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Is the Nintendo 3DS making users sick?

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Tue, Jan 18 2011 12:02 PM CST

When it comes to 3D movies and content some people just can't stand the stuff. This isn't always just because they aren't fans of 3D; some people really can't watch 3D content without getting sick. I know a few people who never see 3D films because they get dizzy and feel bad. Reports are coming in that Nintendo held a showcase for the new 3DS console in Japan recently and journalists covering the show claim that some people got ill from playing the 3DS.

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One of the publications is called Friday and is described by Kotaku as a tabloid. According to the author of the story in the Friday publication, several people using the 3DS at the show complained of feeling ill. In fact, the author of the story in the tabloid said he felt "seasick." Friday wasn't the only publication on hand that noted some folks felt sick.

Nikkei was there and did a video interview with one user who complained that after a minute of play, his eyes felt "tired", but he noted he could "bear it" and kept playing. I would say that 3D on the 3DS will be no different than 3D on other mediums and will cause some folks discomfort.

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Epson announces new G6000 series projectors

Shane McGlaun | Displays & Projectors | Tue, Jan 18 2011 11:22 AM CST

Epson has announced a new line of projectors that will slot into its range of education offerings that have some nice new features. The projectors should be perfectly acceptable for other uses in the home and office too. The new line includes the D6150, G6155W, and the D6250. The three projectors have many common features like a filter life of 10,000 hours and a lamp life of 5,000 hours.

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The D6150 has 3500 lumens of color and white light output and XGA resolution. The D6155W has the same 3500 lumens of light output and has WXGA resolution. The D6250 bumps the brightness up to 4,000 lumens and has a XGA resolution. The projectors have the same connectivity with HDMI, USB plug and play, sound and mouse support over one cable, and the ability to give presentations directly from USB drives.

The projectors also have integrated Ethernet connectivity and can be fitted with an optional WiFi adapter for wireless networking. Side-by-side screen tech is built-in and the projectors have lots of adjustability for screen settings. Lenses used on the projectors have 1.6x optical zoom and the projectors use 3LCD tech for image quality. The 6150 will sell for $1649, the 6155W sells for $1799, and the D6250 sells for $1799 with all three shipping in April.

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Silver Bullet flash drive from AMP won't get you drunk

Shane McGlaun | Storage | Tue, Jan 18 2011 10:16 AM CST

Flash drives are one of those things that are so common today that most of us have a bunch of them lying around that we use when needed. There are a lot of folks out there that like to collect flash drives, especially of the novelty variety that Active Media Products is famous for. The company has unveiled a new larger-than-life .22 caliber silver bullet flash drive.

Silver Bullet flash drive from AMP won't get you drunk | TweakTown.com

The drive looks like a .22 bullet with a silver colored case. The flash drive is much larger than a tiny .22 though with dimensions of 2.6" x 0.6". Like all flash drives, most computers won't need drivers to use the storage device. It will work on USB 2.1 and 1.1 ports on Mac and PC computers.

The drive is plug-and-play capable and has a metal case that is rugged and shock resistant. The case also has a rubber seal that keeps water from getting to the storage media inside the bullet case. You can order the Silver Bullet USB Drive on Amazon right now with a 4GB version for $13.95 and an 8GB version for $20.95.

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Music Unlimited from Nokia cut from most markets

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Mon, Jan 17 2011 11:52 PM CST

One service that many Nokia customers are used to getting with their phones is Ovi Music Unlimited, a service that allows free music downloads and is backed by some major players like Vivendi's Universal Music, EMI, Warner Music Group and Sony. Well, it seems the service isn't as popular as Nokia would like and it is being cut from most worldwide markets.

Music Unlimited from Nokia cut from most markets | TweakTown.com

Apparently the fact that the music had DRM that locked any music that was downloaded to that specific device doesn't go over very well with customers, especially with so many other DRM-free options available. Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Turkey and South Africa are among the markets that will still have the service available. Current users in markets that are losing the service will still have access to downloaded tracks, and Nokia's music store will still be available for those who want to download DRM-free tunes.

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A behind the scenes look at how Lexar makes their products

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Mon, Jan 17 2011 10:50 PM CST

Found this video on my daily troll of websites, a behind the scenes look at Lexar (a division of Micron) and their production process. Micron is the only chip manufacturing plant in the US and more specifically it's in Ohio.

