Archive for April, 2013

Xbox 720 will do without IllumiRoom at launch, Microsoft confirms

Xbox 720 will do without IllumiRoom at launch, Microsoft confirms

Microsoft's IllumiRoom technology, which turns your living room into an augmented reality gaming arena by expanding graphics from the confines of your TV, won't be baked in time for the next-gen Xbox, the company has confirmed. The projection technology, which uses Kinect to digitally map a room and then digitally overlay dynamically changing graphics linked to the on-screen entertainment, will be shown off in concept form this year, Microsoft Research's Hrvoje Benko and Brett Jones confirmed to Engadget, but is nowhere near ready for commercial release.

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AMD hUMA wants to speed your APU memory use, no joke

AMD hUMA wants to speed your APU memory use, no joke

Heterogeneous Uniform Memory Access may sound like the orderly queue you make outside the RAM store, but for AMD, hUMA is an essential part of squeezing the best from its upcoming Kaveri APUs. Detailed for the first time today, hUMA builds on AMD's existing Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) - integrating CPUs and GPUs into single, multipurpose chips - by allowing both the core processor and the graphics side to simultaneously access the same memory at the same time.

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Wireless charging nightstand mod injects Nokia Qi into IKEA

Wireless charging nightstand mod injects Nokia Qi into IKEA

Nokia has been flirting with wireless charging support integrated into cafe tables and Virgin Atlantic lounges, but if you want seamless rejuicing at home, a DIY wireless charging nightstand may be the way forward. The handiwork of Lumia 920 owner Lobbamobba, who turns out to be pretty handy with a chisel, the 90 minute project embeds a Nokia wireless charging pad into the top of an IKEA nightstand, meaning you can power up your phone by simply dropping it in place.

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First ever webpage restoration underway on 20th anniversary of open WWW

First ever webpage restoration underway on 20th anniversary of open WWW

CERN may be best known for its hunt for the Higgs Boson, but a team at the organization are also tracking down internet history, working to restore the first ever website to its original URL and server. The project, which will see the European Organisation for Nuclear Research restore World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee's first page to info.cern.ch, requires rebuilding the site pretty much from scratch, as no screenshots of the original exist.

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Wacom Cintiq 22HD Touch adds finger-friendliness to graphics display

Wacom Cintiq 22HD Touch adds finger-friendliness to graphics display

Wacom has revealed its latest pen-enabled graphics display, the Cintiq 22HD Touch, adding finger control to the stylus-equipped Full HD LCD monitor. The new version pairs a 16.7m color, 1920 x 1080 panel on an adjustable easel stand with the ability to use both Wacom's special active-digitizer stylus or your fingertips for art apps, multitouch in Windows 7/8 and OS X, and more.

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Nokia invests in Pelican array camera tech for PureView push

Nokia invests in Pelican array camera tech for PureView push

Nokia is set to further expand its camera expertise portfolio with a strategic investment in Pelican Imaging, a photography software specialist cooking up Lytro-style refocusable photos using array lenses. Pelican's system, which first broke cover back in 2011, uses an array of 25 densely-packed individual lenses, the data from which is combined - using Pelican's proprietary software - into a single, higher resolution still which can be post-tweaked for focus and even have 3D effects introduced.

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Best Buy to sell EU stake to Carphone Warehouse

Best Buy to sell EU stake to Carphone Warehouse

Best Buy has revealed a definitive agreement to sell its 50-percent share of Best Buy Europe to Carphone Warehouse, which it entered into a joint venture with back in 2008. The sale will take place for the equivalent of $775 million, with the majority of it coming in the form of cash and the rest of it being offered in Carphone Warehouse Group stock with a one-year restriction, during which time the group can sell the shares on Best Buy's behalf at issued prices and higher.

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OUYA reveals exclusive game Soul Fjord

OUYA reveals exclusive game Soul Fjord

The OUYA team has made a chipper announcement, unveiling an exclusive game called Soul Fjord, which isn't yet available but will be in the near future. In case the game's name and logo aren't suggestive enough, the game has a distinct musical-aspect to it wrapped up in a fantasy-land shell that forms a mashup of styles not often seen together. We've got a trailer available to watch after the jump.

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