Archive for January 5th, 2009



Just when we thought HP had moved on, what with the Mini 1000 getting all the love these days, HP has returned to its original Mini-Note 2100 series of netbooks with the 2140. Supposedly aimed at businesses, the new netbook loses that sluggish VIA C7-M of its predecessors and replaces it with — you guessed it — a 1.6GHz Atom processor. There’s also a 80GB or 160GB hard drive onboard and a 10-inch screen available in 1366 x 768 and 1024 x 567 resolutions, plus that lovable ExpressCard / 54 slot hasn’t gone anywhere, but the machine remains otherwise mostly unchanged. Prices start at $499 for the base model, and OS choices include XP Home / Pro, SuSe Linux, FreeDOS and Windows Vista Home Basic / Premium. The laptop is certainly a nice step up over the Mini 1000, but we sure could use a bit more power under the hood. You know, for business.

[Thanks, Jarrett]

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HP’s new Mini 2140 stuffs Atom, larger screen into original form factor originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Jan 2009 23:49:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Don’t forget kids, Apple (and our main man Phil Schiller) will be doing its final Macworld thing live and direct come Tuesday morning, and as usual, we’ll be there doing what we do: liveblogging the hell out of it. Set your alarms, wake the neighbors, and settle in for the mind-blowingest keynote you done ever seen. Here’s where you need to check in on Tuesday, January 6th:

Live from the Macworld 2009 keynote

At these times:

07:00AM - Hawaii
09:00AM - Pacific
10:00AM - Mountain
11:00AM - Central
12:00PM - Eastern
05:00PM - London
06:00PM - Paris
02:00AM - Tokyo (January 7th)

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Apple’s final Macworld keynote is tomorrow, and we’ll be there live! originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Jan 2009 23:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Add one more contender to the list of mind control games vying for our attention this year alongside NeuroSky and Emotiv. Set to debut this week at CES, Mattel’s Mind Flex requires players to concentrate really hard in order to power a fan that’ll float a ball through the hoops. Sure, it’s not nearly as complex as what the other two are proposing, but we could totally see ourselves wearing this headset all day while we work — just to find out how much brain power we’re really using. It’s expected to hit US retail channels later this year for $80, and if we may be so candid, our only wish is that the headset was small enough to hide under a hat. You know, so we could fool our family members into thinking we had superpowers.

Via Gadget Review; Thanks, Christen]

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Mattel’s Mind Flex teaches kids fake telepathy originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Jan 2009 23:21:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Okay, yes, we were mad skeptical that the Agora would ever see the light of day, and you know what? This is one situation where we’re absolutely delighted to be proven wrong. Kogan’s homegrown Android handset just got pictured in the wild — the first time we’ve seen anything but a render — on its way to a supposed CES debut. Rest assured: if it’s really going to be meandering around Vegas this week, we will hunt it down.

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Android-powered Kogan Agora meets Mr. Blurrycam on way to CES debut originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Jan 2009 22:42:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Rather than simply adding a new capacity option or throwing another adjective on the end (i.e. Ultra, Xtreme, Gnarly, etc.), SanDisk is actually launching something in the flash drive sector that’s worth paying attention to. The Ultra USB Backup is hailed as the planet’s first USB key with simple backup software activation at the touch of a button, and with capacities up to 64GB, we’d say this is a pretty decent option for keeping your digital paraphernalia backed up sans an external HDD. In related news, the outfit has redesigned the long-standing Cruzer to fall more in line with today’s trends, effectively stripping the retro pastel hues and adding in “iconic new design language developed by global innovation firm frog design.” The new bunch is expected in stores this April, with prices ranging from $24.99 to $99.99 for the Cruzer and $39.99 to $199.99 for the Ultra Backup. Full release is after the break.

