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Nov 12 2012

Microsoft has no plans for DirectX 11.1 on Windows 7

Microsoft has recently released version 11.1 of its Direct 3D API for Windows 8 and Windows RT but it seems people hanging on to their old installs of Windows 7 will miss out on this particular update to DirectX. This was confirmed by Microsoft Employee Daniel Moth who stated on Microsoft’s msdn forums that there is “no plan for DirectX 11.1 to be made available on Windows 7.”

So there you have it, you can now factually state that Microsoft has pulled a Vista with Windows 8. At least in the sense that they are holding back support for DirectX on their older OS platforms just like the originally did with DirectX 10 on Vista.

Oct 29 2012

Google Nexus 10 Announced

Had enough of announcements from Google today? Well it’s not over yet as they announced the first 10 inch Nexus Branded Tablet today as well as their newest Nexus Phone. The Nexus 10 is a WiFi only tablet that runs android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Gorilla Glass covered 2560×1600 resolution display at 300 pixels per inch, Dual Core Samsung Exynos 5 SoC processor, 2 GB of RAM, NFC, MIMO Wireless N WiFi,5MP back camera and a 1.9MP front-facing camera. The tablet will be available in Canada on November 13th and start at $409 for the base 16 GB model.

Aside from the lack of a 3G or 4G wireless radio I see this as being a great deal for a 10″ tablet. Especially when you consider that this product has similar specs to an iPad 3 ( in fact the pixels per inch of the Nexus tablet is higher ) for the price of the iPad 2; however, if the Nexus 7 is any indication of how Google works then we should probably expect a 3G/4G capable version of the device sometime next year.

Oct 29 2012

Google Officially Announces the LG Nexus 4, Available in Canada on November 13th

By now the LG Nexus 4 isn’t much of a surprise but despite the cancellation of Google’s press event in New York today we still got confirmation today on the latest Nexus phone. The LG Nexus 4 will run on OS 4.2 Jelly Bean, have a 1.5 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon Processor, 4.7 Inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1280×768, 2 GB’s of RAM, Wireless Charging, NFC, 2,100 mAh battery, 8MP Camera and a 1.3MP front facing camera. The phone is also 9.1 mm thick and weighs 139 grams.

The better news in all of this is that the device will be available in Canada on November 13th at $309 for the 8 gig model and $359 for the 16 gig model directly from the Google Play store. Meaning that the phone will come completely unlocked.

Oct 23 2012

Apple Announces iPad 4th Gen and iPad Mini

Apple has announced not one buy two new iPad models today in San Jose during their press event today. The first iPad announcement was the 4th Generation iPad which features a new A6X chip that has double the CPU and GPU performance, the new Lightning Dock connector, and new accessory cables that support SD storage; however, the screen resolution and price for the 4th gen iPad will remain the same.

The second iPad announcement was the new 7.9 inch iPad Mini which has very similar specs to the iPad 2. The iPad mini has a duel core A5 Chip, a 5 mega pixel iSight camera, an HD front-facing camera and runs at a resolution of 1024×768. The iPad Mini also uses the new dock connector and will start at $330 for a 16 GIG WiFi only version. There is also the option to get a LTE radio on the device for an extra cost of $130.

Another interesting note is that the 3rd generation iPad (which is less than 6 months old) will no longer be sold as it has been replaced by the 4th generation model; however, they will still be selling the iPad 2.

I’m honestly baffled by all of this.  Sure the iPad mini was something that most expected but a 4th generation iPad this early? It seems to me like they are getting dangerously close to milking their customer base a little too much.

Oct 16 2012

Microsoft Surface RT Tablet Pricing Revealed

Microsoft revealed the pricing for its upcoming Surface tablet today and has since pulled the listing from their website. So unless they plan on changing the pricing last-minute the pricing for a 32 gig Surface Tablet will start at $499.99 for just the tablet. 599.99 for a 32 gig tablet with a keyboard cover and 699.99 for a 64 gig tablet with a keyboard cover.

The touch keyboard can also be purchased separately at 119.99 for the regular touch cover and 129.99 for the surface type cover which is a thicker cover that provides more tactile response with its keys.

At first glance I thought that Microsoft may have missed the boat completely on the pricing for the tablet but then I remembered that a 32 gig iPad 3 costs $600. So while they are slightly undercutting the competition it doesn’t seem that they are doing it as aggressively as some would have hoped.

I am certainly looking forward to see how the Surface RT performs once it releases this October 26th but I cant help but think that most people will either pass on it or wait for the x86 version of the tablet.

Sep 13 2012

Nintendo announces Nintendo TVii

Nintendo has announced that they are starting a new non-gaming initiative called Nintendo TVii which is essentially there digital video initiative.  The service is a personal program guide that shows you what you can watch on live TV as well as what is on your DVR. It also gives you access to content on digital services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon video. The service allows you to set favorite and search through all your services to find any content you may want to watch. Nintendo TVii will be free with the purchase of the WiiU system.

Aug 29 2012

Fan Expo 2012: Coverage Summary

That's Yo Garbage Fan Expo 2012 Coverage

For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to keep up with all of our Fan Expo 2012 coverage here is a comprehensive set of links to everything we covered. We still haven’t been able to post everything we covered on the site yet, but we will keep this post updated as our remaining Fan Expo coverage goes up.

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Aug 24 2012

Fan Expo 2012: LG Dual Screen Technology

Trevor interviews a girl from the LG Booth showcasing their new LG Dual Screen glasses which may eliminate the need for split screen in local co-op games. As a big fan of co-op games I’m in love with this even if the price tag is crazy. Check out the video and let us know what you think about this new tech.


That’s Yo “More Couch Co-op” Garbage!

Aug 12 2012

Rogers stops carrying Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus: For those who want the latest Android OS.

It seems that a few of Canada’s major cellphone providers are in quite a bit of a rush to stop carrying the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Launched on Rogers and Telus in January 2012, the Galaxy Nexus promised of having access to the latest versions of Google’s Android OS much faster than any other Android smartphone. Rumours, however, suggest it was instead the fact that the Galaxy Nexus comes as an unlocked pentaband phone that has been a major sticking point for Rogers and Telus.

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Aug 01 2012

Oculus Rift: Step Into the Game

Oculus launches Kickstarter for virtual reality headset. All i have to say is, “obviously the idea started in your parents garage.”

Technical specs of the Dev Kit (subject to change)
Head tracking: 6 degrees of freedom (DOF) ultra low latency
Field of view: 110 degrees diagonal / 90 degrees horizontal
Resolution: 1280×800 (640×800 per eye)
Inputs: DVI/HDMI and USB
Platforms: PC and mobile
Weight: ~0.22 kilograms

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