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Ricoh adds new fast focusing CX5 digital camera to line

Shane McGlaun | Cameras | Wed, Jan 26 2011 12:00 PM CST

I mentioned a new rugged digital camera from Panasonic earlier and Ricoh has also unveiled a new camera today. The only thing I know about Ricoh is their copier line so it's a bit odd to see a new digital camera to me from the company. The new cam is called the CX5 and it has some really cool features like high-speed focus. Being able to focus faster makes it easier to catch the image you want during fast action without blur.

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The CX5 can focus in as little as 0.2 seconds, which is about half the time it took the previous CX4 camera to focus. The camera has a 28mm wide-angle lens that can zoom up to the equivalent of 300mm. That gives an optical zoom range of 10.7x. The camera also has a super zoom mode that will give it the equivalent of 600mm zoom. That mode is a 2x digital zoom that multiplies the optical zoom.

The camera has a litany of automatic modes and automatic scene settings. The rear LCD is a 3-inch unit with 920k dots making it very high resolution. The camera has HDMI output for viewing photos and HD 720p video on a big screen. The camera will come in black, silver, and pink with pricing unknown right now.

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First look at the SilverStone DC01 tiny aluminum NAS (video)

Cameron Wilmot | Storage | Wed, Jan 26 2011 7:04 AM CST

Besides looking at the new TJ11 case from SilverStone, we also got pulled into a small meeting room to get an exclusive look at SilverStone's upcoming DC01 NAS.

The Taiwanese company is still finishing off the design and some other tweaks to the software, but the DC01 looks to have some potential as a small, light weight NAS. The hardware is protected by a stylish looking small aluminum casing measuring 123mm (W) x 123mm (D) x 33mm (H). It houses a single 2.5-inch hard drive or SSD along with the tiny little PCB inside. The system is powered by a 750MHz dual-core ARM processor.

Like other NAS devices, there is a web-based control panel you can go into and control various aspects of your storage. SilverStone made us of a Linux based operating system which allows you to do just that, but it has the feel of an operating system like the Apple Mac OS. You can do things like view photos and videos and listen to music. While we didn't see it in action, you can also get social with Facebook and others. I am not exactly sure why you would run Facebook through the web-based interface of the NAS, but it is there anyway.

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Later down the track SilverStone also told us that they will be releasing an iPhone app to the App Store which will allow you to control the NAS from your phone. That is a pretty nifty idea. In the video above, Tony Ou from SilverStone gives us a quick rundown of the DC01. CONTINUED...

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SilverStone Temjin TJ11 case production model video hands-on

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Wed, Jan 26 2011 6:28 AM CST

Today we spent some time with Tony Ou from SilverStone Technology at their Taipei based headquarters where we got some quality time with a production and shipping version of the recently released Temjin TJ11 case.

If our numbers are correct, this is the eleventh case in the Temjin series of cases. The first Temjin case, the TJ01, was first developed back in 2003, and since then each new revision over the years has improved by developing new ideas and additions. Kept are the most popular features from previous models and they are added to the latest version. And that makes perfect logical sense to me.

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The TJ11 was recently showcased at CES in Las Vegas by the crew at SilverStone, but the version you may have already seen covered there was of a early and non-finished sample. In the video above you get a look at the mighty all aluminum 21kg gross weighted monster in all its glory. Thanks goes out to Tony for his time this afternoon for introducing their latest product to TweakTown readers.

The TJ11 should go on sale late next month and see a price of a little under $600 in the United States. It's a lot of money for a case, but the attention to detail in build and quality is pretty impressive and cooling performance should also be top notice, too. We will be getting a review sample from SilverStone soon, so stay tuned for our full review by Chad later on.

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Scythe unveils Setsugen 2 GPU cooler for video cards

Shane McGlaun | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Tue, Jan 25 2011 12:06 PM CST

When it comes to overclocking a GPU on your video card the same things come into play with regard to how much performance you can get as you see in overclocking a CPU. The big determining factors are how much power you can get to the card and how cool you can keep the GPU. Keeping the GPU cool often means looking for new cooling solutions.

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The catch is that some of the aftermarket cooling solutions for video cards are so large you can't use them if you run multiple video cards inside your computer. Scythe has a new GPU cooling solution that is very thin and still has a big 120mm fan to keep the GPU cool. The solution is called the Setsugen 2 and it has a special connector that will let it work on ATI and NVIDIA cards.

The cooling solution is very flat and thin at only 33mm thick and uses heat pipes that are flush. The fans have an integrated controller that slips into an expansion slot to allow you to turn the fans down when all the cooling performance isn't needed. The cooler measure 176mm x 33mm x 139mm and weighs 435g. The cooler will work with just about every ATI and NVIDIA video card out there. Pricing is unknown at this time.

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Nintendo taking pre-orders for 3DS directly

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Tue, Jan 25 2011 10:08 AM CST

It's hard to believe with all the talk of the Nintendo 3DS that has been going on for months now that the portable console is still only in the pre-order stage. It hasn't been too long since the mere existence of the console was speculation and now we know the exact price and date that the machine will land. Amazon has previously been taking pre-orders for the 3DS for about $250.

