Sony files patent Move/DualShock Hybrid type Controller

A Sony patent application shows a  dual-shock controller with the Playstation move type hybrid controller.

Both parts of the controller which can be detected by the console when split- has accelerometer, magnetometer- and also support for vibration and audio playback through embedded speaker. According to the patent filing, Playstation Eye Camera will be required to use the new controller.

Its not clear however if its made for Playstation 3 or 4- or both? Honestly- I am not sure if this would be good for Sony’s Playstation or not, but it does seem interesting (for consoles) considering Wii’s nun-chucks type controllers worked in Nintendo’s favour.

Source: Patent Link | Gamespot Asia 

Gigabyte Aivia Krypton Dual-Chassis Gaming Mouse Review

It’s been a while since we had a new Gigabyte Aivia peripheral to play with, not since the Aivia K8100 Keyboard at the start of this year and just over a year since our last Aivia mouse, the M8600. Both of them may have earned our eTeknix awards, but a lot can change in a year, with new technologies, innovations and ever changing demands of the modern gamer / pc user.

There are plenty of superb gaming mice on the market today and it’s not easy to choose which will be the best for your money. This is especially true when your looking at products like the Krypton which has a price tag of around £60, making this a premium product but not so much that it couldn’t be considered good value dependant on its performance. There is plenty to choose from when it comes to gaming mice, especially around this mid to high price bracket, so hopefully today I can find out what the Krypton can do to tempt me into a purchase.

When it comes to peripherals a lot of people tend to edge towards their favourite brand and Gigabyte are no exception to this rule and already have a loyal following for their products, be that a graphics card, motherboard or a peripheral such as the one were looking at today. On paper this mouse certainly sounds like its going to be every Gigabyte and Aivia fans perfect gaming companion, but can it make a Gigabyte Aivia fan out of me? let’s take a quick look at the specification, then well move on and find out just how the Krypton performs.

Humble THQ Bundle collection crosses $ 2 Million within 24 hours

Within the 24 hours, Humble THQ Bundle collected $2,449,932 and still counting. THQ is giving away games with titles such as Saints Row, Darksiders, Metro 2033 and many titiles to raise money for charity with a minimum donation of $4.70 ($ 5.69 if you want Saints Row: The Third).

The top contribution is done by THQ’s President Jason Rubin with $ 1,050 however many have followed suit and paid the same amount.

The bundle however is Windows Only and provides Steam keys but hey- Charity!The donated money can be divided amongst 3 choices: the Charity with a choice of either Child’s Play Charity and/or  the American Red Cross,  with a choice of giving it to THQ or  Humble Bundle, Inc which will use the money to pay for developing and promoting such plans to raise money for Charity online.

For what its worth, its doing a great job and since there’s 12 days more to go, one couldn’t speculate the total amount of money being collected during that period for charity.

 

 

Microsoft will launch Surface Pro in January

Microsoft’s surface Pro  tablet will be available from January starting with the price tag of $899 which will include 64GB of storage, whereas the 128GB counterpart will cost you $999. Both versions have the same specs and come with a stylus. But without the touch/type cover.

Speaking of specifications and compared to the RT version, you’re getting a 1080p resolution as opposed to 1366x 768 in Surface RT, Core i5 with Intel HD 4000 Series Graphics with a mini DisplayPort with maximum resolution support of 2560 x 1440 with 4 gigs of ram- and a Windows 8 pro OS.

Although the specification looks very exciting compared to the Windows RT counterpart, the battery life maybe a concern as Engadget  pointed it out in their re-edited article that Surface Pro that since comes with the same 42 W-h batter as RT version, one may expect the battery life to be 4 1/2 hours.

 

 

 

 

Dell launches Ubuntu powered XPS 13 Ultrabook

Primarily aimed at developers by Dell, the ultrabook comes with “the essentials they want”. The ultrabook uses Ubuntu 12.04 OS. This is available from Dell for $ 1,449 including pro support with an option to bump up to 2 or 3 years.

