Archive for June, 2011

Kobo eReader Touch Edition goes on sale in the US and Canada

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At the moment, there are two very similar-looking e-readers with black-and-white Pearl E Ink touchscreens on the market, and now, the smaller and less expensive of the pair is up for grabs. The Kobo eReader Touch Edition went on sale today in the US and Canada for $129.99 (or $139.99 Canadian) at Best Buy, Borders, Walmart, and the Canadian bookseller Indigo. If you’ll recall, the 6-inch Kobo is thinner, lighter, and more compact than the Nook Touch, even though its screen is the same size. It also undercuts it by $10 but it lacks the convenience of any physical buttons. Could these trade-offs be worth the trimmer design? We’ll leave that to you and your wallet (and the guy who may or may not receive this as a last-minute Father’s Day gift).

Nintendo says one Wii U controller per console, robs player two of extra screen

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Wii U supports multiple=

Nintendo’s tablet-esque Wii U controller raised a few questions when it was announced at E3. Questions like, “What kind of crazy games are going to use that thing,” and “How much will a second controller cost me?” The latter, at least, has been answered. Nothing. You don’t need one. Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata recently said in an interview that games enlisting more than one Wii U controller aren’t being considered just yet — although they are possible. Our very own Ittousai tells us that Iwata told Diamond Online that the Wii U can technically support multiple screen-controllers, but that additional slabs would be too expensive to sell on their own. Iwata went on to say that the console would ship with only one, and that game developers should design titles under the assumption that each console will use a single Wii U controller. Player two will have to settle for a good ‘ol Wiimote, and even Satoru himself admits that there are plenty of those around.

ASUS quietly releases G74 gaming laptop, promptly puts it up for pre-order

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ASUS quietly releases G74 gaming laptop, promptly puts it up for pre-order
We’re pretty sure someone out there is snapping up gaming laptops with spray-painted red dragons and speaker grilles that look like belt buckles, but we suspect plenty of you just crave something that isn’t going to embarrass you at your next LAN party. Grown-ups, meet the ASUS G74, that buttoned-up fellow you see there. So far, we’ve found two configurations, both of which include a quad-core Core i7-2630QM CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M graphics with 3GB of video memory, 12GB DDR3 RAM (out of 16GB), dual 750GB 7200RPM drives, a 1080p display, Blu-ray player, backlit keyboard, and a USB 3.0. socket (along with three of the 2.0 variety). That’s what the G74SX-A1 ($1,745) looks like, and there’s also a $1,979 version with a 3D display, dubbed the G74SX-3DE. That generally matches what the new $1,899 Qosmio X770 has to offer, though the G74 is the clear winner in the memory department and, well, you can’t put a price on taste, right? Hit the source links to pre-order, and find some fancy press shots below that promise not to incinerate your eyeballs with tackiness.

Spy satellites become reluctant space celebs, get their own paparazzi

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Not only do American military satellites have to put up with the constant threat of ultrasonic space droppings, now they must also suffer the prying lenses of a couple of Frenchmen. Thierry Legault and Emmanuel Rietsch have spent the past two years turning consumer-grade components into a system that can keep up with the zippy and supposedly secret movements of craft like the X-37B space plane and the NROL-49 low-Earth orbit spy sat. Hit the source link and you’ll see videos of the International Space Station, which they also managed to capture with steady-ish focus as it hurtled through space-time. Looks like nothing will thwart these guys, except maybe nano-satellites.

Receipt Racer makes printing fun, wastes more paper than you ever thought possible (video)

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Sure, you could use your printer to spit out spreadsheets, but how about hooking up a DualShock 3 to play it like a video game? That’s exactly what Joshua Noble and the undef duo did during a workshop related to OFFF last week, and the result is stunning (if not hilarious). The trio coded a game in openFrameworks, titled Receipt Racer, which uses a thermal receipt printer modded with a “light beamer” to display game info and represent a car, a DS3 to control it, and a laptop to connect the devices and run the software. A random track with obstacles gets rapidly printed while a player attempts to navigate it without crashing — sort of like Lane Splitter — or until the paper roll runs out after 164 feet. There’s a tree-loving web browser version and the full details of how it works in the source link below. We scored just over 1,400 1,752 points; let us know how you do in the comments.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 experiencing shipping delays, unavailable at some outlets

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So, we knew the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was coming, but it looks like some shoppers eagerly anticipating the tablet’s arrival will go home empty handed today. We just received word from a Samsung rep that there have been “shipping delays to some stores in certain regions.” They went on to say, “We expect most retail locations to have inventory by tomorrow while supplies last.” That’s all we have at the moment, but we’ll keep you posted as soon as we know more.

