Archive for May 26, 2008

GameStop breaks up with the Zune

I have some unfortunate news for those that plan on going out in search of a new Zune. No, they haven't discontinued them, nor is there some newly-discovered reason that you shouldn't buy one (other than the fact that it's a Zune). What has happened is that due to a lack of demand, one major retailer is kicking Microsoft's MP3 player to the curb.

Hop-On’s new $10 phone

Breaking or losing a cell phone is no fun. While some carriers are good about hooking you up with a new handset in short order, others can take their sweet time. So what do you do in the meantime? If you don't have an old phone lying around as a spare, you could try hitting up some friends or family for one. If that still doesn't work, you could always just pick up a HOP1800 to get you by. It's not like it'll break the bank.

Add a neon green glow to your 360

Despite my love for modding, I've shied away from doing much to by Xbox 360. My main reasoning is likely obvious; I fear the RRoD and do not wish to run the risk of voiding my warranty. However, if you're not as worrisome as I, you could add a neon glow to your console.

Double Range Guitar is a must-have for PS3 rockers

Back when Rock Band made its debut for the PS3, there was a huge stir about the controllers from the Guitar Hero franchise not playing nice with the game. While Harmonix tried to smooth things over by releasing a patch which would allow GH controllers to work, it never saw the light of day because of a dispute with Activision. With no resolution in sight, Ant Commandos has released their own guitar that will play on all versions of Guitar Hero and Rock Band for both the PS2 and the PS3.

SlashGear Week in Review – May 25th

After a few weeks of budget, mobile laptops grabbing the headlines, its been the turn of monstrous gaming machines to storm the limelight.  Acer announced their first serious gamer's desktop, the Aspire Predator, which is intended to take the breed out of the boutique and into mainstream computer stores.  Alienware struck back with an updated Area-51 ALX; the industry's first overclocked 4GHz Core 2 Extreme aimed to put Acer back into their place.

INCA motorized pop-out TV mount

Mounting your LCD TV on the wall is practically obligatory if you want people to be impressed by just how skinny it is, but if you're looking for that extra glitz-factor then INCA's motorized arm could be just the ticket.  The imaginatively-named 900810-5A-WPS slots into the wall cavity and can support a display up to 100lbs in weight.  It comes complete with a two-button remote that can bring the screen out to any position, as well as automatically return it flush to the wall.

ASUS confirms touchscreen Eee tablet

ASUS's Australian division has confirmed that the company is working on a touchscreen slate-style version of the Eee.  Asked whether a non-clamshell, touchscreen-based Eee was a possibility,  ASUS Australia national retail manager, Emmanuele Silanesu, confirmed that the budget ultraportable team was "obviously looking at other form factors rather than just a clamshell" and that one such model would use a touchscreen.  However doubt was also cast upon whether the tablet would carry the Eee PC branding.

Sony NWD-E020F Walkman PMPs with swappable color panels

Sony has unveiled its latest entry-level Walkman PMPs, and if the battle with Apple's Shuffle was based on color options then Sony would be ahead of the game.  The NWD-E020F-series will be available in 1GB and 2GB capacities and feature Sony's Quick Charge technology; that means up to 28hrs of continuous playback from just a single hour's charge.  It also has an FM radio and 3-line color LCD.

Xentex dual-screen folding laptop on eBay

If you're looking for a laptop that nobody else will have - and that will interest everybody - ignore the MacBook Air, any Tablet PC or even Alienware's super-strength gaming notebooks.  Instead, stick a bid in for this Xentex prototype currently up on eBay: at first glance it looks like it should be a mockup, but this is actually a real, working laptop, it just so happens to be one with a folding chassis and twin swivelling screens.  The screens are in fact two 13.3-inch panels, and they can be independently rotated so that people can view them from each side.

Intel to include SSDs in Centrino 2 platform due Q3

While trying desperately to ramp up Atom production, Intel are also looking to the future of their Centrino platform, with the upcoming Centrino 2 Montevina chipset looking likely to include solid-state drives (SSD).  According to sources at PC manufacturers, Intel is looking to release SSDs by the end of Q3 2008, in recognition of the fact that the shock-proof technology will eventually become the mainstream notebook storage medium.  The range will be known as Intel High Performance SSD, and be targeted at enterprise, mid-range and high-end notebook markets.

tvCompass Ultimate Remote: WiFi, EPG & now ESPN content

Call your new remote control the "Ultimate Remote" and you'd better have some meat to back up the name, but that's how tvCompass have decided to brand their WiFi-enabled universal zapper.  We first saw the device back in January at CES, and now the company have partnered with ESPN to launch both the remote and an exclusive media content service for users.  Sports-fans will be able to check out news and stats while they watch the game, as well as browse the EPG on the Ultimate Remote's full-color 2.2-inch display.

HP Mini Note 2133 cracked open

If you're of a squeamish disposition, look away now.  Over at HP 2133 Guide the temptation to see what's going on under the hood of the well-considered Mini Note budget ultraportable was too strong to resist, and so Josh has taken his screwdrivers to the notebook to get down to bare silicon.  If you've been wondering how HP managed to fit anything up to a 1.6GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM and 160GB hard-drive into something measuring just 10.0 x 6.5 x 1.1-inches, you're in luck.

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