Archive for Oct 31, 2008

The Bullet makes WiFi out of any antenna

The Bullet makes WiFi out of any antenna

Now this is cool! The Bullet is a small little gadget that doesn't look like much of anything but really packs in the functionality with WiFi connectivity. The Bullet can be plugged into just about any antenna. Once plugged in, it can turn that radio signal into a 802.11abg WiFi connection. That equates to 1000mW of power. You definitely can't get that sort of power from a standard WiFi hotspot.

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PS3 Blu-Ray Disc Load Times get tested, still the best

PS3 Blu-Ray Disc Load Times get tested, still the best

What's not to like about PS3? Playing videos games, accessing Playstation Network, intuitive firmware updates via WIFI/ LAN/Flash Media, abundant of video formats support and least but not last, most consistent and fastest load times Blu-Ray player to date. The Japanese has put 2nd generation BD recorder, 3rd generation Blu-Ray standalones and the good old PS3 on test; no surprises here, Ps3 once again came out on top in team of disc loading speed.

ASUS Eee Top v.2 to have battery, wireless keyboard & mouse

ASUS Eee Top v.2 to have battery, wireless keyboard & mouse

The ASUS Eee Top all-in-one touchscreen PC isn't even on customers' desks yet, and the company are already talking about what features its successor might bring.  Already in development, the second-gen Eee Top will include a wireless keyboard and mouse together with an internal rechargeable battery to turn it into a portable media center.

Guitar Hero: World Tour drums get PC sensitivity tweak app

Guitar Hero: World Tour drums get PC sensitivity tweak app

While some gamers are busy enjoying themselves with Guitar Hero: World Tour, which launched on Monday, others are experiencing huge problems with drum sensitivity.  In some cases undersensitive, in others oversensitive, the only common theme is frustration.  Now publisher Activision has announced a fix to allow the sensitivity of individual drum and cymbal pads to be tweaked; however it's not the in-game simple fix many might have hoped.

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Apple MacBook & MacBook Pro both support 6GB of RAM

Apple MacBook & MacBook Pro both support 6GB of RAM

Memory company Ramjet are advertizing an upgrade kit for the new MacBook and MacBook Pro that would give each notebook 6GB of RAM in total.  The amount - which is 2GB higher than the figure Apple themselves claim is supported - is comprised of a 2GB DDR3 chip and a 4GB DDR3 chip.  Unlike with 8GB, which the NVIDIA chipsets used should officially support but, as those have tried it have discovered, leads to system instabilities, 6GB seems to be a balance between performance and playing happily with OS X's current limitations.

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New NEC 26-inch MultiSync LCD2690WUXi2 with 97.5% Adobe RGB coverage

New NEC 26-inch MultiSync LCD2690WUXi2 with 97.5% Adobe RGB coverage

NEC has announced the successor to their MultiSync LCD2690WUXI monitor, the LCD2690WUXi2, with a much wider color gamut H-IPS LCD panel. The new 25.5-inch pro-level LCD screen now can cover up to 97.5-percent of the Adobe RGB color range, as opposed to the 93.8-percent the previous model could manage. The extension in color gamut will put the LCD2690WUXi2 toe to toe with NEC's flagship 30-inch MultiSync LCD3090WUXi in term of Adobe RGB coverage.

Nintendo Wii sales outstrip N64

Nintendo Wii sales outstrip N64

With the words of Satoru Iwata, Nintendo president, still ringing in our ears - "so far I haven’t seen even the slightest sign that overseas DS and Wii demand is being affected by the economy" - we now see why he's still so upbeat about the company's gaming foothold.  As part of their financial report, Nintendo have revealed [pdf link] worldwide Wii sales of 34.55 million units to date; that surpasses the N64's lifetime sales, which amounted to 32.9m.

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FetchBot DIY dog-ball launcher

FetchBot DIY dog-ball launcher

I don't have a dog, which is probably a good thing as I bore terribly easily and playing with it all the time would soon lose its charm.  FetchBot might be one way of alleviating said-boredom (both for me and the pooch): built from the guts of an old AGFA scanner, it fires tennis balls for your dog to catch while sparing your delicate arms.

Check out the video demo of the FetchBot after the cut

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ASUS predict $200 Eee PC netbook in 2009; focusing on 10-inch models

ASUS predict $200 Eee PC netbook in 2009; focusing on 10-inch models

ASUS president Jerry Shen has been doing some more netbook soothsaying, as the company announces its Q3 2008 financial performance.  Of most interest to us is the double-whammy that Shen predicts a $200 Eee PC sometime in 2009, as well as the phasing out of 7 and 8.9-inch models in favor of more 10-inch netbooks.  That way, the president believes, ASUS will be able to take a full 30-percent of the netbook market next year, estimated at between 6 and 7.5 million units.

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