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Jan 10 2012

CES: Exclusive- Information You Didn’t Hear About Intel’s UltraBook

Adam Shear

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aring their vision on the future of computing, Intel showed off this prototype Ultrabook at their CES keynote. It can act like a normal laptop or you can fold it into a slate mode where it works just like a tablet. Even with that full sized keyboard, it is just as thin as today’s tablets. All of this is possible because of Intel’s 2nd generation 22 nm processor known as Ivy Bridge. Although Intel will never sell this specific model, we at TripTronicTech got some exclusive information from a member of Intel’s Ultrabook team about who could. We were told that Intel is not patenting this model and that they have already shared it with various manufacturers. These Ultrabooks could hit the market as early as the end of this year. They are being worked on by various computer manufacturers. We will have to wait and see how this plays out but hopefully these Ultrabooks running Windows 8 will be a reality in the marketplace at that time. Stay tuned to TripTronicTech for more CES coverage.


Dec 7 2011

Sennheiser Jumps In to Xbox Gaming Headsets

AustinGriffith

Sennheiser USA today announced two new high end gaming headsets for use with the Xbox 360.

The x 2, a $39.95 high-end, single ear mic will prove to be cost effective while still allowing gamers to trash talk and take names over Xbox Live.

For those of use who’d rather spend a bit more on our headsets, Sennheiser offers there X 320, a $149.95 rivaling the audio quality of gaming giants like Astro and Turtle Beach. With the proven acoustical prowess of Sennheiser’s Open-Aire speaker system. This advanced system provides the best possible imaging, detail and response throughout the entire frequency range (15-23,000 Hz)…which even goes beyond what the human ear can hear. The open design reduces standing waves within the ear capsule, thereby reducing artifacts that could mask critical in-game audio (footsteps, engine noise, gunfire). Even better, it keeps your ears cool during long gaming sessions.

The around-the-ear cups have plush padding to match the headband, giving you no reason to stop playing late into the night. The noise canceling mic is capable of clean, clear voice signals while reducing distracting ambient chatter. The flip-to-mute microphone makes it easy to take a conversation offline.

 

Press Release:

Announcing Two New Sound Experiences for Xbox 360®

Old Lyme, Conn. – November 28, 2011: Xbox gamers no longer need to turn around or look over their shoulder to know what’s going on in the game. Sound engineers from world-leading audio specialist Sennheiser have developed the perfect headsets to assist gamers in hearing what’s happening around them even before they can see it.
The top-of-the-line X 320 features Sennheiser amplified stereo sound (click on image for hi-res).
The two models, the X 320 and X 2, are Sennheiser’s first ever Xbox headsets and have been developed for use with Xbox LIVE®. In this online community, more than 35 million players from around the world come together to compete in games, while being able to talk and interact with each other.
The headsets’ technology is based on expertise gained from Sennheiser’s PC gaming series—one of the best selling gaming headset series in the world—and includes new features specifically developed for Xbox gaming.
The top-of-the-line X 320 features Sennheiser amplified stereo sound, which boosts the Xbox 360’s audio experience. A professional-grade, noise-canceling microphone ensures that only the gamer’s voice is heard. Dual volume control lets gamers independently adjust the game’s audio and fellow players’ voices. The automatic microphone mute feature allows gamers to mute the microphone simply by raising the boom, thus eliminating the need for buttons.
The single-sided X 2 headset is designed as a durable and robust alternative for cost-conscious gamers who do not want to compromise on quality. As with the X 320, it also features a noise-canceling microphone.
The single-sided X 2 headset is designed as a durable and robust alternative for cost-conscious gamers who do not want to compromise on quality (click on image for hi-res).
Xbox LIVE is one of the fastest growing gaming communications platforms worldwide. That, coupled with the need for gamers to be able to communicate with teammates in the game while being able to hear top quality sound, led Sennheiser to create ideal headsets specifically for the Xbox system,” said Christian Ern of Sennheiser Communications.
The two headsets are designed to be worn for hours of continuous play, without sacrificing comfort and quality. Each includes a two-year warranty.
The X 320 (street price: $149.95) and X 2 (street price: $29.95) are available now from select retailers.
About Sennheiser Communications
Sennheiser Communications A/S is a joint venture between the electro acoustics specialist Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG and the hearing healthcare specialist William Demant Holding Group. The company manufactures wireless and wired headsets for mobile phones, call centers, offices and unified communications, as well as PC and Mac computer headsets for VoIP, entertainment and gaming. Sennheiser Communications offers both single- and double-sided headsets to suit individual needs and has a wide range of solutions. For more information, please visit www.senncom.com
About Sennheiser
Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

