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Google Earth gives you snow and rain

July 31st, 2010

Google Earth gives you snow and rain

Google has updated their renowned Google Earth with new 5.2, but commoners like us might not really appreciate this new update. This is because the update includes current weather condition imaging, such as rain and snow cover in the radar layer, with the cloud cover view on. Totally your weather report on your rig, minus the sexy weather lady (or weather man for some).

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AMD 'finally' ahead of Nvidia in quarterly sales, by a hair.

July 30th, 2010

AMD 'finally' ahead of Nvidia in quarterly sales, by a hair.

This came as a rather surprise. ATI was in an obvious lead for so long, considering their Radeon HD 5000 series totally ripped apart Nvidia’s graphic card line up. If you consider the HD 4000 series to be the starting point of the victory, then you’re very wrong indeed. This is because AMD’s successful Direct X 10 graphic card has only begun taking the lead in quarterly shipments.

According to Mercury Research, the analysis split the market share in an extremely tight condition of 51 and 49 percent in favour of ATI. This surely is some improvement if you compared to last year’s 41 percent quarter achievement. The tight split is actually due to the analysts taking count only discrete chips, which includes laptops. This means Intel’s integrated cheap and cheerful chips are left aside. Things will see even greater improve as AMD hope for, since Apple’s latest refresh of their iMac and Mac Pro lines siding ATI instead of the usual green monster. Wake up call for Mr. Jen-Hsun Huang?

SOURCE Cnet

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Goodbye Cyx, you will be missed

July 30th, 2010

Goodbye Cyx, you will be missed

Something aside from tech gadgets for awhile. Many might have known this news by now, but there’s no harm in sharing this grief. MouseSports Counter Strike star player Antonio ‘Cyx’ Daniloski passed away yesterday in a tragic car accident in Germany. MouseSports CS team was on the way to the Intel Extreme Master (IEM) Global Challenge in Shanghai when the tragic incident happened. Due to this incident, his team will be replaced in group B of the IEM Global Challenge Shanghai.

Original missing his flight, and was on the way home from Frankfurt airport, the car that Toni was on board had a tire failure which cost him his life. He was supposed to take a second flight scheduled the next morning, but somehow he was a step too fast this time. mouz will be replaced by I’m from Mongolia. Read more…

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Panasonic shows some love towards Lumix owners

July 30th, 2010

Panasonic shows some love towards Lumix owners

It’s not like everyone can fork out hard cold $1,400 just to get some home-made 3D videos. But if you’re a Lumix camera owner, this sure is a great time. The Micro Four Thirds lens is applying the exact same concept of Panasonic’s HDC-SDT750 3D camcorder, which uses an interchangeable 3D lens that affixes to the standard Lumix G-Series, giving you direct access to 3D photography! Gosh, what an exciting time this is! Compatible models will be announced soon, so get ready to get yourself a Lumix camera if you don’t have, as Panasonic stated that this prototype lens will be coming by the end of the year! 3D Christmas anyone?

[via Engadget]

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MouseGuards is here to protect your white mouse!

July 30th, 2010

MouseGuards is here to protect your white mouse!

I do understand that many would protect their new beloved toys from getting all dirty and scratched up. I also personally have some experience in getting my mouse scratched. The Razer DeathAdder is a great mouse, but I’ve seen many users scratched up their mouse. I’ve even seen once a DA got so badly scratched, I thought it was used by Wolverine! Alas, no matter how careful I am when handling my beloved mouse that I use nearly every day, I still landed a scratch on it, making a bad scar, albeit tiny, on the special Razer rubber coating. Therefore I can’t really say it’s too extreme when the gang from Moshi Monde actually announce the MouseGuards for the Apple Magic Mouse.

I’m not so sure whether the Apple Magic Mouse glossy white surface can be easily scratched, but it’s a good idea to put a ‘screen protector’ onto your sexy multitouch mouse. They’re a form-fitting thin film, that not only protects the surface of the mouse from every day wear and tear abuse, but they also have a special texture that somehow provide a better grip than the Magic Mouse itself, which I surely don’t feel surprise. But for a mere $15 is all it takes to protect my mighty white mouse, I’m all for it!

[MouseGuards via Oh!Gizmo]

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Ever wondered how 70 Billion Pixels look like?

