CHERRY Released the MX Board 6.0 Keyboard

CHERRY has just presented the new MX Board 6.0, a keyboard that is called the world’s most responsive performance keyboard for enthusiasts. The keyboard combines the latest RealKey-technology for analog signal processing with the proven and precise MX-switches for uncompromised performance.

The new flagship model from CHERRY doesn’t just perform great, it also looks great. The 454 x 147 x 24,8 mm housing that is made from sand-finished aluminium with a grease-repellent coating. The 2m long cable is braided and the USB connector is gold-plated.

The backlighting helps you to find the right buttons even in low-light environments and it also makes the keyboard look even better. The Windows key is configurable, the status keys are bi-coloured, and the function keys can be assigned with two different functions each. Users can also choose whether they want to attach the rubberized palm rest or not and the easy removal of it also helps when cleaning they keyboard.

The RealKey-technology achieves unmatched performance thanks to the analogue signal path where all buttons are connected directly to the controller. Where most keyboards will need around 20ms from keypress until the pressed action arrives at the system, the MX Board 6.0 needs less than 1ms. The RealKey-technology also allows for full N-key rollover and 100 percent reliable anti-ghosting – all keys can be read simultaneously.

Cherry used their own gold-crosspoint switches that have a lifespan of over 50 million operations, in this case they used their red switches.

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The new CHERRY MX Board 6.0 is available now for an MSRP of €189.

The Surfboard that Acts Like a Hoverboard

With it being 2015 and with that being the future according to Back to the Future, we’ve seen a number of devices that claim to be hoverboards or devices that act somewhat like them. While many of the so-called hover boards we have today barely get off the ground and move quite slowly, one board seemingly ticks all the boxes; except that it only runs over water.

Meet the Foilboard – a new board that is essentially a surf board with a hydrofoil motor attached to it. Once the surfer using the board gets up to speed, he or she can almost literally fly above the water. It’s amazing to watch – it’s like a motorised surfboard, a surfboard faster and more capable than any other.

Be sure to watch famous surfer Laird Hamilton give the board a try in the video below.

Source: Gizmodo

Intel Skylake Said to Have Support for Both DDR3 and DDR4

Some leaked pictures of Intel’s Skylake mini-ITX boards have indicated a significant feature. The board might have support for both DDR3 and DDR4 memory modules.

First spotted by Bits ‘n Chips, Intel’s board might be a good option for easing the transition between the cheaper DDR3 and the “soon-to-be-cheaper” DDR4 memory technologies. WCCF also explains that Intel might be planning to implement this by using Double IMC on the processors rather than offering SKUs with DDR3 and others with DDR4.

Intel predicts that DDR4 prices will remain high, so as demand for Skylake processors. Although the company encourages customers to switch to DDR4, the board would also provide an alternative for people who would rather stick with DDR3 and focus more on upgrading to the new micro-architecture.

DDR4 not only offers faster RAM memory with double the density, but it also achieves this at a lower power consumption rate. The modules have the ability to be clocked at 3200 MHz and require just 1.2V power to operate, having CAS latency varying from 9 to 24 and a density increase of 8GB at 16 banks.

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Make Your Own Hoverboard With 4 Leafblowers and a Skateboard

Remember that Hendo hoverboard we reported on previously? You know, the one that costs $10,000. Well as cool as it looked, not too many of us have that kind of money.

That was seemingly no problem for Ryan Craven from Texas, a man who decided construct his own with 4 leaf blowers and a skateboard. While it doesn’t exactly completely lift off the ground (it has two ‘skirts’ that inflate beneath it, like a hovercraft) it works in a pretty similar vain to that $10,000 Hendo board.

Take a look for yourself in the video bellow. Be sure to visit Ryan’s website as he has details on how you can build one of these for yourself.

Source: TechCrunch

First-Ever Full-Page Medical Marijuana Ad Published by The New York Times

The New York Times is said to have published a full-page ad regarding medical marijuana for Leafly, the first ever cannabis company that lets users browse, rate and review medical suppliers in your area. This comes just a month after the newspaper stated it would support the marijuana legalization cause.

In addition, the New York Times’ editorial board is said to have endorsed federal legalization of marijuana, pointing out that its moderate use has no proven evidence of being more harmful than tobacco or alcohol. Even so, the newspaper stated that people under the age of 21 should be restricted from consuming it.

New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, has signed the Compassionate Care Act a month ago, making medical marijuana legal starting from the 7th of July. The state appears to be the 24th in the hierarchy of states to legalize medical marijuana in the US, including Washington and Colorado.

Leafly’s ad, which features the slogan “Just Say Know”, is said to have taken 18 months to finish. This means that the company had started working on it before New York actually legalized medical marijuana, stating that patients and the general public “need a reliable, mainstream information portal about cannabis that is free of classic stoner stereotypes”.

“We want to help New York patients learn about cannabis and make responsible and informed consumer choices about the product best suited for their medical conditions,” Leafly wrote in a blog post

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Microsoft and Intel Release ‘Sharks Cove’, a Windows-based Microcomputer

Arduino and Raspberry Pi have apparently inspired everyone, including big name companies such as Microsoft. The corporate giant along with Intel and CircuitCo are said to have been working on their own little development board.

The outcome of their work is said to be a $300 / £176 board dubbed “Sharks Cove”, which is now available for pre-order. It is said to boast Intel’s Quad-Core Atom Z3735G clocked at 1.33 GHz and having a turbo speed of 1.83 GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage space and a MicroSD card slot.

The board is said to be dedicated towards development of software and drivers for mobile devices that run on the Windows operating system. Devices such as smartphones, tablets and similar SoC might now have a small microcomputer building their new apps.

“At $299, this is a board that we believe will find a home with Independent Hardware Vendors (IHVs) and hardware enthusiasts alike. That price not only covers the cost of the hardware but also includes a Windows 8.1 image and the utilities necessary to apply it to the Sharks Cove. When you additionally consider that the Windows Driver Kit 8.1 can pair with Visual Studio Express and are both free with a valid MSDN account, the initial outlay for Windows driver developers is a lot less cost prohibitive than it once was.”

With all the excitement, did Microsoft and Intel ever consider the price? Coming in at $300, it is significantly more expensive than Raspberry Pi’s $35 / £20 board or BeagleBone Black’s $55 / £32 board. Even Intel-based MinnowBoard, compatible with both Linux and Android, is available on the market for just $99 / £58.

“The primary target usage of the Sharks Cove board is for development of subsystems for Intel Atom based Tablets and Mobile devices, but this development board can be used for any Windows or Android based system which uses the Atom processor,” cited on the Sharks Cove website.

While Microsoft, Intel and CircuitCo await for that audience, Raspberry Pi and Arduino will still be the primary choice for developers. The microcomputer might be a nice addition for Windows Phone developers, however a $300 price tag does tend to change your mind sometimes.

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