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After a one week extension, we are proud to announce the winners of our ASRock "Instant Boot" video contest that was held in our forums from late last year.
First prize goes to TweakTown forum user tanka12345 who created an interesting story video, which ASRock decided just had to be the winner, but it was close.
Second prize went to Zenphic for creating a rather action-packed video of shooting up computers in a game with slow boot times. Third place went to shayanxtra for his motherboard "quickie" video.
Here is the winning entry:
Congratulations to you all and you can see more on the contest here over at our forums!
Lian Li's recently unveiled PC-888 chassis has attracted a fair amount of attention since people got a first glimpse of it due to its highly unique shape/design. But it's not hard to see they've used the Burj Al Arab for their inspiration and it's one of those cases which will see a love or hate it crowd.
Whilst doing the rounds at CES, bit-tech were able to speak to Lian Li's product manager, Hank Chen to talk a bit more about the PC-888 and look at some of its features. You can view the video here.
Most of the memory industry is in a steady state with little to no new products forecasted due to low profit margins. Instead of standing still Crucial has taken the opportunity to refresh their Ballistix Tracer product line.
Crucial has already had a special edition Ballistix product in red for several months but has now made a standard red that is accompanied by blue and green. Crucial did not have a set of Ballistix Red on hand when I was at the event but TweakTown will have some in house for testing in the coming weeks.
The best thing about the new Ballistix memory is it is more than just a color change. The LEDs, heatsink and PCB are now a matching color set but the real aesthetic appeal is found in the way LEDs are lit.
In this video we see that the new Tracer memory has LEDs that extend from edge to edge on the PCB and when three sticks are used makes a pattern that will make any case modder smile. The new kits are already available on Crucial's newly redesigned website.
Kingston has put together a video preview of their HyperX range to be showcased at CES over the next few days. They've some really impressive DDR3 kits to show off with speeds well in excess of 2000MHz along with HyperX SO-DIMMs for performance notebooks and more.
Check out the video here :-
A video of VIA's recently introduced ARTiGO A2000 barebone storage system has been posted on youtube which allows for a look under the hood and also shows one how to install components such as memory, HDDs as well as an OS.
In case you missed it, we linked to another video of the ARTiGO A2000 being unboxed on launch day here.
It's been mentioned to us that the unit hits select online retailers in the U.S. this week. You can read more about it at the official product page here.
YouTube has been providing the world with videos of just about everything for so long that it has just about become its own verb like Google.
But the videos have never really been high quality but more of the "webcam" style shots heavy on the pixels with an extra side of grain.
Now it looks like YouTube might finally be taking the wrapper off of its long awaited HD Video selection. According to an article over at Techcrunch.com the words "Watch in HD" are starting to appear below some videos.
Read the more here.
There is nothing on the YouTube Blog yet, but people are starting to notice the new feature on Twitter this morning. You can find a bunch of HD videos on YouTube by searching for "HD." For videos uploaded in HD, in the lower right hand corner there is no a link that says "watch in HD" instead of "watch in higher quality," which is what it used to say. The screenshot above is from a video uploaded eight months ago making fun of the fact that the higher quality link wasn't really HD, but it is funnier now because that link has been changed to "watch in HD." The HD option only appears on videos on YouTube itself, not in embedded videos.
I have not tested to see whether it is true HD, but the difference is noticeable. Below are two screenshots of the same video from Nicolas Charbonnier, a reader who tipped us off to the change. The top is the regular low-res YouTube video we've all grumblingly accepted as the norm on the Web. The bottom screenshot is of the same frame in HD.
YouTube gave itself a nice little upgrade a short time ago, which no doubt some of you have spotted already. With the 4:3 aspect ratio mostly being a thing of the past, they decided they should get with the times and allow for widescreen (16:9) content to be uploaded and watched in full aspect.
As a result of this, the site's layout also gets expanded to 960 pixels so as not to cripple the video in any way. Furthermore, existing 4:3 content will not be stretched (rather, you'll just see two black bars on each side) so as to retain the original aspect.
A nice move, YouTube!
Further to the official announcement from VIA earlier today which introduces their new VIPRO Touch-Screen Panel PC, they have posted up a youtube video which allows you to see it in action.
This neat little compact touchscreen PC is designed mostly for use in industrial environments or for commercial use such as ATM, vending and information kiosks etc.
The steel and aluminum chassis is very durable and protects the components inside from nasties like water and dust. It's also completely fanless thanks to the choice of VIAs highly efficient 1.6GHz Eden or 1.0GHz C7 processors.
You can find out further information about it here.
Taipei, Taiwan, November 18 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA VIPRO VP7710 touch screen panel PC, a full featured, entirely fanless panel PC suitable for intelligent display applications in demanding environments. Rugged, stable and flexible, the VIA VIPRO is the first in a series of advanced display technologies from VIA.
Amid growing public acceptance of intuitive touch screen technologies, the VIA VIPRO addresses an increasing demand for cost effective, intelligent displays in commercial applications such as ticketing, ATM, vending and information kiosks as well as sophisticated fleet deployment infrastructures in transport, delivery and logistics enterprises.
Over the past weekend, MSI held its first annual Master Overclocking Arena 2008 final in Taipei, opposite the Taipei computer markets.
It was an overall well attended and managed event that went rather well. We were in attendance and managed to produce a 12 minute video of the event. You can view it below:
You can also download the monster 640MB HD version of the video here.
Ina Fried from the CNET Beyond Binary blog was able to catch up with a couple folks from Microsoft at the Professional Developers Conference last week.
Ina has a quick hands-on look at the latest build Windows 7 desktop and its features including the new taskbar, "Jump List" mini menus and some other stuff which make the upcoming OS that little bit different than Windows Vista.
Take a look at it below and there is another below when you're done.
Inside the Windows 7 desktop, part 1 (CNET)
Inside Windows 7 desktop, part 2 (CNET)
You can read more over at CNET.