Archive for June, 2008

SlashGear TV Week in review Episode 1

SlashGear TV Week in review Episode 1

We hope you enjoyed the pilot episode of SlashGear TV week-in-review.  This week, we are back with episode number 1.  While we're happy with the 25-minute clip, there's still a lot of room for improvements.  That being said, please submit your feed backs as to what you liked, didn't like or want to see more of (within reasons of course).  We're striving to do our best to make each week entertaining as well as informative.

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Voodoo Envy 133 laptop breaks cover, poses

Voodoo Envy 133 laptop breaks cover, poses

Talk about accurate naming.  You may not be too keen on the particular paint-job this specific example of Voodoo's Envy 133 notebook is sporting - I have to admit, insipid-orange it wouldn't be my first choice of color - but you have to agree that it's a slickly designed machine.  The images come courtesy of The Next Bench, chief hanging-out spot of Voodoo aficionados.

SOCOM PS3 Bluetooth headset revealed

SOCOM PS3 Bluetooth headset revealed

This is no ordinary Bluetooth headset; while it will likely work with your cellphone or laptop, the PS3 branding should give away the fact that's it's been Sony sanctioned.  Actually, this is the headset that will accompany the Blu-ray version of SOCOM Confrontation for the console, with a couple of gaming-specific features that differentiate it from a standard hands-free kit.

Super-Toaster wins award for highest propelled toast

Super-Toaster wins award for highest propelled toast

The great thing about toast is that it's fast - slap bread into toaster, wait a couple of minutes, there's your toast.  Usually you don't have to worry about it taking your eye out or possibly maiming you, but that's the fire you're playing with if you're trying to toast with Freddie Yauner's "The Highest Popping Toaster In The World".

This monstrous ballistic-bread cannon is in the Guiness Book of Records for the highest toast launching.  In the picture you can see your breakfast apparently reaching the top of UK landmark Nelson's Column.

Check out the super-toaster in action after the cut!

PS3 Cell CPU 65nm since holiday; GPU set to shrink by Fall

PS3 Cell CPU 65nm since holiday; GPU set to shrink by Fall

Who would've thought it - quietly, without telling anybody, Sony shifted production of the PS3's Cell processor to a new, 65nm process last holiday.  According to Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai, the move was made in an attempt to reduce the cost of making the console, and that will continue as the PS3's graphics processor is similarly shrunk.

"The Cell and RSX used in PS3s at launch were manufactured using a 90nm process technology. And now all PS3 Cells have shifted to 65nm process technology since last holiday season" Kaz Hirai, CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment

Virgin Mobile Buys Helio

Virgin Mobile Buys Helio

This has been a big week for Virgin Mobile with announcing their unlimited calling plans and now its purchase of Helio for $39 million. Helio's 170,000 customers will be merged into Virgin's network.

The very chic Portobello laptop bags

The very chic Portobello laptop bags

Portobello has come out with a few laptop bags that look great and aren't quite so obviously laptop bags. Instead they blend in well with the oversized purses that have become so popular.

The line has several different options, from the overly chic to the more relaxed styles, for those that don't really fit with the faux croc leather bags. The best part is the security that comes with having one of these bags.

Each one has a tracker ID tag, so if you lose it or it's taken you can easily find it again. The bags start at around $300 and go up from there. Luckily they have a line for both the UK and the US as well as other parts of the world. Their bags will fit both 13” and 15” laptops.

[via shinyshiny]

Fairy Office Lights are silly but cute

Fairy Office Lights are silly but cute

A few days back I wrote up a usb hub that happened to have a task light attached, the usefulness of the light was a bit of a stretch. However, at least there was the hub so it was still a practical and useful item. Yet this string of fairy lights can only be described as shiny.

DS Paddle Controller for perfect Arkanoid gameplay

DS Paddle Controller for perfect Arkanoid gameplay

If you're a sucker for some classic Breakout action then Arkanoid on the Gameboy DS has probably been near the top of your must-buy list this month.  If you've got it, you may be pretty pleased with your current high-score; however, how well do you think you could do with a proper paddle controller?  Taito have made a limited number of the plug-in accessories, perfect for flinging around a bouncing ball.

DXG launch 567V $179 high-def camcorder to take on Flip Mino

DXG launch 567V $179 high-def camcorder to take on Flip Mino

US digital camcorder and imaging company DXG already sell a budget high-def model, but since there's always room on the shelves for an alternative they've unveiled the DXG-567V.  Eschewing the flip-out screen as on the previous 'corder, the 567V bears more resemblance to the Flip and Vado design, an upright candybar with a pop-out USB plug for transferring footage to your computer.  What hasn't changed is the resolution; the 567V captures 1280 x 720 video at 30fps.

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