Valve Updates Steam Voice Communication Quality Using Skype SILK

Valve has announced that it has now released a new update to its Steam voice communication service that improves the quality of the voice technology within Steam.

Steam’s voice chat system now uses the SILK audio codec, developed and used by Skype. The SILK technology provides a greatly improved voice quality compared to Steam’s previous voice technology, but does add a little more to the bandwidth. The old system used around 15kbps of bandwidth and now the SILK voice system uses anything between 8 and 30 kbps.

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Chumby8 Widget Display Now Available To Pre-Order

The chumby8 desktop widget display which is an 8 inch 800 x 600 display that has been created by Chumby to be used to display a variety of widgets from its 1,500 strong library of available widgets.

Together with its touchscreen the Chumby8 is powered by a 800MHz Marvell ARMADA 166 processor with 128MB of RAM. With connectivity being provided via Wi-Fi b/g



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Casio Unveils Bluetooth G-Shock Watch

Casio has unveiled its latest G-Shock watch creation, which now includes Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and has been designed to be used with the new Bluetooth profile 4.0 mobile phones that will be arriving shortly.

Once connected to your new Bluetooth 4.0 mobile the G-Shock watch will then be able to notify you of incoming calls, email messages and SMS messages. Together with a new finder function that allows you to start the vibration action on your mobile phone by pressing a button on your G-Shock watch. As long as the phone is within the 2-5m range of Bluetooth 4.0.

The new G-Shock weighs in at 65g and is water resistant to 20 Bar. Its communications include 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and a 1mbps data transfer rate.


Casio Bluetooth G-Shock Watch

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Chromium Task Force Assembled To Reduce Chrome Distribution Size

Since its first release back in May 2009 Google’s Chrome has steadily grown from a 9MB distribution up to a 26.2MB release for the Google Chrome release on March 3 2011. Due to numerous additions to Chrome such as the internal Flash player, PDF reader and sync engine.

Now Google is assembling a task force to look at reducing the the size of Chrome distribution binaries, and posted a article on the Chromium-dev forum.

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Head Of Mac OS X Bertrand Serlet Leaving Apple

Bertrand Serlet has been the head of Apple’s Mac Software Engineering for a long time, he was the head of the software development at Apple ever since the developed Mac OS X and has worked with Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs for 22 year, and Apple has just announced that he is leaving the company.

Craig Federighi, who is Apple’s vice president of Mac Software Engineering will take over Serlet’s role at Apple, and he has been managing the Mac OS Software Engineering at Apple for the last two years.

Head Of Mac OS X Bertrand Serlet Leaving Apple

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Sony Unveils Pro NEX-FS100 Interchangeable Lens Camcorder

Sony has unveiled their new professional interchangeable lens camcorder the NEX-FS100 Super 35mm NXCAM camcorder which has been developed specifically as a digital motion camcorder. Designed to record video footage with shallow depth of field similar to that of a film camera.

The NEX-FS100UK is equipped with a large CMOS sensor equivalent in size to Super35mm film like that used in the PMW-F3. Together with the 35mm E-Mount interchangeable lens system that provides a wide variety of current and future E-mount lenses from various lens manufacturers such as : Sony Zeiss, Tamron, Sigma and Cosina, that are compatible with the NEX-FS100.

Sony NEX-FS100


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Contour Viewfinder iPhone App Allows Easy Setup Of ContourGPS Video Cameras

Contour the makers of the ContourGPS video camera have unveiled a new iOS app that allows you to link your ContourGPS video camera directly to your iPhone or iPod touch.

Using the new Connect View Card and Viewfinder App you can now connect your iPhone or iPod Touch over Bluetooth transforming your iOS device in to a live viewfinder to make sure you have your camera positioned perfectly before setting off.

It also allows you to tweak your camera settings from your iPhone without having to remove your helmet, without the need to tether the camera any more. Watch the video after the jump to see it in action.

Contour Viewfinder App

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3DS Ghost Recon : Shadow Wars Walkthrough (video)

If you have been enjoying your shiny new Nintendo 3DS gaming system, and have been waiting for the up and coming release of 3DS title Ghost Recon : Shadow Wars. Industry veteran developer Julian Gollop provides you with an insightful look at the game and explains how the mission system works in the video after the jump.

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Official HTC EVO 3D Video Released

yesterday HTC announced their latest Android smartphone, the new HTC EVO 3D, and now they ahve released a short video which gives us a glimpse at this new 3D Android smartphone.

The video below gives as a quick look at the 3D cameras and the new 3D display as well as the user interface, and the display looks pretty good from the video.

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