XPS 13 features a 13.3 inch panel with 1366 x 768, powered with i7 3517U and 8 gigs of memory and a 256gig SSD. The casing is made of carbon fiber and aluminum. and offers gorilla glass. The thicknes of the laptop is 6mm on its thinnest edge and 8 on its thickest.

Dell is offering this after “community input” but its an option for those who do not want Windows 8. A choice is always good.

Source: Dell | Slashgear

Touch Screens for AIO and Notebooks to get more than 50% growth in 2013

TPK- one of the touch panel solution providers– expects to account for more than half of its overall revenues in 2013. It also planned to increase its stake in MasTouch Optoelectronics by 90% by the end of 2012 and also have a 100% stake eventually.

The reason its increasing its take on that company because MaTouch focused on All-in-One PCs with 15- 23 inch touch panels and this business will boom in 2013.

According to Digitimes, with Microsoft Windows 8’s presence, the shipment of Touch panel AIO units will increase upto 15.8 Million units in 2013. Expectations are also high on touch capable notebook as its expected to achieve 20% by 2013.

Cando, another subsidiary of TPK specializing in the manufacture of one-glass-solution touch panels, is confident they will earning profits.

Source: Digitimes

Microsoft security essentials fails to get AV- Test certifications.

A German based Independent IT Security Institute AV Test gives a thumbs down to Microsoft Security Essentials as it fails to secure the required points needed to get their certification.

To those who don’t know, AV-Test continually tests popular security suites against real world threats and provides results in their site every 2 months. They give a certification based on scores they achieve in 3 categories: Protection, Repair and Usability.

Each category have points from 0 to 6 that a product can achieve- and it needs a total of 11 out 18 to get their certification. Their testing methodology with regular reports is what made AV-Test a reliable source for end users to know what is good. Most of the tests are done with Windows 7 and XP.

Security Essentials taken a bad hit when in Protection category- something that a lot of people who are using this service will be concerned about.

The September- October report that came out shows that Microsoft security essentials 4.0 and 4.1 secured 1.5 out 6.0 in protection, 3.5 out 6.0 in repair and 4.0 out of 6.0 in usability.

Essentials failed in Protection category because it was ineffective against zero- day threats with a protection rate of 69 in September and 64 in October. This is not a good sign for Microsoft.

There’s also a disappointment in Repair category as the scores for malicious components removal and remediation of critical system modification is not to a level where an end user who may or may not be a power user or be just someone using the system for work and school.

Bitdefender Internet Security 2013 gets the highest score with a total of 17 out of 18 points. However many of security suites were able to achieve 100% in both September and October reports. Back to the drawing board for Microsoft Security Essentials.

Although the test is done with windows 7, Windoes 8 users need to be more concerned since Defender is enabled automatically if you do not use your preferred security guite. In all seriousness, Microsoft should work on solving this serious problem. Its also a wake up call for some users since they do tend to trust a service based on a brand’s name rather than actual service- protecting your system in this case. Always check out for reviews.

Source: PC Mag | AV Test

Win one of three Arctic Accelero Twin Turbo II VGA Coolers

While we’ll normally only run a few competitions at once, we want to get all Christmassy (real word?) and to us, that means it’s time to give more free stuff away, and so we find ourselves teaming up with another sponsor to give away some cool swag, and this time we find ourselves working with Arctic on this fantastic competition. This is your chance to win one of three Arctic Accelero Twin Turbo II VGA coolers with its new compatibility meaning that it should appeal to almost anyone with support for both AMD and Nvidia based graphics cards.

The Accelero Twin Turbo II features a dual 92mm PWM fan design designed to offer ultimate cooling on mid to high-end graphics cards whether you are running at stock or overclocked and offers excellent cooling performance and silent operation.

More information on this amazing price including its key features and specifications can be found here.

