Archive for July, 2008

Creative Fatal1ty X-Fi USB Headset

Creative Fatal1ty X-Fi USB Headset

I remember back in the day when the name Fatal1ty was just first being heard around the internets. This was some kid that was making a real name for himself in the professional gaming world by dominating in Quake III Arena, and going on to win (or place very well) in dozens of professional tournaments. Nowadays you don't hear much about his victories, but you do see gaming products with is stamp of approval on them. The latest such products is the Creative Fatal1ty X-Fi USB Headest.

First, this headset is not going to improve your fragging skills, I don't care who has their name stamped on it. However, I can bet that this guy has spent more time gaming with a headset on than most of us, so he probably knows what he's talking about.

T-Mobile Sidekick 2008 Review

T-Mobile Sidekick 2008 Review

T-Mobile's Sidekick is one of the heavyweights in the text-messaging realm for young and socially connected consumers. Today T-Mobile introduces its latest Sidekick, the Sidekick 2008. Previously dubbed the Sidekick Gekko, the new messaging-focused handset kicks off a new naming convention. But how does the new Sidekick fare compared to its predecessors and rivals?

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WowWee Femisapien gets reviewed: best programming interface yet

WowWee Femisapien gets reviewed: best programming interface yet

WowWee seem to be in a routine of releasing new robots every couple of months, and it's now the turn of the Femisapien - also known as SEGA's E.M.A. or 'Kissing Robot' - to go through the Robots Rule review process.  What makes her particularly special is the way WowWee encourage you to interact and programme her; yes, you can use their remote control, but the Femisapien will just as happily respond to touch and tapping, together with hand gestures and even posing her limbs for the robot to memorize. 

Check out the video demo of the Femisapien after the cut

Pulse-LINK CWave wireless HDMI certified; products this Fall

Pulse-LINK CWave wireless HDMI certified; products this Fall

Pulse-LINK have announced that their CWave UWB Wireless-for-HDMI technology has been approved by Digital Content Protection, the administrating body behind the HDCP copy-protection standard.  As an Approved Retransmission Technology, it means CWave products are now free to launch; offering gigabit transfer rates, they allow HDTVs to be placed anywhere in the home without long HDMI runs to feed them.

Alienware Area-51 m15x gets NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M graphics

Alienware Area-51 m15x gets NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M graphics

Alienware continue their quest to be the first manufacturer with any new high-end graphics card or processor with the news that the NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M GPU with 512MB RAM will make its 15.4-inch notebook debut on their Area-51 m15x.  Intended for heavy-duty graphics processing, the GPU has support for Open GL 2.1, Shader Model 4.0 and DirectX 10 with the ability to dynamically allocate geometry, shading and pixel processing.

Original T.I.E. Fighter filming model goes on sale for $170k

Original T.I.E. Fighter filming model goes on sale for $170k

Rich?  Love Star Wars?  Obsessed with collecting models used in the making of the original films?  Did I mention rich already?  You'll need to be almost obscenely wealthy to win this eBay auction: one of four original T.I.E. Fighter models used in the filming of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.  In fact, this is the Fighter that helpfully collided with Darth Vader and allowed Luke to blow up the Death Star, constructed from resin and cannibalized parts from other model kits.  The auction doesn't officially kick off until August 1st, but if you fancy you could drop an absentee bid at the starting price of $170,000.

Freecom MediaPlayer XS: direct TV playback from USB drive

Freecom MediaPlayer XS: direct TV playback from USB drive

External hard-drives with connections to hook up direct to your TV aren't anything new, but what if you've only got a standard USB drive?  Freecom's MediaPlayer XS is a potential solution; a compact box with a USB 2.0 host port on one side and standard AV cables on the other, it allows for direct playback of MP3, WMA and WAV audio together with MPEG-1, 2 or 4 video files, including DivX, Xvid and more.

The Rise of the Webisode (Or, Why Neil Patrick Harris is Awesome)

The Rise of the Webisode (Or, Why Neil Patrick Harris is Awesome)

I know I’m behind a bit here, but I finally got around to downloading and watching the web musical, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog yesterday and it got me thinking. First of all, I was impressed. This is a web-only production with recognizable actors, original music and direction by Joss Whedon (the brain behind everything Buffy, Firefly, etc). Second, as if I needed any more evidence, Neil Patrick Harris is awesome as the villainous Dr. Horrible. (“Muahaha…ahahaha, so that’s you know, coming along”).

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It’s Always a Fembot: Why I Can’t Take Robot Tech Seriously

It’s Always a Fembot: Why I Can’t Take Robot Tech Seriously

The promise of improved robot technology is exciting. There are so many options there. But when I see things like the Actroid DER-2 I can’t help but feel a bit queasy. First of all, she’s creepy. Second, it looks as if she may run off of her platform and starting killing people. Well, not really, but she's a bit frightening, don't you think? And third, she’s a fembot. Of course. It’s always a “she,” isn’t it? You never see any male prototypes, do you?

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Where is the Clone Mac’s potential audience?

Where is the Clone Mac’s potential audience?

With Apple stoking the legal furnaces, Psystar facing the prospect of recalling each and every OS X clone machine they've sold, and Open Tech Inc. promising yet another EULA workaround, you could say we're approaching a licencing milestone.  Apple could be walking out of court with a watertight grip on OS X, or its EULA might be picked apart.  But putting aside the terms & conditions, I'm left wondering exactly who would comprise the market for even a licenced OS X machine.

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