Zip, Touch-n-go Multi-Device Charging Station is strangely cool

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Jan 20, 2011 1:02 PM CST

I hate fighting with wires to charge my gadgets. They always fall behind something or I lose them under all the boxes that migrate towards my office each week. It is compounded by the fact that I have a ton of gadgets to charge at any given time. If you charge lots of gear and are tired of having to find an outlet and cord for each one you need the Touch-n-go Multi-device charger.

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The device is an oddly shaped plate that is black on top and silver underneath. It has 16 different divots in the top with three little pins each. The divots and pins remind me of the magnetic charge port on the bottom of some cordless mice I have used. The idea is that you can charge up to 16 different gadgets at one time from this single charger.

That is enough charge space even for my wife's gadgets and mine. Each of those divots can be filled with a little magnetic circle with a charge cord attached for various devices. I see cords for iPhone and USB devices in the pic. As short as the cords are, this thing will be jam packed if you use all of the spots for charging at one time. It's supposed to ship soon for $99.

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Kinect hacked for use in robotic surgery at University of Washington

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Jan 20, 2011 11:00 AM CST

It's clear that geeks do not intend to let the Kinect be solely for use with the Xbox 360. We have seen all sorts of hacks and mods that use the Kinect already and the thing hasn't been on the market for long. I can see hacks to let the Kinect work with a computer or control a toy robot. What surprises me is seeing some students at the University of Washington hack the Kinect for surgery.

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Robotic surgery is common today for some procedures since it allows the patient to recover faster and results in fewer scars. The remote controlled tools that docs use will stop working when they hit a solid object inside the body preventing the doc from cutting something vital accidentally. The catch is that the controls for the robotic tools keep moving providing the doc with no tactile feedback.

Some engineering students and a teacher at UW took a Kinect and used it to throw up virtual force fields around vital areas of the body and give the doc some feedback. Using their system the doctors will be able to get tactile feedback that will have the controller stop when the surgical tools hit bone and the doctor can then use the tactile feel to run the tools along bone and other body structures.

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Lancool from Lian Li launches First Knight case series

Don Lynn | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Jan 19, 2011 10:46 PM CST

Lian Li's Lancool case lineup has long been a favorite for those who want Lian Li quality without having to pay the price premium that comes with it. Today Lian Li introduced a series of three new cases to the Lancool lineup called the First Knight series.

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The PC-K57 in the center Has a 140mm fan in the front and 120mm fan in the back for cooling, 1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 port for connectivity, and three 5.25" exterior slots as well as three 3.5" bays for hard drives. The PC-K59 and PC-K63 add another 140mm fan to the front, an e-SATA port, and three additional 3.5" drive bays. The only difference between the PC-K59 and PC-K63 is the K63 has a black interior and a side window. No pricing or release dates were given at this time.

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AroundThe.Net launches - whips their hair back and forth

Anthony Garreffa | Internet & Websites | Jan 19, 2011 10:32 PM CST

People of the world are you ready for a change? AroundThe.Net is a female driven website and video blog about all sorts of tech related content. The ladies started off as a blog post and have exploded into a full-blown website.

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And as all start-ups do, they start off with a bang with a interview done by porn star Raven Alexis who interviews Gigabyte's very own Colin. Now, I know that you're probably thinking "well, get to it, link us already" so here we go. TweakTown introduce, AroundThe.Net:

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THQ boss says next-gen consoles would be "horrible"

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Jan 19, 2011 8:45 PM CST

THQ boss Danny Bilson has come out swinging when talking about next-gen consoles, saying "It would be horrible," following this with "It still costs us a fortune to make games on this platform. If they're going to up the scale, up the art, up the content, I don't know how to make that and sell it to anybody for under $US100 a game."

THQ boss says next-gen consoles would be

But, in some countries games are already at or above $100 per game. Consoles used to have 4 - 6 year cycles where the next-gen would replace the previous generation and in todays world of mainstream gaming, you would've thought this would have happened by now?

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AMD release Catalyst 11.1a drivers

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Jan 19, 2011 6:45 PM CST

NVIDIA were up first yesterday and now AMD are serving up a new revision of drivers today in the form of Catalyst 11.1a hotfix. The drivers give speed increases for Radeon HD 6800 and 6900 series of GPU's.

