Razer Nostromo gaming keypad

November 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Input Devices, News

Think you’ve been gaming on the PC for awhile? If you can’t vividly remember gushing over this thing(and scrounging up pennies from under the couch in order to finance one), move along. If, however, you’re still the proud owner of an attic-bound Belkin Nostromo n52, you can definitely prepare yourself for a healthy dose of nostalgia here. After co-developing Belkin’s n52te Speedpad a few years ago, it looks as if Razer has now fully taken over the gamepad by today introducing the Nostromo. Yeah, just Nostromo.

The design is certainly a familiar one, boasting a 16-button keypad, a soft-touch rubberized wrist pad, 16 fully-programmable Hyperesponse gaming buttons and an eight-way directional thumb pad. As for improvements, you’ll get the ability to switch instantly between eight keymaps (up from three), and the flexibility of storing up to twenty gaming profiles (up from the previous limit of ten). It’s available to order now for $69.99 / €69.99, with an estimated ship date of November 29th worldwide. You know, in plenty of time to stuff your own stocking.


First WP7 ”jailbroken” app demoed

November 21, 2010 by  
Filed under App News, Mobile Apps, News, Smartphones

Just a week after an Australian developer discovered a way to run unauthorized code, the first ”jailbroken” app for Windows Phone 7 has been demonstrated.

Blogger Long Zheng reports that WP7 developer Kevin Marshall has tapped into Chris Walshie’s efforts to create a rudimentary augmented reality app, in the same vein as Google’s Goggles app. The app uses a publicly-available Silverlight toolkit and uses the phone’s camera to overlay information onto real-world objects.

Writing on a blog for smartphone development firm Clarity Consulting, Mr Marshall noted that the LG Optimus 7 offers similar functionality via its Scan Search application, but developers outside LG are not allowed access to the tools to develop similar apps.

”Ideally this would be accessible to everyone somewhere between now and really soon. Sometimes I think Microsoft doesn’t want developers to have fun on this platform,” he wrote.

”Seriously, everyone needs to write a letter to their local Microsoft representative and demand some access to all [t]he cool APIs blocked for 3rd party apps.  That or whine about it on Twitter.”

But as noted last week, users shouldn’t expect to see the Windows Phone equivalent of Cydia popping up anytime soon. For the time being, unmanaged code can only be loaded onto developer devices, using a particular sideloading method not available to consumers.


Tt eSports’ new Azurues gaming mouse has FPS players in its sights

November 14, 2010 by  
Filed under Input Devices, News

Taiwanese peripheral manufacturer Tt eSports has launched a new three button gaming mouse aimed to please those with a penchant for fragging. Unlike other options out there such as the Razer Lachesis, which tout ever-increasing sensitivity specs, the Azurues’ optical sensor engine is content to top out at 1600 dpi, and can easily be adjusted down to 400 / 800 dpi via a hardware switch on the bottom. That makes it ideal for those who prefer a little more wrist leeway while shooting. Other niceties include a black rubber coating for grip, an adjustable weight design, low friction Teflon feet, integrated lighting, and a braided cable to take repeated abuse from the thrill of desk-side battle. Unfortunately, pricing and availability are still unknown, so there’s no need to remove your cursor from the back of your next victim’s head until more details surface.

Source : http://www.engadget.com

Intel unveils 120GB X25-M SSD

November 14, 2010 by  
Filed under News

Face it, for the average consumer, solid-state drives still have a price-to-storage issue — but once you get used to the quick and quiet performance, it’s hard to go back. If you’re willing to take the dive, or already have and are looking to swap out / upgrade, Intel’s lowered the suggested price of its 80GB and 160GBX25-M SSDs to $199 and $415, respectively. Looking to take the middle road? Introducing the 120GB X25-M from the House of All Things Blue. That’ll set you back $275, but hey, ’tis the season. Press release after the break.

Elecom claims first Bluetooth 3.0 mouse

November 11, 2010 by  
Filed under Input Devices, News

Bluetooth 3.0 is poised to bring some big improvements, like WiFi hand-off for approximately 24Mbps data transfers… but how good is that for a mouse? We still don’t really know, but that isn’t stoppingElecom from boasting about its new, “first ever” BT 3.0 mouse — and as best as we can tell, it lacks the “+ HS” protocol for utilizing the aforementioned 802.11 speeds. In other words, we don’t think this was a race to beat the competition so much as it was one company finally saying, “hey, why not?” Japan denizens should be able to pick this up next month for ¥4,200 with tax, or about $52 in US bills.


