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Available to buy: your own frakkin' 7ft Cylon

If you're a really, really big fan of the recent reinterpretation of Battlestar Galactica and have $8000 not doing anything, you could invest in your very own 7ft-tall Cylon Centurion. According to Sideshow Collectibles, each one is hand-built by a gentleman called Fred Barton of Fred Barton Productions, Los Angeles. And it's …
Scott Snowden, 27 Jun 2008
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Cardiff 'copter coppers give chase to UFO

The pilot of a police helicopter was forced to take evasive action to avoid a collision with a UFO as the aircraft was returning to the Ministry of Defence base of St Athan, near Cardiff. The three airmen described the unidentified flying object as "saucer-shaped", and proceeded to pursue, getting as far as the North Devon …
Scott Snowden, 21 Jun 2008

Verbatim 500GB desktop external hard drive

Review The modern model of day-to-day computer use typically consists of a laptop operated in the office, at home and on the move - constantly increasing the need for reliable back-up drives. Measuring 20 x 11.3 x 3.5cm and cased in a featureless matte black finish, the Verbatim 500GB external hard drive looks more like the black box …
Scott Snowden, 04 Jun 2008

Fujitsu Siemens Computers announces Amilo series

The brand new range is aimed at an "across the board" audience, from a "sleek" entry-level desktop to a "high performance" gaming machine and notebooks that cater for frequent use when mobile. Fujitsu Siemens Computers told a conference in Frankfurt this morning that it intends to "raise the bar" with its new end-to-end, …
Scott Snowden, 29 May 2008

LapDome Planet Business laptop bag and shade

Review Thankfully, the typical English weather recently relented and gave us a few sunny days in which we rushed outside to test some summer kit. This curious laptop case was one such item. This barmy bag first caught our attention back in January, at which point we knew we had to have a closer look. We requested the professional …
Scott Snowden, 13 May 2008

3rd Space FPS gaming vest

Review You've always felt you haven't got the full gaming experience, right? You wanna wear the armour, carry the weaponry... that kind of thing. The 3rd Space FPS sensory gaming vest might be of interest then. The 3rd Space FPS Vest, first seen last year, looks somewhat ironically like a stab-proof jacket, and is hooked up to an air …
Scott Snowden, 31 Mar 2008

Wii 2.1 sound system

Review It's well known that a speaker set of reasonable quality can substantially enhance your gaming experience, but if a high-end hi-fi system doesn't yet live in your lounge, this 2.1-channel Wii-friendly speaker set might make a superb substitute. Let's face facts, the Wii is better suited to social gaming than either the Xbox …
Scott Snowden, 27 Mar 2008

Metal Gear Solid 4 to launch on 12 June

It's official: Konami has announced that the fourth instalment in its extremely successful Metal Gear Solid series, Guns of the Patriots, will be released across Europe on 12 June. Konami will whet appetites with a public beta version of Metal Gear Online before the release of MGS4, details of which will be released soon. …
Scott Snowden, 29 Feb 2008

Boffin stacks 16 PS3s to simulate black hole collisions

When most of us arrived home with our newly purchased PS3, we couldn't wait to start annihilating aliens in Resistance: Fall of Man or kicking butt kung fu-style in Virtua Fighter 5. Not astrophysicist Gaurav Khanna - he used his to build a supercomputer. Khanna now owns a total of 16 PS3 consoles, all linked together to …
Scott Snowden, 28 Feb 2008
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Sony talks up Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3

To coincide with the US launch of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots in late Q2, Sony is introducing a PS3 bundle, which will include an 80GB console, MGS 4 and a DualShock 3 wireless controller for $499. Whether or not the MSG4 PS3 will be coloured or in any way branded - like the very, very cool Halo 3 Xbox 360 remains …
Scott Snowden, 27 Feb 2008

Apple updates laptop lines

Keeping with its tradition of launching new products each Tuesday - including recently the larger capacity iPod Shuffle, and the iPod Touch and iPhone memory upgrades - Apple has updated both the MacBook and MacBook Pro line-up. Apple MacBook Pro 15in and 17in Apple's MacBook Pro: now with 'Penryn' processors The 15in and …
Scott Snowden, 26 Feb 2008

Gears of War 2 scheduled for November release

Microsoft has officially announced that the Xbox 360 sequel to the popular shooter Gears of War will launch in November of this year. Much of the Xbox 360's first year success was dependent on Epic's Gears of War. It proved much more than just substitute until Halo 3 arrived and really showed the gaming quality that the console …
Scott Snowden, 21 Feb 2008

HD DVD firesale begins on eBay

eBay said today it expects to an increase in listings for HD DVD products following Toshiba's announcement yesterday that it is going to ditch its optical disc format. "With a large variety of now defunct entertainment formats, including Betamax and Mini Disc being regularly traded and ultimately becoming collecters items, [we] …
Scott Snowden, 20 Feb 2008

