Gadgets, games & software

If you’re online, you need protection

If you’re online, you need protection

While it certainly has its good points, there is no denying the fact that the internet is becoming more of a security minefield every day. Many years ago, when I bought my first computer and discovered the joys of the web via my trusty 14.4 kbit/s dialup modem (yes kiddies, there was a time before wi-fi, broadband, Twitter, and even Facebook), there were still a good number of people who didn’t use security software....

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Singstar ABBA

Singstar ABBA

GAME REVIEW: Singstar ABBA For PlayStation 3, rated G, RRP $69.95 (game only) or $119.95 (with microphones) The whole Singstar thing is one of those concepts you either love or hate: an in-home karaoke game where you get rated on how good (or bad) you are. The game can be played solo or you can have fun with your family and friends. Or torment them, if that’s your preference. Swedish pop sensation ABBA might...

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Singstar Singalong with Disney

GAME REVIEW: Singstar Singalong with Disney For PlayStation 2, rated G, RRP $59.95 (game) or $109.95 (with microphones) I’m sure that, like me, my adult readers will know an embarrassingly large number of the songs on this disk. And they’ll also know all the words. And, even worse, they’ll find themselves humming, singing, whistling and mumbling these songs as they get stuck in their heads for days after using the game. Like Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo from...

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Singstar SingStore volume 3

GAME REVIEW: Singstar SingStore volume 3 For PlayStation 3, rated PGR, RRP $69.95 (game) or $119.95 (with microphones) Packed  with online features, including access to the SingStore, which has a whole bunch of extra songs available for a fee, this one will let you add some real variety to your SingStar parties. It has 30 tracks included on the disk, but I have to say it’s a somewhat weird variety: from Aerosmith to Feargal...

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Buzz Junior Ace Racers

Buzz Junior Ace Racers

GAME REVIEW: Buzz Junior Ace Racers For PlayStation 2, Rated G, RRP $34.95 (game) $69.95 (with buzzers) The latest addition to the Buzz! Junior stable of games, Ace Racers is a fast and furious bundle of action aimed at the younger gamers but suitable for the whole family. It’s played using the Buzz! controllers, so getting around the game is nice and easy. You get to select a racer icon to represent you and...

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Roboquad

Roboquad

GADGET REVIEW: RoboQuad From Wowwee. RRP: $209 This  little critter is all fun, all the time. He’s a four-legged robot who scuttles around your house entertaining the cat, waving at anything that takes his fancy, dancing to his own tune and freaking out the occasional overly sensitive soul who claims he looks like a spider and shrieks every time he comes near. Now that’s entertainment. You can get Roboquad to do all that and...

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Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

GAME REVIEW: Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune For PlayStation 3. RRP: $119.95. Rating: R16 If you’re getting a PlayStation 3 for Christmas, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, would be a great game to kick off your PS3 collection. Game studio Naughty Dog — the company behind huge hits such as Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter — has produced another winner in this highly anticipated fast-paced action game. The story goes like this: Modern-day fortune-hunter Nathan Drake embarks...

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Photoshop & Premiere Elements

SOFTWARE REVIEW: Photoshop Elements 3.0 and Premiere Elements Publisher: Adobe, Price: About $189 each or $279 for a boxed set (excluding GST) Everyone’s heard of Adobe’s popular Photoshop, accepted as the industry standard for working with photos. Photoshop Elements (for Windows and Mac) is a pared down version with an equally pared down price that is perfect for the home user. Sure, it doesn’t have quite as many bells and whistles as the full...

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A rocket machine

Earlier this week I had the chance to play with the Ultra Computer’s latest Pentium 4 3.6GHz machine and was impressed. Before I go any further, I’d like to offer a message for my husband, who may be reading this if he’s having a quiet day at work: don’t worry, I’m not planning to upgrade my little beastie just yet but if I was in the market for a new computer it’s a pretty...

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Microsoft wireless desktop (review)

Microsoft wireless desktop (review)

MICROSOFT WIRELESS OPTICAL DESKTOP EXECUTIVE EDITION Optical Desktop Elite has an estimated retail price of $299 (and batteries are included)  If you’re sick of getting tangled up with cords and wires, Microsoft’s new Wireless Optical Desktop Executive Edition could be the answer you’re looking for. I got a new kitten just before Christmas and, like most kittens, Neville has a fascination for attacking anything at (her) eye level — ankles, spiders, copies of The Southland Times...

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