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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 32 2008

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 32 2008

The fight got dirty in the netbook arena this week, as Monday saw VIA's Nano CPU take on Intel's Atom with a 1080p smack-down video only to become mired in controversy when bloggers ran the tests themselves and came up with wildly different outcomes.  Still, we had Lenovo's finally-official IdeaPad S10 and S9 to cheer us up, together with the rumor that Gigabyte plan a 10-inch dual-core version of the coveted M912 tablet-netbook. 

Of course, ASUS couldn't bear to be out of the headlines for a single minute, and so announced the S101 (the size of an Eee, the branding of an Eee, but it's not an Eee) together with a cloud storage option.  Netbooks are so much the niche of the moment that this week's "He Said, She Said" editorial was all about whether the best value comes from there or from a second-hand laptop off of eBay.

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DIY computer made out of Legos

DIY computer made out of Legos

Actually, it's just the case that's really made out of Legos, the rest are your usual computer parts. However, for once there is a Lego DIY project that isn't multi-colored.

The ones that have all of the different colors tend to make it look even more like the project of some prodigy ten year old. This one is all black and for once looks like something an actual adult might create.

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DIY NXT Lego Scanner

DIY NXT Lego Scanner

If you're tired of your scanner just doing its job and not even bothering to look cool you might check out this DIY project. Let's face it, Legos are the about as bad ass as you can get, so a scanner made almost entirely out of Lego bricks is perfect.

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Lego Correction Tape

Lego Correction Tape

If you're in love with all that is Lego, you might enjoy this geeky office supply. This product happens to be sold by the same people who were selling the Lego Tower Mood Light, so you can snag them both from the same place.

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Siftables from MIT – domino sized computers to take over world

Siftables from MIT – domino sized computers to take over world

This little half-domino shaped/sized squares are actually individual really tiny computers. You build them together to add functionality to whatever pieces you already have.

They each have a bunch of component in them starting with a 20MHz AVR processor and full color OLED screen on the top. Then they have tactile/haptic drivers, a 3-axis accelerometer, built in flash memory, and rechargeable Lithium-Polymer batteries.

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The Homade Lego MP3 Player

The Homade Lego MP3 Player

For some having their gadgets blend in with everyone else is reason to be horrified for life. Now occasionally, that means they must have the newest gadget money can buy, however, other times it means having one of those quirky underground gadgets. This Homade Lego MP3 Player is one way to make sure you always stand out from the crowd.

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