I really have to hand it to Valve. Not only does the Half Life series kick some major ass, but they've managed to create one of the coolest game delivery services out there. And according to the latest word from the company, it's about to get a whole lot better.
I really do feel bad for PS3 users. They've been getting a little more love over the last year or so with lower prices and a larger library of games. However, they still have no in-game XMB. Rumors are once again floating around that this long-desired feature will soon be making its way onto consoles everywhere.
If you're a hardcore console gamer, then you no doubt have a slew of rechargeable batteries at your disposal. There's nothing worse than dying in the middle of an intense battle. Sure when your 360 controller dies, it stops your game, but if you have to run off and find batteries, you tend to forget exactly what you were doing. Here's a cool charging station that will ensure your controllers are all charged up.
When WowWee's Tri-Bot launches this Summer, it'll be one of the cheapest ways to get your hands on the nifty three-wheel omni-directional base from the company. With an expected price of $99, the robot may lack the (creepy) animated face of Mr Personality but it does have a tilt-sensor remote control that, in a manner similar to the Wiimote, can guide the robot around just by gesturing. Robotics-obsessive Robert Oschler has scored some pre-release time with the Tri-Bot, and you can check out his video review after the cut.
If SanDisk continues their current naming pattern, they might soon run out of space to print on their memory cards; the company has just announced its fastest ever Memory Stick, the SanDisk Extreme III Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo. Available in 4GB and 8GB capacities, the card's claim to fame are its 30MB/s read & write speeds. That makes the Extreme III particularly suited to high-resolution DSLR cameras and HD camcorders.
I'm no scientist, and I'm skeptical, but if Sapphire Energy's claim to have produced "renewable gasoline" pans out to be all its said to be - as well as being production-feasible - then this could be a partial answer to the ongoing energy crisis. Using a system called Green Crude Production, Sapphire basically take sunlight, carbon dioxide and photosynthetic microorganisms (e.g. algae) and produce synthetic 91 octane. Apparently the end product is chemically identical to normal gasoline.
Feel free to groan and say "not another one"; photos purporting to be Acer's challenge to the Eee/Wind/2133/etc range of budget ultraportables have shown up, together with some basic spec details. Believed to be called the Aspire One, the notebook has an 8.9-inch, 1024 X 768 display. It also, apparently, runs Windows XP SP3 and is estimated to come in at €299.
After not being particularly impressed with the storage offered by iRiver's P10 PMP the other day, criticising it not so much for using a traditional hard-drive but for picking such a small one, the iRiver LPlayer seems a little more interesting. Now on sale in Korea, the LPlayer is, on its own, quite a standard PMP for the company; it has the clever d-click UI, in which the whole face of the device doubles as the directional controls, a choice of (again not huge) 2GB, 4GB and 8GB sizes and has a compact 2-inch display. What makes it clever is the transparent speaker-dock, shown here, into which the LPlayer slots and which works as both a speaker and a stand.
Crave UK has been spending some hands-on time with one of the key upcoming rivals to ASUS' Eee PC, the MSI Wind, and come away singing its praises. They've also highlighted some neat hardware features, such as an overclock button that, when on mains power, automatically ratchets the CPU up by 20-percent. On battery, the same button puts the Wind into an economy mode. Further kind words are saved for the screen, which in its first iteration will be 10-inches and lacks any sort of distracting reflective coating.