Dec 1 2011

The HAL-5: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Eric Engoron

The HAL-5

Have you ever wanted to lift something that you couldn’t? Have you ever wanted to become stronger than you are in the blink of an eye? Japanese Company Cyberdyne aims to answer your prayers with the HAL-5, an exoskeleton robot that makes you stronger as you wear it.

The Hybrid-Assistive Limb 5 is an exoskeleton robot developed by Japanese Company Cyberdyne. Intended to be used to help the elderly and disabled function normally, this exoskeleton robot amplifies the electrical signals in your nerve cells, thereby making you two to ten times stronger. In one 50.7 pound (23 kg) suit, one could potentially raise their strength to superhuman levels.

This suit’s abilities can also be applied to jobs that require heavy lifting such as industrial work and jobs that require physical endurance, among other applications. While this technology was developed with good intentions, if this technology were to fall into the wrong hands, the world as we know it would change.

Imagine a world in which an army used this technology to become superpowered. Their destructive force can be taken to new and terrible heights. There is a crucial difference between being able to lift 400 pounds and 4000 pounds. When this exoskeleton robot is eventually released, mankind will be tested. Will this technology remain the savior of rehabilitation in the medical world? Will this technology be used to save lives by lifting beams in collapsing buildings? Or, will this technology be used for destruction? Only time will tell.

The HAL-5 will be released in hospitals around Japan in 2012 for preliminary testing and will be released to the public by 2015. If you have always wanted to have super strength, this could be the technology you’ve been waiting for. However, I caution you that with great power comes great responsibility.


Nov 27 2011

Documents to Go: Productivity in Your Pocket

Eric Engoron

With smartphones becoming more and more popular among teenagers, they have begun to lose their true meaning, productivity on the go. In an attempt to bring back the productive side of smartphones, DataViz inc. has released Documents to Go, an app that aims to be Microsoft office in your pocket, and succeeds in being so.

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Nov 16 2011

Taking The Hassle Out Of Data Transfer – Presenting CloudFTP

Eric Engoron

Have you ever wanted to take data off of a USB and put it on your iPad, iPhone, or any other wireless device? If you have, you know that this process is a hassle that involves your computer as a middleman to bridge the USB and your device, and then you have to do all that tedious dragging and dropping. However, CloudFTP, a kickstarter project by the Sanho Corporation, promises to be a game changer that eliminates the middleman.

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Nov 8 2011

Barnes and Noble Unveils the New NOOK Tablet, Watch Out Amazon!

Adam Shear

Amazon may have introduced the Kindle Fire to the world, but Barnes and Noble looks to be competing head on with a similar product. Today, the book retailer introduced the newest version of the NOOK, the NOOK Tablet. So what makes the NOOK Tablet so special and unique? Like the Kindle Fire, the NOOK Tablet runs on an extremely modified version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The only major differences from the Kindle Fire are that it is .3 millimeters thicker, .5 ounces lighter, contains double the built in storage at 16 GB, double the RAM at 1GB, has a micro SD card slot, and a built in microphone. Barnes and Noble will also provide free customer support at their retail stores. Similarities include a beautiful 7 inch 1024 x 600 display and a powerful 1 GHz dual core processor.

Having a completely modified operating system means you will not have access to all of the apps in the Android Marketplace. Barnes and Noble will be offering select Android apps in their NOOK Apps store, already available on the NOOK Color. For starters, the NOOK Tablet will come pre loaded with apps such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Chess, Crossword, Sudoku, Media Gallery, NOOK Friends, and an email application. You’ll get plenty of games such as Angry Birds and Scrabble, as well as Barnes and Noble’s large selection of books and magazines. The NOOK Tablet arrives on store shelves on November 18 for $249, just $50 more than the Kindle Fire.

The NOOK Tablet looks like a pretty fine tablet for its asking price. Just like the Kindle Fire, it is more for media consumption than anything else but nonetheless, it is a great addition to the NOOK lineup. It’s up to the user to decide whether to get their apps and books through Amazon or Barnes and Noble. For some, this may be a tough choice but either way, you can’t go wrong.

