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White iPhone 4 Shipped To...Benelux? C'mon.

Trak Lord | Mobile Devices | Tue, Apr 26 2011 2:34 PM CDT

Everyone that's excited about a white iPhone 4 can finally have it! Everyone in Belgium, that is. A Belgian website, Webstore.be, put the following listing up on their site with a listing for "Apple Iphone 4 16GB Wit":

White iPhone 4 Shipped To...Benelux? C'mon. | TweakTown.com

I know it's a novelty and all, but who really wants a white iPhone 4? You're just going to cover it with a case anyway- and if you don't your white iPhone 4 is soon going to "mottled smudgy charcoalish" iPhone 4.

No one has confirmed whether the "early shipment" is actually white iPhones and not just a bored Luxembourgian with Photoshop, but if you really want to find out go to the site and "Klik Hier".

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Steve Jobs Gets Carbonite Treatment In New iPhone Skin

Trak Lord | Mobile Devices | Tue, Apr 26 2011 2:13 PM CDT

The conversation between Jony Ives and Steve Jobs when they saw this:

Ives: "We're going to sue the @#$% of these guys."

Jobs: "I know."

Steve Jobs Gets Carbonite Treatment In New iPhone Skin | TweakTown.com

From the clever minds at Society 6 comes this definitely-good-for-a-laugh iPhone 4 case. It's actually made of hard plastic, not carbonite, but the spirit is in the right place.

Even better, S6 is also selling t-shirts and art prints that feature the same depiction of Jobs frozen in Carbonite, glasses and all, with the insanely clever slogan, "iKnow". Fans of Star Wars will recall the similarly-sounding and infamous Harrison Ford/Han Solo quote, said to Carrie Fischer's Princess Leia after she confesses her love for him, and just before he is frozen in Carbonite.

Not so great for professional encounters, but sure to get a second look around town. It's yours for $35, and be sure to check out the site for the other merch available.

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Mario & Sonic Team Up For The 2012 Olympics

Trak Lord | Gaming | Mon, Apr 25 2011 11:26 PM CDT

I guess Sonic would be a sure thing for the 100m dash. Or you know, any running event. I guess Mario could high jump? The upcoming 2012 London Olympics will welcome the reuniting two of retro and modern gamers' favorite iconic mascots, Nintendo's Mario and SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog. These two don't generally play together (miles and miles of red tape), but the Olympics (for some reason) means they're going to be hanging out.

Mario & Sonic Team Up For The 2012 Olympics | TweakTown.com

Their suite of special games will be hitting the Wii (probably the Wii 2/Stream/Project Cafe by that point, no?) and the 3DS, so stay posted for more news on this.

Also, do you think the Sonic games will have Olympic rings everywhere? Just a thought.

TOKYO (April 21, 2011) - SEGA Corporation and Nintendo Co., Ltd. today announced that the record breaking partnership of Mario and Sonic will once again join forces on the Wii home video game system and, for the first time ever, on the Nintendo 3DS . Over 19 million people worldwide have bought video games from the Mario and Sonic series, and now the much loved duo are heading to London to participate in the officially licensed Olympic-themed video game, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games.A host of exciting new headline events, including soccer and equestrian will debut on the Wii version appearing alongside classic Olympic disciplines, such as athletics, aquatics and table tennis. These new sports are sure to ignite even more fierce...

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Temporary Surgical Implant Allows Patient To Operate Computer With Mind, Order Take-Out

Trak Lord | Health Technology | Mon, Apr 25 2011 10:54 PM CDT

From the people that brought you the crops that farm you, scientists in Russia were able to surgically implant a temporary device that allowed a patient to operate a computer- with the mind. This news comes to us from the aptly-named Singularity Hub, reminding us that one day, whether we like it or not, robots will take over the world. Also, something's telling me they're going to be able to override the Prime Directive.

Temporary Surgical Implant Allows Patient To Operate Computer With Mind, Order Take-Out | TweakTown.com

The operation was overseen by Dr. Eric Leuthardt, a man previously responsible for developing another Brain-Computer Interface that allowed patients to control video-games with their minds. Clearly, the good doctor's philosophy has taken a turn from "Let's play Space Invaders with our minds!" to "Let's invade Space with Cyborgs". This particular BCI is a net of ECoG (electrocorticographic) electrodes that was temporarily placed beneath the dura, a layer of connective tissue in the brain. Scary? Scarier is that it took some of the patients a mere 4 minutes to get used to the interface and operate a computer with ease. Leuthardt believes this will be instrumental in the operation of bionic prosthetics- I'll be damned if this doesn't get creepier by the word.

Here's a promotional video with more details. Hit the link above to read more about the technical stuff.

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TechWatch Report: New Whitepaper On Mobile Augmented Reality Now Available

Trak Lord | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Mon, Apr 25 2011 10:07 PM CDT

JISC Observatory has released a brand-spanking-new whitepaper detailing the uses of Mobile Augmented Reality with smartphones. If you're a developer and/or content publisher (like myself) you're going to want to get your hands on this piece of literature, because it's chock full of nifty information regarding the creation of new interactive and immersive experiences.

