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Able Planet BT400 – Bluetooth Sport Headset

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Able Planet BT400 – Bluetooth Sport Headset

We met with Able Planet at CES 2012 and got a quick preview of their upcoming BT400 True Fidelity® Bluetooth Sport Headset. Recently, Able Planet sent me a unit to test for myself.

The BT400 is an ultra-light, compact headset using Bluetooth for its audio connection. There are no other inputs aside from the port to charge the device via USB (included) or USB AC adapter (not included). After charging for three hours, the BT400 should last up to eight hours depending on which functions are in use: audio only, microphone, etc. When not in use, the BT400 can be folded up and stored in the included cloth bag.

The BT400 is expected to retail for $125 when released in March.

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[CES 2012] Nyko Gets First Licensed Product Line

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[CES 2012] Nyko Gets First Licensed Product Line

Nyko, a steadfast name in the 3rd-party gaming peripheral market, has been busy expanding their business focus this year.  At this year’s CES, they unveiled their Yo Gabba Gabba! line.

The first, flashiest item that caught our eye was the Yo Gabba Gabba! Muno Time combination clock/radio with integrated portable charger.  Looking somewhat like an animated red pickle, the charger is listed as supporting iPod, iPhone, Nintendo DS and 3DS devices.  The alarm feature can play songs off the connected portable device or one of the included songs like “Don’t Bite Your Friends”.

The second Yo Gabba Gabba! product is the Brobee Hip Pack.  Primarily designed as a mobile device carrying case, the Hip Pack has multiple internal pockets to keep cords and other peripherals off of your portable device screen.  A screen cleaner comes included in the pack.  Both products will be released in the summer and prices have yet to be released.

Nyko also had a few of their new portable device offerings as well.  The PlayStation Vita received a lot of love with the Power Grip, Speaker Stand, and Game Case Pro among the more interesting offers.

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[CES 2012] SteelSeries Perfected the Mouse, Now Expanding Its Lines in 2012

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[CES 2012] SteelSeries Perfected the Mouse, Now Expanding Its Lines in 2012

SteelSeries invited us up to their suite at the Aria during CES to show off a few new products that will be coming on the market this year.

The Flux demonstrates SteelSeries’ desires to get into more mobile technology. While not as large and bold as their other audio offerings, the Flux does have portability and potential for customization on its side. The headset folds down to a compact form-factor so you can drop it in a bag or pocket. The Flux has an audio jack on each ear, so that you can plug in on whichever side you prefer. In addition, the other jack can be daisy-chained to another headset to share your tunes.

Currently there are two base models planned, in black/grey and black/purple, with ear cups and outer plats being able to be swapped out for other colors. Coming ion Q2 of 2012, a customization tool currently dubbed the “Flux Capacitor” will be released to allow you to customize a Flux to your liking before purchase. No pricing information was available for the Flux.

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PixelatedGeek Does CES 2012

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PixelatedGeek Does CES 2012

The year’s convention circuit always starts off with a bang here at PixelatedGeek.   The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which ran January 10th-13th this year, brings all of the world’s top electronics manufacturers together in Las Vegas to attempt to divine the future of technology.

Here’s a breakdown of the meetings we attended and other interesting companies we found along the way:

[CES 2012] Razer Going Portable

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[CES 2012] Razer Going Portable

Razer took some time during CES 2012 to show off the latest prototype of their Project Fiona tablet.

This tablet runs on an Intel Core i7, and is essentially a higher end laptop. Combine the underlying Windows 7 OS and add accelerometers and a touch screen to the already obvious controller rig around the main screen and you have a system with more potential inputs than a comparable tablet or laptop. Razer boasts that Project Fiona offers “the most immersive gaming experience on a tablet.”

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Bethesda Softworks Regains Rights to Fallout MMO

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Bethesda Softworks Regains Rights to Fallout MMO

The rights to a potential Fallout MMO have landed back home at Bethesda Softworks, concluding a battle between Interplay and Bethesday since April 2009 when Interplay missed a two-year deadline to acquire funding and begin development.

Interplay pointed fingers at Masthead Studios, claiming that they already sublicensed the title for development, and that said development was underway. Bethesda, not entertained by any of this, sued both companies.

Interplay gave up the license for a paltry settlement of 2 million dollars; how is that for business savvy? Masthead refuted the claim that they had anything to do with this mess, and agreed never to develop anything related to Fallout.

On a partly related note: the legal team that brought this victory is the same one suing Mojang, the creators of Minecraft, over their new title Scrolls. Apparently, Bethesda/ZeniMax believe they own the rights to use the word “scrolls” in a fantasy setting. Mojang has won out against a temporary injunction; we will follow up as that story progresses.

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iPad Survives 100,000+ Foot Fall From Space

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iPad Survives 100,000+ Foot Fall From Space

All-around invincible padding manufacturer G-Form has one-upped a previous iPad stress test by a hundred thousand feet or so.

Not many companies would decide to test the brute strength of their cases by sending them to the edge of our atmosphere. Then again, not many companies are as serious about game-changing innovation.

There’s some bickering over the test parameters but, discounting the assumed terminal velocity the rig reaches, it’s an impressive view. Watch for yourself:

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Adobe Pulling the Plug on Flash for Mobile

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Adobe Pulling the Plug on Flash for Mobile

It’s hard for a software business to admit when its product is not the ideal solution to your problem. It’s even harder when that same business has been pushing for two years to get everyone to accept them as a serious contender to meet that need.

Adobe has decided to discontinue trying to beat HTML5 on mobile devices, and instead focus on PC development. This does not mean they are backing out of the mobile marketplace – far from it. Adobe will be increasing its involvement with the HTML5 spec and ensuring that their needs are met in the still-evolving HTML5 specification.

The press release, from the Adobe Blog, is below.

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Portal 2 DLC to Feature In-Game Editor

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Portal 2 DLC to Feature In-Game Editor

Valve, creators of the hit franchise Portal, are going to be releasing an in-game editor via DLC for Portal 2 early next year. Valve has released a few sneak peeks at the tool currently in development:

Stay tuned in with PixelatedGeek for any developments in this story.

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Hands-On with the SteelSeries Sensei

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Hands-On with the SteelSeries Sensei

Back in August we let you know about the new SteelSeries Sensei programmable, pro-grade laser mouse. SteelSeries sent one our way to test out, and the Sensei went above and beyond our expectations.

The Mouse

One of the key features that sets the Sensei apart from its brethren is the inclusion of a 32 bit ARM processor to take the load off of your system. This means less response lag interpreting your movements into the game, less consumption of your system resources, and overall bragging rights. This is easy to take for granted, as the vast majority of us are not tuned in to the millisecond lags that pro gamers dread. However, the control tuning and visual customization is something with which we can easily come to terms. I will delve into these two features a bit more below. To round out the package you can slap on the ability to custom record and map macros to any of the seven buttons and Teflon skids on the bottom to reduce drag.

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