Acer’s Aspire V 17 Nitro Has Kinect-Esque Sensor Built-In

Aspire_V17_Nitro_Black_Edition_VN7-791_backlit_keyboard.0The concept of the gaming PC has always been cutting edge, top-of-theline, and edgy designs, coupled with some slightly unusual flourishes. Today, courtesy of Acer, one of those unsual flourishses happens to be Intel’s RealSense 3D — a  technological soup of a standard camera, an infrared sensor, and a laser projector, used to map the world in three dimensions.

It has great reach, being able to recognize all ten figures, facial expressions, and things that occur in the background, behind the user. Two bundled apps that make use of RealSense include Warrior Wave, a game in which you use your hands to manipulate every aspect of your players, and a 3D-scanning app called 3DMe.

Yes, but of course: this is a niche functionality, but with time, and as more companies continue to support Intel’s camera, the more likely it will be that interactions between a user and a PC will include motion and expression, rather than just touch, keyboard and mouse.

Oh, and back to the V 17 Nitro: it has the right specs to play today’s games. A 17.3-inch 1080p display, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics, up to 16GB of RAM, and as much as 1TB of hard drive space.  Four speakers and a Blu-ray drive round it all off.

Price TBA.

Hengedock for Macbook Air Review

20141229_132246In practice, using a Macbook Air as part of an efficient workstation is very satisfying. Enough processing power and a svelte form factor make it an efficient lightweight machine, but 13-inches and then some are still regarded as a footprint. On a desk, so much space could be had if an Air was placed vertically — that’s where the Hengedock comes to be of great use.

Tesla Roadster 3.0 Upgrade: A Crazy 400 Miles On A Single Charge

tesla-roadster-3Teslas truly aren’t normal cars. In the Roadster’s case, this idea is supplemented by the Roadster 3.0 Upgrade. With the inclusion of new battery with 31% more energy than the original, better aerodynamics, and new tires with less resistance — the Roadster is suddenly back on top (and it hasn’t even been actively produced since 2012). The end result is 40-50% improvement with range, compared to the 250 miles of the previous model; the 3.0 upgraded cars will be able to roll at least 400 miles without needed a charge.

Now that’s cutting edge.

Via: Tesla

North Korea Blames The U.S. For Its Internet Outage, Makes Racist Remarks

the-interviewIn blaming Washington for its internet access woes, one of Pyongyang’s unidentified spokespersons also had the chagrin to make rascist remarks towards the POTUS: “Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest.”

Meanwhile, via the republic’s official news network, KCNA, North Korea the following statement:

The United States, with its large physical size and oblivious to the shame of playing hide and seek as children with runny noses would, has begun disrupting the Internet operations of the main media outlets of our republic.

In the stereptpyical language of avid gamers, “u mad bro?”. On the flipside, the movie that ignitied this debacle, The Interview, scored $1 million in earnings on Christmas Day alone.

What a tale.

ViaReuters, Associated Press

Xbox Live And PlayStation Network Are Both Down Due To Attacks

ps4-xbox-oneThe infamous hacking group, Lizard Squad, have claimed responsiblity on Twitter for bringing down both Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network on the 25th of December, Christmas Day. While the dilemma at hand is obivous, the reasoning for the attacks by the Lizard Squad isn’t clear at all — unless of course, it was all for trolling.

Meanwhile, both Sony and Microsoft have acknowldeged the issues and are continuing to investigate and attempt to remedy their networks.

This is a developing situation.

Via: VentureBeatPlayStation (Twitter), & Lizard Squad (Twitter)

HP Subtlety Adds The Chromebook 14 Touch To Its Catalog

c04404362The HP Chromebook 14 Touch is probably the comapny’s most intriguing Chrome OS laptop, with a 14-inch FHD WLED backlit touchscreen at a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution.

With 4GB of RAM, a 32GB SSD, and NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 processor and Kepler GPU to do the pixel pushing, one would expect a high(er) price.

Well, in terms of Chromebooks that is the case: it’s $440.


Chromebooks Will Get The “OK Google” Voice Search Touch

Screenshot 2014-12-19 at 3.24.31 PM - Display 1Google have the “OK Google” command ready on more than just its online search engine, watches, Glass, phones, tablets, and cars — soon Chromebooks will be added to the list. Users will be able to say “OK, Google”, to activate voice search on the notebook, as long as the screen is on and the system is unlocked. Currently available on the developer preview channel, this feature will make its way to stable channel and become final.

ViaFrançois Beaufort (G+)