The World’s Most Accurate 3-D Motion-Control Technology is to be Bundled with ASUS New Premium All-in-One Computers and High-End Notebooks using Intel’s Haswell Platform
Leap Motion, the motion-control software and hardware company changing the future of human/computer interaction, today announced one of its first global OEM partnerships. ASUS, a leading innovator in personal computing products, will bundle the revolutionary Leap Motion controller with select new computers. In an industry first, ASUS will also bundle the world’s most accurate 3-D motion-control technology into new high-end notebooks and premium All-in-One (AiO) PCs later this year.
ASUS is one of the world’s largest consumer notebook vendors and the maker of the world’s best-selling and most award-winning motherboards. The ground-breaking partnership brings the future of computer interaction—Leap Motion’s incredibly fast and accurate natural user interface—to millions of potential consumers around the world.
Leap Motion’s incredible speed and precision are helping fuel its momentum and leadership in the industry. Leap Motion’s technology can track movements to 1/100th millimeter—smaller than the tip of a pin—with no visible lag time. The Leap Motion controller has a 150-degree field of view, and tracks individual hands and all 10 fingers at 290 frames per second.
ASUS plans to bundle the Leap Motion controller with its upcoming premium All-In-One (AiO) PCs and high-end notebooks for global distribution.
“Our commitment to innovation and exceptional quality drive us to provide the best technology to our consumers,” said Albert Wu, Desktop Division Senior Director at ASUSTek. “Leap Motion has developed an exciting technology that will truly enhance the experience our customers have with their ASUS devices, opening a world of opportunity for personal use and business, from entertainment to architecture to education. We’re proud to be one of the first companies to partner with Leap Motion.”
“As OEMs adopt 3-D motion control technology, they’re spurring a rapid evolution in computer interface innovations and helping free the full power and potential of computing for consumers,” said Leap Motion co-founder and CEO Michael Buckwald. “This historic partnership with ASUS is an important step in building global adoption of the new computing paradigm Leap Motion’s technology offers. We’re delighted that ASUS shares our outlook on the future of human/computer interaction.”
In May 2012, Leap Motion revealed its technology and controller to huge global excitement, with its introduction video garnering more than 7 million views. More than 40,000 developers worldwide have requested to work with Leap Motion, and the company has sent out 12,000 free units to developers to foster the creation of new applications.
Leap Motion has won innovation awards from Popular Science, Popular Mechanics and Fast Company, and will present a featured session at the 2013 SXSW conference. The Leap Motion device will ship to consumers early this year, and can be pre-ordered for $70 at www.leapmotion.com.
ASUS, the world’s top 3 consumer notebook vendor and the maker of the world’s best-selling and most award winning motherboards, is a leading enterprise in the new digital era. ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home, office and person, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktops, EeeBox and All-in-One PCs, notebooks, netbooks, tablet devices, servers, multimedia and wireless solutions, networking devices, and mobile phones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 3,398 awards in 2010, and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with the Eee PC™. With a global staff of more than 10,000 and a world-class R&D team of 3,000 engineers, the company’s revenue for 2010 was around US$10.1 billion.
About Leap Motion
Based in San Francisco, Leap Motion is a motion-control software and hardware company developing the world’s most powerful and sensitive 3-D motion-control and motion-sensing technology. Leap Motion’s first product, the Leap Motion controller, will be available in early 2013. Leap Motion is 200 times more sensitive than existing motion-control technology, making it the first product to let users navigate and interact with computer applications using natural hand and finger movements. Leap Motion was founded in 2010 by Michael Buckwald and David Holz
With the rain and storms sweeping South Africa over the past few days, this article seemed suitable. The Earth has 100 lightning strikes per second – about 3.6 trillion per year and Johannesburg claims to be the lightning capital of the world though this title is also claimed by others. It’s an unfortunate fact that someone, somewhere is going to have their computer fried by lightning. Lightning damage to electronic devices happens when a strike brings an excess of energy to utility poles and this energy then surges through our power and telephone lines right to our outlets. So how can you prevent such damage? Read on:
Unplug all cords connecting your computer to the wall before the thunderstorm begins. Both power cords and modem cords need to be removed. Unplugging before the thunderstorm is ideal, but it may be case you are not near your computer when the storm is threatening. Fear not, there are other preventative measures.
Use a surge protector, not to be confused with a power strip. A surge protector will look like a bulky power strip. When your home receives a power spike, the surge protector takes this spike and pushes it away from the outlets and your computer. For ultimate protection, unplug your surge protector in the case of a threatening storm.
