Archive for March, 2011
The Japan earthquake disaster is massive, but not whole of Japan’s citizens are affected. Still, surviving victims from the affected region are going to face a tough time over the coming months, if not years. Many of those who are more fortunate have been actively contributing in one way or another, regardless of distance, to help put Japan on its road to recovery, and to help out their own people in such critical times when some even lost their family members.
And our person of the article is one such generous person non-other than Softbank founder and CEO Masayoshi Son, who’s recently visited Tamura, one of the cities most affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster. During that trip, Son announced that Softbank will cover a year’s worth of living costs (commute and food) and provide job positions for the 1,200 people to be relocated to Takeo in Saga, the prefecture where Son originated.
Additionally, Son is using Softbank’s “Let’s Do It” campaign site — a tracker for his “Let’s Do It” tasks posted on Twitter, each accompanied by a completion status indicator — to crowdsource requests for supporting earthquake victims. So far, these requests are mainly about ways to increase efficiency for donation efforts (like publishing a live list of item shortages for each shelter, and setting up new mobile networks at the shelters). Last week, one of Son’s followers suggested that Softbank should provide orphaned children free phone credit for a limited time, so that they could contact their friends and other family members.
Son then retweeted this idea and announced that all earthquake orphans will receive free phones, along with call costs waived until they reach the age of 18. It’s worth pointing out that Son said he’s also happy to help pay phone bills for earthquake orphans who are already on other networks, including DoCoMo. Good on ya, sir! Respect to you sir! Another gadget-related initiative came in earlier today with Son promising free replacement for all lost or damaged iPhones due to the earthquake, with details to follow later.
Nvidia has just announced that their just-released dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590 graphic card, the company’s latest flagship product, has since sold out here in the States.
The GTX 590 is Nvidia’s answer to AMD’s monster dual-GPU Radeon HD 6990. Both are packed with DirectX 11 support and geared to gamers with big, big wallets. The AMD solution is priced at an impressive $700 whereas the Nvidia card is asking nearly $650.
Given the card’s high price point, Nvidia launched the GTX 590 in modest, limited numbers, of just a few thousand cards in Europe alone. Currently online e-tailers Best Buy, Newegg and TigerDirect seem to be out of stock in the States, but cards are still available to purchase overseas according to them.
Reason for the cards not flying off the shelves that quickly compared to US is speculated to be due to the sky high price, prompting reports of Nvidia dropping prices to get the cards moving off shelves. Price tags are now hovering around 603 to 610 euro although that seems way too steep, due to VAT taxes. It has been a tradition that retailers in Europe placing the price of electronic products nearly identical to the MSRP of the product price in US despite the difference in currency.
If you’re in the market for an uber rig, and have some greens loaded and ready to burn, now’s the time to get them while there’s still some left, though I won’t be surprised if retailers are starting to jack up the price due to supply shortage.
SOURCE via Softpedia
Previously sold in Europe for a hefty price of €1,499, residents in the States and Canada can now preorder this dual-screen book from Acer for a slightly lenient price of $1,199. Yes, we’re talking about Acer’s Iconia-6120, the ‘touchbook’ with two 14-inch Gorilla Glass touchpanels, a Core i5 CPU, 4GB of memory, integrated Intel HD graphics and a 64-bit copy of Windows 7 Home Premium. You’ll also get USB 3.0 support, a 640GB hard drive, a 1.3 megapixel camera, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, an HDMI output, gigabit Ethernet, a chassis that weighs in at 5.95 pounds. Quite a heavy book there, but you get touchscreen so no complaint from you good sir.
We’ve seen 55-inch tables with touchscreen capability that seems to try and revolutionize our touchscreen experience, but what if there’s a touchscreen display that’s 234-inch big? Yes, it might not be midget-friendly, but it’s still awesome. Microsoft Germany has partnered with Stereolize and shown to the public at the annual CeBIT Germany technology fair, a 234-inch touchscreen display panel.
It’s not really a mammoth iPad, but a very large touchscreen that recognizes flicking, panning, and taping. Dubbed as the “Microsoft Cinema”, this PowerPoint presentation display is claimed to be the largest touch display in the world, although all you can do with it is a presentation. Animation is smooth, which is obviously controlled by a very powerful computer, but the response is not actually instant, probably due to the size of the thing.
Check out this large-scale presentation by Microsoft in the video below. Iron Man technology coming very soon!
When it comes to NAS, we’ve seen aplenty, but they never look elegant, more like a very sleek toaster. Thus comes Silverstone, the specialist of aluminum PC chassis, quality PC fans, and solid power supply manufacturer, and not surprisingly their new NAS is fully aluminum, something that will outshine even the tiny Apple TV and Roku Media Player.