Portable Gaming News. Razor Blade, Neo Geo and The Forgotten Handheld…

Portable gaming gadgets are one of the common passions for the members of the Highpants team. While most of us have moved on to our Smartphones for that gaming on the go feeling there are more options.

Portable Gaming news today brings us tales of the latest, the newest and the classic. The Razor Blade is the latest in gaming technology and sales that have surprised many. The latest new gaming handheld to be announced is the SNK Neo Geo Portable while the classic is our forgotten portable gaming manufacturer Game Park, producers of the GP2X Caanoo.

Portable gaming at times may seem to be ruled by the big three but there are still interesting options for those looking for something a little different.

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The Virtob Evolving Virus. The Zombie Master…

In the depths of the Bitdefender Virus Labs sits trapped in their secure network a most disturbing virus. Recently discovered is a new evolutionary branch of the computer virus. A virus able to infect other types of Malwares – Trojans and Worms -, turning them into its zombie slaves. Once hybridized the new zombie is controlled by the virus, with all of the zombies functions becoming available to the controlling virus.

Bitdefender Virus Labs have observed this behaviour in the Win32.Virtob Virus. They found that the Virtob virus was able to take control of the Win32.Worm.Rimecud worm. Once in control it took advantage of the replication and transport functions of the Rimecud worm. If the worm is able to spread it then carries the Virtob virus with it, with the combined features from both pieces of malware able to inflict a lot more damage than the creators of either had intended.

In order to study the phenomenon Bitdefender Virus Lab concentrated on the Win32.Worm.Rimecud -Win32.Virtob pair. With an initial study finding that no less than 40,000 such malware symbioses out of a sample pool of 10 million files existed. The phenomenon is now being seen more often in Virus Labs around the world, possibly indicating that the creators of virus’s are now taking advantage of the zombie mechanism.

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Steam Mobile App Beta. Steam Engine Gaming on The Go…

Valve is preparing to bring it’s legendary Steam Gaming system to a Smartphone – Android or Apple iOS – near you. Over many years Steam has built up an enormous following of dedicated gamers by offering an easy to use system that streamlines the gaming experience, providing easy gaming at discount prices. Now with the open beta program taking applications Steam is preparing to revolutionize mobile gaming. Allowing your Steam experience to cross all boundaries.

Steam has over the years built a strong brand name amongst PC gamers. Applying the extremely successful PC online game distribution model to smartphones the new Steam Mobile App brings the Steam game store, chat functions, friend lists along with news and reviews. Sensibly Steam Mobile uses the same log in as your PC account, leveraging the existing user base onto the mobile platform and giving its users another portal into their online gaming lives.

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The Pirate Bay. Are You Ready To Copy The World?…

The Pirate Bay, those nefarious pirates of the ether, with a patch over one eye and the other eye on the future have some very clever plans afoot. Their recently announced grand vision is to allow everyone to pirate the whole of the physical world.

The most optimistic amongst us may initially think of the Star Trek replicator, but alas that is still a ways off. Instead The Pirate Bay – TPB – have established and released the first standard interchangeable 3D model file format and the mechanism for sharing those designs. This new file format is intended to be interchangeable between 3D printers, allowing anyone with the equipment –a compatible 3D printer– to make use of any shared designs and in turn share your designs with the world.

Being a very creative group of peg legs TPB have even coined a new term for these files and this new form of sharing, Physibles – Data objects that are converted into Physically Feasible 3D printer objects-.

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The X-Box 720 Rumour Mill. Windows and Direct X Coming To a Console Near You…

As the new year gets underway the rumour mills have started to grind their gears and crank up the noise once again. The rumour mills attention at the moment seems to be focused on the next generation X-Box 720, code name Loop.

The latest round of rumours surrounding the X-Box 720 raise some rather interesting questions about what Microsoft has up its sleeve for its X-Box 720. Will the next gen console be using the Radeon HD 6670 graphics card, a last generation low-end graphics card?

Also tales of an X-Box Tablet seem to be rolled into this latest batch of buzz. After a heated debate here at Highpants we have concluded that there is no possible way that the next generation top-end X-Box will use a graphics processor that is no step up from the current generation. The rumour contends that the 6670 is 6 times more powerful that the current graphics processor in the X-Box 360, not even close to the truth. So where does the truth lie and what does Microsoft have install for the console world?

