Archive for Apr 29, 2010

Nintendo black Wii US launch leak prompts GameStop threats

Nintendo black Wii US launch leak prompts GameStop threats

The black version of the Nintendo Wii isn't exactly a huge mystery - after all, it's been on sale in Japan since last year - but its US arrival was meant to be.  An announcement that the black version was seeing a US launch was expected at E3 2010, and promotional material leaking out of GameStop definitely confirms it's on the way.  Unfortunately, Nintendo aren't at all pleased about their story being scooped, and have apparently threatened GameStop with a firm spanking; that's prompted the retailer to castigate all employees for wanting to "seem cool" by sharing pre-announcement details with blogs.

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Kindle firmware 2.5 imminent: Twitter/Facebook integration, ebook Collections, more

Kindle firmware 2.5 imminent: Twitter/Facebook integration, ebook Collections, more

Amazon have announced a new firmware build for their Kindle ereader, currently in private beta, which adds social network sharing, improved ebook organisation tools and more.  Kindle Version 2.5 will be released for both the Kindle and larger Kindle DX models in late May 2010; one of the headline features is the ability to share book passages on Facebook and Twitter directly from the Kindle itself.

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chumby One MiFi Easter Egg revealed; down to $100 in Costco

chumby One MiFi Easter Egg revealed; down to $100 in Costco

Nothing like a hidden Easter Egg to brighten up a gadget, and with the news that the chumby One is now available at Costco - and, at $99.99 with free shipping, bizarrely $20 cheaper than chumby themselves are selling it - company founder "bunnie" has revealed that you can turn your touchscreen device into a 3G MiFi of sorts.  Plug in a 3G USB modem into the back of the chumby One, and you can apparently use its WiFi chip to share that connection among multiple wireless clients.

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Bookeen Cybook Opus Color not as exciting as name suggests

Bookeen Cybook Opus Color not as exciting as name suggests

When we're waiting with no small amount of eager anticipation for the first color E Ink based ebook readers to arrive on shelves, Bookeen's decision to call its new range the Cybook Opus Color seems destined to confuse.  The "color" part of the title refers to the new flourish of case finishes for the 5-inch ereader, not any exciting upgrade to its display technology.

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HP’s Palm buyout prompts shareholder legal investigations

HP’s Palm buyout prompts shareholder legal investigations

Elevation Partners have made a little money on the Palm deal, and Palm shareholders have seen a return rather than their favourite phone company sliding down the pan (and taking their shares with them), but that doesn't stop the legal vultures from swooping in.  Finkelstein Thompson LLP, a frequent player in shareholder actions, has announced it's "investigating potential claims" that those invested in Palm have been short-changed by HP's $1.2bn buy-out.

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The Daily Slash: April 28th 2010

The Daily Slash: April 28th 2010

Middle of the week again, so we've got enough news to get you through the rest of your night, before you rest your eyes and hit the tail-end of the work week. We're happy to have you here with us for another edition of the Daily Slash, and we hope we can keep you awake long enough to reach the end. First up, in the Best of R3, the HTC Desire's been rooted, looks like a certain online publication is going on the offensive, and does Windows Phone 8 already exist? In the Dredge 'Net, we've got a temperature-sensitive coffee cup, the BlackBerry Partners need Super Apps, and a touch-sensitive faucet that needs to be seen to be believed.

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Shuttle J3 to be Unveiled at Computex 2010

Shuttle J3 to be Unveiled at Computex 2010

Shuttle has made a name for itself for manufacturing of high-performance small form factor PCs, along with creating the XPC, and they've gone ahead and announced their Computex 2010 exhibition booth. The event is Asia's largest trade show for computers and the industry, which is held in Taipei, Taiwan. Shuttle wants to make sure they make a mark at this year's event, and therefore have a nice ace up their sleeve: the J3.

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Intel Core i7 1.46Ghz ULV Due in the Fall

Intel Core i7 1.46Ghz ULV Due in the Fall

Of course, this is a rumor. A leak of a rumor. Or a rumor of a leak, however you want to think about it. But, according to those rumors, leaks, and whatever else, it looks like Intel is planning not only a 1.33GHz update to their Core i7 chips in the Summer, but also a bit more power later in the year. We're always a fan of more power, especially if these leaks are anywhere near true.

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PowerV Quad Charger for Nintendo Wii Uses Inductive Charging

PowerV Quad Charger for Nintendo Wii Uses Inductive Charging

Ah, wireless. We love it. Even the sound of it. It just makes us feel and warm and fuzzy inside. So, when we see something like this, where inductive charging is the norm, we can't help but want one. Maybe even two. Then again, if we bought two of these, we'd need a reason for having 8 Wiimotes, and we can't come up with anything right now. But, if you're normal and have only four controllers, the PowerV Quad Charger is perfect for you.

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