Archive for November, 2009

ASUS Eee Box EB1501 shipping today [Updated]

ASUS Eee Box EB1501 shipping today [Updated]

Is something afoot with ASUS' Eee Box EB1501 nettop?  The Ion-toting mini desktop PC has had listings at a few major e-tailers for a while now, but ASUS UK has apparently contacted some UK sites to say that the EB1501 is shipping as of today; meanwhile the NetbookReviews team spotted that Play.com had updated their pages with a "due for release on 27/11/09".  All well and good, but a quick check of the site today shows the release date has disappeared and the nettop is showing up as "out of stock".

Update: ASUS UK have been in touch to tell us that the EB1501 is indeed shipping today in the UK, and that they've been in contact with the retailers to ask them to update their listings.

Apple Black Friday one-day sale kicks off: $101 off an iMac or MBP

Apple Black Friday one-day sale kicks off: $101 off an iMac or MBP

It's the day after Thanksgiving and that means Black Friday sales in the US.  We're already hearing that parking spaces outside US malls are full up - and it's only just gone 4am on the east coast - so if it's cut-price Apple tech you're after then why not do your shopping online?  As is somewhat traditional by now, Apple have discounts across various parts of their store today: save just over $100 on a new iMac, for instance, or the same off a MacBook Pro.

Kohjinsha DZ dual-display netbook shipping December

Kohjinsha DZ dual-display netbook shipping December

Kohjinsha's dual-display netbook was one of the stars of CEATEC back in October, but the company was quiet on whether the prototype would reach shipping stage.  Strong feedback has obviously tipped their hand, however: you can now preorder the netbook, freshly named the Kohjinsha DZ, with a Japanese delivery expected on December 11th.  Your 79,800 yen ($921) netbook has two 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 LCD displays which sandwich together into the lid for ease of transportation, as well as rotating all the way around to face backwards.

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Happy Thanksgiving from SlashGear!

Happy Thanksgiving from SlashGear!

Thursday November 26th is Thanksgiving in the US, and the SlashGear team will be taking a break to spend our time talking turkey rather than gadgets with our friends and family.

Regular service will resume on Friday November 27th, and we'd like to wish a very happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers.  Until then, if you're short of boardgames to play or need some distraction from over-eating, check out our recent reviews and editorials.

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Nokia N900 in-store sales delayed in UK

Nokia N900 in-store sales delayed in UK

Looks like Nokia was a victim of its own success.  Not only has the N900 taken far longer to reach the market than initially expected, strong pre-order sales have meant the company has been forced to push back its in-store release of the Maemo 5 smartphone until December 4th.  The Finnish company told NokNok that demand has basically outstripped supply.

Citizen Gadgetry

Citizen Gadgetry

I love watching excellence in motion. Watching Fred Astaire dance, reading a poem by Robert Frost, watching Michael Jordan play ball, Tiger Woods play golf or opening new products that have the ability to bring a smile to my face. They all share one thing, these folks make it look so easy. The result of hard work and tireless practice is that the performance appears almost effortless. Of course, that's never the case.

I'm constantly amazed at the number and the degree of badly designed products out there that come to market. I'm talking bad stuff. I mean stuff that had to go from concept, to design, to prototype and eventually make it to the retail channel. Stuff so bad that it's impossible to imagine that anyone in their right mind signed off on the process and the steps along the way. The stuff that makes you scream…"what were they thinking?" You don't need to be a genius to know that some of this stuff just won't work. It isn't rocket science, it's just focusing on the basics and this is why much of the criticism is warranted.

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