iWatchz outs latest iPod nano watchband
Once the first watchbands for taking the latest gen iPod nano and turning it into a wristwatch surfaced, the floodgates opened and hoards of the things spilled onto the market. Another new watchband has surfaced today that look similar to the Griffin Slap watchband from a week or so back. The main difference is that the iWatchz bands unveiled today use normal buckles to close the band.
The iWatchz bands are in the Q Collection and it can be had in seven different colors including black, white, red, pink, blue, green, and orange. All colors are $24.99 each and can be ordered right now. The band is made from silicon.
Installing the gen 6 nano into the band is easy to do with no tools. The nano just clicks into the band and the controls and ports are left uncovered. The thing is available right now in Apple Stores around the country and the solution is claimed to be the thinnest on the market.
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Kinect hacked for gesture-controlled robot
Most of the hacks I have seen of the Microsoft Kinect system have had no real purpose and have not done anything that I thought was interesting. A new hack has surfaced that actually has a purpose and controls a robot using gestures. I can see something like this for doctors in the future where they can just make gestures to control the robotic tools used for microsurgery.
The gang over at Willow Garage have offered up a hack that uses Kinect to control one of its PR2 robots that are used for all sorts of research and are crazy expensive. The control system looks really intuitive and slick even if it is in an early form. One cool thing the company is working on is using a pair of the Kinects in one system.
This would allow the remote sensing of the front and back of the robot controller. That would certainly make it easier for robotic line dancing. I'm not sure what the real use for that would be, but it is cool. I wonder if Microsoft's designers had any idea how hacked the Kinect would be when they were designing it.
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Flash Rods shows off sweet Back to the Future 500GB Delorean external HDD
As long as I live I will remember when I was five and my dad drove us to the GMC dealership to buy a Delorean. I was so excited I could have stroked out. We got there and the one on display was sold and he ended up buying a used Vette instead, pretty much killing my high. Those Delorean cars are still some of the coolest rides I have ever seen made all the more famous by Back to the Future.
If you like Delorean cars or are a fan of the flick Flash Rods has the coolest external storage drive ever and you will want it. The drive is crammed inside a 1:18 scale replica of the Delorean from Back to the Future so it looks cool as hell sitting on your desk and gives you another 500GB of USB powered storage.
The drive inside the car is a Seagate 500GB unit and the vehicle is decked out with Mr. Fusion and all the gadgets and stuff from the film. I bet the flux capacitor is even sitting on the dash. The only way this thing could be cooler is if it had a USB 3.0 drive crammed inside, but that would have driven the cost up more. You can get yours right now for $250.
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Acer offers up its first 3D Laptop in Japan
The number of notebooks, AIOs, and desktop computers on the market that support 3D are growing all the time. The uptake of 3D in the company market is better than it is at home. Computer users don't mind wearing glasses to play 3D games most of the time while the average TV watcher in the living room might balk at wearing glasses for 3D. Acer has pulled out its first 3D notebook and is offering the machine in Japan.
We have most of the specs of the machine and know that it will land on December 3 in Japan and cost 3D fans under 100,000 yen. For that much loot Japanese geeks will get a 15.6-inch notebook with a screen offering a 120Hz refresh rate good for 3D content using the NVIDIA 3D Vision system. The machine will ship with the active 3D glasses the NVIDIA system needs to enjoy the effects.
Graphics for the machine are handled by an NVIDA GeForce GT 425M and the processor is an Intel Core i5-460M unit at 2.53GHz. The machine has 4GB of RAM, 640GB HDD, and HDMI out along with Bluetooth, WiFi, and a 1.3MP webcam. The OS is Windows 7 Home Premium. The official model number for the notebook is AS5745DG-A54E/L.
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Chinese geek drops $15K to play MMORPG on massive 820-foot screen
We all know what they say about fools and their money right? A gamer from China has supposedly dropped $15,000 on a night of playing his favorite game on a gigantic screen that measures 820-feet long. The dude played some Chinese language MMO title and is said to be a guild leader. I suspect this may be a publicity stunt by the company behind the game.
