Archive for Sep 27, 2006

The New Apple .Mac Webmail Ajaxified!

Apple will be launching the new .Mac webmail system soon. The new interface is looking much like what you’ve seen on OS X Mail application. Apple said the new webmail would have what they call Smart Refreshes, a function that will refresh only part of the page that needs updating; in another word, it’s AJAX!

“The new .Mac webmail is coming soon, and you’ll feel like you’ve seen it before. With its smart use of the latest web technology, it’ll remind you of the Mail application on your desktop, with a simple and elegant interface, drag-and-drop capability, built-in Address Book, and more.”

Apple .Mac Webmail [via apple]

Intel Ruby gets polished up

I’m a total Tablet PC convert, so the sight of a renovated Intel Ruby prototype brings joy to my pen-loving eyes.  Ruby was a design concept by the processor firm to signpost the direction it saw its ultra-mobile, energy efficient chips heading in; a thin framed compact touchscreen tablet, the media inevitably compared it to Star Trek‘s PADD portable computers (which it kinda resembled) and then unfavourably compared the chunky first-gen UMPCs to it. 


Austin Powers Fembot is Up For Auction

Yeah baby! If you are a big fan of Austin Powers and have some greens to spare, you will be happy to know that The FemBot of Vanessa Kensington is up for auction on ebay. The original prop was used in Austin Powers sequel “The Spy Who Shagged Me”.

“The Fembot of Vanessa Kensington from the motion picture, Austin Powers 2, “The Spy Who Shagged Me”. This silicon puppet weighs approximately 30lbs and is the original that was used in the movie. All silicon skin with a fiberglass plastic shell interior for the face. Face is wired with lights inside the eyes and mouth area. Works with a 9 volt battery. Punched hair. Also, there are holes where the nipples would be. This is where the special FX dept rigged gun barrels to pop out and shoot blanks. This prop does not include gun barrels or any equipment used on that effect. But it would be a simple task to rig fake ones as seen in the shot. This prop has been packed and stored since it’s debut and is in mint condition. Originally cost over $20,000 to make.”

Austin Powers Fem Bot Movie Prop Dummy Original [via random good stuff, auction page at ebay]

Voice Recognition Microwave from Daewoo

We were too lazy to cook, so we created the microwave. Now we’re too lazy to press the buttons on the microwave, so we create a voice-activated microwave. Soon we’ll be too lazy to speak, and the microwave must read our minds as well as play mp3s, have Bluetooth, and connect to the internet. From Daewoo, this new voice-activated microwave can store up to 40 voice commands. So just talk to the microwave and it will know exactly the right time and temperature for what you want to cook. 95 percent accuracy. Coming to market in 2007.

Daewoo Unveils Voice Recognition Microwave [Via: Born Rich]

Stainless Steel Egg Drink Cooler by Piet Hein

Hate it when your ice melts and your drink loses its taste? The problem is solved with the Piet Hein Drink Cooler, which is essentially a liquid-filled stainless steel egg. Toss a couple of these eggs into your freezer and drop them into your drinks when you need them nice and chilled. Never lose flavor due to watered-down drinks. Available for $31 at Unica Home.

Piet Hein Drink Cooler [Via: Uncrate]

SanDisk Sansa e280 Music Player Unbox

Would you like an iPod? Or, an iPod? These days, it feels like alternative choices for comparable MP3 players are slim. However, that’s changing as the father company of memory cards, SanDisk, has reved up its Sansa e200 series of music players to become some real competition for those holy iPod Nanos this holiday season. Released earlier this month is their Sansa e280 which they claimed to be the world’s first 8GB flash memory MP3 player when they announced it in August right before Apple announced their Nano in September. The e280 can actually hold up to 10GB because of its microSD expansion slot, thus making it the largest capacity flash-based MP3 player currently on the market.


Microsoft Offers Free Repairs for Dying 360s

Well, sort of. Acknowledging that their initial stock of Xbox 360s was a bit on the – shall we say – buggy side, Microsoft has announced that any/all malfunctioning Xbox 360s manufactured before January 1st, 2006 will be repaired, free of charge, regardless or warranty status. For everyone who’s had their very own FRLOD (Flashing Red Light Of Death) and shelled out cash to get it fixed before this announcement, Microsoft will be refunding your money, giving you extra cash to go and drop on 360 games. Just don’t spend it on a Wii preorder; Microsoft tends to get edgy when you do silly things like support a competitor.

[via IGN]

Wii Web Browser Initial Price: $0

Good news for anyone hoping to use their new Nintendo Wii as a makeshift web kiosk (of sorts); Nintendo has announced that the Wii’s web browser, based on the popular Opera browser, will have no cost for users initially. The browser will be freely available via the Wii Shop Channel until June 2007, after which time you’ll need to spend hard-earned Wii points in order to surf the web, Wii-mote style.


Resident Evil 5 for Xbox Only?

As the console wars press on with all three company’s vying for dominance, any little advantage helps. In this case, it appears that Microsoft might have managed to corner one of the most popular game franchises of the last decade: Resident Evil. In an interview with, Xbox Japan general manager Takashi Sensui mentioned that he (and Microsoft, in turn) are “very good friends with Mr. Inafune.” Keiji Inafune is, of course, Resident Evil’s producer, and this comment has led many to believe that the next RE game will only appear on Microsoft’s next-generation console.


Nokia aims high with new multimedia cellphones

Cor blimey, there’re a whole load of new Nokia phones about to sashay their way off the electronic catwalk and into your nearest carrier’s cell-tower range.  Some of them are curious and new, blinking like fresh kittens in the harsh Summer sun, while others are updates of more mature phones, street-wise and cunning, but with a hint of innocence around the eyes.


PepperPad Linux Tablet

John at CrunchGear is teasing us like a nun in a mini-skirt with a few photos of the PepperPad tablet he has in for testing.  Running a touchscreen-enabled version of Linux and designed for surfing the web, emailing and generally carrying round to look swish, the PepperPad also has a split-keyboard just in case writing on the screen isn’t your cup of milky tea.

He’s promising a full review to come, so stay tuned…

PepperPad 3 Pre-Happiness [CrunchGear]

Apple iPhone is Cingular Only at Launch

Apple iPhone is Cingular Only at Launch

Apple's iPhone is one of the most anticipated phones this year, and now we have more rumors to fuse it into your head. The new rumor is Cingular will be the first service carrier to use iPhone. Apple has given Cingular exclusive rights on iPhone distribution for at least six months after its announcement of the phone. I just hope the phone also goes on sale as an unlocked phone, so I can get one myself when it launches.

Cingular Exclusive on Apple iPhone? [via gizmodo]

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