Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 cases and keyboard dock eyes-on

The Galaxy Note 10.1 is now good and official stateside, and you know that means Samsung has some new accessories to shill. On hand at Lincoln Center were leather cases in a variety of colors (including white, orange and brown) along with versions that mimic the flip covers for the original Galaxy Note and the Galaxy S III — the difference being that they don’t replace the Note 10.1’s backing, as that’s not removable. Samsung also had a keyboard case on display, though so far we’ve yet to se419论坛_上海419论坛_新上海419龙凤e more details. For now, you’ll have to settle for our eyes-on photos below. Update: Samsung told us many of the cases we saw today are not yet available, but it confirmed $50 a Book Cover case for the Note 10.1 in white and grey. Gallery: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 cases and keyboard dock hands-on | 18 Photos 18 +14 Zach Honig contributed to this report.


Goal Zero’s Solar Chargers light up the Outdoor Retailer show

The Outdoor Retailer show wrapped up on Sunday in Salt Lake City, Utah, and there were a surprising number of accessories and apps introduced at the annual trade show of interest to TUAW readers. Goal Zero, a company that specializes in portable solar chargers, introduced two new solar recharging kits that are designed to keep your Apple and other devices going when there’s no power outlet nearby.The Sherpa 50 (at top) packs enough power to keep your iPad going for up to 15 hours, and can be charged by the sun in 5 to 10 hours with the Nomad 13 solar panel. The Sherpa 50 can also add up to 3 hours of life to your laptop.A much more portable solution to keep your iPhone or iPod touch powered up to 8 hours longer is the Switch 8 (below). Slightly smaller than a roll of quarters and weighing just 4 ounces, the Switch 8 can be fully charged up by the sun in 6 to 12 hours by the Nomad 3.5 solar panel.Pricing for the Goal Zero kits (including the solar chargers and accompanying solar panels) is US$399.99 for the Sher419论坛_上海419论坛_新上海419龙凤pa 50 and $199.99 for the Switch 8. The kits should prove to be a valuable tool for outdoors enthusiasts and emergency preparation. #next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; }


Toshiba 84-inch 4K Quad Full HD TV hands-on (video)

84 seems to be the magic number at IFA. 84 inches, that is, when it comes to 4K TVs. Sony announced its jumbo 4K set at yesterday’s press conference, and now Toshiba has returned with a matching high-res model of its own. The Toshiba set has a slightly sleeker housing, aided by the fact that it didn’t have side-mounted speakers as with Sony’s flavor — though, if you’re able to afford a (yet-unpriced) TV of this caliber, a premium surround-sound rig better be on the agenda as well. The picture quality, as you might expect, was fantastic. You’ll see individual pixels once you’re within a few feet of the display, but given its 84-inch footprint, you’re going to want to position yourself quite a distance from the panel in order to take it all in. Toshiba had three sets on display, running through loops of game play, cityscapes and some decked-out human models. The ambient setting was favorably configured, and with ideal content colors were vibrant and the pictur419论坛_上海419论坛_新上海419龙凤e was incredibly bright and sharp during our demo, even when viewed from a slight angle. There was a hint of reflection, but only when a dark image popped into frame, despite a multitude of visual noise in the area. You’ll need to see Toshiba’s 84-inch, 3,840 x 2,160-pixel TV in person to get the full effect (perhaps after it launches early next year), though you can take a (low-res) peek in our gallery below and the video after the break. You can also get a feel for the size — keep an eye out for the Galaxy Note in the bottom left corner in the shot above. Gallery: Toshiba 84-inch 4K TV eyes-on | 19 Photos 19 +15