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Winners: David Hose, Mark Cage, Michael Lovejoy

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Confirmed: Scythe U.S. is not shutting down, will return by next year

The message that was put up in Scythe U.S. has brought a misunderstanding. Initially the message put on their website made it clear that Scythe U.S. operations was shutting down- but after speaking for Scythe Taiwan, the company is currently being restructured, which resulted in closing down in Scythe U.S.

After sending a mail to Hank Peng in Scythe Taiwan office, he confirmed that the Japanese operations will still continue and that Scythe U.S. office will return by mid 2013. As of now activities done by Scythe U.S. will be carried out by Scythe, Taiwan.

The misunderstanding was created by the message that was put in Scythe U.S. website- and the message which is still there. But it looks like Scythe is still live and kicking.

Also, apologies from my end for making a blooper yesterday saying that it was Scythe that was shutting down and not Scythe U.S.

AMD Radeon 8000 Series expected between Q1- Q2 2013

The next generation AMD Radeon 8000 Series is planned to be released in 2013- between 1st 2 quarters of 2013. 8000 Series will be based on 28nm “Southern Islands” architecture.

There haven’t been much informational available about Southern Islands or the card’s specification- except that it will use 28nm manufacturing process and according to Feb’s roadmap is planning to bring more HSA and graphics enhancements with more computing power on the GPU die.

The second gen Ultra Low Power APU “Temash” may also be showcased during CES 2013. Almost all the newer APUs and GPUs will use 28nm. Do note: there have been no benchmarks, graphs, comparison “leaks” till now. It shows that AMD has taken every effort to keep this sealed shut till CES 2013. Hopefully, this will pay off well for the end users and for AMD.

As of now, all eyes are on CES 2013 and its upto AMD to showoff their new APUs and GPU units.

Source: Fudzilla

Enermax Hoplite ST Mid-Tower PC Chassis Review

Today were taking a look at the Hoplite ST chassis from Enermax. We managed to get hold of the white edition of the chassis for the review and priced at around £70 it’s set nicely between the mid budget and premium build chassis in terms of cost. So I’m expecting a decent level of build quality, features and performance from this chassis as £70 is still a lot of money.

There are no shortage of choices when it comes to a computer chassis around this price range, with every chassis manufacturer offering something within this price range. Competition can be fierce and when buying a chassis in this price range you would expect support for modern hardware, good style and hopefully value for money too, so it will be interesting to see if Enermax can hold it’s own in all these areas.

Enermax them selves have over 20 years experience in this market, making everything from power supplies to PC chassis, so they certainly know what they’re doing by now. While they may not be the first brand to pop into your head when considering a chassis purchase, at least not here in the UK. They do have a strong fan base and a very successful selection of products, ranging from the Fulmo GT jumbo tower down to the modest Ostrog Mid-Tower that we looked at a few weeks ago.

So lets get started and take a closer look at just what the Hoplite ST has to offer.

Scythe USA shuts down due to financial crisis, says Goodbye

Edit: Scythe U.S. is being restructed resulting in shut down of their office over there, but its taken over by Scythe Taiwan. For more information, refer to the news link.

Its always sad to see a company that is well-known within its Niche/expertise to shut down. Such is the case of a very well known company that specializes in cooling and heatsink busines for a very long time.

Scythe USA has shut down and signs off with a goodbye as a company as a message in their website.

To Customers and Users,

Scythe USA Inc. has been a supplier of Scythe products for the past several years. In November 2012, Scythe USA had to make a difficult decision to end its operations as a result of the closure of its parent company. We greatly appreciate your business and support over the years.

Sincerely,

Masahiro Sakai
CEO


Scythe Co., Ltd. is a company that initially started in Japan where it initially used to sell electric products for computer parts and accessories & Cellphones with video camera and small displays- before they stepped into distribution and manufacturing of DIY PC parts and gaming devices in November, 2002- and were very well known for CPU coolers with names such as “Ninja”, “SHURIKEN”, “Samurai Master” and “Katana”. Sadly, reality is that it wasn’t able to keep up with the competition despite having a lot of praises for a lot of their coolers.