Source- [Barnes and Noble]


Sep 15 2011

HTC Be Rockin’ Them Beats, Yo

Tarndeep

The All New Sensation XE with Beats by Dre

Just when you thought HTC had enough phones in the market, they come out and throw another smartphone at you!

Now, it’s the HTC Sensation XE. Sound familiar? The HTC Sensation was released under T-Mobile USA several months ago, and while the Sensation is on T-Mobile, I’ve been told the XE will not be coming to T-Mobile. I found this to be a little surprising since they launched the original Sensation, as well as launching a Vibrant, followed by a Vibrant 4G several months ago.

Now, you may wonder, why in the world would someone by the Sensation XE over the Sensation. Well, the fact of the matter is, aside from some new wallpapers, the XE has new red accents, as well as a “Beats” stamp on the back cover – oh and there’s a hardware upgrade. While the Sensation is powered by a 1.2 GHZ dual-core processor, the XE comes with a dual-core processor rated at 1.5 GHZ - that’s a pretty significant bump. Not only has the processor been upgrading, HTC took the liberty of upgrading the battery as well, to a bigger, 1730 mAH! Oh, you also get to choose between a 16 GB and 32 GB microSD card, and they’ll throw in a set of Beats headphones!

A big highlight is the Beats audio integration. Several weeksago, HTC announced a partnership with Beats, by Dre, a Rapper. These “Beats” have a reputation for better quality. Described: The HTC Sensation XE is the first handset to offer a Beats Audio experience – a combination of software & hardware that allows you to hear music the way the artist intended. When used with the exclusive Beats by Dr. Dre in-ear headphones, the handset automatically switches to the bespoke Beats by Dr. Dre sound profile, delivering audio tracks tuned specifically for the headphones.

Whether you are using any of the many music services available in the Android market you will notice fuller bass and crisper vocals and a new level of clarity and range offering audio the way the artist intended it to be heard. Continue reading


May 28 2011

Say It Ain’t So, Google!

Tarndeep

Ah spring – the weather’s getting nicer, the sun’s out, and people are in the process of spring cleaning. It’s not just us regular folk  doing spring cleaning at home, big companies are in the process as spring cleaning as well!

Thursday, May 26th, Google announced it will be cleaning up some of their APIs! This means some of the applications you may be using, will no longer be supported, or they will be shut down completely! Some of these include Google Wave and the Google Translate API.

It’s a darn shame; some of these were actually very helpful. Personally, I use Google Wave to coordinate some product reviews with my colleagues, and as far as Google Translate goes, I find myself using it more often than not trying to transfer words to full paragraphs!

As far as Google Translate goes, el gooG states: Continue reading


May 26 2011

HTC says goodbye to locked bootloaders!

Tarndeep
HTC

Quietly keeping their customers!

HTC has been an obvious front-runner in the sales of Android devices for a while now, and it makes sense too. HTC did in fact release the first Android phone with Google, the T-Mobile G1, as well as the Google branded Nexus One. Today, HTC continues to churn out high quality, powerhouse super phones, which are among the reasons people like HTC as much as they do. A big portion of these people include the Android developing, hacking, and modding community. Although the quality and performance is great, another reason many modders, which includes a very big portion of the Android community, like HTC is because they allow you to unlock the phone’s bootloader.

What is a bootloader? The bootloader is a piece of code that runs before any Operating System (OS) is running, which is used actually used to boot up said Operating System. They [bootloaders] also control the different ways to boot the Operating System’s kernel, as well as containing commands for debugging and/or modifying the kernel environment, according to Tel Aviv University. Continue reading


May 26 2011

PlayStation Network Users: Get Protected

Adam Shear

As promised, Sony is delivering to every PlayStation Network member, up to one million dollars in identity theft protection.  Sony Computer Entertainment has partnered with Debix to offer AllClear ID Plus to any PlayStation Network and Qriocity users who are concerned that their information might have been stolen from the hackers who took down PlayStation Network.  Any PlayStation Network user who has been a member since April 20th qualifies for the service and just has to provide Sony with their email address.  The email address you provide must be the same email address associated with your PlayStation Network or Qriocity account.  Users will have until June 28 to get their free identity theft protection. Continue reading