Today we had a chance to visit the PhotoFast office here in Taipei to take an exclusive look at one of its upcoming SSD products.
The product in question is the PhotoFast 'Quad'. It has available internal slots for a total of four CFast 32GB SATA cards - and no, they aren't compact flash cards despite how similar they look! They are actually tiny flash cards with SATA connectors. Maximum read and write times inside the video.
Milton from PhotoFast told us that they will go on sale in around 2 or 3 weeks time. We'll have a review of the PhotoFast Quad on TweakTown around that time, too.
What do you do when you have a stopover in Hong Kong while waiting for China visa processing? You visit the local computer markets, of course!
We visited the Golden Computer Market with our friends from Zotac. After spending time with them at their roadshow, which showed off its newest products to the general public, we walked around the crowed yet impressive computer market to find all of the latest cool tech toys that we could see.
As you'll see in the video above, right around the corner from the Zotac roadshow area we spotted a 'sexy optical mouse', a tiny NVIDIA ION based nettop system by an unknown company and another nettop type all-in-one Intel Atom based system from Averatec.
During my recent trip to China, I stopped over in Hong Kong to visit our friends at Zotac at the Hong Kong Golden Computer Market center.
In what was pretty impeccable timing, during my visit, Zotac in conjunction with NVIDIA had a roadshow up and running and one of the most popular computer markets in Hong Kong and we spent some time looking at what was on display.
Hope you enjoyed this event coverage from Hong Kong, we'll have another video online soon from the computer market looking at other random new goodies we discovered during the visit.
Just a side note to personally thank Jojo and Tiffany for treating us so well during our quick visit to Hong Kong! We'll be back again, for sure.
Someone has decided to make the term Viral Video literal. After a tragic breach of privacy, where an ESPN reporter was filmed nude through a peephole then the video posted on the internet. Malware writers have thrown up toxic web pages claiming to host the footage.
While this move is not really new (anyone remember the Anna Cornacova Virus?) it is still disturbing. According to Sophos the toxic pages contain code that can infect both PC and Mac systems (despite Apple's claims of viral immunity).
Reports are surfacing that some of the pages are spoofing legitimate sites like CNN and other news sites. There is no word on the identity of the person that illegally recorded the video or who posted it on the internet but I do hope they find them and do something terrible to them.
In the world of graphics you are usually stuck with x16 mechanical (and electrical) add in boards for your GPU love. This makes it a little rough on many an HTPC builder. Sure you can get a half-height card and even ones with an extra tang for the low profile cases but unless you want to shell out a ton of cash you are still getting an x16 card.
Thankfully, that all may be changing; HIS and Club3D are offering x1 PCI-e cards that won't break the bank.
HIS is offering an ATi Radeon HD 4350 with 512MB DDR2 (Core clock 600MHz Memory Clock 800MHz). The 4350 is a great card for and HTPC or for anyone looking to run just business graphics and features DVI and HDMI out as well as the typical VGA. If you go half height you still get to keep HDMI and DVI.
From Club3D we find an offering from the green team. This is the 8400 GS, again another card with a small foot print in terms of usage. It does not feature an HDMI port only DVI and TV. It also only has 256MB of memory. The benefit to the 8400 GS is passive cooling.
As far as choices between these two the HIS 4350 is better for an HTPC but the 8400 GS can keep your rig quieter. Both cards seem tailor made for the Atom platform as many existing ITX Atom system boards only have a PCI-e x1 slot. A couple of dollars in this area can get you some extra horse power in any Atom Based Nettop or HTPC.
In our most recent poll, we asked you all what you thought about our new video content push at TweakTown.
Less people voted than usual, but we did get some useful numbers from the poll. 22% said that they love our video content and 9% even want more, making the total in the positive area 31%.
6% said that they do not like the video content and 22% said they prefer standard text content, making the negative 28%.
6% also said they aren't sure yet, which puts them on the fence and 34% of you didn't even realize we have video content. That's fine - it is still a new thing for us, but we will work on making it more visible.
For the actual numbers, go here.
In our latest poll, we want to know what type of computer system you primarily use. Let us know! Please go here to vote!
YouTube has announced that they have increased the size limit of uploaded videos.
The new limit for standard videos is set to 2GB, twice that of the previous limit. YouTube says the change means that users will be able to upload longer videos at higher resolutions, and maybe even some large HD files direct from the camera.
For those that are linking to YouTube videos, the YouTube team has also offered a tip concerning how to make sure a link starts playing a video in HD should it be available. Simply tack an "&hd=1" to the end of the URL and when it is clicked on it will begin to play in HD instead of standard definition. Follow the directions and you get a beautiful video just like the one above.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Computer Geeks - Sony Walkman 8GB Video MP3 Player for Only $59.99.
