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Here at the lovely Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco, I'm listening to Bill Rehbok, General Manager of Mobile Games at NVIDIA tout just how awesome and how important their TegraZone platform is to Android mobile gaming. Android recently surpassed iOS as the most used OS for game developers with over 300 million users. TegraZone is what Rehbok describes as a content curator, ensuring that the best mobile games (those that run on NVIDIA Tegra) are available.
one of the biggest challenges is communicating to consumers what they can run, what they can play, and what they can pay for on their mobile devices.
Right now, there are 5 featured Tegra-based games currently dominating in the Android app market, including Pinball HD, Sumurai 2: Vengeance, Dungeon Defenders, Backbreaker THD and Fruit Ninja THD. According to Rehbok, Tegra is seeing 1 Mil users per week of the TegraZone curating app, that allows in-app purchases and downloads of NVIDIA mobile games. Rehbok cited the dangers of repeating Atari's downfall, something he attributes to crashing under their own weight. With the existence of who-knows-how-many mobile games available on Android, TegraZone gives mobile Android users access to "the best mobile content around":
Developers are coming to us literally every day with a game that knocks our socks off.
Twitter is on fire right now with the rumor that President Obama is about to announce the death of Osama Bin Laden. There will be an announcement on Whitehouse.gov this Sunday night at 10:45 EST. The news first started from Keith Urbahn, Chief of Staff for former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld who tweeted:
I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden.
CNN and the New York Times have just confirmed that he was killed in a mansion outside of Islamabad.
Yes, I know BlizzCon is in October, but if you actually want to go you need to mark your calendars for May, specifically the 21 and 26 of the month, 'cuz that's when you can buy tickets. There are a couple of catches though, so read closely:
Tickets will be available in two different shifts; Saturday, May 21 at 7 p.m. Paris time and on Thursday, May 26 at 4 a.m. Paris time through the official BlizzCon website. Oh yeah, and if you want to attend an exclusive charity dinner to benefit the Orange County Children's hospital, you can buy those starting May 28th.
If you don't feel like shelling out the (actually not bad) $175 USD for the ticket (which will probably sell out in minutes, so mark your calendars and synchronize your watches), a virtual ticket will be available for $40. Virtual ticket holders will be able to stream excellent HD content and coverage of the conference's sure-to-be animated goings-on, so if you're working that day or...idk...have something better to do(?), you can still participate in that fashion.
The conference is being held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim California, which will officially change their hockey mascot from a Duck to a Zorg throughout the event.
Intel's IDF Beijing 2011 kicks off tomorrow but we're here on the ground getting a head start at some media only session.
When things get going tomorrow you better be ready for tablets, tablets and more tablets! We should be seeing the official debut of Oak Trail with CPUs officially going on sale a few weeks ago. There are some rumors that we might get to see the next generation netbook processor as there is a session entitled 'Designing a new generation of Netbook with the Intel Atom Based Platform' so we're hopeful they are showing and not just talking!
So get ready for some awesome coverage of Intel's latest and greatest technologies.
Oh and props to Intel from providing this amazing internet connection in the press room! w00t w00t!
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.
TweakTown CES 2011 Media Party LIVE STREAM!
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.
Apple's yearly September "special event" is slated for September 1st, and the rumor mills are abuzz over what they have in store for us. A new iPod Touch, cloud-based iTunes, and Apple TV are among the most kicked around ideas with a new Macbook Air and TV show rentals in the less-likely barrel of rumors.
And the winners are…
Well the 2010 GOOC has been over for a little more than a day. We had intended to give you these images and numbers right after the event, but due to some delays in the actual event (power outage for some of the contestants) and a few other things.
With things going on the floor of the GOOC the contestants are working on getting their best scores for MaxMem, SuperPi, Wprime and Pifast.
The event has kicked off with all of the contestants drawing a number for the event and getting all of their gear setup.
Gigabyte's Open Overclocking Competition kicks off in about an hour from now. The contestants and media arrived yesterday and the preparations for the event have all been taken care of.
With intent to help connect Australians with political information and to encourage more participation online, Google is launching its "Google Election 2010" initiative on the 28th of this month which involves Federal politicians, Google engineers, the Australian Electoral Commission, students from local secondary schools, journalists and submitted YouTube videos with questions and/or comments.
The launch event will kick off with a welcome address by Karim Temsamani whom is the Managing Director for Google Australia and NZ. Following that, Google's election initiatives will be officially launched by Google Australia's Engineering Director, Alan Noble. From there will be an address by Kate Lundy, Senator for the ACT and member of the Australian Labor Party then it's onward to speeches by Joe Hockey, MP and Shadow Treasurer of the Aus Liberal Party and Mr Doug Orr, State Manager for NSW division of the Aus Electoral Commission.
Around 600 people voted on our previous poll and we asked you what was going to be hot at Computex Taipei 2010.
Now that the big Asian computer show is done and dusted for another year, it was clear to see what was hot and the big focus was on tablets.
Having noted that though, TweakTown readers voted in USB 3.0 motherboards and devices as being the hottest thing at the show with 34% of the votes. Second place went to tablets which took 26% of the votes and following closely in third place with 20% of the votes went to Google Android devices.
For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know are you going to buy an Apple iPhone 4? Let us know! Please go here to vote!