Just nineteen more sleeps until you can run out to your local video games store and pick up a copy of “Unreal Tournament 3″ for the PC. Midway Games announced today that their highly anticipated first-person shooter has gone gold and is scheduled to arrive in retail shops on November 19. Two versions will be available, the regular one ($49.99) and a collector’s edition ($59.99) that comes with an art book and bonus DVD that shows behind-the-scenes material of the making of the game as well as toolkit video tutorials.
Archive for October, 2007
HP was busy today pimping its holiday 2007 line up of tech goodies for your hard earned dollars to be used on. The product which grabbed our attention the most is the HP TouchSmart IQ775 PC, priced at around $1,600.
The IQ775 is a desktop PC which offers up a 19-inch touch screen display with additional input devices via a wireless keyboard and mouse. It’s powered by AMD64 dual-core processing offers up storage of media files on a 500GB hard drive. An integrated personal video recorder is also thrown in for watching and recording live television.
Western Digital is betting those seeking 2.5-inch, 9.5mm form factor hard drives (notebook computers, portable storage devices) want larger storage options for their data needs. To this end the company has just introduced the WD Scorpio 320GB hard drive, priced at around $200.
The WD Scorpio 320GB hard drive offers up a rather speed performance time of 3Gb/s transfer rate. It reportedly is also extremely quiet for a 5400 RPM drive of its type because of special WD seeking algorithms. You also get your typical shock guard protection and a secondary technology which “calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration.”
It’s official. Stanford University’s Folding@home project has been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the most powerful distributed computing network in the world. Utilizing the processing power of more than 670,000 PlayStation 3s Cell processors worldwide the distributed network delivers over one petaflop of power that’s being used for Stanford’s studies of protein folding and its link to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and certain forms of cancer.
Up to March 15 of this year the program used about 200,000 PCs to data crunch, or about one-quarter of a petaflop of power. PS3s were added after 3/15 which has significantly boosted the computing power of the network. Maybe that’s testament to PS3 owners desire to do something good with their expensive next gen system or maybe it’s because there’s nothing good to play on the machine…oh snap!
When the iShoes first rolled out, they looked fairly clunky, with 4 large wheels. But in no time at all, they have had an upgrade. They lost a wheel and look a lot sleeker now. These “shoes” are powered by electric motors and controlled by a wired remote. They can also hit speeds of up to 15 mph. Presumably more with their new sleeker upgrade and they come in men’s and women’s sizes.
Right now it is in the prototype phase still, but they hope that they will go 5 to 7 miles without having to recharge the batteries. Can you say Skinned knees? How about broken limbs?
Samsung is in the process of rolling out three new SyncMaster LCD monitors which offer built-in speakers for convenience. The SyncMaster 920BM 19-inch monitor and the SyncMaster 920WM and 2220WM widescreen monitors are priced around $250, $220 and $350 respectively.
These new Samsung displays have speakers integrated and are targeted towards those who seek not to buy external speakers. The 920BM monitor has a 1280 x 1024 resolution, while the widescreen (16:10) 920WM and 2220WM displays have resolutions of 1440 x 900 and 1680 x 1050, respectively.
Hop-on, a cell phone manufacturer perhaps best known for developing disposable mobiles, is introducing a new handset with GPS abilities. The Hop-on 1883 has no set price announced as of yet.
The Hop-on 1883 integrates a SiRF Starlll GPS chipset for helping you get around town. It’s otherwise a rather regular tri-band GSM style mobile in a candy bar design. The 1883 sports a 2.8-inch touchscreen display which is full color and a two-megapixel digital camera for photos and video recording. Bluetooth 2.0 support is also included.
Ever worry about how much energy your desktop is sucking from the grid? Dell wants to help you cut that energy suck down by introducing a new computer into your world. Hug your favorite tree and hit Dell’s Web site for the Inspiron 531, priced at around $370 starting.
