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Apple's iOS 4.3 to include multi-touch gestures

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 12, 2011 11:49 pm

Apple have posted the iOS 4.3 beta to developers which allows video to be sent from apps or websites to the Apple TV. Other features of iOS 4.3 include personal hotspot, the orientation lock is now an option to be changed (finally!) between lock and mute on the iPad.




The iPad also gains multi-touch multitasking gestures, this gives the user the ability to use four or five fingers to pinch to the home screen, swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar and also swipe left or right between apps.

Kingston's MobiSX Brings the Sexy Back to Storage

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 12, 2011 11:40 pm

CES 2011, Las Vegas - While visiting Kingston we learned quite a bit about the company's 2011 lineup. The big news for me was learning that Kingston will be rocking SandForce for their upper tier SSDs when the SF-2000 controller is ready.




Since the SF-2000 isn't quite ready yet the main attraction at the Kingston suite was the new MobiSX. To be fair the MobiSX isn't quite ready yet, Kingston is still hard at work with the software interface but other than a good polishing the product does what Kingston says it will do. Here we see the MobiSX next to an IPhone. The current case is translucent black and you can see a green and blue flashing light when the SSD / WiFi storage server / media transferer is activated. We are just making up words now since there isn't anything else like it on the market today but if I were to call it one thing is would be Wireless Storage Device.




After hitting the MobiSX through an IP address in your browser you get an interface for watching or listening to content. Everything is wireless but the MobiSX does have a USB 2.0 mini port for charging and most likely to aid in loading content to the drive. In the demo we actually had five devices connected and playing content at the same time. Two IPads and three IPhones, one TweakTown owner Cameron Wilmot's personal IPhone.

Patriot's Javelin Series Does DLNA, Whole Home Media Sharing for All

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 12, 2011 11:00 pm

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Patriot's Javelin Series consists of two new NAS servers and runs DLNA. We all know that NAS appliances are great for storing data long term but few realize that with DLNA media files can be shared to all computers and consoles on the network. I run a similar network at home and it is great to be able to start a movie downstairs and then finish it in bed later that same night without moving a disk or thumb drive.




Here we see the Javelin starting line up. The new, larger S4 is on the left and the smaller, two drive version is on the right.




The Javelin S4 is the flagship model and uses 4 drives in RAID 0 or RAID 5. To keep your data protected I suggest running RAID 5. The NAS has blue LEDs for power and to show which bays are populated with drives. We can't wait to get our hands on a sample and to see what the cost is. As families get larger and more digital data is collected the need for purpose built "family NAS" appliances has increased. I couldn't imagine living without one and if you've ever lost precious data before you know exactly what I mean.

Super Talent Pico USB 3.0 Pictured

By: | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 12, 2011 11:00 pm

CES 2011, Las Vegas - I've been using the ultra slim Pico USB 2.0 drive for a couple of years now and love the size of this thing. At CES 2011 Super Talent had a new USB 3.0 version of the drive to show me. While we were wrapping things up a rep pulled this drive out of his pocket and said, "Psst, look at this!"




I don't know if Super Talent plans to release this under the Pico naming scheme since out meeting was cut short but it wouldn't be a bad idea since the name fits in well with the previous line of products. Here we see this tiny USB 3.0 drive in action, it's the thin blade sticking out of the top USB 3.0 port.




On the far left we can see the standard connectors that carry USB 2.0 data to and from the computer. On the right there are five small gold connectors that are used for USB 3.0 power and data. No word on availability or pricing, we just know we want one ASAP.

Patriot Doesn't Say if SandForce or Marvell Will Control Wildfire

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 12, 2011 10:00 pm

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Patriot is preparing their next generation SSD, Wildfire but didn't disclose if the new SATA 6G drive will be controlled by a SandForce or Marvell SSD. From what we learned at the show Marvell will have their next gen SSD controller ready a month or two before SandForce but the SandForce controller will be a little faster than the Marvell when it comes to all out performance. As you already know, higher sequential speed measured in ATTO doesn't tell the whole story so we will be following Wildfire closely to see who gets the design win.




Here we see Patriot's early 2011 SSD lineup. On the left is Wildfire, then the very fast SandForce SF-1200 controlled Inferno and finally the JMicron controlled budget SSD Torqx.




