The Acer AspireRevo AR1600-U910H nettop is one of those slick little systems that offers all the performance you need for general computing needs in a tiny form factor that is easy to hide inside your entertainment system or on a desk. The little machine is now available for purchase on Newegg.
Microsoft has confirmed that it's unlikely existing games will be compatible with their upcoming Project Natal motion-controller for the Xbox 360, suggesting that developers would in effect need to push out fully reworked versions of titles rather than merely issue a compatibility patch. The news came courtesy of Microsoft Games' Kudo Tsunoda, speaking at the Tokyo Game Show, who confirmed that the company had been forced to significantly alter code in the games they used to demonstrate Project Natal.
Motorola are seemingly clearing their plate to focus on their upcoming mid- to high-end handsets, with the news from China being that the company have outsourced production of all of their entry-level models. According to the United Daily News, any handset costing under $150 moving forward will be built by a third-party, potentially over 40 million devices per year.
FunTwist isn't a name we're particularly used to hearing, but the company's latest nettop - the Fiono 330 - shares the exclusivity of being one of the few such desktops with NVIDIA's Ion chipset inside. Quietly released in Japan last month, Netbooked picked up the compact PC and delivered a video unboxing which you can see after the cut.
Video unboxing after the cut
After rumors late last week that Verizon had turned their collective noses up at the Palm Pre, put off by poor sales performance and a preference for RIM and Android, BGR is now reporting that the CDMA carrier will indeed be offering the webOS smartphone. Their unnamed source has apparently confirmed that the Pre is indeed headed to Verizon, though there's no word of an actual release date.
If you're looking for distinctive watches then Tokyoflash is likely on your shortlist, and the company have just announced a few limited edition designs courtesy of Casio and Riki Watanabe. The Casio range includes a re-release of their 80s Databank watches, only now in some eye-watering colors - together with the endearingly-chunky Casio Cubic Puzzle 3171 shown here.
Thanks to a new European Union ruling, any PMP sold in Europe will soon need to have a lower default volume level so as to avoid ear damage. The so-called "safe exposure" levels will be a condition of sale for any MP3 player, including Apple's iPod range, though users will be able to override the settings if they choose.
Lurking in among the lenses, mattebox, external microphone and video viewfinder is Dan Chung's Canon EOS 7D, while after the cut you can see the HD video he shot around an hour after picking the new uber-DSLR up from his local store. Filmed in low light at 1600 to 6400 ISO, it's left Chung - and us - mightily impressed at the EOS 7D's abilities.
Video demo after the cut
Philips have been showing off their latest efforts in OLED lighting at the "100% Design Fair" in London recently, and while they're still concepts we're hoping someone at the company realizes that there's likely a paying audience out there somewhere - at the very least the Mathmos-loving crowd - and decides to, you know, release some of the darned things. The Philips Lumiblade concepts [pdf link] range from home to commercial in their application, but all promise low power consumption.
Video demo after the cut