EDIT: “Scythe Japan will still maintain operations and will take care of whatever orders Scythe USA cannot fulfill by their closure date.”

Asus working on cheap(er) non-Nexus 7-Inch tablet??

Asus SA revealed the specs of their cheap tablet may cost $226- ME-172V – packed with android Jelly bean OS and a 7 Inch capacitive screen with 1024 x 600 resolution, VIA WM8950 processor, Mali 400 graphics with 1 gig ram.

More about the specs, it has 8GB of storage with MicroSD for storage expansion and 4270 mAH Battery. and 1 megapixel camera on the front.

Although the release date and picture of the tablet isn’t provided in the source, one will wonder if Asus would reveal such device during CES 2013. This isn’t the first time for Asus to make a low cost mobile device – and since Asus does make devices for Google, it shouldn’t be surprising that such a device could be what Asus would plan to release eventually. Afterall, having a cheap tablet provides a lot of choices for certain type of consumers and their requirements/budget.

It probably would have been a good idea if it came with an ARM A8 processor, or it could be more cheaper. Hopefully, there is a variant of such tablets that Asus is working on, so that consumers can pick one accordingly. Let’s not forget that Asus did flood the netbook market with a lot of Atom powered processors.

Source: iAfrica

TRIM in RAID-0 SSD Arrays works on Intel 6-Series motherboards

The biggest letdown about Intel’s TRIM support for RAID 0 in SSD arrays was that it only worked in Intel 7- Series motherboards. However 2 members in Anandtech forum Dufus and Fernando 1 were able to modify the RAID OROM so that at-least motherboards with Intel Z68 and P67 chipset- can support TRIM in RAID 0 SSD setups unofficiallyand it worked!!

They used ASUS P67 EVO motherboard using 11.6 OROM and Intel RST 11.2 driver. There was no modification done on the OS (Windows 7 SP1 64-Bit)- and it was tested with 2X 60GB Agility 3 and Vertex 4 RAID 0 by using 8X 1GiB of incompressible data for testing TRIM.

Anandtech’s Kristian Vatto also did the same with ASROCK Z68 Pro 3 and a 120GB Corsair Neutron and 120GB Neutron GTX, the reason being that his SSD drives were abused with a lot of Random Writes, making it as an ideal candidate for testing this modified OROM. According to him, he was able to achieve the same.

The possibility of having a TRIM support is only limited to Z68 and P67 platform alone, but its disappointing that since the test results with 2 different setups and 3 different SSD in RAID 0 was able to support TRIM, Intel didn’t provide the official support for it.

Why? Maybe they deemed its a waste of time? Or was it to provide a reason for end users to ditch 6- Series boards for 7- Series so that they can get this feature?

VLC uses Kickstart project to get funds for their second release app in Windows 8 devices

VLC team has opened a kickstarter project so that they can raise a funding of £40,000 hopefully within 29 days.

VLC’s existing version runs on Windows 8 but only with Intel-Based systems. The new release, provided they get the required funding, will integrate a much better interface, provide support even in ARM processor powered tablets.


The team intends to add support for DVDs and VCDs out of the box- as well as support for unencrypted Blu- Rays, also adding a full fledged equalizer, video filters and superior subtitle support. They plan to have a fully-complaint app so that they can place their player in windows store so that they can get people to download their app anc consistently work on updating the experience.

Once the money is raised, they plan on finishing the project within 3 months. However, since its requires manpower, it will allow them to hire professional designers to clean and beautiful interface. To pledge for this project, you can do so over here.

Xbox 360 gets significant boost in sales and Gold Subscriptions

Although XBOX 360 is officially now 7 years old, but the console is still generating money for Microsoft and game developers. Xbox’s director of programming, Larry Hryb- aka Major Nelson- announced not only it sold more than 750,000 consoles during the thanksgiving week in U.S., but also 50% increase in Xbox Live Gold subscription.

