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BitFenix Survivor computer case prototype exclusive hands-on

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | May 29, 2010 at 12:52 pm CDT

BitFenix made the airwaves a little while ago with its launch and entry into the market highlighting itself as a high-end gaming hardware manufacturer. The team is built around well known tech people with plenty of experience in the industry from the likes of such well known past and present companies such as ABIT and CM Storm. The creation of the company is an interesting story, but best left for another time.

Yesterday we headed out to the brand spanking new BitFenix office and in our second video we got an exclusive hands-on video preview of their upcoming rugged and rubber coated Survivor mid tower computer case for gamers on the move. Again, this product was introduced to us by Swedish chap David who is the product manager and it is important to keep in mind that this particularly sample only just arrived in from the China factory and it is a prototype and not yet finished - i.e. it will go through some changes before the final retail version ships sometime in September with an estimated street price of around 140 USD.

The Survivor is like the Colossus a case like we have never seen before and it will most likely end up being the second product to be released by BitFenix. The rubber coating used is very soft and feels nice to touch. We also like the idea of the unique handle design that should make it easier for gamers to carry their system around to LAN parties and such.

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BitFenix Colossus computer case prototype exclusive hands-on

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | May 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm CDT

BitFenix made the airwaves a little while ago with its launch and entry into the market highlighting itself as a high-end gaming hardware manufacturer. The team is built around well known tech people with plenty of experience in the industry from the likes of such well known past and present companies such as ABIT and CM Storm. The creation of the company is an interesting story, but best left for another time.

Yesterday we headed out to the brand spanking new BitFenix office and got an exclusive hands-on video preview of their upcoming and really impressive Colossus full tower computer case. The product was introduced to us by Swedish chap David who is the product manager and it is important to keep in mind that this particularly sample only just arrived in from the China factory and it is a prototype and not yet finished - i.e. it will go through some changes before the final retail version ships sometime in September with a very estimated street price of around 170 USD.

The Colossus is a very hip and new breed of computer case that will come in either white or black. It is a very important product for BitFenix since it is their very first product that will go on the market; the team does not intend on rushing it and will take as long as it needs to perfect it before it goes on sale.

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Ikonik shows us its new cases and power supplies

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | May 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm CDT

Yesterday we visited the Ikonik office in Taipei where they gave us an early introduction of what they will be showing at the re-named Tabutex Computex event next week.

We were given an introduction to a total of three new computer cases including the SOHO, M1000 and the Optimus 1200. All very nice cases with varying uses, we really liked the Optimus 1200 model that has a front face that resembles Optimus Prime from Transformers.

We were also shown Ikonik's new Vulcan+ series of power supplies which come in sizes of 850, 1000 and 1200 watt. They look like they have the moves to impress with 80 PLUS Gold certification. Watch our video above to get a close-up look at all of the new products.

So, what's going to be hot at Computex Taipei 2010?

Cameron Wilmot | Trade Shows | May 28, 2010 at 8:00 pm CDT

Every few weeks or so we hold a tech event in Taipei for people involved in the tech industry. It is a time where these people get together and discuss technology developments and shares some drinks.

For this event, we just finished of our latest gathering and for a change I thought it would be interesting to see what the folks thought would be hot at Computex Taipei 2010 next week. Without holding...

There you go.

Thousands ecstatic as the iPad officially goes international

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 28, 2010 at 10:04 am CDT
Thousands ecstatic as the iPad officially goes international | TweakTown.com

iPad fans in Europe, Asia, and Australia were greeted with long lines and longer wait times as the international launch of the iPad hit today. In bursts of emotion usually reserved for those scoring the hottest Christmas toy of the season, consumers who were lucky enough to score one of the tablets were seen screaming and cheering in places like London and Paris.

