Archive for October, 2006

Sony Blocks European PS3 Importing

Sony Blocks European PS3 Importing

Wow, Sony must really, really hate Europe. Aside from leaving them out of the PlayStation 3 launch party in November due to console shortages, it now appears that Sony is taking extra measures to ensure that European customers don't get a console before March. Specifically, Lik-Sang, everyone's favorite import/export experts, will be forbidden to sell imported PS3s based on a ruling that forbids them from selling imported PSP handhelds. While I'm not sure what the legal limitations are on applying a ruling based on one product to a separate item, Sony seems hell-bent on making sure that consoles that don't meet the European Union's standards don't reach European shores. So, unless you have a Stateside or Japanese relative willing to shell out the $500-$600 for you, it appears that Europeans will need to find another way around Sony's embargo.

[via GamePro]

BMW’s Bangle interviewed

BMW’s Bangle interviewed

Designers seem determined to step out from behind the drawing boards and into the spotlight, and nobody gets more column inches (or, for that matter, hyperbole) than BMW's Chris Bangle.  Design & Emotion have interviewed him, covering everything from 5-Axis milled door handles to the balance of design and semantics, with the much-maligned i-Drive interface along the way.

Macbeth X Factor mono synth is exposed

Macbeth X Factor mono synth is exposed

Blimey, if all the kids at school who think that playing a musical instrument is "sissy" could see this butch piece of MiniMoog-inspired synth, they'd soon change their tune!  Macbeth Studio Systems have hauled out this prototype of a keyboard version of the M3X2 analogue mono synthesiser, complete with surface-mount pots, resistors and wiring, called The X Factor.

 

EZ-Canvas makes your bland monitor a touchscreen

EZ-Canvas makes your bland monitor a touchscreen

This, my soft chinned little gleehounds, is the haterz way of emulating the pen-on-screen joy that is the Tablet PC.  Or perhaps it's just Navisis' EZ-Canvas, a sheet of standard-looking acrylic that, when clipped to the front of your monitor, turns it into a pen-controlled touchscreen.

Gizmodo catches Sony Reader page refresh on cam

Gizmodo catches Sony Reader page refresh on cam

The first Sony Reader units are landing in word-lovers hands, and the feedback about the e-book has been coming thick and fast.  Quite a few people have mentioned the brief delay in changing pages, and so the guys over at Gizmodo have taken the time to film a short video of the unit in action.

Their opinion?  It's no biggie, similar in time to turning a real life page ("once upon a time, kids, books were made of mashed up trees" "but daddy, what's a tree?") and doesn't really impact on usability.  So there.

Sony Reader: Exclusive Video of E-Ink Refresh Delay [Gizmodo]

Playstation 3 Play Beyond Party

Playstation 3 Play Beyond Party

The majority of the slots on Nov 1st is filled up so another day was added to the festivities.  Each lucky person will get two hours of hands-on time with the long awaited next-gen gaming consoles.  The slots are limited, so you best on hurry over to Play Beyond and sign up.

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Bose In-Ear Headphones for Under $100!

Bose In-Ear Headphones for Under $100!

It’s hard to believe that Bose would release such an inexpensive headset, the Bose In-Ear headphones. I was expecting around the price range of $149 to $199 given the QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Canceling headphones goes for $349 and the Bose on-ear headphones is priced at $179; very smart pricing, indeed. It’s hard to say how good these headphones are compared to Shure and Ultimate Ears.

These bad boys feature Bose very own proprietary TriPort acoustic headphone structure, which the company claim to yield greater low-frequency output and should create more balanced lifelike sound. How comfortable are these soft silicone earbuds? It’s hard to say. These removable silicone tips comes in S, M and L, which Bose swears that they’ll remain comfortable and stable in your ears for hours.

Will I make the switch from my Etymotic ER 4 microPro earphones for the Bose In-Ear headphones? Most likely not, thanks but no thanks.

Bose Product Page [via FosFor Gadgets]

Fossil FX6001 Bluetooth Watch: Expensive hunk of metal

Fossil FX6001 Bluetooth Watch: Expensive hunk of metal

Priced close to a mid-range cellphone, the Fossil Bluetooth watch, the FX6001 tells time and lets you know who’s calling.  That’s it.  The watch is designed to work with Symbian Series 60 devices, so compatibility is very limited to Sony Ericsson and Nokia phones.

On the plus side, there’s a bright OLED screen, it buzz ya’ when you get an SMS and lets you hang up on people you don’t want to talk to.

Fossil FX6001 Bluetooth Watch Hands On [Fossil Product Page]

Botmag builds a BRAT

Botmag builds a BRAT

When I was younger... okay, no, scratch that - it was yesterday, I was driving home from work and got cut up a hell of a lot by other wretched motorists.  What I really wanted was a massive Mech Warrior that I could crush their puny brains with underneath its gigantic feet.  Now giant Mech Warriors are gosh darned difficult to come by, but the $300 BRAT kit is a whole lot easier. 

Delphi SkyFi3 release date set – December 1st

Delphi SkyFi3 release date set – December 1st

Recently seen in adverts but subsequently yanked, the Delphi SkyFi3 is a pretty little slice of satellite radio playing goodness, 65% smaller than previous SkyFi models and boasting 30 minutes of live radio rewinding, built-in storage for up to 10 hours of XM content and a Micro SD slot for storing mp3/WMA/WAV files.  Sadly the battery lasts just eight hours, meaning you won't even have time to play back all that stored content, never mind get started on your mp3 collection!