Archive for May, 2008

PS3 users to get free God of War song for GH III

PS3 users to get free God of War song for GH III

Last November Xbox 360 users were able to download the Halo theme song as a free track for Guitar Hero III. This of course left PS3 users scratching their heads wondering when they were going to get a free track. Of course they knew they wouldn't be getting the Halo track, since that was a 360-exclusive title. Well fear not faithful PS3 owners, your time will come June 5th.

So what game theme song will you be getting? God of War. Now exactly what song this is, we're not entirely sure. However, since June 5th isn't all that far away, we'll find out soon enough.

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Acer Aspire Predator first-impressions: serious gaming goes mainstream?

Acer Aspire Predator first-impressions: serious gaming goes mainstream?

When Acer launched their Aspire Predator gaming PC range on Wednesday, little did they realise that bit-tech were lurking in the wings waiting to clinically dissect their offerings (and literally dissect what turned out to be an unexpectedly fragile drive-cage door).  Acer are apparently aiming the Predator line at the high-street, rather than the more usual "online niche" systems which it believes intimidates and confuses new buyers.  While many have prematurely dismissed the Acer as a gimmick - not least because of the eye-ache paint-job and mechanised codpiece - first-impressions seem pretty good.

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TSA X-ray laptop bags hitting shelves in 3-4 months

TSA X-ray laptop bags hitting shelves in 3-4 months

Being something of a geek, I actually quite enjoy checking out what notebooks people are unpacking when waiting to go through airport security.  However, I'd happily trade that for a quicker check-in, so hearing that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are working with laptop bag manufacturers including Targus and Scooba Design to create X-ray friendly carry-cases is, in today's security-obsessed times, welcome news.  The new bags would exempt owners from needing to unsheathe their notebooks when going through airport screening, and would have be free of image obscuring padding, straps or electronics.

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Alienware Area-51 ALX gets 4GHz Core 2 Extreme overclock

Alienware Area-51 ALX gets 4GHz Core 2 Extreme overclock

If Acer thought rivals Alienware would take one look at their new Predator gaming PC and run for the hills, they've another thing coming.  Alienware have dragged their already-incredible Area-51 ALX back into the lab and subjected it to some serious surgery.  We're not talking mere botox, either: how about a 3.2GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 overclocked to 4.0GHz, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and dual ATI or NVIDIA graphics cards.

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Epson 13.4-inch A4 e-paper prototype unveiled

Epson 13.4-inch A4 e-paper prototype unveiled

You could be forgiven for thinking E Ink have cornered the e-paper market; after all, their Vizplex displays are currently used by Amazon's Kindle, Sony's Reader and eBook ranges from multiple other dedicated manufacturers.  Seiko Epson might give you cause to think again, however, having just unveiled a 13.4-inch, A4-sized screen at SID 2008.  That's almost twice as large as the company's previous display, which measured in at a mere 7.1-inches.

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Samsung confirm new UMPC in Q1 2009

Samsung confirm new UMPC in Q1 2009

Samsung is planning the third refresh of its UMPC range in Q1 2009, likely to unveil the new designs at CES in January.  That's the word from Jeongseon Euh, Principal R&D Engineer in Samsung’s Computer Systems Division; in an interview with Tech Radar, Euh confirmed that the company has a 65-percent market share in the UMPC segment, and is using that lead to experiment with alternative form-factors.  In terms of total sales, Samsung has shifted approximately 100,000 of the different Q1 versions worldwide.

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Lenovo announce $16.4bn sales in last year

Lenovo announce $16.4bn sales in last year

Lenovo has released their end-of-year 2007/08 financial results, and shareholders are likely to be pleased.  Consolidated sales overall increased by 17-percent over the previous year, to $16.4bn, while shipments of PCs and laptops specifically grew by 22-percent (compared to a 16-percent industry average).  Notebooks made up 61-percent of total computing sales in the last quarter, up 38-percent from the year before, which Lenovo are crediting to increased general demand for portable devices and a larger range (including the ThinkPad X300 we were so impressed with last month).

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