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It looks like it's going to be a good year for gaming fans! As I walked into the entrance of the Los Angeles Convention Center, I saw games being advertised everywhere. I'm not talking a small poster here or there; I'm talking massive banners draped from the the ceilings and clung to every surface.
There's some big money being spent here and some big name titles coming out. The show doesn't start for another 3 hours, but I've already managed to catch glimpses of Nintendo's booth babes who just happen to be wearing WiiU shirts. You can be sure of where I am heading first when the doors open!
Make sure that you are following TweakTown on Facebook, as I will likely be putting up pictures on there from the show floor and only writing these during down time. That's enough for now, time for me to go hunt down some exclusives!
Like overclocking? Are you going to be at Computex Taipei 2012? If so, let me recommend that you head on over to GSkill's booth where 8 professional overclockers will be waiting. There will be several professional overclockers from various manufacturers at the booth doing 4 days on non-stop overclocking on 4 different motherboard manufacturers every day.
If you are going to be in Taipei for Computex, this really cool event will be going on in GSkill's booth which is located at .Computex Taipei 2012, Nangang Exhibition Hall, Booth I0118. It's going to be awesome to watch these professionals overclock everything in sight. You might even pick up an overclocking trick or two.
With under two weeks to the start of E3 in Los Angeles, it's time to see just what you, the reader, want covered the most. A little bit of background on the Electronic Entertainment Expo straight from the horse's mouth: "E3 is the world's premier trade show for computer and video games and related products."
What upcoming products have you heard about that you would like to know more about? Are you interested in games themselves or the hardware that runs the games? Want videos of the games running? Have specific questions for different game studios or manufacturers? E-mail me your requests or post them in the comments.
You have to hurry as the show starts June 5!
Patiently waiting for tickets to Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC)? Well, sorry, they're sold out. The quick sellout happened in the span of an insane two hours, and it still sold out after Apple had imposed new restrictions this year limiting sales to registered iOS and Mac developers.
Apple also limited the amount of passes available per developer group, but that didn't stop the tickets from selling out. Has WWDC sold out this quick before? Nope. In 2010 it took eight days, and in under 12 hours last year. 2 hours, however, is insanely quick.
WWDC is being held between June 11-15 at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco. We should expect some exciting news from this conference.
Our latest poll had almost 2,000 people who answered, What was the hottest new product at CES 2012?
Our previous poll was pretty close, but this was probably the closest poll we have ran to date. Just taking out first spot with 13% of the votes was "Intel Ivy Bridge motherboards" and in a very close second place with 11% of the votes was the LG 55EM9600 55-inch OLED TV and in third place with 10% of the votes was the LG 84-inch 4K TV.
So, if you combine second and third place, LG was most popular.
For our final piece from the Taipei Game Show we leave you with our video of the lovely Taiwanese booth babes from the show.
We managed to squeeze a bit of gaming in, but are you even going to pay attention to it?
Enjoy! There are a bunch of pictures in the gallery if you go to the full version of this story.
This was the last year for a Microsoft keynote and booth at CES, but while they're winding down CES operations, they're building up its investment in the biggest European technology show: CeBit. Microsoft is reportedly planning an even bigger presence than last year at CeBit, which is held in Hannover, Germany.
Microsoft VP, Achim Berg, spoke at a CeBit even in Las Vegas, where he said that the event provides a good place to reach key customers. At CeBit, Berg said that Microsoft is able to meet with 10,000 chief information officer-types in just a few days, where they can get quite a lot of business done.
On top of this, they don't waste valuable time in cabs like they do in Vegas. Berg said at the event "There is no need to wait for taxis, this is a well-organised German fair."
CeBit has had its downfalls though, a few years ago they lost some big boys like Nokia and HP, but with a continued Microsoft push, this may change the look of CeBit.
CES 2012 - Earlier on today we visited the Sapphire hotel suite at the MGM Grand here at CES in Las Vegas where we met up with Bill who was kind enough to give us an introduction to some of the new toys they had on display.
First up we got a quick look at Sapphire's X79 motherboard along with their Radeon HD 7970 video card where Bill mentioned they are seeing good performance since both products are able to support PCI-E 3.0.
Next up we got a look at Sapphire's first AMD based Mini-PC called the Edge-HD3 and it is based on the AMD APU E450 processor which is clocked at 1.6GHz and Radeon HD6320 graphics. It comes with 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB HDD, USB 3.0 and more. Bill mentioned they are currently at pre-production level and they should be shipping around the middle of February and go on sale for around $300 USD.
Finally we got a look at the Vid-2X which is a new product from Sapphire that allows to take a Thunderbolt connector and output display to two monitors over DVI. It supports resolutions up to 1920 x 1080. Check out the video above for a full look.
CES 2012 - Newer Technology, part of the MAC Sales clan which includes OWC SSDs displayed a product I'm sure everyone reading this can appreciates. USB ports built into power sockets aren't anything new but all of them we've seen continually power the USB ports. This is a big waste of power since you don't have devices connected all of the time to the USB ports.
Phantom power draw is a big issue when you are paying the electric bill but Newer Technology has come up with a simple solution to turn the ports off when not in use. The USB ports provide up to 2 amps of power when the USB door opens. A micro switch gets activated and your iPad, iPod, cell phone or other device gets the juice.
So as Cameron and Chris talk me into running through CES Unveiled, I found myself packed in a room with hundreds of people, just after what should have been the biggest tip off of the night. As we passed through the doors, there was a lady handing out iPhone cases to everyone who wanted one. Once we passed through the doors you see food, a bar at each end of the hall, and what seemed to be an iHall.
With select few displays showing convection cook tops, some radar detectors, and the most impressive of the whole room was the ice block that chilled the Vodka for the Martini's that were given away to keep us in the room longer. I realize it was an open bar, and that is all fine and great for us who were in the room, but poor Cameron had to drink his Jack and Cokes with Coke Zero of all things, as regular Coke was something the bartender seemed to have no concept of!
After fighting your way through tons of people and getting slammed by bags from every angle as you try to squirm your way through the masses, I for one was left underwhelmed at what was actually being displayed to kick off the event. Most of my time speaking with others was spent looking at the nuances of the new convection cook tops, as it was seriously the biggest draw to me personally in the room, as I don't own any Apple products. For those that do, there were a couple of cool devices to mix with your iPhone and iPads, but again, enough is enough with the iGadgets.