Archive for Nov 30, 2008

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 48 2008

It's been a shorter working week what with Thanksgiving on Thursday, and much of the gadget news has been around what offers, bargains and discounts were on offer at cash-strapped retailers. SlashGear has done its bit to ease your present picking pickle, with the 2008 Holiday Gift Guide. We've also had reviews of Sony's VAIO LV and VAIO RT all-in-one PCs; will you be lucky enough to find one of these monster media machines under your tree next month?

Verizon pushes out BlackBerry Storm OS update to fix common issues

Verizon pushes out BlackBerry Storm OS update to fix common issues

The BlackBerry Storm has just received the first of the two promised updates, however this update is not available to just anyone. OS 4.7.0.107 (Application Version .75) is only available to BES users and must be pushed out by the BES Network Administrator.

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Sony VAIO LV all-in-one PC review

Sony VAIO LV all-in-one PC review

When first announced back in September, the Sony VAIO LV-series was described as a High-Definition PC/TV.  That blurring of distinctions between computer and entertainment gives a good idea of how the company envisages their all-in-one slotting into your lifestyle; a relatively rare HMDI input, allowing external sources to use the LV as a 1080p-capable display, helps single the system out even further.  Are TV tuners, Blu-ray and Dolby Digital surround sound enough to let the VAIO LV replace your current HDTV?

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Blizzard updates WoW Armory

Blizzard updates WoW Armory

Blizzard continues to roll out upgrades across the board ever since the Wrath of the Lich King expansion came out. In fact, the World of Warcraft Armory page was updated today, and it now features stats and information previously unavailable prior to the 3.02 patch.

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Pioneer BDR-03J Blu-ray burner has 8x speed

Pioneer BDR-03J Blu-ray burner has 8x speed

If you're looking for a new Blu-ray burner to perhaps finally jump into the whole Blu-ray burning thing, then you might be interested in the Pioneer BDR-03J. This burner is capable of up to 8x speeds. Impressed yet?

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NetGear Digital Entertainer Elite network is FCC tested

NetGear Digital Entertainer Elite network is FCC tested

The NetGear Digital Entertainer Elite network has been spotted at the FCC. This media streaming device is going to launch in the near future and it is truly next-gen. It can decode all sorts of high-definition files, which is most certainly impressive.

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Wal-Mart employee killed in Black Friday stampede

Wal-Mart employee killed in Black Friday stampede

We've been talking a lot about Black Friday here on SlashGear because saving cash during the holiday season is always a nice way kick off the festivities. Plus, during this recession, it's nice for people to get nice gifts for their family without breaking the bank. But if this is what a huge sale does to people, I'm done.

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MacBook Air Review: it’s a different beast inside out

MacBook Air Review: it’s a different beast inside out

When the MacBook Air first launched, nobody could deny it was physically impressive.  Well under an inch thick, it was a visual delight to anybody who saw it.  Ironically, any disappointment was saved for the owners themselves: the payoff for those market-besting dimensions was underpowered components and the tendency to overheat.  Now, Apple have freshly inflated the Air with new technology, in fact just about everything down to the memory is new.  Second time around, have they created the ultimate ultraportable?

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Brando USB Notebook Cooling Pad has HDD Slot built in

Brando USB Notebook Cooling Pad has HDD Slot built in

Brando is known for their many computer gadgets and USB devices, but this one is especially cool. The USB Notebook Cooling Pad is not your ordinary USB-powered computer cooler. In fact, this one features a HDD Slot built right into it.

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MSI Wind U110 and U115 netbooks added to line up

MSI Wind U110 and U115 netbooks added to line up

Just last week we heard about the upcoming MSI Wind U120, which will be making its grand debut at CES 2009. But now it looks as if two more netbooks will be added to MSI's U Series including the MSI U110 and the MSI U115.

The MSI U115 is really quite different. It features a SSD and a hard drive. So, the OS would then be installed on the SSD, but all of your data and information would be stored on a larger hard drive. This makes sense insofar as it will keep the price down and allow you room to save data, but doesn't it seem a bit counterproductive to save your data on the drive that can be scratched or ruined?

You will have several options with the U115, including a 8GB SSD/80GB HDD, a 16GB SSD/120GB HDD or a 32GB SSD/160GB HDD. The MSI Wind U110 does not have the SSD configurations. However, both models feature Atom processors and have 10-inch screens.

NASA’s SOFIA flying telescope gets pictured

NASA’s SOFIA flying telescope gets pictured

Ah, science. How you intrigue me. Take for instance what NASA is up to. Their Stratospheric Observatory Infrared Astronomy or SOFIA airborne telescope is nearing its first day on the job (though that's still three years away) and the device just got its picture taken for all to see.

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Cube Speaker fits in your hand

Cube Speaker fits in your hand

Wow. This thing is tiny. The Cube Speaker is made by Landport, a Japanese company, and apparently the tiny audio output device can fit within the palm of your hand. So for those that want audio on the go, but want to limit the bulk by as much as possible, this may very well be the way to go.

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