Geeky stuff

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

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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Oops

Trend Micro caused more than a few headaches for users when it made a faulty update available at the weekend. The anti-virus update was available on the company’s site for 90 minutes. The problem arose because a bug in the file update created a loop that used almost 100 percent of the CPU processing power.

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Bits, bobs and gaming

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) I’m not a technological wizard but I am a fan of gadgets and geeky stuff, so right now it feels like geek heaven with WinHec this week and E3 next month. Microsoft’s WinHec bunfight this week took a look back at what the Windows has achieved during the past two decades and where it’s heading in the future. WinHec is the company’s annual hardware...

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Telecom offers up prizes

Telecom has slashed residential calling rates to 55 countries this weekend and one customer will have the chance to win a $5000 travel voucher. Okay, so it’s not as good as grabbing $8.5 million in Lotto but $5000 is not to be sneezed at.

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Playing safe

The word on the net is that updates in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 will focus on improved security. No surprise there. It also looks likely to ship separately from the new Longhorn operating system.

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Steady as she goes

IBM has announced plans for a new mouse adaptor aimed at aiding computer users with hand tremors. It will license the Assistive Mouse Adapter to British manufacturing firm Montrose Secam. The device uses similar “steady cam” technology found in camcorders.

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