Items tagged with Tron

If you love to play Grand Theft Auto Online and enjoy the “Tron” aesthetic, you are in for a special treat. A new vehicle, a light cycle racing mode, and unlockable in-game bonuses are now available on GTA Online through November 21st, 2016. Jeff Bridges not included, of course. First off, “Deadline” is a racing mode that pits up to four players against each other. The players are given a “Shotaro” vehicle that emits a temporary light trail as they drive around the arena. If a competitor comes in contact with one of the light trails, they immediately explode. Players can use “Boost” to speed ahead, “Zoned” to slow down, and “Hop” to leap over their opponent’s deadly light trail. “Deadline” participants... Read more...
The young guns over at Evolve Motorcycles are garnering the lion's share of attention at this year's Milan International Motorcycle Show (EICMA), and that's because they had the audacity to roll out a real life replica of the Tron Lightcycle (renamed Xenon). This thing is seriously sick. It sports 32-inch hub-less wheels, lots of OLED light tape, and a funktastic design, all for 'just' $55,000. The Tron Lightcycle is equipped with a 40kW (54 horsepower) motor and custom lithium ion battery that combined will allow the all-electric bike to reach up to 100MPH and travel up to 100 miles before needing to be re-juiced. If living out a scene from Tron isn't your cup of grog, Evolve Motorcycles also... Read more...
We don't often get too geeked over movie tie-ins, but we have to hand it to Razer for not only building a product line around the upcoming Tron remake based on the one of the most popular sci-fi flicks of all time, but for doing a killer job with it. Even non-Tron fans are likely to do a double take at these new peripherals, all three of which sport a nifty luminescent blue glow. "We are all extremely excited about our collaboration with Disney on a line of high-end gaming peripherals inspired by the upcoming film TRON: Legacy," said Robert Krakoff, president, Razer USA. "Razer is known for our highly detailed finishes and lighting effects, so as soon as we viewed footage from TRON: Legacy, we... Read more...
The Wii Fit is all the rage these days. Selling like hotcakes, it was only a matter of time before another company tried their hand at virtual fitness. The first up to the plate is video game giant Electronic Arts. EA has unveiled its take on fitness. Unlike the "eastern" oriented Wii Fit, which focuses on balance and stretching, this "western" styled fitness game takes a more cardiovascular approach to fitness.  EA Sports President Peter Moore has geared the game towards women, especially mothers, and aims to give people a more strenuous workout by distracting them with the fun of video games, yet still get them to sweat. "It can't feel like a workout," he said, "the team has to figure... Read more...
Solid State Drive technology is set to turn the storage industry on its ear; there is little doubt of this.  When you consider the intrinsic benefits of anything built on solid state technology versus anything mechanical, it doesn't take a degree in physics to understand the obvious advantages.  On the following pages, we thought we'd level-set the features, performance and pricing landscape for you with respect to the current state of SSDs.  Today, we have a look at four different SSD offerings, two from OCZ, one from Mtron and another from Super Talent.  Is a Solid State Disk in your future?  We'll try to help you answer that question in this full performance evaluation... Read more...
Solid State Drive technology is set to turn the storage industry on its ear; there is little doubt of this.  When you consider the intrinsic benefits of anything built on solid state technology versus anything mechanical, it doesn't take a degree in physics to understand the obvious advantages.  Consider the vacuum tube in its day before the advent of the transistor and you'll get the idea.  Though audiophiles may argue the tube still sounds "warmer" and more natural, you certainly wouldn't even been reading this page, if it were not for solid state technology.  As such, it's a natural evolution that obviously, some day, better technology needed to be developed for mass storage. ... Read more...
Uber Mini Tablet PC with “Touch” Screen brings ultra-lite, supra-convenient capabilitiesAlbatron’s “Tee PC” is all that you need with not an inch to spare Albatron Technology is gearing up to roll out its first Mini Tablet PC, dubbed the “Tee PC”, whose prototype was first shown at Computex 2008 (June). Since then, this diminutive Tablet PC has been polished up, packaged and is ready for the market. Unpack n’ Play The “Tee PC” comes ready-to- use straight out of the box with all the hardware and software you need, including a docking station, power adapter and a touch pen. The Windows CE 6.0 operating system is pre-installed with WordPad, MediaPlayer and Internet Explorer. The “Touch” screen... Read more...