Dell announces XPS One 27 AIO running W8 on a touch display

Dell has a re-announcement of sorts here at IFA today. It just unveiled its XPS One 27 running Windows 8 on a 10-point touch display. The screen boasts a Quad HD (2560 x 1440) resolution, and the machine sports an adjustable stand that lets you flip the AIO up to a flat “desktop mode” a la Microsoft’s Surface. To jog your memory, the XPS One 27 offers a choice of Core i5 or Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors, up to 16GB of memory, up to a 2TB hard drive and an optional NVIDIA GeForce GT640M GPU. Check out our gallery below. Gallery: Dell XPS One 27 hands-on | 14 Photos 14 +10 Correction: Our earlier photo showed the incorrect all-in-one. The XPS One 27 is what you see now. Apologies! Show full PR text BERLIN, Aug. 30, 2012 – Today at the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) conference, Dell unveiled three powerful additions to its industry-leading XPS brand of computers. Joining the award-winning XPS 13 Ultrabook, and the XPS 14 and XPS 15 laptops, the new XPS computers enable both consumer and business customers to do more with their technology – from multimedia, entertainment and creation to full business productivity to transition seamlessly from home to office. The new products include the XPS 10, a 10-inch tablet built to support WindowsRT; the XPS Duo 12 convertible that combines two devices in one, a powerful Ultrabook plus full featured tablet; and XPS One 27 all-in-one PC, which offers a stunning Wide Quad HD display, and will soon be available with touch functionality. The XPS brand has a distinguished heritage of delivering the latest technology and thoughtful design for performance and craftsmanship without compromise. Each product in the XPS portfolio is tailored for very specific customer needs, and the new products unveiled today are designed to take advantage of emerging software and technology, with the same XPS brand attributes that customers expect from Dell. In today’s always-on, constantly-connected world, people want one device that enables them to combine their personal and professional lives. As a result, the technology industry is undergoing an unprecedented change from the home to the workforce, giving rise to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement. From tablets to notebooks to the desktop, Dell is answering the call and today unveiled an expanded XPS portfolio that will help users and businesses419论坛_上海419论坛_新上海419龙凤 successfully navigate this new landscape. Dell’s new XPS solutions have both the performance and design desired by consumers, and the security and manageability features required by businesses. “The XPS 10, XPS Duo 12 and XPS One 27 represent the culmination of a deep understanding of the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ movement and insights gained from both our consumer and business customers,” said Sam Burd, global vice president, PC product group at Dell. “The new set of products Dell unveiled today represents a milestone in our design and approach to user experience. Our vision for our XPS line of computers is not just about the device or technology, it’s about achieving the perfect balance of amazing design, end user productivity and IT enablement.” Dell XPS 10: Combining Productivity, Mobility and Long Battery Life The Dell XPS 10 embodies the intersection between work and play with intuitive touch capability, long battery life and mobile keyboard dock for enhanced content creation and business productivity. Dell’s ability to provide end-to-end technology solutions using ARM processor architecture and the WindowsRT operating system means businesses can be assured that they will be able to manage and secure the XPS 10 on their networks. XPS Duo 12: Two Devices in One Package – Powerful Ultrabook Plus Full Featured Tablet Dell tapped its heritage of offering unique and innovative solutions to create the XPS Duo 12. The product features a novel and elegant flip hinge touchscreen display designed to take advantage of the upcoming operating system advances for touch interaction. The result is two products in one, providing the full functionality of an ultraportable laptop with keyboard plus the convenience of a tablet. The innovative flip hinge design can easily transition from laptop to tablet to laptop and features a Full HD screen that provides 97 percent more pixels than a standard HD display. The result is an exceptionally crisp reading, photo and video viewing experience. The XPS Duo 12 features thoughtful design, attractive aesthetics, and is crafted from premium materials such as machined aluminium and carbon fibre, as well as Corning Gorilla Glass for durability. XPS One 27: Delivering Nearly Twice the Pixel Density of Any Other 27-inch AIO PC As All-In-One (AIO) computers continue to see wider adoption for their big screen and clean design, Dell is continuing to evolve its All-In-One offering to take advantage of new software advances. The award-winning XPS One 27 AIO is designed for creative professionals who require advanced technology including a crisp, super high resolution display and performance graphics for multimedia creation and entertainment. The gorgeous, space-saving design features a vibrant, 27-inch Wide Quad HD Display, providing one of the best experiences in an all-in-one today. The XPS One 27 is not just for work, but also for entertainment with its Infinity Premium speakers and Waves MaxxAudio 4 audio technology that delivers deep, rich sound, complete with an expanded stereo field. The Right Approach for Today’s Hurdles Many businesses are grappling with how to empower their users to work on the devices and technology they prefer while at the same time ensuring critical corporate information and content remains secure and protected. In recent research on the Evolving Workforce which surveyed more than 8,000 respondents worldwide, 60 percent of workers around the world would enjoy work more if they had a say in their workplace technology. As part of its unmatched end-to-end solutions, Dell XPS devices intersect the needs of consumer design preferences and powerful performance tools, while still helping to meet the needs of IT with business-friendly features. “With the growing trend of BYOD, we’re seeing traditional corporate policies on personal computer and application usage, as well as data security being turned on their head. Customers are looking for alternative computing solutions that help employees be more productive,” said Aongus Hegarty, president, Dell EMEA. “By enabling flexible working practices and providing companies with the right tools, Dell is delivering this solution through a seamless, secure and manageable end user experience that provides connectivity anywhere, anytime-and access to work and life.” Availability: The Dell XPS 10, XPS Duo 12 and XPS One 27 will be available for sale when Windows 8 is available at the end of October. More details on pricing will be announced when available.