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Moon Base Alpha 2020, The Moon Base International…

Moon Base Alpha, the dream of astrophysicists and science fiction fans alike may have moved one step closer to reality, thanks to a few bottles of vodka. The Russian space agency Roscosmos has recently invited it’s international brothers NASA and ESA – European Space Agency – over for a vodka or two. Russian it seems is floating the idea of an international Moon base, Moon Base Alpha. With plans to start firing unmanned modules off in the next decade and completing the construction as early as 2020, it is an ambitious plan. Now when Russia asks you over for a vodka you accept the offer, they do have the best vodka after all.

Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin told Vesti FM radio station, “We don’t want man to just step on the Moon. Today, we know enough about it, we know that there is water in its polar areas, we are now discussing how to begin exploration with NASA and the European Space Agency.”

Popovkin also revealed the options being considered by Roscosmos, including either setting up a base on the Moon or launching a space station to orbit around it. Roscosmos has already scheduled two unmanned missions to the Moon, the Luna Glob and the Luna Resource which are scheduled to launch within the next 8 years.

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The X-Prize and The T-Ray Tricorder Breakthrough! Next, Doors That Go Swooosh?…

Science fiction writers since the earliest days of the genre have looked into the futures crystal ball and built a story on top of their predictions. Jules Verne was one of the first and greatest at predicting future technology and then building his tales atop of this future vision.

There is a level of self-fulfilling prophecy to science fiction. This as a peculiar effect that combines circle of Noid life – inventing our dreams – and the fact that a good prediction has a level on inevitability to it.

Gene Roddenberry, the writer of the original Star Trek series was also a master of the Science Fiction black arts with many of his predictions spot on. Take the Tricorder for example, an idea that seemed so useful and logical that it might be considered inevitable. Let’s just hope that someone remembers to invent those doors that go swoosh in the original Star Trek TV series.

 

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NASA’s Amazing New Time-lapse Video: Lightning And The Milkyway…

NASA has once again combined two of our favorite subjects here at Highpants, combined to create a stunning video of galactic proportions. Space and time-lapse are of course the two subjects of interest.

NASA has once again created an amazingly eye catching time-lapse video, this time showing the Milky Way rising over the horizon while thunderstorms and sprites are viewed exploding to life over Africa. The Earth passing by below.

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The Alienware X51 Mini Desktop. Bringing Value Gaming To The Masses!…

Some may say Dell smells, but here at Highpants we say Dell is the epitome of doing just enough. Working with razor thin margins on one side and competing with the Chinese on the other, we can understand their predicament. Alienware, Dells house of extreme gaming hardware may just be taking a page out of its parent companies book. The X51 Mini Gaming PC , is a full blown mini gaming PC on a budget. With prices starting at $699 this is the Alienware Aurora ALX’s little brother, with the same gaming pedigree and styling of its brethren, the X51 is pure Alienware. Is this the Alienware for everyone?

The case continues the Alienware extreme styling tradition. Wrapping the X51 in Alienware’s black angular casing this new mini-gaming machine is easily identified as pure Alienware. This is the first compact gaming machine from Alienware, it’s just as happy on the desktop as it is nestled with your components next to the TV.

Alienware are aiming squarely at our TV sets and living rooms with the new X51 – Area 51 reference ?-, it doesn’t look like a console by accident, the resemblance to the 360 is striking. The machine itself has been designed to operate fast at 1080p resolutions, the maximum resolution available on TV’s at the moment With HDMI 1.4 the X51 is as 3D TV ready as any machine needs to be, 3D playback and Blu-ray 3D ready out of the box.

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The KODAK PLAYFULL Dual. A Pocket Full of Dreams…

While KODAK is currently trapped in a Chapter 11 nightmare they haven’t shut up shop completely. Take the KODAK PLAYFULL Dual micro camera for example, this plucky little camera has all of the talents of it’s much larger full sized competitors. HDR Capable, super slow motion, dual wide angle lenses all wrapped in a case that looks like it fell out of a cereal box..

The PLAYFULL Dual is a true dual mode camera, trying to live up to its name the PLAYFULL Dual includes switchable dual wide angle lens —26 mm for stills and 31 mm for video -. Once captured your KODAK moments can be shared directly to your TV through the mini HDMI or uploaded to your computer using the USB2.

With many tricks up its sleeve KODAK may have developed the perfect pocket camera without even realizing it. With included modes such as; burst mode that will capture up to 20 frames in one shot, automatic panorama and intelligent portrait which captures pictures based on the subject – smile, eyes and face angle-, the Dual is full of surprises. The biggest surprise of all has to be the HDR –High Dynamic Range – capable CMOS sensor, which may make this the perfect pocket camera even for a professional photographer.

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