Images of Late Soviet Union Computer Mouse Surface, Would Have Cost $300 in 1990

It looks like someone has stumbled upon a rare late Soviet computer mouse. The device is said to have been produced in 1990, but was modelled in 1989, as the documents state. The design is very weird and it comes in red colour (as it would be expected from that era).

The price for this type of mouse is also staggering, coming in at 285 roubles, which was equally translated in US dollars. This would have meant that the mouse in question would have cost around $300 back in the ’90s.

The box states that “It is the most comfortable graphic input device. You can move a cursor or piece of graphics across the screen, paint or use in business”. It even comes with its own serial number written in pen and was under a warranty.

Another odd thing about the mouse is that it comes with its blueprints in the box. But given its price tag, it would be nice to have in case something broke and a piece was required to fix it.

Lastly, the size of the mouse looks pretty realistic compared to a modern mouse, except you can’t really connect it to any modern PC or laptop due to its huge and outdated connector.

Here are the images of the mouse:

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Star Citizen Might Take up 100GB of Your Storage Space

Star Citizen was though to be a massive game from the very start, with vast environments and enormous gameplay. However, director of game operations at Cloud Imperium Games, Jeremy Masker, warns that it may be a bit more massive that people think.

The statement comes in response to a forum user from Robert Space Industries, who predicted that the game and its client will be heavily compressed and optimized. Unfortunately, Masker sends out a different and contradictory message to the latter statement.

“As I have already said, I would not count on this,” Masker stated. “The game compression and asset removal is unlikely to yield such high gains that we will be able to reduce our client size to 30-40GB. The size and number of assets that are left to deliver means that our client size is much more likely to be 100GB.”

“Also, yes we are optimizing game patching for speed and to only deliver diffs, but this is unlikely to reduce actual patch size,” he continued. “Again, each patch has 100s of assets, each of these assets are at times 200mb, this leads to 2-6gb patches, and if we end up doing a file type re-factor and have to re-download 30-40% of the assets on the hard-drive, then the patch will be 14-20gb.”

This might not be an issue for users who already have a super-fast internet connection, but fans who are not so lucky might be extremely disappointed.

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Mobile Phones Dominate Tablet Sales, Here’s a Graph to Prove It

“The future is phones” – in this article we’ll go over some of the mobile device market changes including the rise of smart phones, app installations and the apparent demise of the tablet.

Smart phone sales and usage continue to rise year on year, with 2017 expecting to see a 70% penetration of mobiles into the population. On the flip side, Tablet sales are slowing down, represented majorly by the iPad suffering with a bleak outlook on continuation.

As the mobile market moves more towards larger screen models (iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy Note), we’re seeing less users adopt a larger screen tablet device – citing their mobile phone as reasonable for all activities. We covered a very similar story recently where we talked about iPad Mini sales plummeting and people wondering if small tablets, or tablets at all, still have a place in our market.

Tablets certainly still have a place in the professional field, with many schools across the world implementing iPad programs for Primary school students. In the island state of Tasmania, Australia many primary schools there have adopted a one-iPad-to-three students model within grades one to three classes and furthering this to a one-to-one iPad scheme for students in grades four, five and six.

This graph explains what the smart phone vs tablet distribution has been as of late. As you can see, after Q1 2014 there has been a steady and sharp decline in ratings. Apple iPad sales are said to make up a major part of these sales globally, still unable to use their fan-boys to carry them through to a sales growth year-on-year.

As we explained above, smart phone screen sizing is something that has seen improvements over recent technology releases. Compare Samsung’s Galaxy S3 with their S5 or Apples iPhone 4 with the iPhone 6 Plus to get a simple view on the topic. Localytics have put all of this information into another handy graph for us.

Finally, we’ll show you some proof that people are using their applications much more than seen previously. “Time in App” has seen an increase across the board, with some of the most popular applications being music, games and photography related.

We’ll continue to report on the tablet market decline as it develops. But to now let us leave you with a question – who will be the first to fold? Will Samsung or Apple ‘call it quits’ first, or will it be some smaller players?

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Vivo X5 MAX – The World’s Thinnest Phone

Vivo are set to release their world-first smartphone as has been confirmed thanks to leaked photos being posted by news networks around the globe.

Vivo’s chief marketing officer Lei Feng, recently broke the news on their new X5 MAX device, claiming a thickness of only 4.75 mm and still managing to utilize a 3.5 mm audio jack allowing for users to enjoy a Hi-Fi quality audio experience.

Apparently no compromise has been made in the name of being thin, as is often seen within weight-reducing car brands or people looking to loose a few Christmas kilograms. Vivo has claims their motherboard design accounts for only 1.7 mm of thickness within the device and the 4.75 mm total thickness also utilizes a metal framed design.

Some reports are claiming that this phone will be rated at 3.75 mm thick on release, unfortunately we have received very mixed results when trying to browse for an exact answer. Whichever answer is right, one thing is clear – this phone is going to be super slim either way. Currently Oppo hold the record with their R 5 phone, sitting pretty at 4.85 mm – it seems that relatively unknown Vivo is looking to take this up a notch, most likely as a marketing scheme (and rightfully so).

