Archive for April, 2007

More Wii’s on the way?

More Wii’s on the way?

The Wii seems to be an elusive creature. Now and then we'll catch wind of a store having a few Wii's in-stock on a certain day. Then you go to said store on that fateful day only to realize that there have been people standing in line for days to get one. Then you just keep driving and pretend you're lost so you don't look like an idiot only showing up three hours before the store opened in hopes to get one.

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1 million Blu-ray disks sold

1 million Blu-ray disks sold

Once again the tides have apparently shifted in the next-gen disk wars. Is anyone really surprised? As soon as one claims to have the lead, someone else comes out with a reason that the other one has reclaimed it. I keep hoping to wake up one morning to find that one of them has just given up and died already. Sadly that’s not the case.

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Nintendo SNES mod: Wii approve!

Nintendo SNES mod: Wii approve!

If ever there was good reason to break out the Dremel and lay havoc to some perspex, this is it.  An enterprising French modder, Kotomi, decided that while Nintendo's growing catalogue of old SNES games available for cheap download on the Wii was all well and good, the one thing better than "cheap" is "free".  So he set to work squishing a real SNES into a replica Wii case, ending up with - wait for it - the Super Nii.

 

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Wacom broaden appeal with entry-level touchscreen display

Wacom broaden appeal with entry-level touchscreen display

If you're serious about electronic art, Wacom will happily reassure you, you'll have a Cintiq display.  For years now the drool-inducing mega-displays have woo'd artists and handwriting lovers alike, inciting as much awe over the specs as horror at the ultra-heavy price tag.  So what about the serious artists who are also poor?  Well, Wacom have decided to throw them a bone too, with the introduction of the PL-521.

 

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Kohjinsha upgrade tiny convertible with touch-friendly screen

Kohjinsha upgrade tiny convertible with touch-friendly screen

If there's one thing I love more than pie and kicking the shins of small children, it's Tablet PCs.  And in that respect I'm like a whole lot of people for whom size - or, more accurately, the lack of it - is an indecent draw, even if I know it would have long-term implications on boring things like usability.  Kohjinsha's svelte little convertible was one such temptress, gamely beckoning us in with a compact keyboard, 7-inch screen and full PC guts, but letting us down at the last minute like a chocolate condom by failing to have a touchscreen.

All that, however, has changed.

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AMD to bounce back with Barcelona quad-core

AMD to bounce back with Barcelona quad-core

AMD hasn't been doing too well lately. They've been getting trounced by Intel at every turn, and the fierce pricing competition has not been good for them. They just recently announced a major loss of $611 million. But according to them, things are looking up.

AMD will be releasing their first quad-core CPU Barcelona and they are claiming that it will have a 50% advantage over Intel's quad-core Xeon 5300 Clovertown processors in floating point applications. They also claim it will have a 20% advantage when it comes to integer performance.

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