The Dell Inspiron 531 is Energy Star 4.0 compliant. Eco and power saving-friendly options include an “80 percent efficient” power supply, a built-in mechanism to switch to a low-power sleep state after 15 minutes of inactivity and a paperless owner’s manual.
Word on A/V Street this week is Marantz, a developer of audio-video gear, is out with a new and highly desired A/V receiver. The Marantz SR8002 is priced at around $2,100.
The Marantz SR8002 is a 7.1-channel receiver loaded to the gills with features. Take a look at this laundry list of its most pronounced ones: HDMI 1.3 repeating capability, HD Radio, THX Select2 processing, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, and dts HD Master Audio as well as MultEQ room correction and calibration technology from Audyssey Laboratories. You also get multi-room signal distribution.
In what is the most solid information we’ve seen so far amidst a slew of rumors surrounding Google and the potential of a Google Phone, today some reliable sources of Reuters and the WSJ have reported that Google is planning an announcement. Sources say that Google plans to unveil plans for their own mobile phone operation system in mid-November with possible plans to roll it out with an existing mobile phone carrier sometime next year.
For a number of months rumors ran that Google had plans of making its own mobile phone but later the information turned to Google just making mock-ups of mobile phones that would run a Google operating system for an example to carriers and manufacturers. The latest talks is that Google is looking for a carrier who will bring a mobile device to market with the Google OS on it, possibly offering the device or service for free or at a very low cost in turn for users putting up with advertisements on the phone.
Heelys are those shoes with the rollers that kids wear all over the place. Now the same maker gives us some XBOX 360 inspired shoes that only look cool, but do nothing to interact with your XBOX. The soles resemble the game controllers.
It’s a great concept, but I for one would like to kick back, take my shoes off and THEN use them to play a game or two. Essentially all they have done here is create a new, useless and stinkier controller. But maybe that’s just me. I like my video game inspired apparel multi-functional. Strangely I want them and yet I want nothing to do with them.
I’m not much of a golfer myself, but if I was, the Golfsmith Star Trek Enterprise NCC-1701 putter would be a great way to scare the ladies away and get my geek on.
In fact I would say that this is a must for that rare breed of golfer/Trekkie in your life. The retail price on these is $130 and they will be an extremely limited run of…you guessed it, a quantity of 1701.
Toshiba apparently has some designs on offering the largest capacity, small form factor external hard drives on the market. It has just announced the new Toshiba 250GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive, priced at around $190.
The Toshiba 250GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive is, yes, 250GB is size. That’s enough to hold, says Toshiba, up to either 71,000 digital photos, 65,000 MP3 music files, 110 hours of DVD videos or 29 hours of high-definition videos. The company also claims this specific drive is the largest capacity of its form factor available at the moment.
Peanut butter and jelly. Black and white. GPS and mouse. That’s right – someone has gone ahead and paired GPS technology with a computer rodent. Hold onto your wallets and read about the questionable new gadget known as the Deluo MouseGPS, priced at around $100.
The Deluo MouseGPS, which we first covered earlier this month, is quite simply a USB mouse with a retractable USB cord and optical scrolling. The quirky part becomes apparent when you flip the switch and it becomes a GPS receiver which “tracks 16 parallel satellite channels for ease of use in even densely urban or rural areas.” It pairs with Microsoft software such as Streets & Trips to help you navigate around town.
You’ve got a digital camera loaded with photos to share. You have a favorite photo sharing Web site. How can you transfer between the two? One new way looks to be the freshly announced Eye-Fi Card, a wireless SD memory card for digital cameras priced at around $100.
The Eye-Fi Card is available in a 2GB capacity, allowing it to hold around 1,000 images. The card allows one to connect through a wireless network to a PC or Mac to transfer photos over to. The interesting part is that you can also reportedly use this card to easily send images to a variety of online photo and social networking Web sites. You can set where to send your photos during a set-up process.