Archive for April, 2008

Budget ultraportables get roll-call

Budget ultraportables get roll-call

In the market for a new budget ultraportable notebook? In a way, I pity you: the burgeoning niche seemingly has new entrants every day, and a decision which once was "either cheap Eee or expensive Sony" now has multiple contenders. Liliputing know a thing or two about compact computers, and they've decided to throw us all a lifeline; their run-down of the latest & pre-release models should hopefully help you tell the difference between a Cloud and a Wind.

Toshiba HD-DVD cull prompts 95% profit crash

Toshiba HD-DVD cull prompts 95% profit crash

The high-definition disc format war may be over, but the real losers aren't those who bought HD-DVD players but Toshiba, the company behind the bested standard. The company has announced today that their net profit this past quarter dropped an astonishing 95-percent, thanks to losses prompted by the format pull-out. Overall, net profit scraped in at 1.25 billion yen (US$12m), versus 26.17 billion yen this time last year.

Here’s a great way to get yourself banned from Xbox Live

Here’s a great way to get yourself banned from Xbox Live

Remember that little tip I gave you yesterday about being able to download Grand Theft Auto IV? What was the one thing I told you not to do if you still chose to download and play it? That's right, connect to Xbox Live. Apparently there are more than a few geniuses out there that have decided to rack up their achievements on Live.

Get your very own Mii statue

Get your very own Mii statue

I love my Wii, and have been playing it more than my 360 since I got it. However, one thing that I've never really gotten into is designing my Mii. Sure, I made one, but I spent something like five minutes on it and pretty much just left it at that. I guess it kind of looks like me, but I honestly don't really care all that much.  For those that have spent much time perfecting their Wii, why not get a physical manifestation of your hard work?

Nintendo announces 30% increase in Wii production

Nintendo announces 30% increase in Wii production

Newsflash – The US is currently experiencing a shortage of Nintendo Wii consoles. Okay, so that's really nothing new, and neither is the fact that Nintendo is still sincerely upset about that fact. Well once again we are hearing news that they are ramping up production to compensate.

Samsung reveal latest LCD & Plasma price-list

Samsung reveal latest LCD & Plasma price-list

Back in January, one of the more overwhelming CES 2008 launches was Samsung's assault force of LCD and plasma TVs.  Twenty-seven different models, the new screens ranged from a compact, low-end 18.9-inch 720p LCD, up through a variety of ranges covering most of the HDTV options, and topping out with a whopping great 63-inch plasma priced at; the only thing we didn't know was the price list.  If you've been holding off buying a new TV until Samsung played their cards, then check out the full list of options after the cut.

LG’s 32-inch OLED TVs expected in 2011

LG’s 32-inch OLED TVs expected in 2011

Mere days after Samsung announced its AMOLED TV production line would reach economy of scale by 2009, LG have countered with their own timeline for the low-power displays.  With ongoing investment into the technology, LG is expecting volume production of a 32-inch OLED TV sometime in 2011.  The news comes as the company released details of their latest LCD TV plant in in Paju, Korea, which is expected to begin large-scale production in March 2009.

WildCharge iPhone and iPod Touch wireless charger reviewed

WildCharge iPhone and iPod Touch wireless charger reviewed

Our iPhone-obsessed sibling site iPhone Buzz has had some exclusive hands-on time with WildCharge's wireless recharging pad and the company's new iPhone and iPod Touch adaptors. Built into gel-coated "skins" cases, they promise to cut the power cord and make juicing up your cellphone or PMP as straightforward as dropping it onto the $60 platter. The best news is, as Vincent found, the system actually works.

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Could Palm revive the Foleo as another Eee rival?

Could Palm revive the Foleo as another Eee rival?

When Palm sent out invitations for users to trial an "innovative new product" earlier on this week, the criteria that participants must be heavy smartphone and email users, have a WiFi router and an account with Sprint led many to presume that it referred to the Treo 800w.  That handset - long in the making, and believed to be hitting Sprint in July - is expected to have the usual full thumbboard as well as WiFi, EV-DO Rev.A and Windows Mobile 6, and it seems reasonable that Palm would be beta testing it around now.  However, just as we were all about to file the rumor away, another possibility was suggested: could Palm be reviving the Foleo?