Archive for Apr 30, 2009

MacBook Air knife-attack video

MacBook Air knife-attack video

Computers can be frustrating things, Macs just as much as PCs, but most people manage to get through the day without recreating Psycho with their laptop.  Unfortunately the MacBook Air in this video wasn't so lucky: seemingly so frustrated by the broken hinge on his laptop, the owner was driven to attacking the screen with a kitchen knife.

MacBook Air knife-attack video after the cut

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Sony BRAVIA Z5500 HDTV with Motionflow 200Hz and DLNA

Sony BRAVIA Z5500 HDTV with Motionflow 200Hz and DLNA

Sony have announced a new Full-HD LCD TV, which the company describes as offering the smoothest, sharpest BRAVIA picture quality to-date.  The Sony BRAVIA Z5500 will be available in three sizes - 40-, 46- and 52-inches - each with Motionflow 200Hz and Image Blur Reduction technology.  Meanwhile an ethernet port and DLNA support makes the Z5500 a native media streamer, too.

 

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Gears of War 2 cheats threatened with gamerscore wipe

Gears of War 2 cheats threatened with gamerscore wipe

Microsoft's Xbox LIVE team are getting strict against those who cheat in Gears of War 2, going as far as to wipe out a player's gamerscore if they are found to have falsified their achievements.  The wipe will affect not only Gears of War 2 points but all gaming achievements, and be accompanied by a message on the user's profile explaining that they lost their gamerscore because of cheating.

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Eye-Fi Explore Video 4GB reviewed: few glitches but good

Eye-Fi Explore Video 4GB reviewed: few glitches but good

Eye-Fi's latest Explore Video 4GB card has come in for examination over at GeekTonic, and if you've ever wished you could get on with sharing video clips rather than going through the hassle of retrieving them from your digital camera, this could be the SDHC card for you.  Reviewer Brent was impressed by how straightforward the system is, though battery life on your device will take a hit from powering the WiFi radio.

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Century Netbook Stand with DVD & HDD

Century Netbook Stand with DVD & HDD

Don't let the hard-drive and DVD burner fool you: this isn't an ultraportable laptop, but a netbook cooler with extra talents.  Century's Netbook Stand aims to address two of the more common complaints about budget ultraportables, low storage capacity and no optical drive, by squeezing both things into a compact slice.

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Wolfram Alpha search engine: yet another Google rival

Wolfram Alpha search engine: yet another Google rival

If you're looking to grab headlines, why not compare your new web-app to Google, that always works.  According to Nova Spivak, founder of Twine, a new "computational knowledge engine" known as Wolfram Alpha "could be as important as Google", with its natural language processing used to understand plain-language queries and fathom an expert answer.

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Apple Media Pad concept certainly looks hot

Apple Media Pad concept certainly looks hot

Nothing like a new Apple device rumor to get the concept artists scurrying to their graphics tablets, and there's something particularly alluring about the prospect of an Apple Media Pad.  MacFormat's illustrator Adam Benton came up with these concept shots, envisioning the Media Pad as an overgrown iPod touch.

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T-Mobile Cameo price slashed

T-Mobile Cameo price slashed

T-Mobile USA's Cameo wireless digital photo frame always faired well in reviews for its usability and functionality, but less palatable were the sticker price and monthly service charge.  At launch, the photo frame - which can receive images via MMS or email over T-Mobile's cellular network - cost $99.99 while the monthly fee was $9.99; now the carrier has apparently dropped those costs to just $39.99 and $1.99 respectively.

VIA VB8002 HD media server Mini-ITX board

VIA VB8002 HD media server Mini-ITX board

VIA have announced a new media server Mini-ITX board, the VIA VB8002, running the company's 1.6GHz Nano processor and offering HDTV output and 7.1 HD surround sound.  The VB8002 uses VIA's CX700M2 media system processor, and should be able to connect with pretty much any display you have, digital or analog: ports include DVI, S-Video, component and composite, together with coaxial and optical S/PDIF for digital audio.

 

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MSI Wind Top AE1900 gets opened up

MSI Wind Top AE1900 gets opened up

Photos of an MSI Wind Top AE1900 all-in-one touchscreen nettop prototype have emerged, showing the PC devoid of its rear casing.  Of interest to anyone considering modding their nettop, the images show a somewhat untidy setup but a few areas that could be tackled.

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Nokla N98 copy-cat gets touch-friendly

Nokla N98 copy-cat gets touch-friendly

Nokia may not have jumped upon the N98 concept circulating a few years back, but that hasn't stopped a glossy Chinese copy from appearing.  The Nokla N98 is a touchscreen dual-SIM cellphone; as we've seen with copy-cat devices in the past, the specifications of which don't quite live up to the looks.

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Routon P760/P730 Android MIDs in late 2009?

Routon P760/P730 Android MIDs in late 2009?

Routon have released more information on their upcoming MID product range, and it's not great news for anyone eagerly anticipating the potentially Android-based P730 and P760 units.  The two touchscreen MIDs are still in "research status", according to Routon, and may be available in the second half of 2009.

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