What do you think of the cloud right now? Sure, cloud computing has definitely made life a whole lot easier and more convenient for everyone involved, especially when you consider that Ultrabooks these days, armed with a decent Internet connection wherever you go, are more than capable of handling whatever simple word processing or spreadsheet documents that you throw at it via the likes of Google Docs. Having said that, LG Electronics and Ubitus Inc., a worldwide technology leader in cloud gaming solutions, made an announcement at the recently concluded E3 2013, that the GameNow cloud gaming service will soon arrive on the latest range of LG Smart TVs.
Yes sir, if you took a look at your 32” LCD TV that has been serving your family faithfully for the past half a decade and feel that you have maximized its potential, along comes this potentially enticing offer from South Korean consumer electronics giant LG, where those who decide to pick up a new LG Smart TV model in the US will be able to enjoy rich library of AAA and massively multiplayer online (MMO) titles right from the get go, now how about that? This definitely caters to the instant gratification crowd that we see are being the norm these days.
How does GameNow benefit you? For starters, it will transform a compatible LG Smart TV into a powerful game console, where consumers are now able to enjoy the video gaming experience that was previously unavailable on home TV units. Even better news would be doing away with the need to load discs, and neither do you have to put up with time-consuming downloads as well as long installation times, since you can now enjoy console-quality video games on demand. Among the blockbuster titles that will be made available include Street Fighter X Tekken and Batman: Arkham City, titles which normally require high-end hardware to play. Those who are interested will be able to pick up a free beta trial of the GameNow service for high-end LG Smart TVs over at LG Smart World, with the full GameNow service for the whole 2013 LG Smart TV range to roll out in the near future.
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The folks over at MuseMini who have come up with their fair share of wireless audio accessories in the past which target an active lifestyle, has come up with a spanking new collection of Near Field Communication (NFC) as well as Bluetooth powered accessories that were specially designed to be tough while they’re on-the-go as well as when involved in outdoor activities. I am referring to the so called trinity of a portable speaker, headphones, and NFC/Bluetooth adaptor.
Of course, leading the charge would be the $129.99 DBoom, which so happens to be a customizable and portable speaker that is capable of streaming superb sound and handsfree phone calls from any Bluetooth or NFC enabled device. What makes the DBoom special from the other devices in its class out there would be the added option to showcase your personality through the customization of your speaker, where this is made possible thanks to a perfectly form fitting skin which you can choose from a library that features most professional sports teams, colleges, entertainment and art brands. With literally thousands of designs to choose from to state your preference, you would be hard pressed to find another DBoom that looks exactly the same as yours. It delivers 6 watts of powerful stereo output from a pair of custom high fidelity audio drivers and passive sub-woofers, running on a re-chargeable, high capacity 2600mAH lithium-ion battery that delivers users up to a dozen hours of playtime on a single charge.
As for the MuseMini Bluetooth and tangle free UberBuds, this pair of eadbuds might not look like much, but when you take its $99.99 price tag into consideration, it delivers rich audio which is unique in such a compact and versatile package. It is perfect for music, phone calls, and games, as UberBuds will be able to stream Bluetooth wirelessly from any APTX/AAC compatible device from a range of up to 30 feet away. It will come with three sizes of ear cushions in order to maximize your comfort and support, while UberBuds offers a lifetime warranty against sweat, thanks to the use of cutting edge science that implements a patented nanotechnology through the treatment of a hydrophobic (waterproof) solution.
Last but not least, the $79.99 UberFly headphones can stream music from any NFC and Bluetooth enabled device from a range of up to 30 feet away, making it a snap to control your music while handling calls thanks to the integrated control panel and concealed microphone. Any takers?
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Not many of us carry a voice recorder around, simply because it might be too much trouble than it is worth. After all, don’t our respective smartphones these days come with their fair share of apps, where among them include a voice recorder? Zoom North America figured out that there is still a market for something like this, and has recently announced the release of the all-new H6 Handy Recorder. Needless to say, Zoom claims that the H6 is the most advanced portable recorder that has ever rolled off their assembly line, and we will take a closer look at what it offers right after the jump before agreeing.
The Zoom H6 is said to come with half a dozen tracks of simultaneous recording, where it will employ an innovative system of interchangeable input capsules which can be swapped out in the same manner as you do with that of the lenses of a camera. A quartet of capsules are available, and they are stereo X/Y and MS (Mid-Side). Fret not when it comes to additional expenses, as both of them have been included with the H6, while the Shotgun and dual XLR/TRS combo capsules are meant for those who have a little spare change on the side and love a life full of options.
Apart from that, the Zoom H6 can also be attached to a camera strap or mounted directly to a DSLR or camcorder, where its large full-color display would make it a snap to view recording and playback levels, never mind if you so happen to be shooting in a low-light environment. It will leave you with a myriad of recording options, where you can do so directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards (up to 128GB tops), in a range of MP3 and BWF-compliant WAV file formats, where among them include 24-bit / 96k for the ultimate in high-definition audio. No idea on pricing, but the Zoom H6 will be available in stores from next month onwards.
