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Some time with Microsoft's Kinect (Project Natal) up close

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 14, 2010 9:16 am

The lucky folks at Gizmodo got a chance to go back stage after the opening E3 party last night where Microsoft officially lifted the curtain on Project Natal, now known to be finalised as "Kinect". It was whilst backstage they were able to get up close to Kinect and take some nice shots as well as trying out some of the initial release titles to support the new technology.

 

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Looks like it would be better suited to the Sony camp, but at least it will match up with most plasma and LCD TVs.

 

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You can check out Gizmodo's full gallery of pics at the source link.

First sighting of Microsoft's Slim Xbox 360

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 14, 2010 8:28 am

In hastily fashion, 2 days prior to E3, Microsoft has already let loose some of its tricks it plans to reveal at the show through several posts and video advertisements.

 

This short advertisement below, posted up by an international gaming site gives everyone a first look at a new Slim Xbox 360 console coming out.

 

 

This upcoming model won't only be smaller, but is also shaped differently with a more angular design on the front and back to give more of an X shape. Not only this, but it's said to come with WiFi built-in, saving people from buying a costly adapter for what should have been a standard feature to begin with. The internal HDD capacity will also be larger at 250GB as standard.

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TweakTown System Builders Guide updated

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 14, 2010 7:56 am

We have just updated our System Builders Guide to assist you in making the right choices if you're looking to build your next desktop system in the near future.

 

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The most noteable change pertains to our all-out no limits Admiral PC where we have decided to switch the motherboard for GIGABYTE's super impressive X58A-UD9. This board simply can't be beat when looking at how many technologies and features have been crammed onto it.

 

It should also be noted that pricing has gone up mildly on several other components that make up the list of specifications for our Admiral PC. For the full list of components with pricing, click here.

Download of the Day: Digsby Beta (build 79)

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 14, 2010 6:46 am

Our Download of the Day today is Digsby Beta (build 79).

 

Digsby provides you with IM, email and Social networks in one easy to use application.

 

Instant Messaging - Digsby is a multiprotocol IM client that lets you chat with all your friends on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, and Jabber with one simple to manage buddy list.

 

Email Notifications - Digsby is an email notification tool that alerts you of new email and lets you perform actions such as 'Delete' or 'Report Spam' with just one click.

 

Social Networking - Digsby is a social networking tool that alerts you of events like new messages and gives you a live Newsfeed of what your friends are up to.

 

Version 38 onwards is a stub installer that includes numerous toolbars etc., we recommend you do not install these.

 

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Monday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jun 14, 2010 5:58 am

The latest happenings from around the web - 14/06/2010

 

Systems

 

- Mesh Elite GTX 465 & 480 systems @ Kitguru

- Puget Systems Deluge i7-980X GTX 480 SLI Review - Money can buy happiness @ PC Perspective

 

Motherboard

 

- ASUS RAMPAGE III Extreme Motherboard @ Motherboards.org

- MSI 890FXA-GD70 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Gainward GTX 465 GOOD Edition @ CDRInfo

- PowerColor PCS+ 5850 @ Overclock3D

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Foldable tablets? Copper nanowires could make it happen

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 12, 2010 5:38 pm

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Ever wonder what it would be like to roll up or fold your iPad and put it in your pocket? Scientists at Duke University are trying to make something like that possible in the future. The indium tin oxide that currently connects the pixels in flat panel TVs, solar cells, and screens could be replaced by copper nanowires that are less brittle, more efficient, and much cheaper to produce.

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Fujitsu and Toshiba join forces in cell phone operations

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 12, 2010 2:07 pm

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It looks like Japan's #2 and #3 cell phone makers are joining forces to battle their foreign competition in the smartphone market by merging their cell phone divisions. Negotiations have reached the final stage according to the Nikkei for the two entities to team up, with Fujitsu becoming the main shareholder in a joint venture with Toshiba to come together in the cell phone market.

 

This is not a new move; NEC Casio Mobile, a joint venture of Casio, NEC, and Hitachi with their cell phone divisions, came together on June 1st in a similar fashion. Reducing costs, sharing ideas and marketing, and boosting competitiveness in a rapidly globalizing market are the big plans for these groups.

Flash will be on 250 million smartphones by 2012, according to Adobe

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 12, 2010 2:34 am

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Considering the fact that there is not a fully Flash 10.1 capable smartphone out there yet, Adobe had some strong words today: boasting a quarter billion smartphones will be fully Flash capable by the end of 2012. Android 2.2 is supposed to handle this issue for many smartphones on that front, and if Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, and others follow suit this may not be a completely unbelievable figure with the boom of smartphone usage all over the world. The 250 million smartphone figure is supposed to cover 53% of total sartphones in service, which is an impressive estimate in itself saying there will be a half billion smartphones in use across the globe in a mere year and a half.

 

Then again, imagine how much larger that figure would be if the iPhone and Flash would play nicely togetherÂ…...

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