The massive screen is in Beijing and is actually three different screens. The dude didn't get to stretch the game across all three of the screens because of the resolution issues. He ended up having three versions of his desktop on the ceiling and what had to be the worst neck crick in history.
For his $15K, all he got was a deckchair and some yellow tape around him to keep folks walking by from bothering him. I can think if a few ways to blow $15K, this is not one of them. I think that having the desktop tiled on each screen was better than spanning the screen across them all. It would have been impossible to see one end to the other and keep all of the action in your field of view.
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Duke Nukem Forever took so long in development because "Sh*t Happens"
George Broussard - the designer and financier behind Duke Nukem, has said that Duke Nukem Forevers delays were due to a series of unlucky situations and his unwillingness to kill it off.
Now that the game has been handed to Gearbox, we will actually have a chance to play it - despite the years of delays for DNF from 3D Realms, it was continuing to be a black hole for funds, with George spending tens of millions out of his own pocket. He has also given a short explanation of what that money was spent on.
There have been numerous reports that Duke Nukem Forever was constantly delayed because they wanted to reach "perfection" - but Broussard says it was due to development issues and bad luck. Broussand says that the game only stayed alive because of his love for the project.
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RumorTT: Is iOS 4.3 close to release?
With Apple's iOS 4.2 only coming out yesterday, the iOS 4.3 rumors have surfaced. Apple is reportedly looking at a mid-December release, with will include an iPad magazine subscriptions.
The exact date for release was meant to be December 13th which is four days after the December 9th announcement of the News Corp subscription-based iPad newspaper "The Daily", but might be delayed because iOS 4.2 itself was delayed.
When Apple didn't know about the WiFi issues in the GM seed of iOS 4.2, the OS was scheduled to be released weeks before Nov. 22nd. Apple found out about the WiFi issues, released a second GM build and iOS 4.2 came out yesterday. It came out in November, but it should have been out in the first half of November. Anyway, before the WiFi issues were discovered, Apple was already planning to release a new build of iOS 4.x in mid-December. Most specifically, they were planning for an iOS 4.3 release on December 13th, which is a Monday.
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iiNet announce the opening of an R&D facility
This is not something I thought an ISP in Australia would open, an R&D facility, but iiNet seem to be on a roll here, with acquisitions, customer satisfaction, products on offer and competitive pricing/allowance, they're really smashing down the walls of broadband hell that have kept this country in the dark ages of broadband for years.
Speaking at iiNet's annual general meeting today, iiNet chief executive Michael Malone said that iiNet Labs had already commenced with new products to be available in the coming months.
Malone added that the lab will expand on the ISP's projects - BoB, fetchtv and Naked DSL, it will also give iiNet more control of development and the ability to change quickly as consumer demands and trends change.
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Corsair's new line of DDR3 appears with a Vengeance
Corsair is unleashing a new line of DDR3 RAM on the tech world just in time for the holiday season. Their new Vengeance series comes in a runs at 1600mhz at 1.5V in 2GB and 4GB modules.
The Vengeance kits will come in dual and triple-channel sets from 4GB to 16GB. Their "Light" heatsinks look to consist of thick metal plates with elongated heatsink fins. CL8 and CL9 timings will be available.
The full Vengeance lineup:
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Angry Birds new levels, content, and birthday!
A few of the guys here love Angry Birds, they post news about it when they can. Oh wait, it's me who does it (in my defense, it's an amazingly addictive game!!) Well, I just got an email from the people behind Angry Birds and thought I'd share it for those of you not on their mailing list, as Angry Birds is one of the most popular games on iOS/Android devices, it might appeal to a lot of our readers.
After a long wait, the Mighty Eagle is almost here! This legendary and mysterious bird will be included in the next Angry Birds update, due to be released in the next few days.
The update includes 15 levels in a hot new desert themed episode, Ham 'Em High, with a brand new shiny golden egg, and all the usual goodies we love to see from Angry Birds.
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