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RumorTT: Android 2.4 slated for April? Viewsonic ViewPad 4 to get its ride pimped?

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 7, 2011 @ 20:00 CST

Pocket-lint has found themselves with a little bit of juicy news today with Viewsonic exclusively announcing to Pocket-lint that the ViewPad 4 smartphone will be Android 2.4-powered and launching in April. The update will include the ability to work with Honeycomb apps.


With this news, it confirms that Android 2.4 is ready for release quicker than most expected and the reason for this is to ensure that dual-core apps designed for Honeycomb (3.0) will work with single-cored devices running 2.4 - perfect! Supposedly this is not possible with version 2.3 which is why there is the requirement of 2.4 needing to be fast-tracked.

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Battlefield 3 pits you in a battle within Paris, Tehran and New York - also limits consoles to 24 players

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2011 @ 19:30 CST

Battlefield 3 features DICE's brand new DirectX 11-capable Frostbite 2.0 engine and will really flex it's graphical prowess on PC where it's capable of pitting 64 players in a match versus the console being capable of only 24 players.

Not only is it including a super-increase on players in a match together it will also have those battles in "Paris, Tehran and New York." EA had this advertised on their own pre-order site but quickly pulled it and replaced it with "diverse locations from around the globe including Europe, Middle-East and North America."

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RumorTT: iPad 2 launch imminent? Uses new carbon fiber material?

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 7, 2011 @ 19:00 CST

Wait, what? I'm sure that's what you said when you read the news title, but if Apple want to squish the market, they're going to have to do it ASAP as Android-powered devices are really ramping up from every single direction and 2011 will be no different.


This rumor from Taipei suggests that Apple are ready to drop the iPad 2 this month and have it on retail shelves by next month. We know the screen will be a Philips 9.7-inch XGA 1024x768 display with an insanely higher specced panel expected with the third outing of the iPad next year. Apple have also signed a patent for a carbon fiber material and there are some industry experts saying that the new material might make its way into the iPad 2 which would dramatically reduce the weight of the iPad 2.

GamingTT: Dead Space 2 gets discounted by 33%!! Today only!

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2011 @ 18:20 CST

If you haven't heard about or played Dead Space 2 yet, I seriously urge you to do so. It is an absolute magnificent game on any platform you play it on and definitely worth a spot in your gaming library. I'd go as far to say it stacks up in my personal top 5 and I've been gaming for well over 20 years.


For those of you who haven't read a review yet and need a little bit of convincing, check out our in-house review of Dead Space 2. But the news doesn't stop there! Dead Space 2 is available on Amazon's Deal of the Day for just $40, 33% off the usual retail price.

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EFO offers smaller Bluetooth or RF keyboards for Google TV

By: Shane McGlaun | Peripherals | Posted: Feb 7, 2011 @ 14:00 CST

I have a Logitech Revue Google TV system in my living room right now and the thing is interesting. It comes with a normal size keyboard that is easy to use and type on. The stock keyboard even has a track pad to control the cursor on the device. The only downside is that the keyboard is hard to store away when you aren't using it.


If you want something smaller that you can type on with your thumbs like you do on a smartphone EFO has the keyboard for you. The little EFO Bluetooth Google TV Keyboard is on sale for about $53 and has an integrated touchpad and QWERTY keys on it. The keyboard has Bluetooth but you can get an RF version if needed and it will work with Linux, Mac, and Windows PCs too.

I have used one of these keyboards before and they are easy enough to use, even if they are much more cramped than a normal keyboard. For occasional typing, the EFO offering would work well enough. The keyboard has 82 keys, supports multiple languages, and has the special keys for the Google TV box.

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Ben Heck makes Sega CDX portable in his latest show

By: Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2011 @ 13:10 CST

When it comes to making geeky gadgets and game consoles, even geekier Ben Heck is right up there at the top of the list of modders to watch. Heck made portable systems out of PS3s and more for a long time before he got his own show with element 14. Heck's latest episode had a cool portable conversion for a Sega CDX machine.


Apparently Heck routed the parts used for the case and everything else needed for the project on the episode. The final product looks pretty darn cool, even if it is big by portable console standards today. Heck said, "It was a blast taking something as awesome as the Sega CDX and making it even easier to use with a smaller footprint so I can bring it with me everywhere. Not only that, but I reminisced about Full Motion Video games from the early '90's and a few diamonds in the rough like 'Snatcher' and 'Lunar: The Silver Star.'"

