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Monthly Archives: May 2009

NZXT Whisper Review


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For 10 to 12 hours a day during the week I work in a small office with wooden floors and a low ceiling and every noise is amplified, not the least of which being my pc with it’s 6 fans (not including the fan on my graphics card which beats them all). It’s not until a power outage, or re-arranging the office when everything is shut off do you realize just how much racket a PC can make and that it’s time for a change. Enter NZXT’s WHISPER Classic Series chassis, engineered from top to bottom to provide a quieter computing experience.

Assembling an ultimate gaming rig or digital audio workstation based on the WHISPER chassis is an enjoyable task thanks to its smart layout and a pre-drilled wire management system that makes routing cables a snap. One thing to keep in mind when putting a system together is the length of the cables coming from the power supply and the positioning of the power connections on the motherboard, some motherboards have their power connections placed towards the top which can for an impossible reach for some power supplies.

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Minus Concept Keeps Your Trash Cold And Odor-Free


By Chris Scott Barr

Trash can technology really hasn’t evolved much over the years. I think the greatest advancement was when they put on a pedal that opened the lid when you stepped on it. I’ll admit, I love that about my trash can, but surely there are other areas in which we can improve this household item. I suppose there is that smell that comes from stinky garbage. But aside from air fresheners and actually taking out the smelly trash, how else can you combat the smell? Apparently the answer is extremely cold temperatures and an antibacterial UV light.

This awesome Minus concept garbage can uses a combination of those two things to keep odors at bay. I’m sure that it would work, and it would definitely look awesome doing it, but I doubt this would ever see the light of day. Honestly, how many people are going to want to run a mini freezer that just keeps their trash cold. Plus it would just get re-purposed as an impromptu beer cooler. On second thought, put me down for two.

VIA [ Tuvie ]

Palm Pre Syncs With iTunes, No Hassle Required


By Chris Scott Barr

There’s no denying that iTunes is one of the more popular music players out there. This of course makes things easy for iPhone users such as myself, since there’s no real hassle when importing your tracks. Unfortunately the iPhone is really the only phone that plays nice with Apple’s music player. (Yes, I’m choosing to ignore the very existence of the motoROKR, and for good reason)

Well we know that Palm is trying to edge into some of Apple’s market share with the Pre, and it seems that they’ve found one place to hit them. It seems that the Pre will in fact sync iTunes straight out of the box. For those on the fence, this could be something to push them towards Palm’s flagship phone. The only downside is that you won’t have access to music purchased through the Apple Music that’s still infested with DRM (which shouldn’t be an issue for music purchased now, as it is DRM-free).

VIA [ Fortune ]

LG Launches DTXTR Site To Translate Text Messages


By Chris Scott Barr

In some ways I feel bad for parents these days. Sure, as kids we all had our own slang that our parents didn’t always understand, but that’s nothing compared to what is used for texting. To the older generation it can read like a foreign language. Well LG feels the pain of these parents, and has created a translator.

The DTXTR is a simple little web app that lets you enter “teen text” and click a button for a translation. I suppose this is a decent idea, as some parents might be confused by what their kids are saying. But honestly, I wonder how many people will actually bother with it. I mean if a parent isn’t savvy enough to decipher the messages that their kids are sending, are they really going to bother going to a website to figure it out? If I were a kid and sent my parents something that they couldn’t understand, they’d just ground me until I learned how to spell properly.

[ DTXTR ] VIA [ TechCrunch ]

Features of HDMI Specification 1.4 Revealed


By Shane McGlaun

It hasn’t been too long now since HDMI specification 1.3 came on the market and it’s already time for another specification to drop. I am glad to see that the HDMI Licensing company doesn’t sit on its laurels when it comes to adding new features to HDMI.

The full specification is due to be available for download no later than June 30, 2009. Until we can see the full specification, we do know a few of the features that HDMI 1.4 will offer. One of the most interesting is an HDMI Ethernet channel that allows HDMI connected devices to communicate at 100Mbps without needing another cable. An audio return channel is also featured in the spec along with support for 3D over HDMI.

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Numark Scratch Deck DJ Game Controller Debuts


By Shane McGlaun

I have played my share of Rock Band and I actually enjoy the game very much. One particularly eventful night a friend even bought in his Halloween fogger machine and smoked up his entire house. Alas, his wife put a stop to Rock Band night after the fogger debacle.

As much as I like Rock Band and Guitar Hero, I can’t get as excited about the idea of a DJ game. If you feel differently, you may like the new Scratch Deck controller form Numark and Genius specifically made for DJ games. The Scratch Deck will be shown for the first time at E3 next month.

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Retro Joystick – Now With USB!

USB Classic Joystick (Image courtesy Thumbs Up (UK))
By Andrew Liszewski

Remember a time when joysticks were built like a tank, and ergonomics was a term used only for office furniture? Well you can now relive those days with this retro joystick that’s been upgraded with a USB connection allowing you to play your MAME games on your PC the way they were meant to be played. Of course it also works with any modern game that supports a standard gamepad controller, so if you miss that feeling of cramped hands and sore fingers, you won’t want to let this one slip by. It’s available from Thumbs Up (UK) for about $32, though they appear to be sold out until July 6.

[ USB Classic Joystick ] VIA [ Gearlog ]

32GB USB Flash Drive Has An eSata Connector On The Other End

Sanwa eSata USB Flash Drive (Image courtesy Akihabara News)
By Andrew Liszewski

I like this idea. Sanwa has taken your normal, everyday USB flash drive and simply added an eSata connector to the other end, allowing for transfer speeds of up to 75MB/sec if your PC happens to have an external eSata port. The flash drives, which not surprisingly are only available in Japan, will come in 16 & 32GB capacities and will hopefully not cost much more than a similarly equipped USB-only flash drive.

[ Akihabara News – Dual USB and eSATA 32 Memory Key from Sanwa ]

This Weekend: Maker Faire


By Evan Ackerman

Why on Earth would anyone want to cook a bunch of hot dogs with a gigantic tesla coil, you ask? Because it’s AWESOME, that’s why. This is pretty much the philosophy behind Maker Faire: things are worth making and building and creating and doing because (first) they are awesome and (second) because they are useful. Sort of. Sometimes. But who cares! Awesomeness!

Maker Faire is an exposition and celebration of people and the awesome stuff they make. It’s the biggest DIY festival in the world, and this year there will be more than 600 Makers showing off their wares and talents, including robots destroying dinosaurs, compubeavers, candyfab machines… Oh, and tesla coils, did I mention those? And we’ll be there, so check back this weekend for lots of pics.

If you’re in the area, you can get tickets here.

[ Maker Faire ]