec sheet lists support for up to six simultaneous key presses (6KRO) via USB. On the top right of the keyboard is an I/O hub with two full-speed USB2.0 ports and audio/mic jacks.

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The NBN Box, what does it do?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Apr 15, 2011 1:21 am

Pictures of the NBN Network Termination Unit or "NBN Box" have surfaced and are now causing people to raise questions on how it works. The NBN Box is not a replacement unit for your current wired or wireless router which plugs into your telephone wall socket and gives you access to the Internet. The NBN box is actually a replacement for the wall socket that will provide users with six sockets - two dedicated to voice services, four dedicated to data services such as the Internet.

 

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This way, your telephone will plug into one of the voice sockets and your router will plug into one of the data sockets. Each data socket can provide a single and distinct service of the fibre network into your home or business. The NBN Box is not a switch - as each and every socket is completely independent of each other.

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Suwappu: Collectible Augmented Reality Toys That Live Bizarre Eclectic Lives

By: Trak Lord | More News: Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 15, 2011 12:24 am

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London based creative communications agency Dentsu has announced their collectible interactive line of toys they call Suwappu. These adorable eastern-influenced and strangely bipedal incarnations of woodland creatures derive their names from their ability to "swap" (which is what Suwappu translates to) out their lower halves with each other, which Dentsu call "pants".

 

So we've got cute animal toys that switch pants- what about the AR? The fine folks at Dentsu have used the flat fronts of these cute things to utilize augmented reality natural feature tracking to use the toys in interactive mobile AR experiences. The swapping of the pants (I love writing that) changes the environment around the character while the top part controls the dialogue. Check out this video:

 

 

I gotta love the random Kanye tweet. As entertaining as the video is, it's kind of unclear what the actual experience will entail. Tish Shute, New Media advocate and journalist, wrote in her blog that she's trying to get them to Santa Clara, CA for this year's Augmented Reality Event (at which I will be present...

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NYC Billboard Is Feeling Augmented Reality

By: Trak Lord | More News: Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 14, 2011 11:10 pm

Billboards are a tough sell for augmented reality- they're expensive real estate, they're constantly exposed to a variety of external conditions that wreak havoc on natural feature tracking algorithms and sdk's, and outside of urban environments they're generally only seen while moving past them at 65-80 mph. So how does one utilize a billboard for an AR experience? Tack it to a place in an urban environment where there are always a @#$%load of slow-moving vehicles present. Cue bustling New York City's Holland Tunnel, where readers familiar with the area will immediately summon memories of exhaust stench, honking horns, and that dreadful summer day mid-way through a heatwave when your AC on your Nissan Stanza craps the bed.

 

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To express your inevitable sentiment, rather than raging and yelling at your car and fellow commuters, why not just take your iPhone, point it at the billboard, and snap a picture to post to your Facebook wall that says "I am feeling (ANGRY FACE)"? New York-based GPS augmented reality app GoldRun partnered up with Tronic Studio and outdoor marketing firm ADstruc to bring us the first billboard with feelings. The billboard is part of the latter's "Billboards For Everyone" campaign, which brings together local design talent to create...

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Sources Confirm New Nintendo Console For E3

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 14, 2011 10:43 pm

Earlier this week, we reported on how trusted sources confirmed the Nintendo Wii was getting a price drop to $150 in mid-May, just weeks before the Entertainment and Electronics Expo (E3) in June. This was strange news, as companies like Nintendo tend to reserve announcements like this for the kind of large conferences and trade shows (like, you know, E3), so why would they do something like that? In the article linked above, I hypothesized that they must be planning on releasing a new system- and I was right!

 

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Game Informer reported today that multiple sources have confirmed the impending E3 announcement of a new Nintendo Console. Very little is known about the system outside of gross speculation, but the same sources confirmed that this console will be HD compatible, a great move for Nintendo in strengthening its historically-poor relations with third-party developers. In the Game Informer article, one source was said to have described the system as "not gimmicky, like the Wii". I for one love the Wii, and any gimmicky aspects were overshadowed by how accessible, entertaining, and esthetically pleasing the interface and gameplay was for the majority of the games, but I kinda get where they're coming from.