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SanDisk showcases new Ultra Backup / Cruzer USB flash drives originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Jan 2009 22:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The notoriously-difficult PSP-3000 model (also known as PSP Brite) has finally been hacked, this time without the need for a downgrader tool. MaTiAz’s “The Sparta!!!” exploit was allegedly discovered after overwriting the player’s name in a GripShift save file with “this is spartaaaaa…” — with 57 a’s tacked onto the end — and is now available for download along with a new SDK. It’s said to work with PSP firmware versions 1.52 through the current 5.02. The Hello World proof of concept video is after the break. Welcome to the homebrew community, Brite: we’ve been expecting you.

[Via DCEmu]

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PSP-3000 finally screams ‘Hello World,’ homebrew to assuredly follow originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Jan 2009 22:21:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Get your TUAW gear at CafePress

Posted by Victor Agreda, Jr.
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5Jan 09

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For those of you wanting shirts, hats, mugs or even a Flip Mino with TUAW on them, here’s our CafePress store. Big thanks to Robert, who created the swirly logo version (shown above on the Mino), the “comment troll,” “fan club” and “I already read about it” designs and the “command-escape” piece with Moses.

TUAWGet your TUAW gear at CafePress originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Mon, 05 Jan 2009 22:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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WET resurfaces, new screens dried off

Posted by Jason Dobson
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5Jan 09

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Sometimes news comes from where you least expect it. Case in point: middleware firm Illuminate Labs. The lighting tech company recently toweled off new screens for Blizzavision cast off, WET, confirming that the acrobatic shooter is still expected to bound onto retail shelves for the PS3 and Xbox 360 sometime in 2009.

In development at Montreal-based developer Artificial Mind and Movement (A2M), WET has remained submerged well below the radar since it was first detailed in August 2007. Beyond the new eye candy, WET’s pool of details remains shallow, though it’s at least good to know that someone will be fishing the game out of the well someday soon.

Gallery: WET

[Via CVG]

WET resurfaces, new screens dried off originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 05 Jan 2009 22:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Technologizer has put together a really beautiful gallery of old electronic gaming patents, the oldest example of which you can see just above. You won’t want to miss the early designs of R.O.B., wireless Atari controllers and paleolithic game cabinets.

No, not all of the images in the gallery are directly related to video games. But seriously, if you can’t get on board with seeing a prototype drawing of the Speak & Spell, we’re not sure there’s much we can do for you.

Explore the wonderful world of old game patents originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 05 Jan 2009 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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BusyMac announces BusyCal

Posted by Christina Warren
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5Jan 09

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BusyMac, makers of the awesome BusySync, has just announced its newest offering: BusyCal. BusySync is a great way to share and sync calendars across a LAN and sync with Google Calendar. BusyCal is a calendar application with the BusySync technology baked in.

The screenshots have BusyCal looking very iCal-esque (BusyMac’s website even says to think of BusyCal as “iCal Pro”), but with some additional features:

  • Display graphics, icons and themes
  • Add sticky notes to your calendar and share them across your network
  • Live weather feeds within the calendar
  • Rich text support
  • Multi-user editing/offline editing
  • Sync with the iPhone via iTunes and Mobile Me
  • Sync with Google Calendar
  • Sync with other Macs on your network with Bonjour

So the inevitable question is, “Why not just use BusySync or Google’s Calaboration utility?” Because iCal’s To Do lists don’t work with Google Calendar. Specifically, you can’t create a To Do for a calendar that is set to sync with Google Calendar. So if you are like me, that means you have to maintain separate calendars (often an identical calendar) just to keep a To Do list or have a calendar integrated with a GTD app.

The beauty of BusyCal is that you can add more stuff to your desktop calendar without losing support for MobileMe or Google Calendar or Sync Services.

BusyCal will require OS X 10.5 Leopard and will debut this Spring. Pricing is $40 US, but if you use BusySync already or buy it before BusyCal is released, the upgrade will be just $10 US.

BusyMac is at Macworld 2009 and we’ll be sure to stop by the booth and take a closer look.

TUAWBusyMac announces BusyCal originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Mon, 05 Jan 2009 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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