2014, Comic-Con, Event, Hardware, Memory & Storage Space, VR World

Crucial to Launch SSDs with 16nm Memory Chips

As Computex is getting ready to open its doors in and around Taipei, the capital of Taiwan – more products are leaking to the surface. Thanks to a Spanish e-tailer PCComponentes, we learned of one such product coming to the market comes from the States, in the form of Crucial’s Solid State Drive (SSD).   MX100 line of SSDs will mark the beginning of the end for memory chips produced using the 20nm process. While the 128GB drive will carry the 20nm MLC NAND memory chips, 256GB and 512GB models will feature brand new 16nm NAND flash from Micron. According to Micron, “Our 16nm NAND technology


2014, Comic-Con, Event, Graphics, Software Programs, VR World

Futuremark Releases, Beautiful, Sky Diver DX11 3DMark Benchmark

3DMark Sky Diver Benchmark

Futuremark has today announced their new 3DMark DX11 benchmark called Sky Diver. Futuremark’s announcement of the new Sky Diver DX11 benchmark is clearly a pre-announcement ahead of Computex Taipei next week, which we’ll be covering for you from Taipei.  This makes Sky Diver the fourth benchmark as part of the 3DMark suite of benchmarks slotting in as the 2nd most strenuous test that 3DMark will offer cross-platform to PC and Mobile users ranging from smartphones all the way up to gaming desktops. Sure, it means that there’s yet another test to run, however this is a high-end test specifically designed to be able to run


Audio/Video, Entertainment, Event, VR World

Sennheiser Powers First "Wireless" Opera in LA

The iconic Union Station in Los Angeles, California is not only the largest rail station in the western United States, but also the bustling hub of many historical and pop culture events since its opening in 1939. With its beautiful architecture inside and out, this landmark has also brought inspiration to the fine arts. Its large, ominous walls were showcased in classic noir flicks like In the Mood, and its cavernous, former ticketing hall was used several times for The Dark Knight trilogy. This week – Invisible Cities, an opera about Marco Polo?s descriptions of his journeys to Emperor Kublai Khan, was the first of


Audio/Video, Entertainment, Event, Hardware, NAB 2013, VR World

NAB 2013: K-Tek Innovates & Thinks Ahead with Nautilus

At NAB 2013, K-Tek unveiled their new Nautilus mic suspension system and Zeppelin prototype that will solve key issues for the field sound engineer. For over 15 years, K-Tek has been a trusted manufacturer of boom poles, suspension systems, and other audio support accessories in the media industry. Their products are still put to use today on many popular entertainment and news productions all over the world. Unwanted noise is often caused by environmental situations or mishandling equipment, that is then detected by the microphone.  To prevent this, products like these help reduce handling noise and/or wind, without affecting the pickup of your subject.  The


Audio/Video, Entertainment, Event, Hardware, NAB 2013, VR World

NAB 2013: Sennheiser Shows Off MKE 600 Shotgun Mic

At NAB 2013, Sennheiser showed us their MKE 600 Shotgun mic, designed for entry-level videographers and sound technicians alike.  Coming from the roots of the popular ME66 mic / K6 module series, the MKE 600 combines the best of both to deliver natural sound for photojournalists that need an easy solution.  Unlike K6 module mics, which have interchangeable heads, the MKE 600 is a one-piece build with a permanent microphone element and similar battery compartment door.  It has a supercardioid/lobar pickup pattern like most shotgun microphones of its class, and a switchable low-cut filter to help remove excess wind or handling noise. This mic is


Enterprise, Event, Graphics, Hardware, NAB 2013

Fusion-io Fills in the Gap with New 1.6TB ioFX Card

5 GHz 16-core CPU? Check. NVIDIA workstation GPU with 5000 cores? Check. And tons of RAM to coordinate it all. But can your SSD storage keep up with this powerhouse? Fusion-io knows it can with their ioFX storage acceleration cards. The ioFX is a PCI-E NAND flash memory expansion device that balances out the graphics processing workstation, making sure that each of the system’s cores is fed quick enough resources without any bottlenecking. This new model has a whopping 1.6 TB capacity, four times bigger than their 420 GB model introduced last year, complemented by a 1.4 GBps read and 1.1 GBps write speeds. NVIDIA?s


Entertainment, Event, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, NAB 2013, VR World

