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Review – Tritton 720+ Headset

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Review – Tritton 720+ Headset

Having recently reviewed the Tritton AX 720, I was more than intrigued to take out the newest 720+ for a test ride. I always appreciate when a company chooses not to deviate from former technology, but instead revisits and enhances it to near perfection. Gaming headsets like these are a dime a dozen, but not all headsets are created equal in both price and quality.

So how does the 720+ hold up compared to the older generation of headsets?

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Valve’s “Big Picture” – Steam to be Available on Your TV

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Valve’s “Big Picture” – Steam to be Available on Your TV

Valve announced a major addition to their game management client Steam today: “Big Picture”.

This new aspect of Steam allows users to access their PC/Mac Steam games on their HD TV.  Interface with game controllers will also be available too, though it seems that right now only the XBox 260 controller is compatible. Big Picture will allow users to browse the entire Steam library and chat with Steam friends on other hardware platforms.

Big Picture will also include a number of unique features. These include the first “first person web browser”, making using a controller to surf the internet easier and quicker, and “Daisywheel,” a new typing interface designed around using a controller instead of mimicking a QWERTY keyboard.

Big Picture is currently in the Beta stage and available for those interested in beta-testing it.  More features will be announced as Big Picture nears release. Check out Valve’s official Big Picture site for more information on the program and how to sign up!

[via Valve]

Samsung 830 Series SSD Review

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Samsung 830 Series SSD Review

Samsung has achieved a reputation most multi-channel manufacturers can only dream of. Their products span the entertainment, convenience, home appliance fields and many others, and while they are perhaps best known for their line of Home Entertainment products, their computer component line-up is equally impressive.

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PS4 and XBox 720 Release Date Hints?

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PS4 and XBox 720 Release Date Hints?

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of some unknown reader trawling through the Activision/Bungie legal documents required for their upcoming deal, the gaming world may have some idea of when Sony and Microsoft’s next-generation consoles will be available.

A title identified only as “Destiny Games #1″ will be released for both the Xbox 360 and 720, “compatible” with both systems, in Fall 2013. This date isn’t surprising, particularly as Microsoft has said the 720 will not be shown on the E3 showfloor this year. Another title called “Comet #2″ is listed for a Ps4 launch window of 2016, with “Comet #1″ scheduled for PS3 release in 2014.

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Homeland Security Wants to Hack Gaming Consoles

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Homeland Security Wants to Hack Gaming Consoles

We probably should have seen this one coming.

The Department of Homeland Security is researching ways to hack into gaming consoles to access private data, ostensibly for use as evidence in tracking credit cards, passwords, and other sensitive information. Armed with this technology, investigators could probably recover data even from a system that had been wiped – so be careful if you intend to sell a used console, particularly if you’re outside the United States.

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Google Announces Augmented Reality Project

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Google Announces Augmented Reality Project

Google announced Project Glass, its new augmented reality project, today on the Google+ social network.

Though details are scarce at this point, Google included a promotional video with the announcement demonstrating some of the potential uses for Project Glass. Like many other such projects, the goal of Project Glass is to integrate social media and sharing functions into everyday life with needing to pull out your smartphone, supported by a wide variety of scanning, media, bulletin and other application functions. The potential device in design photos is a nifty little headset reminiscent of nothing so much as Garrus’ visor eyepiece from the Mass Effect series.

Augmented reality is always an ambitious undertaking – so if you ever wanted to live like a video game character with your very own HUD, this would be your best shot. (No word yet on money counters or extra lives, though.)

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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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Kartoz: A Device For Those Who Love Redundancy

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Kartoz: A Device For Those Who Love Redundancy

Join me on this horribly imaginary journey. The most important thing in the last 12 minutes of your life just happened and you just have to post it on facebook! You reach for your phone only to find that the battery is dead! You could use your computer to provide your information-ally starved facebook friends of the cute cat video you found or the copy and pasted chain mail/status that just arrived, but who uses computers anymore?!? They are archaic machines used by old fogies who think the internet is made of tubes! Whatever shall you do?!

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[CES 2012] And Another Thing…

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[CES 2012] And Another Thing…

Trauben’s Overall

The Consumer Electronics Show is one of the largest and most daunting conferences to cover, and the menagerie of high-tech gadgets and gizmos is staggering. After a day at CES the scope and scale of the electronics industry is unmistakable.

The variety, however, is sometimes a little more in question.

The electronics industry is a pack of hungry companies and developers fighting over finite market share. Much of the time a company presenting a product has their competitors right next door presenting a similar-but-not-quite-the-same product, and the two rivals each assure the consumer or reporter that theirs is the Unique Solution with Innovative Design and High-Quality Material and any number of other perks rating capitalized titles which the discerning customer will surely appreciate. The alternative is monopoly, of course, but I’d rarely realized, for example, just how many companies boast about their mobile device cases or headphones or television designs.

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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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