Offer: Refurbished to be new, this is a very very nice price that gives you 8GB of space for your music and video goodies! These guys carry limited supplies of their product lines so if you want it, get it now because I don't think they have the supplies to outlast the coupon this time around. Knock $10 off by using coupon code: WALKMAN (6/30/09)
Our Download of the Day today is Any Video Converter 2.74.
Any Video Converter is an All-in-One video converting tool with easy-to-use graphical interface, fast converting speed and excellent video quality. It allows you to effortlessly convert video files between every format! It can convert almost all video formats including DivX, XviD, MOV, rm, rmvb, MPEG, VOB, DVD, WMV, AVI to MPEG-4 movie format for iPod/PSP or other portable video device, MP4 player or smart phone. It also supports any user defined video file formats as the output. Any Video Converter makes it easy for anyone to enjoy the any format video with your iPod, PSP, mobile phone or MP4 player.
- User-friendly interface that is easy to use.
- Converts all video formats to Apple iPod Video, Sony PSP and more
- Batch convert any video formats including avi, wmv, asf, mpg, mp4, etc.
- Support DivX and Xvid avi format as importing and exporting video
- Support default video/audio settings or user customized parameters for video and audio.
- Has the option to preview the video in real-time before conversion .
- World's fastest video conversion speed with stunning video and audio quality.
- Supports adjust many video/audio options for MP4 files. For example, video/audio sample rate, bit rate, video size.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 2.74
1. Updates the Spanish and Czech language files.
2. Updates the output file for Archos players.
3. Updates the YouTube downloader engine to resolve the program error when the age authorization is required.
In our 9th annual visit to the Computex Taipei tradeshow in Taiwan, we are pleased to announce that we have so far served over 700,000 video views in the past week. We recently partnered up with the folks over at Viddler.com and are very pleased with their video serving capabilities.
Our video content coverage was linked by all the usual tech sites, Gizmodo, Engadget and even NY Times. Using impressive and easy to use HD video editing software by Pinnacle and a shiny new Sony HDR-XR520V camcorder, we were easily able to offer the best and most comprehensive video coverage of Computex Taipei 2009.
We are just scratching the surface, though. After seeing such tremendous results, TweakTown will continue producing more video content to compliment our traditional, trusted and popular text based content. We will soon hire a professional film crew based out of Taiwan, who will help propel TweakTown to even higher levels in the world of online technology media. You will start to see more video content added to normal review content, too.
We hope you all enjoyed our video content during the show and look forward to much more. If you have any comments or suggestions moving forward, we would love to hear from you. You can contact us as this page.
Computex Taipei 2009: Alright folks... Are you sure you are all ready for this?!
Back by popular demand, once again, is our coverage of the wonderful lady and gent booth babes of Computex Taipei.
The difference this year is that we've put our great new Sony HD camcorder into good use and produced the same thing, just in wonderfully sexy HD 1080p video.
IMPORTANT UPDATE - you need to sign up to Viddler before you can download the HD version!!
Computex Taipei 2009: Back out at the Thermaltake booth in Nangang, behind closed doors, we got a close up look at an upcoming air cooler called the Frio.
From what we saw and its large size, with dual 120mm fans, it looks like it will be a serious competitor to some of the big air coolers already on the market at the moment.
It should be going on sale in two or three months and if things remain the same, the target price is around $65 USD.
Just this morning I posed a question about the use of the Tegra SoC chip in netbooks. Well the question still stands but the gang over at Engadget has an interesting piece that comes to them from TechVideoBlog. It seems they have a video showing Tegra pumping out some 720p HD content without breaking a sweat.
My issue with Tegra follows in the OS choices and other performance. Right now the only operating systems that Tegra is being used with are Windows CE (which is awful) and Android. The other factor is system performance, it is being reported that you can only have about four tabs of Firefox open before the system slows down. To me in a machine designed for internet usage that is just not enough.
Maybe if nVidia pushes this into portable HD media players it will fit. But in reality HD video on my netbook is not something I can get worked up about.
Read more here.
If you didn't believe the Tegra hype -- 25 days audio, 10 hours of 1080p video on single charge -- already then pull up a stool, son, NVIDIA wants to tell your a story. TechVideoBlog sat down with Gordon Grigor, NVIDIA's Director of Mobile Software to see Tegra's little Atom smasher in action. So sit back while Gordon smoothly streams a 720p MSN HD trailer off the web (over WiFi) then switches over to Firefox to take Flash for a spin at full-screen. Gordon also clarifies earlier confusion over Tegra's ability to handle HD video; see, the Tegra 600 can do H.264 video at 720p while the Tegra 650 can decode 1080p. Gordon also gives some more insight into memory configurations.
