You can find just about anything on eBay and if you have some junk you can sell just about anything on eBay as well. We mentioned back in August that the 6-core Gulftown CPU from Intel had been spied in the wild. The Core i9 CPU has now landed on eBay at auction well ahead of the expected launch.
Volpin Props' awesome Bioshock Big Daddy costume has been rocking around the internet for a while now, generally prompting whoops of admiration wherever it's spotted, and now - in an attempt to reclaim some workshop space - the whole thing is up on eBay. Currently at $840 after 47 bids (and still yet to pass its reserve) the costume is roughly seven foot tall - depending on wearer - with a motorized drill arm and LED lighting.
Hoping to pick up a Barnes and Noble nook in time for the holidays? Don't count on it seems the message from B&N; not only have online preorders for the dual-display ebook reader sold out for December, pushing expected deliveries for orders placed now to January 4th, the company is now reducing its store roll-out. According to B&N VP Mary Ellen Keating, only "a very limited supply, along with demo units, will be available in our highest-volume stores" as of December 7th.
When we pondered out loud last Friday on when we might see the leaked BlackBerry Pearl 9100 (aka Striker) arrive on shelves, little did we know it would be quite so soon. Of course, this isn't an official release from RIM, and stocks are severely limited: someone has supposedly gotten hold of an unlocked, unused Pearl 9100 and has put it up on eBay. What's strange is that the seller doesn't appear to have any photos of the handset itself.
Skype's definitely not been shy amongst the news sites lately, and it looks like the rumors of an impending sale came true today. eBay has officially sold Skype to an investor group, compromised of several governing bodies. And while many could have imagined that Skype was worth a pretty penny, the staggering number that the deal has valued the VoIP application at is amazing. And it looks like it's a win-win situation for everyone.
We can't help but think that if OQO had seen this much interest a few months back, they may not have gone bankrupt. An OQO Model 2+ UMPC - the company's most recent model, complete with OLED touchscreen, Intel Atom 1.86GHz processor and integrated Qualcomm Gobi 3G WWAN - is currently listed on eBay, with bidding already at $5,100.
Never one for understatement or avoiding mass-panic, eBay have thrown the legal cat among the VoIP pigeons by claiming it may have to shut down Skype. The threat comes as Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis - who sold Skype to eBay for $2.6bn back in 2005 - have revoked the licensing agreement for the core P2P software that the VoIP software relies on.
eBay is apparently developing new P2P software so as to be free from licensing Zennstrom and Friis' company Joltid, but have warned that they may not be able to roll that out as soon as may be required. In that case, Skype would have to be shut down, leaving 480 million registered users without VoIP service.
It may not put the fear of the Empire into any nearby planets, but steaks and chicken thighs should begin quivering at Bryan Tate's custom Death Star grill. Currently up for auction on eBay, the grill has a vent built into the weapon-dish and a neat little Imperial Cruiser handle.
A prototype 2006 Apple MacBook Pro has shown up on eBay, bearing a beta wireless card and green logic board. The laptop is believed to have been constructed to test out the new wireless card, which is labeled as "M35B Dusty Client DVT Wireless Sample".
Two devices, supposedly Apple's prototypes of the iPhone, have gone up for sale on eBay. The handsets - only one of which runs - are believed to be manufactured around six months before the launch of the original iPhone; the working device has a beta OS with a plastic matte screen and limited functionality.