Archive for August, 2008

AMD to support three new DirectX 10.1 games

AMD to support three new DirectX 10.1 games

AMD has announced support for three new games. The graphics cards will be used in EA Phenomic Studio’s game Battleforge, Sega’s Stormrise, and NHN Games’ Cloud 9. All three of the games will be using DirectX 10.1. The games that are expected to use the cards and Direct 10.1 together range from strategy games, to a sci-fi title.

Computers need to be using Windows Vista in order to take full advantage of DirectX 10.1, but DirectX is compliant with AMD’s 3000 and 4800 series cards. According to the companies public statement “Only AMD graphics offer top-to-bottom DirectX 10.1 support”.

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TV Cozy protects your LCD

TV Cozy protects your LCD

When you’re done playing your video games for the day, or even just watching your television, the TV Cozy is designed to keep your television feeling loved. The cover protects your LCD or Plasma screen from dust and debris and can also add a little color to your living room.

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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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