Maingear certainly loves to turn out solidly specificated hardware, and today is no exception. Its latest offering? The Nomad 17. As the name suggests this is a 17-inch notebook for gamers on the go. (Nomad, get it?) The new addition will support third-gen Intel Core i7 chips (up to 3.8GHz) and a maximum 32GB of RAM, with a choice of hard drive configurations. It's not all about the under-the-hood grunt, though, with Maingear offering a choice of six colors for what it's calling "hand-painted premium automotive paint jobs." As for the other spec options? You can expect NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M or 680M graphics, a 1,920 x 1080 display, combo Blue-ray optical drive, b / g / n wireless along with USB 2 / 3, DVI-I, HDMI and Fire Wire ports. So, this definitely sounds like a ride you can make your own. Assuming you're good with the $1,599 starting sticker price that is.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Sunday, 30 September 2012
Saturday, 29 September 2012
WHILE there has been a bit of transfer activity at both Bristol clubs in recent days, I'd like to start my column this week by talking about a few youngsters who have come in and done well over the last seven week.
At Ashton Gate, we have seen City's Derek McInnes put his faith in young Joe Bryan and James Wilson, while the likes of Oliver Norburn and Fabian Broghammer have been stating cases for more regular inclusion under Mark McGhee at Rovers.
Both managers should be applauded for offering youngsters a chance because it is not easy in these times where a manager's position seems to be under review on a game-by-game basis.
You don't really know what to expect when you throw young players into a team as there is a massive difference between reserves' friendly matches and those at competitive senior level. Consistency is also an issue with inexperienced players.
That, as well the omnipresent pressure to achieve results, is why managers often have a look at their club's youth set-up and then just ignore it, reasoning that young players, unless they have exceptional ability, are not worth the gamble.
I was slightly surprised that Derek went with Bryan at Watford on Saturday, when it seemed more likely that Richard Foster would switch flanks with Mark Wilson coming in on the right.
Credit to Joe for the way he performed then, particularly as he is naturally a more-attack minded player and was playing in a position that is probably unfamiliar to him.
His performance elicited kind words afterwards from McInnes, suggesting that Bryan has a bright future at Ashton Gate even though Wolves full-back George Elokobi was added to the Robins squad on Wednesday as a more experienced short-term replacement for the injured Greg Cunningham.
Another young City player who deserves mention is striker Ryan Taylor, who has surprised quite a few by keeping the likes of new signing Steven Davies and Jon Stead on the bench for the first few weeks of the season.
I saw Ryan playing for Rotherham reserves a couple of years ago and you could tell he had that bit extra about him. The only surprise for me is that it has taken him this long to start showing everyone around Ashton Gate his obvious potential.
Ryan has yet to add to the goal he scored on his first Championship start, against Crystal Palace, last month – but his game is more about the other things he offers.
He's a big lad who is really good with his back to goal and is one of those who sees a picture of the game unfolding around him. I think that his ability to hold the ball up, which allows the midfield players the time to join the attack, is one of the reasons City's goal threat has improved this season.
The two goals they scored at Watford last Saturday made it 15 for the season. It took until November 20 last term for City to reach that total.
The importance of scoring goals, meanwhile, has also not escaped the attention of Mark McGhee at the Memorial Stadium.
The last two performances, following changes to the starting line-up, seem to have steadied the ship following the 4-0 defeat at Gillingham a couple of weeks ago.
A goalless draw against Fleetwood was a decent result and the way the team played was encouraging – Rovers just seem to be running into inspired goalkeepers on a regular basis.
Young Liam O'Brien almost single-handedly restricted Rovers to a single goal at Barnet earlier in the season, and, on Saturday, McGhee would have seen his side claim three points but for some superb second-half saves by Fleetwood goalkeeper Scott Davies.
Following confirmation that Matt Harrold will miss the majority of the season with a knee injury, McGhee has brought in a pair of strikers – former Celtic man Derek Riordan and Bolton youngster Tom Eaves. The manager deserves a lot of credit for what, on the face of it, looks like two good pieces of business.
I wouldn't go as far to say it is 'mission impossible', but based on my own experience I can tell you that options start to become limited once the transfer window closes at the end of August.
As McGhee said last week, there isn't a shop down the road called 'Players 'R' Us' where you can just go and pick what you need off the shelf.
The two additions give Rovers a great chance to get their first win of the season on the board tomorrow – even though they face a tough match against an Exeter City side that could pass itself off as a Bristol-born XI!
The return of Garry Kenneth has served to galvanise Rovers at the back and if the two new faces can add a few goals going the other way, that all-important first three points will not be too far away.
Reddit user Frozen_Beer posed this simple question to the Reddit community:
"Horses can't vomit. What useless facts do you know?"
One day and nearly 7,000 responses later, our brains are bursting with incredibly useless, albeit oddly fascinating, trivia. We're sharing our favorites here for people who don't have time to sort through them all.
What is the most useless fact you know, that you didn't learn here? Share it in the comments below.
