Archive for Oct 29, 2010

Pumpkin Carving with a 70 LED Matrix

Pumpkin Carving with a 70 LED Matrix

Installed in this particular jack-o-lantern is a 5x14 matrix of light-emitting diodes, spaced apart by printing out a grid on paper, taping it to the pumpkin, and drilling 70 holes into its face. The creator of this magical mystery machine says the hardest part of the whole process was inserting all the lights into the pumpkin through the back -- imagine having to line up 70 points when they're not all held tight to the board. Hardness. At the moment, the pumpkin scrolls the message HAPPY HALLOWEEN.

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JH Audio JH16 Pro Review

JH Audio JH16 Pro Review

In the world of earphones, there are some obvious tiers: the bundled earbuds that came with your PMP or cellphone and should probably be dumped straight away; their mainstream replacements; off-the-shelf in-ear monitors (IEMs); and then custom-molded IEMs. There's also a less publicized hierarchy, of the audio craftsmen behind the IEMs themselves. Ask an audiophile their opinion of Jerry Harvey, and you can probably expect an hour or two of hero-worship; having tested out the new JHAudio JH16 Pro custom IEMs, we now know why. Check out the full review after the cut.

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Nintendo Announces First Public Sampling of 3DS

Nintendo Announces First Public Sampling of 3DS

Today along with announcements mostly relating to earnings from Nintendo came word of plans for a public (!) 3DS demo event in Japan. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata noted that the event will be held January 8, 9, and 10 (three days over the weekend) on the outskirts of Tokyo at the Makuhari Messe convention center. If you'll remember correctly, Nintendo held similar events for the DS and Wii in Japan as well.

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SlashGear in Featured Sources section of Pulse App

SlashGear in Featured Sources section of Pulse App

The reader application known as Pulse is really successful and big. I mean really big, and really really successful. So big and successful (and nice looking, and it has pretty hair and a nice smile) that Steve Jobs featured it in his keynote speech at WWDC. Today we found out that SlashGear is amongst the cool people on the list for Featured Sources on the app. Hooray!

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Nintendo Wii Won’t See Price Cut in Near Future, Focusing on Bundles

Nintendo Wii Won’t See Price Cut in Near Future, Focusing on Bundles

Even if Nintendo isn't seeing the profits they'd like to, and Wii sales slumping, it looks like the company isn't planning on making any drastic changes to the working model they've got in place now. They still believe that the $200 price point for the console, which already has plenty of extras in the box, is the right way to go. Instead, they believe that offering up console bundles is the way to go forward.

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Visual Assist Dartboard Shows You Where to Throw the Dart

Visual Assist Dartboard Shows You Where to Throw the Dart

Dartboards are something of a national pastime for some people, and they're a stalwart competitive sport in bars all across the world. So, what do you do when you want to get better? Sure, practice may make sense to some people, but what if you keep practicing and you just aren't getting any better? That's where the Visual Assist Dartboard comes into play.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Censored in Germany, International Versions Blocked by Steam

Call of Duty: Black Ops Censored in Germany, International Versions Blocked by Steam

It may not be as controversial as another First Person Shooter (FPS) title that was recently released, but it looks like Treyarch and Activision's upcoming title, Call of Duty: Black Ops, won't be arriving in Germany in its pristine condition. According to PCGames.de, the title has been banned in Germany, which means that a censored version of the title will be landing in the country. But, if you're a PC gamer expecting to get around the ban by playing a different country's version, you're also out of luck.

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Palm’s Hot Apps Winners Finally Unveiled, Angry Birds Takes Top Position

Palm’s Hot Apps Winners Finally Unveiled, Angry Birds Takes Top Position

Back in March, we told you about the PDK Hot Apps competition that Palm was holding, hoping to get some of the best mobile applications shown off for their webOS-based devices. In the process, application developers had the opportunity to win upwards of $100,000 in prize money. And, finally, while the competition ended a couple of weeks ago, Palm has finally unveiled who the winners were, and in which category.

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HTC HD7 Review

HTC HD7 Review

The HTC HD7 wears its potential on its sleeve. The biggest of the first batch of Windows Phone 7 devices, at 4.3-inches it's also one of the largest smartphones of any OS on the market. We've already given our approval to Windows Phone 7 in our launch-day reviews, and we were quietly impressed during our initial play at the HD7's launch. Available exclusively on O2 in the UK right now, and T-Mobile in the USA from November 8, is the HD7 not just the biggest but the best Windows Phone 7 device around? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Android 2.1 for Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 series to make Halloween debut

Android 2.1 for Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 series to make Halloween debut

It's taken them a long, long time, but Sony Ericsson is finally ready to push out the Android 2.1 Eclair update for the XPERIA X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro.  According to the company's official blog, the Nordic countries will get Eclair first, with the first OTA notifications going out in the evening on Sunday, October 31.  Availability will spread throughout November 2010, so not everybody will get it at the same time.

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PlayOn yanked from Roku over legal fears?

PlayOn yanked from Roku over legal fears?

You snooze, you lose; if you'd been holding off installing the PlayOn channel to Roku's streaming boxes after it showed up at the start of this week, it looks like you're too late.  Roku has removed the option over "the possibility of legal exposure" as neither they, nor the developer responsible for the channel, "are affiliated with PlayOn."  Those who have already installed it may be able to keep using PlayOn on their Roku streamer, but no new installs will be allowed.

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