NAB 2013: NVIDIA Brings GRID to Hollywood

We’ve seen the GRID at many events since CES 2013, and how it will change the gaming industry. Now NVIDIA wants to tailor this architecture towards another industry: film post-production. The NVIDIA GRID was designed for putting GPU’s into the cloud, handling loads of computing tasks off of these TESLA-fueled datacenters.  NVIDIA saw that this platform could gear resources towards graphics generation tasks, which led to the birth of the VCA (Visual Computing Appliance) platform.  The GRID VCA contains dual CPU’s, RAM, and storage units like any other server, but can also hold up to 16 GRID K2 boards (K5000 class GPU’s) all inside one


2013, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Event, Mobile Computing, Reviews

TYLT's PowerPlant Packs a Punch

TYLT hooked up the guys at BSN* with battery packs and other tools to keep our mobile devices alive throughout CES 2013 – Here?s what we thought: One of the highlights of being at CES is that you get to socialize with industry leaders, in a city that parties all night long. But being in Las Vegas has its downsides too, in its arguably busiest week of the year. Within a 3-mile radius you have roughly 3 million nerds heavily-wired with at least 2 mobile devices, all desperately fighting for a stable mobile/data signal to update their web. And this is all on top of


2013, Audio/Video, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Entertainment, Event, VR World

Sennheiser Enters Lifestyle Listening with Momentum

At CES 2013, Sennheiser introduced the Momentum ? their entry into the lifestyle headphone market, combining brilliant sound with a tasteful, comfortable design. With a lightweight, stainless steel frame wrapped in luxurious leather from Ethiopia and tannery from London, the Mometum at first glance is as striking as the audio it drives. The soft leather ear cups and headband sit very comfortably, while keeping a firm grip that can withstand everyday usage of listeners on-the-go. The headphone cable is outfitted with an in-line media control and microphone, that can transport music, change volume, answer calls, and activate voice control. Like most manufacturers, these controls are


2013, Cloud Computing, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Entertainment, Event, Hardware, Smart Home, Technology Security, VR World

Technicolor Seamlessly Connects Your Entire Home with Qeo

Earlier today, Technicolor introduced BSN to a private demo of their new Qeo software framework, allowing seamless communication across devices of all brands and platforms. Imagine being able to bridge all of your gadgets and appliances in your home, no matter the manufacturer, operating system, or interface. With the Qeo ecosystem, families can do just that, while creating a custom experience within their home, across all devices. While being able to shoot your media from mobile devices to the television is no secret, Qeo can also manage your alarms, home surveillance, power automation, facial recognitions, and much more. Check out some video highlights of the


2013, Audio/Video, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Event, Graphics, Hardware, Software Programs, VR World

Technicolor Brings Coloring to the Masses

Technicolor is showcasing their new CineStyle Color Assist software at CES 2013, bringing easy color correction solutions to both novice or prosumser videographer. Color correction, a visual skillset once reserved for the professional film industry, has been becoming more available to creators over the last five years, as media creation suites become more accessible to prosumers and videographers of all levels. By applying different color grading and other aesthetic choices to your visual project, you can help achieve different moods within your content, and drive your story forward. Introduced in late 2012, and showcased at this year?s CES, CineStyle Color Assist will bring easy, non-destructive


2013, Audio/Video, Business, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Event, Graphics, Hardware, VR World

Sharp Partners with Corning for New IGZO Displays

Earlier today at CES 2013, Sharp announced their new IGZO-based displays, promising to revolutionize the LCD display industry. IGZO ? short for Indium, Gallium, Zinc, and Oxygen, is a new type of semiconductor touted to miniaturize componentry as well as doubling the operating resolution of a device, in comparison to conventional LCD displays. This is also part of a continuing relationship with Corning glass, with their latest ?Lotus? series of glass substrate. With IGZO technology built into Corning’s Lotus Glass, Sharp is able to achieve displays that can withstand rigorous high-temperature processing while delivering pristine surface quality and superior thickness control. Sharp?s line of Aquos


2013, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Entertainment, Event, Graphics, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Software Programs, VR World

CES 2013: Tegra 4 Will Revolutionize Mobile Photography

At NVIDIA?s CES 2013 press conference, Nvidia’s CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, agreed that the ?best camera you can have is the one that?s readily available.? It?s no secret that photography on smartphones and mobile devices has become more advanced and popular over the past three years. Tegra 4 will usher in a platform so powerful that capturing and processing your images will become practically instantaneous. One of the most popular processing techniques in mobile photography is using HDR, or high-dynamic range. This is currently a native feature on many of the latest smartphones and captures two images of different exposures, then its CPU superimposes them, calculating


2013, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Event, Graphics, Hardware, Software Programs, VR World

CES 2013: Vegas Baby!

