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Apple TV launched as just a 'hobby' for the Cupertino-based giant, but it has grown out of control, but in a good way. Apple have now become the force to be reckoned with in the "streaming IP device" market according to a new report.
Apple scoop up 56% of the market, representing more than 13 million units sold in Q1 2013 alone. This number is more than all of the competitors' devices combined. Competing brands include Roku, WD TV, Boxee and Google TV, but Apple leads the market by a large margin. Roku takes second position with 21.5% of the market, which represents an estimated 5 million units.
I think this will change in the coming years, as Google push forward with media devices and companies like Netflix continue to dominate the new Internet market with original TV shows.
SteelSeries is known for their high-quality professional grade gaming peripherals, and their latest product fails to disappoint in any way possible. The new SteelSeries Apex Gaming Keyboard is comprised of what I can only describe as sheer beauty. It's no secret that I love backlit keys as well as RGB LEDs, and the new Apex combines both to bring a keyboard landscape unlike any other.
The SteelSeries Apex Gaming Keyboard goes beyond just choosing from 16.8 million color options, it features SteelSeries Active-Zone illumination, a visual support tool that allows the user to independently customize colors - up to 8 levels of illumination intensity in each of its 5 zones - with up to 4 different customizable layers per zone.
Additionally, the keyboard features unique enhancements to its layout which include low-profile keys, macro keys that are configured in rows for quick access, as well as multiple layers of customization in color and intensity. The keyboard is powered by the SteelSeries Engine which allows the keyboard to completely remap all of its 22 macro keys and offers users the ability to program up to four separate layers of the keyboard. This means that consumers now have up to 500 keys for instant control across multiple layouts, profiles, and commands that they choose for any game.
Priced at just $99.99, the Apex is available now at local retailers, online e-tailer's and gaming enthusiast centers near you. Below I have listed out the features list for the Apex Gaming Keyboard.
This morning, Sharkoon announced that it will be expanding its range of gaming peripherals and is kicking off the expansion by releasing a new version of its popular Drakonia Gaming Mouse. The new mouse is dubbed the Drakonia Black and comes in a gray-black stylish design that sports a rubberized surface and an Avago ADNS-9800 Laser sensor capable of a resolution of up to 8,200 DPI.
The Draconia Black features the same ergonomic design as its predecessor, the Drakonia Green Laser Gaming Mouse, and features 11 buttons as well as a four-way scroll wheel. The mouse also features internal memory that allows users to save their profiles based on which game they will be playing or to save profiles between multiple users.
The Drakonia Black features Sharkoon's well-known weight tuning system which consists of six interchangeable metal weights that allows the weight to be adjusted to the personal preference of the player and gives the mouse enough inertia for smooth yet very precise performance. Customers will find the new Sharkoon Drakonia Black laser Gaming Mouse from authorized retailers at a pricing point of around $50 US.
This morning, GIGABYTE announced the arrival of a new addition to its gaming keyboard lineup. The FORCE K7 Stealth Gaming Keyboard is touted as having the embodiment of a Stealth fighter with its scissor-key structure and slim solid body. The keyboard features an extremely short actuation distance for accurate and stable key presses in addition to a switchable three-color backlighting system.
The new gaming keyboard also features anti-ghosting capabilities that surround the WASD cluster that guarantees that the general gaming combination keys are registered and executed without conflict. Just like other models in the line, the keyboard features a twin wheel design that offers prompt control of keyboard backlighting and volume levels during intense gaming sessions.
Next-gen Kinect for Windows development kit applications are now available, SDK will set you back $399
If you want to get in on the next-generation Kinect for Windows platform, applications for software development kits opened today. If you're a developer who wants to get down and dirty with the next-gen Kinect, you have until July 31 to submit an application.
Applications that are accepted will be notified by Microsoft sometime in August, with the program starting in November. The SDK will be generally available next year. For those getting in early, it'll cost you $399 which will include direct access to the Kinect for Windows engineering team through private webcasts and forums, access to all API and documentation for the Kinect.
You'll also receive an alpha version of the sensor and a final version of the new Kinect at launch in 2014.
The next-gen console war is upon us, but which side (or console) are you going to take? An important factor of this is the controller itself, something we have a side-by-side comparison of, below.
As you can see, the PS4 controller actually looks quite big sitting next to the Xbox One controller. From what I've read, the Xbox One controller 'feels' better, but everyone has different sized hands and expectations. I'm hoping to get some hands-on time with both controllers at PAX AU, which happens next month in Melbourne, Australia.
The super-realistic assault rifle controller, otherwise known as Delta Six, has enjoyed a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising over $200,000. The Delta Six is thanks to David Kotkin from Miami, who is a teacher.
Kotkin developed the Avenger, making enough money from it to retire from his career in education. The Miami-based now retired teacher saw the absence of a realistic gun controller, and thought it would be a good idea to make one. Kotkin told the Miami Herald that the notoriety scared off a public relations firm, "whose owner cited 'moral reservations,'" and that Arduino, the microcontroller staple of PC and console mods, backed away from the partnership because of the potential problems.
Kotkin's own wife won't let their 11- and 8-year-old sons play with the Delta Six, but stands by him and is proud of his inventiveness and accomplishments. She says: "When it comes to the gaming gun, you look at all the violence that's occurred and it's really difficult for me to say this is a great idea."
Logitech have just unveiled a new standalone version of their Harmony Ultimate Hub. All that is required is an application for your Android- or iOS-based device, which will then allow you to control up to eight home theater devices.
Users can use the app to swipe to adjust the volume, change TV channels by tapping on a network icons and control recorded video playback. Control options are also on offer for video services usch as Netflix hosted on game consoles, too. Logitech also says that the Hub is compatible with the Harmony Touch, the remote's RF signals are translated into IR and Bluetooth format. We should expect the standalone Ultimate Hub to go on sale in both the US and Europe in August, for around $100.
e3 2013 - Mad Catz has just unveiled yet another gaming headset aimed at the Windows and smart devices market. The F.R.E.Q. 4D features ViviTouch 4D Sound, which is designed to add a new dimension of sound perception to the gaming experience by effectively creating a fourth dimension of sound.
ViviTouch 4D Sound combines muscular base and sensory feedback to produce an actual physical sensation to the gamer's audio experience. Additionally the F.R.E.Q. 4D is equally impressive when used on a home theater systems or for general music listening, as it features multiple EQ settings, which have been precisely tuned for various audio stages.
A detachable in-line table allows for easy conversion from USB 23.5 mm to support standard stereo audio on iPhones, tablets, and android-based devices. "Utilizing ViviTouch™ 4D technology, we believe the F.R.E.Q. 4D brings an added sense of realism to sound effects in first person shooters and action adventure games," said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive. "The F.R.E.Q. 4D demonstrates our commitment to PC and Smart Device gaming, which we believe will resonate with passionate gamers."
E3 2013 - Mad Catz has just announced the latest edition in their PC gaming peripheral line. Mad Catz says the Catz S.T.R.I.K.E.3 gaming keyboard is an ideal entry into the world of competitive gaming. Whether your game of choice is an FPS, RPG, MMO, RTS, MOBA or any other genre, precise key response, customizable backlighting, and programmable macro keys all help give you an advantage over the competition.
The S.T.R.I.K.E.3 is a non mechanical, membrane based keyboard that is available in black, red and white trim. Stay tuned to TweakTown for a hands on later this week when we stop in for a visit at Mad Catz booth at E3. Leave a comment and let us know what you think about all of Mad Catz new products we have seen at E3 2013.