Archive for May, 2007

New Penryn silicon from Intel promises incredible performance upgrade for PCs and Macs

New Penryn silicon from Intel promises incredible performance upgrade for PCs and Macs

From the passing of one Mac to the promise of far, far faster machines running Intel's new Penryn chips at the end of this year.  Today the silicon specialists announced the upgrade of their manufacturing plants from 65-nanometer to 45-nanometer, with "high-k, metal gate" technology that has been called "the most important microprocessor developments in 40 years" by Gordon Moore (he of the law).

 

Time called on Mac mini?

Time called on Mac mini?

All good - and not so good - things must come to an end, and if AppleInsider's sources (apparently held in the "utmost respect") are to be believed the curtain call may soon be heard for Apple's headless wonder, the Mac mini.

 

Nissan SUV gets robot treatment

Nissan SUV gets robot treatment

Bloody great big robots seem to go hand in hand with car commercials; of course there was the dancing, ice-skating Citroen C4 ads, and now Nissan in Japan are getting in on the action with their "Powered Suit" concept, a campaign to push the otherwise bland DUALIS SUV.

 

Book-sized PC is expensive way into micro-computing

Book-sized PC is expensive way into micro-computing

My first thought on seeing Stealth Computer's tiny little LPC-450 was that it was a competitor to the Zonbu; after picking myself up of the floor on seeing the price, however, I realised that this book-sized chunk of processing power is aimed at an entirely different market.

 

Piano makers set their sights on high-end speaker sales

Piano makers set their sights on high-end speaker sales

If you were a little too late to get hold of a set of KEF's $130k MUON speakers, then perhaps the Model D system by Steinway Lyngdorf will cheer you up.  A collaborative project by piano maestros Steinway & Sons and Peter Lyngdorf (of the eponymous audio manufacturer), they're several imposing feet of high-quality speaker coupled with an equally special receiver.

 

Hands-on with the HP TouchSmart

Hands-on with the HP TouchSmart

By far, the coolest product that I got to play with at the AMD/Microsoft show was the HP TouchSmart PC. The 19-inch screen is simply beautiful. Everyone that walked near it had to stop and see what was so special about this machine.

Will the 80GB PS3 come to the US?

Will the 80GB PS3 come to the US?

So we know that Sony will be releasing their 80GB PS3 in Korea starting in June, but the big question is whether or not they will release the larger version here in the US, or in other locations for that matter. Yesterday a Sony official spoke on that subject.

First Guitar Hero III tracks revealed

First Guitar Hero III tracks revealed

It's time to dust off those guitar controllers and get the band back together because Activision has just announced the first round of tracks for the upcoming Guitar Hero III. Don't worry, it will work on all three next-gen consoles and the PS2. This isn't just the same old game with new tracks and a few new places to play, they've added some really cool features.

Updated – Wal-Mart to sell Dell PCs in June

Updated – Wal-Mart to sell Dell PCs in June

Dell has been rumored to be considering allowing brick-and-mortar stores carry their PCs in-store. Apparently, they will sell their first PC from a retail store this weekend in June.

Who will be carrying their PCs? Wal-Mart of course! For some reason it just seems like a perfect fit. I've never cared much for Dell's quality or customer service, and Wal-Mart is about on par with them in my eyes, so it seems only logical that they would team up.

We will apparently begin seeing these systems in over 3,000 stores this weekend Beginning on June 10th. I'll try to sneak my camera in and see if my local store has any when the time comes.

Updated:I was contacted by a Wal-Mart representative and informed that the original timeframe for release was incorrect. Many sites covered the news that it would happen this weekend, however, they will not be selling these until June 10.

Wal-Mart to begin selling Dell PCs [via crave]

Wireless mouse needs no batteries

Wireless mouse needs no batteries

I love my wireless mouse. It's so great not having to mess with the stupid wire coming out the back of it. But of course, like any product that is wireless it uses batteries. What if I told you that you could have a wireless mouse that didn't need batteries?