If you’re thinking that such numbers was possible because of Black Friday deals, 270,000 Xbox 360 units through in October. If the sales numbers for Xbox 360 are consistent for now- with an exception of obvious boost in sales during the holidays- one has to wonder if Microsoft would be keen on releasing Xbox 720 soon.

Xbox Live data shows that there was more than 14 million people logged in to use their service this past Sunday- not just playing the latest and best games- but also using entertainment applications. The numbers resulted 43% increase in entertainment consumption.

Source: Techspot | Major Nelson’s Blog

New Intel CPU Roadmap for Q1 2013 revealed

Intel will be releasing some of the newer CPU processor during the first quarter of 2013 under Pentium and Celeron lineups.

Most of the 32nm Sandybridge processors will be the one that will be phased out to make way for the 22nm Ivy-Bridge. The existing Sandybridge based 32nm Pentium G870, G645 and G45T & Celeron G555, G550 and G550T will be phased out by the end of this day- which will be replaced by 22nm Pentium G2130, G2020 AND G2020T & Celeron G1620, G1610 and G1610T processors.

As of now, 32nm Sandybridge processors accounts for 60% of shipments, 34% for Ivy-bridge, 4% for Atom and 2% for Sandy Bridge- E. With these changes planned for 2013, Ivy-Bridge is predicted to rise upto 75-78% increase in shipment.

Also, Intel plans to release 20nm 530 series MLC SSD during Q1 2013

Source: Digitimes

Sharp releases 4K 32-Inch IGZO PN-K321 LCD panel for $5,500

With a thickness of 35mm, Sharp releases PN-K321 -a  professional-grade 32-Inch panel with a 4K/ 3,840 x 2160 resolution. The panel comes with 137 PPI pixel density as pointed out by Slashgear.

The panel uses DisplayPort and HDMI as input. Sharp says that this is the thinnest 4K panel in the market because the panel uses Indium gallium zinc oxide (hencce IGZO) technology.
Sharp plans to use IGZO in number of their tablets and smartphones- most likely will feature them in CES 2013.


The panel is very expensive, but its just a matter of atleast couple of years for such panels will go mainstream and hence a significant price drop.

The panel is very expensive, but its just a matter of atleast couple of years for such panels will go mainstream and hence a significant price drop.

MSI releases a workstation notebook powered with Nvidia Quadro and Ivy Bridge

MSI isn’t strangers with High-end notebooks since they’ve had desktop replacement units specifically for gamers and for some production work. However, they plan to release a mobile workstation notebook and plan to start shipping from next month.

MSI’s GT60 will feature a backlit keyboard and aluminum casing. Although from the outside, its going to look like their usual gaming units, the inside however is powered with Nvidia Quadro K2000M 2GB GDDR5 which will help in the following:

Scalable Geometry Engine — Dramatically improves geometry performance across a broad range of CAD, DCC, and medical applications. This enables you to work interactively with models and scenes that are an order of magnitude more complex than ever before.

Fast 3D Texture Transfer — Allows fast transfer and manipulation of 3D textures, resulting in more interactive visualization of large volumetric datasets.
Hardware 3D Window Clipping — Enables hardware-accelerated clip regions for faster data transfer between a window and the frame buffer to improve overall graphics performance.

16K Texture and Render Processing — Provides the ability to texture from and render to 16K x 16K surfaces. Beneficial for applications that demand the highest resolution and quality image processing.

OpenGL Quad Buffered Stereo Support — Provides a smooth and immersive 3D Stereo experience for professional designing applications.


The workstation notebook will be available with several Quad Core Intel i7 IVB processor options and upto 32GB of memory support, 2x 64GB mSATA in RAID 0 and HDDs in RAID or 1 setup, a 1080p anti-glare display and keyboard designed by SteelSeries.

Source: Techspot

 

 

 

Microsoft preparing a low- cost/free OS “Windows Blue” with yearly updates

The company is planing to bring a new standard across Windows powered systems and phones to provide a low cost solution with yearly updates. This release is rumored to be planned to due in mid- 2013.

