Archive for April, 2008

LaCie add capacity to 500GB Rugged external drive

LaCie add capacity to 500GB Rugged external drive

LaCie has announced an update to its ruggedized external storage range, ideal for the clumsy traveller who insists on carrying all their media around with them.  Now available in a 500GB version, with almost no size increase on the older, smaller capacity models, LaCie have given the drive a shock-resistant rubber bumper and scratch-proof aluminium shell.  Inside, there's a well-swaddled 2.5-inch Hitachi Travelstar 5K500 HDD.

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Don’t expect price cuts for the Wii or DS any time soon

Don’t expect price cuts for the Wii or DS any time soon

With the phenomenal sales of both the Nintendo DS and Wii, I've really wondered why people keep asking about a price drop. I know that we all hope for one, but it just doesn't seem logical. Okay, so the DS lite has been out for a while, and could probably use a bit of a price cut, however, we can't even keep the Wii on store shelves around, here, so what motivation would Nintendo have to lower the price? Well in case you were wondering, Nintendo has officially stated their stance on price cuts for both systems.

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Rockstar responds to GTA: IV torrents

Rockstar responds to GTA: IV torrents

I'm sure that you guys remember hearing that Grand Theft Auto IV had made its way onto the internet last week. Since my piece was written, both the PAL and NTSC versions have been put up for download. We finally have a brief statement from Rockstar games regarding the recent torrents. Check it out after the jump.

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SlashGear Week in Review

SlashGear Week in Review

It's been a week of ultraportables, frankly, with enough budget laptops vying for the Eee's crown to make the whole market more than a little confusing.  Medion announced their Akoya E1210 while 3K unveiled their own alternative; meanwhile, MSI finally released some decent photos of the Wind.  Thankfully there's now a comprehensive list of all the options available, meaning attention has turned from cataloguing to pondering whether Palm will join the fray with a re-worked version of the Foleo companion.  Stranger things (like the first Foleo, you could say) have happened.

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Psystar video demo OS X clone; at least one customer claims delivery

Psystar video demo OS X clone; at least one customer claims delivery

Psystar likely expected to incur the wrath of Apple at some point during their OS X clone business, but they perhaps didn't predict the amount of ire from outraged Mac fans.  Having been branded both criminals and vaporware-peddlers, the company has attempted to rebuke at least the latter of those accusations with a video purporting to be their Open Computer system running, in three different setups, OS X, ubuntu and Windows Vista.  You can see the video after the cut, but be warned it's already got the conspiracy theorists muttering.

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DIY G-Force meter

DIY G-Force meter

One of the cooler additions to the new Nissan GT-R is its multifunction computer, which among other things can tell you exactly how many G's you're experiencing as you fling it around the Nürburgring.  If you can't quite afford a GT-R, however, and you're still interested in knowing what forces are attempting to rearrange your entrails, PyroElectro have produced a tutorial for a DIY G-Force Meter.  Attaching to your windscreen via suction cups, it uses a simple accelerometer (the same sort of thing that tells your iPhone which way up you're holding it) to work out G-force to two decimal places.

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SlashGear Exclusive – First Video of Zero for Rock Band

SlashGear Exclusive – First Video of Zero for Rock Band

I just got word yesterday that in this week's DLC for Rock Band we'll be seeing Zero from the Smashing Pumpkins. I've been waiting around to hear this news for a very long time. Sure, I'm a huge Pumpkins fan, but that's not why. I've known about this particular song being being included in the game since I visited Harmonix last November. As a special weekend treat, I give you the first ever gameplay video of Zero for Rock Band after the jump.

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