Klipsch revamps Image One series headphones, intros first Bluetooth variant (update: ears-on)

As if updating and expanding its in-ear headphone lineup wasn’t enough, Klipsch has gone ahead and unveiled its revamped Image One on-ear set here at Irving Plaza in NYC. As we’re told, the new Image One is acoustically similar to its predecessor, but now it has a more stylish and robust design that should hold up better over time. Notably, the headphones only have a single cable leading into the left earcup (rather than splitting into both cups like the original), and it’s also of the flat variety to prevent tangling. The earcups can still fold flat, but now they can fold into the headband as well, making a smaller footprint for storage in a stuffed bag. In terms of comfort, the leather earpads are now a totally flat to provide an improved seal and better comfort. Beyond that, an Apple-certified inline remote / mic will help you control your music and calls on the go. An airliner converter, a 1/4-inch adapter and soft-shell carrying case are naturally included, and best of all, its price will remain set at 150 bones. Rather than just tweaking the original, however, Klipsch has decided to finally enter the wireless headphone game by offering a $250 Bluetooth-equipped variant for those who hate cords. This version looks nearly identical, with the subtle tweak of having the playback and volume controls positioned as buttons on the outside of the right earcup. The Image One Bluetooth also sports a built-in rechargeable battery, yet the set only gains 10 grams of weight (180 grams total) on top of its wired sibling — should the battery die, a detachable cable allows for passive functionality. What’s more, audiophiles will pleased to know that aptX and A2DP are both baked-in for high-quality lossless audio streaming. If your ears are already tingling with excitement, the new Image One and Image One Bluetooth are set to hit shelves by the end of the month. We’re already putting both sets of cans through their paces here at the event, so check back soon as we’ll be updating this post with our initial impressions. Update: You’ll find images of the headphones below and our brief ears-on after the break. Gallery: Klipsch new Image One and Image One Bluetooth ears-on | 12 Photos 12 +8 As promised, we’ve just spend a good deal of time with the new Image One and its Bluetooth variant, and we’ve come away mostly impressed. We’re still not fans of the glossy finish, but the headphones feel much less fragile than the original model. We definitely noticed details like the adjustable headrails being tighter, the yokes being thicker with sturdier joints where they connect to the headband and the inline remote of the wired variant being chunkier — just to name a few. It’s clear that a great deal of thought went into this redesign, and that the company is getting more comfortable with creating full-size headphones. We’re happy to report that both versions felt and sounded identical. Specifically, the headphones feel extremely lightweight on the head, with a minimal amount of clamping force. Notably, on top of having 90 degrees of rotation to the rear, the cups can now move 12 degrees in the opposite direction to allow for a better fit. The new earpads simply contoured with our ears much better that the half supra-aural, half circum-aural fit we experienced from the original model, making for a more comfortable experience — not to mention a drastically improved seal. We’d say the fit is very similar to the Sony MDR-NC200D and wouldn’t be shocked if we could wear the new Image One for hours without feeling any cartilage cramps. Better yet, the new earpads snap into place much like that of AiAiAi’s TMA-1 cans, so they won’t be prone to falling off. Lastly we’d be remiss not to point out that the level of noise-isolation seems to be improved as well. While the original’s let in nearly as much external sound as open-eared sets, we didn’t really notice the same problem here — that said, there’s no way to tell how it would fair on the likes of NYC’s subway just yet. All that said, let’s talk further about the Bluetooth model and then discuss the audio quality of both. The outside of the right earcup consists four large buttons (forward, rewind, power / pairing and play / pause) and a syncing / power light. Klipsch also placed a volume rocker near the back of the earcup that’s positioned directly where our thumb would naturally land for easy access, while our pointer and middle fingers met the aforementioned controls. The buttons are completely flush with earcup, so it would be totally identical to the wired version if wasn’t for their markings. Using any of them only took a light push that greeted us with a responsive click. A micro-USB part near on the bottom of the earcup handles charging, which we’re told takes a about an hour to get it completely re-juiced; this translates into an estimated 12 hours of battery life. Sadly, the battery isn’t user replaceable, but it’s rated for a plentiful 15,000 cycles. Lastly, the Image One Bluetooth does come with a detachable cable (unlike the wired version), but it’s not of the tangle-free variety and doesn’t feature an inline remote / mic. This means you won’t be able to take calls if the battery dies — frustrating. That brings us to the part you’ve likely been itching for: audio quality. First off, we used our Galaxy Nexus to stream music with the Bluetooth variant and A/Bed that with the wired version. From what could tell standing in Irving Plaza’s bustling balcony, both sounded identical just as Klipsch claimed. Unlike the M40 which pushes power into its drivers when it runs of off batteries, the IO Bluetooth’s battery is purposed mainly for its wireless functionality (running it sans juice won’t affect the audio quality one bit). In a past IRL, we described Image One as having a slightly clinical sound with an added bit of low-end punch. With the new Image Ones, the experience is an even bassier affair. According to our Klipsch rep, the new models feature the same 40mm drivers, but the updated design has made for a “small” amount of added boom. Without any EQ applied, the bass department muddied up the rest of the mix in songs whether it was an acoustic jam by Jimmy Eat World or a hard-hitting number by Refused. Once we slightly bumped up the 4 and 14kHz treble frequencies in Google Music, however, the veil was essentially lifted, giving us the familiar Image One sound we’ve grown accustomed to. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to test the microphone quality, but you can bet we’ll be getting a pair in for review soon to bring you our in-depth thoughts. As it stands, there’s no question that the new Image Ones have left us with a fairly positive impression overall. Show full PR text Image™ ONE Headphone Series Gains Bluetooth Model and Product Upgrades INDIANAPOLIS (August 9th, 2012) – Klipsch, a leading global speaker manufacturer, today announces the launch of the new Image™ ONE Bluetooth® and upgraded Image™ ONE. Catering to on-ear enthusiasts, these headphones maintain the same high-quality sound signature and comfort for which Klipsch headphones are known while introducing enhancements in build, functionality, design and performance. With the launch of these two Image ONE series models, Klipsch introduces upgraded, flat cabling-attached only to the left ear cup-for added durability and tangle resistance, as well as a flat folding collapsible design for space-saving storage. Image ONE Bluetooth Combining high-performance Klipsch sound with the convenience of wireless listening, the Im419论坛_上海419论坛_新上海419龙凤age ONE Bluetooth serves as Klipsch’s first wireless headphone model. Given its utilization of Hi-Fi Bluetooth (A2DP) audio quality and aptX Codec for lossless streaming, users experience high-performance, uninterrupted listening. The Image ONE Bluetooth’s wireless capabilities are enabled via its built-in rechargeable battery; with wired connection still possible via the included direct connect audio cable. Large, easily-accessible controls are located on the right earcup for controlling playlists and phone calls. Extensive research resulted in the ideal ergonomic placement of buttons so users’ hands naturally fall onto the controls. Lined with professional- grade foam and equipped with an adjustable leather headband, it provides premium comfort and superior noise isolation. Available in a black finish with brushed-aluminum accents, and compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled device, the Image ONE Bluetooth retails for $249.99 (U.S. MSRP) and will be available at authorized retailers and http://www.klipsch.com in August 2012. Image ONE Maintaining the same acoustics of the current model, the updated Image ONE provides listeners with flat earpads and an adjustable leather headband for optimal comfort and fit, still providing superior levels of noise isolation. Simplifying cable design, the headphone utilizes only one cable that feeds into the left earcup. Because the headphone’s earcups fold flat into the headphone, a smaller carrying case is provided for more compact storage. The same three- button remote and mic is housed on the cable for full call and music control with Apple devices. The new Image ONE retails for $149.99 (U.S. MSRP) and will be available at authorized retailers and http://www.klipsch.com in August 2012.y


