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Things that make you go “woohoo, I want it”. And no, that’s not a euphemism. It’s all about toys, gadgets, games and software

Looking for flights? Grab this

If you’re planning a holiday any time soon, you might like to take a look at Air New Zealand’s Grabaseat offers. The available flights change daily and there are some huge bargains to be had. Did I mention that I’m going on holiday soon? Thirteen sleeps to go, not that I’m counting or anything.

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Xbox 360 arrives; PS3 delayed

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) Where were you at 12.01 this morning? That’s when the Xbox 360 finally made its New Zealand appearance, after a hugely successful Xbox 360 Roadtrip, where more than 8000 gaming fans had a shot at hands-on fun with Microsoft’s latest gaming console aboard the Xbox bus. Unfortunately, the deep south was missed off the itinerary, with the bus only making it as far south...

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Intel logging on to more personal technology

The internet is set to become more mobile and more personal with upcoming developments from technology company Intel. The innovations were announced at the annual Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco this week. Launched in 1997, the forum is a growing gathering of developers and technology experts that aims to help key players stay on the cutting-edge of technology. Intel executive vice-president Sean Maloney outlined the company’s mobile plans, announcing innovations in mobile devices...

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Music to our ears

Microsoft and Motorola have joined forces to make a music handset to compete against a similar phone, also made by Motorola, that supports Apple’s iTunes music platform. The phone will support Microsoft’s copyright protection software, as well as its Windows media platform. Motorola’s Apple-supported ROKR and SLVR phones are available in the United States and the Apple and Microsoft phones do not support each other’s technologies. Music-lovers in Europe and the United Kingdom, where...

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Halo 2 release for Vista machines

Microsoft has also announced plans to release the Halo 2 video game for personal computers running its new Vista version of Windows. Halo 2 will run only on Vista machines and not on older versions of the Windows operating system. Microsoft did not release a delivery date for the new game. An earlier version of Halo runs on older versions of Windows and Halo 2 is available for Xbox console. There’s no word yet...

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Picture this

Telecom and Vodafone customers are now able to send photo and video messages and sound to each other over their mobiles between networks. Vodafone PXTT or Telecom Photo Messaging lets customers create, send and receive messages containing colour video messages, or photos with sounds and voice recordings from mobile to mobile. Vodafone expects PXT volumes to get a significant boost with the new deal, mirroring the explosion in txt messaging that occurred when txting...

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Xbox for Xmas but PS3 will come later

Microsoft says its next-generation Xbox 360 console will go on sale in the United States on November 22, in time for the Christmas shopping season. Its European and Japanese debuts will take place a few weeks later. The software giant hopes to take the lead in the $35.72 billion video game market from Sony. The PlayStation 3 will hit the US market early next year. The current Xbox is level pegging in the popularity...

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Look! One hand, no wires and built-in rumble

Video game-maker Nintendo has broken with more than 20 years of tradition by abandoning the two-handed controller option in favour of a funky, one-handed unit. The slimline controller will be central to the company’s upcoming console system, code-named Revolution. While most controllers require two hands and have an array of buttons, the new Nintendo controller looks almost barren but doesn’t lack punch with all the normal gaming movement options and the ability to be...

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The perfect companion: rechargeable, quiet and intelligent

If you’re looking for a meaningful relationship without the hassle of human emotions, internet-linked household robot Wakamaru was unveiled by Mitsubishi in Tokyo last week. Mitsubishi will take orders until the end of next month for 100 of the 1m-high, bright yellow robots that are powered by rechargeable batteries and move about on wheels. Mitsubishi sees Wakamaru as a pleasant companion, offering a range of electronic valet services. It can work as a secretary,...

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Hi-tech sunnies on the way

Oakley is jumping into the electronic age with sunglasses that play music and work with cellphones. Following the success of its digital music-playing Thump sunglasses, Oakley plans to introduce its phone-ready Razrwire range this month.

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