Archive for December 20th, 2008



Good thing Netflix / Roku got those finicky quality issues ironed out, as the latest firmware update is all about clarity. Version 1.5, which is evidently being pushed out in waves, is allowing individuals to stream high-def Netflix content. So, for those of you lucky enough to have the new firmware already, how do things look and sound? Are you pleased? Not really? Speak up below!

[Thanks, TheManTheyCallJayne]

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Roku v1.5 firmware update brings HD Netflix streaming originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 20 Dec 2008 22:06:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Oh, come on. You knew something like this was bound to happen, didn’t you? What, you honestly thought my first week behind the wheel of this time-honored weekly feature wouldn’t be spent usurping its intended purpose, changing its focus from the evaluation of comedic gaming-centric comics to a weekly thought-provoking seminar on the brilliance and relevance of Marmaduke?

Okay, fine — since it’s the holidays, I’ll allow you one last week of the genre you’ve become oh-so-accustomed to. You know the drill: Pick your favorite, vote in the poll (posted after the jump), and tell us the hee-larious strips we missed out on that should be included in the next installment of the WeeWebWrap. Oh, wait; that last bit won’t be necessary — you’re getting Marmaduke.

How the King Stole Christmas Part 2 (Brawl in the Family)
You Will Feel the Heat (Penny Arcade)
Theatrical Debut
(Digital Unrest)
Acquired Talents (Dueling Analogs)
Hardcore (2P START)
Stringy Theory (Sidescroller)
Wii Fat
(MNC)

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Weekly Webcomic Wrapup celebrates the ‘duke originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 20 Dec 2008 21:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Rumors of a new Mac mini or iMac have been floated (and denied) for a while now, but one ferocious investigator’s feasted his eyes on a few pieces of rather telling evidence recently. A poster on the InsanelyMac forums found some code in his new MacBook which referred to “iMac9,1 and Macmini3,1″ which would seem to indicate that a newer version — current iMacs and Mac minis are marked iMac8,1 and Macmini2,1 — if both products are on the horizon. The new identifiers also list both as having “CFG_MCP7″ chipsets — the same NIVIDIA set used in the new Macbooks (current minis have Intel GMA 950 chipsets while iMacs have NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS GPUs). So… we’ll see you at Macworld, then?

[Via CNET]

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New iMac, Mac mini looking more probable after minute discovery originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 20 Dec 2008 21:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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T-Mobile and HTC are clearly both pretty committed to Android — and cheers to that, may we add — but the real question is: is the “G” series a franchise or a one-hit wonder? And if it’s a franchise, just how soon might we see a G2? Logic would suggest that T-Mobile would want to give the G1 a little breathing room before piling on cousins that risk cannibalizing market share, but Cell Phone Signal is claiming we’ll see the G2 next month, and what’s more, the spec sheet reads like a dream: 5-megapixel autofocus primary cam with VGA secondary cam for video calling, full touchscreen, and WiFi — in other words, something like the “Touch HD with Android” that everyone had been hoping for. Come on now, video calling? Seriously?

It gets juicier, though. Boy Genius Report has an unconfirmed follow-up rumor citing a tipster that Cell Phone Signal’s spec sheet is basically accurate, but that the launch date’s been pushed back to April. The tipster goes on to say that the device won’t be exclusive to T-Mobile and will be sold elsewhere around the world — though not under the G series branding — and it’ll lack a QWERTY keyboard but maintain the trackball we all know and love / hate from the G1. Oh, and get this: they claim there’s already a G3 in the works, too. Any way you slice it, there are bound to be plenty of Android devices launching around the globe in ‘09, but if this turns out to be even remotely accurate, is it really the right way for T-Mobile to be going about its business?

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Will there or won’t there be a T-Mobile G2 in the near future? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 20 Dec 2008 20:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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It turns out that massive, floating, Andross-esque visage we affectionately dub Brain Age bastard Dr. Kawashima might have been onto something. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (via Reuters) conducted a study with 40 adults in their 60s and 70s, divided into two groups with one playing Rise of Nations approximately 23 hours over the span of a month and the other playing nothing.

The results? Those who gamed reportedly showed improvements in cognitive tests for memory, reasoning and multi-tasking. Researchers caution against jumping to conclusions until further studies are conducted. May we suggest seeing what happens when they try to play Space Giraffe and Left 4 Dead?

