The New Koobe Mirasol E-Reader, Butterfly Flapping Its Wings Causes A Shakeup In Displays…

Qualcomm, the makers of all things mobile and electronic have won a new customer for it’s miraculous Mirasol Display. The new Koobe e-reader is a part of the Jin Yong branded range of e-readers that includes the latest 5.7 inch color Mirasol display. Price and release date are yet to be announced. When released the e-reader will include 36 works by Jin Yong himself, China’s highest selling living author.

Koobe are Taiwan’s leading e-reader manufacturer, and the new Jin Yong e-reader is the forth to use the Mirasol display technology. The others include the Kyobo e-reader from Korea along with the Hanvon C18 and Bambook Sunflower e-readers, both from China.

The Jin Yong is based on the same technology as the other three already released e-readers. Aside from the 5.7″ – 1024×768 – Mirasol color display the new e-reader also features a 1GHz SnapDragon S2 processor and a customized version of Android 2.3 with Koobe’s own custom software sitting atop Android, so expect few customization options.

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The AMD Radeon HD 7950. AMD’s Über Video Cards One Two Punch…

AMD Radeon HD 7950. Fighting above its weight against NVIDIA’s best competitor the GTX 580, the 7950 has leapt into the ring, and it’s come out swinging. AMD looks to be pinning NVIDIA against the ropes with the vicious one two punch that is the 7970 and 7950 video cards. While the HD 7970 is still the King of Über Video cards it’s little brother the 7950 is in there punching way above its weight.

The new video card has all of the same features and functions as the 7970 but with a slightly slimmed down number of processor units – 1792 stream processors instead of 2048 and 112 Texture units instead of 128 – the 7950 loses 10 to 20% performance while saving $100 when compared to its big brother. Compared to its NVIDIA competition it runs cooler, quieter and faster. Available immediately AMD has priced the 7950 to compete directly with the GTX 580. The HD 7950 can be found online for $450 USD while the GTX 580 was priced at $470 USD before the 7950’s release. Expect NVIDIA to start feeling pressure on these prices.

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EverQuest Joins The Free To Play Revolution. Just In Time For Her 13th Birthday…

The enigmatic role playing experience that is EverQuest – EQ – will soon be joining the Free To Play – F2P – revolution. The new F2P world should be open for play at the start of March, in the build-up to the 13th birthday EQ on March 16. The original and many say still the best, EQ F2P takes us to the distant land of Norrath to explore and adventure in this fantasy world. Continuing its grand tradition with immersive gameplay, captivating storytelling and exciting worlds, this is the EQ legacy. A legacy that is embracing a whole new way of playing. Your way.

EQ F2P will allow a whole new generation of players to join those already haunted by the EQ experience. No date has been set for the official start of the F2P model, early March is the only clue given. Although Thom Terrazas – EverQuest Producer – did let slip that a number of events would be held in the week leading up to the 13th birthday celebrations. Hopefully F2P should be up and running by the 6th of March.

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The Xbox 720 and Kinect Update: Kinecting the Dots…

Has the great ship Microsoft sprung a leak, such is the number of rumors flying around and the amount of buzz being generated by the rumor mill. Is Microsoft trickle feeding the rumor mill once again?

Buzz surrounding many aspects of the 720 have appeared this week. The news that the 720 would integrate Blu-ray and Kinect 2 seemed no surprise to anyone. Two separate consoles with different price points and technologies even seems plausible but the news that Microsoft is contemplating banning second hand games comes from left field.

While news surrounding the Xbox 720 is getting the most of the attention don’t forget the Kinect for laptops, an interesting adaptation of technology. Like a jigsaw with no box we wonder what all of these jigsaw pieces add up to, what picture do they form?

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