Archive for Apr 27, 2010

WODE Jukebox stand adds homebrew to Wii

WODE Jukebox stand adds homebrew to Wii

There were many Xbox 360 users that found out the hard way when Microsoft started banning modded consoles that mods can bite you in the rear. If you like the idea of modding your Wii, but you don’t want to tear the thing open and start soldering, the WODE Jukebox stand may be perfect for you.

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TRENDnet TEW-655BR3G mobile wireless N router ships

TRENDnet TEW-655BR3G mobile wireless N router ships

Back around CES in January TRENDnet unveiled a new router called the TEW-655BR3G mobile router that was designed to let the user share a 3G mobile broadband connection between several users. The mobile router was pegged for an early April launch date when it was first announced in January.

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Patriot offers world’s fastest DDR 3 RAM with Viper II Sector 5 2500MHz kit

Patriot offers world’s fastest DDR 3 RAM with Viper II Sector 5 2500MHz kit

RAM doesn’t mean much to the masses as long as the computer has enough to run iTunes and Farmville at the same time. When it comes to gamers and enthusiasts though, the RAM in their machines is just as important as the CPU. Back in February Patriot unveiled a new enthusiast memory product called the Viper II Sector 5 kit.

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Sceptre offers X270BV-FHD 27-inch HDTV

Sceptre offers X270BV-FHD 27-inch HDTV

Sceptre has been peddling lower priced HDTVs that double as PC monitors for a while now. The company is known for making some interesting colors on its set like the chrome 24-inch set I talked about a while back. The company has announced its first 27-inch HDTV called the X270BV-FHD.

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Quirky Switch modular Swiss Army knife debuts

Quirky Switch modular Swiss Army knife debuts

Things were very different when I was a kid compared to today. If I left my 5-year-old home all day while I went to work, I would go to jail. That was common when I was a kid. Schools were also more relaxed back then. I once took my Swiss Army knife to school for show and tell in first grade. The teacher made me leave it in her desk during recess, but no one called the cops.

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TomTom GO LIVE 1000 gets capacitive touchscreen, integrated Vodafone modem

TomTom GO LIVE 1000 gets capacitive touchscreen, integrated Vodafone modem

TomTom have unveiled their new flagship PND, the TomTom GO LIVE 1000, and it's the first from the company to pack a capacitive touchscreen and new, Webkit-based UI.  The GO LIVE 1000 comes with a year's subscription to TomTom's LIVE services including HD Traffic - which can show congestion details on highways and smaller roads - via an integrated Vodafone connection, as well as TomTom's IQ Routes for intelligent journey planning that takes into account historic traffic patterns.

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Nokia N8 gets official: €370 in Q3 2010 [Video]

Nokia N8 gets official: €370 in Q3 2010 [Video]

Nokia have officially announced the N8 smartphone, the handset we saw prematurely reviewed (and somewhat panned) yesterday, and the first from the company to pack a 12-megapixel camera with Xenon flash, HDMI connectivity and Symbian^3 OS.  As we've heard before, there's a 3.5-inch 640 x 360 capacitive touchscreen, GPS and 16GB of built-in storage plus a microSD card slot.

Video demos after the cut

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BlackBerry 9670 clamshell leaks again; will be Verizon exclusive

BlackBerry 9670 clamshell leaks again; will be Verizon exclusive

Yesterday's BlackBerry Pearl 3G and Bold 9650 announcements were interesting, but not half as curious as the company's upcoming clamshell, the BlackBerry 9670.  Spotted in the wild again - alongside the BlackBerry Atlas 8980 - by CrackBerry forum member B.I.G.G.I.E., there's also confirmation that the smartphone is running BlackBerry OS 6.0.

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Denon A/V Receivers outed: 5.1 and 7.1 surround, optional internet access

Denon A/V Receivers outed: 5.1 and 7.1 surround, optional internet access

As well as Denon's pair of new "universal" Blu-ray players, the company also has a double-handful of A/V receivers to announce too.  The Denon AVR-991, AVR-891, AVR-791, AVR-591 and the AVR-391 are all "home theater" models and will begin to show up on shelves from May 2010, while there are two new 7.1-channel premium models, the AVR-1911 and AVR-1611, and three "CI-class" receivers for custom integrators, the AVR-4311CI, AVR-3311CI and AVR-2311CI.  All get HDMI v1.4a Repeater Inputs with 3D (supporting all mandated formats), an Audio Return Channel and CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) support, while some pack multi-room audio and HD audio from Dolby and DTS.

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Denon DBP-2011UDCI and 166UD universal Blu-ray players debut

Denon DBP-2011UDCI and 166UD universal Blu-ray players debut

Denon have outed their latest range of Blu-ray players, complete with 3D "readiness", which slot into the company's "universal" range.  That means the DBP-2011UDCI and DBP-1611UD won't just play Blu-ray and DVD discs, but CD, DVD-Audio and SACD as well.  In fact, Denon reckon the pair can handle "virtually all 5-inch silver discs", which seems like an invitation to a lawsuit to us.

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AMD Phenom II X6 1090T review roundup

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T review roundup

So AMD's new hexacore CPU range is official, it's cheap (comparatively speaking), but is it any good?  For that we turn to the bevy of launch-day reviews, and if you're the sort of person who sneaks a look at the last page of a book because they simply have to know the outcome, here it is: for the money, the Phenom II X6 1090T processor is threatening to give Intel's similarly priced chips something of a spanking.  More after the cut.

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Toshiba NB305-10F and HP Mini 210 get Atom N455 update

Toshiba NB305-10F and HP Mini 210 get Atom N455 update

Intel's new Atom N455 and N475 processors - which add support for DDR3 memory - may be imminently close to launch, but they're not quite official yet; we're guessing that's why Toshiba Japan promptly yanked the product page for the new NB305-10F netbook.  Pretty much the same machine as we've seen before (and reviewed back in its earlier N270 days), the only real difference with the NB305-10F is it gets an Atom N455 with 1GB of DDR3 RAM.

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