Jukebox Heroes: Runes of Magic’s soundtrack

Welcome back to Jukebox Heroes, the column that dares you to close your eyes and unplug your ears. Well, after you’re done reading this opening, of course. So what’s the greatest tragedy in modern musical history? Everyone has an answer to that, but mine will be, “How much Runes of Magic’s score is overlooked because it’s a free-to-play title.”Sure, the game shares enough DNA with World of Warcraft that the two titles can never marry or else they’ll have inbred children, but RoM’s soundtrack is anything but a clone of WoW’s. Runes of Magic actually goes toe to toe with some of the greatest music I’ve ever heard in MMOs, and that’s no exaggeration. I have to thank Massively’s Jeremy Stratton for turning me on to this particular score.According to a few accounts I’ve read, Runes of Magic’s music is both cobbled together from tracks of other video games as well as original pieces composed specifically for this. I honestly don’t care where the music comes from; I just care to turn my speakers all the way up and feel epic when it’s playing.So her419论坛_上海419论坛_新上海419龙凤e we go with my absolute favorite tracks from Runes of Magic, minus a couple that I’ve shared on Massively before! Main Theme of Chapter 4: Lands of DespairEach one of Runes of Magic’s chapters has its own theme, and each one is goosebump-worthy. It’s hard picking favorites, so I won’t. Instead, I drew one of them out of a hat: Chapter 4. In a tight two minutes, you’ve got something that sounds like it should be at the forefront of a summer movie blockbuster, not a mere MMO. It just keeps building and building, and by the end you can’t help but want to be ripping off your shirt and making household objects into legendary weapons.AbsurdiaI wouldn’t call this my absolute favorite Runes of Magic track, but it’s got a nice quality to it. Makes me think of a grand entrance, like a conquering hero returning home to a throng of celebrating people.CataclisticI don’t know what “cataclistic” means, but if this track is any indication, it’s “a frantic and desperate motion as one scrambles away from the end of the world.” The chanting choir transitions to an uplifting ballad by the end, and then this short-but-sweet piece crashes to a close. Love it.Obsidian StrongholdThis starts out as an almost-forgettable piece of generic fantasy music, all except for the non-stop thumping in the background. There’s a quite urgent feeling to this piece that culminates in its crowning moment of awesome at 1:52. It’s at this moment that the build-up pays off, and it would be a far weaker track if it didn’t have two minutes to get there.The Radiant ArcanumAt first, the music in this piece is like little fireflies, dancing about all prettily but being nothing substantive on their own. But when the 1:00 mark kicks in, there’s a crashing wave of symphony that envelops everything for a little while. While the wave settles down, it comes back a few times in lesser form during the remainder of the track. It makes me think of a grand, empty mausoleum that’s seen better days.Traveling TaleI was warring between posting this or Adventure as a carefree tune to go with your general journeys. Truth is, they’re both pretty excellent and far from the bombastic score that is seen elsewhere. In fact, Traveling Tale actually sounds like something that came from an inspiring movie drama than a video game. It also has the full backing of a symphony rather than a synthesizer, and that quality comes out in the sheer variety of instruments at play here. It’s not just great MMO music; it’s great music period.That’s it for this week! Put in a plug in the comments for the next soundtrack that you’d like to see me cover on Jukebox Heroes, and who knows? Your selection might just pop up.MMOs aren’t just about looks; they also have great soundtracks that often go unnoticed. Heroes don’t stand for that! Every other Tuesday, Jukebox Heroes will check out a game’s soundtrack and feature the best tunes to share and discuss. Your DJ for the hour is Justin Olivetti, and the request line is open!