According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a dangerous legal precedent has just been set that can potentially unravel existing federal privacy protections for e-mail and Internet usage. The alert from the EFF is not just to sound a general warning, but it also takes the form of an Amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief, filed with the federal 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, asking for the court's legal finding to be overturned. In the recent case of "Justin Bunnell, Forrest Parker, Wes Parker and Valence Media, LTD., vs. Motion Picture Association of America" (MPAA), the owners of TorrentSpy accused the MPAA of violating the federal Wiretap Act by intercepting e-mails. Apparently,... Read more...
AMD hosted a small gathering in the London NYC Hotel yesterday to showcase some of their existing products and technologies, to show off a few products built by their partners, and to demo some products due to be released in the coming months. We attended the event and took a few photos of the various demo stations and thought we'd share them with you here.We're sure many of you have already seen a few of the items that were on display, but we were able to get a bit more up close and personal with a few of them and can give more insight into their operation. The various demo stations were filled with different types of systems / devices and all of them featured an AMD product or technology at... Read more...
Iron Man?  Feh.  How about Paper Man?  A new process can create paper with tensile strength 1.6x that of iron.The new technology, developed by researchers at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, takes ordinary cellulose and puts it through special processing.  The end result is a paper, made out of normal wood pulp that has an incredible tensile strength of 1.6 times that of iron.  The paper sports 214 MPa of tensile strength, easily trumping iron (130 MPa) and heavy duty paper (103 MPa).  Tensile strength helps to measure how resistant a material is to ripping, and how much weight it can support.The new paper is composed of nano-sized whiskers of cellulose. ... Read more...
The Data Center, HotHardware's new community for IT professionals, is sponsored by Dell's Future of Storage. This article is part of our ongoing series of topics and discussions related to IT, Enterprise Storage and related storage technologies. There's no question, the 2008 Olympics, to be held in Beijing China, are serious business.  An of course, serious business needs serious compute, communications and storage power.  For this year's Summer Olympic games, China certainly isn't messing around.  In fact, the old American proverb, "go big or go home" seems to fit aptly.   Digital Beijing - The 2008 Olypmics Data CenterSource: Studio Pei-ZhuDigital Beijing... Read more...
The CeBIT 2008 show is Germany's version of our CES, or Taiwan's Computex, only with a little wienerschnitzel thrown around and some Helles to wash it down; you get the idea.  As with many shows like these, lots of inside info is released and as yet announced products are often shown behind closed doors and sometimes even openly with a pause and a "oops" afterwards as if to say, they really didn't mean to do that.  In that vein this morning, Albatron steps up and tips their skirt in our general direction with this...    Though typically we would offer that we can neither confirm nor deny that these are in fact pictures of Albatron's... Read more...
For those who not only want to be on the bleeding edge, but want to be as fast as possible as well, Mtron has introduced the first SSD hard drive for consumers that, according to them, can  reach data read rates of up to 100 MB/s. Based on their success in high performance SSD products for high-end servers and storages, Mtron has been able to develop high performance SSD for consumer purposes as well. With their new SSD MOBI, Mtron now offers variety of premium consumer SSD products in affordable price range.Mtron SSD MOBI (2.5inch, 32GB standard) will be priced around $650 (USD), which is 30% cheaper than current Mtron SSD products for industrial servers. It offers the best performance... Read more...
As if on cue after Amazon tested the limits of just how inelegant an electronic paper display could be, Seiko Epson has delivered their prototype e-paper display terminal. It's so thin and elegant it gives the booth babe model holding it in the pictures the dreaded "man-hands" look. The terminal measures 180 x 120mm, which is about the size of a notebook (B6 size). Featuring a design with portability in mind, it is only 3mm thick and only weighs 57g. It is equipped with an USB port for USB-based data exchange. The commercialization schedule of the product has yet to be decided, the company said.The display unit is equipped with a 6.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1200 x 1600. The screen features... Read more...