Make sure you’re buying a good surge protector. Look for the following features:
- The surge protector should cover lightning strikes. Some do not.
- If you regularly connect your computer to a modem, ensure the surge protector has a modem outlet.
- Look for a surge protector that offers insurance to cover the loss of properly attached equipment
Determine if your electronic set up requires an uninterruptible power supply device, also know as a UPS device. Whereas surge protectors protect surges of power, these UPS devices protect against outages. Outages and dips in power, even if minor, can cause hard or soft damage (like data loss) to certain equipment – for example, external hard drives or advanced telecommunication equipment.
- A UPS will be particularly beneficial if you have a home office or continually run operations on your electronics
Consider if damage has already occurred. Even if your computer appears to be working you should still give it a check over in case a strike has left it in a dangerous state that might result in electric shock or fire.
- If any of your telephones or other electronics show signs of damage, it’s wise to assume that your computer took a hit too.
- Unplug the computer and check the outside of the case for signs of smoke or burn marks (especially around the power supply at the back).
- Use your sense of smell. If your computer smells acrid, there may be invisible damage.
- If you suspect damage, bring your computer to a local repair shop to get a professional opinion. You may be able to recover your data.
Warning: Never touch cords or wires, or the things connected to them, during a thunderstorm—even to unplug your equipment. People have been electrocuted while unplugging their electronics during thunderstorms. Better your computer than you!
Wirelessly Expand your iPad
The LaCie Fuel lets users access enormous media libraries right from their iPad. With 1TB of storage at their fingertips, they don’t need to pick and choose what they load onto their mobile device. Not only does the LaCie Fuel let them access all their media files while they’re on the go, it also has plenty of extra space to accommodate future needs.
“The mobile industry is ubiquitous. Consumers rely on their mobile devices more than any other personal technology,” Philippe Spruch, executive vice president, Seagate branded, CEO and chairman of the board, LaCie. “The LaCie Fuel enriches mobile entertainment by providing consumers with ample storage and untethered accessibility. By name, form, and function, the LaCie Fuel lets users sustain their digital life.”
Access and Share Content
The LaCie Fuel lets users go off-the-grid and still have access to their files. With up to a 10-hour battery life*, the LaCie Fuel lets users enjoy their media all day without needing Internet or cables. The product creates its own Wi-Fi network, much like a router, so other devices can connect directly to it without the need for Internet access. In addition, the LaCie Fuel acts as a hotspot when connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi. This feature lets the LaCie Fuel share Internet access with other connected devices.
With AirPlay compatibility, the LaCie Fuel lets users mirror content playing on a mobile device to a TV with a single tap. This allows users to view everything from vacation photos to home videos stored on the LaCie Fuel on the largest screen in the house. They can also take advantage of Airplay-enabled speakers to listen to their favorite playlist on the LaCie Fuel.
Sync and Transfer Files
The LaCie Fuel appears as an external drive on a computer, so users can wirelessly upload or download files without draining battery power from their laptop. And with Dropbox integration, they can sync files between a computer and the LaCie Fuel automatically. This means that every time they add music, movies, or photos to the Dropbox folder on their Mac, the change is reflected on the LaCie Fuel – or vice versa. If users want to speed up the transfer process, the LaCie Fuel offers a universally compatible USB 3.0 port to transfer media libraries up to ten times faster.
App for Easy Media Access
LaCie Fuel marks the first product collaboration between Seagate and LaCie. The wireless hard drive features streamlined file access, thanks to the free Seagate Media app – available for iOS®, Android®, and Amazon Kindle®. It automatically organizes files by type, making them easy to browse. Users can stream videos or music, open office documents, and enjoy full-screen navigation. The app makes browsing a media library a visual experience with support for photo and video thumbnails, plus cover art for music. For more information about the Seagate Media app, click here
Watch the videos for a close-up look at the LaCie Fuel, and to see how it lets users go further and play longer.
Four of the latest Netgear wireless routers will allow small to medium-sized businesses to check-in on Facebook to access free Wi-Fi.
The San Jose, Calif.-based networking giant said Monday that the technology “enables merchants to build closer relationships with customers by sharing offers and announcements directly from their Facebook page.”
Facebook Wi-Fi allows merchants and business owners to offer free Internet access when users check in on a company’s Facebook business page — such as a coffee shop or restaurant — a benefit for both the business and the user.
Businesses can offer discounts and offers, and keep users up to date with their latest news.
The feature will land in four Netgear routers powered by the latest 802.11ac networking technology, which offers Gigabit wireless speeds, including the Nighthawk R7000 router, the R6250 Smart Wi-Fi Router, the R6200 Wi-Fi router, and the R6300 Smart Wi-Fi router.