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Zoom H6 handy recorder
I’m not the most athletic person in the world, but I do realize that the time has come for me to step up the pace, or I’m going to pay the price someday. Everyone knows that exercise, quality sleep and a good diet are some of the keystones of a long and healthy life, but not everyone has the tools, or motivation they need in order to be successful.
Check out the brand new Fitbit Flex, a slim, and stylish activity and sleep tracking monitor that’s with you all the time. The water resistant Fitbit Flex helps make fitness part of your everyday lifestyle. The new Fitbit Flex tracks steps taken, distance travelled, and calories burned, encouraging you to walk more and do more via bright LED indicator lights located on the wristband that give you immediate feedback on your progress. It can also track how long and how well you sleep, allowing you to learn how to sleep better, and it can help you keep track of the food you eat, leading to mindful munching.
The Fitbit Flex can be worn almost all the time, including in the shower, so it becomes a lifestyle, not a chore. With its Bluetooth capabilities, it connects wirelessly to both Apple and Android devices, updating your stats and notifying you of your goals and achievements. The Fitbit Flex also monitors your sleep times and hours, as well as being able to wake you gently each morning with a silent vibration of your wrist, so much better than that beeping box on your nightstand.
So, set some goals for yourself, monitor what you eat, sleep well, and keep track of it all with the Fitbit Flex, simply choose the color that fits your mood; Black, Slate, Teal, Tangerine, get your Fitbit app and get ready to get Fit, and share your progress with your friends. All for under 100 bucks at fitbit.com. Please be sure to visit the website to make sure Fitbit is compatible with your device.
It looks like the world of next generation gaming is about to take off pretty soon – at the end of this year actually, where the two behemoths of Sony and Microsoft have showed their respective hands at the recently concluded E3 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Microsoft has their Xbox One, while Sony’s latest release is a logical progression from where the PS3 left off, where the upcoming console would obviously continue with the PlayStation line, and they have dubbed it the PS4. The Sony PS4 would also be known as the CUH-1000A series, where it will initially arrive in a jet black color, and will be out later this holiday season. Folks living in the USA will be able to get one for $399, while those in Canada, Europe and the UK will have to pay the equivalent numerical figure, except in their local currencies.
The new PS4 boasts of a totally new look, where its internal design architecture has been trimmed down drastically, ranging from the optical drive to the power supply unit as well as cooling mechanism, in an effort to ensure that the body remains as slim and light as possible, all the while helping to enhance the flexibility of the design in a dramatic fashion.
With its simple and yet modern design that has been accentuated by its linear flat form factors, the PS4′s body willbe subdivided into four different sections, as though there were four blocks which have been stacked together in order to make up a single figure, complete with a disc slot, buttons, power indicator and vent that has been placed within the slim interspace which was created between the sections. There will be the usual slew of PS4 peripherals to choose from as well, where they include the stand-alone Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4 (DUALSHOCK 4) and PlayStation Camera, and either one will arrive in jet black at $59 a pop. Any takers for the new Sony PS4?
Sony PS4 revealed at E3 2013
Do not shun boomboxes, o ye youth of the current generation! You do not know of the influencing power of such a device, back in the days when your parents were wee lads and discovering their identity in the world. Having said that, is there a place for the classic boombox in the 21st century? The correct answer would be “No”, but this does not mean that the idea on a boombox cannot be resurrected to take on the more modern devices out there. The $149.99 Floating Boombox is one such updated retro gig, where it will definitely add some volume in your next trip to a body of water, regardless of whether it is a natural lake, by the beach, or at the pool.
The Floating Boombox would play nice with devices such as the iPhone, iPod, Android gadgets or other compatible ones, even in the water. The Floating Boombox will be fully waterproof and submersible, and thanks to a waterproof compartment that houses your device, you need not feel as though you are drowning while on land, with the air choked out of you as you realize your newest purchase has been dunked underwater. No sir, no worries of that at all – unless the waterproof compartment has somehow been compromised by an unseen needle or your cat’s claws, of course. It is said that the Floating Boombox would be able to pump out tunes for up to 25 hours using battery power alone, or you can plug it directly into an AC outlet – not a good idea if you’re going to dunk it in the pool when doing so, of course.
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Just when you thought that the dust had settled at the recently concluded E3 2013 event at Los Angeles, California, along comes Mad Catz’ Android-powered M.O.J.O. micro console which is touted to deliver the mobile Android gaming experience to those of you who have also invested a huge chunk of your spare change to bring home a big-screen TV in order to make your living room keep up with the times. It is said that the M.O.J.O. micro console is capable of packing in the kind of 3D gaming performance that one would not expect in such a tiny box, where it will also establish a direct link to digital storefronts such as Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.
Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc., did share his thoughts on what M.O.J.O. might be able to deliver in the future, “M.O.J.O. is basically a supercharged smart phone with no screen that plugs into your flat screen TV to bring the living room experience to mobile gaming. M.O.J.O. is designed to interact seamlessly with our GameSmart controllers, mice, keyboards and headsets, in fact, the entire eco-system of gaming peripherals. We also want M.O.J.O. to be a truly open platform. People are already comfortable buying games from Google Play, Amazon, TegraZone or any other retailer of their choice. They play those games on their phones and tablets already, and with M.O.J.O., they will be able to play them in the living room at no additional cost. The same approach applies to movies, music and any other digital media. Our focus is on providing the best hardware configured for performance, not forcing people to buy content from us.”