Official: Toshiba discontinues HD DVD

Toshiba has abandoned HD DVD "following recent major changes in the market", it announced this morning. The company spun the failure of its favourite format as a move made to strengthen the industry. The consumer electronics giant said it will "no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders". It will …

It's official: Toshiba surrenders to Blu-ray

Toshiba has officially abandoned its HD DVD technology, surrendering to Sony's Blu-ray in the entertainment industry's biggest format war since VHS beat Betamax in the 1980s. The news follows yesterday's rise in the value of Toshiba shares as investors voiced their approval of the company's alleged decision to abandon the HD DVD …
Scott Snowden, 19 Feb 2008

Halo Master Chief armour offered on eBay

Imagine how impressed your friends would be when you rock up to a fancy dress party dressed just like Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, in a Spartan combat suit. Oh yes. This dream can become a reality if you can afford to part with at least 850 of your hard-earned - plus £50 for postage within the UK. Check out this …
Scott Snowden, 14 Feb 2008

LG quietly launches KT610 Symbian smartphone

Mobile World Congress Seoul-based phone maker LG has quietly shown the latest addition to its smartphone range - the LG-KT610, a clamshell handset with a 2.4in, 640 x 480 flip screen and Qwerty keypad. Details on this handset have been sketchy, but we can say it runs on Symbian 9.2 and the S60 user interface. According to LG, the KT610's users can …
Scott Snowden, 12 Feb 2008

HTC premieres mass-market GPS smartphone

Mobile World Congress The newest addition to HTC's Windows Mobile 6 Professional line-up,the P3470, will offer sat-nav software and a touch interface via its 2.8in LCD screen, the company said this week. Measuring 108 x 58.3 x 15.7mm, and weighing 122g, the P3470 comes with 128MB RAM of internal memory, 256MB of Flash memory and is capable of …
Scott Snowden, 12 Feb 2008

Nokia unveils the N96 and N78

Mobile World Congress The eagerly-awaited successor to the the popular N95 was at last unveiled in Barcelona this morning. Details of the N96 - the latest addition to Nokia's smartphone range - were leaked before the weekend, and they weren't far wrong. The dual-slide handset sports a 2.8in display, 16GB of internal memory that can be further …
Scott Snowden, 11 Feb 2008

Sony Ericsson goes Windows Mobile with Xperia X1 'arc slider'

Mobile World Congress Sony Ericsson last night announced a new smartphone range. Dubbed Xperia, the series' flagship is the X1, featuring a Windows Mobile-based handset with a slide-out Qwerty keyboard and 3in, 800 x 480 display. Sony Ericsson Xperia 1 Sony Ericsson's Xperia X1: arc slider Sony Ericsson calls the X1 an "arc slider" handset - …
Scott Snowden, 11 Feb 2008

Apple to announce iPhone and iPod Touch price cuts?

Apple is planning to drop the prices of the iPhone and iPod line within the next month or two - perhaps at a rumoured late February announcement - a Mac enthusiast site has climed. Website 9to5Mac received word that the cuts are on their way. The reduction is said to be $100 off the price of models in both the iPod Touch and …
Scott Snowden, 10 Feb 2008
Yahoo

Yahoo! to! reject! Microsoft! offer!

The board at Yahoo! plans to reject Microsoft's unsolicited $44.6bn takeover offer, the Wall Street Journal reports. Quoting "a person familiar with the situation," the publication states that after a series of meetings over this weekend, the board thinks the software giant's bid "massively undervalues" Yahoo!. Microsoft boss …
Scott Snowden, 10 Feb 2008

Archos TV+ launched in UK

First seen at CES in January, the Archos TV+ launched in the UK this afternoon and will be available in two variations: the 80GB and 250GB model, priced at £180 and £250, respectively. It combines a Wi-Fi media player with a hard drive to allow you to stream or store movies, music, photos, podcasts and web video, while the …
Scott Snowden, 06 Feb 2008

16GB iPhone to launch today

Updated Apple is about to unleash the much-anticipated 16GB version of the iPhone across the UK today. Rumours bounding around today have been confirmed and it will go on sale in all UK O2 stores nationwide from 1.30pm. Many have speculated that it was only a matter of time before Apple increased the memory capacity of the iPhone …
Scott Snowden, 05 Feb 2008

Satin PS3 to launch in Japan

Sony has announced it will make a satin silver 40GB PS3 available only in Japan, to accompany the black and ceramic white versions already available over there. The Satin Silver Sony Playstation 3 will go on sale on 6 March for ¥39,800 ($362 or about £185). Click for full-size version Potentially problematic with …
Scott Snowden, 05 Feb 2008