This will include UI changes and alternations to the Windows platform and pricing, giving it a code name “Blue”, although Microsoft will likely keep the name “Windows 8”.


Since Windows 8 just just release in October, Microsoft plans to provide a low cost- or even a free upgrade so that everyone installs it. However, chances are this may not happens since it will stop accepting apps that are built specifically for Windows 8, forcing the app creators to code for Windows Blue OS.

Once its updated, Microsoft will only release annual upgrades so that they can keep the OS more competitive compared to Apple and Google.

Source: The Verge

 

 

 

Win an ADATA DashDrive Elite HE720 Ultra-Slim External HDD

While we’ve been busy in the background, making things sparkle and shine for Christmas on eTeknix.com, we’ve not been ignoring our fans and have been working even closer with our sponsors to bring you some of the best prizes in the market, and this time sees us teaming up with storage and memory manufacturer; ADATA.

ADATA have provided us with a DashDrive Elite HD720 Ultra-Slim USB 3.0 external hard drive which boasts a super slim 8.9mm chassis made from stainless steel with a scratch resistant surface. This makes it the worlds slimmest external hard drive. It’s also USB 3.0 so offers lightning fast speed, as well as being 500GB in capacity while also including an easy “one touch backup” feature making it the perfect stocking filler for those on the go.

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More information on this amazing price including its key features and specifications can be found here.

To enter, you simply need to:

This competition is now closed!

Winner: Martin Porcas

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  • Delivery is not in the hands of eTeknix and can take some time to arrive
  • In the event that the prize is unavailable, eTeknix reserve the right to offer an alternative of equal or greater value
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Apple may partner up with TSMC for A-series production, bye-bye Samsung

Apple and Samsung have a glorious relationship – on one hand, they’re sleeping together over the production of Apple’s A-series of processors, used in virtually every iDevice out there – and on the other hand, they fight like a bitter couple in court over patents. But, this latest news could be surprising, for not just Apple and Samsung – but for many of the other big clients in the industry.

Apple is rumoured to begin sourcing their A-series of processors from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacture Company (TSMC) sometime next year, and this should cause TSMC’s other clients to worry – we’re talking about Broadcom, Alteria, NVIDIA and Qualcomm, here. All of which are huge clients of TMSC, and could see their chip production take a second seat to Apple’s.

At the moment, Samsung are the one and only source of production for Apple’s A-series of processors, and during their five-year relationship, things have gotten quite sour in the court room. Apple have slowly been positioning themselves for this move, with the latest A6 and A6X processors being custom-designed by Apple, verus the A4 and A5 processors being designed by Intrinsity.

Apple acquired Intrinsity in 2010, and while their early designs had some handy input from Samsung, they also had some potential IP from Samsung that Apple couldn’t pack up and move over to TMSC – this is most likely what forced them to make the A6 a custom-designed processor.

Moving onto demand from Apple – who seek over 200 million SoCs per year (by some estimates), TMSC clients should definitely feel worried. Big players like NVIDIA and Qualcomm could have their orders cut short, or have extended waiting time for chips as TSMC throws A6 processors into mass production for next-gen iPads and iPhones in 2013/2014.

Time will tell – but it looks like there’s set to be all sorts of hurt in the industry next year – and this could effect many more tech items, not just smartphones.

Source: Ars Technica

Sapphire Vapor-X CPU Cooler Review

Sapphire’s Vapor-X cooling solutions are world renowned in terms of their cooling performance and excellent acoustics. Until recently they have only been available for graphics cards. Today Sapphire have unveiled the Vapor-X CPU cooler, Sapphire’s first ever CPU cooler, and we have one here for review on release day.

This CPU cooler features Sapphire’s Vapor Chamber technology to improve cooling performance as well as a pair of 120mm blue LED fans and blue LED illumination on the top of the CPU cooler too. Sapphire have opted for the rugged gamer design with styled black plastic along the top, similar to the kind of style implemented by Cooler Master’s V6 GT and Thermaltake’s Frio OCK.

