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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.
CES 2012: One of the first things to report about CES, is one of the most important: Jersey Shore star, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi will be attending. Not only that, but the hair-do boy himself, Justin Bieber will also be in attendance. Back in 2010, Lady Gaga herself made an appearance at CES, taking the role of creative director at Polaroid.
Bieber will appear at a booth for TOSY, a Vietnamese robotics company. Bieber won't be doing interviews, so Cam will be mad about that! (ha!) Now onto Snooki, she'll be there to build hype for iHip, a maker of audio accessories. She'll also be hosting a fist-pumping VIP party at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino during the week, and will also be making appearances on the floor of the Last Vegas Convention Center.
NVIDIA will of course, be attending CES 2012 and they will have two booths to accommodate all the goodies they'll be showing off. On the list are Tegra, GeForce, 3DVision and automotice "goodness". The main booth located in the Las Vegas Convention Center's (LVCC's) South Hall will feature all of the gadget demos.
The second, ourdoors in the LVCC Central Plaza, will sport the automotive tech, including a "recently unveiled supercar that NVIDIA has never before shown to the public". NVIDIA haven't stopped there, they'll also be giving away a bunch of ASUS' recently launched NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablets through their Facebook page.
NVIDIA CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang will also kick off NVIDIA's annual press conference, and if you want to catch a live webcast of the press conference, you'll need this link. Seven days after the webcast, a replay will be available.
With several of our meetings out of the way, Day 2 at I/ITSEC turned into a festival of weapons. Since we are talking about real simulators built to train military troops all over the world we are talking about real weapons. I don't mean tasers or those girly weapons either. M60s and M16s baby!
What is the easiest way to take an M60 to the battle? You mount it on an Hummer.
Our sponsor for this trip, AVADirect built the computers that run this simulator and several others like it. This system isn't just about shooting things with the big gun, the driver has to drive the Hummer in the virtual world. The passengers don't get a moment to relax either, they are armed with M16 rifles that also shoot a fast laser burst that registers on the computer. The most amazing thing is your shots fired are tracked and you have to change magazines and charge the weapons when you run out of virtual ammo.
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It's been a busy November with the LSI AIS trade show a couple of weeks ago and I/ITSEC going on now. I'm in Orlando preaching SSD technology to defense contractors and checking out some of the amazing systems from AVADirect. AVADirect has a large presence at this event, the largest simulation trade show in the world. I/ITSEC brings together all of the large defense contractors, accessory makers, global mapping and several other companies that feed into the real world of simulation. It's not uncommon to see a US Senator or general at I/ITSEC. If you every wondered what happened to all of the game developers that brought us such hits as Microsoft Flight Simulator or even the old Jane's collection they are here too.
AVADirect has several systems on the show floor, systems that were built for serious functions. Many of the systems we are not able to photograph due to the sensitive nature of the programs ran on them. We were able to take a few images of this system, running 14 monitors.
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Activision has demonstrated a somewhat hypocritical take on sex versus violence after inviting, then at the last minute uninviting Dutch porn star Kim Holland from a Call of Duty: MW3 VIP party in Amsterdam.
Activision said that it was (apparently) unaware of Holland's usual working role, by which time it made the prompt decision to revoke her invitation. In response via her blog (translated into English), Holland said :-
Unpleasant announcement. The American publisher of Modern Warfare 3 has indicated that they prefer no representatives of the adult entertainment industry at the party. And so there must be some women in Britain and the Netherlands who are also canceled. I know, a little hypocritical, but the U.S. is the U.S. and I'm just the messenger.
BlizzCon 2011 - Okay, it's another trade show, so there should be booth babes... right?! Well, no.
BlizzCon has its own special bread of 'booth babes'. They aren't barely dressed women from Taiwan, Germany or the US, but weird and wonderful people dressed up in some really spectacular costumes as Blizzard game characters. Check out the video below:
That about covers us for BlizzCon 2011. We'll be back at the show tomorrow for Day 2 and if we spot anything cool then, we'll report back. By the way, there are plenty of pictures below in the gallery for you to look at.
GamesCom 2011 - You usually see booth babe videos from us at Computex and CES, now we are in a new continent of Europe for GamesCom 2011, we bring you some girls from Germany with a mix of gaming focus, too.
The German ladies seemed a little shy on camera at times, but managed to give us a few smiles here and there!
We uploaded some photos too, which you can view in the gallery below. See you next time, GamesCom!