Sometimes the coolest gadgets of them all are the simplest kind. This Faucet Fountain allows for you to be rid of all those paper cups you keep in the bathroom for a quick rinse after brushing your teeth. Which would also be great for those that are just wanting to cut down on the amount of waste going out of their house.
Last week we heard that Microsoft decided to make the Games for Windows Live service free for everyone to use. This of course led to wide speculation that they may move to make all Live services (or at least multiplayer service) for the 360 free as well. According to rumor, some of this may have already taken place.
I've been excited about Soul Calibur IV for a while now, mostly since the inclusion of Darth Vader and Yoda was announced. Of course the fact that each character was only going to appear on a single console (Yoda for the 360 and Vader for PS3) dampened my spirits a little. However, there is hope that we may yet be allowed to battle the tiny Jedi Master against the Dark Lord of the Sith.
It's become somewhat traditional to start the week's review with what's happening in the netbook world, a niche that's arguably the fastest developing right now in consumer tech. Fujitsu kicked things off with the proclamation that budget ultraportables "don't add up" and that the current race to the bottom line doesn't give manufacturers enough room to make profit; Fujitsu were rumored the week before to be planning a netbook of their own, only with the emphasis on build quality rather than solely the price tag. Sony also picked up a few netbook-in-progress rumors, tipped for Q4 2008, and HP revealed that they're working on a follow-up to the 2133 Mini-Note that will be less sturdy but also less expensive.
LG, too, are said to have a netbook in the works, with a model tentatively named X110 running Intel's Atom CPU and made for them by MSI. It's uncertain whether, if this turns out to be true, the X110 would be a rebadge of the MSI Wind or a whole new design. Finally, ASUS confirmed they wouldn't be letting up the pressure as firm most associated with the segment; there's talk of an "all day" battery and cloud storage option for release later on in 2008.
What's the first thing you notice when looking to buy a new piece of technology? Do you see if it falls within your budget? What about the spec list? Do you go over that in detail? And though these aspects are an important part of any technological buying decision, there's one that beats them all. You ask yourself one question and if the answer is no, you won't buy it. That question is: "Is it pretty?"
Will all the talk going around about how "going green" is a fad due to media saturation and its status as pretty much a buzz word, I started thinking about how environmentalism affects technology. Are they mutually exclusive? While the very essence of the green lifestyle is natural, technology is its polar opposite. It is man made, created and unnatural.
Atom has already jumped from the netbook to the desktop, and now it's set to cross out to your car, too. Portwell has announced the PCS-8230, a single-DIN sized PC running Intel's 1.1GHz Z510 mobile processor with 1GB of RAM and three SDIO slots for expansion modules.