Archive for Jun 29, 2009

Edelweiss PC casemod makes Thermaltake look dull

Edelweiss PC casemod makes Thermaltake look dull

Reminding us of Thermaltake's monster Level 10 PC case, this is actually the Edelweiss PC, the handiwork of Pius Geiger and in fact initially constructed all the way back in 2006.  Updated this year with a crisp new white color-scheme, the water-cooled Edelweiss separates out drives, graphics and power-supply, and then illuminates them with a discrete but effective lighting system.

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HTC TouchFLO 3D Manila v2.5 leaks [Video]

HTC TouchFLO 3D Manila v2.5 leaks [Video]

HTC's TouchFLO 3D UI for Windows Mobile is arguably the best way to navigate Microsoft's platform, but now that we've seen the latest Sense UI on the HTC Hero it's losing some of its gloss.  Happily HTC haven't ceased all work on TouchFLO 3D, and screenshots and a video demo of version 2.5 have emerged to whet our appetites.

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Intel Clarkdale 32nm desktop CPU brought forward to Q4?

Intel Clarkdale 32nm desktop CPU brought forward to Q4?

Intel's upcoming 32nm Clarkdale processor could be seeing a release sooner than expected, according to unnamed sources at motherboard manufacturers.  The company has reportedly brought forward mass-production of the Clarkdale CPU to Q4 2009, compared to the original Q1 2010 date on their timetable. 

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Nokia N97 reviewed at PhoneMag

Over at our sibling site PhoneMag they've posted the full Nokia N97 review, and if you've been as eagerly-anticipating this smartphone as we have then you really need to read it.  On paper, the N97 ticks just about every box you could hope for, but when it comes to usability and overall polish it seems that Nokia may have dropped the ball.

MDI air-powered car gets driven: $8,380 by end of 2009

MDI air-powered car gets driven: $8,380 by end of 2009

MDI have been working on their air-powered engine for years now, and Edmunds Inside Line were lucky enough to take the 2010 AIRPod prototype for a spin.  Distinctively designed, the AIRPod throws out internal combustion in favor of running from compressed-air, a full tank of which - refilled in just two minutes with the right infrastructure - is good for 90-125 miles with a single occupant.

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VIA Nano 1.3GHz Lenovo IdeaPad S12 revealed

As well as their NVIDIA Ion-equipped version, Lenovo have revealed a VIA Nano based IdeaPad S12 netbook.  The 12.1-inch WXGA machine uses VIA's Nano ULV 2250 processor, running at 1.30GHz, together with the company's integrated Chrome9 HC3 graphics chipset.

Samsung N510 11.6-inch NVIDIA Ion netbook coming

Samsung N510 11.6-inch NVIDIA Ion netbook coming

Samsung are preparing to launch a new, 11.6-inch netbook, the N510, and rather than Intel's Atom Z5xx series of processors they've picked the 1.66GHz N280.  The N510 will also use NVIDIA's Ion graphics chipset, paired with 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard-drive.

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Silverlit Heli-Mission SWAT Truck: R/C car with hidden helicopter! [Video]

Silverlit Heli-Mission SWAT Truck: R/C car with hidden helicopter! [Video]

What's better than a remote-controlled truck?  Why, a remote-controlled truck with a hidden remote-controlled helicopter inside it, that's what!  The Silverlit Heli-Mission SWAT Truck is a full-function toy truck, the rear section of which flips open to reveal an indoor helicopter on a rising launch platform.

Video demo after the cut

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Sony PSP Phone rumors resurface; team being formed next month?

Rumors regarding a PSP phone have circulated for almost as long as the gaming handheld itself has been available, and despite Sony's best efforts they refuse to die down.  According to the Nikkei business daily this weekend, Sony is looking to set up a department that would explore gaming/phone hybrid devices; the team could be established as early as July, suggests the report.

Euro Kindle talks break down with German carriers

Amazon's plans to roll out the Kindle ebook reader range in Europe has hit a snag, after talks with German carriers broke down over pricing disagreement.  According to German WirtschaftsWoche, Amazon were unable to reach what they believed to be a fair price with local carriers such as Vodafone and T-Mobile.

Zune HD 16/32GB from $249 with 720p movie downloads?

According to an internal Microsoft tipster, the upcoming Zune HD will be available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, and be priced from $249 to $280 for the entry-level model.  The company is considering a 64GB Zune HD later on in the model year, but the first of the PMPs will arrive in September; that tallies with previous rumors that fingered September 5th.

Mobinnova élan Tegra Smartbook gets video demo

Mobinnova élan Tegra Smartbook gets video demo

We've been quietly crushing on the Mobinnova élan Smartbook since its Computex debut, and this preview video from NetbookNews does little to dissuade that feeling.  Based on NVIDIA's Tegra chipset, the promise is both high-definition support and up to 24hrs of audio playback from the super-frugal platform.

Video overview after the cut

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