The hot topic in this group is Wildfire but we will have to wait a little longer to find out what is inside this next generation SSD.

Notion Ink Adam Tablet pre-order shipments delayed thanks to FCC

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 12, 2011 8:06 pm

We hear government workers accused of a lot of things and rarely is one of those things being fast. The FCC is like anyone else and when the holidays come around they slow down and enjoy the time by slacking a bit. The FCC is apparently backed up on paper work having to do with issuing the all important FCC and CE numbers to gadgets looking to launch.




That means that anything that is sitting in a warehouse waiting for these numbers to head out the door to the waiting geek masses can't ship until the numbers come in. This is the case with the cool Notion Ink Adam tablet. The new tablet has been up for pre-order and was expected to go out really soon.


Notion Ink has sent an email around to people that pre-ordered to tell them that the FCC is backed up giving the numbers it needs to ship. However, Notion Ink does say that the numbers should be here this week so hopefully the delay won't last long.

Super Talent Prepares SandForce Based Portable Storage

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 12, 2011 7:22 pm

CES 2011, Las Vegas - All it takes is to say SandForce to get the blood flowing. In 2010 SandForce was like the magic word to get interest in a product and to erect attention.




Super Talent is ready to get a raise out of their growing USB 3.0 product line. Here we see a traditional size portable enclosure but instead of just holding a 2.5" drive the POD mini is the drive. Super Talent has removed the SATA II interface and replaced it with a mini USB 3.0 port.




If the tall blond didn't do it for you then the short, small figured brunette will. The Storage POD 500H is the same size as a traditional thumb drive (exactly the same size as the RAM Cache we are reviewing now) but it packs a SandForce SF-1200 controller and takes it deep, all the way to 500GB in capacity! Super Talent calls these affordable but we are thinking this one was picked up at The Wynn and not on the street corner.


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V.I.O POV.HD video camera is tough enough for action sports

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 12, 2011 7:02 pm

There are bunches of different camcorders on the market today that are aimed at people that want to record sports and other things from their point of view. These cameras are generally rugged units that can withstand crashes and water that would kill a normal camcorder. The thing that many of these rugged camcorders have in common is that they need a plastic shell to be water and shock resistant.




A new camera from V.I.O. has debuted called the POV.HD that needs no case to protect it from the elements. The camera is waterproof and very small. It can survive being submerged in a meter of water for half an hour and comes with a small handheld part that has an LED screen to let you view the video in the field.


The camera can be mounted to a helmet, goggle strap, and to other devices using two included mount styles. It also has a wireless remote control that lets the user tag video, start the recording, and stop recording that can be mounted to a goggle strap as well. The camera can be pre-ordered right now for $599.95.

Geek uses cold winter air to cool his gaming rig

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 12, 2011 6:00 pm

I've known some computer geeks that have tried some really out there ways to cool their PC. One dude used a massive copper pipe system buried in the snow outside to cool the liquid for his computer to some cold temperatures for overclocking. A guy over on Hack A Day has come up with a way to suck cold air from outside into his PC to cool things down.




The system is really simple and uses a coiled hose from a dryer along with the dryer vent hood that goes on the outside of a house and a piece of wood. The wood has a hole cut in it and a green Scotch-Brite pad was used as a filter to keep bugs and debris from getting into the computer.


A fan inside the machine in a puller config sucks the cold air from outside the house into the computer. The only thing I wonder about is condensation inside the machine. This proves geeks will do just about anything to get more performance from their computers.

Sennheiser's PC 360 Gaming Headphones Sound Really Good

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 12, 2011 5:53 pm

CES 2011, Las Vegas - It's been awhile since I've needed to wear headphones while gaming but while at CES I passed through the Sennheiser booth and listened to their PC 360 gaming headphones. The PC 360's reminded me of the companies high end audiophile headphones with the soft cushion surround that keeps your ears from sweating and helps to block out background noise.




Here we see the PC 360's hanging out in the booth.




Sennheiser had several different gaming headphones on display as well as several of their standard headphones in other sections of their booth. If you get a chance take a pair for a test drive. The PC 360's have an MSRP of 299.95 so bring a stack of cash with you because they aren't cheap.