It's no small secret that the Xbox 360 isn't doing nearly as well over in Asia as it is here in the US. It's understandable since both Sony and Nintendo are from the region and already have a wide install-base. Microsoft won't give up though, in a move that will hopefully drive more sales, they are cutting the price of the 360. Only in the Asia markets though.
Depending on where you go and which version of the console you purchase, you'll see a price cut of between 5 and 20%. Surely a big fat 20% discount will stir up a bit of excitement. Hit the jump for a brief statement from Microsoft on the matter.
Beanbag-like internet appliance and general squishy WiFi companion chumby will soon be able to do more than alert you to the weather and bring you the latest 3G iPhone news courtesy of your RSS feeds. In a deal with Canadian games studio Albino Blacksheep, who specialise in Flash animation and gaming, chumby owners will be able to play selected titles from the studio using the touchscreen and accelerometer tilt-sensor interface. Rotating, shaking and prodding chumby will allow gamers to navigate through tunnels, chase a ball and even direct missiles.
Alienware have released their latest gaming laptop, the m17x, and while it's no ultraportable the specs more than make up for it. Dual NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX SLI graphics driving a 17-inch WUXGA 1920 x 1200 LCD display, a choice of Core 2 Duo and Duo Extreme processors and an optional 1TB RAID0 array are the headline grabbers. The m17x can take up to 4GB of Dual Channel DDR2 667MHz RAM, as well as up to 1GB of dedicated video memory.
Of all the odd photoshoots with a new gadget, this is probably the first I've seen where a dismembered fish shares frame-time. Still, the owner of this black ASUS Eee PC 900 has done us a favor in confirming that Asustek will be making their 8.9-inch budget ultraportable with at least two of the color options its smaller sibling boasts. Until now, the company has only been showing white versions of the notebook.
Microsoft has revealed that, since June 2007, multiple law enforcement agencies have been using a forensic device it has developed that can bypass security on a Windows-powered machine and extract data for use in criminal investigations. Called COFEE - Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor - the gadget is apparently a USB thumb-drive onto which Microsoft have loaded 150 'commands' that can, among other things, decrypt passwords, display internet activity, and uncover all data stored on the computer. Most importantly, it can do this on-site, rather than an investigator needing to remove a machine during a search or raid and send it to a lab for analysis.
Digitalcube's i-station UDIC may look like a mini-convertible UMPC, but in actual fact it's an electronic dictionary. Still, that doesn't really do the handheld device justice: it's a dictionary with 50 languages, as well as text-to-speech, "native speakers" pronunciation guides and the i-TRANS translating service. Available in two versions, both have hard-drives: one 30GB, the other 60GB. AVING have been playing with the i-station recently and have made a video of the device in action; check it out after the cut.
Numark have released their latest turntable, the TTi, which can not only play your vinyl but record it directly to either a docked iPod or any USB-connected PC or Mac. The docking station is compatible with the 5th-gen iPod video, iPod Classic and 2nd-gen nano, which seems a bit short-sighted, but even if your iPod is a different version you can still create digital copies of your records via the included EZ Vinyl Converter and Audacity software. No drivers are needed, which I presume means it shows up as a generic external soundcard.