Archive for Jun 30, 2011

Microsoft confirms Kinect is more accurate today than when it launched

Microsoft confirms Kinect is more accurate today than when it launched

I have a Kinect for my Xbox 360 that we have had for a while when the thing first landed at my house it didn't work well because the room we had the system in was too small to get decent accuracy with the Kinect. I guess I need to dig the thing out of the cabinet and plug it back in and give it another go in a larger room. Microsoft has now confirmed that the Kinect is more accurate today than it was when the accessory launched.

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Dutchman Johan Huibers builds gigantic wooden Ark

Dutchman Johan Huibers builds gigantic wooden Ark

I would wager no matter your religious views that we are all familiar with the biblical story of Noah's Ark. The giant ship that god commanded Noah to build to save his family and a pair of each animal so that the world could start over after the flood. A Dutchman named Johan Huibers has constructed his second ark and this time he built the thing to the same dimensions that Noah used. The first ark was about half the size of the latest and Huibers chartered that ship charging $7 per person and raised the money to build his new ark.

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Synology DiskStation DS2411+ offers up to 36TB of storage

Synology DiskStation DS2411+ offers up to 36TB of storage

Synology has outed its latest NAS, the capacious DiskStation DS2411+, offering a full twelve bays for 2.5- or 3.5-inch hard-drives. The chunky enclosure sports a dual-core 1.8GHz processor paired with 1GB of RAM (user-upgradable to 3GB), twin gigabit ethernet ports and optional WiFi. If up to 36TB of internal storage isn't enough for you (or, more likely, your small business), then you can hook up four external drives to USB 2.0 ports, or even throw in a dedicated Synology DX1211 expansion unit to double capacity to 72TB.

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Amazon tablet supplies potential delayed by Apple touch panel demands

Amazon tablet supplies potential delayed by Apple touch panel demands

Amazon's tablet production plans could be constrained by Apple's existing touch panel demands, and the two giants spar for component supplies. According to DigiTimes' sources, Amazon is looking for 1.5-2m touch panels for its first batch of tablets - the "Hollywood" and "Coyote" expected to offer ereading and media streaming as well as internet services - expected in September, with four million devices to ship before the year is out. However, some suppliers have expressed doubts that they could accommodate the scale of Amazon's demand.

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Nokia sells off Messaging service as Finns continue to slim

Nokia sells off Messaging service as Finns continue to slim

Nokia has scythed off another part of its business, selling its operator-branded messaging service - which provides email, IM and social networking systems to carriers including Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile USA - to Synchronica, a mobile messaging specialist based in the UK. The deal will see Nokia hand over multiple contracts for the white label service, along with the Nokia Messaging source code for clients and servers.

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Olympus PEN E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1 micro four thirds official

Olympus PEN E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1 micro four thirds official

Olympus has outed its trio of new PEN micro four thirds cameras, each using a new 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor supporting up to ISO 12,800, and promising faster 35-point auto-focussing, shutter response and image processing than the company's own E-5 DSLR. The Olympus PEN E-P3 is the flagship, with a 3-inch OLED 614k pixel touchscreen and a built-in flash, while the PEN E-PL3 and PEN E-PM1 have a 3-inch 460k LCD display, articulated on the PL3.

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HP TouchPad Review

HP TouchPad Review

We've been demanding a tablet running webOS for years now, and it's taken HP's new stewardship of the software to guide just that onto store shelves. Palm's mobile platform always seemed to good to be left solely to smartphones, and the HP TouchPad is the inevitable result. Problem is, the iPad has already made its presence well and truly known, dominating the consumer tablet market, and Android's Honeycomb drive gains OEM support by the week. Can the multitasking charms of webOS 3.0 promise the TouchPad a bright future, or is it simply a case of too late to the party? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Angry Birds To Invade China, 200 Merchandise Stores Over Next Three Years

Angry Birds To Invade China, 200 Merchandise Stores Over Next Three Years

There's always new developments when it comes to the ridiculously popular Angry Birds game. Rovio, the developer, has just unleashed the game for the Windows Phone platform today and recently debuted the location-based Angry Birds Magic on the Nook Color. The popularity of the game certainly isn't restricted to the West, as now there's news that the company is set on opening over 200 Angry Birds merchandise stores throughout China.

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