Unfortunately there is no announced release date or product pricing yet for this new piece of tech, but we will endeavor to report as the story develops.

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GIGABYE Release a Mini-ITX Ready NVIDIA 970

GIGABYTE has just announced the release of their new compact 970 video card, the GV-N970IXOC-4GD. Designed for Mini-ITX applications, the card utilizes the WindForce 3X heat sink for cooling but has been modified to use only one fan – this is due to the original 3 fan configuration being too large for the compact nature and design of this beast. The two heat pipes measure 8mm and 5mm respectively and once again attached to the classic GIGABYE ‘Triangle Cool Technology” as seen in their larger editions.

GIGABYTE has claimed this new card will run semi-intensive games such Metro: Last Light whilst maintaining a steady temperature of 62 degrees Celsius, but we’ve heard claims that the public version of this card reaches something closer to 76C.

Do not be fooled by the compact nature of this card, it still packs a tough 970 punch whilst maintaining the classic low power consumption that this model is becoming famous for. The cooling could possibly be an issue, especially if you’re running your mini-ITX system jam packed full of hard drives and a large CPU coolers in preparation for sharing many gigabytes of freeware at your local LAN party.

The core of this card is said to be clocked at 1076-1216MHz, with the public version checking in at more like 1051-1178MHz. Powered by an auxiliary dual 6-pin into a single 8-pin and checking in at 12cm in length, the card doesn’t skimp on the width – taking up dual slots, with a small bit of room to spare.

Outputs include two DVI ports, three display ports and one HDMI and will be coming to stores for around $329.99 USD.

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Destiny Now Available to Everyone in Open Beta on Consoles

Bungie has officially made Destiny available to everyone by opening up the Open Beta stage for the title. It is said that everyone on an Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 can download the title on the PS Store or Xbox Live marketplace.

A quick note is that PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360 pliers need an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus membership account to be able to download Destiny. PlayStation 3 owners are said to get it for free due to the fact that PS+ is not a requirement for multiplayer on the latter mentioned console.

The announcement is said to have been made on Destiny’s Blog, having Bungie stating that it already received a lot of good feedback from early access gamers. The Open Beta stage however is said to act as a stress test for the servers to make sure they are good to go for the title’s launch.

“Our work is not done. There is more we can learn. To make this happen, we need more Guardians to play. This is, above all else, a test.” the statement tells us. “we’re opening the Destiny Beta to anyone who wants to create a character and walk in their boots. Help us deliver the game you deserve. Before we shut this party down, we’ll welcome everyone who wants a preview of this brave new world.”

The Open Beta is said to now be live and accessible straight away. The download size is said to be 5.5 GB, which is not a lot given the complexity of the game itself.

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Small Device Tells if Your Drink has been Injected with a Noxious Solution

A device that tells if your drink has been injected with a noxious device, or spiked for short, has appeared on Indiegogo, aiming to rise about $100,000. Its name is pd.id (Personal Drink ID) and is said to have the size of a pack of gum, blinking red in just a few seconds if dipped into a drink which has a contaminant.

Its creator, J. Davids Wilson, said that the hardware uses the same tech as the US DEA, but shrunk down to a smaller than usual size. It works by analysing the sample taken from the drink, its density, resistance and temperature in order to determine if a foreign agent is present in it, such as rohypnol.

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Once (and if most likely) the crowdfunding sum of $100,000 is raised, the team is said to bring the gear to the market in just six months. The starting price for the pd.id is said to be set at $75 per unit and yes, the device is reusable, so you won’t have to pay that sum after sampling every drink. The device, ridiculous as it may be, should be a nice addition to have when going on a night out in the club or parties. After drinking a few, you never know everyone’s thoughts around you. Just be sure not to lose the device in a drink.

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Bullet-Sized Homing Missiles Undergoing Tests at Darpa

We have seen a lot of advancements in military equipment and devices in recent years, but it seems that there is more to come. The latest news shows that the US military has been testing .50-calibre bullets with in-flight guidance systems, having the ability to turn the projectiles into small homing missiles.

The miniaturized homing missiles are apparently being made by Darpa’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance, or EXACTO for short, having them be designed with the ability to adjust their trajectory in-flight in order to hit targets that are not precisely aimed. This means that every bullet can hit any type of target, including moving, high-speed or long-range targets, without the need to compensate with other external factors, such as weather, wind or even elevation in some cases.

“For military snipers, acquiring moving targets in unfavourable conditions, such as high winds and dusty terrain commonly found in Afghanistan, is extremely challenging with current technology. It is critical that snipers be able to engage targets faster, and with better accuracy, since any shot that doesn’t hit a target also risks the safety of troops by indicating their presence and potentially exposing their location.” say Darpa on their website.

