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Behind the scenes with Kung Fu Panda: SlashGear meets DreamWorks & HP

Behind the scenes with Kung Fu Panda: SlashGear meets DreamWorks & HP

Giant dancing pandas aren't usually in the SlashGear remit, not unless they're robotic or play Blu-ray discs in their multimedia mouths, but when HP and DreamWorks invited us to see how the two companies had created the animated film Kung Fu Panda it was hard to resist.  Hitting movie theaters this week, Kung Fu Panda is the work of the same team behind the Shrek series, and stars Jack Black as voice of Po, the all-kicking, all-dancing titular bear.  While DreamWorks brought the animation talent, HP was responsible for the hardware that made sure creating the movie wasn't as slow as waiting for pandas to produce some offspring!  We're often told about how powerful today's computers are, and all that they're capable of, but we were blown away by how much processing power it takes to create a feature-length animation.

Nintendo Wii Fit US launch: Video Unboxing & First Impressions

Nintendo Wii Fit US launch: Video Unboxing & First Impressions

Nintendo's Wii Fit has finally launched in the US today, and we practically snatched it from the hands of the mailman (he's pretty used to it) to shoot a video unboxing for you.  We'll be attempting to recover our sense of balance and put the innovative controller through its paces for a review later, but hands-on first impressions are good.  Rated for up to 300lbs, the Wii Fit may be plastic but it feels sturdy and reassuring and the four non-slip feet are promising for use on wooden floors.

Check out the Wii Fit unboxing video after the cut

10000 blog posts on SlashGear

10000 blog posts on SlashGear

After 30 months of news, reviews and trade shows, we're excited to say that SlashGear has reached its 10,000 posts today, this being the 10000th post. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for visiting SlashGear, for leaving comments, for your tips and for generally keeping us on our toes!

We set out to bring you the best in consumer electronics, and we haven't finished yet. As ever, if you've any suggestions please do leave them in the comments section below, or check out the SlashGear forums and join in the conversation there.

LapLogic Aerogel Extreme LapDesks Reviewed

LapLogic Aerogel Extreme LapDesks Reviewed

As laptops get faster and better specified, so the potential threat to your lap increases; the market for heat-dissipating mats has increased massively over the past few years. Unlike foam-filled pads or risers bristling with fans, though, LapLogic sandwich a layer of Aerogel - the best thermal insulator known to man, and capable of a 99.9-percent reduction in heat transfer - between non-slip fabric. The company sent SlashGear their G800 Aerogel Extreme LapDesk and its W800 Aerogel Extreme Wide cousin, the latter having an extra mousing area, and we slapped a toasty-warm MacBook Pro down to see just how singed our geeky thighs could get.

SlashGear Review – CoolIT PURE

SlashGear Review – CoolIT PURE

When you want to get the most performance out of your gaming rig, you'll naturally want to try and overclock it. However, you have to deal with the excess heat put off by your CPU (or whatever component you're overclocking). One option is to get a bigger heatsink and throw in some extra fans, which while it may do the trick, it can make your computer sound like a small hurricane. That's when you should start thinking about a liquid cooling system. They'll keep your computer running ice cold without creating all of that noise.

Of course if you've never actually set up a liquid cooling system, it probably looks a bit overwhelming. There are several different components you'll need to carefully assemble, not to mention the cost of actually acquiring said parts. To the novice, it can seem like much more work than it's worth. That's why this PURE from CoolIT can be quite appealing. It's a self-contained liquid cooling system that is supposed to be simple install. I've had a chance to test one out, and I've shot a video of the installation process. Hit the jump to see the results.

Grand Theft Auto: IV is here, with some goodies

Grand Theft Auto: IV is here, with some goodies

Apparently some game called Grand Theft Something-or-Other launched earlier this week. Since people are making such a big deal about it, I figure it's my duty here at SlashGear to test it out and see what all of the fuss is. Luckily my copy showed up yesterday, so I don't even need to leave my house, for days.

SlashGear Exclusive – First Video of Zero for Rock Band

SlashGear Exclusive – First Video of Zero for Rock Band

I just got word yesterday that in this week's DLC for Rock Band we'll be seeing Zero from the Smashing Pumpkins. I've been waiting around to hear this news for a very long time. Sure, I'm a huge Pumpkins fan, but that's not why. I've known about this particular song being being included in the game since I visited Harmonix last November. As a special weekend treat, I give you the first ever gameplay video of Zero for Rock Band after the jump.

PS3 Firmware Version 2.3 goes live, features DTS-HD

PS3 Firmware Version 2.3 goes live, features DTS-HD

Starting with several revisions to the PlayStation Store, this firmware brings a number of useful updates. The PlayStation store sees a redesign that should make things far easier to find. As a gamer you also get the opportunity to preview the content you are about the purchase with a range of screen shots and/or video previews, lastly a shopping bag will allow you to track all of your past purchases.

You also get the DTS-HD Master Audio support for Blu-Ray movies that allow the PS3 to output audio in high-bitrate form to up to 7.1 channels. Obviously that was a feature pushed by Home Entertainment geeks, not so much gamers.

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