First impressions really are good. We can tell Sapphire know what they are doing when it comes to creating cooling products and they haven’t struggled at all in making the move from VGA cooling to CPU cooling. For those of you with a good memory you may remember the Sapphire Vapor-X CPU cooler from Computex 2012 in Taipei where Sapphire gave a preview of their upcoming product. Specifications can be found on the next page on the second image. Let’s begin shall we?

Antec ISK110 VESA M-ITX Chassis Review

Today I will be taking a look at the ISK110, a M-ITX chassis solution from Antec. The ISK110 has a few stand out features that I’m keen to take a look at today, first of all is it’s overall size, with it being barely larger than an M-ITX motherboard, it’s built in PSU and it’s VESA mounting capabilities.

Antec have been in the computer component industry since 1986, in that time they have established them selves as one of the leading brands and build a strong fan base in the computer community. They’ve already got a solid range of products from their ever popular CPU coolers, chassis and even cleaning products that have proven well with consumers, businesses and many of which have won award from us here at eTeknix. With nearly 30 years of product knowledge behind them, Antec should know a few things about making a good component, something we hope to see reflected in the ISK110.

“Going small shouldn’t mean sacrificing form or function. The ISK110 VESA is crafted for small, efficient builds without compromises. Just 78 mm wide and mounted on a stable clip-on base or included VESA mount, it fits two 2.5″ drive bays – perfect for internal SSDs. Perforated mesh construction and space for a low-profile CPU cooler provide an ample amount of quiet cooling capability. An incredibly small yet powerful 90 watt adapter completes the package, providing power with up to 92% efficiency. Ideal for corporate builds, kiosks and digital signage, the ISK110 VESA is a miniscule case solution with massive features.” – Antec.com

Let’s take a quick look at the specifiaction for the ISK110 and then well move on to see just what this little chassis have to offer.

Features:

  • VESA mount included
  • 2 x 2,5″ internal drive bays
  • ABS plastic / 0,8 mm SECC construction
  • Includes standard case lock slot for integrated anti-theft protection
  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • HDA/AC’97-compatible audio in/out
  • Motherboard compatibility: Mini-ITX only
  • No expansion slots

Includes 90 watt external adapter: 

  • Efficiency: up to 92%
  • DC-to-ATX PCB mounted directly inside case
  • Universal Input — works on any 100V – 240V electrical grid

Dimensions (chassis only):

  • 222 mm (H) x 78 mm (W) x 212 mm (D)
  • 8,7″ (H) x 3,1″ (W) x 8,4″ (D)

Dimensions (with VESA):

  • 226 mm (H) x 85 mm (W) x 212 mm (D)
  • 8,9″ (H) x 3,4″ (W) x 8,4″ (D)

Packaging Dimensions:

  • 260 mm (H) x 125 mm (W) x 340 mm (D)
  • 10,2″ (H) x 4,9″ (W) x 13,4″ (D)
  • Net Weight: 1,3 kg (2,9 lbs)
  • Gross Weight: 2,2 kg (4,9 lbs)

Bungie’s new game “Destiny” info gets leaked by IGN’s reader

Readers are good source of information and secret info too. This own turned out to be more one could hope for as a reader has provided IGN about “Destiny”- a new game from Bungie. He provided story details and concept art.

According to the document, “Our story begins seven hundred years from now in the Last City on Earth, in a Solar System littered with the ruins of man’s Golden Age. A massive, mysterious alien ship hangs overhead like a second Moon. No one knows where it came from or what it’s here for, but only that it’s our protector. Meanwhile, strange, alien monsters creep in from the edge of the universe, determined to take Earth and the Last City. We are young ‘knights’ tasked with defending the remains of humanity, discovering the source of these monsters and – eventually – overcoming it.” Elsewhere in the document, the massive alien ship is referred to as “the Traveler.”

According to the information, it looks like Destiny is for PS3 and XBOX 360- atleast according to one of the art concepts.