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The hotfix (as usual) is not officially supported, so install at your own risk. There will be an official Catalyst update on January 26th. Both series of GPU's will get a performance increase of roughly 7% in 3DMark Vantage, 3% increase in 3DMark 06, Call of Duty: Black Ops should get around 20% when playing with 4xMSAA and then pumps up to a 35% increase at 8xMSAA.

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Verizon offers some customers $200 to upgrade to iPhone 4

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Jan 19, 2011 1:02 PM CST

I would bet that with the holidays just getting over that there are bunches of folks out there that took advantage of deals at Verizon and upgraded to a new smartphone over the holidays. The problem is with the new iPhone 4 heading to Verizon you might be having some serious buyer's remorse right now and wishing you waited for the iPhone. If you are one of these remorseful buyers, Verizon has a deal that might be perfect for you.

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Verizon Wireless has announced that any customer that bought a new smartphone, feature phone, or refurbished phone between 11/26/2010 and 01/10/2011 are eligible to get a special deal good for $200 off the purchase price of the iPhone 4 at full retail. There are a few points you need to be aware of though.

To take advantage of the deal you have to give back your current phone. That's not such a sticking point for most users. The real catch is that you will have to pay full retail price for the iPhone and then Verizon will send you back a $200 Visa gift card. That phone will not be cheap at full sticker price. It would be a better deal if they just offered the upgrade up front at $200 off MSRP.

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Sony picks Opera browser for LCD TVs and Blu-ray players

Shane McGlaun | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Jan 19, 2011 12:00 PM CST

The market for connected TVs and other devices like game consoles, set-top boxes, and Blu-ray players is booming. The ability to surf the web and stream content online from connected home theater gear is become common on many high-end and mid-range offerings. Not all of the devices will let the user actually explore the full internet though. Sony has announced that it has chosen Opera as the browser for its LCD TVs and connected Blu-ray players.

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The browser for the Sony hardware uses the Opera Devices Software Development kit as a framework for web-standards based solutions and web surfing on the connected devices. The browser will be able to deliver web apps, widgets, full web browsing, and supports standards like HTML5, HbbTV, and OIPF.

With the addition of the browser to the Sony TVs and Blu-ray players users will need one less device to access the web when watching TV on a big screen. Opera offers no exact date on when we will see the browser surface on Sony hardware.

"The Web as we know it is evolving, and we are committed to making it more accessible across diverse devices," said Christen Krogh, Chief Development Officer, Opera Software. "Our ability to address key hybrid broadcast-broadband initiatives in numerous markets makes us a natural fit with Sony. By delivering both a global viewpoint and the necessary technology, we are able to stay on the cutting edge of the industry."

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Portal 2 to be cross-platform, PS3, PC and Mac

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Jan 18, 2011 7:37 PM CST

Sony and Valve have finished shaking hands and the results of this is a win-win situation for all gamers, console and PC, oh and even Mac! An owner of the PS3 can buy Portal 2 which will have full Steam integration, with it comes a free copy of Portal 2 for PC and Mac OS X.

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This is achieved by linking your PlayStation Network and Steam accounts, you'll also have the ability to chat and play with friends on the PC and Mac versions of the game. The game saves will be kept in the cloud also which means they can be accessed from any system.

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Cool 15.6-inch LCD is powered by a USB port

Shane McGlaun | Displays & Projectors | Jan 18, 2011 1:06 PM CST

LCDs that get connectivity for video and power from a single USB port aren't new. They have been around for a while now and are often used by folks with notebooks and netbooks to get a larger screen in the office and on the go. The thing that most of the users USB-powered screens have in common is that they tend to be small with screens 10-inches and under in size.

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A new LCD has surfaced from a Japanese company called Green House dubbed the GH-USD16K that has a very large 15.6-inch screen. It's not that a 15.6-inch LCD is big by any means, but when you consider that the LCD gets all the power it needs to operate and the connectivity for video from a single USB port the screen is huge.

The power sipping nature of the screen is what allows it to operate on a USB port. The screen needs only 5W to operate and you can hook as many as six of the screens to one computer. The resolution is 1366 x 768 and it has a 400:1 contrast ratio. The screen has a brightness rating of 220cd/m2 and has a Japanese price that works out to about $215 in the US. There is no word on availability outside if Japan.

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