Not that you’ve noticed… but all fine restaurants on Tatooine feature R2-D2 pepper grinders. Usually after you order your salad of Dagobah greens a Wookie will come around and offer you some fresh ground pepper from one of these handy droid-based mills. Word to the wise… never refuse a Wookie.Fortunately for you we’ve [...]
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It seems as though Mike Shinoda (the front man for Linkin Park) has leaked that the band walked hand in hand with Apple for an NYC event, despite this being a supposed "secret". Guess Apple has made a mistake trusting a rock star to keep a secret - good thing he wasn't given the dossier on a 4G iPhone that Steve Jobs is currently working on.
If you're curious and have a little bit of money to burn, why not take advantage of the HD DVD fire sale that is currently happening? Circuit City is selling the Toshiba HD-A3 for a mere $99 (including shipping), and they're kind enough to throw in 7 free movies. That's quite the bargain, and you get to give the look and sound of perfect a last hurrah. I'm interested to know at what price point are you willing to pick up an HD DVD player? Anyways, the HD-A3 would make a great DVD player as well since it can upconvert standard-def DVDs to grace your spanking new HDTV. I also wonder when will the day arrive where Blu-ray players dip below the $100 mark.
Looks like cell phone owners aren't left out of the Second Life loop either, with Vollee planning on rolling out technology which makes it possible for Second Life to run on 3G handsets courtesy of Vollee's streaming media service. Sounds like a pretty impressive feat, considering how Second Life is graphics intensive and requires a whole lot of streaming data. I'd say should this be made available on a large scale, you'd best sign up for an unlimited data plan unless you prefer to pay an insane amount when you receive your bill at the end of the month. Also, one would be prudent to carry phone chargers wherever you go since having a 3G connection on constantly will drain the handset's batteries faster than we're consuming petroleum from the Middle East.
Shopping for a new LCD monitor? Well, Dell's latest UltraSharp 2408WFP sounds like a pretty solid candidate, bringing 24" of viewing goodness to your desktop which is perfect for those who stare at the monitor for hours on end each day. This LCD monitor also comes with a slew of ports - 13, to be exact. Features include the following :-
Hitachi is going all out when it comes to promoting Tzero’s Ultra Wideband technology that enables HDTVs to play HD video sans wires. It is safe to assume that this technology functions in a somewhat similar manner to that of a wireless HDMI connection, enabling you to mount your newly purchased flat screen TV just about anywhere in your home as long as money and structural integrity permits. Hopefully they make the wireless adapters in a form factor that is pleasing to the eye. Is nothing sacred to the wireless juggernaut these days?
Alienware isn't too slow tot he game by offering Intel Penryn processors in their Area-51 m15x laptop, featuring a choice of T- and X-series Core 2 Duo processors. If you think that the standard 2.5GHz T9300 is not fast enough for you, there is always the upgrade option of a 2.6GHz T9500 for an additional $275. The richer among you might even fork out another $650 for the burning 2.8GHz X9000 Core 2 Extreme option. Just make sure you have enough dough in your bank balance before swiping your credit card for one of these babies.
Mario Kart has definitely evolved over the years, from the solo days of the SNES version to Double Dash on the GameCube where you get to play as a tag team. With Mario Kart Wii hitting retail game shelves this spring, it will introduce a totally new gameplay element - the Wiimote is placed right inside the plastic steering wheel that comes with each Mario Kart Wii purchase. It seems that it will require a bit of time to get used to the setup, and you won't be able to take advantage of power sliding (or 'snaking' as hardcore gamers prefer to call it) this time for a fair and square match. I guess it will be a while before one figures out where the "dead zones" are and get a grip (literally) of the turning radius. Force feedback is minimal, but I guess all that won't stop people from snapping up Mario Kart Wii being the legendary franchise that it is. Image courtesy of IGN.
A firm from the UK claims to have developed a WiFi laptop tracking security application that is smart enough to destroy data within whenever it moves beyond the network . This sounds pretty interesting, but the impact of it on an absent-minded employee could be disastrous. Imagine carrying all your company's secrets on the laptop and bringing it home with you by accident, only to be greeted by General Failure and his mindless messages. I kid - there are probably enough failsafes in the system to prevent something like this happening, and only theft would be a legitimate excuse whenever data magically disappears. This application will cost GBP10 monthly for set up and subscription purposes. A future GPS-enabled connection is in the works that claims to destroy data and get photos of the culprits even without WiFi.
Sony splurges the cash - $203.5 million to be exact, when it comes to developing technology vital to constructing medium to large OLED panels that ought to see action in TVs and monitors sometime down the road. At this point in time, OLED TVs are super expensive, with Sony's 11" OLED TV retailing for a whopping $2,500. Guess this announcement shows that Sony will be making a shift from its line of LCD TVs to newer and superior OLED displays that hold advantages such as a slimmer profile, higher color accuracy and less power consumption. That's great - hopefully money received from sales of its Blu-ray players and media will be able to finance OLED technology development.