Cataclysm: Your reviews in haiku

I was doing my usual trick of idly passing time on the EU forums recently when I came across this fantastic thread. The poster was asking the forum to review Cataclysm in the form of a haiku, which I felt was an excellent way to mark the transition from the staid, western feel of Cataclysm into the Zen, peaceful feel of Mists of Pandaria.It seems that Blizzard Blue Vaneras felt the same, offering this haiku in response: VanerasThank you for postingyour feedback is importantbe it good419论坛_上海419论坛_新上海419龙凤 or badsourceSo let’s hear your haikus! While the traditional Japanese form was probably far more free, the English version of haiku stipulates that they should be 17 syllables, five on the first line, seven on the second and five on the third. I’ve picked out some of the ones I liked from the original post after the break, and you should get to writing your own! On Deepholm:Round and round we goChasing the missing pebbleFat lady watchesOn Archaeology:Hunt for lost treasureNow I wish I was fishingDigging just to digOn Madness:Deathwing, so distantthere was always a tentaclebetween him and usWorld of Warcraft: Cataclysm has destroyed Azeroth as we know it; nothing is the same! In WoW Insider’s Guide to Cataclysm, you can find out everything you need to know about WoW’s third expansion, from leveling up a new goblin or worgen to breaking news and strategies on endgame play.


Inhabitat’s Week in Green: go-kart made of Lego bricks, TOTO toilet bike and the launch of ‘Willow Glass’

Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green. As we head towards the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, we’re closely watching both candidates to see what they’re doing for the environment. The Obama administration scored a major win for fuel-efficient cars this week by finalizing new standards that will increase the fuel economy of cars to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg by 2025. But what about the cars that are currently on the road? This week we test drove a 2013 Ford Focus Electric through the streets of San Francisco (we admit, we did get a bit of range anxiety). And in one of the most interesting automotive stories from the past week, the world’s first 3D-printed car — the Areion EV– reached a top speed of 141 kph. Cars aren’t the only form of green transportation we’ve been tracking this week, though. Toilet maker TOTO unveiled its “Toilet Bike Neo,” an amazing poo-powered tricycle that runs on biogas that’s produced from livestock waste. Not to be outdone, UK-based Stealth Electric Bikes recently released the Bomber, a burly electric bike that would fit in well with the Dark Knight’s fleet of stealthy vehicles. For a vehicle that’s the opposite of stealthy, we checked in on the world’s largest bus, a 98-foot colossus that’s probably visible from space. Lego builder Eric Steenstra built a fully functional go-kart made entirely out of Lego bricks, and in an inspiring story, artist and wheelchair user Sue Austin created a self-propelled underwater wheelchair that allows her to glide through the sea. In one of the biggest clean energy stories from the past week, a coalition of utility companies are planning to team up to construct a wind farm 12 miles off the coast of Long Island. Off the coast of Oregon, Ocean Power Technologies has received approval to begin work on the first commercial wave farm in the US. The project is expected to produce enough clean energy to power more than 1,000 homes. But one of the biggest breakthroughs in clean energy was actually in solar power, as designers at Rawlemon created a spherical, sun-tracking glass globe that’s able to concentrate sunlight (and moonlight) up to 10,000 times. In another exciting development, researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a self-charging power cell that’s able to directly convert mechanical energy into chemical energy, making it possible to harvest up to five times more energy from footsteps. We’ve also been keeping an eye on some impressive new inventions from around the world. In New York, a class of sixth graders invented a milk pitcher that detects spoilage. Meanwhile, a design collective from France developed a garment that uses augmented-reality technology and evolves with its wearer in real time. Glass company Corning Incorporated announced the launch of “Willow Glass,” a super thin, flexible new type of glass that can actually be can be wrapped around devices or products. The Canadian Space Agency is on the verge of making the Star Trek Medical Tricorder a reality with the Microflow, a medical scanner that’s currently in development. In design news, French designer Patrick Jouin unveiled his Bloom Table Lamp, a 3D-printed lamp that opens and closes like petals of a flower. In a less elegant but no less impressive effort, NEXT Architects and designer Aura Luz Melis built a lamp that’s filled with vegetable fat, which 419论坛_上海419论坛_新上海419龙凤constantly changes its brightness through the process of melting and re-solidifying the fat. We also shined some light on Bruce Munro’s Light Shower, an ethereal cascade of LED lights that looks like sparkling raindrops. This week we also rounded up the top six examples of architecture that were inspired by music. And finally, for all the designers out there, we just launched a contest to design an HP Ultrabook bag — the winner gets $10,000!


