Archive for April, 2008

Blockbuster begins selling new video games, hardware

Blockbuster begins selling new video games, hardware

I can't honestly remember the last time I've gone into Blockbuster looking to rent games. I do seem to recall renting a Nintendo 64 there a while back. I have purchased a used game or two from them when searching for something to watch, but again, that's been some time ago, as I don't usually think of Blockbuster when I go searching for used games. What's strange is that they are actually trying to become a good place to get new video games.

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Duke Nukem Forever is real, has been shown off

Duke Nukem Forever is real, has been shown off

I would have to say that one of the longest-running jokes in gaming has to be Duke Nukem Forever. The game has been in development since sometime in the 1850's and will be released whenever 3D Realms is good and ready. We've seen hints that the game is still being worked on and is getting somewhere near completion, but nothing solid. The guys over at ShackNews, however, have actually seen the game.

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AMD blames motherboards for overheating Phenom X4 CPUs

AMD blames motherboards for overheating Phenom X4 CPUs

Processor manufacturer AMD is being forced to field criticism from some users, after reports of compatibility issues between a number of their quad-core Phenom X4 chips and motherboards using a certain chipset. The company confirmed that the issue arises when the 9750 and 9850 Phenom processors, which have a Thermal Design Power (the maximum amount of power the cooling system is required to dissipate) of 125 watts, are used with motherboards based on the 780G chipset. Such boards - which AMD describes as "mainstream" - are only capable of dealing with the lower, 95 watts TDP processors, such as the 9600 and 9550.

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Airis Kira 740 ultraportable reviewed: more storage than Eee plus XP

Airis Kira 740 ultraportable reviewed: more storage than Eee plus XP

Airis' Kira 740 ultraportable is a budget laptop very much along the lines of ASUS' Eee: the big difference between the two is that the Kira uses a 1GHz Via C7 processor and has a 40GB conventional hard-drive compared to the Eee's Intel CPU and flash storage. Other than that, it's a similar case of 7-inch 800 x 480 display, gigabit ethernet, WiFI b/g and built-in webcam. French site MobileHub have been putting the Kira - which is currently available in France and Spain - through its paces, and making the obvious comparisons to its Asustek inspiration.

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DXG-569V camcorder: HD video recording for $169

DXG-569V camcorder: HD video recording for $169

It might not have the super-compact body of Sony's HDR-TG1, nor the sturdiness of Sanyo's Xacti, but DXG trounces both of them with the price of its HD camcorder.  The DXG-569V can capture 1280 x 720 video at 30 fps and shoot 5-megapixel stills, all for just $169.  It might only have a digital zoom (2x) but the 3-inch rotating LCD is nothing to be ashamed of; 32MB of onboard memory won't hold much, but that can thankfully be augmented via SD cards.

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3.06GHz iMac gets Intel one-off CPU rather than early Montevina

3.06GHz iMac gets Intel one-off CPU rather than early Montevina

Apple's refresh of the iMac line today no doubt left some rival manufacturers scratching their heads over how Steve Jobs and Co. got early access to the X9100 3.06GHz Centrino 2 chipset.  Not scheduled to be launched until June, the CPU - aka Montevina - will have a 1,066MHz front-side bus, compared to Santa Rosa's 800Hz.  Turns out, the answer is that Apple didn't get priority access; instead, Intel have tweaked an existing-generation CPU especially for the iMac.

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ASUS rumored to launch standalone Eee brand

ASUS rumored to launch standalone Eee brand

After Asustek CEO Jerry Shen revealed the company planned a 10-inch version of their runaway-success ultraportable, it looked as though the Eee roadmap was complete.  Now, a DigiTimes report suggests that, in an attempt to capitalise on the success of the range, they're considering splitting off the Eee as a separate brand.  In doing so, Asustek would be able to further develop the line-up without worry of treading on its own ASUS-branded toes.

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HP Compaq announce new AMD-powered ‘Business Class’ desktops

HP Compaq announce new AMD-powered ‘Business Class’ desktops

HP Compaq has announced two new business desktop PCs, the dc5850 and dx2450, which will be available with AMD's Athlon X2, Phenom X3 and Phenom X4 processors, themselves freshly branded as "AMD Business Class processors".  The dc5850 has ATI Radeon 3100 graphics and AMD's own Cool'n'Quiet 2.0 technology, and can be specified with up to 8GB RAM and with a dual-drive RAID array dual-layer DVD burner.  Meanwhile the dx2450 - described as ideal for "daily tasks" - will ship with NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE graphics, up to 4GB RAM and SATA hard-drive in capacities up to 500GB. 

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Touchscreen 40GB Eee hack on eBay for crazy $3,200

Touchscreen 40GB Eee hack on eBay for crazy $3,200

Could you ever bring yourself to spend more on a ASUS Eee than the price of a new MacBook Air, Lenovo X300 or Sony VAIO TZ?  Currently up on eBay for a whopping $3,200 (or open to bids from $2,800), this uber-Eee takes an innocent new 8GB model and adds a built-in 32GB Patriot XT drive, a touchscreen and updated WiFi card supporting A/B/G/N.  There's even an FM transmitter, to play audio through a car radio, and the overclocked ultraportable is running Windows XP SP3 with 2GB of RAM.

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