Omer Saleem
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Monster HDMI Cables are Waste of Money

I think one should really need to examine the products and then decide if that product is worth spending money or not Expensive products doesn’t always mean they’re better.

Recently Mint published a infographic on their website explaining how Monster Cables are no different from an ordinary HDMI cable.


Source: Mint

Project Natal with PrimeSense a 3D Sensing Technology
Games General Industry

Most of us remember great 3D animation science fiction/adventure cartoon The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest from late 80s and early 90s in which a boy named jonny used to fight bad guys cyberspace realm known as “Questworld”.

A few years back Nintendo’s Wii revolutionized the way we know gaming but now in near future Microsoft’s Project Natal will completely change the gaming world with its latest technology which can detect & recognize human movements.

Microsoft recently announced that they will be using PrimeSense a 3-D-sensing and recognition technology in their upcoming Project Natal for Xbox360.

Ilan Spillinger, vice president of Xbox 360 said

“We’ve seen tremendous excitement and anticipation for the arrival of ‘Project Natal’ this holiday. PrimeSense has delivered an important component to the technology, helping us deliver revolutionary controller-free entertainment experiences in the living room”.

According to Inon Beracha, chief executive officer, PrimeSense

“PrimeSense’s technology enables a paradigm shift in the way people interact with consumer electronic devices. The engagement with Xbox 360 establishes PrimeSense’s position as a leading supplier of 3-D-sensing technology, We are especially honored to have a partner like Microsoft that shares our vision for bringing innovative and engaging natural experiences to consumers”.

Microsoft is scheduled to announce Project Natal this year on June 14th in an upcoming event of E3. So buckle up and get ready to kick some ass.

Source: HotHardware

Gigabyte’s mini-ITX H55 with USB 3.0 Leaked Pictures.
Games Hardware

Now a day’s it’s all about size and raw power. Gigabyte’s upcoming board mini-ITX H55 is not only small in size but also packs a lot of features which includes Intel’s H55 Express chipset, USB 3.0 ports, four SATA ports, two dual-channel DDR3 memory slots and a PCI Express x16 slot, PS/2 port, four USB 2.0 ports, a D-sub, DVI and HDMI port, Gigabit Ethernet and 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out, an eSATA connector.

This motherboard will be available at the end of this month expected price will be around US$100.




Source: semiaccurate

Apple to Launch Its Own Search Engine?
General Industry

Rivalry between Apple and Google starts heating up first there were unconfirmed rumors that Apple will launch iAds in order to compete with Google. Now Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray one of the top analysts of Apple said that there is 70% chance that apple will create his own search engine.

Gene Munster wrote that

We believe Apple could utilize data unavailable to Google, data generated by the company’s App Store, to create a mobile centric search engine, which would be a unique offering to Google’s search engine.
An iPhone specific search engine could be a difficult undertaking, but we feel Apple could make a minor acquisition of a search company that has built a web index, like a Cuil, and utilize the index as the base for building its own engine.

We believe the odds of Apple developing a search engine in the next five years are 70%. One hurdle for Apple in developing its own search engine would be generating enough advertiser interest to form a competitive marketplace; however, we believe the rationale for an Apple search product is to protect data rather than generate profit.

True or not one thing is for sure Apple do know how to stay in limelight.

Source: BusinessInsider

Microsoft Xbox360 SLIM Spotted (Pictures)
Games Hardware Industry

Rumors are circulating in cyber world that Microsoft is going to launch Xbox360 SLIM. At this point of time nobody can confirm this news, but recently a Dutch gaming site gamekings uploaded few pictures of new upcoming Xbox3560 SLIM.




Source: GameKing

Userland (Browser based) Jailbreak for iPhone 3.1.3 iPod iPad Video
Gadgets General Industry

After the untethered jailbreak for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad by GeoHot another hacker name “comex” uploaded a video showing jailbreak for iPad, iPod and iPhone 3.1.3

Comex developed a browser based hacked where you just simply point your browser to a specific website and you are done.

Source: BlogsDNA

Microsoft Office 2011 for MAC unleashed
General Industry

Microsoft planning to release Microsoft office 2011 for Mac users. Microsoft will definitely earn big bucks because of the increasing numbers of MAC users in world. Compared to Microsoft office 2004 Microsoft sold Office 2008 for MAC users 3 times more.

BGR just uploaded few pictures of Microsoft Office 2011 for MAC. Microsoft office 2011 MAC version will also comes with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


Source: BGR

Windows Phone 7 OS On HTC HD2  Video Proof
General Hardware Industry

After uploading screenshots on HTCPedia a video was uploaded on you tube which confirms that Tom Codon successfully upgraded Windows Phone 7 on HTC HD2

Nintendo DSi XL released today
Games Hardware


Nintendo has just released their DSI and named it Nintendo DSI XL. Nintendo DSI XL features 2.4 inch screen but with same old resolution of 256×192 capable of displaying 260,000 colors. Nintendo DSI XL are with final version of 2D graphics.

Nintendo already planning to launch Nintendo 3DS

Source: NintendoEngadget

Research In Motion (RIM) Bought Viigo
General Industry

BlackBerry Research in Motion (RIM) bought Viigo. Viigo a Canadaian based company was started in 2004 back then company used to develop applications for windows mobile.

