Archive for Jun 27, 2008

Blizzard’s mysterious image updated

Blizzard has decided to add a mysterious image to their website, likely to cause a bit of a buzz. Which I’d say has been extremely successful since they have pretty much everyone speculating on what it could mean.

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The Star Wars USB Hub with glowing lights

If you haven’t gotten enough of all the random Star Wars accessories, here’s two more and these do have a use besides looking cool. These little USB hubs have 4 different ports to keep your gadget addiction going strong.

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HTC Touch Pro aka Raphael hands-on video and images

I had an opportunity to check out the HTC Touch Pro aka Raphael smartphone at an informal meet up with HTC earlier today.  According to HTC, the Touch Pro is the company’s Touch Diamond (but more) and by more it is beefier in thickness due to a slide up 5-row QWERTY keyboard.

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Blizzard Authenticator keeps your WoW account secure

Anyone who frequents the world of Azeroth is likely familiar with the danger of your account being hacked. Those that would do harm against your account have a variety of methods, most of which cannot be completely defended against. Common sense about passwords and not downloading unfamiliar add-ons helps a lot, however, if you’re still worried about your account being accessed by someone else, then you might want to get your hands on the Blizzard Authenticator.

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PS3 to get video download service this summer

There have been rumors floating around that Sony may attempt to enter the video download market by adding such a feature to the PS3. The company’s president confirmed this at a recent strategy meeting, citing non-game content and services as two of the key drivers for console sales.

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Rumor – Xbox 360 to get a $50 price cut

It’s been a while since we’ve seen any big price cuts for any of the major consoles here in the US. Rumor has it that we’ll be seeing one for the Xbox 360 at the beginning of next month.

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HP Pavilion dv5z gives AMD Puma option for media notebook

HP have announced an AMD Puma version of their dv5 notebook, the dv5z, which offers a choice of AMD Turion X2 Dual-Core, Turion X2 Dual-Core Ultra or Athlon mobile CPUs.  Built around a 15.4-inch screen, buyers can specify up to 4GB of RAM, a choice of ATI Radeon HD 3200 integrated or ATI Radeon HD 3450 256MB dedicated graphics, up to 320GB of hard drive space, and a DVD burner with optional Blu-ray.

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Sony PSP phone in works as SE partnership weakens, say analysts

The idea of Sony producing a PSP cellphone is one of those perennial rumors that the company hardly even bothers commenting on now.  However Marketing Week are doing their very best to refuel the speculation, quoting “industry sources” and analysts who suggest the relationship between Sony and Ericsson has become “frosty”.

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Nikon D700 DSLR launching Monday 30th June says retailer

After the price leaked earlier on today, the Nikon D700 release date seems to have emerged too.  Courtesy of online retailer Digital Depot, it now looks like the 12.1-megapixel DSLR will launch on Monday 30th June.

“Nikon will be announcing the new Nikon D700 on Monday 30th June! Check back soon for details, images and specifications” Digital Depot

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PsyStar Open Computer gets roundabout access to Apple updates

PsyStar, maker of OS X clone computers, have solved half of their most significant drawbacks, though there’s still some confusion over exactly how legitimate their solution is.  Although the appeal of a cheap machine running Apple’s lauded software was a draw for many, the inability to load an existing copy of Leopard (you had to buy it from PsyStar) and the absence of Apple updates left them lacking polish.  Now PsyStar are offering access to Apple Updates, but not in the way you might immediately think.

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Dell Studio notebooks launch with Blu-ray & multi-color options

Dell has announced its new Studio notebook range, and they’ve gone all out with color options.  Available in two screen sizes, 15-inch and 17-inch, the Vista laptops have up to an Intel Core2 Duo Processor T9300 (2.5GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB), up to 4GB of RAM, a choice of integrated Intel X3100 graphics or a 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650.  There’s also some new Dell software that’s debuting on the notebooks, including an OS X-like dock.

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AMD Shrike chipset could power your 2009 ultraportable

AMD may be quiet right now on the “grown up” ultraportable chipset front, but expect all that to change as the company rolls out its Shrike platform.  Intended for full-power ultraportables, such as Lenovo’s X61, rather than budget notebooks (which would be served by the Puma chipset), Shrike is built on AMD’s Fusion chip; that includes both a CPU and separate GPU on the same silicon.

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