Archive for October, 2008

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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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]

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.

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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