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Intel Classmate PC coming to Europe – destined for failure

Intel is going to try and bring their Classmate PC over to Europe to compete with the Asus Eee, and they might be able to, on one front, price. The Classmate is supposed to be going on sale for $250-350.

PS3 Firmware 2.20 – it’ll be here by the end of the month

With it you will see a major update that will net you Blu-Ray spec 2.0 with all the BD-Live functionality you’ve always wanted. That means you’ll be able to download video content, ringtones, and interactive movie based games.

You’ll also get the ability to copy photos, music, and playlists from your PS3 to your PSP via USB. Other features of the new firmware include Resume Play, which means if you start a movie, Blu-Ray or DVD, and then remove it to game for a while, you’ll be able to re-insert it and start from where you left off.

ECS G10IL is officially a go – on sale sometime in April

This Eee competitor is more inline with ASUS’ newest offerings, but this notebook will be available a bit sooner than the new Eee. It has 3G, choice of SSD or HDD, and choice of 8.9 or 10.2 inch displays.

The 3G comes in the form of a tri-band HSPA modem that works in the US, Asia, and Europe. You also get a 1.3MB webcam and your choice of 4 of 6 cell batteries.

Hands On with iPhone 2.0 – new changes abound like Spring cleaning

Engadget has gotten their hands on iPhone firmware version 2.0. Some of the new features include a scientific calculator when you turn your iPhone sideways with the calculator open and the previously announced Exchange support is as smooth as it should be.

NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 – big, beasty, shiny, and pricey

This is the perfect card for playing your HD video content and Blu-Ray/HD-DVD movies on, and that’s it. Those 256 stream processors, dual GPU’s, and 1GB framebuffer just isn’t good enough for doing anything more than watching movies.

NVIDIA 790i SLI Ultra – has more radiator fins that my truck

I know heat dispersion is a hard thing to control, furthermore, I know that the more power we give these chips, capacitors, and all that jazz, the hotter they get, but look at the picture below, at some point you just need to start bundling liquid cooling and give up on the conventional cooling methods. However, the features are strong with this one and it’s a badass motherboard.

Apple patents suggest possible flip phone model coming to iPhone lineup

This patent is more for a new type of screen than for any one actual device. The patent describes a touch-screen type of interface that is transparent and can work from both sides of the screen.

USB Engagement Rings – so you can implement your own geeky proposition

Swarovski have partnered with someone to offer up this USB engagement ring. There even appears to be two different models, but this ring would allow you to carry around a certain amount of data in your engagement ring.

Frontier FRNL – the hardcore version of the MacBook Air

This laptop weighs less than the MacBook Air at 1.249kg compared to the MBA’s 1.36kg, and it’s only marginally larger than the MBA at 296x30.8x209mm with the thinnest point being 12.5mm. The only place where this notebook lacks is in the performance department, but it makes up for it.

WiebeTech RTX200H-QR – the drives go in two by two

WiebeTech has a RAID array that features a grand total of 2 drives. That’s only enough drives for JBOD, RAID 0, and RAID 1. But, it has several different interfaces for connecting to your computer and its and external enclosure.

Best place to find a Wii? At the midnight launch for SSBB

A while back I told you guys that Sam's Club was going to take pre-orders for Super Smash Bros. What was interesting is that they also decided to do a midnight launch for the game with at least 20 Wiis in stock at each location. I've been itching to get myself a Wii for a while now, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Let me start off by telling you that I'm sick and tired of Winter. I live in the Midwest, and 17-degree weather just sucks. Some of the crazier people started lining up at 8pm in such temperatures. I knew they had 33 consoles in stock, and given the lack of advertising Sam's Club has done for this event I figured I could wait until 10:30 or so. Thankfully I was correct in my assumption and managed to get there and secure a good spot in line.

ECS G10L – the next one up on the Asus Eee competitor

I like that everyone seems to have already universally recognized that the Eee has won and hasn’t started calling every computer like it that comes out an “Eee Killer”, they’ve settled on competitor, and more precise term. This UMPC puts up some serious competition too offering up integrated HSDPA at 7.2Mbps and probably Bluetooth.