Archive for September, 2006

Bluetooth Watch brings Caller ID to your wrist

Bluetooth Watch brings Caller ID to your wrist

You know the scene - dull team meeting, boss spouting management speak for "work harder, you lazy fools, else it's the chop for your worthless hides", cellphone silently vibrating in your pocket.  You're desperate to get it out so you can see who's calling (it might be the cute barmaid from your liquid lunch) but that would really push you to the front of the corporate gangplank.  So you suffer through, squirming in ignorance until the end of the meeting.

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Xbox 360s to Get CPU Upgrade Next Year

Xbox 360s to Get CPU Upgrade Next Year

I know, I know; there's entirely too much Xbox news today. Moving right along, it appears that the 360 will be the recipient of a processor upgrade sometime next year. Before all your current Xbox owners light your torches and grab your pitchforks, this won't be a performance enhancement; rather, the company that makes the Xbox's CPu is switching to 65nm technology from the current-generation's 90nm, meaning that the chips should run far cooler and consume less power (theoretically).

So, if you're planning on buying an Xbox 360 this holiday season, you might want to wait a few months so that you aren't the victim of an exploding Xbox when you try to play Dead Rising.

[via Gizmodo]

Microsoft Unveils Halo-Based RTS Game

Microsoft Unveils Halo-Based RTS Game

In even more Xbox 360 news, not only is Peter Jackson starting up a game studio to make more Halo-based games (yes, you read that correctly), but Microsoft has decided that the upcoming Halo 3 simply isn't enough Halo for its legions of fans. Enter Halo Wars, a real-time strategy (RTS) game coming out exclusively for the Xbox 360 (duh) taking place before the first Halo game. For obvious reasons, Microsoft is keeping most of the details tightly under wraps, but to see what we DO know, hit the jump.

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New Sony Vaio C

New Sony Vaio C

The new Sony Vaio C series notebooks will retail in late October for $1,350. They come in a wide array of colors including “espresso black,” “urban gray,” “seashell white,” “blush pink” and “spring green.” The Vaio C is powered by Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66Ghz processor, with a 13.3-inch widescreen xbrite display, and weighs about 5 pounds.


Sony’s Vaio C
[Via: CNET]

World’s First Hypoallergenic Cats by Allerca

World’s First Hypoallergenic Cats by Allerca

If you’re an allergy-sufferer who has longed for but not dared to get a cat as a pet, you can now get one for $4000 that won’t bring you the sneezing and red eyes. Allerca, a biotechnology company in San Diego, has developed a hypoallergenic cat by breeding litters from cats that do not carry the Fel D1 glycoprotein, which is the cause of most allergic reactions. Especially popular with urban dwellers, these cats are already backordered with a year-long waitlist.

Allerca’s Hypoallergenic Cats [Via: MedGadget]

Palm’s New Treo 680

Palm’s New Treo 680

The Palm Treos have been hugely popular with the high-end corporate crowd. Now it’s striking out at the mainstream with its new lower-end Treo 680, which looks similar to the Treo 750 released last week in Europe. Both phones will be for Cingular. Pricing and availability not yet announced.

Palm goes low-end with the Treo 680 [Via: Gadgetell]

Yum. Ice Cream Spaghetti

Yum. Ice Cream Spaghetti

This spiffy device magically transforms your ice cream to look like spaghetti. Ice cream in its natural form just gets too boring after awhile. The image below shows an enticing plate of vanilla spaghetti topped with strawberry marinara and white chocolate parmesan. Hmm, I wonder if they can make spaghetti look like ice cream. You can get one of these devices for $15 at the Lighter Side.


Spaghetti Ice Cream Maker
[Via: Oh Gizmo]

Schticker on your Laptop

Schticker on your Laptop

Stand out from the sea of people hunched over their laptops. Express yourself by slapping on some Schtickers. These laptop decals come in a variety of styles and colors. They’re reusable and removable so you can ‘schtick’ em anywhere. Custom designs are also an option.

Personalize Your Laptop [Via: Techie Diva]

Intel shows off 80 Core CPU

Intel shows off 80 Core CPU

Everyone’s enjoying their duo cores right now and looking forward to the quad cores, which Intel says will be shipping out this November. At the same time, Intel is showing off its 80 core chips, which can exchange whopping terabytes of data per second. They’ll be commercially available by 2010.

Intel Promises 80 Core CPUs within 5 Years [Via: I4U]

Three New Slingboxes Coming Out From Sling Media

Three New Slingboxes Coming Out From Sling Media

Sling Media will be launching three new models tomorrow, the Slingbox Pro, Slingbox AV, and Slingbox Tuner. The Pro is the higher end model that has an optional HD input adapter. Widescreen (16:9) support, high quality programmable video compression and full control of up to four A/V sources. The AV model gives you control over your digital cable, satellite or DVR set-top box. The Tuner is for standard basic cable that doesn’t require access to a set-top box, DVR or other AV devices. The Pro is priced at $250 and the AV and Tuner are priced at $180.

Sling Media Drops Three Slingboxes for the Holidays [Via: CrunchGear]

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