Archive for Jun 27, 2008

PS3 Cell CPU 65nm since holiday; GPU set to shrink by Fall

Who would’ve thought it – quietly, without telling anybody, Sony shifted production of the PS3’s Cell processor to a new, 65nm process last holiday.  According to Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai, the move was made in an attempt to reduce the cost of making the console, and that will continue as the PS3’s graphics processor is similarly shrunk.

“The Cell and RSX used in PS3s at launch were manufactured using a 90nm process technology. And now all PS3 Cells have shifted to 65nm process technology since last holiday season” Kaz Hirai, CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment


Virgin Mobile Buys Helio

This has been a big week for Virgin Mobile with announcing their unlimited calling plans and now its purchase of Helio for $39 million. Helio’s 170,000 customers will be merged into Virgin’s network.


The very chic Portobello laptop bags

Portobello has come out with a few laptop bags that look great and aren’t quite so obviously laptop bags. Instead they blend in well with the oversized purses that have become so popular.

The line has several different options, from the overly chic to the more relaxed styles, for those that don’t really fit with the faux croc leather bags. The best part is the security that comes with having one of these bags.

Each one has a tracker ID tag, so if you lose it or it’s taken you can easily find it again. The bags start at around $300 and go up from there. Luckily they have a line for both the UK and the US as well as other parts of the world. Their bags will fit both 13” and 15” laptops.

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Fairy Office Lights are silly but cute

A few days back I wrote up a usb hub that happened to have a task light attached, the usefulness of the light was a bit of a stretch. However, at least there was the hub so it was still a practical and useful item. Yet this string of fairy lights can only be described as shiny.


DS Paddle Controller for perfect Arkanoid gameplay

If you’re a sucker for some classic Breakout action then Arkanoid on the Gameboy DS has probably been near the top of your must-buy list this month.  If you’ve got it, you may be pretty pleased with your current high-score; however, how well do you think you could do with a proper paddle controller?  Taito have made a limited number of the plug-in accessories, perfect for flinging around a bouncing ball.


DXG launch 567V $179 high-def camcorder to take on Flip Mino

US digital camcorder and imaging company DXG already sell a budget high-def model, but since there’s always room on the shelves for an alternative they’ve unveiled the DXG-567V.  Eschewing the flip-out screen as on the previous ‘corder, the 567V bears more resemblance to the Flip and Vado design, an upright candybar with a pop-out USB plug for transferring footage to your computer.  What hasn’t changed is the resolution; the 567V captures 1280 x 720 video at 30fps.


Digitalcube i-station U7 GPS is wise to the art of ECO driving

Given today’s gas prices (and the likelihood that tomorrow’s gas prices won’t be any happier), many drivers are considering replacing their cars with more economical models.  Of course, there are other ways to save gas, perhaps the simplest being to change your driving style.  A leaden right foot will see you burning money as well as rubber.  Digitalcube have just announced their latest GPS device, the i-station U7, which aims to instruct you in the finer arts of frugal driving while taking you the shortest route to your destination.


MSI Wind hits FCC, delayed until July, disappears from online store

Good news and bad in MSI Wind world.  After the recent delay, with MSI blaming battery shortages and claiming the budget ultraportable would ship today, the notebook has made it to the FCC for the usual round of photos and prodding.  Unfortunately the company has missed another shipping date; pre-orders were meant to hit customers today, the 27th, but instead there’s an apologetic email waiting in their inbox.


VIA Pico-ITX EPIA P700 motherboard for low-profile installs

VIA have done a little extra shaving and come up with their latest Pico-ITX motherboard, the EPIA P700.  By replacing the traditional ports with in-line I/O header pins, there’s been enough room for VIA to include an integrated power adaptor, while still keeping the whole thing down to just 10cm x 7.2cm.  Accessory boards add normal ports, or you can simply wire up whichever connections you need.


Hands on with the Toshiba Satellite Pro U400

Hands on with the Toshiba Satellite Pro U400

This past week we've been able to take a closer look and get a hands-on with the Toshiba Satellite Pro U400.  Having already shown you the unboxing, it was time to see just how usable the U400 was in practice. We had high hopes for portability, and we weren't disappointed; this small laptop hasn't been hard to carry around, weighing only 4.6lbs.

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SlashGear Review – VisionTek Radeon HD 3870 X2 Overclocked

I was impressed when I had a chance to check out VisionTek’s Radeon HD 3870, as it really performed quite well. Now I’ve gotten ahold of its big brother, the Radeon HD 3870 X2. This card also comes from VisionTek, and is the Overclocked Edition, which promises to get a little extra power over the stock version.


The Gelule Clock Radio concept design

This cute little concept design is definitely not for those that have slanted floors. It’d end up rolling off the nightstand onto the floor the second it got to ringing. Then again that might help you rush out of bed to go find it, so I suppose it depends on your perspective.


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