ASUS has finally taken the wraps off of its ZenWatch, the company's first wearable, at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The new ZenWatch is powered by Google's wearable OS, Android Wear, and features a 1.63-inch, 320x320 AMOLED touchscreen.
The body of the ZenWatch sports a curved stainless steel case which is surrounded by a rose-gold-colored inset, with the top of the smartwatch featuring a piece of 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3. It includes a genuine stitched-leather strap with a quick release clasp in the box, but this can be swapped out with your own 22mm band.
Inside of ASUS' first wearable is the same processor that powers some of the smartwatches from Samsung and LG: a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC. We also have 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal flash storage, a 1.4Wh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, a microphone and a biosensor that can monitor your heart rate and activity. ASUS has splashed an IP55 rating on the ZenWatch, so you don't have to take it off if you're going to jump in the shower. The Taiwanese manufacturer has also ported some of its ZenUI elements onto the ZenWatch, with some pre-loaded functions making the cut.
NVIDIA will be holding an event for PC gamers on September 18 called GAME24. GAME24 is 'the first global celebration of PC gamers' and will take place in multiple locations across the world: Los Angeles, Shanghai, Stockholm, London, and more.
Whatever happens, you can be sure we'll be on it here at TweakTown, giving you the details on NVIDIA's next-generation GPU launch, and GAME24, as it happens.
If you thought the previous attempt at overclocking Intel's just-released Core i7-5960X was good, hitting 6.2GHz, HiCookie's achievement is a little better, hitting 6.45GHz.
HiCookie used GIGABYTE's X99 SOC Force motherboard to hit the massive milestone, with 6451.88MHz to be exact. He disabled most of the 16 threads on the CPU, down to just two cores. Windows XP Professional was his OS of choice to get the record, with 1.847V being used, and a single stick of DDR4 memory.
For years now the question of "can it run Crysis" has been inked onto the PC community, as Crytek's game was more of a benchmark than a game when it was released. Shortly after, Crytek saw the numbers on consoles and wanted the market, all but leaving the super high-end, PC-melting graphics engine business, watering it down to play it on the potato machines, or should I say, consoles.
Well, Silicon Studio has just teased their new tech engine, Mizuchi, and holy hell is it beautiful. The demo itself is run in real-time, with the level of graphics shown off in the game unlike anything you've ever seen before. We're talking Pixar-level and above graphics, but running in real-time, and looking absolutely beautiful.
I don't think we'll see a game running this engine anytime soon, but it would be great if we could have this released as a benchmark for our hardware, wouldn't it? What do you think? Would you want to run something that looks this insane on your PC?
Logitech has just unveiled its new Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480, which is capable of working on virtually any OS, better yet, it works on three devices at once. Thanks to the new Easy-Switch dial, you can switch between your devices very easily, and very quickly.
The new K480 can also connect to three different Bluetooth devices at once, whether its Windows, Mac, Chrome OS or even mobile operating systems like iOS and Android. Charlotte Johs, the global vice president of computer peripherals at Logitech explains: "Typing needs have evolved and consumers are computing and texting across multiple screens, often using two or three different operating systems. The Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 makes it simple for people to work, create or communicate quickly and comfortably, no matter what computing device or platform they are using."
Logitech will be making its new Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 later this month in the US and Europe, with a price of just $49.99.
The gaming laptop market has slowly been expanding, but the screen size on most portable gaming machines have been shrinking down to the 13- and 14-inch range. Not anymore, thanks to Lenovo's new Y70 Touch gaming laptop, which features a 17-inch touchscreen LCD.
The Lenovo Y70 Touch is fully touch-capable, compared to most of the gaming laptops on the market which are not. The Y70 Touch can be configured with a Core i7 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB of mechanical HDD or 256GB of SSD. Lenovo pegs the battery life at around five hours, but I'm sure that is not while it's gaming.
Lenovo will be making its 17-inch touchscreen gaming laptop available next month with a starting price of $1,299.
Gotham doesn't premiere on FOX until September 22, but Netflix has already inked a deal for the rights of the Batman TV show. Netflix has reportedly shelled out $1.75 million per episode for Gotham, something it won't stream on its service until September... of 2015.
Deadline is behind the report, where the site has said that the deal struck between Warner Bros. and Netflix spans all of Netflix's territories (present and future) and was "put in motion" shortly after the successful screening of the pilot back in May, in LA. Each season of Gotham will be made available after its full broadcast run, with the first episode to kick off on FOX on September 22.
Microsoft is launching its Xbox One console in 28 new countries this month, where it started off in Chile and Columbia yesterday. Tomorrow sees the launch of the Xbox One in Japan, while China receives it on September 23 and Russia three days later on September 26.
September 16 is a big day for Xbox, where the Xbox One launches in 16 new countries. The launch of the Xbox One in China is a big deal, as it is the first time that a console made outside of China has launched in the country, with the Chinese government banning foreign consoles sales in the country over the last 14 years. Microsoft has a full list of dates and countries for the Xbox One launch, which are:
- 9/2: Chile and Colombia
- 9/4: Japan
- 9/5: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates
- 9/15: Israel
- 9/23: Hong Kong, India, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan
- 9/23: China
- 9/26: Russia
With more and more people using drones, mixed with companies like Amazon using it for delivering retail goods, the skies will soon be filled up with automated, unmanned drones. Things could get busy up there, and with no management of traffic, it could lead to disaster.
NASA is now leading the pack, by developing a traffic management system designed specifically for drones, with the team at NASA's Moffett Field aiming to construct an air traffic control system for low-flying aircraft. Drones usually fly at between 400-500 feet. The system would be similar to existing traffic control system, where the drone system would monitor weather conditions, as well as keeping an eye out for other drones in the sky.
Buildings and other low-flying news helicopters would have to also be kept in check, with drones easily smashing into them if wind was to funnel up and veer it off course. This is something that traditional planes don't need to worry about, as they're cruising at above 30,000 feet.
This summer's 'Godzilla' reboot did solid business for Warner Bros, grossing half a billion worldwide theatrically and in preparation for this months release of the film on home video, the studio had launched a novel, but very cool interactive promotion at http://stomp.godzillamovie.com/
Utilising Google Maps, users can input their address (or ex-partners address or workplace for that matter) and witness a superimposed Godzilla foot destroy the location in a fiery conflagration. The promotion seems to work worldwide.
'Godzilla' hits Blu-ray in the United States on September 16th and in Australia on October 1st and includes a range of additional features such as featurettes and behinds the scenes snippets.