Archive for October, 2006

IE Team say it with frosting – Firefox 2.0 Launches

IE Team say it with frosting – Firefox 2.0 Launches

Oi Microsoft!  I like cake too!  But did you send me any when I started blogging for SlashGear?  No you sodding well didn't.  This is blatant Firefox-favouritism.

 

The sweet-toothed IE team over at Redmond were so pleased to see Mozilla launch Firefox 2.0 that they sent them a cake.  Cue the predictable jokes (was it poisoned? is it full of bugs?)  The news here, I suppose, is the launch and the fact that relations between the two companies are nowhere near as fraught as those between each browser's fan-community, an ongoing feud that I suspect would require more than sugar to sweeten.

Fredericiana [via Valleywag]

Sprint Fires Up EV-DO Revision A and Announced the Novatel Wireless Ovation U720 USB Broadband Card

Sprint Fires Up EV-DO Revision A and Announced the Novatel Wireless Ovation U720 USB Broadband Card

Sprint subscribers living in or traveling to San Diego (you lucky dogs) will get a taste of the good life. Sprint just turned on the juice for its EV-DO Revision A. mobile broadband network today, blanketing San Diego with lots of high speed love. The new Sprint Power Vision network gets a real-life upload speed of 300 to 400 kbps and 450-800 kbps for download speeds. Sprint promised that 20 additional markets including LA, Washington, Las Vegas, and among others will get the same Rev A. love by the end of the year.

The other bit of good news is the announcement of the Novatel Wireless Ovation U720 USB EV-DO card! The new card will be available early November for a retail price of $249.99 or is available for as low as $49.99 with a two-year subscriber agreement and mail-in-rebate. Mac owner rejoice!

Service plans range from $39.99 per month for 40 MB to $79.99 per month for unlimited data usage. However, if you’re willing to sign a two-year Sprint subscriber agreement, the monthly cost drops to only $59.99. Unlike Verizon, you don’t even have to get a stinking voice plan if you don’t want to!
Sprint Launches Nation's First EV-DO Revision A Mobile Broadband Network [Thanks Amy!]

Rotating House chases the sun

Rotating House chases the sun

Take a look out of the nearest window.  Like what you see?  If you've not been living in your current home long, or you're blessed with a picturesque view, you might still get some pleasure and interest out of it.  Or maybe it's all got a tad predictable.  Wouldn't it be nice to be able to move your home around, change the view a bit?  Well, Australian engineer Luke Everingham thought that would be an excellent idea, and so set to work designing and building a rotating house four hours north of Sidney, NSW.

Pricing for Intel Quad Core CPUs

Pricing for Intel Quad Core CPUs

According to Digitimes, Intel’s Core 2 Quadro Extreme QX6700 quad core CPU will sell for $999 in 1000 unit lots when launched next month. This information they claim to have originated from sources at Taiwan motherboard manufacturers who are familiar with Intel’s latest roadmap. They also claim that the Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor will be available in Januaray 2007 at $851 US. On top of that, it is suggested that the quad core’s expensive price would render it low in popularity claiming only 3% of the Intel’s total desktop CPU shipments. The price may drop in the third quarter of 2007 when Intel is expected to launch its next-generation quad-cores, codenamed Yorkfield. Meanwhile, AMD is likely to follow suit with its own quad-core CPU.

Intel Quad Core CPU Prices Leaked [Via: I4U via Digitimes]

Digital Day Counter To Track Down Old Food

Digital Day Counter To Track Down Old Food

I’m sure we’ve all had some delicious leftovers left over too long that turned into a fuzzy marsh. Perhaps, that extreme was only a few times, but more often we simply leave food just long enough that when we take a nice big bite out of that leftover garlic bread, we wonder “was that suppose to be sourdough bread?” The Digital Day Counter from HowManyDaysAgo.com attempts to prevent those situations with a device that attaches to our container lids either via magnetism or suction. With a press of a button, the LCD screen displays the number of days that particular container has sat in your fridge. I think it’d be more useful if when your food has surpassed its time, the device actually sounds an alarm when you open the fridge. Priced at $12.

Digital Day Counter for Food [Via: Techie Diva]

Robotic Hand Plays Piano

Robotic Hand Plays Piano

What better way to liven up your desk and keep children at bay, then to have this creepy robotic hand that mime plays classical piano. The various gears and levers inside the clear plastic skin allow the fingers to move precisely as if it were playing the piano while audio is played back. Enjoy the tunes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer, or Choplin’s Minute Waltz. With a sound sensor, the device starts when you clap. I suppose this would make for good Halloween accent décor. Priced at $16.95.

Robotic Hand Plays Beethoven [Via: Gizmodo]

Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro is Here!

Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro is Here!

The wait is over! For those of you who have waited to get MacBook Pro with Core 2 Duo, can rejoice as today Apple has released Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro. Price structure did not change at all, and for $1999 you will be able to get a 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro with 1GB RAM. The new MacBook Pro is equipped with Firewire 800 and 6X Dual Layer SuperDrive. Apple also increased the harddrive of the new MacBook Pro to 120GB from 80GB previously for this starting model. So get your wallet ready! And grab one.

[Product page]

Mozilla Scheduled to Release FireFox 2.0 Gold Today

Mozilla Scheduled to Release FireFox 2.0 Gold Today

Firefox 2.0 was scheduled to be release today. I woke up in the morning, fired up my computer and did not see it yet on Mozilla’s site. FireFox 2.0 will support Javascript 1.7 to give a better support to Ajax. The new Fox also gets a nice makeover on its interface end, however under the hood Firefox 2.0 have couple new exciting features such as Built-In phising protection, better search capabilities, improved tabbed browsing, in-line spell checker, previewing rss feeds, and my favorite new feature, resume browsing session. Okay, now it’s time for me to go and refresh Mozilla page again and hope to see 2.0 final download.

Samsung Debuts “SCH-B500″-The Real Slim Slider

Samsung Debuts “SCH-B500″-The Real Slim Slider

Avoiding obvious comparisons between a certain notorious white rapper and the newest phone to debut at the Korea Electronics Show, Samsung demonstrated the SCH-B500 today to a crowd that has alternately dubbed it the "Slim&J" and the "Slim Slider".

Looks aren't everything (see the Samsung EW-700), but with a cool blue steel finish and a crisp 2.12" LCD display, the SCH-B500 is definitely sleek. Features include a 2M camera with flash, the black GUI, microSD memory card slot, mp3 & video playback, Bluetooth, TV-out, and a seriously questionable feature called "playing with my pet". Anyone who can decode what this one means without grossing me out gets free lunch. :)

Lots more pretty pictures after the jump...

Konami Announces Special Gift for Castlevania Pre-Orderers

Konami Announces Special Gift for Castlevania Pre-Orderers

As a huge Castlevania fan, the release of each new game is something I look forward to (especially considering the latest entry in the series seems to finally be kicking the Symphony of the Night remake pattern at long last). So, to celebrate the fact that this is Castlevania's 20th anniversary, Konami has decided to try and entice users to pre-order the upcoming DS title Portrait of Ruin by including one of the coolest pre-order gifts ever. So, what do you get from shelling out the dough early? Hit the jump!