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It is said that the EXACTO system is made up of both the bullet and the guidance system which tracks and delivers the projectile to the target. The bullets themselves are said to be the size of a large pen, having them to fit in both .50-calibre snipers and machine-guns. However, the new tech is still far away from reaching the battlefield. While tests show the first ever projectiles and their results in the field, more tests are said to be required in order to make the new tech ready for the actual battlefield.

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IBM Spends $3 Billion in Finding New Ways to Power Future Generation of Processors

It seems like the age of silicon will not last as long as we would expect. That is at least what IBM is thinking, having the company spending a great sum on money in developing new ways of powering up future generations of processors.

IBM officials say that the company already has 22 nm chips in use and are not likely to change on something else right away. However, their statement points to the fact that the current technology gets tricky when processors will get even smaller, to about 7 nm as stated.

This is why the company’s first step has been to invest $3 billion / £1.75 billion in funding research into ways of making the small chip components work without silicon. This is why IBM has high hopes for carbon nanotubes, although there is a lot of work and effort to be put in researching ways to make carbon nanotube-powered processors as easily and quickly as silicon processors are made nowadays.

Another alternative in mind seems to be silicon nanophotonics. This is a way of using light instead of electrical signals in order to send data around the chip. Besides the latter, IBM is said to also have invested into new ways of developing quantum computing, namely Neurosynaptic chips, looking to go beyond the digital computing pattern used for over fifty years.

Not all processor manufacturers see eye to eye though. Intel is said to follow Moore’s Law and increase its processor production rates, while Microsoft looks like it sees eye to eye with IBM when it comes to the company’s search engine, Bing. This is why Microsoft has started to use custom chips for its search engine, in hopes it will improve its reliability, speed and make the search engine perform faster and better than its rival, Google.

Whatever the verdict may be in the future, it is clear that technology as we know it will change and evolve into something greater than it is today. What that evolution will bring us is something we all have to just see for ourselves when the time is right.

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Apple Might be Facing Problems with New Tech for the iPhone 6

It appears that even giant companies such as Apple are facing problems this year, having been rumoured that the iPhone manufacturer is currently facing some problems with key components for the upcoming iPhone 6.

The good news in all of this is that the latest iPhone 6 is said to break away from its yearly refreshed mainstream design and move towards something more ‘uncommon’ for the company. This is why there are rumours circulating that the plastic inserts above the antennas will be replaced by glass pieces, giving its general outlook a more appealing look and feel.

The bad news however comes from China, where Apple is apparently facing problems with the new iPhone 6 display. The new technology required to make the displays is reportedly giving quite a few headaches production-wise. China Times has stated that Apple is attempting to use new display technology in order to make its next generation of iPhones thinner.

This is nothing new for companies attempting to move towards newer and more sophisticated tech, though it requires meticulous steps to get the new tech to work properly. Apple is reportedly ditching the two-layers found in the ‘brightness enhancement films’ (BEFs) and moving to a one-layer design in order to achieve the required thinness. This might be why Apple’s suppliers are apparently facing problems, having to work out the final touches for the display in question.

Looking back at previous releases, Apple’s manufacturers were reportedly facing similar production problems before every major release, having the company and its suppliers eventually succeeding in releasing the final product before the deadline. The same thing might be happening now, though the outcome is unknown until the final product gets released.

Apple is said to launch its latest (rumoured 4.7-inch display) iPhone 6 model this year, having the launch date previously leaked as being set for September the 19th.

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Transcend Unveils its ESD400 Portable Solid State Drives Featuring Up To 1TB Capacity

Transcend has announced its SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Portable Solid State Drive, featuring up to 1 TB capacity, high transfer speeds of up to 410 MB/s read and 380 MB/s write, as well as an extra durable and compact design.

The company states that the mentioned external SSD solution is suitable for all types of data, including high-resolution multimedia files and applications, photos, documents and so on, thanks to its large storage capacity, ranging from 120 GB up to 1 TB. Also, the UASP support is said to provide significantly faster performance along with the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology.

The absence of moving parts is said to also enhance the ESD400, having it run cooler and withstand grater shock and vibrations compared to other conventional portable hard disk solutions. Measuring in at 92 x 62 x 10.5 mm and weighing in at 56g, the ESD400 could fit in a pocket, having a small and light construction while also providing durability and reliability. Transcend has even stated to provide a hang travel pouch in order to protect the drive’s case during transportation.

In addition to the latter, Transcend is said to include a free download of the exclusive Transcend Elite data management tool, providing an easy way to perform incremental backups, secure confidential information and much more. The company also added the One Touch auto-backup button to the ESD400, enabling customers to instantly backup and synchronise data from a notebook or desktop.

Transcend is said to provide the ESD400 in capacities of 128 GB and up to 1 TB, having stated a recommended price for each of them based on capacity. The 128 GB version is stated to come with a price tag of $109, while 256 GB version has been given a price of $189, followed by the 512 GB at $349 and finally the 1TB version at $699, all coming with a 3-year limited warranty.