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Earlier today I visited the Thermaltake headquarters here in Taipei and was able to get an exclusive look at the near finished products to be launched under the new eSPORTS by Thermaltake brand that caters strictly for the most demanding of gamers around the world.
James Huang from the eSPORTS division of Thermaltake was shy at first, but soon shined to the camera as he gave us a solid introduction and preview of the Challenger Pro professional gaming keyboard, their impressive mechanical keyboard as well as the "Black" professional gaming grade mouse.
Before we entered the meeting room, we filmed walking from outside the building through to where the goodies were waiting for us to check out. You get a look at the non-boring Thermaltake office and all the case mods and such that are on display throughout the building. From time to time, we were told that Thermaltake actually holds mod design contests within the organization and employees who win may receive free products or cash bonuses. This is a look at something that most will never get to see and I thought it would be interesting, especially for Thermaltake fans.
Watch the video below, will ya?
One of the eSPORTS keyboards is already in mass production and the other keyboards and mouse we looked at above in the video are due to go into MP next month and should be on sale in late May or early June. We have been promised samples of these products as soon as they are ready and we'll have reviews up of them just as soon as we can.
Suffice to say, after spending over one year in development, these gaming based products from Thermaltake look rather solid indeed after a firsthand play with the upcoming toys. Good things to come, I suspect.
It can be quite impressive to sit back and take notice of how quickly an entity pulling all the right moves has grown into something previously unimaginable.
One such instance is that of YouTube, now owned by Google which is a perfect example of the above, locked firmly on the rails that steer towards a continuing path to further success and fortune.
The site recently reported that it has reached a new upload milestone in terms of the amount of video content that is being published on there. In June 2007 the stats indicated an average of 6 hours of video were being added per minute.
Now? They're doing an entire day's worth of content every minute. That's right, 24 hours per minute. At at the current rate of growth, this will climb to 25 hours worth of new content less than a month from now.
The chart below gives a clearer perspective on the rate of growth since June'07. Astonishing.
In our most recent poll, we asked our readers if they intended on buying an NVIDIA Fermi based GeForce GTX 400 series video card.
We have had almost 2,000 people vote on the poll and the numbers are in.
Among TweakTown readers only 15% say that they are intending on buying a new NVIDIA video card. 36% of the people who voted said that they aren't interested and are sticking with the red team and its Radeon products. Somewhat surprising was that 11% of our readers voted that they didn't know what Fermi is and 39% said that they will wait for the reviews to come out before making a decision.
For the actual numbers, go here.
In our latest poll, we want to know, what is the most important new motherboard technology? Let us know! Please go here to vote!
We already know all about NVIDIA's Optimus technology. The tech changes between a discrete GPU and integrated GPU in netbooks and notebooks automatically. It is a big part of the next-generation ION platform for portable machines.
Optimus has shown up on video giving a better idea of the video switching prowess of the technology in the real world. NVIDIA set the demo up with a LED grafted onto the discrete card to the discrete GPU so you can see when the thing is powered up.
NVIDIA even went so far as to pull the discrete GPU from the test system entirely when not in use and the machine goes on as if nothing has happened. This shows off that the GPU is shut off electrically saving power during idle. Cool video for sure.
During MWC last week Sascha of netbooknews.de met up with some developers of petitpetit.de who were introducing their new PTPT touchscreen GUI which is said to be a bit of a mashup between Sugar OS and an expert system of the 80s. This is an interface and navigation solution designed for optimal data and media organization on mobile devices.
While it looks fairly simple at first, it's promised to be a very complex interface that is quite powerful if you know how to use it to its full potential.
The best way to get an understanding and feel for how it works is to see it in action. Thankfully netbooknews deliver with an 11 minute video which you can watch here :-
The german folks of NetBookNews have gotten hold of Lenovo's upcoming PineTrail based IdeaPad S10-3t for a video unboxing.
The sample in their hands includes an Atom N450 processor and 8-cell battery for extended battery life (possibly 10 hrs+). This is a multitouch capable tablet netbook and comes shipped with Windows 7 Home Premium.
A video has shown up on YouTube indicating Lian Li are working on an open chassis designed case in the shape of a Spider.
As little is allowed to be revealed at this point, some comedic spice is used throughout the video in an attempt to maintain interest. But given what is shown, I'm left feeling there's a lot to be desired here and am not quite sure what line of thought Lian Li has in justifying that they are onto a good thing with this design. The first thing that came to mind is "desk space killer".
Following that, I thought maybe they're pushing the value factor with this one, as I'm sure a trip to the local tip scouting for scrap metal and the use of my trusty welder would fast result in a comparable contraption.
But hey, it's not officially unveiled yet and given what we're seeing here is in prototype form, Lian Li deserve to be given the time to wave their magic at it and come up with something useful and attractive to open case buyers.
Feel free to check out the video and share your opinion with us in our comments section below.
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Further development and expansion in the ever growing YouTube world has now brought live sports streaming rights into play.
It's not full steam ahead from the get go with rights to stream NBA or NFL stuff etc. etc. - but it's a start with Indian Premier League Cricket and could well mean much broader live streaming coverage in the not too distant future.
Coinciding with the launch of its latest desktop graphics card, the HD 5670, AMD has released a very witty and entertaining commercial that is designed to let buyers of its Radeon graphics cards know how easy it is to upgrade to a newer card.
The motto is, "So easy, a monkey can do it!", as you'll see before your eyes in the commercial that can be streamed below :-
You can learn more about how AMD accomplished the video at the source link.