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Social Media Startup Social Guide Secure $1.5 Million Seed Funding

By: Trak Lord | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 14, 2011 8:51 pm

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Social is just everywhere these days. Yesterday we had news of GetGlue's 1 Million users, and today it's New York City startup SocialGuide announced the beginning of what could be a very promising future with a seed round of $1.5 million from angel investors, including Alex Zubillaga:

 

With more than half of the nearly 300 million Americans who watch TV having a second screen experience, the market is ripe for a social TV product that connects with consumers and networks. SocialGuide is the only product that is built around the existing social TV behavior that is happening with millions of consumers across the most popular social networks. Consumers now have one place to enjoy their favorite programming, and networks have a way to more deeply engage with their audience

 

CEO Sean Casey believes that the social TV space is "nascent", and spoke of the pending improvements to SocialGuide's already strong interface and user experience. SocialGuide is essentially a social data collecting service that filters and displays millions of discussions occurring in real time about televised media, and ranks them according to popularity. SocialGuide also makes it very easy to share this type of information throughout your various social networks

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Haier 7G2 14-inch Sandybridge Notebook Hands-on

By: Nicole Scott | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 14, 2011 3:13 pm

Haier 7G2 was on display at IDF Beijing 2011 showing off its Core i7 Sandybridge processor.

 

 

This 14-inch metallic beauty has metal wire drawing on the palm rest and an ATI HD 6730 which gives it a 3DMark06 score of 11,000. If you're wondering if you should be impressed, well, you should, the current industry average for an equivalent desktop replacement is around 9,000. The 7G2 comes in both Core i3 and i5 options with a 350 and 500GB hard drive options with 2GB/4GB RAM varieties.

 

My initial impressions of this notebook aren't great, the keyboard has a great deal of flex (I was kind in the above video since the booth staff beamed so proudly over his machine) and the track pad is small for a 14 inch device. The woes of the device don't end there, the mouse buttons offer poor feed back and there are a lack of USB ports as I was only able to count two on the entire system.

 

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The 3DMark06 score got out attention, but the keyboard has us hesitant on wanting to even try to get our hands on for a review!

IDF Beijing 2011 Wrap-up: Cedar Trail, Oak Trail, MeeGo & More

By: Nicole Scott | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Apr 14, 2011 3:01 pm

IDF has come to a close and let me tell you there's a lot to review. In case you're too lazy to ready this I shot a video telling you the tale of Intel's Developer Forum Beijing 2011.

 

 

For starters Cedartrail was officially launched, this is Intel's latest Netbook platform. There were no details on what performance gains we are going to see, but three new features were added: Intel Wireless Streaming, Intel Music and Wireless file sharing. Intel is still behind the netbook category as tablets might be taking off in North America and EU, APAC is still seeing strong growth. Just because we in the West aren't buying doesn't mean globally they aren't still trending.

 

Oak Trail was also officially announced at the show with tablets hitting the streets in May. So far all the tablets are 10.1 inches and about 10mm thick. Nothing to get too excited about as we have yet to see what kind of battery life we might be getting. Some tablet manufactures like Evolve Three came out with a unique design integrating a kick stand and keyboard into the hard cover.

 

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DICE says Battlefield 3 will have the largest maps they've ever made

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 14, 2011 2:00 pm

DICE seem to be going all out for Battlefield 3 and while we don't know the exact specifics of what the Frostbite 2.0 engine is capable of, little things are slowly making the big picture of BF3 sound very seductive. Such as the maps in Battlefield 3 are said to be the largest DICE have ever made with DICE's Patrick Bach revealing in an interview with a Norweigan game magazine "Gamer" saying:

 

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The game is still early in development, but I can tell you that Battlefield 3 will have the largest maps we have ever made

 

He also went on to point out that Battlefield 3 will support 64 players on PC and it will be possible to have jets, helicopters, tanks and infantry combat all on a single map.

Thursday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Apr 14, 2011 12:24 pm

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

 

Motherboard

 

- MSI P67A-GD65 LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard @ PC Perspective

- MSI E350IA-E45 Motherboard @ ixbtlabs

- Intel DP67BG Motherboard @ Ocaholic

 

Video/Monitor

 

- EVGA GeForce GTX 590 Classified Quad-SLI Performance @ HiTechLegion

- Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme 1GB @ Techgage

- Sapphire HD 6950 FleX 2GB Graphics Card @ Techwarelabs

 

Audio/Media

 

- ROCCAT Kulo Stereo Headset @ Vortez

- Diamond Xtreme External 7.1 USB Sound Card @ Overclockers Club

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