After setting up yards of extension cable, an array of systems and mobile devices, and figuring out how to connect to the outside world (Wi-Fi isn?t free), the guys at BSN* are now reporting live from Las Vegas for CES 2013! Here?s a sneak preview of what to expect over the next week: New CPU announcements from Intel AMD likely to unveil Sea Islands GPUs and future company strategies NVIDIA likely to showcase Tegra 4 mobile SoC and possible new GPUs Corning will announce Gorilla Glass 3 for smartphones and tablets MakerBot Industries and the industrial revolution of 3D Printing will unveil new 3D printers


Cloud Computing, Entertainment, Event, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Software Programs, VR World

HTC Goes Full Frontal with Their 8X

HTC hosted their exciting ?Full Frontal Moustache Bash? event last night at The London Hotel in Hollywood, California, showcasing their new HTC 8X phone running Windows Phone 8. Their ?Full Frontal? theme for the night was a play on words, advertising both the 8X?s ultra-wide front facing camera and sporting moustaches for the Movember Foundation, a charity that raises awareness for prostate cancer every November. Great ?staches, great music and fun… but how?s the phone? We met with J.B. McRee, Product Manager at HTC, to give us a quick overview of what?s new on the 8X: Here are some key specs for this sleek device:


E3 2012, Entertainment, Event, Gaming, VR World

THQ Rekindles the Horror with Metro: Last Light

At E3 2012, THQ gave us a glimpse of what could be the most anticipated action horror sequel of early 2013, Metro: Last Light. Continuing from the events of Metro: 2033, players will struggle for survival through Artyom?s eyes again, across the endless backdrop of a post-nuclear apocalyptic Moscow. The developers worked closely again with Dmitry Glukhovsky, author of the original Metro: 2033 novel, to create new plot lines for this continuation of Artyom?s experience. Huw Beynon, Head of Communications at THQ Inc., believes that Metro: Last Light will be the end of FPS single-player campaigns feeling like a mere shooting gallery: In what Beynon


E3 2012, Entertainment, Event, Hardware, VR World

Origin PC Drives Namco Bandai's Latest at E3

E3 2012 [Los Angeles, CA] – Origin PC of Miami, Florida caught a big break this week, as Namco Bandai used their systems at E3 to drive demos of their upcoming PC titles, Star Trek & Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition. Along with their ?Genesis? line of extreme desktop systems, Eddy Piedra and Jorge Percival of Origin PC gave us a quick rundown of their newest gaming laptops, the EON 11S and 17S: The EON 11S is a repurposed Clevo-based notebook, similar to Maingear?s ?Pulse? 11-inch contender, but available in a wider range of colors and upgrade options. Weighing in at 3.8 pounds, this


Audio/Video, Enterprise, Entertainment, Event, VR World

CineGear 2012: Light Iron Brings Post TO Production

Light Iron Digital, a Hollywood-based facility specializing in digital media post production services, has been generating quite the buzz recently by bringing their state-of-the-art hardware and software solutions directly to a live set, before the footage ever reaches a cutting room floor. Imagine the ability to have a powerful, mobile, file-based organizational suite and coloring ?lab? on a cinematic production, and immediately process and prepare your footage for editing on the same day. Light Iron has engineered three available platforms from the ground up: The LILY PAD, their on-set creative suite, acts as a highly mobile, initial file backup and QC system, offering quick coloring


Entertainment, Event, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Software Programs

NFC Headlines at SXSW

This year?s South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas includes live tech demos by Isis – the upcoming NFC mobile wallet service for AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, setting forth their future debut at points-of-sale in Austin and Salt Lake City this summer. At the live demo, visitors can see the technology in action at a mock grocery store. The Isis-loaded devices can activate the store?s incentives and offers, add loyalty or club cards into the same app, and breeze through checkout by tapping onto a branded terminal. They will also be demonstrating the versatility of NFC, with its use at vending machines or even


2012, Audio/Video, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Entertainment, Event, Hardware, VR World

Koss Refreshes an Old Favorite

At CES 2012, there were two major themes for consumer and prosumer audio this year: convenience, and integration with iDevices. So it wasn’t much surprise that many popular headphones, including the crowd-favorite Porta Pro "stereophone" made by Koss, received the inevitable iRefresh – an in-line remote that can control music and communication functions on the iPhone, iPod and iPad. Michael Koss Jr. himself, Marketing Director at Koss, gave me a quick tour of the newest additions to their product line, in their meeting room at The Venetian. The "KTC" (Koss Touch Control) version of these headphones will offer listeners the same features as their 28