If you are a fan of the Halo game franchise, you may be like me and get a little angry each time you think of the big screen movie based on the game that was cancelled years ago. The upside is that we have seen some cool live action in the Halo world with Forward Unto Dawn.
Not too long ago rumors were circulating that Microsoft was working on a Halo film that would be produced by Ridley Scott. Scott is the man behind films like Prometheus, Aliens, and Blade Runner. A Microsoft rep has now confirmed that the production the software giant denied was in the works not long ago is indeed happening.
Scott will be the executive producer on a new Halo digital production. The digital production is going to be directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan best known for direction Battlestar Galactica, Pillars of the Earth, and Heroes. Between these two they should certainly, be able to do a digital Halo production proud.
Casio has an interesting new projector that is a short throw until able to produce a big image from only a short distance away from the projection surface. That is a nice feature on its own, but the XJ-UT310WN projector has a cooler feature. This is one of the LampFree projectors that Casio makes and instead of using an expensive lamp to create the light that only last a few hundred hours, the light source in this projector is good for tens of thousands of hours.
Casio's LampFree tech combines a LED, laser, and a florescent lamp to create a light source that is good for about 20,000 hours. Often these alternate light source projectors are too dim for some uses, but this new projector has 3100 lumens of brightness making it work in just about any setting. the native resolution is 1280 x 800 and the contrast ratio is 1800:1.
The short throw tech allows the projector to throw a 67-inch image from only 23-inches from the surface. Other features include 2GB of integrated storage for giving presentation without a PC. Connectivity options include HDMI, D-sub, and composite inputs. An available mobile app lets a presenter annotate images in real-time and supports a real-time web browser. Casio will ship the projector in Q3 2014 for $1999.99.
Millions of users will remain on Microsoft Windows XP following the OS end of support deadline on April 8, with security experts providing input to try and keep users safe from increased security threats.
Research firm Gartner offers several steps for companies still running XP, though recommends having a plan to migrate to Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 as the most pressing step. Furthermore, user rights on XP machines should be restricted and only a select few applications should be available, with critical applications migrated to a newer platform.
"Even in organizations without Windows XP, a user that puts an unpatched Windows XP machine on the network can introduce problems," noted Michael Silver, Gartner VP and distinguished analyst, in a recent blog post.
If you are a motorcyclist, you can use a car GPS on your bike but it's not exactly ideal. Gamin makes a lien of GPS devices just for motorcycles and the latest in that line is the Zumo 590LM. The device is weather and fuel resistant so it should be able to survive attached to a motorcycle out in the weather.
The GPS device ships with a removable battery for power on the bike and comes with a car mount and a power cable for use in the car as well. The touchscreen is usable with a glove on and is designed for easy reading in direct sunlight. Bluetooth connectivity can send the driving directions and music to your Bluetooth earpiece or helmet.
The 590LM is also compatible with the iPhone or iPad for music playback control from the touchscreen. Weather and traffic details are offered on the GPS device screen thanks to an app that runs on the smartphone.
Law enforcement agencies trying to clamp down on the vast underground market for child pornography are now attempting to find methods to track criminals down without being accused of snooping.
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his countless cases of US and British snooping, have made companies and Internet providers "wary" of cooperating with the government, according to British politicians.
"The Snowden affair has made the industry wary of government interference," said Damian Green, British Minister of State for Police and Criminal Justice, during a recent conference. "That is why I emphasize to the industry that they should treat child abuse images as a separate case from anything else."
Nokia has rolled out a new Bluetooth speaker that is interesting in that it is able to improve the bass response using any flat surface. Nokia says that hard surfaces are particularly good for improving the bass, and all you need to do is set the speaker down or it to work. The MD-12 has a built-in vibration actuator that allows it to produce a surprising amount of bass for its size.
Power for the MD-12 comes from a rechargeable battery and it can run for 15 hours per charge. That should be plenty of time for you to play music on the go. The device also has an integrated microphone so it can be used as a speakerphone.
Bluetooth technology links the speaker to a mobile device and NFC tech is integrated too. NFC makes it easy to pair a device supporting NFC. The compact speaker weighs 180g and promises big bass and sound thanks to its vibration actuator. For devices that lack Bluetooth, a 3.5mm connector is available and the cable is included.
NEC has rolled out a new computer monitor that has a 23-inch screen size and an integrated HD webcam. The monitor is called the E232WMT and one of the key features it offers is support for multi-touch. Users can touch the screen with ten points at once to manipulate images and more.
NEC also equips the monitor with integrated speakers and when combined with the integrated webcam, the monitor is ready for video chats and conferences. Connectivity options include HDMI, DVI-D, VGA, and USB 3.0.
NEC uses a LED backlit AH-IPS panel with wide viewing angles and natural color reproduction. The brightness rating is 250cd/m2 and the dynamic contrast ratio is 15000:1. Ergonomic adjustability is built into the stand with height and tilt adjustment. NEC also rolls in a USB 3.0 hub that makes it easy to connect peripherals to the display. The E22WMT will ship this month for $629.
Boutique PC gaming company Digital Storm today announced four new gaming laptops, with 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch models available and different configurations to choose from.
The 15.6-inch models are named Javelin and Lance, while the 17.3-inch models are Krypton and Behemoth - all powered by the NVIDIA GTX 800M GPU.
"We've wanted to refresh our notebook line for a while and the NVIDIA GTX 800M series launch provided the perfect timing," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm Director of Product Development, in a press statement. "The cards' ability to deliver gaming performance comparable to a desktop system allow our notebooks to dominate anywhere."
The Javelin is the most affordable unit out of all four, and provides a full 1080P display, and the Lance notebook has increased sound quality using the Sound Blaster X-Fi MP3 platform. The 17.3-inch Krypton has three storage drives and is fully customizable, while the Behemoth has dual SLI GTX 880M GPUs.
Today Thecus announced the expansion of its SMB and Enterprise NAS line with the unveiling of two new NAS solutions that feature 10Gb Ethernet. The new N7710 and N8810U are identical to Thecus' N7710-G and N8810U-G models except for the 10GbE support featured on the new devices. Both of the new NAS devices boast VMware ESXi V5.5 iSCSI certification, and come bundled with Acronis True Image and McAfee Antivirus.
The new N7710 and N880U are powered by an Intel Pentium G850 Dual Core processor running at 2.9GHz, and 4GB of DDR3 ECC RAM that can be expanded up to 32GB. Both models offer RAID options up to RAID 50 while the N8810U features RAID 60 support as well. HDMI, VGA, Two USB 3.0, six USB 2.0 ports handle connectivity. Network connectivity is taken care of by two single gigabit Ethernet ports. The N7710 and N8810U will be available in May and will retail for $1,099 and $1,899 respectively.
TomTom has launched its latest GPS watch aimed at the athlete and fitness buff. The new watch is called the Runner Cardio GPS watch and it has a built-in heart rate monitor. There are plenty of watches out there that can show you your heart rate, but those have to be paired with a chest strap.
TomTom's watch needs no chest strap for the monitor to work. Runners can look at the watch to be sure that their heart rate is in the ideal zone. Five different intensity zones can be chosen to match training goals with alerts to speed up or slow down given to keep the runner in the zone.
The Runner Cardio watch uses a Mio optical sensor to monitor the pulse rate by shining a light through the skin. The watch is available to order right now for $269. A multi-sport version of the watch is offered for $299.