Archive for August, 2009

Sharp NetWalker PC-Z1 MID lands in Japan next month

Sharp NetWalker PC-Z1 MID lands in Japan next month

Looking surprisingly like UMID's mbook M1 MID, Sharp have unveiled their newest clamshell ultraportable and - thank goodness - it's not just an e-dictionary.  The Sharp NetWalker PC-Z1 has a 5-inch 1024 x 600 touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard with optical mouse, and Ubuntu 9.04 as the OS; connectivity includes WiFi b/g, both a USB and mini-USB port, and a headphone jack, but there's no integrated 3G.

More images - plus size comparisons - after the cut

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Sirius XM reveal XM SkyDock iPhone and iPod touch satellite radio system

Sirius XM reveal XM SkyDock iPhone and iPod touch satellite radio system

Sirius XM have announced their first radio dock for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch, the XM SkyDock taking advantage of OS 3.0's third-party peripheral integration to add a satellite radio tuner to the handheld and have it controlled by the new companion app.  The dock slots into a car's power point, supporting the PMP with a flexible arm and custom cradle, and not only allows for listening to Sirius XM radio but for tagging tracks that you later want to buy on iTunes.

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Snow Leopard is Just Plain Cool: Gartenberg First Hands On

Snow Leopard is Just Plain Cool: Gartenberg First Hands On

This fall will see the introduction of new operating system releases by the two major vendors in this space. For the first time in recent memory, Apple and Microsoft will go up against each other head to head with the newest versions of their platforms, released within weeks of each other. First up is Apple with Snow Leopard. Originally announced for a late September release, Apple surprised the market with an early ship date. Users will be able to pick up their copies starting on the 28th. Pricing for the release is $29 for Leopard users looking to upgrade. For Mac users still on Tiger, Apple offers the Snow Leopard box set which includes Snow Leopard along with the latest versions of iLife and iWork for $169.

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Mac OSX Snow Leopard Review

Mac OSX Snow Leopard Review

Ask any Mac owner and they'll likely tell you the Apple allure is a game of two halves: the reassuring hardware and the slick, consistent OS. Apple is finally delivering their latest version of OS X, v10.6 Snow Leopard, adding a new coat of polish to the company's software prowess. SlashGear has been testing out Snow Leopard over the past few weeks, and we've found that perhaps its most satisfying aspect is that it upgrades things both visibly and less obviously, rather than one or the other. After the cut, why 64-bit matters, how Apple have streamlined the way you interact with your data, and why Snow Leopard might just be the bargain of the year.

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Bungie Might Not Be Finished With Halo, or They Might Be

Bungie Might Not Be Finished With Halo, or They Might Be

Around the time of this year's E3, back in June, there was some good and bad news delivered regarding one of the quintessential video games to grace consoles in recent times: Halo. With the announcements of Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach came the good news; but then Lars Bakken, Senior Designer over at Bungie Studios, made some comments regarding the final days of the Halo series, with regards to Bungie's involvement. He basically said that Reach was the studio's final Halo game, much to the dismay of the gaming world (or at least Halo's fanbase).

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MSI US Launches Wind Top AE2010 20-inch All-in-One Desktop

MSI US Launches Wind Top AE2010 20-inch All-in-One Desktop

MSI US announced the next generation of all-in-one computing today, the desktop PC called the Wind Top AE2010. The system is upgraded with an AMD Ahtlon X2 Dual Core processor, which provides increased processing power. The Wind Top also comes with a crystal clear 20-inch touch-enabled widescreen display. The display itself is classified with an EPA Energy Star Version 5.0 efficiency rating, which provides customers with a powerful PC, as well as a ridiculously aesthetically pleasing look to it.

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Sony PSP Go Torn Asunder and Inspected

Sony PSP Go Torn Asunder and Inspected

Tearing down gadgets isn't new. In fact, The PSP Go's bigger brethren just went through the same thing. There's plenty of reasons to do these things to new pieces of tech, but most of it revolves around finding out what makes them tick, and how much it cost to put it all together. In the case of the PSP Go, there's nothing really new to show off. And to be honest, we'd much prefer to have one not disassembled, rather than look at those standard guts within.

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Super USB Mobile Phone Charger Charges More Than Your Mobile Phone

Super USB Mobile Phone Charger Charges More Than Your Mobile Phone

While we hate to admit it, a universal charger doesn't seem to be something that's going to happen any time soon for the mobile phone industry. And while we don't expect anything from the other personal gadget manufacturers, it's pretty ridiculous that we usually need to buy a new charger when we get a new phone. Making a standard seems to be the obvious thing to do, but hey, what do we know? Then again, if we had a universal rule of thumb for charging our phones, we wouldn't get cool devices like this.

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Steampunk Pocket Memory USB 4GB Flash Drive Is Available but That Doesn’t Mean You’ll Buy It

Steampunk Pocket Memory USB 4GB Flash Drive Is Available but That Doesn’t Mean You’ll Buy It

Steampunk is definitely here, and it's not going anywhere any time soon. Whether you like it or not. And while we've covered it before, this time it seems a bit too much to handle. We love flash drives as much as the next person, and Steampunk is a great design aesthetic, but let's be honest: price matters. Apparently, not everyone got that memo.

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Microsoft Xbox 360 Gets More Rumors About Those Price Adjustments

Microsoft Xbox 360 Gets More Rumors About Those Price Adjustments

When announcements are imminent, or even weeks away, it gets to the point where every day seems to be filled with he-said she-said shenanigans, and no company is left out in this process. Especially the big ones. Microsoft happens to be one of those big ones, and considering the news from Sony this last week, everyone is (im)patiently waiting for the Xbox 360 to follow suit. And while many thought it was going to happen at GamesCon, it looked like Sony's announcement of the same material might have swayed that decision.

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