The Sony PlayStation 4. Codename Orbis and The Dream Of 4k Gaming…

With 2012 well underway Sony has sent the rumour mill spinning at top speed. News of their next generation PlayStation 4, code name Orbis, the cause of the stir.

Capturing much attention is the talk of 4k gaming, gaming at the screen shattering resolution of 4096*2160. All signs are pointing to a Q4 2013 release of the console, with word from developers indicating dev kits have already been made available to some developers.

The draconian measures planned to stop second hand games re-sales are highly controversial, Sony refusing to comment on unreleased products, the decision still not set in stone we believe. As always won’t someone think of the children.

The war of the next generation consoles is heating up already, and they haven’t even been released yet. While Microsoft kept the rumour mill spinning with tales of its X-Box 720 or ‘Durango’, it is now Sony’s turn at the wheel. Kotaku are reporting sources close to Sony revealing some juicy details regarding the Sony’s next generation PlayStation 4, codename ‘Orbis’.

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XBMC Updated To 11, Eden Is Ready For Download…

After a year slaving at their keyboards the development team behind XBMC have emerged from their dungeon. The clever XBMC monkeys have at last released XBMC 11, code name Eden. This simple piece of open source software is able to convert any humble PC into a TV blasting multimedia device.

This widely used software has over the years grown a massive community and spread itself across the major computing platform, Windows, Linux, OSX, and iOS. Those willing to jailbreak their AppleTV can even run XMBC on the little black box.

The key to XMBC is the interface, specially designed to be seen on a TV from 10 feet away everything about XMBC is the opposite to how a PC normally works. Favouring remote controls over keyboards and losing the desktop, replaced with animated menu’s this is a proper multimedia centre interface.

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NVIDIA Strikes Back, The Kepler Architecture And The New King Of Über Video Cards…

After many weeks of NVIDIA preparing the world for their brand new graphics processor, with the wheels of the marketing machine running at full speed NVIDIA’s new GPU the GK104 has been introduced to the world. The basis of the new GFX 680 the war of the Über video card has swung back in NVIDIA’s favour.

NVIDIA’s new design emphasizes power efficiency and performance where-as the previous generation chips went for performance at any cost. Strangely though the previous generation were beaten by AMD while this new more power efficient design ends being up to 3 times faster – per watt of power – than the previous generation chips and soundly beats AMD’s latest, the HD 7970.

In one foul swoop NVIDIA have stolen the crown back, reaching over and taking the crown right off the kings brow. While the GTX 680 video card slaps AMD back into second place NVIDIA isn’t done yet, they may have an ace up their sleeve. The GTX 680 is cheaper, faster and lower power than AMD’s best, the 7970, the King is dead. Long live the new King.

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The Commodore Amiga Mini, Amiga Insanity At It’s Very Best…

Commodore USA, the makers of the Über cool retro PC’s has released a mini model. Absent from this model are any styling queues from the Amiga’s of old, but it does carry the brand and logo of the computer many people loved.

Internally the Amiga Mini is PC all the way. With Intel Core-i7, 16GB of Ram and a GeForce GT 430 GPU all sitting atop a Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi Supreme motherboard. A 1TB 2.5-inch laptop hard drive is included standard, with the option to switch to an SSD. A slot loading BluRay drive rounds-out the spec. This may actually be the most powerful Amiga every released.

The small 7.5 inch square – 3 inches tall – chassis is constructed entirely of highly polished aluminium with space for two 2.5 inch hard drives internally. Displayed prominently on the front of the case is the Commodore logo, with the Amiga logo front and center, etched into the aluminium itself.

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The Samsung S Galaxy III, The Smartphone Wars Heat Up…

In this fast paced technological world change isn’t just inevitable, it is also high speed. Samsung are riding this wave of change, preparing to release a new generation of Galaxy smartphone, the Galaxy S III. With a newer high resolution screen and faster processor squeezed into an even thinner body the Galaxy S III is shaping up to be one hot phone.

All signs point to May 22 as the birth day of the new Galaxy, with Samsung building up the buzz for their new sleek smartphone, the next two months should see some major marketing shenanigans.

The latest rumours are also accompanied by pictures, realistic and plausible pictures for once. Not to much information can be gleamed from the photo, beside the ridiculously thin body, is this the supermodel of the mobile phone world?

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Sony’s Sports Bloggie, The Hardened Steal Of The Pocket Video Camera World…

Sony, makers of all things electronic have updated their Bloggie line of internet ready video cameras, introducing the new Bloggie Sports. With it’s toughened exterior the Bloggie has become the pocket camera for all occasions and locations.