Computex Taipei 2009: Earlier on today out in Nangang we visited Nelly from IN WIN who was kind enough to provide us with a video tour of its booth and a couple of their key new products, which have just launched at Computex.
We'll have reviews of these products coming up shortly, so stay tuned!
Computex Taipei 2009: One of the products that OCZ had the spotlight on it suite at Computex this year was the newly announced Colossus SSD which is unique in that it comes in the standard hard disk drive 3.5-inch form factor.
It truck load of 1TB of flash memory claims to hit read speeds up to 250MB/s and write speeds up to 220MB/s using the SATA2 data interface. The bad boy which is expected to set you back over $2500 USD weighs in at a massive 400 grams (huge for an SSD!) and includes not one but three controllers on board since there is some internal RAID 0 going on inside.
It looks like OCZ continues to go crazy with SSDs and just keeps bringing out new ones that keep attracting attention. More from the OCZ suite later on!
Thanks go out to Alex from OCZ for the introduction above.
Computex Taipei 2009: The big IT show hasn't even started yet, but as usual, we've been running around like dogs just let off the leech from Taipei out to Nangang and most places in between.
We've put together an introductory video of the stuff you wouldn't normally see. Watch it below:
We are at the GIGABYTE Reunion Party now and it's about time to kick back and relax a few cold ones.
Wrapping up our coverage from today's press conference held by MSI, we have prepared a video of the lovely ladies showing off MSI's range of new X-Slim series notebooks.
Watch the video below:
MSI managed to put on a good show here and it shows just how much effort they are putting into their mobile line-up of products.
Sadly though the Android based netbook was not to be found, we'll just have to spy it out during Computex Taipei in about three weeks time.
AMD is holding a new contest and wants to demonstrate the link between gaming and learning. According to AMD, this reinforces AMD Changing the Games commitment to advance youth education through digital games.
The A-ha Moment Video Contest asks contestants to create a video explaining how playing video games reinforced something they first learned elsewhere. They also have the My Dream Assignment Video Contest which urges contestants to submit a video with your idea on what would be a gread game to increase learning.
AMD is offering up six 16" HP Pavilion dv6 series notebooks to first place winners of the contests. Each contest has been split into three groups: Middle School, High School, and Post-Secondary education.
"Digital game play as an entertainment vehicle is undisputed, but we believe games can also serve as valuable educational tools," said Andrew Blanco, Director of Program and Business Development for the Learning Games Network. "This contest encourages students to exercise their creativity while sharing their perspectives on games' potential."
"We live in a visual age where gameplay - and game development in particular - can motivate students to learn in ways that can't be matched by non-visual learning mechanisms," said Allyson Peerman, vice president of Public Affairs for AMD and President of the AMD Foundation. "Inspiring youth through social game development is the mission behind AMD Changing the Game and this contest is another vehicle to help advance that mission."
I found this one on Engadget and have to say it is one of the cooler Augmented Reality vides I have seen.
It is a "card trick" performed extremely well and with special real-time effects added. You get to see the actual scene and the augmented one in the same frame which makes the imagery more impressive.
What really takes the cake though is the fact that all of this was done with open source programming tools.
Read more here
Tempest uses AR to demonstrate what's going on in his fertile imagination as he performs a card trick -- cards levitate, Jokers dance, and the birthday cake? Well, you'll just have to see for yourself. The most impressive part is that the whole thing goes down in real time, and utilizes C++ with OpenFrameworks, OpenCV, ARToolkitPlus, MacCam, "and other Open Source goodies." Nothing's done in post-production.
Alien Babel Tech reports that Toshiba is currently working on a product that we can only hope makes it past the research phase that it currently is in.
Dubbed "Video Wallpaper," Toshiba is trying to take OLED technology and put it on a thin and flexible paper that can then be used as wallpaper. Potentially this could turn any wall into a display that could be used to do anything from display television to simply change colors on the wall.
Toshiba said that the project is still several years away from becomming a commercial product, but if they can make it happen, you can add this to the list of science fiction technology that has become a reality.
"OLED is anticipated to become an important light-emitting device for the next generation," Toshiba said in a statement.
The problem that the scientists have had to overcome is increasing the efficiency of existing OLED devices, such as televisions that use the reduced-energy material. To achieve that, the wallpaper uses light that has been redirected by an ultra-fine grating that is fabricated by self-assembled nano particles, said Kaori Hiraki, a Toshiba spokesman.
Also during the NVIDIA and Microsoft joint press conference today, Drew Henry from NVIDIA demonstrated Windows 7 multi-tasking with the ION.
This new low-cost, low-power platform is set to first hit the market as tiny desktop computers and then later find its way into netbooks.
As Drew Henry rightfully stated, you won't see an Intel based Atom and chipset netbook doing anything like this.