The Queue: Benjamin Franklin created the internet to resurrect himself

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Matthew Rossi is writing this sucker today. I’m kidding. Sort of.Ben is one of my personal heroes, though.In today’s Queue, I answer a bunch of t419论坛_上海419论坛_新上海419龙凤anking questions. I know — I was as shocked as you are.Matthew2 asked:I finally got around to making a DK and leveling it. (I’m a tank – my first tank!!!) Having said that:Is DPS in Blood Spec viable for 5 mans? I’m not a raider, I just want to learn my Blood spec and tank with it and dps with it in instances that I am learning about. Is it ok to use death and decay if I’m in Frost Presence when I’m DPS’ing? And I don’t yet have unholy presence, so I’ll pre-ask: “what spec should I be using as DPS in PvE [assuming i’m a blood dk if that matters]?Clearly, I don’t know this class yet – any good sources to learn about being a DK? I’m not a DK myself — well, OK, I do have one, but I haven’t leveled him in Cata and I doubt I will in Mists, since I only liked the DK for the “tank or DPS in any spec” utility they had in Wrath, and when that went away, I stopped playing him. That being said, I can first refer you to Dan Whitcomb’s Lichborne and then Icy Veins, both of which should get you started on your DK. (I also like Icy Veins for the transmog guides.)Now, as to your question about DPSing as blood, well, it’s not nearly as viable as it was in Wrath, but it’s doable until about level 76 or 77, when the spec just really stops being competitive. As long as you’re not DPSing in Blood Presence, you should be fine to use D&D; just make sure you try and let the tank hit some sort of AoE first before you go nuts.But man, I gotta say, tanking while you level up will really help you learn to tank a lot more than DPSing in blood spec. I get wanting to see a dungeon a few times before you tank it, but dual spec is cheap, and blood is a tank spec. I really encourage you to give blood tanking a shot in new instances, it will teach you a lot more about tanking.Nocjin asked:How’s active mitigation turning out? Annoying distraction or fun?I’ve enjoyed it so far. I really feel like prot warriors at least are fairly well designed right now, and as soon as I get a chance to check out the Vengeance change, I’ll let you know how threat feels in 5-mans on the beta. Hopefully it will still stay good. As of two weeks ago (the last time I tanked on the beta), protection has managed to capture the sensation that your attacks serve to provide your defense pretty well overall. I’m never really satisfied with anything (hence my general old curmudgeon status here at WoW Insider), but I do feel like they’ve gotten pretty close to in the black with this tanking model, and I’m interested in getting to play it live.damien.mcmaster asked:I have recently started playing WoW 2 months ago i am a level 79 Protection warrior, i haven’t done dungeons or raids, i just realised that protection warriors are supposed to be tanks, i dont really know how to tank, can i be DPS in raids/dungeons? or would i have to change to an arms or fury warrior?Unlike a DK, which uses a two-handed weapon to tank with, protection really isn’t designed for DPSing. While you could theoretically DPS with a protection spec, you really won’t be doing good DPS at all. I would recommend, if you absolutely don’t want to tank, that you get an arms spec, because arms is significantly easier to gear for than fury and does better DPS until fury is in high-end raid gear. However, as many commenters pointed out, tanking on a warrior is a lot of fun, and I’d encourage you to give it a try.Ron2 asked:As I’ve noted in previous comments, I was out for most of Wrath (family illness and all that). So I gotta know, why do so many people despite Trial of the Crusader?See, in my case it comes down to the following:While I enjoyed Trial when it came out, the fact that all the encounters save the last fight took place in the same area grew wearying. One of the great things about raids is that they have an illusion of forward momentum created by, well, moving forward. Think about how much more epic it feels to move forward through cavernous hallways, ride through fire-blasted landscapes or ride on a dragon’s back and then descend to the Maelstrom feels than sticking around the same wooden tournament ring for four bosses.Since you could run 10, 10 heroic, 25 and 25 heroic as separate instances, I ended up running Trial of the Crusader four times a week for a while. That’s a lot. It added to the weariness mentioned above.I actually missed trash. No trash meant no trash epics, no weird trash pulls, no trash with crazy-hard mechanics you had to suss out. It led to a feeling of sterility. I was one of the biggest boosters for the concept of a trash-free dungeon, and I was absolutely wrong. This doesn’t mean some other dungeons and raids haven’t had too much trash, but TotC needed more than it had.I didn’t like my gimmick block set to tank heroic Anub’arak.Dropping down into Azjol-Nerub to fight Anub always makes me angry that we never got the AN zone or even a more expansive AN raid. Seeing those cool art assets always made me long for a full-fledged Azjol-Nerub raid or zone, where we’d finally get to see what’s going on down there now.Four times a week, man. Four freaking times a week. I was not up for that.I actually liked a lot of the boss mechanics, thought the idea of Horde and Alliance getting unique looking loot was very cool, and thought TotC was a decent concept for a raid and a nice “getting ready for the main event” type of situation — but man, it got very repetitive very fast for me. Have questions about the World of Warcraft? The WoW Insider crew is here with The Queue, our daily Q&A column. Leave your questions in the comments, and we’ll do our best to answer ’em!


