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NFC-enabled Angry Birds Magic gets demoed, special stage only for Nokia C7

May 31st, 2011



Roxio is working with Nokia yet again in terms of the Angry Birds game. The new Angry Birds Magic is a new instalment specifically for Nokia’s C7 smartphone, and comes with a unique NFC-enabled trick, which is demonstrated at the MeeGo Conference.

The tricks are simple. Tap two phones together, and five new levels are gained. Do it with another C7, and you’ll score another batch of never-before-seen trials and tribulations. Of course, I’d agree that looking for someone using a Google Nexus S is more likely than looking for someone with a Nokia C7, although it’s not entirely impossible. Google luck!

SOURCE via Netbook News

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The yoga poses

May 31st, 2011

The yoga poses

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Madfinger demonstrates Shadowgun and its awesome graphics on Tegra 2 device

May 31st, 2011

Madfinger demonstrates Shadowgun and its awesome graphics on Tegra 2 device

Gaming on the mobile tablet platform has gained momentum these two years. While we get plenty of childish games like Angry Birds with very simple 2D graphics, there are a few titles out there that are actually quite impressive with their 3D games. Don’t believe? Then check out the video above and below.

Madfinger has demonstrated their Shadowgun game using an Acer Iconia Tab A500 powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 and Android Honeycomb. Look at those graphics, that’s something very awesome and PC-like 3D graphic effects there!

Available on both the Tegra Zone app and Android Market, Shadowgun promises to bring console-quality graphics and performance to mobile platforms — presumably with the extra geometric detail and high-res textures we’ve seen in other Tegra 2-tailored games. Madfinger is also developing a version for devices powered by NVIDIA’s forthcoming quad-core processor, alluringly known as Project Kal-El. iOS version is also said to be on the way, so hold your horses, iFags!

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MSI to showcase GTX580 Lightning XE with Twin Frozr III at Computex

May 31st, 2011

MSI to showcase GTX580 Lightning XE with Twin Frozr III at Computex

MSI will have a wide variety of products at this year’s Computex show but as far as GPU are concerned MSI new N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition will certainly be the star of the show. MSI’s newest Lightning member will be the cream of the crop when it comes to graphics cards and will have some quite unique features including the triple temperature monitors, new fans with Smart Temp Sensor for the quite well known Twin Frozr III cooler and a decent factory overclock. MSI’s Twin Frozr II has been rather famous among enthusiasts, so how will the new generation Twin Frozr III perform?

MSI is keeping things quite simple when it comes to look of the card as this one will use the blue on black colour scheme with black PCB, black shroud and two blue fans. The precise clocks still haven’t been confirmed but it is rumoured to be clocked somewhere at around 832MHz for the GF110 GPU and 4200MHz for 3GB of GDDR5 memory paired up with a 384-bit memory. The extra, or to be precise the double amount of memory should help the card to give out much better perfromance numbers at high resolutions, multi-screen setups and tesselation usage.

MSI to showcase GTX580 Lightning XE with Twin Frozr III at Computex

There are also a few new features on this Twin Frozr III. The two fans will feature Dust Removal Tech making the fans spin in reverse for 30 seconds upon system startup in order to clear the dust buildup. The N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition will also be the first graphics card to have three temperature sensors for GPU, Memory and MOSFET, as well as an unique Smart Temperature Technology that will change the color of the fans from blue to white as the card goes over 45C. Sadly there’s no red LED for when the card goes above 80C.

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Up-close shots of the Asus ROG MARS II (dual-GF110)

May 31st, 2011

Up-close shots of the Asus ROG MARS II (dual-GF110)

Asus has gone mad yet again. Proof? Well, the monstrous graphic card above is already a solid evidence of their devilish guilt. Nvidia didn’t do justice when they announced their GeForce GTX 590, which is supposed to be a dual-GF110 solution. The performance isn’t anywhere near 2x of the GTX 580, and well the power consumption also. It also didn’t manage to beat rival AMD’s Radeon HD6990, which is also a dual-GPU solution graphic card.

Up-close shots of the Asus ROG MARS II (dual-GF110)

Now, Asus is going to back Nvidia up with this new custom dual-GF110 graphic card, which is considered the REAL dual-GF110. It’s made under the spirit of Asus ROG (Republic of Gamers) and is going to carry the legendary moniker of MARS, so the card is guaranteed to be epic.

Up-close shots of the Asus ROG MARS II (dual-GF110)

The card is about as long as a Radeon HD 5970, a couple of inches higher, and three slots thick. Yes, it’s going to eat up 3 PCI slots! . Its cooler sticks to the black+red color scheme in use with ASUS ROG products for a while now, and uses an intricate cutout design.

