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The latest chipset from Intel, the Z77, has been around for a little while now and has certainly spurred a lot of interest by aftermarket motherboard manufacturers. Little actually changed between the Z68 chipset and the Z77 chipset. Z77 added Smart connect to let you receive emails while your computer is asleep and Rapid Start to speed up boot times. With so little changing, it is up to the manufacturers to pack their motherboards so full of features that they stand out above the rest of the competition. That is exactly what Biostar has done with the Hi-Fi Z77X.
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Venerable Japanese watchmaker Seiko has released a limited-edition series of Star Wars watches. Out on October 12, six characters from the films get their own model, each based on a different Seiko model. Among the characters included are some usual suspects: the Yoda watch has a subtle green face, and the murdered out black Darth Vader model is extremely cool. There are also some more questionable choices: who wants a Darth Maul watch? Since they’re Seiko, some of the watches will have mechanical movements, which is very cool for movie tie-ins; these aren’t the Star Wars watches that come at the bottom of a cereal box. The list price is around $1750, but Amazon Japan’s got them for about $1000. No word on whether these are ever coming to the United States, so hop on over to Japan if you’ve got to have one.
Check out the whole line of watches here.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Limited Edition Star Wars watches from Seiko Japan , R2-D2 luggage by Salvador Bachiller,
Samsung Electronics is a massive conglomerate that makes everything from internals (like the iPhone processor) to TVs and smartphones. But their weak link has always been the quality of their software–the Galaxy S3 is a beautiful phone, but many of its Samsung software add-ons and Touchwiz its self are disappointing. But they’re looking to fix that, and are willing to spend some money to do it. A senior Samsung executive told Reuters:
“The message we’re getting from the top is to raise software capability, and buy rather than build, if needed,” Kang Tae-jin, senior vice president of Samsung’s Media Solution Center, said in an interview. “Our focus on software is primarily aimed at driving hardware sales, rather than making money. We have a full range of handsets in so many countries, and, to better market our products, we thought it’s better to start our own software business.”
There are challenges to buying software companies and keeping them productive. Last year, Samsung bought online music service mSpot and rolled it into their own Music Hub service. In the past, Apple bought mapping companies shortly before releasing Apple Maps, and you know how that’s gone. But in an increasingly commodified Android hardware market, Samsung needs something to differentiate it from the Motorolas and the HTCs, and that something is increasingly looking like software. Here’s hoping they buy something better than an Android skin.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Samsung Galaxy S3 remote wipe security issue gets patched, Samsung rumored to launch Galaxy Music smartphone,
Ever wanted to see the great coral reefs of the world but don’t have the time, money, or expertise to fly down to Australia and go scuba diving? Google, along with the Catlin Seaview Survey, have taken hundreds of panoramic photos down below and have posted the resulting pictures online in Google’s Street View interface. The photos were taken with a specially designed 360-degree camera, the Seaview SVII, which is a lot like an underwater version of Google’s Street View cameras. In addition to a 360-degree image, the camera captures geolocation and direction, so it’s possible to create a detailed map with the photos. Initially, the underwater photos were taken to document the condition of the world’s reefs, but Google and Catlin Seaview realized that posting them online can bring a whole lot of joy beyond environmental preservation. You can check out diving sites in the Phillipines, Hawaii, and Australia at maps.google.com/ocean today.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Google parades mobile Street View backpack, Google stops Street View in Bangalore,
In the United States, the Wii U will launch on November 18. But what good is a console if there’s nothing to play on it? Today, Nintendo confirmed 23 launch titles, which is significantly more games than either the Wii or the Nintendo 64 launched with. Even better, there are some notable third-party games included with the always-excellent Nintendo games that come at the beginning of a system. Here your Wii U launch titles:Ubergizmo. Related articles: Wii U developers already complaining about underperforming CPU, Nintendo Wii U launch for Europe might be brought forward to 23rd November thanks to advertising glitch,
Earlier today, we noted an FTC settlement which shows that seven rent-to-own business sold PCs with installed spyware that secretly collect consumer information. The software is designed by a possibly-defunct company called DesignerWare, and the FTC estimates that over 420,000 computers had included a utility called “Rental Agent,” which included a feature called “Detective Mode,” which not only included a keylogger but the ability to access the computer’s webcam. Creepy. This is one of the biggest corporate invasions of privacy in recent memory and the FTC report issues no fines and finds no criminal culpability.Ubergizmo. Related articles: Google could be fined $22.5 million for bypassing Safari privacy settings, Google could face fines up to $10 million over Apple's Safari browser issue,