Founded in 2005, WebAntics Online is a South African company based in Johannesburg and is one of South Africa’s leading Online Computer and Electronics Stores. Our aim is to provide customers with an easy way of shopping from the comfort of their chair while at the same time benefiting from the cost saving from operating online. WebAntics Online is an official Netgear Supplier for South Africa and carries the full range of Netgear products and accessories.
The first touch pad on the market with an additional stylus. The Bamboo Pad is Wacom’s solution for adding navigation gestures, drawing, and handwriting capabilities to the normal PC experience. Once plugged into any Windows 8 (or Windows 7) operated laptop or desktop computer the authentic and natural navigation experience starts at once.“Far from being just another touch pad on the market, the Bamboo Pad caters to the numerous individuals who want to use gestures for navigation. Ideal for adding personal signatures, drawing digitally or writing handwritten comments onto documents, the Bamboo Pad offers the typical experience of a pressure sensitive Wacom stylus”, Rüdiger Spohrer, Vice-President Marketing EMEA, points out.
The Bamboo Pad uses Wacom’s renowned and patented pen technology (Wacom feel IT technologies), while the pad’s ultra-slim design offers comfortable usage that provides comfort throughout long working hours. Unlike a traditional computer mouse, the new pad offers multi-touch gestures (particularly when used in conjunction with Windows® 8) which feel natural. Communication becomes even more visual and fun by adding sketches, drawings or handwriting with the included stylus. Emails can include personal signatures, highlighted words and paragraphs which help readers get straight to the point. Windows 8 users also have the chance to download the new Bamboo Page app from the Windows Store for free. This software allows users to note-take and sketch.
Being an expert in sensor technology for digital pens and touch displays, Wacom now offers a two-in-one interface device that feels natural, looks stylish and gives users the opportunity to add a little bit of fun and creativity to everyday office life. The Wacom technology ensures that gestures and handwriting never interfere with each other as the pad recognises the pen or finger and automatically deactivates either the touch or the pen functions. While running Windows 7 and 8, individuals simply plug the pad in, while Apple computer owners (MacOS 10.7 or later) will need to install a driver first, which can be downloaded from the Wacom support website.
The Bamboo Pad is available with a wireless or a USB cable connection. Available in four stylish designs, users can choose from either a discrete grey with a shiny surface or a white pad with one of three fresh and fashionable colour accents in blue, light green or purple (wireless connection only). Of course every feel ™ enabled Bamboo Stylus can also be used on the Bamboo Pad.
For more information, please visit WebAntics Online (http://www.webantics.co.za/). Founded in 2005, WebAntics Online is a South African company based in Johannesburg. It is one of South Africa’s leading Online Computer and Electronics Stores and their aim is to provide customers with an easy way of shopping from the comfort of their chair while at the same time benefiting from the cost saving from operating online. WebAntics Online is an official Wacom Supplier for South Africa and carries the full range of Wacom products and accessories.
Corel today launched the 2014 Home & Student Edition of their award-winning CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 . Priced at just £99 including VAT and for installation on up to three PCs per household, CorelDRAW Home & Student is fantastic value. Targeted for home use, the software includes built-in training videos and professionally-designed templates that make it easy to design reports, drawings, flyers, logos and more. Plus, this latest version offers powerful font and text support, advanced photo-editing tools, customisable applications and compatibility with the latest versions of Windows.
With a variety of content, users can find exactly what they need to complete their projects. CorelDRAW Home & Student Suite 2014 includes 1000 high-quality clipart and digital images, 100 high-resolution photos, 100 fonts, 100 professional templates, and 400 frames and patterns. Find all the learning tools needed to start smoothly and design with confidence, including valuable video tutorials, helpful tips and tricks, and insights from the experts in an inspiring electronic guidebook.
Key new features included:
NEW! Videos and tutorials – Learn tips and tricks from how-to video tutorials, and insights from design experts.
NEW! Customisable applications – Modify the appearance of CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT on your desktop, including the icon size, menu item, tool, command, feature or application.
NEW! Draw arcs with Polyline tool – With the new Polyline tool you can draw circular arcs to quickly and easily create beautiful designs.
NEW! Adjust brushstroke transparency and feathering – In Corel PHOTO-PAINT you can interactively adjust the transparency and feathering of brushstrokes as you paint with any of the brush tools.
NEW! Draw and modify shapes and lines with precision – Using the Object Coordinates docker, you can specify the position, dimensions, angle and attributes of your object. Instantly see the effects of your adjustments with live preview.