July 30th, 2010

Ever wondered how 70 Billion Pixels look like?

Showing off your 18-Megapixel camera? Pfff! Make way please! Here’s a 70 Billion Pixel for you! Teaming up is Epson, Microsoft, and Sony, and their result is the stunning panoramic photo over 590,000 pixel wide and 121,000 pixel tall. Cannot comprehend how big or small is that? We’ll use typical printing standard of 300DPI. How big would that be if you actually print it? 156m wide by 31m high. Er… Longer than your bloody football field. Haha!

Using 2 units of Sony A900 bodies (duh!) with Minolta 400mm f4.5 APO G lenses with a 1.4x teleconverter mounted on a sturdy stand and custom-designed robotic head, a bunch of Hungarians manage to create the world’s highest-resolution 360 degree panoramic photo to date. The stunning photo was taken at the highest point in Budapest, Hungary.
The setup at the summit took 3 hours, but the photo processing took 2 full days to complete! Woot! The machine used to process the photo is a Dell T750 with 2 quad-core Xeon processors, 24GB of memory, and 6TB of HDD. And the result? A whooping 200GB of photo!

In all seriousness, Epson could not possibly have printed the whole humongous photo. I though they’ll do it for the lulz, but they didn’t. Too bad. It’ll be extremely epic if they do. However, they scaled it down to a 15m wide print from a downsized, 1.5-gigapixel copy, which is sitting snuggly at the Erzsébut lookout station in Budapest.

See the epic bajillion pixel image for yourself here!

Source: Photography blog

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Get yourself the Iron Man Repulse Blaster that bleeps!

July 29th, 2010

Fancy Iron Man yet your new hand-blaster from Toys’R’Us is letting you down? When it comes to cosplaying, some fans are downright serious about it, and sometimes go all-out in their costumes and gadgets. Whether it is crafting a life-size Buster sword or a Transformers costume that can actually transform, countless sweaty and smelly hours will be poured into these props. If that’s the sort of thing you enjoy, then you might want to check out this awesome repulse beam blaster. Sadly, the name’s the only cool thing, because you can’t really destroy your house wall with this. What a relief for mums.

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Panasonic OFFICIALLY launches their 3D consumer camcorder

July 29th, 2010

Panasonic OFFICIALLY launches their 3D consumer camcorder

Few days ago we talked about Panasonic getting ready to throw some 3D camcorders at consumers? Well now you can get one and make your very own 3D home video! Here’s a video of Panasonic’s latest 3D camcorder.

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Safari 5 just got an additional 0.0.1

July 29th, 2010

Safari 5 just got an additional 0.0.1

Apple’s seriously on a steam roll this week, and their Safari 5′s extension support just got a whole lot more useful this morning, as Apple’s just released Safari 5.0.1. This small update enables the extension support for end users. Besides the update, Apple has also opened its official Extension Gallery. Extensions can be installed from anywhere, but you might see the Gallery as the iPhone’s App Store, but for browser.

It seemed decently stocked at launch, with notable entries from Amazon, eBay, Bing, MLB.com, the New York Times, and Twitter. These extensions are actually built in HTML5, CSS and JavaScript, therefore we should be able to see the Extension Gallery growing massively over time. Perhaps it’s a new way for Apple to announce “We hit 1 million extension download! Yey!” in a cool press conference.

SOURCE Apple

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Synaptics shows off multitouch screens to woo manufacturers

July 29th, 2010

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit

It’s hard to come by proper multitouch screens these days, as not everyone’s making it like Apple does. But Synaptics surely can pull some nice stuns. Well what do you expect from a long-running manufacturer of touchpads? The company has announced a suite of touchscreens called the ClearPad 7200 series in sizes ranging up to 10.1-inches, each offering the 10-point multitouch capacitive.

All these glassy screens support Windows 7, besides other big boys like Android and Linux and whatnot. What this means is, this ClearPad is totally ready to pop up of nowhere and get into just about any tablets out there any time now. Synaptics has it ready for OEMs currently, so we can expect multitouch-capable devices hitting our head by the end of the year. No word on cost though, but if you were looking to buy a couple-hundred thousand of them Synaptics would surely be happy to make you a deal. Read more…

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