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Apple will announce their third generation iPad next Wednesday, the iPad 3, and the device is rumored to come with a high resolution retina display, although we are sure it wont look as cool as this concept iPad design from Aatma Studio.
The concept iPad which can be seen in the video below, features an edge to edge touchscreen display with no bezel, and when two iPads are joined together they form one large display.
It certainly looks very interesting from the video, although we suspect we may have to wait a few more years before we see an iPad with these functions.
Source Gadget Venue
A concept iOS projector and speaker dock has been created by designer Chen Nanyu, which would allow the full range of Apple’s iOS devices to project on to a screen or wall for viewing.
The iOS Projector speaker docks combines a micro projector and speakers to make the unique concept possible for both home entertainment and business presentations.
The iOS Projector is also small enough to be portable allowing you to easily transport it whenever needed.Making sure you never miss out on your favourite streaming media in super wide screen.
EA has this week announced and enabled a new feature on its Origin content delivery service, that now allows users to add games that they might have purchased on other libraries, Steam in particular.
You might have already noticed when logged into EA Origins that EA games you have already purchased in Steam and the like have automatically now appeared in your Origin account. If you haven’t don’t worry you can also add them manually if needed.
EA has be quick to point out that at notice was information on your computer accessed for the transfer, and all records have been obtained via EA’s game registration records. Most likely using your registered email address as the linking factor. EA explains:
”A few of you noticed some of your older EA games showing up in your Origin My Games library over the past few weeks and I wanted to clear up any confusion. We tested a feature that in some cases made your older games show up in your Origin My Games Library. At no time was any information on your computer accessed, all of this information was obtained directly from our game registration records. Hopefully we didn’t cause too much confusion for anyone. We’ll be sure to come back and share more information about this feature as soon as we can.
“Meanwhile, if you do want to activate and download older EA games to your library, we have a tool that allows you to do this. Just go to Activate and enter your registration code. Not all games are supported at this point, but we’re continually working to make older titles available. For more information on this service, as well as a list of games that are currently available for activation, see Code Redemption FAQ.”
We have featured a number of extreme protection cases from Grace Digital over the years here on Geeky Gadgets. Now Grace Digital have unveiled their latest creation in the form of the Eco Terra boombox.
The Eco Terra boombox has been design to protect your smartphone or media player, and provide it with a set of additional speakers. Transforming it into a portable boombox with your device secured safely in the centre.
The new Eco Terra boombox is part of Grace Digital’s expanding Eco Extreme Gear line, and provides a waterproof protection for your device whilst enjoying the beach or while out and about.
ADATA has this week unveiled three new additions to its range of solid state hard disk drives, in the form of the XPG SX900, Premier Pro SP900, and Premier SP800.
The XPG SX900 is art of ADATA’s high-end brand is aimed at enthusiasts and gamers looking for that little extra performance. Its read and write speeds are 550/530 MB per second, with maximum random 4k write speeds as high as 85,000 IOPS.
The new XPG SX900 will be available in capacities of 64, 128, 256, and 512GB, and ADATA says that their SX900 SSD is “poised to take its place as a market and performance leader”.
The other mid-range Premier Pro SP900 SSD boasts a competitive price and also impressive speed performance, with a 550/520 MB per second read/write, with maximum random 4k write speeds of 85,000 IOPS.
Microsoft has today announced the launch of a new all white Special Edition Xbox 360 4GB Kinect bundle, that has been created for families in particular.
The limited edition white Xbox 360 bundle includes a glossy white Xbox 360 4GB console, glossy white Kinect sensor, white Xbox 360 wireless controller and copies of Kinect Sports and Kinect Adventures. Watch the video after the jump to see the contents of the bundle.
The special edition glossy white Xbox 360 bundle will be available to purchase from today for $300 while stocks last. Additional separate white Xbox 360 controllers are also available to purchase for $50 each.
The white Xbox 360 bundle also comes with a three month subscription to Xbox LIVE Gold.
Source: Major Nelson
Google TV hasn’t exactly been as popular as Google had hoped, and now we finally get some information about how many Google TV devices have actually been sold.
According to a recent report by GigaOM, there are less than one million Google TV devices out there, the information was discovered in Google’s own data in the Android Market, and more than 50 percent of these are Logitech Revue boxes, which Logitech no longer sells.
If you compare this to Apple, who describe their Apple TV as a hobby, Apple recently announced that they sold 1.4 million Apple TV devices in the last quarter of 2012, and have sold a total of 4.2 million to date.
Roku another company who sells connected set top boxes recently announced that they had sold a total of 2.5 million Roku boxes by the end of 2011.
Google obviously has some serious work to do if they want their Google TV platform to become popular, whether it will or not remains to be seen.
If you’re a computer enthusiast and gamer who likes to build your own computers, you may be familiar with the name OCZ. The company made its name with computer memory early on and then later stopped making computer memory and moved into power supplies and SSD’s where it found its place. OCZ has announced a new power supply for computers that use high end hardware inside called the 1000W Fatal1ty PSU.
