NVIDIA Announces Tegra 4 With Project Shield Portable Game Console

project_shield_v2bThis is some seriously cool hardware coming from a company who makes parts, not entire systems. NVIDIA has introduced Tegra 4, their new mobile chip platform, which has 72 custom NVIDIA GeForce GPU cores (6x what the Tegra 3 had), a quad-core ARM Cortex A-15 CPU, 4G LTE supported, ehnaces mobile imaging and HDR, and allows for better battery management. That’s very cool. But it’s Project Shield that takes the meat from the lion.

NVIDIA’s Project Shield is a game console. It sports the new Tegra 4 processor, a 5-inch 1280×720 HD touchscreen, a full controller, has HDMI, micro-USB, microSD, and audio-out ports, and can project an image over HDMI at 4k resolution (in other words, Hyper/Ultra HD. And it runs Android — without a skin. What’s a really awesome app on the Project Shield console? Steam’s Big Picture, allowing for full PC games and the Tegrazone, which are a set of NVIDIA-optimized Android games.

Both specifics are probably far on the horizon: price and retail availability; NVIDIA states it should ship by Q2 of 2013 in the US and Canada, but other than that, it’s quiet. But man, is this a gadget to own.

Via: Project Shield

Brevity Review: Ogio Renegade RSS Backpack

Brevity Review: For The Awesome Renegade RSS!Price as Reviewed: $150 at Ogio

Score: 9/10

This is another one of Ogio’s awesome experiments: a bag with a ton of zipper, pockets, and places to hide stuff, with super supportive straps and a comfy back to support your spine. In this case, that all costs $150 and is called the Renegade RSS. It weighs 3.6 pounds empty and holds up to 17-inches of laptop goodness inside of its special and specific weight management system pouch, with has both extra padding and is suspended in such a way so that laptop doesn’t bog down the whole backpack.

Don’t worry though: the Renegade RSS isn’t just for carrying heavy stuff: I threw in a tablet in there without a problems, and some snacks and books while running around New York City. But that’s not all.

Lenovo Is Splitting Up With Thinkpad Come April

lenovothinkLenovo has done some pretty great things with IBM’s ThinkPad brand ever since they purchased it in 2005, however Lenovo has mostly been known for its lower-end computers plus the mainstream laptops. The ThinkPad brand remains their only high-end market line of computers, so in an effort to be more efficient and better promote the brand against companies like Apple, Toshiba, and Samsung, they’re splitting the ThinkPad brand away from the Lenovo household.

To accomplish this, Lenovo will be split into two parts: Lenovo Business Group (LBG) and Think Business Group (TBG).

Effective from April 1st, LBG will be headed by Senior Vice President (Mobile Internet Digital Home) Liu Jun to focus on mainstream consumer and business desktops, laptops, and tablets, as well as smartphones and smart TVs. On the other side of the fence, TBG will be led by Senior Vice President (Product Group) Dr. Peter Hortensius to better establish the business-friendly Think brand in the consumer market, as well as continuing to stay ahead of the game in the global commercial business — a crucial point of its survival. Interesting plan, no doubt.

Via: Eng Chinese

Vizio Has Announced Their Own 11.6-Inch Windows 8 Tablet

vizio-tablet-pc-new-620-wideDon’t worry: it’s not a silly Windows RT tablet. Running full Windows 8, Vizio’s new 11.6-inch 1080p display tablet has packs a dual-core, 1GHz AMD Z60 chip, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of solid-state storage, a 2-megapixel front camera and micro-HDMI / micro-USB ports. On top of all that, it’s signed off by Microsoft Signature, indicating that it is free of any bloatware — a fresh Windows install. No word on pricing or availabilty, but it looks good on paper and in press photos.

Obama Signs Off Communications Satellites: Now They Can Be Exported

Satellites In SpaceRecently, President Obama has signed a defense bill reverts the ban and reclassifies communications satellites as civilian technology. This allows for American companies to build and export them to other countries. The move allows companies that build communication satellites to further expand their project, but there are certain limits, including Boeing not being able to export satellites to China, North Korea, or Iran. This industry is happy about it however: “This is a tremendous assist for an industry that is inherently international,” the president of the Satellite Industry Association told The New York Times, “it will ensure our place at the forefront of space.”

Via: NYT, Image Credit: NASA

Check It Out: A PC Cooled Off, By A Wind Tunnel

wind-tunnel-computerThis is the work of a true geek: Mike at Total Geekdom,has been constructing a wind tunnel case. Built from a box fan, medium-density fiberboard, lexan and aluminum, the tunnel increases airspeed by about 240 percent and cools its contents with a brisk 9 mph breeze. At full bore, however, the fan churns out air speeds between 26 and 30 mph inside the case’s sweet spot. What’s it cooling off? A PC worthy of some gaming, with an Ivy Bridge 3770K processor, a pair of Radeon 7970 (Sapphire Dual-X) GPUs, 8GB of RAM and a 40GB SSD.

While there’s room for overclocking, it’s still humming at a speedy 4.5GHz with temperatures between 64 and 65 degrees Celsius, and can run its GPUs at 1225MHz with core temperatures at 46 and 56 degrees Celsius.

But this cool computer isn’t being used for games; instead it’s processing time has been donated to cancer research via the World Community Grid. Cool, literally.

Via: Total Geekdom

Android Dashboard Update: Jelly Bean Is Now On 10 Percent Of All Active Hardware

androidstats-january42013Still, for the two software versions that Android Jelly Bean is worth, it’s still astonishing that it’s only on 10 percent of all active hardware, considering that most of the high-end Android phones either ship or have been updated to it, as according to the active devices that accessed the Google Play store in the last 14 days. Ice Cream Sandwich devices also grew to represent 29.1 percent of active hardware, and while 2.3 Gingerbread still has the largest slice, it slid below half to 47.6 percent — so developers do have the latest API at their disposal, but they’re mostly missing out the new user interface introduced with Jelly Bean: Project Butter.

All in due time, I guess.

Via: Android Developers

Samsung Knocks Out New Series 7 Ultra Laptop With Sweet Design

series-7-ultra-620-wideSamsung does have a knack for creating interesting designs, and the Series 7 Ultra is no exception. This ultrabook, announced before the big CES (Consumer Electronics Show) on the 8th of January, will come in two versions: one touchscreen, one without. However in the variants there different processors (Intel Core i5 or i7) and different storage capacities (128GB or 256GB), but always with Windows 8 included. Whichever configuration you choose, though, you’ll get a 350-nit, 1080p display, up to 16GB of RAM (whoa!), a backlit keyboard, JBL speakers and a 1GB AMD HD8570M GPU. Other specs include three USB ports (two 2.0, one 3.0), HDMI, Ethernet, mini-VGA, a memory card reader and a battery rated for up to eight hours (probably that’s the non-touch model).

Samsung has another laptop in the work called the Chronos. Apparently this is supposed to be their showstopper and they’re not really talking about it until the show, instead teasing it has very high-end specs and a slim, modern design. Looks like we’ll be waiting on it.