Late last month, Razer have announced yet another addition to their family of music/gaming headphones under the Kraken series called Kraken Forged Edition. It is the fourth model in the series and recently made an unannounced appearance at Razer’s booth during the PIKOM PC Fair in KL Convention Centre last weekend.
As you can see above and also from its name, the Razer Kraken Forged Edition is made of metal (aircraft-grade aluminium, to be specific) and finished with matte texture. The closed cup headphones is said to be hand-assembled to ensure its premium quality and comes with a pair of 40mm audio drivers that are made from neodymium magnets just like other versions of Kraken headphones before it.
Additionally, Razer stated (in their own words) that the Kraken Forged Edition is tuned to deliver “booming bass, clear mids and crisp highs” which again sounds exactly like the original Kraken headphones that was released in 2012. To ensure comfort during long use, the company fitted the headphones with thick leatherette ear cushions.
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The next generation USB connector is set to be significantly smaller from current USB connectors and will also be reversible, following in the footsteps of Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector. The new connector will be known as Type-C, and while there aren’t any reference images of the new connector just yet, the final design and specification may be finalized as early as mid-2014.
The introduction of Type-C USB connectors, which is said to be around the same size as a microUSB connector, is a much-sought after one, as more smaller and thinner devices using existing microUSB connectors are introduced to the market. Apple ditched its old proprietary connector in favour for the thinner Lighting connectors for this exact reason. In addition, making the next generation USB connector reversible will also negate the issues that arise when a USB device is plugged in upside-down.
And, just like Lightning, the introduction of a new connector means that Type-C USB connectors will no longer be backwards compatible, unlike previous USB iterations. However, this will still be seen as a necessary evil, and to counter the countless numbers of USB ports and chargers that will be rendered obsolete when Type-C debuts, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group will also be required to provide guidelines on developing Type-C adaptors to fit them into current USB ports, and vice versa.
(Source: The Verge)
Having filed for bankruptcy late last week, SSD pioneers OCZ have now agreed to sell off all of the company’s assets to one-time rivals Toshiba for $35 million. The deal will reportedly close within 60 days, and will see the company also absorbing OCZ’s employees on top of its intellectual properties.
To be more specific, the Toshiba deal will see the company acquiring OCZ’s “client and enterprise solid state drive business”, as well as the “proprietary controllers, firmware, and software, as well as the teams responsible for bringing those solutions to market.” Finally, the OCZ brand name will also be owned by Toshiba once the deal closes, though it is not yet known if Toshiba – who also sells consumer and enterprise SSDs – will continue to sell OCZ-branded SSDs.
(Source: Ars Technica)
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Today would probably be one of those days where you wish you were living in other parts of the world, particularly in the U.S. The Chief Executive Officer of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, recently unveiled that the company is working on a new service called Amazon Prime Air that uses a drone to deliver your shopping to you in under half an hour. The project was announced in a program aired on CBS called “60 minutes”.
There’s a limit of course, to the weight and distance these octocopters can carry and travel. Amazon says that 86% of their packages are less than 5 pounds (or 2.3kg), these drones can carry such packages up to 16km from the fulfillment center. As demoed in the video below, when a customer places an order and selects Prime Air delivery, the parcel would be packed and sent down the conveyor belt whereby a drone would be eagerly waiting. Once secured, the octocopter will start its journey to its destination.
Don’t get too excited though, the service will not launch immediately. Amazon says that it might take as long as four to five years and is still subject to safety and regulatory rules by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
This week we have something a little different in for review. Enter the Ducky Shine3 DK9008 Mechanical Keyboard! Coming in a whole array of colour options as well as mechanical switches the Ducky is a decent keyboard from Taiwan and will be my keyboard of choice just for the fact that it has very interesting lighting modes!
The Ducky Shine3 DK9008 retails for RM469 but for today, Black Friday, the great guys at Storekini are slashing the price to RM399! Don’t sleep on this as it is a great keyboard and the cut in price makes it better!
OCZ Technologies, one of the first companies to market consumer-level solid-state drives, has filed for bankruptcy. The company was beset with financial issues, and had failed to comply with the conditions of a loan, resulting in OCZ’s bankruptcy filing.
The company that was once synonymous with SSDs before other companies entered the fray. Unfortunately some of its products, such as the Vertex line, was wrought with issues, allowing newer SSD players such as Samsung to eat into its market share.
In the meantime, Toshiba is looking to pounce on the outcome of OCZ’s downfall. The company have already made an offer to acquire “substantially all of the Company’s (Toshiba) assets”, encompassing not only the intellectual properties owned by OCZ, but also keeping the troubled company’s employees employed. The offer, however, is subject to approval from a bankruptcy court – failing which OCZ would be totally dissolved as a company.
(Source: Ars Technica)
Judging from the response on our Facebook page, it seems like quite a number of iPhone users out there are interested with the newly announced Logitech Powershell Controller + Battery. If you are one of them, this news is for you then.
Logitech Malaysia just moments ago have announced that the gaming-oriented case with built-in battery pack will be released in Malaysia by end of January 2014. As per our report yesterday, the price for the new Logitech Powershell Controller + Battery has been set at RM 399.
Truth to be told, the January 2014 release date is slightly later than my own prediction. Nevertheless, do keep a look out for the Logitech Powershell Controller + Battery at your favourite stores in two months time especially if you are an iPhone 5 owner with a gamer’s soul.
Yesterday, Logitech have officially take the drape off their Powershell Controller + Battery for iPhone which was leaked out back earlier this year. Available in United States right away, the product is essentially a case with built-in gamepad-style controller buttons that takes advantage of the game controller support in iOS 7. The case is also able to charge users device while in use as it also includes an internal 1500mAh batter.
While it is a norm to see a new products to be released in United States first, I’m a little bit surprised that Logitech Malaysia website have listed the new product as “Coming Soon”. Not only that, the website has also published the price for the case at RM 399 – slight higher than its U.S price tag of USD 99.99 (RM 321).
It is not known on how soon will Logitech Malaysia release the new Powershell Controller + Battery for iPhone in our market since they have yet to publicly announce it to consumers here. However, the official press release did mentioned that the product is expected to be available outside of US next month. So, the chances to see the case in Malaysia are actually quite high.