This power supply has a single +12 V rail and offers plenty of clean power for high-end systems. The power supply has modular cabling so you can use just what you need for better airflow and a cleaner install. The power supply uses 100% Japanese capacitors and has continuous output at 50°C ambient temperatures.
The cabling provides connectors for CPU, PCIe, SATA, and peripherals. The power supply also has a 140 mm double ball bearing fan with red LEDs for style and quiet operation. The power supply is 90% efficient at typical loads and it is 80 Plus Gold certified. Pricing and availability are unknown.
We have been hearing rumors that Apple would announce the date of their iPad 3 event for next Wednesday, the 7th of Marc, it is now official and Apple has sent out invites to the event.
As in previous years Apple’s iPad 3 launch event will take place in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 10AM PST, on Wednesday, March 7th.
The image above is the invite that was sent to the guys over at the Verge, and as you can see from the invite the iPad featured looks like it has a much higher resolution display than the existing iPad 2.
So it looks like we will only have to wait until next Wednesday to get our first look at the new iPad 3, and we suspect it will launch with the rumored 2048 x 1536 retina display we have been hearing so much about.
Source The Verge
NVIDIA has announced five new games with are headed to NVIDIA’s Tegra Zone, the new titles include Sonic 4: Episode II, Eden To Green THD, Dark Kingdom THD, Hamilton’s Great Adventure THD, and Golden Arrow THD.
These games didn’t come to Tegra 3 by accident. We’ve been working with these leading mobile game developers for over six years to hone and refine their wares. Tegra 3, with four performance processing cores, in addition to its fifth battery saver core, and a 12-core GeForce GPU, is putting console games on notice…
You can see one of the games, Golden Arrow THD in action in the video below, and head on over to the NVIDIA blog for videos of the other four games.
Source Android and Me
We recently heard that we may be getting closer to the launch of the new Apple TV 3, as stock of the existing Apple TV seems to be low at a number of retailers with some of them sold out.
Now according to a recent report from the guys at 9 to 5 Mac, the new Apple TV 3 will be announced alongside the iPad 3, which is expected to be unveiled early next month, and we have previously heard that Apple may hold a special event on the 7th of March.
The new Apple TV 3 is rumored to feature a faster processor than the existing model, and it is also rumored to be capable of playing Full HD video in 1080p, as opposed to 720p on the existing Apple TV.
As soon as we get some more details on when Apple intend to launch the new Apple TV 3 and also the new iPad 3 we will let you guys know.
Source 9 to 5 Mac
Xbox 360 owners might be pleased to know that on April 1st, HBO Go will be arriving on Microsoft’s gaming console. Bringing with it the premiere of the new season of Game of Thrones.
The arrival of the HBO Go on the Xbox 360 might well be thought of as an April fools joke, considering the day its launching. But con siding Engadget I’m sure its not.
After all HBO Go is already available on a number of other streaming devices including Roku, Android and iOS devices. Together with a number of Samsung Internet connected HDTVs. So if you are a HBO Go subscription and Xbox 360 owner, you can look forward to console streaming from April 1st. Enjoy!
Mercedes Benz has announced that they plan to integrate Apple’s Siri into their new Drive Kit Plus program in some of their upcoming vehicles, the system is being upgraded to support Apple’s iPhone 4S and also Siri.
The new system will allow users to navigate through their iTunes library in the A-Class with a controller in the armrest and also with voice spoken commands using Siri on the iPhone 4S.
You will also be able to locate services, contact people in your address book and send text messages as well as operate a number of other functions using voice control.
Mercedes have said that it will be available first in the new A-Class models and then it will also be available in future B-Class, C-Class and E-Class models later in the year.
Roccat has announced that it will be launching a new addition to its range of gaming peripherals on March 6th in the form of its new Roccat Savu Mid-Size Hybrid Gaming Mouse.
The Roccat Savu has been designed to “dominate its class of optical gaming mice” say Roccat. Who have equipped the Savu with a 4000 dpi optical sensor, together with Easy-Shift[+] technology for easy macro and button configuration on the fly.
Roccat also say that their Savu mouse is the world’s first mouse to feature a trophy and statistics program called the ROCCAT Achievements Display or RAD. Which has been created to reward gamers who accomplish achievements for mouse movement, button clicks, scroll steps to name a few. Roccat stress that the RAD will not have any effect on in game performance or control.
If you are looking forward to the release of the new I Am Alive game launching on March 7th. You will be interested in this new making of video which has been reeled by its developers. Which shows a little behind the gameplay and story line behind the I Am Alive.
I Am Alive is currently being developed by Ubisoft Shanghai and will be published by Ubisoft. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic world in the fictional American city of Haventon, one year after the Event. “I Am Alive focuses on facing the permanent insecurity of a now decaying and hazardous world, and humanity’s darkest inclinations.”
