Archivi giornalieri: 28/01/2012
The Kinect technology has been said to be on the way to be integrated to some desktop computers but it appears that even notebooks will get a chance to hang out with Microsoft’s Kinect technology.
The Daily reported that a pair of prototypes has been fitted with the Kinect sensors and it had a chance to get a glimpse of them. The netbooks that mingled with the Kinect technology were running on Windows 8.
A Microsoft source confirmed that the netbooks, which appear to be Asus notebooks but were not identified, are indeed the prototypes that the company is working on. Microsoft has indicated that it was working on a desktop version of Kinect but now it seems it goes further than that as it is also busy checking out ho the technology will fair on notebooks.
Having Kinect on your laptop would surely be a unique experience, with your motions being able to control applications on your computer. As always, since these are also in the testing stage, it remains to be seen if the project will push through although all indications show that Microsoft is determined to make it a reality.
HTC will be showing off a new range of smartphones at MWC 2012 next month, these new devices are expected to come with the latest version of HTC’s custom user interface, HTC Sense 4.0.
Now it would appear that we get some information on what will be included in HTC Sense 4.0, which will include 50GB of Dropbox storage and a range of new features.
The news comes from the guys over at Pocket Now, who have apparently got their hands on the new HTC Sense 4.0, and as well as Dropbox integration it will also feature a newly designed task switcher and a new lock screen.
You can see full details of what is new in HTC Sense 4.0 over at Pocket Now.
Source Pocket Lint
Xbox 360 gamers and Witcher fans patiently waiting for the sequel to arrive on Microsoft’s Xbox platform, are sure to be pleased to learn that today CD Projekt RED has announced the Xbox version of Witcher 2 will be arriving in stores on April 17th. Watch the new trailer after the jump to whet your appetite further.
The delay in releasing the game on the Xbox console was due to a legal battle over the publishing rights. CD Projekt RED CEO Adam Kicinski discussed the legal battle that delayed the Witcher 2 Xbox release last year explaining:
“The agreement that we signed last year, concerned only the distribution of The Witcher 2 for the PC. The records were carefully clarified to avoid any ambiguity. Namco Bandai have options when choosing the priority of our distributor’s version of the Xbox 360. It could use, but not taken advantage of certain preferences. In this situation, we chose the offer that THQ made us.
Our financial situation is very good at the moment and the lack of a few million does not have any impact on current activities. Withholding of payments means only that after some time, our partner will have to give us the money”
Thankfully everything now seems to be sorted and gamers will soon be able to enjoy the Witcher 2 game on their Xbox 360 consoles in April 2012.
Source: Lazy Gamer
We now know that the Samsung Galaxy S III exists, Samsung confirmed it in their recent earnings call and now it would appear that the Galaxy S III has appeared on Samsung’s website.
According to the guys over at Pocket Now, a reference to the Samsung GT-I9300 has appeared on Samsung’s website in the UAE, and this apparently corresponds to the Samsung Galaxy S III.
We don’t as yet have an official specifications on the device, what we have heard so far is that the Samsung Galaxy S III will come with a HD multi-touch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, it is also rumored to feature a quad core processor and a 12 megapixel camera.
As soon as we get some more information on the new Samsung Galaxy S III we will let you guys know.
Source Pocket Now
Google has today opened its Google+ social networking site up to users aged 13 years and over, dropping the signup age from 18 years an over. Google+ is now available to anyone that is old enough to have a Google Account, which is 13+ in most countries.
In opening the Google+ doors to younger users Google has also added a few safety features, and has tweaked kits Hangouts service to accommodate the younger users. Now if a younger member joins a Hangout, Google+ will automatically cut off audio and video to the younger user, asking them if they would like to participate or leave.
Google Bradley Horowitz explains:
“Teens and young adults are the most active Internet users on the planet. And surprise, surprise: they’re also human beings who enjoy spending time with friends and family. Put these two things together and it’s clear that teens will increasingly connect online. Unfortunately, online sharing is still second-rate for this age group.
