Archive for October, 2008

Dell XPS One 24: All-in-one High-Def media PC

Dell XPS One 24: All-in-one High-Def media PC

Dell have taken the wraps off of their latest XPS computer, the 24-inch Dell XPS One 24 desktop PC.  Running at full 1080p 1920 x 1080 high-definition, the XPS One has optional Blu-ray for entertainment and high-capacity back-ups, together with a 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 processor and optional NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT video card.  Dell have also managed to pack in a 25W 2.1-channel JBL audio system.

 

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Netflix on Xbox 360 demands HDCP copy-protection

Netflix on Xbox 360 demands HDCP copy-protection

The news that Netflix would be offering high-definition streaming movies on the Xbox 360 prompted expressions of joy: from November 19th, users of the updated Xbox Experience will be able to access both standard and high-definition streams in the same way as owners of Roku's Netflix box can.  However depending on your Xbox 360 setup, you may find yourself frustrated; Netflix are insisting on HDCP protection for the digital connection.

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eMachines eMD620-5777 $430 bargain laptop

eMachines eMD620-5777 $430 bargain laptop

Family pestering for a new laptop this holiday season but economics leading you down the netbook aisles?  Think again: eMachines are offering their full 14.1-inch widescreen notebook, the eMachines eMD620-5777, with a 1.6GHz AMD Athlon 2650e CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard-drive for a madly affordable $429.99.

 

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Nintendo DSi hardware differences causing developer headaches?

Nintendo DSi hardware differences causing developer headaches?

Portable gaming confusion abounds, as an unnamed Nintendo developer claims that an upcoming game from their stable has been refused release due to "being incompatible with the DSi hardware".  The DSi, Nintendo's latest evolution of their handheld system, is supposed to be backward-compatible with all DS games (excluding those which require the GBA slot, as it no longer has one); however the developer is claiming that their new title, fine on the DS, causes system freezes on the DSi.

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Nokia E63 smartphone caught on film

Nokia E63 smartphone caught on film

After details of the upcoming Nokia E63 smartphone leaked last week we've been waiting for some live sightings of the S60 3rd Edition device.  That's come courtesy of Mobile Industry Review, who grabbed some hands-on time with the E63 - albeit branded Exx - at the Symbian Smartphone Show.  While there's no new information here, the device was confirmed as looking "like an E71, but it's plastic".

Hands-on video with the Nokia E63 after the cut

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1-Seg TV tuner & battery accessory for Japanese iPhone 3G

1-Seg TV tuner & battery accessory for Japanese iPhone 3G

When the iPhone first came out, many pundits suggested it would be pretty much ignored in Japan where high-tech mobile devices are commonplace.  That, of course, ignored the legendary Apple lust-factor, and the sheer usability of the handset; however, it's proved tricky to ween the Japanese public off their feature-overload, and so, caving to public demand, carrier Softbank have announced a 1-Seg TV tuner for the iPhone 3G.

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Aigo P8860 reviewed: Hackable, admirable, but perhaps not buyable

Aigo P8860 reviewed: Hackable, admirable, but perhaps not buyable

Aigo's P8860 has been one of the more interesting mobile internet devices (MIDs) we've been keeping track of, not least because it actually managed to move out of prototype stage and into the hands of buyers.  The 800MHz Atom powered ultraportable has a 4.8-inch touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and runs a specially tweaked version of Linux intended to make mobile computing straightforward; Jenn at Pocketables has been putting the P8860 through its paces, and while there's plenty to recommend it, there are also a few big questions left over at the end.

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Apple MacBook 3rd-party RAM causing instabilities?

Apple MacBook 3rd-party RAM causing instabilities?

Some new MacBook users are reporting problems when attempting to upgrade their Apple laptops with third-party RAM.  The new, aluminum MacBook can support up to 4GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM, with the standard configuration being a pair of single 1GB chips.  In replacing those with third-party memory - including seemingly-identical spec chips from big-name brands such as Crucial - some owners have found their MacBooks suddenly prone to crashing.

 

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