Archive for Aug 27, 2008

NVIDIA PhysX technology used in Shattered Horizon

NVIDIA PhysX technology used in Shattered Horizon

NVIDIA has announced that Futuremark games will be using NVIDIA PhysX technology for its new first-person shooter, Shattered Horizon. The game is a first-person shooter that simulates a zero-gravity environment.

Jukka Makinen, Head of Futuremark Games Studio said “Shattered Horizon has a real space setting that offers gameplay, tactics, and freedom of movement that cannot be found in any other shooter…PhysX is essential in helping our game designers create a realistic and fun zero-gravity combat experience”

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Redesigned Amazon Kindle coming soon?

Redesigned Amazon Kindle coming soon?

Could the Amazon Kindle be getting a makeover soon? That seems to be the talk of the town according to a source supposedly close to Amazon that was interviewed by BusinessWeek. Since the Kindle came out, it's been ragged on for its less than lovely appearance, so a redesign makes sense.

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Epson MovieMate 55 available in October

Epson MovieMate 55 available in October

Epson will be releasing the next projector in their MovieMate line, the MovieMate 55 and it looks like this one will be packing more features and a lower price tag. With a brighter light, this projector is sure to pique many a projector enthusiast's interest.

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Blaupunkt TravelPilot 500 and 700 coming next month

Blaupunkt TravelPilot 500 and 700 coming next month

If you need a new GPS system or simply like to stay current with these things, two new Blaupunkt navigation systems are coming next month. The TravelPilot 500 and 700 will have interactive voice controls among other new features.

Both models will have Bluetooth and interactive voice controls, while just the 700 will have Internet access. One thing that sets these devices apart from others on the market is the real-time video navigation and traffic sign recognition. With a video camera on the back, these TravelPilot models take in live footage of the upcoming road. This is meant to make looking at the GPS map more safe because it is overlaid on an actual, real-time image of the road in front of you. It can also tell you if you're going over the speed limit.

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USB Mixa Tape brings back the cassette (sort of)

USB Mixa Tape brings back the cassette (sort of)

Flash drives aren't known for being exactly good looking. I mean, they're usually just a stick that plugs into your computer. But the USB Mixa Tape isn't your typical flash drive.

In fact, for a fun twist on this tech necessity, the USB Mixa Tape is in the shape of an old cassette tape. It has a flip out USB port on the side that easily plugs into your computer. It has a 1 GB capacity, so it's perfect for storing documents on the go in a fun and interesting format.

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Nikon D90 DSLR officially announced

Nikon D90 DSLR officially announced

SlashGear reader Chase Jarvis is a lucky guy: for the past few months he's been testing out Nikon's D90 DSLR as part of Nikon's launch campaign, and he asked if we were interested in seeing the results.  Considering all that's leaked so far have been stock images and rumored specs, we couldn't turn down the opportunity, so here it is: Nikon's new D90, with the 12.3-megapixel chip from the D300, 720p video recording and GPS tagging.

Check out the demo video after the cut

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Lian Li XB01: quieter DVD playback but gaming still loud

Lian Li XB01: quieter DVD playback but gaming still loud

With the ink on an extended warranty to cover Red Ring of Death incidents only just dry, it might seem crazy to take apart your XBox 360 - voiding the guarantee in the process - and decant the contents into a new casing.  That's what Lian Li are suggesting, however, with their XB01 Cooling Chassis; bit-tech have just had theirs in the mail, and set about getting their donor 360 naked to post some first impressions.

NZXT Whisper acoustically dampened E-ATX case

NZXT Whisper acoustically dampened E-ATX case

NZXT have taken the wraps off of their latest E-ATX PC case, which pretty much sets its stall out by its name: Whisper.  Claiming it "sets a new standard for silent computing performance", NZXT have outfitted the Whisper with nine HDD bays and a variety of padding and rubberized mounts to reduce escaping noise.

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