Archive for September, 2007

Halo 3 takes record $170m in 24hrs

Halo 3 takes record $170m in 24hrs

You may not have realised, but earlier this week Microsoft released a little-known Xbox 360 game called Halo 3.  Well, obviously it had lovely packaging or something because apparently they took $170 million in sales in the US on the first day alone; that pushes it ahead of rival media such as the Spiderman 3 film and wretched wizard tome Harry Potter and the blah blah of blah.

 

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Apple release iPhone 1.1.1 update; unlocked handsets re-locked

Apple release iPhone 1.1.1 update; unlocked handsets re-locked

With little fanfare (but a video from Bob) Apple has launched their iPhone 1.1.1 firmware update, and while it doesn't bring such delicacies as Flash support there are nonetheless a few useful updates - not least the iTunes WiFi Music Store - and functionality tweaks to be had. However, in light of Apple's warning regarding modified iPhones and the potential for unexpected bricking following the update, the 152.3mb download comes with some trepidation. Here's the bad news: depending on how hacked your iPhone is, you might end up with a cellphone you can't use.

Full update rundown and the latest on the brick situation after the cut...

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Palm Centro ‘casual smartphone’ finally launched

Palm Centro ‘casual smartphone’ finally launched

Well, it's September 27th and just as we told you, Palm has officially launched the Centro smartphone, the first all-new handheld from the company in some time. Unlike the Treo, which continues to be marketed as the besuited's best friend, Palm are positioning the Centro as the lynchpin of your happy, friend-filled multimedia life. That means functionality like email, IM and web-browsing as well as YouTube videos, Google Maps for the directionally-challenged and - taking advantage of the 90-day exclusive partnership with Sprint - On Demand and Sprint TV to funnel entertainment and news direct to the palm (sorry, Palm) of your hand.

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RoboSapien plays dress-up with creepy Elmo costume

RoboSapien plays dress-up with creepy Elmo costume

Words cannot express how frightened this makes me.  Looking for all the world like a RoboSapien that has skinned Elmo and is wearing his hide like an extra from Silence of the Lambs, the coup de grâce is that, thanks to a personality upload, he can cruelly mimic the sounds and actions of his crimson prey.

 

Check out the video after the cut... if you've got the stomach for it! 

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Sharp’s latest 8-inch LCD could wind up in your next vehicle

Sharp’s latest 8-inch LCD could wind up in your next vehicle

It has a luminescence of 500 candelas/m2 and a contrast ration of 2500:1, which means it would be good for other applications, but instead it will likely wind up telling you how fast you are going. There are apparently several uses for this type of in-dash display.

First and foremost it could be used for gauges, or it could display multiple things, such as a digital read out of the temperature in and out of the vehicle, a digital speedometer with numbers instead of a gauge. And then in the background it could have information pertaining to your audio system, a backup or other parking cameras, night vision, maybe even GPS.

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SlashGear unboxing video of Gateway One

SlashGear unboxing video of Gateway One

As promised, here is the Gateway One unboxing video. I want to thank Glenn and Tawna from Gateway for helping us doing the unboxing.

The setup is as easy as plugging in the power cable to the system and you are good to go. No pairing needed for the wireless keyboard and mouse, it seems Gateway preset them to connect to the system.

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FCC leaked details on what could be Nokia’s next internet tablet with GPS this time

FCC leaked details on what could be Nokia’s next internet tablet with GPS this time

Not much is known, as manufacturers are getting smarter and filing to have just about everything blocked from public view. What is known is that its made by Nokia, fits the pictured outline, and isn’t a phone.

We also know that it will have Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPS all built in. Other than that we don’t know much else other than it did pass all its tests, so it should make it to market soon.

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