Dell XPS One Previewed

Dell XPS One Previewed

The guys over at CNET UK have posted a preview/review of Dell’s XPS One desktop, and are giving it the thumbs up on design and capabilities but a thumbs down on price. The XPS One is a pretty big deal for Dell. It’s an all-in-one appliance not dissimilar to the…

Kingston Launches Girl Design Contest

Kingston Launches Girl Design Contest

Okay, this has to be the most bizarre corporate competition we’ve seen. Memory manufacturer Kingston is putting out a call for “both amateur and professional character designers to create the prefect spokesperson for HyperX memory modules”. That’s right, they’re asking people to draw, paint or computer-generate the perfect woman to sell memory…

NSW Police Launch Internet Dob-In-A-Criminal Scheme

NSW Police Launch Internet Dob-In-A-Criminal Scheme

In a move that seems more than a little reminiscent of the Stasi, the NSW Police have announced that they are setting up a Web site that encourages people to take and send in footage of lawbreakers in action, or so News.com.au is reporting. The story is a little light…

Printing LCD Panels With Inkjets Possible

Printing LCD Panels With Inkjets Possible

Ars Technica has the scoop on some new research that shows how it would be possible to print thin film transistors (TFTs) — that is the technology used for LCD screens — using inkjet technology. The inkjet effectively “prints” the silver wiring used in the TFTs. It’s all very theoretical for now, but…

Breakfast Wrap: Best of Thursday Night

Breakfast Wrap: Best of Thursday Night

Pocket Shock-It: Russian Roulette/Mexican Standoff for Chickens For the Jackass generation.  Intel Actually Sets Low Price for its Low Price Atom CPU It’s looking good for the Eee PC and its various clones.

Comms Minister Says Broadband is Too Expensive

Comms Minister Says Broadband is Too Expensive

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has certainly been chatty lately. The Australian (which has really been on top of the broadband issue) is reporting today that the minister has come out and admitted that broadband in Australia is too expensive and revealed that a Senate inquity into the issue will be…

Telstra Debuts i-mate Ultimate On Next G

Telstra Debuts i-mate Ultimate On Next G

i-mate first showed off its Ultimate 8502 and 9502 models at 3GSM in Barcelona last month, but Telstra is claiming the first actual rollout of the device anywhere in the word. Both the candybar 8502 model ($999) and the slide-out keyboard 9502 (effectively the JASJAM’s successor at $1,099) will go…

New Sony Cyber-shots Dance Into View

New Sony Cyber-shots Dance Into View

Sony held one of its typically OTT launches this week, rolling out five new Cybershot cameras in its T series and W series families. The launch event featured a bunch of apparent talent from the local version of So You Think You Can Dance, but that sort of thing shouldn’t…

Carbonite backs up into Australia

Carbonite backs up into Australia

First questions first: why would you call an online backup service Carbonite? Apparently, company management wanted something more distinct than all the variants on backupmydatanow.com-type names that you usually see for this kind of service. It seems no-one realised that this would lead to lots of random Star Wars references,…

Nokia Announces New Bling-Phones for Oz

Nokia Announces New Bling-Phones for Oz

Nokia made a rather large deal last night of the launch of two new “fashion phones”. The Nokia 8800 Arte ($1799) and Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte ($2099) are the latest iterations of the 8800 line designed for people with too much money to spend on their mobile phones. They were

MySpace Copies Facebook: New Apps are Online

MySpace Copies Facebook: New Apps are Online

MySpace has launched a beta of MySpace Apps, which are embeddable widgets based on Google’s OpenSocial Platform. They’re analogous to Facebook applications, although unlike Facebook apps, they can technically be used on any social networking platform that supports OpenSocial. Much as with Facebook apps, the programs range from the ingenious to…

Apple to Open up to Three Australian Stores

Apple to Open up to Three Australian Stores

Apple has plans to open three Apple Stores in Australia this year. Previously, only the three-story outlet in Sydney’s CBD was confirmed, but it has now been revealed by job ads on the Apple Web site that Sydney’s Chatswood and Melbourne’s Chadstone will also have stores.  

