Archive for October, 2006

$249.99 for Earphones?! Ultimate Ears get put through their paces

$249.99 for Earphones?! Ultimate Ears get put through their paces

I don't know if I have strange, atypical ears, but most in-ear headphones just refuse to stay in for me.  When they do go in, they tend to be uncomfortable or downright painful.  So it's interesting to read the massive joint-review that Gear Diary and Girls Gone Mobile have done on the Ultimate Ears super.fi 5 Pro Earphones, which the makers claim are "unparallelled" in their fit and performance.  Want to know if these $249.99 'phones are really worth more than an iPod?  You'll just have to check the review...

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Canon EOS 400D digital SLR unboxing

Canon EOS 400D digital SLR unboxing

I'm not all that big of a photographer, so my Sony T7 and the 3-megapixel camera in my Nokia N80 suit me fine; however, there are lots of you out there who I know are drooling for prosumer digital SLRs like the Canon EOS series.  Jenneth at Girls Gone Mobile has just taken delivery of the EOS 400D and, showing great restraint, has documented the unboxing and put the battery on for a full charge before using it. 

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Chris’ Sunday MacBook Pro Roundup

Chris’ Sunday MacBook Pro Roundup

Hello chiddles, I know you've all been chomping at the bit for Stevey-boy's new MacBook Pro range to sweep through and cleanse you of your misery with the effectiveness of an LSD enema, so here's a quick round-up of what glossy Apple loveliness is now on offer...

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Modular UMPC concept for couch, conference and desk

Modular UMPC concept for couch, conference and desk

Ultra Mobile Life, Via's UMPC blog, has been busy with their graphics tablets again, producing this mighty fine concept of what a Modular UMPC might look like.  Consisting of a central core unit, complete with full-front touchscreen, which can then be augmented by a snap-on keyboard accessory creating a layout not dissimilar (though far cooler looking) to the Pepperpad 3.  UML see this as your portable VOIP speakerphone, presentation-giving multi-purpose filofax killer, and they could just be right.  Be sure to check out what they have in mind for those desktop powerhouse moments, after the cut...

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Unboxing the Push-To-Hear Shure headphones

Unboxing the Push-To-Hear Shure headphones

Adam over at Gadgetell has had a chance to play with Shure's new Push-To-Hear e500PTH headphones, which cleverly combine sound-isolation for that "on my own in a concert hall" feeling with instant environment monitoring, thanks to a control box with an adjustable microphone.  Any piece of tech worth its salt gets an unboxing photoshoot, and while we'll just have to be patient waiting for the review we can at least ogle the e500PTH coming out of its box...

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Speedy Futaba robot to cost $1200

Speedy Futaba robot to cost $1200

Now we've got a robot with human-like hands, so that they can pinch us as we walk past, but what if we'd like to be chased around the garden first?  So far the commercially available bots have been pretty darned sedentary - they can walk, sure, but they're not going to win any speed races.  So let's start praying for the day that Futaba's latest robot reaches the hands of enthusiasts - at ten inches tall and 900g he might not be big, but the eleven high-torque servos in his legs means he sure is fast!  Make sure you check out the video after the cut...

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Bully puckers up and causes offence

Bully puckers up and causes offence

Now normally I'd leave gaming news to our resident thumb-twitcher Ben Nied, but all the furore over Take Two Interactive Software Inc.'s latest headline-grabber Bully has really tickled me.  Most likely still laughing over the outrage caused by previous release Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (laughing all the way to the bank, that is, with the game netting them $1.5billion since its release in 2001), Take Two have managed to again rile conservatives by including a number of gay kisses in amongst Bully's back-to-school clique-climbing.  Check out the pixel-boy-on-boy action after the cut.

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Hikikomori – the e-Hermits caught on film

Hikikomori – the e-Hermits caught on film

Having been called an e-Hermit before, and accused of spending more time online than I do interacting with the fleshworld people around me, I was very interested to read about Francesco Jodice's new film Hikikomori.  The eponemous subjects are adolescents and young adults, predominantly Japanese and well-educated, who have chosen to withdraw from meatspace society and continue most if not all of their socialising via the internet.

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