Archive for May, 2008

Bestlink Alpha 400 super-cheap Linux ultraportable

Bestlink Alpha 400 super-cheap Linux ultraportable

If you're looking to make your mark in the crowded budget ultraportable segment, you have a choice: aim to oust the Eee with extra features, a faster processor or a slicker design, or go for the wallet-vote and price your machine lower.  Hong Kong-based Bestlink is going for the latter route, with their Alpha 400 notebook priced at just $250 (including shipping).   Despite the bargain price you still get a 7-inch LCD, but elsewhere it's obvious where corners have been cut to shave off costs.

Qualcomm color mirasol display debuts in rugged PMP

Qualcomm color mirasol display debuts in rugged PMP

Qualcomm has announced the industry's first color IMOD displays, which will be used by Freestyle Audio for their latest rugged PMPs.  IMOD, which stands for Interferometric Modulation, is currently marketed under Qualcomm's mirasol brand; previously only bichrome displays using the technology were available, already being used in a number of cellphones.  The mirasol displays are similar to OLED, in that they require significantly less power than traditional LCDs, but use ambient light to illuminate the screen rather than a backlight. 

CTL 1L1PC WinXP Eee-rival: is it worth $50 more?

CTL 1L1PC WinXP Eee-rival: is it worth $50 more?

Although ASUS' Eee may not be the very best budget ultraportable out there, it's already become the benchmark against which all others are compared.  Latest to step up is CTL's 1L1PC, which the folks at Laptop Mag have been putting through its compact paces.  Running Windows XP, rather than Linux, and with a 60GB hard-drive and 1GB of RAM, those well-versed in these machines might spot that it's seemingly a rebadging of the Airis Kira 740, albeit with a few hardware tweaks.

5-mile WiFi b/g bridge for bargain $318

5-mile WiFi b/g bridge for bargain $318

Networking company HD Communcations has announced a low-cost WiFi bridge with up to five miles line-of-sight range.  The HD26200 consists of two high performance Ubiquiti network radios with integrated 17dbi dual polarity antennas, and can bridge WiFi b and g networks.  Best of all is the price: just $318.

New DS colors confirmed for Europe

New DS colors confirmed for Europe

Remember those new DS colors that we showed you the other day? Well it looks as though the rumors were true, and the colors are real. Well, they're real for Europe at least, which would explain why they started showing up on a Spanish site first.

Nintendo has officially begun distributing these advertisements which clearly show some new colors for those in the European region. You can never have too many colors, right? Europe is especially in need of a few new colors, as they've not been as fortunate as the US or Japan in getting some of the extra ones we've seen. Of course now I'm wondering when we'll see these new colors hit the US shores.

Rock Band Weekly DLC – The Cars

Rock Band Weekly DLC – The Cars

It's only Wednesday, so we normally wouldn't expect to hear about next week's DLC for Rock Band for a few more days. However, it seems that Harmonix is so excited about it that they just can't wait. I can understand, as this marks the second full album download that will be available for the game. If you're a fan of The Cars, then you'll want to download their self-titled debut album next week. Hit the jump for the track listing.

The Blender Lamp makes use of broken blenders

The Blender Lamp makes use of broken blenders

If you have an old blender that is no longer working and you enjoy quirky lighting, this DIY project might be something to try out. This would be especially cool if you managed to snag a slightly more retro blender off of eBay or if you knew someone with one just lying around.