NEW! OpenType options in Dockers – Access the OpenType buttons from within both the Text and the Object Properties docker. All typography choices are centrally located within the CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT dockers.
Pricing and availability CorelDRAW Home & Student 2014 is now available at a retail price R1.,299.99 including VAT from WebAntics Online. Use of this software is for personal, non-commercial purposes only. Customers who intend to create commercial projects may choose to buy the full version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6, which permits commercial use and includes more content and additional features geared towards the professional user.
For more information about CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6, please visit www.corel.com/coreldraw or contact WebAntics Online (http://www.webantics.co.za/)
Enjoy widescreen performance, any way you want it. With a 24″ 16:10 panel, IPS technology and LED backlight, the U2412M provides a brilliant view, plus amazing adjustability to suit any style:
Powerful: Experience IPS technology, featuring a wide viewing angle with high-quality color representation for a peerless viewing experience.
Flexible: Pick the view that works best for you with an almost unlimited range of tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjustments.
Customizable: Change your energy usage settings, text brightness and color temperature with the touch of a button to help conserve energy with this eco-designed arsenic-free and mercury-free panel
The Dell UltraSharp U2412M does indeed live up to its name. The sharpness of the display along with its clarity are easily one of its most sought after aspects. Indeed, the key element that makes the Dell U2412M so attractive is the fact that it has a high quality IPS panel rather than the more conventional TN panel. The difference between the two? A significant improvement in visual quality at the expense of negligible response time and refresh rates.
Often, you’ll hear gamers claiming that the latest monitors with the highest refresh rates and the fastest response time have given them an edge to win over their opponents. Perhaps it would make a slight difference if you’re a professional gamer and you’re competing in an FPS match like CounterStrike or Call of Duty but these only apply in such limited circumstances. If you’re an average gamer like myself, you’d be able to enjoy a much more pleasant and enjoyable experience from the enhanced visuals that an IPS panel would provide you with.
What exactly are these advantages in terms of the Dell U2412M’s visual quality? First of all, it has great viewing angles. This means that there is little to no deviation in colour contrast when the display is viewed from the sides or the top of the screen. This is important so that regardless of how you’re positioned in front of the monitor, the colour and clarity of the display will always be consistent. Plus, the improvement in clarity and colour accuracy that an IPS panel provides over and above that of a TN panel is tremendous.
In terms of this aspect, the monitor comes with 4 x USB ports, 1 x DVI, 1 x VGA and 1 x DisplayPort. Two of the USB ports are conveniently located at the left side of the monitor for easy accessibility while the other ports are placed at the back of the monitor. As for its display menu, it can be accessed via 4 buttons at the bottom right area of its bezel facing forwards.
It has all 3 height, tilt and pivot adjustability options which means that you no longer have to stack it on top of books like some of the older monitor displays and you could also use it in the portrait mode if you wish.
All in all, this monitor is a powerhouse and will be excellent for both gaming and general purposes. If you’re still not convinced, you might want to take note of the fact that the Dell UltraSharp U2412M has an astounding 4.5/5 rating in Amazon out of a total of 470 reviews.
At the price of R3664.58 Incl VAT, you’ll be hard pressed to find any other 24″ monitor that has an IPS panel of this quality.
It’s that time of year again, when all the photo and video software comes out in shiny new versions. Adobe Photoshop Elements, Photoshop CS’s little brother and our most popular enthusiast photo-editing software, is anything but an exception: Its annual appearance in new guise is as predictable as the first rays of Summer sun.
This year’s entry, Photoshop Elements 12 (available at R1,299.99 Incl VAT from WebAntics Online), is not a massive overhaul from version 11; instead it adds a lot of mobile integration with the creative software makers’ Revel online service, as well as several new dazzling photo effects. One thing hasn’t changed – the price. At R1,299.99 Incl VAT standalone or R1842.42 Incl VAT bundled with the Premiere Elements video editor, Photoshop Elements remains a great value, especially compared with its elder sibling.
Lots of powerful image-manipulation tools. Strong face- and geo-tagging with integrated maps. Excellent output options?printing, online, photo books. Good help with performing advanced edits.
Separate organizer app is less integrated than that of other photo apps. Help system scattered. Not native 64-bit.
Photoshop Elements continues to be the best way to get some of Photoshop’s coolest effects without requiring you to attend a night course. This version streamlines the interface, adds some cool new effects, and exports to Vimeo.