NEC rolls out Android-based LifeTouch ‘cloud communicator’

November 11, 2010 by  
Filed under News

NEC’s LifeTouch Android tablet wasn’t exactly turning heads for all the right reasons when it was first unveiled it back in June, but it looks like the company has managed to at least slightly refine it for its official launch today. In addition to ditching a handful of buttons, the tablet is also now being pitched specifically as a “cloud communicator” that’s especially well-suited for corporate customers, although exactly what that means in terms of capabilities still isn’t clear. The tablet’s specs apparently remain unchanged, however, and include a 7-inch pen input-capable display (described as a “Retina Touch Panel”), an ARM Cortex A8 processor, a 3 megapixel camera, an SD card slot, built-in WiFi and GPS, and Android 2.1 for an OS. Don’t count on this one being released over here, but folks in Japan will be able to pick it up by the end of the month for a yet to be specified price.

Source : http://www.engadget.com

Behaviour Interactive hints at involvement with PSP2

November 11, 2010 by  
Filed under News

Saying the developer is working on a new “next-gen” handheld.

“I’m working on a next-generation portable platform,” he told Eurogamer.

“That’s the only thing I can say. The press release says it all.”

While it isn’t outright confirmation Behaviour are working on it, it’s not the first time PSP2 has been brought up.

EA exec Patrick Soderlund said last week the company’s had “exposure” to the machine.

Mortal Kombat devs Netherrealm, however, came out and outright said it had a PSP2 dev kit.

“We are looking at [PSP and DS]; we have a PSP2 in the house and we’re looking at the engine, like what can it support,” Netherrealm Studios Shaun Himmerick said back in September.

Source : http://www.vg247.com

Bang & Olufsen Connects with Apple

November 10, 2010 by  
Filed under Apple, Audio Equipment, News

iPod and iPhone users aren’t exactly bereft of choice for places to dock their audio transporters, but what if you prefer to keep your music collection on your iPad? Okay, actually there are a couple ofoptions for you out there as well, but few will be quite as bodacious (or expensive, we’re sure) as Bang & Olufsen’s latest. The BeoSound 8 straps a pair of cones to a connecting bar, adds some feet, a wall bracket, and a remote control, and sends you home to enjoy some “outstanding sound performance.” USB and auxiliary line-in connectors are available if you’re not dancing to Steve Jobs’ tune, while the body can be had in white or black and the speaker covers come in a variety of colors to express your individuality with. Look for the BeoSound 8 at your nearest B&O outlet later this month.


Blackberry Playbook expected at sub-$500 entry price

November 10, 2010 by  
Filed under News

RIM CO-CEO Jim Balsillie has revealed in an interview in Korea that its forthcoming Blackberry Playbook will reach the US market in Q1 2011 priced at under $500. Originally unveiled in September, Balsillie also indicated that the device would then begin rolling out globally during Q2 2011.

When it ships, the Playbook will incorporate an ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor running at 1GHz with 1GB of RAM. It will pack a 7-inch 1024×600 display and weigh 0.9lbs. It will run a QNX-based OS with the ability to connect to Blackberry Enterprise Servers for e-mail by pairing over Bluetooth with a Blackberry smartphone. It will also feature dual-720p video cameras and is capable of real-time video conferencing.


ZAGG unveils ZAGGmate iPad Bluetooth keyboard case

November 10, 2010 by  
Filed under Apple, News

ZAGG has unveiled its ZAGGmate with Keyboard for the iPad. It is made from aircraft-grade aluminum giving the case strong protection, but it also incorporates a Bluetooth QWERTY keyboard for enhancing productivity on the go. The iPad can be pitched horizontally or vertically and in up to ten different viewing angles.

The case with keyboard weighs in at 12.8 ounces. It comes with a microUSB cable for charging the keyboard’s 510mAh rechargeable lithium polymer battery, which will last for “several weeks of normal use” between charges.

The device is listed on the Zagg site as coming soon for $100. A non-keyboard version offering screen protection only will also available for $70. A video of the device in action is included below.

Source: http://www.electronista.com

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