Study suggests games do the aging brain good originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 20 Dec 2008 20:09:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Rumormill: VW kills Passat sedan

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When VW unveiled the Passat CC at Detroit last January, a lot of us wondered whether it ought to simply be the Passat sedan instead of an additional model in the range, which would then have to battle the regular Passat for sales. Now it looks as if that scenario we envisioned might be the case for model year 2009. A contributor to the VWvortex forums has posted what’s reportedly a list of product changes for the upcoming year. Most of them are completely mundane, but for the Passat sedan, the change listed says, “Updated End of Production Date - wk 51/08.” We read that as being the 51st week of 2008, which is this coming week. Assuming it’s all on the level (we’ve got an email in to VW for confirmation), come 2009, the Passat Wagon’s counterpart in U.S. showrooms will be the CC. Makes sense to us. Thanks for the tip, Jay!

[Source: VWvortex]

Rumormill: VW kills Passat sedan originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 20 Dec 2008 19:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Don Yenko’s Chevrolet collection

While not necessarily to the same extent, Don Yenko was to Chevys what Carroll Shelby was to Ford. He may not have beaten Ferrari at Le Mans, but Yenko built some of the most powerful Bowtie muscle cars of the 1960s. With only a few hundred built, they’re also some of the most valuable. At the upcoming Barrett-Jackson auction in January, a private collector will be selling off his collection of five Yenkos, which are considered to be some of the best and most original in existence. Up for grabs will be a trio of 1969 Camaros, a 1981 Turbo Z Camaro, and a rare Yenko Nova. The highlight will be the Daytona Yellow Camaro that is one of three existing cars built by Yenko for NHRA drag racing. It features a COPO 427/425 V8, 3-speed automatic transmission, Hurst shifter, and more. Follow the jump for Barrett-Jackson’s press release with more details on these rare muscle cars.

[Source: Barrett-Jackson]

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Yenko collection being unloaded at Barrett-Jackson originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 20 Dec 2008 19:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Here’s a fun game that you can play at home: what comes between “Studio XPS 13” and “Studio 15“? If you guessed “Studio 14,” you can count just about as well as those Dell marketing types. Granted, granularity has always been sort of a thing with Dell, so we can’t really harsh on them too much for giving us more options — though this laptop has only popped up at Dell Malaysia so far, so perhaps we’ll be spared the distinction (unlikely). For 3,599 RM (that’s “Malaysian ringgits,” about $1,038 of our boringly “US dollars”) you can score a Core 2 Duo T8100 2.10GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, X3100 integrated graphics, 250GB HDD and a 14.1-inch LED-backlit 1280 x 800 display. Those magical media playback controls to the right of the keyboard? Those come free.

[Thanks, Clinton T.]

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Dell Malaysia nabs a Studio 14 laptop before the rest of us originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 20 Dec 2008 18:51:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Mimo UM series USB monitors have been on our radar for a while now, so we were excited to get our hands on one and put it through the paces. The company sent us the base model UM-710, which sports the same 7-inch, 800 x 480 display as the rest of the line. Also available are the UM-730, which includes a webcam and a mic for, and the UM-740, a touchscreen variation of the 730. Read on for our brief impressions after spending a few days with the mini-display.

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Nanovision Mimo UM-710 hands-on and impressions originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 20 Dec 2008 18:24:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Earlier this year, CNET published a report stating that the retail usage of clamshell packaging (sealed hard plastic shells often used to pack electronics) is nearing extinction due to high production costs and environmental concerns. Amazon was the first to switch over to “Frustration Free Packaging”, a service they offer which packs certain items in easy-to-open recyclable cardboard. Shortly thereafter, the New York Times reported that other companies, such as Best Buy, Microsoft and Sony would soon shuck the use of clamshells as well.

At least one-third of that report appears to be true — Sony recently announced that they’d stop shipping their electronics in the laceration-prone packaging, and are working on finding a “new alternative” which they’d implement soon. To display their dedication, they even made a promotional video for their latest internal business conference. It’s posted after the break, and is cheesy enough to instantly kill any lactose-intolerant viewers. You’ve been warned.

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Sony to stop using frustrating, wasteful clamshell packaging originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 20 Dec 2008 18:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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