However, IGN’s readers have pointed out that some of the artwork are from a canceled title “Command & Conquer” game “Tiberium”. There is also a reference in one of the documents is that the game will be available in the the next successor console platform from Microsoft, indirectly referring to Xbox 720. Chances are that this will be include playstation 4 and eventually PC.

Source: IGN | TweakTown

MechWarrior Online ‘Camo Spec’ Patch Now Live: Customize Your Mech

Infinite Game Publishing and Piranha Games launched the long-awaited mega-update, “Camo Spec” today for the ultimate Mech simulator, MechWarrior Online. Included in Camo Spec is the ability to customize your Mech with various paint, patterns and cockpit items – allowing you to define your team  and set your style while you stomp to victory in the InnerSphere. Additionally, the patch grants players the heralded return of Bitching Betty, the official female cockpit voiceover from the original MechWarrior games. For Founders of MechWarrior Online an activation button has been added granting fans the option to choose when their premium time begins.

“Camo Spec brings to life a very important part of the BattleTech universe,” said Bryan Ekman. “With this new addition I’m excited to see a real evolution towards defining your own MechWarrior persona and bringing to life the richness of the past, present and future MechWarrior Online heroes.”

The first phase of the paint and pattern content allows fans to stand out with distinctive options available in the Mech Lab. Available now, the “Dazzle” pattern scheme can be applied to any Mech with more patterns in the pipeline, including the “Urban Block” and “Woodland” designs which will be live in the next few weeks. Additionally, the intimidating “Phraken” pattern is now available for the recently launched Cataphract Mech. With the different patterns and color schemes hitting the Mech Lab in coming weeks, the design possibilities for MechWarrior fans across the InnerSphere will be endless.

The Camo Spec content update also allows fans to decorate their home away from home with fun, custom items for their cockpit – including the beloved Hula Girl, colorful faction banners and other fun items. Each cockpit can host up to three pieces of décor (hanging, standing or mounted) which can be either earned or purchased, depending on the item. There’s no better way to make your Mech feel like home!

As part of the Camo Spec update, fans will be treated to a very familiar sound as the original voice “Bitching Betty” is back and awesome as ever in MechWarrior Online. Additionally, the new environment setting, Frozen City at Night, is now live: Tangle with your opponents as you dodge through the huge shadows, with very large shooting lanes as the fog has disappeared entirely. Frozen City at Night requires new strategies and tactics for your lances if you are going to maintain a stronghold in the area.

2013 International CES Shines Spotlight on Start-Ups

The Consumer Electronics Association today announced a new program with the Startup America Partnership, a national network of communities dedicated to advancing the success of American start-ups, for the 2013 International. The partnership will bring specific programming for entrepreneurs and start-ups at the 2013 International CES, world’s largest innovation event. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2013 CES is scheduled for January 8-11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Innovation defines the International CES and we are thrilled to partner with Startup America to bring programming that highlights the young start-ups and entrepreneurs who will shape the future of technology,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “We look forward to the exciting sessions on the Startup America Stage at the 2013 CES shining a light on the companies and innovations of tomorrow.”

The Startup America Stage will bring programming throughout the 2013 CES and will be featured within Eureka Park, an area of more than 140 start-ups, emerging companies and entrepreneurs. Returning for its second year, Eureka Park has increased by 40 percent over the 2012 CES and will feature the next generation of technology.

“Eureka Park will be home to some of the most cutting-edge startups from across the country this year at the 2013 CES,” said Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership. “We’re incredibly excited to bring together startups, investors, large companies and media to highlight the amazing innovations taking place at this world-class event.”

The 2013 CES will feature 3,000 global technology companies unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across 15 major product categories including the latest in audio, automotive electronics, connected home technologies, digital imaging/photography, electronic gaming, entertainment/content and more. For more information on the 2013 International CES, visit CESweb.org.

International CES takes place from January 8-11, 2013 and eTeknix will be there covering the show.