The iPad was launched today in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Great Britain, Spain and Switzerland. Lines started forming as early as 3AM in Frankfurt Germany with excited customers waiting to get their hands on the mobile device. Apple Stores worldwide opened an hour early for the event to accommodate the swarms of customers flocking to their stores. People were given numbered tickets for their shot at an iPad and most stores had extra security in place to try and avoid any trouble those leaving with their prizes might run into. "I'm a bit embarrassed to be part of the masses, but the thing is, tonight it's going to be sold out," one unidentified man told AP Television News.

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Intel gives overclockers some lovin' in its mainstream CPU line-ups

Steve Dougherty | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | May 28, 2010 at 6:09 am CDT

Normally when it comes to giving more love to the overclocking crowd, Intel charges a huge premium, requiring one dish out for an 'Extreme Edition' top-end chip if they want an unlocked CPU that brings with it many more options for getting a better overclocking result.

However, as of today that requirement is no longer in place. Intel has launched two new 'K' series Core i7 and Core i5 processors to the market, based on the same Lynnfield and Clarkdale packages, respectively, but with that very overclocking friendly word associated with them; "unlocked". This means more multiplier options to play with while being sold at significantly cheaper than Extreme Edition pricing.

Intel gives overclockers some lovin' in its mainstream CPU line-ups | TweakTown.com

The two unlocked K series CPUs to hit town first up are the Core i7-875K which we looked at in detail earlier today to see how much we could push out of it and also the Core i5-655K. These processors come with default clock rates of 2.93GHz and 3.20GHz, respectively.

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Gizmag's week in emerging technology - roll-up screens, high-tech punching bags and some remarkable technology firsts

Gizmag | Science, Space & Robotics | May 28, 2010 at 5:48 am CDT

Sick of squinting at that tiny screen on your mobile phone? It's a problem that comes hand-in-hand with the shrinking size consumer electronics devices and Sony may well have an answer with this super-flexible full color OLED display. Could we soon see mobile phones with pencil form factors and roll out displays?

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MIT researchers have also taken up the challenge of improving the human computer interface - this time in the arena of gesture recognition. The researchers have developed coloured gloves that, although they may not win any fashion awards, can be used with a standard webcam and some clever software to create a cheap solution for on-screen commands or control gestures.

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Mobile gaming revenue could hit $11.4 billion by 2014

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 28, 2010 at 12:45 am CDT
Mobile gaming revenue could hit $11.4 billion by 2014 | TweakTown.com

Games aren't just for consoles, PCs, and kitchen tables anymore. Playing games on your mobile devices has become commonplace, especially with the advent of the iPhone and other touch devices. This revenue stream is becoming a huge roaring river, and is only expected to get bigger. The research firm Gartner predicted last week that gaming revenue worldwide would reach $5.6 billion dollars and is expected to nearly double to $1.4 billion dollars by the end of 2014.

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FCC looking deeper into wireless billing practices

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 27, 2010 at 10:37 pm CDT
FCC looking deeper into wireless billing practices | TweakTown.com

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), who aren't the first company people think of when it comes to government entities on their side, may be making a push to make wireless devices users happy by taking a deeper look into wireless carriers and their billing practices.

The fact that they have been investigating billing practices and outrageous early termination fees is not eally recent news; however it seems that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and his team have been turning up the heat on the big boys in wireless. According to a survey released Wenesday, many consumers have been "shocked" by extra fees on their bills and also have reversed findings that the wireless market is competitive, instead calling the industry "concentrated."

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Microsoft needs an answer to the iPad according to report

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 27, 2010 at 9:53 pm CDT
Microsoft needs an answer to the iPad according to report | TweakTown.com

Analysts at Forrester have released a report saying that Microsoft needs to answer the Apple iPad with a Windows based tablet to compete with the iPad and many other tablets coming into the market, arguing that tablets are "the next important computing form."

In the report released Thusday, JP Gownder and Sarah Rotman Epps from Forrester, stated: "To keep its products front and center, Microsoft needs a partner to produce a successful Windows tablet that competes with the Apple iPad. At stake is nothing less than the future of the operating system."

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