Archive for Feb 24, 2009

Microsoft SideWinder X8 BlueTrack mouse out this week

Microsoft SideWinder X8 BlueTrack mouse out this week

Microsoft's SideWinder X8 wireless gaming mouse, first announced back in September last year, will finally be making it to retail stores this week.  The SideWinder X8 uses Microsoft's own BlueTrack Technology, which claims super-high accuracy thanks to 13,000 frames per second image processing, 75g maximum acceleration and 120 inches per second maximum speed.

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OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray burner: FireWire 800/400, USB & eSATA

OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray burner: FireWire 800/400, USB & eSATA

OWC have announced their latest Mercury Pro Blu-ray/SuperDrive "Quad Interface" External Drive, offering Blu-ray and DVD burning for any PC or Mac with FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 or eSATA connectivity.  The new Mercury Pro also doubles the burn speed of the previous-generation version.

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Viliv S5 MID sells out in 15 mins; first reviews glowing

Viliv S5 MID sells out in 15 mins; first reviews glowing

We'll have to wait until the end of March before we can get our hands on the Viliv S5 MID, but the touchscreen device went up for limited sale in Korea today and competition for a unit was high.  Viliv offered just 1,000 of the MIDs, with a 4.8-inch 800 x 480 WVGA display, which apparently sold out in 15 minutes.  Lazion have a (Korean language) review up of the S5, and first impressions seem pretty good: 4hrs 35 minutes runtime playing a looping 1.6Mbps DivX video, together with an 18,280 score in CrystalMark 2004R3.

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LG GD910 watch-phone to cost £500 with contract?

LG GD910 watch-phone to cost £500 with contract?

Rumors have been circulating regarding the eventual street price of the LG GD910 watch-phone that will hit Europe with carrier Orange.  Although neither LG nor Orange have publicly stated the likely selling price for the touchscreen handset, which uses Bluetooth to communicate with a hands-free headset, it's expected to be priced at £500 ($725) with a minimum £40 ($58) monthly contract.

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Apple Safari 4 launched: 30x faster JavaScript than IE7

Apple Safari 4 launched: 30x faster JavaScript than IE7

Apple have launched Safari 4, the latest version of their browser for OS X and Windows.  Claimed to run JavaScript over four times faster than Safari 3 and thirty times faster than IE7, thanks to the new Nitro engine, there's also a number of new features including Cover Flow, to browse through history and bookmarks, and Top Sites, which gives a visual overview of frequently visited pages.

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Apple iMac NVIDIA graphics leak fuels replacement rumor

Apple iMac NVIDIA graphics leak fuels replacement rumor

Further fuel on the new iMac rumors this week, culminating in this supposed snap of Apple marketing materials that lists "High-performance NVIDIA graphics" among the specifications of the 20- and 24-inch machines.  The company's all-in-one desktop range is considered long overdue an update, with predictions circulating since October of last year that Apple would bring the iMac into line with other models by adding NVIDIA's latest graphics chipsets.

However Apple themselves denied any update was coming, claiming that their holiday lineup was solid.  According to some reports, resellers are low on stocks of the current iMac models, and education Apple sales teams have been given permission to offer special pricing on what remains.

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Marvell SheevaPlug: $99 Linux PC hidden in a wall-wart

Marvell SheevaPlug: $99 Linux PC hidden in a wall-wart

Marvell have been talking up their SheevaPlug reference design, a wall-wart power plug that actually hides an entire Linux PC.  Priced at $99, inside the SheevaPlug there's an ARM-based 1.2GHz Sheeva embedded processor, 512MB of DDR2 memory, 512MB of flash storage, gigabit ethernet and USB 2.0; in fact the development kit is available now.

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New Acer Aspire One with skinny-casing: SSD & Linux likely

New Acer Aspire One with skinny-casing: SSD & Linux likely

Images of a new Acer Aspire One netbook have emerged, with a slimmer chassis than the recent 10-inch D150 version.  The as-yet unannounced netbook also has the SD memory expansion slot which disappeared in the transition from 8.9-inch to 10-inches, and that plus the reduced heft suggests that what we see here is the SSD version.

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Phenom II x3 gets extra core with BIOS hack

Phenom II x3 gets extra core with BIOS hack

The most obvious difference between AMD's Phenom II x3 and x4 processors is the number of cores: the x3 has three and the x4 has, unsurprisingly, four.  However the chips themselves are actually the same hardware, with AMD locking out one of the cores in the x3 variants.  That presents an almost irresistible target for modders, of course, who have shown that with the right motherboard you can turn your Phenom II x3 into an x4.

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Nintendo DSi browser whups DS Lite in video speed test

Nintendo DSi browser whups DS Lite in video speed test

Although you've been able to browse the internet on the Nintendo DS for some time now, the experience has never really a been a good one.  That's something that Nintendo promised to change with the new DSi, and going by this browser speed showdown from the guys at N+, they've succeeded.

Video showdown after the cut

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LG XCanvas LH70 HDTV with Bluetooth, DivX & 1m:1 contrast

LG XCanvas LH70 HDTV with Bluetooth, DivX & 1m:1 contrast

LG Korea have announced a new range of HDTVs, the LG XCanvas LH70 series.  Release this week in Korea, the new 'Scarlet' LH70 is available in 32, 37, 42 and 47-inch sizes, measuring just 39.7mm and 40.9mm deep respectively, but still managed to include integrated Bluetooth, DivX support and 10,000,000:1 contrast ratios.

Video demo after the cut

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Beambox Evolution R-1 30 Lumen pico-projector

Beambox Evolution R-1 30 Lumen pico-projector

Beambox have announced their second pico-projector, the Evolution R-1, complete with 30 Lumen brightness, 1GB of integrated storage and USB connectivity.  The 175g projector is capable of producing a 640 x 480 image of up to 100-inches, with 200:1 contrast ratio.

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