Archivi giornalieri: 02/03/2012
Genius has been launching a lot of new gaming accessories and peripherals lately falling into the GX gaming family. The latest product to come along in the GX series is a new keyboard called the Imperator Pro that is specifically aimed at the MMO or RTS gamer. The keyboard has backlighting and you can choose your own color from 16 million RGB varieties.
The keyboard has a pair of full speed USB ports on it designed for connecting accessories and peripherals such as mice and other gear. The backlighting can be turned off or dimmed between three settings from 33% to 100%. The keyboard also has six programmable macro keys on the side.
Those macro keys have three different modes allowing 18 macros to be bound. Those macros are saved to memory inside the keyboard so you don’t need software installed on the computer you’re using it on. It’s not clear what the selling price of keyboard will be just yet, presumably it won’t be that expensive.
MoboTap the developers of the popular alliterative mobile browser Dolphin, have rolled out a new update to their Dolphin Browser on Android, which brings with it a number of great new features as well as voice-control.
The new voice control features called Dolphin Sonar enables users to use their voice to carry out searches, share, bookmark, navigate and more.
The Dolphin Sonar speech recognition feature is available for free in the Android Market via the new 7.4 update. Which also brings with it an improvement in browser speeds, as well as additional add-ons for the browser. Yongzhi Yang, CEO of, MoboTap explains:
“Our gesture-based browsing function was a game-changer in terms of the way people browse on their mobile devices, and Sonar is the logical next step,” – “Just as sonar is used by dolphins to navigate, Dolphin Sonar interprets sound to get you where you want to be online.”
Dolphin Sonar for iOS devices will be arriving sometime in the summer of 2012.
Canon announces EOS 5D Mark III: 22.3 MP full-frame sensor, 6 fps, 102,400 max ISO, 1080/30p HD, yours for $3,500 (video)
Suffice it to say, March 2012 is a notable month for Canon. Not only does it mark the 25th anniversary of the first EOS SLR, but it’s also ushering in Canon’s latest addition to its full-frame DSLR lineup. That gorgeous beast your eyes are feasting upon is the company’s new EOS 5D Mark III. That’s right folks, this isn’t a replacement for the Mark II, but rather an updated variant meant to sit between the workhorse of four years and the company’s soon to arrive EOS-1D X. At a glance, the shooter is nearly indistinguishable from its older sibling, although a closer inspection reveals a new name badge, improved weather- and dust-resistance and some slight tweaks to its top-mounted info display and buttons on the back.
Don’t be fooled, however, as there are obviously major changes here worthy of the new moniker. Key specs include a larger 1,040,000-dot 3.2-inch rear LCD, Digic 5+ processor, 22.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, 61-Point High Density Reticular autofocus with 41 cross-types (all of which are borrowed from the 1D X), dual memory card slots (SD and CompactFlash) an extended ISO range of 50 to 102,400 (100 to 25,600, natively), OVF with 100 percent coverage (versus 98 previously), and a maximum 6 FPS burst speed. Naturally, the 5D Mark III is no slouch in the video department: it can capture h.264 footage at HD resolutions up to 1080 at 24/25/30p or 720 at 50/60p, with an effective ISO range of 100-128,000 — and of course there’s a stereo mic input for the microphone of your choice. Better yet, not only does it allow for real-time control of your audio levels during filming, but also monitoring, being the first EOS-series DSLR to come equipped with a headphone jack (!) — something that’s been sorely missing in the world of ILC cameras. We’ve only skimmed the surface, however, so join us past the break for further details and a quick video overview.
It’s TI’s time to brag. We first met OMAP5 when the company’s VP of the OMAP division, Remi El-Ouazzane, unveiled the developer’s reference platform on our stage at CES. While there, he boasted OMAP5 as “the greatest platform on Earth right now,” but we were given only a few insights into the platform’s capabilities. Now, TI is back with a new wave of demos that better show the prowess of OMAP5 — a system-on-chip design that houses a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU clocked at just 800MHz, two Cortex-M4 cores for low-power processes, along with a PowerVR SGX 544 GPU that handles 3D compositions, and a number of accelerators such as TI’s IVA-HD, which supports both video encoding and decoding and plays 1080p video at a whopping 60fps. We were shown a demo of all these capabilities humming in unison on a 1080p display, along with a complex HTML5 mashup that adds credence to the company’s latest benchmark report. Photography geeks should know the system supports up to 14 megapixel cameras, and is able to process ten shots per second at that setting. We’re told to expect devices based on the OMAP5 platform by the end of the year, and if you’re anything like us, it’s going to be one hell of a wait. Hop the break for the demo.
Texas Instruments dual WiFi module lets your tablet connect to your TV and the web simultaneously (hands-on)
Texas Instruments is helping to lead the way when it comes to mobile computing — when we want an early look at what’s to come months and even years down the road, TI is always one of our first stops. At this year’s Mobile World Congress, the semiconductor leader wasn’t shy about showing off its latest innovations, including those from its manufacturing and design partners. Today’s demo focused on wireless video streaming — a concept that engineers are approaching from every imaginable angle, and that is bound to make its way to consumers in a very big way within the next few years. TI’s flavor is based on WiFi, and offers a dual-connection solution, letting you pair a tablet with a TV using peer-to-peer while also creating a second link between the tablet and a wireless router for Internet.
We took the tech for a spin using one of TI’s development platform tablets and an external WiFi dongle (shipping versions will be integrated), and everything worked as described, though the video stream was noticeably choppy and compressed. TI reps explained that they dialed down the bitrate in order to maintain a connection at the MWC expo hall, which, as you might imagine, probably had a wireless signal density greater than any other room in the world. The tablet we saw was running a very slick context-aware UI that displays one of three home screens based on your current location — there’s one for work (that displays your calendar), one for home (media and home automation controls) and another for travel (restaurant reviews and weather). Pushing content from the tablet to the TV seemed to be seamless, and while both the UI and wireless functionality may appear to be ready to make their way into your home, TI isn’t making any announcements about availability. There’s no need to wait for a teaser, however, which you’ll find just past the break.
In the increasingly complex world of gaming mice, we’d be happy with one that doesn’t scrape the paint from the top of our desk. Still, if your ambitions are a little loftier, Roccat’s unveiled the Savu gaming mouse in anticipation for its big day out at CeBIT. Named after an Indonesian province, its the first mouse to include a trophy system (nope, us neither) that rewards “gaming feats” when you reach the milestone of having clicked your right button a thousand times in an hour, or something. The 4,000 DPI optical sensor device has the company’s usual clutch of features including Easy-Shift+ and customizable colors and it’ll be available in May where you can customize it to your whimsy for an as-yet unspecified price.