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Intel Taiwan hailed the launch of the 2nd Generation Core i Series with the 'Intel Get 2gether Party' that was as flashy as the speeds Sandybridge delivers! The event was as star studded as it was flashy with celebrities such as Janet Hsieh, Big Mouth & the Korean girl band Visual Dream. In true APAC style there were dancing robots, scantily clad girls, asexual male dancers, WIDI demos, 3D glasses and a bevy of peace signs every where we turned!
The 2nd Generation Core i Series, code name Sandybridge have been knows for sometime, with their official release happening back at CES. What this launch was about was getting Taiwan excited about the processors hitting the streets and becoming available for purchase. Intel APAC GM Navin Shenoy swung Taipei to join in the celebration that involved all of Taiwans major OEMs.
In case some how you've managed to miss it, highlights of the 2nd Gen processors are built around a new 32nm microarchitecture. This includes more energy-efficient performance and improved 3D and graphics performance along with the latest version of Intel's Turbo Boost 2.0.
We're particularly excited about the improved video editing capabilities of this series so we can render video's like the one above quicker!
Mark your iCal's: Apple's annual Worldwide Developer's conference will be held June 6-10, right here in San Francisco at the Moscone Center (apple really likes this place, having held many a launch and conference in this same location).
If you're on Apple's mailing list, you probably already received an email with all the normal fanfare and wonder of an email from Apple. Brevity is the soul of both Wit and Marketing, and Apple figured that out a long time ago. The tagline for this year's event is "the future of iOS and Mac OS", which presumably has something to do with running out of large jungle cats with which to name the latter.
Phillip Schiller, Apple's SVP of Worldwide Product Marketing:
At this year's conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS. If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.
Also, if you are a developer, you're going to want to budget accordingly as passes are available for the low low price of $1600. Between their 30% cut on subscription apps, this steep attendance fee, and the shift from esthetically-pleasing and virginal white in their product-line to the now-pervasive industrial black and titanium color scheme, does it seem like Apple is a substantially darker enterprise than it was in the last decade?
More information here
Ok so it is not terribly new but it is a very cool way to recycle. While at the CITA Mobile Focus event I had the chance to speak with Anthony Scarsella, known as the Chief Gadget Officer. Anthony started our talk with the usual statistics (almost everyone does). It was interesting in that his statistics really do show what a "throw away" society we have become when it comes to our gadgets. For example, the recent launch of the iPad 2 has triggered a massive wave of people selling their older iPads, Laptops, and other tablet systems. You can see these on E-bay, Craig's List and even at Gazelle where it resulted in the highest single day trade-in rate in Gazelle's history.
Taipei Game Show 2011 - No excuses this time, this video is all about the girls of the Taipei Game Show 2011. Do I need to say anymore?
Hope you enjoyed it! And if you are on a low bandwidth connection, there are plenty of pictures in the gallery below.
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CES 2011, Las Vegas - January 5, 2011 last night the Consumer Electronics Association held its first big event of their annual Consumer Electronics Show; CES Unveiled. This show is typically one that highlights all of the top products with many of the companies having won at least one products award during the year. However, this year seemed to be a rehash of last year with many of the same people showing the same stuff we talked about during CES 2010. After walking the overcrowded floor of the event for an hour we were able to find a few items that showed pretty good promise.
One of the first companies that caught our eye was one called TechnoCel. This group makes battery packs for mobile devices. Now there is no shortage of products like this on the market so you might be wondering why we feel this is worth talking about. Well their latest one is capable of not only keeping your device charged on the go for about four hours, but also can charge it directly from the wall. The battery is contained inside the same pack as the power connector.
As you can see the PowerpakXT becomes a complete charging system while reducing the number of cables you have to carry around with you. We grabbed one and will be carrying it around with us for the rest of the show. CONTINUED...
I would bet that most of you out there are familiar with the Trojan Condoms brand. It's hard to get away from the commercials on the radio and TV on shows where they think adults might be watching or listening. The company has announced that it will be at CES 2011 marking its first time to be at the show.
Why would a condom maker be at a tech convention? Apparently, Trojan is unveiling a new ultra thin condom at the show along with some "adult" electronic devices like the Trojan Vibrations. My favorite part of the Trojan press release is where the chief scientist and condom developer likens Trojan products to SSDs (not to be confused with STDs) and other tech.
Dr. Michael Harrison said, "Innovation in this category is critical. At the show, you'll see ultra thin TV's, tiny solid state hard drives and thousands of other innovations designed to improve the consumer experience. It's a show dedicated to inventiveness, and that's exactly why we're here. We'll be announcing a collection of new products in early January that we believe are every bit as innovative as some of the bigger consumer electronics announcements, and certainly as important."
The video below has NVIDIA VP Rob Csongor recapping some of the highlights of Day 2 at the GTC.
Some interesting stuff!!
Nicole Scott of Netbook News is on the ground for us again and this time she was working the pre-party of NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference to find out what type of stuff we can expect to see at the event this year.
Nicole ran into Mike DeNeffe, NVIDIA chap looking after GeForce and 3D Vision with the Director of Marketing title. He reckons that GTC is not really a show for his GeForce range of products, but it's more catered for NVIDIA's Quadro and Tesla range.
Although, he does go onto say that there will be some 'awesome' demos on display showing 3D this, 3D that and then more 3D. 3DTV Play, 3D notebooks, 3D surround and indeed 3D 'everything'.
We'll have more coverage from GTC 2010 from today through till Thursday from San Jose.
MSI held its Master Overclocking Arena 2010 Grand Final in Taipei today. It's an event that puts the best overclockers around the world (besides our Deanzo of course, since Australia / NZ was sadly not invited this year) against each other with the same set of common hardware components and benchmarks. Whoever manages to push their system the hardest with aid of loads of LN2 win the competition.
As always with these sorts of events, people get lucky. Not all CPUs and video card GPUs overclock the same, they are not all equal. It is really luck of the draw to see if you will get the best parts. No doubt this year one of the three Swedish teams comprising of Elmor and ME4ME got good parts. However, speaking to other overclockers at the event today, most also agreed that both Swedish overclockers are also very talented. It is after all their second win of MOA after also taking home gold at the event in Beijing, China last year.
There are some shots from the closing ceremony and other shots also from the show in the gallery below. Another nice event put on by MSI overall.