Archive for April, 2008

Willcom D4 UMPC import on sale in US

Willcom D4 UMPC import on sale in US

Willcom's D4 UMPC might be rocking the smartphone look but its guts are pure PC.  Running Vista on a 1.33GHz Intel Atom processor with 1GB of RAM, a 40GB hard-drive and 5-inch touchscreen, plenty of people were interested in the QWERTY-blessed device but Willcom are showing little interest in releasing it outside of Japan.  In situations like these, if you've the money, imports are your only option, and GeekStuff4U have just thrown up a pre-order page for the D4 which suggests they could be in the US by June 20th.

Keep track of your packages with the GPS Mail Logger

Keep track of your packages with the GPS Mail Logger

Have you ever sent out a package or letter, only to have the recipient inform you that they have not received it? You then have the wonderful task of attempting to track the package with whichever carrier you chose, and trying to discern from their vague updates just where it might be. Well now there's an alternative.

Archos 605 PMP gets GPS add-on with traffic alerts

Archos 605 PMP gets GPS add-on with traffic alerts

Further blurring the line between their high-end PMP range and a PDA, Archos have announced a GPS add-on for the 605 WiFi media player. Consisting of a windscreen-mount cradle and separate SiRF III GPS puck, the accessory will add not only turn-by-turn navigation but traffic warnings and an accident notification service. Meanwhile, since the 605 is also a capable music player, users can set audio running and the GPS system will interrupt with direction instructions.

MSI Wind stars in hands-on video

MSI Wind stars in hands-on video

MSI's Wind ultraportable was only announced last month, but already Uruninceleme have had one in for a video fondle. Unfortunately for those not lucky enough to speak Turkish, the conversation between the two presenters is somewhat difficult to decipher; however, the Wind itself speaks in the international language of "cool gadget" and so we can all enjoy the view. While they seem to be playing with the 10-inch version, MSI will also be making a Wind with an 8.9-inch display.

Make your own SSD drive

Make your own SSD drive

I've been tempted to use a solid state drive for the primary disk for my desktop. Of course I only need to look at the current prices in order to come to my senses. Sure, you could pick up a CompactFlash to IDE converter for next to nothing, but a decent sized CF card will still set you back a nice chunk. But what if you could combine two such cards to create one drive?

Apple Q2 report suggests 2008 slowdown

Apple Q2 report suggests 2008 slowdown

Apple's Q2 2008 financial figures are out and, while management are flinging out the usual hyperbole-filled quotes, the stats themselves make for potentially worrying reading. While year-on-year comparisons (i.e. measuring Q2 2008 to Q2 2007) are reasonable, compared to Q1,sales of iPhones were down by over 600,000 while iPod sales have more than halved. Even Mac sales are seeing a slowdown, dropping by 30k units from the first quarter.

PROVIEW launch splash-proof LCD TV

PROVIEW launch splash-proof LCD TV

After yesterday's TV ideal for your kitchen, today we continue our quest to put LCD screens around your home with a water-resistant set for the bathroom. Unlike that Westinghouse HDTV, though, the PROVIEW PA-15BA7 is standard definition. With a 15-inch screen, 450:1 contrast ratio and 120 degree x 100 degree viewing angle, it's not setting out to blow away your home cinema setup, but thanks to a waterproof remote and slash-resistant casing it's a lot happier mounted above the bath.

Opimus Maximus up for sale on ThinkGeek

Opimus Maximus up for sale on ThinkGeek

What's the coolest keyboard that you've seen? I wouldn't be surprised if you said the Optimus Maximus. Honestly, that's probably the coolest one I've ever seen too. It seems that ThinkGeek is pretty impressed with it as well, so impressed, that they have decided to add it to their site for purchase.

Microsoft drop SPOT watch project

Microsoft drop SPOT watch project

Microsoft are quietly pulling the plug on their SPOT watch project, which aimed to bring real-time weather and schedule updates to the wrists of the populace. According to Microsoft's Jon Canan, the technology will no longer be built into any new watches, and the most recent examples have sold out. However, the MSN Direct service itself will continue, meaning anybody still wanting to use their SPOT watch will be able to for the foreseeable future.

Microsoft to distribute Xbox 360 kiosks to children’s hospitals

Microsoft to distribute Xbox 360 kiosks to children’s hospitals

I've always been a big fan of Child's Play. If you're not familiar, the guys over at Penny Arcade collect donations and use the money to bring video games to children who are stuck in various hospitals throughout the country during the holiday season. It usually comes down to gamers everywhere uniting to make the holidays easier for those children. It seems that Microsoft is thinking along the same lines, as they've launched a campaign that will ensure that hospitalized children will have access to Xbox 360s.