Healing Mogu’shan Vaults Part 1 in the raid finder

Every week, Raid Rx will help you quarterback your healers to victory! Your host is Matt Low, the grand poohbah of World of Matticus and a founder of Plus Heal, a discussion community for healers of all experience levels and interests.Imagine my delight when I realized that the raid finder in the Mists of Pandaria beta was available for testing. The only instance available at the moment is Mogu’shan Vaults, but heck, who cares? I’ve been dying to get more practice in. I must’ve waited around 50 or so minutes before we had enough players to jump in. There were times where we had two tanks, six healers, and 11 DPSers. Other times we had 17 DPSers, 6 healers, and no tanks!The raid finder for Mogu’shan Vaults has been split into two parts. You can’t access the second half of it until you clear out the first three bosses in the first half.There are some spoilers after the cut. Consider yourself warned! The Stone GuardTechnically, there should be four stone statues guarding the way in. These enchanted statues are the initial line of defense in. But in the raid finder, your group only needs to contend with three of them. The three you get will rotate on a weekly basis similar to the drakes you fought against Halfus.Amethyst statue Amethyst will drop Amethyst Pools on the ground. Simple enough, right? Don’t stand in pink! There’s a lot of it, so watch your feet! But don’t count it out. It’ll try to petrify different members in the raid. Affected players gradually take reduced shadow damage by 90% and will move slower. If they reach 100 stacks of petrification, well, they’re stoned and won’t be able to move or do anything.Jade statue Jade just AoE’s a bunch, à la Fan of Knives rogues. It’ll shoot Jade Shards in every direction. Serious AoE healage is required here to counter this. Likewise with Amethyst, Jade can petrify.Jasper statue Jasper will Jasper Chains two raid members together. If they’re over 10 yards up, the chains will do 20,000 fire damage and gradually increase for each second that players aren’t close enough. Remember Blood Queen from Icecrown Citadel? Good! Same mechanic! Find your partner, and run to them! If you see a large, pulsing line on your screen, look for the two players with the debuff and keep them alive long enough for the two to get close. Like Amethyst, Jasper has the ability to petrify the raid.Cobalt statue For my group, Cobalt wasn’t available to us. Cobalt’s ability is that it’ll shoot a delayed explosive at a random player. After three seconds, it’ll arm itself. Any players who stand within 7 yards will detonate the shard dealing 95,000 damage and rooting nearby players for six seconds. Again, watch out for petrification.This encounter is a simple matter of balancing which guardians are active and which ones aren’t. If a stone guard isn’t close, a Guardian will deactivate and go to stone form. It won’t take much damage, but it can’t gain energy — meaning you can time its lethal attacks when the raid is healed up and at full health.Feng the AccursedOut of the three bosses available in the raid finder, I’d say Feng is the guy that’s going to be the big pain in butt to deal with. He essentially has three major phases that involve his siphoning assorted essences from different statues around the room, whereby he gains their abilities.Tanks will periodically gain access to left over essence shards from statues that Feng activates. Use them, because you’ll have the ability to use a Nullification Barrier. For six seconds, the barrier negates any harmful magic effects cast on players standing within the barrier. It also suppresses the effects of any Wildfires and Lightning Charges. You can also hit a player with a Shroud of Reversal, which lets a fellow raid member mimic and rebound the next damaging ability they get hit with back to Feng.Spirit of the Fist (95% health) Dodge the Lightning Fists. These are shockwaves that pulse outward, stunning players caught in their path. They move fairly slowly and are easy to dodge. Epicenter is a large AoE ability. It’s Feng’s version of an earthquake. The closer you are to the epicenter, the lower your chance to hit becomes. Tanks, drag Feng to one side of the circular room. Melee, sorry guys, but you’re going to have to run out and in again.Spirit of the Spear (66%) Serio419论坛_上海419论坛_新上海419龙凤usly, just watch out for Wildfire Sparks. Different players will be engulfed in flames, which then explode and create a Wildfire on the ground. Wildfire then slowly spreads out and inflects 100,000+ (yes, six digits) damage