Archive for June, 2008

Rumor – PS3 Soulcalibur IV to feature Kratos

Rumor – PS3 Soulcalibur IV to feature Kratos

Soulcalibur IV already sports a nice lineup of guest characters. Honestly, who wouldn't want to play as Yoda, Darth Vader, or even his apprentice? Well Star Wars-themed characters aren't the only ones looking to make their way into the game. If rumors are to be believed, we may just see another exclusive character for the PS3 version.

WoW originally was to be ad-supported

WoW originally was to be ad-supported

If you had a chance to play an ad-supported version of World of Warcraft, rather than shelling out $15 per month, would you go for it? Well apparently that's the way Blizzard had originally intended to make the game.

Apple pulled into lawsuit by small Nevada company

Apple pulled into lawsuit by small Nevada company

Dell ,Apple, Fujitsu, HTC, Lenovo, LG, Nokia, Panasonic, Palm, Samsung, and Toshiba have all been added to Typhoon Touch Technologies hit list. Typhoon is accusing these companies of using their patented ideas that date back to 1995 for the touch computer. Their patents were so open ended and broad that they have been able to pull these companies in saying that all of their touch computing is in conflict with their ideas. They created the blueprints for their technology for the police departments based on touchscreen portable devices with built in computers.

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Lenovo ThinkPad SL-series confirmed

Lenovo ThinkPad SL-series confirmed

Lenovo has confirmed the existence of its upcoming ThinkPad SL-series, recently leaked in an errant presentation.  The notebooks, targeted at Lenovo's bread & butter small and medium business market, will be priced from $699 to $1,199, and, in a first for the ThinkPad and perhaps for the market, include online backup services as standard.

iLuv i1255 iPod & DVD budget 5.1 home entertainment system

iLuv i1255 iPod & DVD budget 5.1 home entertainment system

Rocking the budget-Bose look, iLuv's latest surround sound home theatre setup, the i1255, gives you the choice between DVD and iPod audio and video playback.  Your $149.99 obviously doesn't get you a high-def powerhouse - outputs, for instance, are S-Video or standard AV - but there's flexibility a-plenty if you're not bothered with the 1080p revolution. 

Pure One Mini compact DAB digital radio

Pure One Mini compact DAB digital radio

In the world of DAB radios, Pure is perhaps the best known manufacturer.  The company has a variety of high-end digital radio models, but is now aiming for the entry-level customer with the Pure One Mini; just 130 x 135 x 60mm, the Mini has a mono speaker, 16 x 2 mono display to show track titles and can be powered either via the mains or by a rechargeable battery pack.

JVC World’s Thinnest 1080p LCD HDTV on sale next month

JVC World’s Thinnest 1080p LCD HDTV on sale next month

JVC have unveiled their latest LCD TV, and they haven't needed much of a sheet to do the covering.  As of July, the company will be selling the World's thinnest LCD with built-in tuners, measuring just 39mm deep across the majority of its width (and 74mm at the deepest centre-point).  To further emphasise the minimal dimensions, the bezel has been vigorously slimmed too.

ASUS Eee PC 901 Linux Edition Review

ASUS Eee PC 901 Linux Edition Review

If the ASUS Eee 900 basically amounted to a larger-screened version of the 7-inch original, then the Eee 901 marks its graduation into a distinct model.  Packing Intel's latest 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor, in place of the 900's Celeron 900MHz, ASUS could reasonably have left the rest of the notebook the same and simply added a little to the price.  Thankfully they've subjected the 901 to a mild degree of fettling, tweaking case and controls and making for a markedly more attractive proposition.  ASUS sent over the Windows version of the 901; check out what exactly impressed us after the cut.

MacBook Air USB SuperDrive hacked for any computer

MacBook Air USB SuperDrive hacked for any computer

Apple's MacBook Air is undoubtedly a thing of beauty, and its slender little companion DVD burner is not far behind.  Unfortunately, until now only Air owners could enjoy it; despite the best efforts of many, only when plugged into the skinny Apple notebook would the SuperDrive play ball.  Initial suspicions were that the Air's solitary USB port was supercharged power-wise; turns out, it's actually down to some custom firmware in the IDE to USB bridge.  tnkgrl set out testing the drive and finally hacking it with a replacement bridge; she now has a slick external burner that will work with any computer.

Video demonstrating the hacked SuperDrive after the cut

Kohjinsha SC3 & SX3 Atom-powered ultraportable Tablet PCs

Kohjinsha SC3 & SX3 Atom-powered ultraportable Tablet PCs

Kohjinsha are no strangers to the pages of SlashGear, and given their track record of producing interesting ultraportable tablets it's little surprise that they've had a try at Atom-based ultraportables.  The SC3 and SX3 are two compact convertibles, the former with a 7-inch 1024 x 600 touchscreen and the latter with an 8.9-inch 1280 x 768 touchscreen, both using the 1.33GHz Atom Z520 CPU.  Each has 1GB of RAM and a 60GB hard-drive.