In life, for instance, teens can share the right things with just the right people (like classmates, parents or close ties). Over time, the nuance and richness of selective sharing even promotes authenticity and accountability. Sadly, today’s most popular online tools are rigid and brittle by comparison, so teens end up over-sharing with all of their so-called “friends.” With Google+, we want to help teens build meaningful connections online. We also want to provide features that foster safety alongside self-expression. “
More information on the new service is available over on the Google+ blog post.
Lenovo announced its latest notebook, the Lenovo X130e back in December, and now this budget friendly notebook has gone on sale an is available for $429 for the entry level model.
As a reminder, the Lenovo X130e comes with an 11.6 inch HD LED display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, and is also come with a choice of processors and up to 8GB of RAM.
The Lenovo X130e comes with either an AMD Fusion E-300 and E450 processors of an Intel Core I3-2367M ULV processor, plus a choice of either a 320GB or a 500GB hard drive.
Other specifications include HDMI, VGA, two USB 2.0 ports WiFi, Bluetooth and a multi format card reader, you can find out full details over at Lenovo.
Source Netbook News
Google has this week expanded the functionality of their Music Manager for Google Music to allow users to download tunes directly from their cloud. In the past users have only been able to upload their tunes, but the new features now enables you to retrieve your entire library with one easy click of a button.
The new feature complete the Google Music package perfectly and provides a backup for your music library, enables streaming them to any computer with a web browser, Android phone or tablet, and now provides the ability to download your music to a PC.
Google has not however added an easy way to download individual tracks. With two options labelled “Download my Library” and “Download purchased music”. Once clicked Google asks you what folder you’d like to store your music in, and then is starts to download all of your songs. But you can download individual tracks or albums from the Google Music website if needed.
Source: Android Community
The guys over at Vodafone just dropped us an email to let us know that the BlackBerry Bold 9790 is now available on their network here in the UK, the device has been available SIM free from a number of retailer for a couple of weeks.
Vodafone are offering the BlackBerry Bold 9790 for free on their 24 month contract which starts at £31 per month, and the handset comes witj BlackBerry 7 OS.
Other specifications on the BlackBerry Bold 9790 include a 1GHz processor and a 2.44 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 360 x 480 pixels, plus a QWERTY keyboard.
The BlackBerry Bold 9790 also comes with 8GB of built in storage, a microSD card slot which can take up to 32GB cards, plus a rear facing five megapixel camera for shooting photos and video, and NFC.
You can find out more information on the BlackBerry Bold 9790 over at Vodafone.
YouTube has today rolled out new updates to a number of its services including a refresh to its browse page, to help users easily find more Channels on YouTube. Together with top lists like Most Viewed Today, you can now discover and subscribe to more YouTube Channels on browse pages, which will then regularly update on your homepage.
The new browse features also now enables you to discover more content under categories including Entertainment, People & Blogs, Science & Technology and more. YouTubes Video editor has also received a visual refresh, as well as a new timeline, easier clip trimming and a moving playhead.
Many YouTube users provided feedback to Google regards the Video manager Update back in December, and now some of this feedback has been used to add search history, and improved display of scheduled uploads and claimed videos. Users also requested that likes and dislikes statistics were returned, which has now happened.
Western Digital has added another external hard drive to their range with the launch of the WD My Book Thunderbolt DUO, which is one of Western Digital’s first HDD to use Intel’s new Thunderbolt technology.
The WD My Book Thunderbolt DUO comes with two 3.5 inch hard drives in a RAID O stripped array, and it comes with transfer speeds of up to 2Gbps.
“Thunderbolt technology offers the speed needed for creative professionals and enthusiasts who produce, edit, or need quick access to large files, including HD video,” said Jody Bradshaw, general manager of WD’s consumer storage solutions. “During the demonstration, twin Thunderbolt ports show amazing flexibility while allowing daisy-chaining of up to six My Book Thunderbolt Duo systems or other high performance peripherals for an enhanced workflow process
The WD My Book Thunderbolt DUO will be available with either 4TB or 6TB of storage, there are no details as yet on how much it will retail for or when it will be available.