Up-close shots of the Asus ROG MARS II (dual-GF110)

The shroud suspends two 120 mm high-sweep fans that blow air on to two heatsinks with highly dense aluminum fin arrays to which heat is fed by copper heat pipes. The card draws power from three 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors. You hear that right, 2 x 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors!

Up-close shots of the Asus ROG MARS II (dual-GF110)

The card uses two NVIDIA GF110 GPUs with the same core configuration and clock profile as GeForce GTX 580, effectively making MARS II a dual-GTX 580, which also provides the overclocking headroom of a GTX 580, something impossible on a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590.

Will this card perform like an SLI GTX 580? Well, we’ll know soon enough.

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Towel art

May 31st, 2011

Towel art

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LG’s new All-in-one V300 does multitouch, 3D, and runs on Core i7

May 31st, 2011

LG’s new All-in-one V300 does multitouch, 3D, and runs on Core i7

Looks like the South Koreans are advancing very quick, leaving us behind. LG has just shown off one of their latest product at Computex 2011, and one of them is a super-high-end All-in-one desktop! When we say all in one, we mean all in one, and that means everything goes in.

LG is throwing not only an uber Intel Core i7 processor with AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics, but also 3D with polarized glasses. There’s also multitouch and wireless, everything’s in here.

The V300′s multitouch 23-inch Film-type Patterned Retarder (FPR)-enabled display offers up 3D with the aid of polarized glasses. Other specs are like 750GB hard drive, 8GB of RAM, and a Blu-ray player all packed inside the system’s slender 1.8-inch thick frame, which is a very decent desktop for those that are space conscious.

The AIW is set for a Korean launch in July, followed by trips to Europe, the Middle East, and other parts of Asia, but they didn’t mention how much it’ll cost.

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Asus Transformer Android 3.1 update now available through unofficial channels

May 31st, 2011

Asus Transformer Android 3.1 update now available through unofficial channels

Asus is said to be finalizing Android 3.1 for their Eee Pad Transformer that’s hard to get in retail, but there are some despo users that have found a so-called “leaked final build” of the Android 3.1 for the Transformer, and what’s more, it seemed to be working perfectly. To be fair, this isn’t a big surprise, as the Transformer is running stock Honeycomb, so there shouldn’t be much problem when running on Android 3.1.

Early reports suggest that performance and general responsiveness have been improved (with the exception of JavaScript performance, which has actually taken a bit of a hit), and the 3.1 upgrade also enables a new firmware update for the Transformer dock, which brings with it some bug fixes and a new power saving mode.

Now that’s some good news for early adopters.

SOURCE via Anandtech

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Indentation!

May 31st, 2011

Indentation!

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Asus announced new 11.6-inch UX21 laptop, aims directly at Apple’s MacBook Air

May 31st, 2011

Asus announced new 11.6-inch UX21 laptop, aims directly at Apple’s MacBook Air

The term “unibody” was coined by Apple ever since they reviewed their first MacBook Air from within an envelope. Samsung was the latest to mimic Apple by unveiling their 9-Series laptops, and now Asus is going to join the supermodel laptop crowd with their brand new UX-series ultraportable laptops.

The laptop has an 11.6-inch screen with 1366×768 resolutions, with the thickness of 17mm being the thickest part (laptop closed). Once opened, the sloping design makes the laptop body shrink from 7mm to a staggering 3mm. the touchpad is made of glass, and the keyboard keys are all metal. And hear this; the laptop only weights 1.1kg! Feeling the awesomeness already? There’s more.

Asus announced new 11.6-inch UX21 laptop, aims directly at Apple’s MacBook Air

The laptop might be small and light and slim, but it ain’t sloppy. The laptop is said to be powered by a Core i5 processor (1.7GHz Intel Core i5-2557M to be specific) for the standard trim, but also comes with an optional Core i7 (low voltage mobile version of course, though Asus didn’t mention which model specifically), making it more powerful than the MacBook Air and the 9-Series laptop.

Asus announced new 11.6-inch UX21 laptop, aims directly at Apple’s MacBook Air

There are some subtle differences with regards to their feature sets. One of the UX21′s two USB ports houses USB 3.0 technology (the Air 11-inch has two USB 2.0 ports). Instead of mini-DisplayPort, the UX21 has a mini-HDMI port. They both don’t have built-in SD card readers, which would have been impressive had Asus pulled one off. Storage comes in SSD varieties: 64GB or 128GB, and they’re connected using SATA 3. Asus also claims that with these drives, the UX21 can resume from sleep in two seconds. Of course, there’s a bad news, and that is the battery is concealed within, just like the MacBook Air.

And one more good news, is that one of the Asus representative mentioned that the laptop “should be” priced less than the 11-inch MacBook Air. Oh! My! God! I want one!

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