The episode covers everything for the portable though the design to the final construction. If you really like the finished product, you can even register to win the thing at element14. "This latest episode is a must-see, not only for Sega Genesis fans, but also techies at heart," said Alisha Mowbray, senior vice president of marketing, element14. "While the show is aired in English, it caters to enthusiasts around the globe."

eLocity 10-inch tablet pre-orders to start soon

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 7, 2011 @ 12:04 CST

Android tablets are hitting the market in droves and one of the first was the eLocity A7 last year. The little tablet had a 7-inch screen and ran Android as the OS with NVIDIA power under the hood. If that tablet was a bit too small for you, the larger 10-inch eLocity tablet will hit pre-order this month. Starting on February 15, you can pre-order at several websites.


The pre-order destinations will include Amazon, J&R, Tiger Direct, and B&H Photo. The A10 will come in three versions including a 4GB version for $399, 32GB for $599.99, and the 64GB version will sell for $699.99. All of the tablets will have the same hardware and features. They all have SD card slots for expansion of storage.

They will all run Android 2.2 and have the Tegra 2 T250 processor. The processor will be paired with 512MB of RAM, the screen has a resolution of 1366 x 768, and dual speakers are integrated. The rig has a 1.3MP front facing camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB port, and HDMI output as well. The A10 has the highest screen resolution available on a 10-inch IPS multi-touch screen.

Canon unveils new T3i and T3 DSLR cameras

By: Shane McGlaun | Cameras | Posted: Feb 7, 2011 @ 11:08 CST

Canon has announced some new DSLR cameras today that are in the entry-level range for shooters. The new cameras are the EOS Rebel T3 and T3i. the T3i is the new Rebel DSLR flagship camera and has some really cool features. The camera has an 18MP sensor and a 3-inch Vari-Angle rear LCD that has high resolution.


The T3i also has a wealth of automatic shooting modes along with manual modes and it and the lower end T3 DSLRs both have new menus to make it easier for new users to learn to shoot with the cameras. The T3i and T3 share many of the same features, the biggest differences are price and the T3 is a 12.1MP camera. The T3i records 1080p resolution video and the T3 can record 720p HD video.

Both of the cameras have DIGIC 4 image processors and 9-point autofocus. They also have wide ISO ranges and will ship in March. The T3i with body only will sell for $799.99. Bundle the body with a kit EF-S 18-55mm lens and the price is $899.99 or with an 18-135mm lens the price moves up to $1099. The T3 will sell for $599.99 with an 18-55mm lens.

Battlefield 3 teaser trailer surfaces

By: Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2011 @ 10:28 CST

Fans of PC shooters will know the Battlefield name and we also know that the next installment of the franchise, Battlefield 3 has been in development for a long time. EA and DICE haven't really said much about the long development cycle and all I can say is that the game had better be good after the long wait.


The first official trailer for the game has surfaced and NVIDIA has the video over on the GeForce site for you to check out. Keep in mind the video is just a teaser and as such, everything is hazy and you can't really make out much detail. What you can see looks realistic.

The game will land this fall and has some cool tech to make it look more realistic called Frostbite 2.0. EA describes the game like this, "One moment you may be marching down a hilltop listening to the hypnotic sound of a firefight in the distance or admiring the way the light reflects off the smoke plumes of ground to air missiles rising from the city you're about to engage. The next you're on an urban street, surrounded, claustrophobic, fighting for your life and looking eight ways at once with all your senses on high alert."

Download of the Day: Fraps 3.2.8

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Feb 7, 2011 @ 6:02 CST

Our Download of the Day today is Fraps 3.2.8.

Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with all games using DirectX or OpenGL technology. In its current form Fraps performs many tasks and can best be described as:

Benchmarking Software - See how many Frames Per Second (FPS) you are getting in a corner of your screen. Perform custom benchmarks and measure the frame rate between any two points. Save the statistics out to disk and use them for your own reviews and applications.

Screen Capture Software - Take a screenshot with the press of a key! There's no need to paste into a paint program every time you want to capture the screen. Your screen captures are also automatically named and timestamped.

Realtime Video Capture Software - Have you ever wanted to record video while playing your favourite game? Come join the Machinima revolution! Throw away the VCR, forget about using a DV cam, game recording has never been this easy! Fraps can capture audio and video up to 1152x864 and 100 frames per second! All movies are recorded in outstanding quality.

Fraps has support for Vista and DirectX 10 games. Since the Vista Desktop Window Manager (DWM) runs through DirectX you can now take screenshots and record video from the desktop just like any other game or 3D application in Vista.


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