Kinect for Windows SDK beta to roll out tomorrow?

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Microsoft’s been talking up its forthcoming Kinect for Windows SDK for quite a while now, and it looks like developers might soon finally be able to get their hands on it. According to WinRumors, Microsoft will roll out the beta version of the SDK during a special event on Channel 9 at 9:30 AM Pacific time (12:30 Eastern) tomorrow — something that’s now been backed up somewhat by the Channel 9 website itself, which is simply promising a “special Kinect focused event tomorrow.” WinRumors is also reporting that the President of Microsoft Spain said during an appearance at a conference today that the beta SDK would be available “this week.” So, it certainly seems like things are lining up for a release — it’s just a shame that “Kinect applications” doesn’t have the same ring as Kinect hacks.

Wii U has last-gen Radeon inside, still more advanced than PS3 and Xbox 360

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Wii U Crysis

Slowly, but surely, we’re starting to piece together what’s going on inside that mysterious white box known as the Wii U. IBM was a little coy about the multi-core CPU it was providing, but did tantalize us by mentioning the name “Watson” in describing some of its underlying tech. Now details about the custom Radeon GPU are starting to surface and, while certainly capable, it’s not exactly cutting edge. At its heart is a chip similar to the R770 found in AMD’s last-gen cards like the 4890 and, before you dismiss it, remember the PS3 and Xbox 360 are still capable of pumping out impressive visuals while packing five-year-old silicon (The 360 is essentially running a souped up ATI X1900). The custom core also supports Direct X 10.1 (Microsoft runs out of steam with Direct X 9) and Eyefinity-like multi-display tech for up to four SD video streams — though it’ll be up to Nintendo and developers to put that to good use. In case you’re still not convinced of the Wii U’s graphical prowess, Crytek has said its advanced CryEngine is “pretty much” up and running on Nintendo’s upcoming console — and, if it’s good enough for Crysis, it should be good enough for you.

Gemei X760+ LE MP4 with TV-out and 3D Games Player

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Gemei X760+ LE MP4 Player is designed as PSP consoles. Support for FC, SFC, MD, GB, GBC, GBA, NEO, CPS1, CPS2, Simulator. Support 10 archives, look at the Raiders, the volume, skip frames, custom buttons, keys, and several key combination, the game reset, infinite coin, you can look at the game thumbnail, Goldfinger and game features. Support two or more persons online multi-play capabilities.Gemei X760+ LE comes with 4.3 inch 480x272p. Supports H.263, H.264, MKV, RMVB, FLV, MP4, 3PG, AVI, MOV, WMV, DVD, VCD, 30 multiple formats, and provides excellent subtitle display function, RMVB supports SRT external subtitles. Other functions include TV-output, TTS reading and voice recording etc.

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Gemei X760+ LE MP4 Player Features:

  • 4.3 inch 480x272p, 4:3、12:11、10:11、16:9、16:11、40:33、2.35:1、1:1 ratio for option
  • Support for FC、SFC、MD、GBA、NEO、CPS1、CPS2, Simulator. Support 10 archives, look at the Raiders, the volume, skip frames, custom buttons, keys, and several key combination, the game reset, infinite coin, you can look at the game thumbnail, Goldfinger and game features. Support two or more persons online multi-play capabilities.
  • H.263, H.264, MKV, RMVB, FLV, MP4, 3PG, AVI, MOV, WMV, DVD, VCD, 30 multiple formats, and provides excellent subtitle display function, RMVB supports SRT external subtitles
  • Support 3D games (for special games)
  • Durable keys
  • TTS (Text-to-speech)
  • Stereo Speak out
  • Adopts Cirrus music chip
  • TV output interface

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Astro MixAmp 5.8 review

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We all know that cabled cans are king when it comes to tonal accuracy. The convenience of cord cutting can’t be denied, however, and there are ways to free your headphones from their physical bonds. Astro’s Mixamp 5.8 is a system designed to make your wired ‘phones wireless, but does it sacrifice sound quality for the sake of convenience? And is it worth $130? Click on through to find out.

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