Obviously, it remains to be seen whether the likes of Mad Catz’s efforts in the home console market will bear fruit eventually as the M.O.J.O. rolls out to the targeted markets, considering how the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One from Microsoft look set to take center stage among high powered consoles in the living room, with Nintendo’s Wii U apparently picking up the scraps from the main table once those two have duked it out with one another in a battle royale.
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Mad Catz M.O.J.O. Android gaming console
When it comes to gaming, there are different levels of dedication displayed by the gamers themselves, where some of them are pretty all right with run of the mill gaming machines, while others prefer to settle for a fully customized gaming machine. The most hardcore gamers of all, however, would prefer nothing better, than to build their gaming PC from ground up, using only the choicest parts without sparing a single expense. Well, Digital Storm has had their fair share of gaming computers in the past, and this time around, their latest model to hit the deck is known as the VIRTUE performance gaming PC.
The VIRTUE performance gaming PC is the epitome of the system builder’s commitment to excellence, as well as to its customers. It comes in the form of a stunning mid-tower desktop that will boast of a brushed aluminium as well as steel exterior, where it carries benchmark crushing components, all crammed within a large, upgrade friendly interior regardless of its relatively compact footprint.
Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm’s Director of Product Development, said, “We noticed there are not many pc manufacturers designing mid-tower gaming systems with the same ardor and attention that ultra-tower PCs receive. As its name suggests, VIRTUE represents a higher standard of PC gaming, both in terms of aesthetics and performance.”
The VIRTUE’s rollout would arrive on the heels of a couple of major component launches, which so happens to be Intel’s latest fourth generation Haswell CPUs and NVIDIA’s GTX 700 series graphics cards, which further disproves the notion that all which is required for a decent gaming performance PC would be a big desktop tower. VIRTUE is able to support the entire range of high end hardware thanks to its impressive liquid cooling system, boasting up to five fans alongside a massive 240mm radiator. In fact, it is capable of handling the Level 4 VIRTUE’s overclocked Intel Core i7 4770K CPU and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN 6GB graphics card without breaking a sweat, all the while having room for a whole lot more upgrades – such as room for dual video cards, a couple of hard drives and a quartet of SSDs.
We are a sleep deprived society – most of us are dead tired by the time we arrive back home from work, and we want to do nothing better than to put our feet up, and start to unwind. Music would definitely help the situation, and the folks over at Firebox think that they have a unique and innovative solution in the form of the £34.99 SleepPhones. Dreams would never be the same again, as you get to enjoy the relaxing tunes of your choice without missing a beat.
The SleepPhones would come in extra small, small, medium, large and extra large sizes to fit just about any head, including Pinky and the Brain. Made out of soft and comfortable fleece, it comes with quality integrated headphones to deliver sweet audio to your ears, while doubling up as a handy sweatband. Not only that, it will also help do its bit to drown out snoring and other annoying noise so that you can clock up the mandatory 8 hours of sleep, waking up refreshed like never before the next morning.
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If you are an avid gamer, then you would surely have a decent desktop gaming PC configuration set up right at home, complete with its fair share of futuristic looking gaming keyboard and mouse, accompanied by the state of the art gaming speakers to that you can hear the exact spot where your opponent is in a map, before gunning him or her down with that flick of a wrist and press of the mouse button. Of course, not everyone has the kind of time to just sit at home all day long to indulge in playing computer games – some of us have to go through this thing called “work” so that we can make ends meet at the end of the month. Well, how about bringing gaming on the go with you then? This is where MSI comes in, having unveiled their next generation G Series gaming laptops.
One of these gems from the new G Series gaming laptops include the GT70 Extreme Edition that will come with an Intel 4930MX chipset, in addition to showcasing NVIDIA’s latest GeForce GTX 700M Series graphics, Killer Doubleshot and Intel’s 4th Generation Core i7 processors. All of those ought to pack enough graphical and processing firepower even though you are away from home, to handle the latest games, right? Sure, you might not be able to crank things up like your desktop, but the experience comes pretty close in comparison, I am sure.
Not only that, the new G Series gaming laptops will be able to play 4K video at a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which happens to be quadruple the amount of time of traditional 1080p high-definition video. The next generation GT and GE models will also come with expanded storage, improved cooling and display outputs. The inclusion of Super RAID 2 has increased the amount of SSD storage from the last generation Super RAID with 3 SSD’s in RAID instead of 2, while Cooler Boost 2 delivers an efficient single fan cooling solution that is capable of lowering the average temperature by a whopping 8⁰ C . Last but not least, the new Matrix Display feature would enable you to have a far more productive day at the office, as you can hook up to 3 external displays so that you end up with a total of up to 4 independent displays, the native notebook display included. Sure, it works great when you are gaming, too.
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