TechWatch Report: New Whitepaper On Mobile Augmented Reality Now Available | TweakTown.com

Even better, JISC isn't releasing the final version until May 6, so if you want to take a look at it and revise it or comment on what should and should not be there, they will take it into consideration. Who knows- your wisdom may make the final cut.

JISC originally commissioned the report, which was written by a one Ben Butchart of EDINA, based out of the University of Edinburgh. Check out the press release, and make your voices heARd.

Not so long ago, augmented reality (AR) was an experimental technology that rarely left the lab and required a high level of technical expertise and knowledge to create new applications. Now, thanks to advances in smartphone hardware, AR technology is much more available and easily accessible for users and developers alike.

A new state-of-the-art TechWatch report looking at Augmented Reality for Smartphones is now available for comment:

Augmented Reality for Smartphones (PDF)...

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NVIDIA set to launch Desktop Optimus, ready to transform your desktop

Anthony Garreffa | Motherboards | Mon, Apr 25 2011 10:00 PM CDT

NVIDIA have plans to launch their Desktop Optimus at COMPUTEX Taipei this coming June. One of the most surprising things about it is that it will be free and no license agreement is needed. The technology works like LucidLogix's Virtu where it allows dynamic swapping between iGPU and dGPU based on the applications nature and also uses Intel's Sandy Bridge Quick Sync technology whilst doing video transcoding jobs.

NVIDIA set to launch Desktop Optimus, ready to transform your desktop | TweakTown.com

Desktop Optus will support Intel's H61, H67 and Z68-powered chipsets and won't require special versions of discrete graphics cards and will allow motherboard makers to implement it using a software "key".

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Project Cafe? Wii 2? Stream? Whatever It's Called, You Can Play It At E3

Trak Lord | Gaming | Mon, Apr 25 2011 9:53 PM CDT

If you haven't heard about Nintendo's upcoming next-gen console, you probably live under a rock. Not like the "funny" GEICO commercial kind of living-under-a-rock (because seriously, who gives a damn about saving a measly 15% on car insurance, maybe? Make it 50%, and I'll leave my cave), but you must actually dwell in some kind of subterranean home, because no one can shut up about this. Ourselves included.

Project Cafe? Wii 2? Stream? Whatever It's Called, You Can Play It At E3 | TweakTown.com

Either way, the new system, codenamed / referred to as Project Cafe, Wii 2, or even Stream (seriously? "Stream"?), will be completely playable at the Electronics & Entertainment Expo this June. Nintendo sources told Kotaku "Playable means playable for everyone".

Of course there will probably be mammoth lines and 30-60 second MAX time limits imposed (except for that one little @#$%- there's always one), but hey- still get to play!

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Many Many Sadfaces: PlayStation Network Still Down

Trak Lord | Gaming | Mon, Apr 25 2011 9:36 PM CDT
Many Many Sadfaces: PlayStation Network Still Down | TweakTown.com

Bad news everyone- despite all of our hopes that in the very least there would be a modicum of effort made to explain the recent PlayStation Network outages, The Official Sony PlayStation Blog managed to crush our dreams once again:

I know you are waiting for additional information on when PlayStation Network and Qriocity services will be online. Unfortunately, I don't have an update or timeframe to share at this point in time.

As we previously noted, this is a time intensive process and we're working to get them back online quickly. We'll keep you updated with information as it becomes available. We once again thank you for your patience.

I don't know who's more frustrated- the PSN users unable to play their precious games or the Customer Support representatives that have to listen to their constant whining.

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Apple prepping Sandy Bridge-powered iMac and MacBook Air

Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems | Mon, Apr 25 2011 9:17 PM CDT

For anyone in the market for a new iMac or MacBook Air, please wait. Apple are looking to release Sandy Bridge-powered iMac and MacBook Air's with Apple stopping the flow of stock to resellers this week.

Apple prepping Sandy Bridge-powered iMac and MacBook Air | TweakTown.com

On the MacBook Air side of things, it looks like the 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch models won't enter mass production until late May with a launch sometime in June. This wait is worth it, the Sandy Bridge-powered MacBook Pro's are bloody awesome.

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Dual SIM Dual Core Motorola XT882 Smartphone Hands-On

Nicole Scott | Mobile Devices | Mon, Apr 25 2011 1:43 AM CDT

Motorola XT882 has two of everything! This four inch smartphone has an NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor, access to UMTS and EVDO networks with its Dual SIM, I mean the powerhouse even has a dual LED flash!

The stand out feature besides the NVIDIA processor is the dual SIM card slots which are targeted at different networks so you'll be able to have one SIM running on the UMTS network and the EVDO network, basically GSM & CDMA. In addition to this feature that is taylored at the Chinese market, the other physical design change that's region specific is the ports are covered to streamline the phone. The other thing is that CDMA phones here have SIM cards, this was the first time I'd seen this ability live in a hand set.

Dual SIM Dual Core Motorola XT882 Smartphone Hands-On | TweakTown.com

This four inch smartphone is running Android 2.3 or Gingerbread on its HD display, no other detailed specs were given as Motorola is pushing the concept of the phone rather then the specs at the moment. No word on what day this smartphone will be hitting the streets or at what price point, but we imagine its going to be competitive for this market.

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