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Nintendo is now taking pre-orders as well directly from its site on the 3DS for the same price of $249.99. The console will ship on March 27 and you can pre-order yours in aqua blue or cosmo black colors. Both of the machines share the same features and same chance of making you feel sick when using the device in 3D.

If you live under a rock and have somehow missed all the talk of the 3DS, the main feature is that it can play games in 3D without needing glasses. It has a motion sensor and a gyro sensor for reacting to the tilt of the console as a control. It has the same two-screen layout the other DS consoles have used. It ships with a 2GB SD card and has a lot more features as well. The $250 price tag seems a bit high to me.

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Inside the new Thermaltake headquarters with CEO Kenny Lin

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Tue, Jan 25 2011 7:01 AM CST

Today Thermaltake opened its shiny new doors to customers, partners and press to celebrate the opening of their new Taipei Neihu based headquarters. We got an invite to go along and check out all three floors which are home to Thermaltake, Tt eSPORTS, LUXA2 and the Tt Apollo's Pro Gaming Team.

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Kenny Lin kicked things off with a short press conference discussing the new office and the reasons behind the investment - or so I think... it was all in Chinese. Judging by our visit today, Thermaltake has clearly invested a lot of money into its new office space, which is located in an expensive industrial area of Taipei that is home to big fish like NVIDIA, Foxconn and ECS. The new office is vibrant, follows the red and black theme colors of Thermaltake. No expenses have been spared with all the trimmings in place.

Included are such things as various Sony TV's hooked up with Nintendo Wii's for staff to take a break and get some prospective on things. Staff have various comfortable couches and bars located all around the offices to sit back, relax and discuss ideas and matters. Ceiling hung "moon air chairs" as I call them include a stunning view over Taipei and give staff another chance to get away from their typically mundane office chair. Every staff member got a Thermaltake eSPORTS keyboard and mouse and their office chairs even look comfortable, too. CONTINUED...

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ChevromWP7 team says "We're working towards a win-win scenario"

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Mon, Jan 24 2011 11:30 PM CST

The ChevronMP7 team met with Microsoft this week to discuss the benefits of homebrew toward developers and consumers, after a juicy discussion ChevronMP7 developers Rafael Rivera, Chris Walsh, and Long Zheng have posted their conclusion of their meetings with Microsoft.

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Most of the discussions are still wrapped in that great NDA bow, but they've stated that they are optimistic about the future of WP7 homebrew and have said that they are working with Microsoft on an interim solution to permit homebrew on WP7 devices.

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DIY DSLR anti-blur hack is cool and looks complex

Shane McGlaun | Cameras | Mon, Jan 24 2011 2:00 PM CST

Generally, when I shoot pics with my DSRL I don't have a problem with blur if I am outside where it is bright thanks to a really fast shutter. Inside or when I try to shoot pics in the dark things are different though. I end up with blur almost every time thanks to the fact that my D80 lacks any anti-blur tech inside.

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I guess I could buy a lens that has the technology in it, but I rarely need it. If you are like me and don't want to spend the money, it costs to get a lens to reduce blur in your pics and you have a DIY penchant this new hack at Hack A Day might be just what you need. The builder took an Arduino board and connected it with a Bluetooth modem, 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, and a camera trigger.

The smaller camera you see on the side isn't a part of the final rig and is there to help tweak the algorithm that removes blur. The final product controls the camera shutter and supposedly does a good job of removing image blur. I think I'd rather just fight the blur or buy a lens that have to use that thing, but it is really cool.

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Hacker selling access to government websites for under $500

Shane McGlaun | Hacking & Security | Mon, Jan 24 2011 10:16 AM CST

When you make the laws and rules that govern data security and safety online, you expect that the rule makers will follow them. That isn't always the case though. Hackers are always trying to find their way though the security around websites in the private and government sectors for all sorts of nefarious uses. Apparently, one hacker has succeeded in getting around the security on some government websites and is selling the access to the highest bidder.

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According to Imperva it found an auction online from a hacker that claims to be selling access to the US Army CECOM website for under $500. The same hacker also offers access to other civilian, government and military websites for prices running from $33 to $499. The use for the access is apparently to steal user data stored on the servers.

A thousand records will cost the buyer $20 each for some sites. The data can then be used to break into other accounts. Indications are that information on 300,000 people has been stolen from the sites. The exact method used to hack the sites is unknown, but Imperva suspects the hacker used SQL injection.

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Duke Nukem Forever to be released May 3, 2011 !

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Fri, Jan 21 2011 6:07 PM CST

Shake it, baby. 2K Games and Gearbox Software have today announced that the vaporware-close-to-never-being-released Duke Nukem Forever is to be launched May 3, 2011 in North America with an international release on May 6th.

"The moment fans all over the world have been waiting for is almost here," declared Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. "May 3, 2011 marks Duke's return as he unleashes his brash and brutally honest wit on the world. His return is going to be epic and one that will make video gaming history!"

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