Microsoft has revealed the next gen Xbox console called the Xbox One. The console should be available later this year, which means more than likely it will be around Christmas time I’m guessing. Microsoft Exec Don Mattrick called it an “all-in-one” box. It was debuted next to the new gamepad and Kinect motion camera.
It’s finish is a mixture of Black matte and gloss. It comes with a slot-loading (thank you for removing the tray) blue-ray optical drive. The Kinect is being touted as the the most important feature as it is connected to the Xbox On. There was mention of switching between Xbox One and Live TV seamlessly which seems to confirm the rumor about HDMI connections. Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi also demonstrated gesture controls for the UI. Taking a page out of the Windows 8 book, the UI looks very similar to the tile-system. Continue reading
The Russians space agency sent up a Scientific laboratory of sorts in to space on April of 2013 which was intended to study long-term effects of weightlessness. However, the outcome of 45 mice, 8 gerbils, and 15 newts was grim. Due to multiple issues that culminated from equipment failures and the stresses of space the majority of the little crew actually survived with all the Newts and fewer than half the mice, the gerbils did not make it.
The space agency said that the low survival rate was to be expected. The satellite was equipped with cameras that allowed scientists to visually monitor the animals during it’s flight, which was at an altitude of about 357 miles. To give you an example of how far that is, the International Space Station only orbits at 250 miles above earths surface. This also marks the first time that animals have flown in long term space missions on their own. It’s rumored that these space pet stores will be available with a 90% improvement to quality of life for our furry friends in time for your next trip to mars.
There has been a lot of activity on the sun lately. Most recently is the Sunspot AR1748. Since Monday this spot has already given off four “X-class” solar flares. Solar flares are classified as A, B, C, M or X. This goes by the peak flux which is in watts per square meter, W/m² of 100 to 800 picometre X-rays near earth with an X-class being the most hazardous with the potential for disruption to satellite signals, radio, and the electrical grid. At this point the flares have been directed away from Earth as the spot is located at the left edge of the sun, but it may not be much longer before the loaded gun is pointed right at us and she has anything left in that spot it may be a direct hit.
SpaceWeather.com says that we may actually see a possible CME impact on May 17th which would be a glancing blow by the most recent flare. They also say, “the active region continues to grow beneath a delta-class magnetic field that harbors energy for powerful eruptions.” So far AR1748 has produced more X-flares than every other sunspot of the past year combined. The last flare was a X3.2 class flare on may 14th.
With this upcoming event, it could trigger a dazzling display of lights in the sky in the Northwest regions which bring the Northern lights much further South than normal. Major solar flares have been known to bring rare aurora sightings to Arizona and Florida.
Bitcoin has been through some tough times lately with wild fluctuations due to speculations and denial of service attacks. Bitcoins popularity ballooned recently when the European markets instability began to rise. The move by the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) to seize it’s funds and it’s ability to use the payment service Dwolla to transfer money into and out of the most popular Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox is by far the strangest things we have seen. I mean I would expect to see something like the IRS or DoJ to have done this. Which means that there must have been some sort of National Security risk to the public. With Bitcoin continually reoccurring setbacks it makes one wonder if it’s even worth it anymore. Hell, with money being seized and people unable to make transactions this could be the last that we see of Bitcoin. So expect to see the market value of Bitcoin fall through the floor.
If you haven’t used Google Play Music, you might be missing out. If you use an MP3 player, but own an Android phone, you might want to toss that extra device and move to Google Play Music. Google Play it’s self has been around for a while and it allows you to put all your music in to a cloud system. By definition that means you have access to the information from any location that you can access play.google.com. This service allows you to upload up to 20,000 of your songs that are available at any time. You can also buy new music through Google Play, listen to them through the web or on your Android device. You will need to install an application called the Music Manager in order to upload your files. This also allows you to download your music files which, as mentioned before, is a cloud system. Continue reading
Project Shield was first revealed at CES 2013 at the beginning of the year. It was impressive and innovative. This is NVIDIA moving in to the gaming scene more and more. However, this is no normal hand held device. No this utilizes your network and your PC that has a GTX650 series video card and up. Everything is rendered on your PC and sent through your network with virtually no lag time at all. Continue reading
Kind of off the beaten path of the type of posts we do here, but I thought this was worthy to be on our front page. Random Access Memories which is Daft Punks newest album seems to be getting reviews that are confusing to me. I have been watching all the collaborator films and reading about the development of the album. My experience was exactly what I thought it would be and I think a lot has to do with the fact that I got a lot out of the collaborator videos and when they released “Get Lucky” I knew it was going to be awesome. Not the drops, wubs, or womps that people were apparently and mistakenly expecting. Daft Punk is about dance, they brought in a new era of dance music when they created such hits as, “One More Time”, “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” or “Around The World”. They seem to reinvent themselves in each new album they create. Continue reading
Welcome, if you have came from the geforce3d.net website to this one we welcome you to the new home. If you are new and have no idea what we are talking about, let me give you some history.
We started out back in 2006 as an NVIDIA fan site under the name geforce3d.net. While at the time it was a great idea and even though I wasn’t big, I was able to still get some parts here and there to do reviews on. I have come to know a lot of the NVIDIA folk really well and I have been able to attend some pretty cool events as press, such as the last NVIDIA GeForce Lan on the USS Hornet in Alameda Point, California. It was by far one of the best experiences I have ever had, and I got a t-shirt to prove it! There has been a lot of ups and downs throughout the life of the site and there has been a lot of significant changes made along with the growth we have had. However, some things can be a curse rather than a blessing. Over the years I have been asked far too many times if I was an employee of NVIDIA or if I was just managing the NVIDIA website, and we have been confused as the NVIDIA site GeForce.com. Continue reading
In this review we are going to go over the Tt eSPORTS® Level 10 M Mouse. Thermaltake grouped up with BMW Group subsidiary, DesignworksUSA, to design the next generation mouse for gamer’s. DesignworksUSA and Thermaltake have been designing together more than just a mouse though. They have also designed their Level 10 Chassis. These products are definitely designed to catch someones eye and they do that very well. When I saw the concept design come out for the Level 10 M Mouse my jaw hit the floor and I immediately wanted one. It was beautiful, it had an awesome shell design, with the ability to literally see inside your mouse while the electronics are still stored away safely. Continue reading