Archive for May, 2008

Xentex dual-screen folding laptop on eBay

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

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

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

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.

Panasonic PZ850 HDTVs with YouTube & Picasa released

Panasonic PZ850 HDTVs with YouTube & Picasa released

Panasonic's latest range of web-enabled LCD TVs have finally launched in the US.  Announced back in January, the high-definition VIERA PZ850 is available in sizes ranging from 46 to 65-inches, and is compatible with Panasonic's "VIERA CAST" multimedia content system.  That offers both YouTube videos and Google Picasa Web Album browsing on your big-screen TV, without requiring a media PC.

Fujifilm Z200fd & A850 point-&-shoot digicams announced

Fujifilm Z200fd & A850 point-&-shoot digicams announced

Fujifilm have updated both their Z-series and A-series of digital cameras with the FinePix Z200fd and the FinePix A850.  The Z200fd has a slick metal body, 10-megapixel CCD and 5x optical zoom.  Meanwhile the 8.1-megapixel A850 has a 3x Fujinon optical zoom, ISO 800 sensitivity and image stabilization.  Sadly the company hasn't done much for the A850's appearance; compared to what's on offer from rivals (and in fact compared to Fujifilm's own Z200fd), it looks quite bland and uninteresting.

AMEX Digital RM-mp1 Wireless USB touchpad media remote

AMEX Digital RM-mp1 Wireless USB touchpad media remote

AMEX Digital have taken a break from making DVD and Blu-ray decks to unveil their new RM-mp1 remote control.  Using Wireless USB rather than IR or a proprietary RF link, the RM-mp1 works as a media remote, a presentation controller and for general PC control courtesy of the built-in touchpad and mouse buttons.  It's also fitted with a USB pointer for momentarily dazzling anybody who tries to throw eggs at you during presentations.

GameStop gets exclusive access to Red Hulk

GameStop gets exclusive access to Red Hulk

I loved me some comics when I was a kid, but I was always more of an X-Men kid fan than a Hulk fan. Sure, his story was interesting and all, but I just never really got into it that much. So needless to say, I've never heard of a Red Hulk. Apparently this is a new addition to the Marvel universe, one that will be making it's video game debut on a GameStop-exclusive version of the new Incredible Hulk game on the 360.

Pre-order Fallout 3 and get a fake 45

Pre-order Fallout 3 and get a fake 45

Is there really any reason to pre-order most games except to get yourself some swag? I rarely have trouble finding a game on release day unless it's something crazy-big, and even then it usually just takes wandering into Walmart or Meijer and grabbing it. So what crazy free goodies are you going to get for pre-ordering Fallout 3 at GameStop? You'll be getting 5 free tracks from the game.