Friday, 28 September 2012
Did you pack your sunhat, Curiosity? Mars shows surprising summer heatwave (with temperatures reaching a 'scorching' 6C)
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
Vimeo, the popular video sharing site for independent content creators, has introduced a means for producers to make money by having viewers contribute voluntarily via the "Tip Jar," the company anounced today. The company is also rolling out a pay-per-view scenario on a limited basis. Unlike YouTube and Blip, Vimeo does not carry in-stream advertising which is typically the way that content creators make money. For an overview on the new revenue scenarios, we spoke with Vimeo Kerry Trainor.
Monday, 24 September 2012
FIVE friends took on an epic challenge to swim the equivalent of 100 miles around Clevedon's Marine Lake to raise money for charity.
Jon Parker from Clevedon was joined by Karl Whittaker, Dr Bruce Hughes, Paul Urwin and John Jameson, all from North Devon, for the stunt. They initially planned to swim from Guernsey to North Devon – the first ever sea challenge of its kind – to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust's Sanofi Challenge to raise £100,000 across the UK. But bad weather meant it was cancelled.
The group then chose to swim the equivalent of 100 miles by doing circuits around Marine Lake.
The relay challenge kicked off at around 10am on Friday with the swimmers completing the final circuit at 3pm on Saturday. The men swam through the night, helped by kayakers and illuminated buoys.
They have already reached a total of £8,500 in sponsorship and pledges.
Event project manager Ian O Hare said: "It was a hugely demanding challenge for all those involved.
"It was very disappointing to have to cancel the sea swim because of the weather and we had already collected a lot of money in sponsorship and did not want to let people down so we had to find an alternative venue fast."
Which of your fave celebs will walk away with the Oscar and who will take home fashion gold? Tune in to the 82st Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 7 to find out!
plan to merge EADS and BAE Systems provides no
complete guarantee against takeovers, according to a German
economy ministry paper obtained...
Sunday, 23 September 2012
If it feels like we've heard about Amazon's intention to punch through the Japanese wall with Kindle before, it's because we have. However, if a new report on Reuters via The Nikkei is to be believed, it could finally be getting closer. It's said that the internet retailer had planned to launch its e-reader line in September, but supply chain problems put paid to that. Now we're told it'll land in "early October" with Amazon hurriedly securing Japanese content in time for the busy end of year sales period. The Kindle's still not out of the woods just yet though, as it's also been suggested that publishers are being asked to change data formats for their content, which is ripe for causing another bottleneck, should they not comply in time. Sadly, given the history of this tale, we're not expecting Japanese farm owners to be making any irrational bets just yet.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Saturday, 22 September 2012
Sound familiar? Just days after the mobile apps for HBO, Cinemax and Hulu added closed captions support on iOS, a similar slew of upgrades have come to their apps on Android. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be any change in the number of supported devices for any of them at this time. Hulu's upgrade also adds on the option to share videos via Twitter, Facebook and other services, although the 10 second rewind button added on iOS does not appear to have made the cut. As usual you should see the new versions rolling around in the app store, hit the source links for more info.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Friday, 21 September 2012
Hollande will scrutinise plans by EADS and BAE Systems to form
an aerospace and defence giant on Saturday but are unlikely to
Thursday, 20 September 2012
English landlord of small pub in Wales escapes jail after pulling a gun on drinkers because they ordered in Welsh
Constantly getting dirty looks for letting your phone ring off the hook in meetings and at the movies? Then it's time to invest in a new jacket.
U.K. designer Victor Johansson has created the Escape Jacket, which silences your phone when it is placed in the jacket's inner pocket. Check out the video above to see the jacket's design.
The jacket is based on the principles of a "Faraday cage," Johansson says.
A Faraday cage or shield is an enclosure that is formed by conducting material; this enclosure blocks external static electrical fields. The cage causes any charges to redistribute,…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
NBC's ratings for the London 2012 Olympics has passed the 2008 Beijing Games and the broadcaster is finding a surge in last minute advertising at high rates, reports The New York Times. Analyst Ashley Swartz says that social media has driven viewership and enthusiasm by marketers around the Games. She says that NBC's move to profitability is also being helped by the digital distrbuton of the content where streaming costs are being borne by YouTube. YouTube is providing the live stream and player to NBC along to 65 other nations as a "branding moment." Please see our report on YouTube and Olympics. Ashley Swatz is a principal of the New York-based consultancy Furious Minds. She is former head of the interactive television practice at Digitas. She is a regular contributor to Beet.TV
Is your scent making you ill? Today's obsession with perfuming everything from candles to bin liners could be to blame
What do you get when pop culture figures of the 80s, 90s, 00s, and 10s all hang out together in one video? The answer has been revealed today on Nerdist, as misleadingly named trio Ben Folds Five has released a music video on the channel for their new single, 'Do It Anyway'. The single is the group's first in 13 years and features the 90s alt rockers in the studio along with the Fraggles (item of 80s nostalgia), Rob Corddry (most famous for his 00s Daily Show gig), Anna Kendrick (who doesn't quite fit into the point I'm making but she's cool so it's ok), and the Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick (emerging star of the 10s? We certainly hope so.)