Sony hasn’t stopped at hardening the Bloggie either, with its colourful new look and comfortable curved line the Bloggie should be as comfortable as it is tough. Able to withstand immersion in water to 5 meters getting pictures of your latest snorkelling adventure has never been easier. For the accident prone a drop of 1.5 meters is taken in the Bloggies stride, as are dusty and sandy conditions.

The Bloggie packs some outstanding technology into its tough exterior, the Exmor CMOS sensor can capture video at HD 1080p 30fps for those high detail moments or 720p at 60 fps to capture those fast action situations, just as the shark opens wide perhaps. Stills are captured at 5.1 megapixels. Four times digital zoom and electronic image stabilisation combine to help keep the image stable and in sight. 4GB of internal memory is included, no options for expansion are included.

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The Neutrino Network, Unlimited Wireless Networks Of The Future…

Home Wi-Fi users aren’t the only people struggling with interference. Adjusting antenna to get the signal to bounce just around right may be an activity of the past. Scientist from FermiLab have successfully tested communication using Neutrinos, the most unstoppable sub atomic particles in the universe.

Using a particle accelerator the scientists were able to fire the Neutrinos through 240meters of solid stone to a receiver on the other side. The first transmission was akin to Bells first message over his new phone, in this case the message read neutrino

Neutrinos are almost massless and magnetically neutral, allowing them to pass through almost anything at nearly the speed of light. This ability to complete ignore the world as it passes by makes Neutrino’s perfect as a communications signal.

The Sun naturally emits trillions of Neutrino’s every second as a by-product of the fusion process, these Neutrinos are constantly passing through the Earth without wavering. Neutrinos are the most oblivious of the sub atomic particles.

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Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances. The RTS King Returns As The Best Play4Free Yet…

Electronic Arts look to be embracing the Play4Free gaming model. After releasing Battlefield, Need for Speed and Warhammer variations, all play for free, now it is the turn of the all time classic Real Time Strategy game Command & Conquer, it’s back, it’s better than erver, and it’s free.

C&C Tiberium Alliances has recently entered open beta, allowing anyone to sign up and get playing right now. Also adding to the excitement is the addition of Massivley Multi-player Online – MMO – to the new game. Initially battles are limited to 8 players, each Server has enourmous numbers of players in each world. Taking advantage of the web based structure of the game Electronic Arts have taken multi player to the limit, building the game from the outset to enable MMO gaming, allowing millions of players to enjoy the game online simultaneously once the game is fully released.

Developed by EA gaming studio Phenomic C&C is going back to basics, the Play4Free C&C see’s it’s players battling for resources once again, Tiberium along with Blue Crystals are the ultimate energy sources. With multiple bases and many missions to work through Tiberium Aliances will keep you fighting to expand your empire.

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NASA’s Hubble Trident UFO Video, Klingons Off The Starboard Bow.

While it may not be the newest video on YouTube, it is it’s first appearance on Highpants. Once again NASA have supplied evidence of something most unusual travelling through the vastness of space.

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope using it’s Wide Field Camera 3, has happened upon this sight most unusual. Captured by its lens is what appears to be a trident shaped craft trailing through streams of space dust. There appears to be a solid craft within, with an unusual but very angular shape. No matter what the object may  be it looks very science-fiction’y, straight out of an episode of Star Trek – Next Generation.

Study the video for yourself, asteroid debris or the coolest looking UFO seen in years.
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The Ultrabook Revolution Gets Game, The Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-581TG With Kepler On The Side…

The Ultrabook revolution has been unfolding over the past year, amongst all of the sleek and sexy Ultrabooks there has always been one gap in the market, Ultrabooks that allow portable gaming joy. Acer is attempting to address this issue with it’s brand new M3 series of Ultrabooks, specifically the Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-581TG’s.

Acer are pushing the boundaries, how far can the definition of an Ultrabooks stretch? To 15.6 inches Acer seems to believe. While the M3 meets many of the Ultrabook criteria, 8 hours of battery life, 20mm thin and plenty of grunt with the latest chipery. It’s size due to the 15.6” LCD display and the 2.2KG weight make it stand apart from the thin and light 13.3” Ultrabook crowd.

Also setting it apart, The Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-581TG combines the power of NVIDIA’s latest Kepler GPU, the GeForce GT 640M with the fastest from Intel that your wallet can afford. this is the first Ultrabook with discreet graphics, its got game With the minimum specification costing as little as $599 USD the M3 is a whole new breed of Ultrabook, The Mega Ultrabook.

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