Archive for July, 2006

MoGo Mouse Hands-On

MoGo Mouse Hands-On


Newton Peripherals has assessed all the problems of a portable mouse and has come up with a simple solution for a new and improved portable laptop mouse. For any Road Warrior, keeping track of and finding batteries for a portable mouse are the two biggest known problems. Well, Newton Peripherals has the solution for you: the simple yet elegantly-designed MoGo Mouse.

The MoGo Mouse is a slim, business card size mouse that is designed for those who are always on the go. This slim device comes equipped with Bluetooth capabilities and operates on its own internal battery, eliminating all the hassles of stockpiling spare batteries for your mouse. A simple flip of the kickstand turns the device on and, after a one-time pairing procedure to tie the MoGo to a Bluetooth-enabled laptop, the mouse is ready to go. Users will immediately notice that the kickstand allows the mouse to fit better to the contour of one's hand, making the device feel more comfortable and natural. As you remember, I said that this mouse operates on its own internal battery. After enough usage, this mouse is going to have to charge itself, and does so not by plugging into a wall socket but by simply plugging into your laptop's PCMCIA card slot. This eliminates all battery problems and at the same time keeps the portable mouse from running away and getting lost.

Yahoo Releases DRM-Free Music Track

Yahoo Releases DRM-Free Music Track

Hoping that other music companies will follow its example, Yahoo! has released a $1.99, DRM-free, personalized version of Jessica Simpson's "A Public Affair." While the price of $1.99 is effectively double that of a comparable iTunes Music Store purchase, the Yahoo! track can be played on any MP3-capable music player, which sorta justifies the added cost. The company, regarding the new music track, has said the following:

"Dear digital consumer, even if you’re not into Jessica Simpson, and you’re not excited about spending $2 for a song, let me tell you, this is a bigger deal than you might think."

Radeon X1950 to Feature New Cooling System

Radeon X1950 to Feature New Cooling System

Apparently, people are sick and tired of the high-end ATI Radeon cards have small engines mounted as cooling systems, so ATI has set out to fix the problem. On the company's upcoming Radeon X1950 graphics processing unit, ATI will redesign the entire cooling apparatus in order to make it quieter without losing efficiency. As it stands now, the new card is due out next month, complete with DDR4 RAM and a dual-slot design (evil evil evil). No details on either price or what the new cooling system could look like, but if you're interested in one of the new cards, now is the time to start saving up; high-end Radeons are usually $500 or so. Time to choose between that and the PS3!

[via Gizmodo]

Intel to Launch Quad-Core Chips This Year

Intel to Launch Quad-Core Chips This Year

While this doesn't come as any great surprise (especially after AMD's post-Core 2 Duo "4x4" announcement), Intel has nonetheless announced the that a quad-core version of its Core 2 Duo desktop chips (dubbed Kentsfield), as well as a quad-core edition of the Xeon server CPUs (dubbed Clovertown), would be available as early as the end of this year. It seems somewhat weird to me to launch what is essentially a massively-upgraded Core 2 Duo (the new processors are two Conroe or Woodcrest dual-core processors on one chip) so soon after the line was just launched, but that's technology for ya. Start saving now, all ye interested parties; I guarantee that this processor won't be cheap.

[via MacNN]

Nintendo Offers Free Fix for Damaged DS Lite Hinges

Nintendo Offers Free Fix for Damaged DS Lite Hinges

Well that didn't take long. One day after Kotaku posted their findings that 14% of their readers were the victim of DS Lite Hingeitis, Nintendo has agreed to fix units which are affected, although they still maintain that this is a minor issue and that only a very small fraction of users are actually affected. While my Lite has thus far managed to escape injury (and I haven't met anyone with a broken DS Lite yet), it's comforting to know that Nintendo is willing to clean up after their errors.

Samsung BD-P1000 Player Wracked With Issues

Samsung BD-P1000 Player Wracked With Issues

If you've read any reviews of Samsung's new BD-P1000 Blu-ray disc player, you've heard that it has a number of issues, including video playback softness, DTS decoding issues, and more. Well, apparently Samsung is well-aware of these issues and has traced the video playback issue to a faulty setting on the player's noise reduction chip. The really fun news is that, if you bought one of these defective boxes, Samsung might take as long as September before they release a firmware update that will fix your issues. No word on whether the sound issues have been fixed or not, but Blu-ray's launch will go down in history as one of the biggest rushed foul-ups ever; NO Blu-ray player was released without some sort of show-stopping issue. With Sony's track record of proprietary media formats already horrible, they really can't afford to have their collaborators screw up this badly this soon.

[via Ultimate AV Mag]

Developers Avoiding the PS3?

Developers Avoiding the PS3?

When it comes to the next-generation gaming consoles, if there was one console that developers were going to ignore, you'd figure it was the Wii, right? Wrong. Developers are actually beginning to avoid Sony's upcoming PlayStation 3 console, as the price tag for the system has a lot of developers wondering if there will be a large enough consumer base to warrant making games that possibly may never sell. Even in Japan, where the PSOne and PS2 are both huge, 90% of developers felt that the console's price was too high and, as a result, are shifting gears away from Sony towards Nintendo's Wii and Microsoft's Xbox 360.

PS3 Delays at an End?

PS3 Delays at an End?

In what has to be the biggest wave of relief to hit Sony in a good, long while, Asustek Computer Inc. has finally begun shipping PlayStation 3 consoles to Sony Corp., meaning that the delay we've heard about may not happen after all. This coinsides with Asustek's goal of shipping 200,000 of the next-generation consoles by the end of this month, and gradually increasing their output to 2,000,000 consoles per month by October.

GoldVish $1.3M Cell Phones

GoldVish $1.3M Cell Phones

GoldVish, an uber-luxury communication company out of Geneva Switzerland manufactured what may be the most expensive cell phone in the world; costing $1M. That’s enough o feed a relatively small country for a few weeks. The one of kind GoldVish phone is plastered with 120 carats of VVS-1 grade diamonds, while the casing is made of white gold. The “Piece Unique”, as it’s called is the brainchild of Swiss watch designer Emmanuel Gueit.

Two Faucets In One

Two Faucets In One

The Intellect Faucet is unique in two ways: it can be split into two separate faucets with each delivering filtered and non-filtered water simultaneously.  Now why anyone would need to go through such measures for this feature is beyond me.  It also measures the exact amount of water used from the time it’s turned on to when it’s flipped off.  Nifty, again do we really care how much water we use?

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