The ASUS RT-AC66U 802.11ac wireless router builds on the success of the RT-N66U model. ASUS has been busy looking to the future, and the new IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. While it’s not officially approved, it does appear to be stable, and there are products on the market already from all the serious players in wireless networking. While 802.11n was a step forward, and many of us have been appreciative of the additional legroom that the 5GHz band allows, there is still plenty of room for improvement in Wi-Fi performance. The ASUS RT-AC66U looks great sitting on the shelf, better than the majority of routers on offer today, but it’s the higher throughput and expanded signal coverage that’s going to win over most consumers.
Calling all online speed lovers! A next generation 802.11ac wireless router that goes up to 1.75Gbps with 2.4GHz/5GHz bands! That’s a lot of smooth multiplayer gaming, HD streaming, and downloading.
The RT-AC66U offers very fast Wi-Fi on the 5GHz frequency band, both with Wireless-N clients and AC clients. In fact it’s the fastest of the few 802.11ac routers currently available on the market. The router also has very good range and its USB ports provide more than just the support for external storage and printers
The RT-AC66U wireless router has three high gain external antennas, and each of them can transmit simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz signals. With three data streams running concurrently on each band, you have simultaneous access to 450Mb/s on the 2.4GHz 802.11n channel and 1300Mb/s on the 5GHz 802.11ac channel. A word of caution; those throughput numbers represent the raw data rate that the wireless signal can support. They do not take into account the communications overhead associated with typical data streams such as TCP/IP or UDP. So don’t be disappointed with the results you get; real world throughput is much lower, even for loosely structured protocols like UDP.
The router is feature-rich, too, with DLNA compatibility for home entertainment use, a built-in iTunes server, an integrated BitTorrent client, and more. And Asus has produced an attractive, user-friendly front-end for tweaking its firmware. More router manufacturers should follow Asus’s example of using external antennas that allow users to fine-tune range and performance. As a 5GHz router the RT-AC66U offered stellar performance, with the fastest data rate seen yet. On the 2.4Ghz band, the router wasn’t the fastest but still performed decently. If you’re ready to take the plunge into 802.11ac Draft 2.0 and you don’t mind its hefty price tag, the Asus RT-AC66U is the router to buy.
Just after refreshing its X51 gaming desktop, Dell has shared the news, gamers have really been waiting for. The company unveiled some fresh Alienware laptops, complete with a new look and even a new naming scheme: Alienware 14, 17 and 18 (relating to their respective screen sizes) and feature a new angular design across the range. As you’d expect, they come with the new 4th generation Haswell processors, the latest NVIDIA graphics and 802.11ac wireless, but the real story is that they’ve received the first serious makeover for six years. Ditched is the plastic body and it’s been replaced with a metal chassis with an aluminum lid and magnesium alloy chassis.
As befits an Alienware, there are LEDs aplenty, including lights around the edges and a touchpad that fully lights up. And though the alien logo on the lid always glowed, that colour is now customizable like other zones on the laptop. On the keyboard you get 10 colour zones on the 17 / 18 and five on the 14, and it promises improved travel, too, thanks to some retooled key caps. Dell also added Klipsch speakers, backed by Dolby Audio Theater. All told, it’s a nicer design, but don’t expect the dimensions to have been slimmed…they haven’t really budged. As far as Alienware is concerned, that whole aesthetic movement may as well have never occurred.
The new laptops are dark, bulky, and heavy – just like the majority of gaming laptops. Even the new Alienware 14, the smallest of the trio, is thick and blocky. It and its bigger counterparts are comprised entirely of angles and lines. But that’s okay – it means the company knows its audience. The company itself will tell you that these laptops can be used for any heavy duty and intensive creative processes, which, considering the specs, we believe. In all three models, you can jam an extra hard drive inside by foregoing the optical drive, allowing for multiple terabytes of storage even in the smallest one. Video editors in particular will appreciate that. But let’s be honest: these machines are really built for one function: gaming.
As for performance, all 3 models come standard with a quad-core Core i7 processor, though they won’t each be configurable with the same range of CPUs. 750GB of HDD storage is the minimum, and SSDs will be available too. On the 14, in particular, you can add up to three HDDs, while the two larger notebooks have room for four. Graphics-wise, NVIDIA’s GTX 765M (2GB) is standard on the 14 and 17, whilst the 17 also offers a NVIDIA’s GTX 770M (3GB),. And on the 18 you get two GPUs by default, in an SLI setup. As for displays, they’re all non-touch, and 1080p.
They’re all available to pre-order, with starting prices at R24,166.79 for the Alienware 14, R24,770.99 for the Alienware 17 and R33,833.99 for a 3D version of the Alienware 17. Pricing and specifications of the Alienware 18 have yet to be released.