Archive for September, 2007

iBook video defect fixed by fire

iBook video defect fixed by fire

It's usually a pretty safe bet that any of the elements plus your prized electronics equals repair time, but Geektechnique's Mark Hoekstra has turned that handy formula on its head by using the power of fire to fix his ailing iBook.  The poor little notebook was suffering from an apparently common issue for the range, where the solder balls holding the video chip onto the logic-board break free and you end up with garbled, temperamental or just plain absent images.  Apple's warranty fix programme finished a while ago, so instead Mark decided to hack the thing back to life himself: remelting the solder with a pot of burning pure alcohol sat directly on top of the chip.

 

Check out a video of the flaming repair, after the cut... 

Halo 3 launch – Didn’t preorder a copy? Good luck

Halo 3 launch – Didn’t preorder a copy? Good luck

If you didn't know that Halo 3 was launched just a little bit ago (at least for those of us on the East Coast) you've probably been hiding under a rock. If you didn't actually head out to your favorite game store to pick up a copy, you're probably better off, especially if you hadn't already preordered a copy. These two lucky guys walked out of the store at just a hair past midnight, being two of the first people to get a copy of the game.

95% Euro users uninterested in mobile TV

95% Euro users uninterested in mobile TV

Since I'm a humble tech writer I can laugh at the news that a mere 5-percent of European cellphone users expressed any sort of desire to view TV on their handsets in the next twelve months; if I were a carrier, happily upgrading my network to cater for exactly that sort of mobile media (or an investor, knowing my money was being spent on it), I'd be less likely to see the funny side.  But it turns out that for all the growing options consumers simply aren't interested in using their mobile phone as a tiny TV.

 

Apple Leopard OS X upgrade scraps 800MHz support

Apple Leopard OS X upgrade scraps 800MHz support

The long-predicted move away from supporting PowerPC-based Apple hardware has begun, with the company's next-gen Leopard OS closing the door a little further on older machines via increasingly stringent spec demands.  According to sources, however, Apple engineers have found that, while initially they claimed Leopard would support "a PowerPC G4 (800MHz or faster)", tests on legacy hardware have shown it to run simply too slow to gain the company's seal of approval.

 

TI has a prototype mobile phone with a pico-projector in it

TI has a prototype mobile phone with a pico-projector in it

Motorola was supposed to be the first company to market with such a device, especially after their deal with Microvision. It seems as though TI beat them to it though.

This isn’t TI’s first time round the projector world, most of the DLP TV’s and projectors you see these days have a chip from TI in them. The fact is though, it is kind of surprising seeing TI be the first with a full on mobile phone/pico-projector combo.

DVD Zabady is a splash proof portable DVD player

DVD Zabady is a splash proof portable DVD player

You can’t quite take it in the pool with you, but leaving it setting on the edge you should be fine. There is obviously a LCD screen on the device, it also plays DVDs.

The device will also read MP3s and MPEG4s off of discs. On top of that there is a SD card slot that will play the same formats from it.

Dissatisfied with Vista on your new system? Downgrade

Dissatisfied with Vista on your new system? Downgrade

Not too long ago there was a story going ‘round where OEMs could offer you a downgrade for your newly purchased system so you could ditch Vista and go back to XP. This story wasn’t covered because it seemed to be pretty much tailored towards businesses, well now you can too.

Thus we are here telling you how, because if you have a new system and want to ditch Vista but don’t have a copy of XP to install or if you have been looking at a new machine but have lived in fear of a new purchase due to Vista, you can go ahead and buy it. Crave Asia did some research and found out that you too can get a downgrade.

Latest Sony VAIO AR600 range has media sights on your desktop

Latest Sony VAIO AR600 range has media sights on your desktop

It's difficult to fashion a laptop capable at dragging attention from Apple's slender, expensive-looking (and expensive costing!) MacBook and MacBook Pro ranges, but Sony are obviously hoping to do that with a nicely designed cross-section.  Their VAIO AR600 line may be big-boned and destined for that catch-all "desktop replacement" label, but it looks pretty sexy from the side.

 

Victory Vision has iPod connectivity

Victory Vision has iPod connectivity

Combine the title with picture and you will realize that Victory is a reference to the up and coming motorcycle manufacturer that has already made some amazing bikes. The next realization will likely be that the Vision is probably the first motorcycle with iPod connectivity you have ever heard of, and you would be right.

The bike itself is a work of art, and looks like something from the likes of Ferrari or Brammo Motorsports but on two wheels. Tack on the iPod support, optional 4-speaker sound system, and optional XM radio and you have a geeks dream bike.

Lucky man gets Halo 3 early from Dell

Lucky man gets Halo 3 early from Dell

First, a couple things, Halo 3 comes out tonight, so we all realize you will be playing that game hardcore for at least a couple days, but please don’t forget to come back here and check us out, we will miss you. Second, who buys Xbox 360 games from Dell?

Well apparently if you do, and your package gets shipped via DHL, you just might receive your game early. Like this gentleman, who probably has a house full of Halo/Bungie groupies sitting at his house waiting on their turn to play right now?