Category Archives: Product Preview

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The Qualcomm Toq Smartwatch with Mirasol Display…

Qualcomm, makers of the silicon running a world of portable devices is getting into the watches, smart watches to be precise. The makers of SnapDragon have this week announced the release of the Toq smartwatch.

 In a market crowded by big name companies and vapourware galore Qualcomm needs to have one hell of a party trick to ensure success, it does and its call a Mirasol Display. An always on full colour, full frame rate display that looks better when faced with outdoor lighting.

The ticless Toq smartwatch is set for release on December 2, cyber Monday in the states, for that not unsubstantial price of $350 USD, ordered through Qualcomm’s website.

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The Lure of Microsoft Windows Azure, Cloud for the People…

This latest evolution of computing has seen cloud services surge forward rapidly over the last few years, everything that was once performed in the air conditioned server room of you IT Department can now be run in the Clouds. With economies of scale and pricing models designed to attract attention even home users can now afford to have their own server room, in the clouds.

Released to the public in 2010 Windows Azure is Microsoft’s entry into the Cloud hosting world. Offering an incredibly feature rich infrastructure for everyone to take advantage of, from small one man companies to worldwide corporations Azure is the cloud for the people.

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Microsoft Re-Surfaces Tablets, the PC Evolved….

Starting the build up to what will be an enormous Christmas for new products Microsoft has this week (Sept 23) announced a new generation of Surface tablets, re-vamping the Surface range.

Presented on this fine day in New York was the evolution of the Surface range, nothing radical but with the updated hardware and new accessories the Surface and Surface Pro are starting to make far more sense.  October 22 has been set as the release date (most countries) for the Surface tablets, with many of the accessories due in early 2014.

Watching elephants learn to dance is a highly amusing pastime we can all enjoy, although if the Surface Pro 2 is any indication they may finally have found a little rhythm. Can they turn their Surfaces into all they can be?

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Windows Blue and Hot Summer Nights in the City…

Hot summer nights, dreamed of by the cold in the midst of winter’s freeze and dreaded while the summer heatwave stretches on, hot summer nights can drive people to strange places.

Slouching back in my chair, fans blowing from all directions there was a knock at the door. Come in, its open i croaked, my throat course from too many cigarettes. The sign on the door Highpants for Hire Please Come In’ never did have the desired effect. The door swung open and she stood before me, she said her name was Blue, Windows Blue.

I have been sent by Microsoft she quietly whispered, sent to show you the future. Her cartoonish good looks and tall curvy figure had my attention. The fact it took me a moment to process the name Microsoft is a testament to my distraction.

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The Motorola X Phone, the Indestructible Phone…

News often comes from most unusual sources, this week buried deep within Google’s earning s report was a surprising nugget of information regarding Motorola’s highly anticipated Smartphone, the X Phone.

According to the Google’s document Motorola is set to announce the X Phone at this year’s Google I/O conference on May 5, on July 8 the phone will be available through Google Play for $300. Alternatively it will be available from most carriers for $300 on a contract.

Larry Page even spelled out where he sees phone improvements coming from in the future; durability, battery life and design. Motorola has already set the standard for tough phones; following on from the almost indestructible Droid Razr HD will be a hard task.

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The Sharp IGZO Aquos Pad SHT 21 goes on sale in Japan. The IGZO tablet revolution begins…

Sharp has this week spread the IGZO display revolution to the world of tablets, reigniting the display wars once more. With the release of their 7 inch Aquos Pad SHT21 the most advanced LCD technology on the market is ready to take on the world.

Potentially a more dramatic change than the shift to IPS panels Sharp is rolling out their IGZO technology at this very moment. A technology that will eventually improve all displays; LCD, OLED and eInk.

The Aquos Pad SHT21 hits the 7 inch tablet market initially through KDDI (mobile) in Japan.  There is no word yet on pricing for the tablet, although Sharp is rumoured to be aiming for $199 price point for the WiFi only model.

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Sharp’s New IGZO 4K 32-inch LCD monitor, the PN-K321 Mega Monitor…

Sharp has this week announced the latest entrant in the 4K revolution, the PN-K321 32-inch IGZO LCD mega monitor. Part of the new 4K display revolution Sharp’s new monitor is naturally capable displaying 3840 x 2160 pixels, enough resolution to open 4 web pages side by side without overlap or 4 different applications displayed easily without clutter.

As we all know monitors and TV’s are the magic window into our electronic lives; the technology behind this magic is itself going through a number of revolutions. The shift to the higher 4K resolution is happening while LCD and OLD battle it out for dominance. All the while trying to convince us all it’s time to upgrade.

Professional users are the target of Sharps new 4K monster, with industrial lines and a price tag of $5,500 they are also the only potential customers who could afford it initially. Prices will drop of course, once volumes increase.

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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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