Video game behemoth Electronic Arts just got a little bigger. They've acquired two software studios, BioWare and Pandemic, for  an industry record breaking $860 million.  Although Electronic Arts is the number one video game publisher in the world, their offerings in the first person shooter/ role playing/action genre are a little  thin. These acquisitions should fix that.Prior to this deal, EA's largest acquisition was its $680 million purchase of mobile game publisher Jamdat Mobile Inc. in 2006. BioWare and Pandemic have a total of 10 games under development. Together, they employ about 800 people in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, as well as in Canada and Australia. Microsoft... Read more...
AMD hosted a small gathering in the Penthouse at the SoHo Grand Hotel in New York City yesterday, to showcase some of their existing products and technologies, to show off a few products built by their partners, and to demo some products due to be released in the coming months.  We attended the event and snapped some photos of the various demo stations and thought we'd share them with you all here.  We suspect the shots and info regarding the quad-core Phenom-powered system running John Woo’s ‘Stranglehold’ will be of interest, as will the slick notebooks, HTPCs, and hand-held devices.  Check them out at the link below... AMD Consumer Electronics... Read more...
AMD hosted a small gathering in the Penthouse at the SoHo Grand Hotel in New York City yesterday (yes, the same place that Lindsey Lohan had her meltdown a few weeks ago), to showcase some of their existing products and technologies, to show off a few products built by their partners, and to demo some products due to be released in the coming months.  We attended the event and snapped some photos of the various demo stations and thought we'd share them with you here. We're sure many of you have already seen some of the items that were on display, but we were able to get a bit more up close and personal with a few of them and can give more insight into their operation.  The various rooms... Read more...
It might seem like a foregone conclusion that using personal electronics during a lightning storm isn’t the brightest of ideas, but apparently nobody told these guys: “Listen to an iPod during a storm and you may get more than electrifying tunes. A Canadian jogger suffered wishbone-shaped chest and neck burns, ruptured eardrums and a broken jaw when lightning traveled through his music player's wires.Last summer, a Colorado teen ended up with similar injuries when lightning struck nearby as he was listening to his iPod while mowing the lawn.Emergency physicians report treating other patients with burns from freak accidents while using personal electronic devices such as beepers, Walkman players... Read more...
Albatron’s Blue Ray Decoder Card brings HighDef Video and Windows Vista Performance Exciting low-profile VGA card with PureVideo HD reduces CPU utilization 60% during HD playback Albatron has recently announced the exciting new “Blue Ray Decoder Card” giving mainstream users a great alternative to Integrated Graphics. This low-profile VGA card can provide even the most basic systems with High Definition video playback including Blu-ray and HD-DVD.  This card also supports DirectX 10, boosting 3D graphics performance for the Windows Vista operating system. Blu-ray vs. DVD Video PlaybackBlu-ray Disk, otherwise known as... Read more...
For those wondering if the Itanium with its IA-64 was going away now that Intel has more or less adopted the x86-64 instruction set, it appears the answer is no: "In a conference call on Thursday, Intel laid out its mid- to long-term plans for the Itanium Product Family (IPF). With all the hype around Penryn and Nehalem and the ongoing popularity of chatter about Itanium's eventual demise at the hands of 64-bit x86, Intel took a moment to remind the press and analysts that Itanium is still here, still posting double-digit year-over-year growth in revenue and unit shipments, and still looking toward the future.Indeed, Itanium's future was the focus of the call, in which Intel described its IPF... Read more...
Physicists have found a way to control the motion of individual electrons using the peaks of energy waves, which electrons can ride on like surfers. The National Physical Laboratory’s electron surf machine sends a steady stream of over a billion electrons per second in single file. It involves oscillating waves of electrostatic force, which is the force of attraction between positive and negative charges. Although we can already produce small streams of electrons, until today nobody has developed a method of delivering electrons at such a high rate in a controlled manner. Motivated by better computing and better security of digital communication, scientists are now able to manipulate billions... Read more...
Hello Everyone!  We're continuing our Computex 2007 coverage with some hot items from companies like Intel, Kingston, Foxconn, FIC, Albatron, and Gigabyte. Come on by the site and check out Gigabyte's slick UMPC, FIC's Linux-based smartphone, Asus' sub-$300 Eee notebook PC, and much more.More From The Show Floor At Computex... Read more...
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