The video is great, little facts amaze me like, the plant's clean room is 100 times cleaner than a hospitals operating room. Crazy fact! It also shows just how much work can go into something so small.

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Steve Jobs takes medical leave of absence from Apple

Don Lynn | Business, Financial & Legal | Mon, Jan 17 2011 10:41 PM CST

It looks like Apple CEO Steve Jobs is off to battle another nemesis, and it's not the PC or competing tablets. Jobs announced to his employees this morning that he is taking a medical leave of absence from Apple, leaving Tim Cook to handle the day to day operations at Apple.

Steve Jobs takes medical leave of absence from Apple | TweakTown.com

You can say what you want about Jobs, but you can't say he isn't tough. His previous medical history includes a bout with Pancreatic Cancer in 2004 and a liver transplant in 2009, both of which he fully recovered from. No specifics were relased about the reason for the latest leave of absence, but more may be released during Apple's Q4 and 2010 earnings release tomorrow.

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GeForce GTX560 Ti gets spotted, Gigabyte branded

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Mon, Jan 17 2011 10:32 PM CST

Titanium, it's back. NVIDIA are set to launch the GeForce GTX560 range any day now and Gigabyte are one of the first to be pictured running the old moniker of "Ti". The Gigabyte model number is GV-N560OC-1GI - the card is based off of the GF114 GPU, with 384 CUDA cores and 1GB of GDDR5 memory.

GeForce GTX560 Ti gets spotted, Gigabyte branded 524 | TweakTown.com

The card doesn't look that much different to a GTX460 and rumor has it that the GF114 is pin-compatible with GF104 which means R&D costs would be down, and a simple slot in GPU and BIOS is added and voila, GTX560 powah.

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FastMac begins shipping wall outlets with included USB sockets

Don Lynn | Peripherals | Mon, Jan 17 2011 10:30 PM CST

It's been announced, delayed due to "safety concerns," and pushed back some more, but it looks like the FastMac U-Socket outlet is ready to make itself available to the world. This outlet, which provides standard (U.S.) 110V power along with two handy USB ports for your electronic device charging needs, is officially now available from FastMac.

FastMac begins shipping wall outlets with included USB sockets | TweakTown.com

Apparently demand is high because although shipping has started today, the site is giving a 4-5 week turnaround time for new orders. Apparently no harder to install than a regular wall socket, this will be a great addition to any wall which is plagued by the huge AC adapters for things like smartphones that we all know and hate. Order one now for $20; if you're lucky you'll have it in time for Valentine's Day.

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Lucid gets Virtual

Sean Kalinich | Video Cards | Mon, Jan 17 2011 9:34 PM CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - One thing that we managed to get a glimpse of while out at CES this year was an interesting demo from Both Intel and Lucid. You remember Lucid; they are the company that has been working on an ALI/Crossfire alternative. We first saw them a couple of years ago at IDF.

Lucid gets Virtual 01 | TweakTown.com

At the time Lucid was hailed as the SLI/Crossfire Killer. Unfortunately it was never meant to be positioned in that way. Still we saw companies touting it as the end a replacement for multi-GPU technology. Now Lucid has dropped down a rung or two, not by their own doing but by the pedestal that the press put them on. They are often used as a method for getting more PCIe lanes or as nothing more than a way to run SLI on an AMD motherboard. In this capacity they are actually a good solution.

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RumorTT: Apples next-gen iPad 2 to include multi-core chip as well as double the screen resolution?

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Mon, Jan 17 2011 6:58 PM CST

Yesterday I talked about the next-gen iPad was getting a higher resolution display, well there are now more rumors that are pointing toward this actually happening. MacRumors is now saying that this might actually happen.

RumorTT: Apples next-gen iPad 2 to include multi-core chip as well as double the screen resolution? | TweakTown.com

The fuel to this rumor is Apple's updated iBooks app at 1.1 accidentally included artwork for double the amount of pixels of the current iPad. The bookmark icon included art for the iPad, iPhone, iPhonex2 and iPadx2. The x2 versions are exactly double the resolution of the original versions.

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