to players who stand in it. This fire keeps moving. Reminds me of Archimonde. Every so often, Feng’s going to Draw Flame, and all the Wildfires on the ground will head in his direction, where he’s going to inhale it and then pulse. Good time to line up some healing cooldowns here when that happens.Spirit of the Staff (33%) Be prepared to run into the boss and back out again. The way we did it, the majority of us were standing between middle to max range. We want to mitigate Arcane Resonance. The target takes 1,000 arcane damage along with other players nearby within 6 yards. Additional players affected by the resonance amplify the damage to all of them by 1,000. You can see why we want to avoid any kind of stacking. But we have to be prepared to close in on Feng to counteract Arcane Velocity.The further you are away from Feng, the more damage you take. And Arcane Velocity does 16,000+ damage every second. To be fair, you’ll have some buffer room, since your health pools should be in the mid-300,000s and up. I think it’s safer to stay out and run in as opposed to staying in and running out.Feng wiped us about four times.Gara’jal the SpiritbinderGara’jal is the head boss of the Zandalar troll team that’s attempting to breach the vaults. They want to get themselves in there first and reap the rewards and treasures that can be found within. Just a word to the wise: The trash pack consists of an aerial bombing team and some saboteurs on the ground. Once you eliminate them, he’ll spawn. Make sure to get clear of the center of the platform. When your group is ready, inch up just in front of the staircase, since a (you guessed it) spiked barrier will appear, cutting off any unlucky players from the rest of the raid.Spirit Totems that appear will send players to the other Spirit World. We sent in anywhere from four to six players at a time to cross into that other realm. I went in there a few times myself.It doesn’t look like a tank is needed in the raid finder. The assorted Shadowy Minions mobs will die fairly quickly. In fact, just to test it out, a few Smites completely neutralized a Shadowy Minion in a small number of hits. These mobs will attack players in the real world, and they can only be taken down in the Spirit World. Bear in mind that in normal modes, a healer does need to be sent because in order to get back from the spirit world to the real world, they need to be healed to full in order to gain access to the Return Soul ability. So send at least one healer in there. In the raid finder, you gain the ability after 30 seconds.Bonus: Healing a player in the Spirit World gives a player Spiritual Innervation with varying effects based on the class and spec of the player healed.In addition, healers get to deal with Voodoo Dolls. Gara’jal’s current target and three other players in the raid will turn into Voodoo Dolls. A Doll copies 50% of their damage received to other Voodoo Dolls in the raid. The effect lasts until the targets are dead or until Gara’jal boots the initial affected player into the Spirit World.The last 20% is the do-or-die portion of the encounter. Gara’jal just goes into a Frenzy and starts waling super hard. Personally, what I do is I plan my cooldowns around everyone else. There’s usually someone who prematurely ignites their raid-wide cooldown like a Tranquility or something early on before it’s really necessary. I’ll hold onto mine and give it some extra time until I know for sure that nothing else is going active and when the average raid health is anywhere between 40% to 80%. Once I see that happening, I hit Cascade and Divine Hymn and watch as green numbers litter my screen. Then it’s back to Prayer of Mending, AoE healing spells, and single-target spells until I run my mana to the ground.Just one wipe.The hardest parts about the raid finder for me were threefold:Getting used to the new spells.Remembering to use mana cooldowns all the time.Using base level Heal.I know that in the raid finder, the difficulty is drastically lowered. But even then, I had a ton of fun learning all these new encounters and losing with 1% wipes again. Be on the lookout for part 2, when I queue into the second half!P.S. Monk healers are awesome.It’s open warfare between Alliance and Horde in Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft’s next expansion. Jump into five new levels with new talents and class mechanics, try the new monk class, and create a pandaren character to ally with either Horde or Alliance. Look for expansion basics in our Mists FAQ, or dig into our spring press event coverage for more details!