Viigo developed an application an RRS reader for Blackberry and keep introducing new features like flight information, podcasts, weather information, real-time sports scores, movie times, stock reports, entertainment, hotel and restaurant reviews, blogs, and much more.

Viigo published their CEO’s message on their website.

Viigo is excited to announce that our company is now part of Research In Motion (RIM).
Our team has joined RIM’s global organization and will continue to bring our expertise in BlackBerry® application development and real-time content delivery to the BlackBerry platform. The Viigo for BlackBerry app will also continue to be available for download through BlackBerry App World™.
To the Viigo Team – a very special thanks to all of you for helping to build such an exciting product, and a wonderful company. We’ve arrived at this point today because of you.
Mark Ruddock
CEO Viigo

Source: Viigo

Nvidia Unleashed GeForce GTX 480 and 470
Games Hardware Industry

Finally Nvidia launched their two new graphics cards based on their new architecture Fermi GF100. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 400 Series supports DirectX 11.
The GeForce GTX 480 will be available to consumers at a retail price of US $ 499 & GTX 470 estimated price will be US $349 .



Nvidia claims that GeForce GTX 480 is the fastest card in the world featuring 480 processing cores, along with 1.5GB of video RAM, but the downside is that GTX480 is power hog and will consume 250W of power. On the other hand GTX470 only consume 215W of power & features 448 processing cores, and 1.28GB of video RAM.
The new architecture features over 3 billion transistors, double the processing units of its predecessors and a strong emphasis on geometric realism. Graphics Gurus are already considering both these cards as flop because of number of reasons.


On the other hand just a few days ago AMD released their Catalyst 10.3a driver featuring a number of performance improvements of up to 5% for the Radeon HD 5000 and 4800 series graphics cards. In response to NVIDIA’s latest GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470, Dave Erskine, AMD spokesperson said

Four months after its launch, the ATI Radeon HD 5970 remains the undisputed performance leader. Six months after its launch, the ATI Radeon HD 5870 remains the clear winner at and below its price point. Add to that a top to bottom line-up of DirectX 11 graphics cards as well as cutting-edge features such as the immersive experience of ATI Eyefinity technology, and we are confident ATI Radeon graphics cards will continue to be the favorite choice of customers wanting the most advanced and efficient graphics products.
-Dave Erskine, AMD spokesperson

Nvidia released a picture that compares the upcoming GeForce GTX 480 and the ATI Radeon 5870.


Tom Petersen Director of Technical Mkt at NVIDIA describes how the performance of GeForce GTX 480
compares to existing solution.

Source: TomsHardware

Sony introduces 4 new headsets

When it comes to style and quality sony takes the cake. Sony have recently launched 4 new stylish earphones for iPod and iPhone. DR-EX300iP, MDR-EX38iP, and MDR-E10iP offer a serious step-up in sound quality compared with your music player’s supplied earbuds.



All these earphone comes with 9mm or 13mm Neodymium drivers, along with in-line controls, a built-in mic and offers a smooth, powerful bass and a wide dynamic range.

All models are compatible with iPod Shuffle (3rd generation); iPod Nano (4th, 5th generations); iPod Classic 120GB/160GB (2009); iPod Touch (2nd generation); iPhone 3GS.



The new earphones DR-EX300iP, DR-V150iP and MDR-E10iP headsets from Sony will be available from May 2010. The MDR-EX38iP is available now.


Source: Sony

NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450, 440 & 430 coming in June 2010
Hardware Industry

They Hype of Nvidia latest upcoming generation CUDA architecture, code named “Fermi” is still there but the company is already planning to launch their mid and entry level graphics cards NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450, 440 and 430 in June 2010.

3Dcenter mention on their website that three of these cards will use 40nm GF104 core with up to 256 shader cores, 64 TMUs, 32 ROPs and a 256-bit memory bus. GTS 430 will offer 92 shader cores, 48 TMUs, 24 ROPs and have a 192-bit memory bus.

NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450, 440 will use GF104 & will directly compete ATI Radeon HD 5830 and HD 5770 respectively.

Source: 3dcenter

Xbox360 now supports USB Storage
Games Industry

According to a Larry Hryb aka Major Nelson from April 6th 2010 Xbox 360 will support USB mass storage.

That will allow users to profiles, game saves, demos and much more. Up to 16GB of USB flash drive will be supported on Xbox 360. After updating all you have to do is connect your USB storage device with Xbox 360 and head over to the memory section to configure your new storage device. In order to increase storage capacity you can add 2 USB devices enabling up to 32GB of storage capacity.














Source: Major Nelson

Toshiba all-in-one PC now launching outside JAPAN

The Tokyo-based Toshiba Corporation, markets and manufacturer’s infrastructure, consumer products, electronic devices and components, power systems, industrial and social infrastructure systems, and household appliances & world’s 9th largest integrated manufacturer of electric and electronic equipments.

Toshiba sell their all-in-one PCs only in Japan and now planning to introduce their high Qosmio a end all-in-one PC in Europe and North America in second quarter of 2010.

Their vendors have start promoting all-in-one PC outside Japan and planning to sell one million all-in-ones PCs in 2010.

Source: Digitimes

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