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Google Pac-Man logo is retro-awesome

Google Pac-Man logo is retro-awesome

Google have rolled out their latest custom logo, and it's perhaps their best to date.  Celebrating the 30th birthday of the original Pac-Man, they've recreated the iconic game in a playable logo complete with audio and even a two-player mode.

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iCade iPad arcade cabinet release “a possibility” say ThinkGeek

iCade iPad arcade cabinet release “a possibility” say ThinkGeek

Grumpy old man that I am, ThinkGeek's iCade retro arcade cabinet for the iPad was the only April Fools joke that I found vaguely amusing.  Promising, then, that the retailer describes it as "our most posted, tweeted and blogged about product this April Fools" and suggests that a real-world version is in fact "a possibility."  Geekosystem pestered ThinkGeek about the chance of the iCade - which looks like a desktop arcade cabinet, into which an Apple iPad slots - crossing over from comedy mock-up to legitimate device, and while there are several hurdles (not least Apple themselves) it's definitely being considered.

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ThinkGeek iCade arcade cabinet for iPad is fake with real promise

ThinkGeek iCade arcade cabinet for iPad is fake with real promise

April Fool jokes online are generally tired, unfunny and just plain annoying, but there's usually one decent idea that slips through the net of mediocrity.  ThinkGeek's iCade iPad arcade cabinet is obviously a joke - the "Availability: 80's" pretty much gives it away - but we can see plenty of people loving the concept of a proper arcade controller for some serious retro gaming with their shiny new Apple tablet.

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LG Serie 1 Retro Classic TV: mildly-modernized

LG Serie 1 Retro Classic TV: mildly-modernized

When does retro go too far?  We reckon this Korea-only LG Serie 1 Retro Classic TV is teetering on the edge, but we still love the idea of 4:3 14-inch CRT set with 60s-futuristic stylings.  Although it may look like a TV you could stumble across in a second-hand store, LG have squeezed a digital TV tuner, composite input and a proper remote control into the package, just in case you're feeling too lazy to twiddle the (working) knobs.

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Technics 1200 & 1210 turntables not facing axe; 2009 vinyl sales up 35% on 2008

Technics 1200 & 1210 turntables not facing axe; 2009 vinyl sales up 35% on 2008

Excellent news, old school vinyl lovers.  Despite earlier reports from Technics Australia suggesting that parent company Panasonic were planning to axe the Technics 1200 and 1210 decks in February 2010, the company has issued a statement saying they have "no current plans" to discontinue the iconic turntables.

Chumbophone mixes chumby with Steampunk styling

Chumbophone mixes chumby with Steampunk styling

Since you can now pick up a set of chumby guts without bothering with the standard casing, the real fun for the platform is in fashioning a unique housing for the internet-connected widget display.  That can be as basic as the cardboard box the components come with, or you can go the route of one particular Etsy seller and put together a somewhat Steampunk-esque retro enclosure.

Called the Chumbophone, as far as we can tell the various brass horns, controls and other appendages are all decorative rather than functional.  The only real controls are the power button, the front panel key and the chumby's 3.5-inch 320 x 240 touchscreen, which is still enough to browse various web widgets, control music - either streaming or local - and do everything else that makes chumby so appealing.

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Hack-a-Sketch takes classic toy digital [Video]

Hack-a-Sketch takes classic toy digital [Video]

Electronic versions of the classic Etch-a-Sketch aren't particularly unusual, but so far this is the first time we've seen Arduino-controlled knobs with physical resistance and a proper shake-to-clear integrated into such a project.  The Hack-a-Sketch takes a Lenovo ThinkPad laptop and adds the usual two Etch-a-Sketch rotary knobs; this time, though, they're hooked up to two potentiometers which control the onscreen drawing.

Video demo after the cut

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Superheadz Digital Harinezumi retro-110 camera reaches US shores

Superheadz Digital Harinezumi retro-110 camera reaches US shores

Retro-camera addicts may have remembered mutterings of Superheadz's Digital Harinezumi camera a few months back, the unusually-shaped Japanese shooter promising Super 8 style images and silent video.  At the time, finding one outside of its native country was tougher than selling Nokia shares, but now arch-importers AudioCubes have stepped in with a $169.99 sticker price.

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Lisse Q10 retro-PMP

Lisse Q10 retro-PMP

Whether you're an iPod owner or wouldn't be seen dead near one of Apple's PMPs, you can't argue the fact that the distinctive mediaplayers have had a huge impact on how rival devices are designed.  That's why we're glad to see the Lisse Q10, a pleasingly retro PMP with a rather tactile looking control dial.

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NES HTPC mod with NVIDIA Ion graphics [Video]

NES HTPC mod with NVIDIA Ion graphics [Video]

NES console mods are cool, HTPCs are pretty cool, and nettops with NVIDIA Ion graphics are darned cool too, so when you put all three elements together you've got a recipe for something with a whole lot of cool potential.  Modder drumboog has been video documenting his work transforming a NES into an Atom 330 based Blu-ray HTPC with GeForce 9400M graphics, and while it's not quite complete yet, it's certainly 99-percent awesome.

Video after the cut

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ODROID SNES emulator: Android gaming has promise [Video]

ODROID SNES emulator: Android gaming has promise [Video]

If you couldn't quite see the point of the ODROID Android-based handheld, how about some delicious retro gaming to hammer it home?  Manufacturers Hardkernel have pointed us in the direction of a video showing a SNES emulator running on the ODROID, and our trigger-fingers are already itching at the thought of Space Megaforce.

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Lurid retro Casio watches hit Tokyoflash

Lurid retro Casio watches hit Tokyoflash

If you're looking for distinctive watches then Tokyoflash is likely on your shortlist, and the company have just announced a few limited edition designs courtesy of Casio and Riki Watanabe.  The Casio range includes a re-release of their 80s Databank watches, only now in some eye-watering colors - together with the endearingly-chunky Casio Cubic Puzzle 3171 shown here.

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