Within I Am Alive you control your character in a third person perspective during movement, and first-person when aiming and shooting weapons. The new I Am Alive game will be available to download on March 7th for $15, on both the Xbox Live Arcade Network an PlayStation Entertainment Network.
Source: Quick Jump
Sennheiser has this week unveiled two new headphone sets at the Mobile World Congress 2012 show, the Sennheiser MM 550 and MM 450-X. Both headphones are equipped with Sennheiser’s Apt-X file compression technology, which now compresses audio four times faster than on previous version of the headphones.
As well as the Apt-X both headphones are also equipped with NoiseGard 2.0 technology, which has been designed and added by Sennheiser to cancel up to 90% of surrounding background noise whilst in use.
The Sennheiser MM 550 headphones will also be equipped with SRS WOW HD technology boosting the bass and creating a surround sound effect. However this technology will make the MM 550 headset a little more pricey than the MM 450-x.
Both headphones will also feature a push-to-talk external microphones, and when paired with devices that do not support Apt-X technology, the audio will revert back to standard Bluetooth audio quality instead, say Sennheiser.
Both new set of headphones the Sennheiser MM 550 and MM 450-X will be arriving in stores sometime during next month. But unfortunately no information on pricing has been released as yet by Sennheiser, but as soon as it is we will keep you updated as always.
Google has today announced that it’s putting up a bounty of $1 Million for anyone who can hack its Chrome browser and pinpointing vulnerabilities within it.
The competition called Pwnium will take place at this years CanSecWest security conference on March 7th. With prices totalling a million dollars, with prizes for $60,000, $40,000 and $20,000, for finding vulnerabilities in Chrome.
Pwnium is being organised by Google and is a splinter contest from the well known Pwn2Own hacking contest. The competition will be run on a first come first serve basis and winners will also be given a tasty new Chromebook.
Google decided to launch its own contest this year due to the organisers of Pwn2Own, Tipping Point say that contestants do not need to reveal the techniques used to breach the browsers’ security. Google explains:
“We will issue multiple rewards per category, up to the $1 million limit, on a first-come-first served basis. There is no splitting of winnings or “winner takes all.” We require each set of exploit bugs to be reliable, fully functional end to end, disjoint, of critical impact, present in the latest versions and genuinely “0-day,” i.e. not known to us or previously shared with third parties. Contestant’s exploits must be submitted to and judged by Google before being submitted anywhere else.”
During previous Pwn2Own competitions Google’s Chrome browser has with stood the onslaught of hackers and come away without being hack for three years on the trot. Unlike other well known browser such as Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer that have all been hacked each year.
For more information on the competition and prizes jump over to the Google Pwnium Blog post.
Microsoft has shown off a new augmented reality mirror, which the company calls the Holoflector, and it is basically a large translucent mirror which has an LCD panel about three feet behind the mirror.
The Holoflector is capable of displaying computer graphics on people and around them in real time, have a look at the video of it in action below.
If you have been waiting for your device manufacturer to update their software to Android 4.0, you might be interested to learn that Android 5.0 Jelly Bean might be just around the corner.
In an interview with Computerworld Hiroshi Lockheimer, the vice president of engineering for mobile at Google, hinted that Google’s latest Android 5 Jelly Bean operating system would launch in the fall of 2012.
Lockheimer explained “In general, the Android release cadence is one major release a year with some maintenance releases that are substantial still.” Indicating that a new release maybe dropping within the fall as Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was launched November 2011.
Other rumours have also been recently pushed around of a Android 5 Jelly Bean launching in the second quarter of 2012, which would coincide nicely with Lockheimer’s statement.
Android 5.0 is thought to deliver more advanced features for tablet devices, delivering dual-OS features enabling users to instantly switch between Google’s and Microsoft’s mobile operating systems without the need for a reboot. As more information becomes available for Android 5 Jelly Bean we will keep you updated.
Canon has this week announced that their new Canon EOS-1DX will be arriving in stores at the end of April. Followed shortly after by the EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM which will be arriving in May 2012.
The new Canon EOS-1DX is currently Canon’s most advanced EOS camera and was first revealed back in October 2011, and has been created to replace the existing EOS-1D MK IV and EOS-1Ds MKIII.
The EOS-1DX is equipped with a 18.1MP full-frame CMOS sensor supported by a 61-point autofocus system and a 100,000 pixel RGB metering sensor. Which has been created to detect colours and faces to enhance the exposure calculations.
The EOS-1DX is the first in Canon’s range to feature dual “DIGIC 5+” processors, that allows the camera to have full-resolution continuous shooting of up to 12fps, or 14fps when used in JPEG mode. The Canon EOS-1DX is also capable of of recording movies and a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080p.
When the Canon EOS-1DX arrives in April it will be priced at $6,800 (body-only) or £5,299. Whilst Canon’s EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM will both be available in May for £8,999.00 and £11,299.00 respectively.
Source: Tech Radar