Technology Review’s Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2008

Technology Review’s Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2008

The MIT-published Technology Review has just released its Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2008 issue, and its list contains some seriously esoteric subjects. Of course, this annual list has always been a bit weird, often focussing not on the practical applications of technology but the (frequently obscure) scientific developments that…

Breakfast Wrap: Best of Thursday Night

Breakfast Wrap: Best of Thursday Night

Zune 3 Details It sounds like it’s heading to PDA/smart phone territory.   Toshiba Takes $1 Billion Hit on HD DVD (Still Turns a Profit) The death of HD DVD didn’t bring the company down after all.  

Breakfast Wrap: Best of Wednesday Night

Breakfast Wrap: Best of Wednesday Night

Woah. Tonnes of Apple stuff happened overnight.   The Future of Portable Entertainment Is Not an Apple Product We smell a lawsuit coming.   Japanese Oral Grip Machine Tortures, Improves Smiles For a change of pace…

Friends of the Earth Says That Eating Nanofoods Could Kill Us

Friends of the Earth Says That Eating Nanofoods Could Kill Us

The Australian branch of environmental group Friends of the Earth recently released a report claiming that “at least 104 food, food packaging and agricultural products containing nano-ingredients are now on sale internationally”. According to Friends of the Earth, these materials pose a potential toxic risk to consumers and should be banned until further research…

Wii Fit Coming in May

Wii Fit Coming in May

The weirdest (and possibly coolest) accessory for the Nintendo Wii is coming to our shores on May 8. The Wii Fit is a board that you perform exercises on: pushups, handstands, yoga, hula hoops (no, we’re not joking about that last one), whatever. The Fit and the Wii keep track your weight and body mass…

Who’s Australia’s Best ISP?

Who’s Australia’s Best ISP?

Okay, we admit that we’re a little late with this one, but Whirlpool, easily Australia’s best broadband news site, last week posted the results of its annual Australian Broadband Survey. The survey covers satusfaction with both ISPs and networking hardware, and is definitely worth a read if you’re in the market…

Update: TiVo Looking For Beta Testers Again?

Update: TiVo Looking For Beta Testers Again?

Gizmodian Rhett has pointed us in the direction of TiVo’s website again to show us that TiVo are once again Seven’s going to pull the plug on it if they’re still asking for Beta testers, either. Hopefully we’ll even see both in the near future. [TiVo – Thanks Rhett!]

Renault Bullet With Dragonfly Wings

Renault Bullet With Dragonfly Wings

Say hello to my next car. The Renault Mégane Coupé Concept, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, is a high-tech automotive masterpiece. The most striking element, obviously, is the “dragonfly wing” doors, which open vertically and resemble the wings of, er, dragonflies. The car uses your mobile phone (a Samsung…

Ferry Crash In Sydney Harbour Caught On Google Earth?

Ferry Crash In Sydney Harbour Caught On Google Earth?

What are the odds? Google cameras are taking aerial photos of Sydney Harbour when… Boom! Two ferries collide, sending smoke, fire, splinters and ash to the bottom of – um – nowhere? Obviously, the photo is a composite of several images where the ferries just happen to overlap. But considering…

Breakfast Wrap: Best Of Tuesday Night

Breakfast Wrap: Best Of Tuesday Night

Plug ‘n Play USB Virus Makes MacBooks Fall to PiecesUsing the power of evil for good, or something like that. Apple TV vs. Vudu vs. Xbox 360: Video Download BattlemodoNot relevant for us Aussies yet, but still interesting to follow.

Breakfast Wrap: Best of Monday Night

Breakfast Wrap: Best of Monday Night

Rotating Home Theatre Makes Our Lounge Look Like GarbageThe world would be a better place if the Government subsidised rotating home theatre setups, don’t you think? Blu-ray Cannot Contain Metal Gear Solid 4’s AwesomenessSeriously, 50GB wasn’t big enough? Looks like I’ll be getting that PS3 sooner rather than later

Bust Up Bali Belly With Your Own Magic Wand

Bust Up Bali Belly With Your Own Magic Wand

Sure, you could just buy bottled water whenever you travel overseas to avoid the pleasure of spending your holidays bent over the porcelain because you brushed your teeth in the hotel’s bacteria-laden water supply. Or you can go the high-tech route. The SteriPen JourneyLCD (which doesn’t at all sound like…