Broadcom’s New Gigabit-Speed WiFi; BEHOLD THE POWER!!

Wireless card manufacturer Broadcom just released the news of their first gigabit Wi-Fi cards that  are reportedly up to three times faster and six times more efficient than WiFi cards that are already available.  They plan on revealing the new technology at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.


Their new 802.11ac chips are based on 5G WiFi, the soon-to-be next generation standard of Wi-Fi. The three (3) chips in particular —BCM4360, BCM4352, BCM43526 and BCM43516—use an 80 MHz channel bandwidth which is two times wider than the channel on similar types/styles of existing products. It other words, that creates a great opportunity to undertake very bandwidth-hungry tasks like downloading HD video (from Netflix, Vudu, Hulu, YouTube, etc), as well as online PC gaming (via conventional methods, flash browser games, Steam, Origin, etc.).


Broadcom’s new WiFi chips should also have a great effect on mobile a well, as content can be downloaded at a faster rate, switch handsets to low-power mode quicker (thus saving battery life since using LTE won’t instantly drop your battery’s charge in half.


[Thanks Broadcom & Engadget]

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Have A Happy, Blessed, and Nerdy New Year!!!

“…the old has gone, and the new has come!”
–2 Corinthians 5:17

PlayStation Vita Out In Japan Two Weeks Ago; Pre-Order Made!!

Dang, February 22nd, 2012 can’t come soon enough…

Well, the PlayStation Vita is out and about in Japan as of December 17th, and there are quite a few unboxing and gameplay video out accross the internet (mostly in other languages, but the video is good enough).  I’m so pumped for the Vita, I went to my closest Best Buy on the 18th (which I may consider changing to GameStop due to some Christmas gift cards and some trade-in/membership card value…) and put some cash down for my reservation (but like I previously said, I may switch to GameStop; my backlog of games is too great to get MORE games*).

The PlayStation Vita is the successor to the PlayStation Portable (PSP), and has a bunch of new features including: dual-analog sticks, 5″ OLED touch screen, rear touch pad, front and back 640×480 VGA cameras, WiFi/3G/GPS support, backward compatible with PSP games, motion sensors, and much more.  I pre-ordered my $250 WiFi-only version, and I can’t wait to finally pick it up.  This is the first system that I ever pre-ordered/plan to purchase on the release date, breaking my personal rule of waiting a year until after the console launches to purchase it.  This system was just way too good to pass up. Here’s to you PSVita!
*NOTE: I also noticed that bit of irony/contradiction in the last sentence of the second paragraph; I’m aware that a new system would result in MORE games in my backlog.  “Woe is me,” but this is still AWESOME!

Have a Happy & Merry Christmas, Everyone!!!

“A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year, Let’s Make It a Good One Without Any Fear….”
-John Lennon

"Bring back WWE King of the Ring," says WWE.com

I’ve been saying this OVER & OVER & OVER again since 2003.

In this article from WWE.com, writer Michael Burdick discusses his wish for the WWE to bring back King of the Ring, one of the company’s trademark and (formally) annual events, citing the history-making moments and the potiential of increasing talent credentials with current WWE stars.   What began as a annual live show in 1985 and became an annual pay-per-view event in 1993, WWE cancelled the event after the 2002 edition, only to bring it back in a small-scale form in 2006, 2008, and 2010 during episodes of RAW or SmackDown. Continue reading "Bring back WWE King of the Ring," says WWE.com

I Love this Chocolate/Carbonite-Frozen Han Solo Bar; it says "I know."

I LOVE ThinkGeek; their catalog has all sorts of awesome shirts, electronics, toys, and other various knick-knacks that celebrate the interests of nerds, geeks, and those who just enjoy any variation of random things.  One of their new items for sale is the official Carbonite-Frozen Han Solo Chocolate Bar, a 4.5-ounce dark chocolate bar measuring at 6″ in length for $12. Say what you want about George Lucas’ constant need to butcher/update his movies and him possibly having no shame, but this is CHOCOLATE, and when it comes to that, it doesn’t really matter that much. 

[Thanks ThinkGeek]

Turkey’s Disaster Prevention Building (I see the irony…)

This is a proposal for the Disaster Prevention and Education Center in Istanbul, Turkey, designed by OCA Architecture. Now, if the blog title wasn’t enough, it can be pointed out that the structure itself looked as if it was hit with a natural disaster as well (and here’s the juicy secret……that’s exactly what OCA intended). Continue reading Turkey’s Disaster Prevention Building (I see the irony…)

Awesome Shawn Michaels Facts

It’s become clear that I’m a fan of pro wrestling (really, just check the header and click the “Pro Wrestling” link), and being from San Antonio, Shawn Michaels is – and will always be – the poo, the top dog, the Showstopper, The Main Event…..ok, calming down now.  A few weeks ago, the world of Twitter took to the interwebs to post some interesting, funny (and possibly factual) truths about the Heartbreak Kid himself.  Here are six of my favorites:

#ShawnMichaelsFacts

Fear of spiders is arachnophobia, fear of tight space is claustrophobia, fear of HBK is called Logic.

If the President ever pushes the “Big Red Button”, cell phone will ring.

When you met  it was the greatest day of your life, for him it was Tuesday.

When  left the Virgin Islands it was known simply as the islands.

 can divide by zero…

People hunt animals. Chuck Norris hunts people. hunts Chuck Norris.”

Thanks again the the mighty, mighty Twitter-verse; and now, let’s celebrate the one, the only…The Heartbreak Kid, SHAWN MICHAELS!!

The $1 Smartphone Projector

If you keep track of tech or just happen upon a projector at your local store or newspaper ad, you’ll notice how expensive they can be.  If you’re thinking about creating your own projector for, of all things, your smartphone on the cheap, then Instructables user “iamaledgend” has a little project for you to take a peek at.

You’ll need the following items: a magnifying glass, shoebox, tape, LEGOs, and, of course, your smartphone.  Next, you’ll place the phone inside the shoebox, close it, and now you have a decent-quality projected image of your phones’ screen on your wall. HOORAY, movie night!! What happens is that the screen image flips as it goes through the magnifying glass (which would render subtitles useless; they’ll be backwards), so make sure you lock the rotation in place on your phone as it is upside-down if it has an accelerometer (a fixture of most smartphones nowadays).

[Thanks Instructables!]

"Vaya Con Dios" GamePro…

‘Tis a sad, sad, day…
Reported earlier last week by owner IDG, starting today, December 4th, 2011, long-running gaming magazine GamePro will be shutting down their website and ceasing operations completely. Both the magazine and website have been a mainstay in the gaming community since the early 1990s. I remember getting my first issue of GamePro magazine all the way back in 1992 (I was 7 years old) from Blockbuster Video with Sonic the Hedgehog, Tails, and Dr. Robotnik on the cover (there was even a story about the launch of GamePro TV). GamePro was also one of the first gaming publications to make the leap to the world wide web (or the “internet”) back in 1996.

As of lately, the magazine has had some troubles with their circulation, resulting in switching from a monthly publish cycle to quarterly (every 3 months). As a result of the closure, many of GamePro’s existing editors will change the location of their console coverage, news and reviews to their sister website, PC Magazine, and the domain “www.gamepro.com” will soon re-direct to PC Magazine’s website.  As a long time reader of both the magazine and website, my blessings and best wishes go out to anyone who has been affected by GamePro’s closure.

GAMEPRO MAGAZINE
1989 – 2011

And now, EPISODE 1 OF GAMEPRO TV!!!!!
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