Archive for Oct 31, 2008

Vodafone BlackBerry Storm pricing: Round Two

Vodafone BlackBerry Storm pricing: Round Two

After the first pricing for the BlackBerry Storm on Vodafone was released this morning, and later shown to be for the expensive Irish market, details on the UK costs of the RIM touchscreen device have now been announced.  In keeping with the competitive UK market, the handset will be available on November 11th from free on select price plans, with 12, 18 and 24 month contracts are available.  The cheapest monthly tariff is £15 ($24) on an 18-month contract with no included minutes but unlimited SMS; the Storm is priced at £300 ($486).  The cheapest monthly contract with a free Storm is £35 (24-months, 600 inclusive minutes & unlimited SMS, mobile internet and email).

Full UK BlackBerry Storm Vodafone price plan details after the cut

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Personalized Whac-a-Mole game in covert, remote-control cabinet

Personalized Whac-a-Mole game in covert, remote-control cabinet

I'm not sure what's best about this Whac-a-Mole cabinet: the fact that it's hidden inside an innocent looking bookcase and opens at the press of a remote button, or the fact that you can have personalized mole-heads made to resemble your family, co-workers or favorite politicians.  Comprising five moles that randomly pop up, two soft leather mallets to batter them with, and an LED display to keep track of your score, there's also a drinks shelf and glass-rack above to calm you down after a particularly frantic session.

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Vodafone BlackBerry Storm pricing revealed: Crazy expensive [Updated]

The BlackBerry Storm has had its moment of glory in the shape of some pleasantly positive reviews, but while impressing in the hand and on the tech sheet is one thing, doing the same on your monthly statement is quite another.  Vodafone have revealed their European pricing for the touchscreen RIM smartphone, and it’s certainly not cheap.  The lowest of the four monthly plans, Perfect Choice Access 100 at €49.99 ($64), gets you the Storm for €109.99 ($141) but a mere 100 minutes and 100 text messages included, together with just 1GB of BlackBerry email.

Update: Tony points out in the comments that these are the Irish prices, rather than the general European figures.  Unfortunately our Irish friends have had to get used to paying far more than the rest of us, which means that a) these prices are a relatively good deal in Ireland, and b) prices in the rest of Europe are likely to be considerably lower.

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Windows 7 installed on ASUS Eee PC 1000H & MSI Wind: Video Demo

Windows 7 installed on ASUS Eee PC 1000H & MSI Wind: Video Demo

One of the more topical claims from Microsoft during the PDC was that Windows 7 would have no problems running on lower-spec hardware such as netbooks.  Of course, there's nothing like a challenge to get geeks motivated, so we're starting to see the first installs of the upcoming OS on today's budget ultraportable hardware.  Laptop Mag picked the ASUS Eee PC 1000H, while DavGerm4 used his MSI Wind (you can see the video after the cut; via jkkmobile); both are tentatively positive about the experience.

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Pioneer Kuro KRL-32V HDTV unboxed

Pioneer Kuro KRL-32V HDTV unboxed

Anybody who's afraid of the dark would do well to keep out of the way of Pioneer's Kuro range of HDTVs.  Esteemed for their inky black levels, the huge display sizes have so far kept them out of most buyers' reach.  Now, with the advent of the KRL-32V - which, as its name suggests, is a more manageable 32-inches - there's the possibility of far more Kuro in our everyday lives.  CNET UK woke up to find a Pioneer Kuro KRL-32V on their doorstep, so they've done the only honorable thing and unboxed it for all to see.

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Shuttle X27D barebone PC with Atom 330 dual-core

Shuttle X27D barebone PC with Atom 330 dual-core

Shuttle have announced their latest barebones PC, the X27D, which includes the new Intel Atom 330 dual-core 1.6GHz processor.  Consisting of two 1.6GHz cores, each with 512KB L2 cache and a 533MHz FSB, the Atom 330 supports HyperThreading and uses the chip-maker's 945GC+ICH7 Express Chipset; it's intended for nettops and other small-form-factor desktop PCs. 

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Sony batteries recalled on several laptop models

Sony batteries recalled on several laptop models

Talk about a super bummer. Looks like we have another laptop battery recall situation on our hands. In fact, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of 35,000 laptop batteries manufactured by Sony.

And the reason is what you would expect. It seems the Lithium-ion batteries have the tendency to overheat, catch on fire and pose a burn hazard to people. And this is no joke. Apparently, 19 people have already reported problems with overheating. 17 reports involved actual flames and 2 people received mild burns from the faulty batteries.

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Keys can now be duplicated from photos

Keys can now be duplicated from photos

Uhho! This sounds scary! Apparently, a group of computer scientists at UC San Diego have come up with a computer program that makes it so a key can be duplicated just by analyzing a photo of one.

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The Beatles coming to a video game near you

The Beatles coming to a video game near you

There have been rumors floating around about The Beatles' music being included in an upcoming video game for quite some time, but now the information is confirmed. The Beatles will have their music included in an upcoming title from Harmonix and MTV, the former of which is responsible for Rock Band.

The title will not be a part of the Rock Band series, as previously thought and will instead be a separate game. This game will be devoted to the Beatles and the Beatles only, and will include much of their music throughout the years. Due sometime in late 2009, the game is supposed to bring more people to Beatles' music and help a new generation get to know them.

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AT&T free WiFi hotspot access is for BlackBerry as well as iPhone users

AT&T have released full details about their free WiFi scheme, which as we already knew offers Apple iPhone and iPhone 3G users access to in excess of 17,000 hotspots.  The carrier hasn’t just limited their promotion to one type of fruit, however; select BlackBerry owners will also get free access too.

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Kingston HyperX DDR3 Triple-Channel Memory launches

Kingston HyperX DDR3 Triple-Channel Memory launches

Kingston announced yesterday their HyperX DDR3 Triple-Channel Memory that was designed with the Intel X58 motherboards in mind. They also meet the 1.65 volt platform recommendation for Core i7.

This new product features 2GHz memory and are available in kits of three 1GB modules. They will also be Intel XMP or Extreme Memory Profile ready. These are the fastest triple-channel memory DDR3 products available right now.

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HP to give major netbook discounts through AT&T and Verizon

HP to give major netbook discounts through AT&T and Verizon

The netbook is such a hot commodity. And since HP has jumped on the bandwagon with their HP Mini 1000 and the Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition (pictured below), they've been looking to foreign markets, specifically wireless carriers, for ideas on giving discounts to further push their products.

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