Tech News December 2010

Interview with NVIDIA’s Luciano Alibrandi 
t-break :: Monday, December 13, 2010
The guys from NVIDIA were in town talking about their upcoming 500 series GPU for notebooks. What they showed was partly under NDA due to the GPU working along with Intel’s Sandy Bridge CPU. What we can tell you is that there will be a 5xxM versions of the GPU targeted towards notebooks from thin and light to mainstream. For the heavy duty / gaming segment, NVIDIA will be using the 470GXT and 480GTX GPUs.

We had a quick chat with Luciano Alibrandi, Director of Public Relations EMEAI who talked about the desktop, notebook and tablet segments and where NVIDIA is placed at the moment as well as where they see it going in the next year.

The GPUs pair up, avoiding RSIs, and a special sneak preview
Tech Report :: Monday, December 13, 2010
Join us for an episode that may help you avoid office injuries, speed up your laptop hard drive, get excited for the next version of TR… and much more.

Christmas Giveaway – Win a ITX gaming rig 
Xtreme Computing :: Sunday, December 12, 2010
“So to put it straight one lucky winner will receive a fully ready to go i5 based (minus operating system) mini ITX gaming rig with the one of the best keyboards on the market and what I think is one of the best Headsets on the market as well as mouse. An Amazing prize fund with a total value of Approx £800….. Now Xtreme Santa has been Xtremely (excuse the pun :P) kind this year….”

Arctic Power Charger Plus review
DV Hardware :: Monday, December 13, 2010
Arctic Cooling offers several battery and battery charger solutions and in this review I’m taking a closer look at the Arctic Power Charger Plus. This device is described as a battery quick charger and the package also includes four AA batteries. The product ships in one of those typical plastic blister packages, it includes the charger, interchangeable tips for abroad and four rechargeable AA batteries.

10 best high-tech holiday gifts for kids 
Digital Trends :: Saturday, December 11, 2010
“Your kids have been at their best behaviors all year long and really deserve cool expensive high tech gadgets as Christmas gifts, right? Maybe not. Regardless, as devoted moms and dads, we forget about all the troubles our little ones cause us and try to get them the very best this holiday season. We strolled through the aisles of Target and Toys ‘R’ us, pages of Amazon, watched all the new cool toy ads on TV, and compiled the below list for you. Our list of the top ten tech gadget gifts has a little something for every kid at every age. High tech toys can be on the expensive side, therefore you may want to team up with grandparents to purchase some of these tech toys.”

Veebeam HD Wireless Stream to your TV Review 
Missing Remote :: Monday, December 13, 2010
In the past year, we’ve seen a number of different wireless streaming devices intended to help bridge the gap between the distance between users and the television. Unlike recent products like the Boxee Box and GoogleTV, which are intended to connect directly to your television full-time, wireless USB streaming devices such as the Veebeam HD try a different route opting to leverage your existing computer from anywhere in the room to stream content to the big screen. This is a great product in theory but can it mesh with how users currently use and expect their home theater PCs to behave?

Top 10 Home Theater Things We’re Thankful For in 2010
Missing Remote :: Sunday, December 12, 2010
Tis the season to be jolly right? Well, we here at MissingRemote are quite jolly about this past year and all the great things it brought to our beloved home theater market. So, we decided to comprise a list of our top 10 most influential things we’re greatful for (from a home theater perspective): 1. Bit Streaming via HTPC – Finally is supported from all major hardware vendors (AMD, then Intel, and finally Nvidia) giving consumers the option as to how (and how much to spend) to enjoy the latest in HD audio formats–up to 7.1 surround Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio…

Sony SMP-N100 Review 
Tech Review Source :: Saturday, December 11, 2010
The Sony SMP-N100 is a streaming media center that offers many multimedia sources like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Amazon, and others, but also plays your own media files that are on your home network. It isn’t the easiest box to use, but it sure is full of some nice features.

The little black box that the Sony SMP-N100 is measures 7.4 x 1.6 x 7.4-inches (whd), which makes it quite large and unruly, so make sure you have a space for it someone with your home theater equipment. The matte black top complements the glossy piano black sides and it has a very clean look with only a power button and USB port on the front.

On the backside of the SMP-N100, you’ll find an HDMI out, component out, composite out, and an Ethernet port. The unit also has built-in Wi-Fi networking, so connecting it via a hardwire connection isn’t necessary, but you’ll probably want to make sure you have 802.11n networking as it is the fastest of the group.

WD’s TV Live Hub media box
Tech Report :: Saturday, December 11, 2010
In the realm of standalone media players, we’ve been impressed by Western Digital’s TV HD, which brings support for a wide variety of music, video, and image file formats into the living room. However, the device lacks internal storage and networking capabilities, requiring users to plug in drives of their own. In the 18 months since the original TV HD’s release, WD has brought integrated networking to the table with a line of TV Live media players. Most recently, it added a terabyte of internal storage to the mix with the WD TV Live hub, a device that can store, stream, and share content while tapping the Internet to fuel a whole world of additional possibilities.