Sony Ass-Elbow Shocker: Hong Kong & Taiwan Getting PS3 This Month After…

In what is a hell of a turnaround even by Sony's standards, the beleaguered Tokyo giant has announced that it really is going to bestow the PlayStation 3 upon the peoples of Hong Kong and Taiwan on November 17 after all. It had previously stated that those countries would have to bide their time alongside our European… » 11/02/06 8:50pm 11/02/06 8:50pm

WID101 Makes Monitors Wireless

You've got a wireless keyboard, wireless mouse and wireless speakers, so why are you still connecting to your monitor with a cable? What are you, some kind of luddite? You need a wireless monitor connector, like the new WID101 from Teq Gear. This device connects the DVI port on your PC to the one on your monitor over… » 10/26/06 9:23pm 10/26/06 9:23pm

Slingbox Pro Review: Its For Pros

Do you sneer at non-professional products, dismissing them with a snort of "amateurs!" Then the Slingbox Pro is for you: it adds more inputs and the ability to act as a pass-through device (very useful if your satellite or cable box only has one output). There's also an optional high def component video input, and PC… » 10/26/06 2:03pm 10/26/06 2:03pm

No Atlantic Crossing for the Radio-Controlled Spirit of St. Louis…

The real Spirit of St. Louis that Charles Lindbergh used to scoot across the Atlantic in 1927 may be hanging in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, but that's no reason not to covet the 80th anniversary (yeah, they're on the ball here) radio-controlled model from Toys "R" Us-Japan. » 10/17/06 5:55am 10/17/06 5:55am

Identity-Crisis MP3 Player Thinks It's a Cellphone

The onboard memory in Cowon's new iAUDIO F2 audio player may max out at a piddly 2GB, but wow – don't it look just like a cellphone? Gimmick-hungry gadget fans in Japan may be in for a shock, however, as the F2 has more than just its looks going for it. Aside from the usual MP3, WMA (DRM10) and WAV playback, the… » 10/17/06 5:19am 10/17/06 5:19am

Sony Bean-Counters Tremble as own Vaio Batteries Come Home to Roost

It was kinda inevitable that Sony would end up recalling its own Vaio batteries, which is precisely what's just happened in Japan, but it's a bit more of a surprise to hear that the company is going to fess up to the dirty great hole the Batterygate fiasco is sure to blow in its bottom line. » 10/17/06 4:39am 10/17/06 4:39am

Build Your Own Mario Shrine, One Pixel at a Time


Japanese collectible toys are generally cool to the Nth degree, especially when based on either whippy turds or video games. In the latter category comes a brand new range of build-it-yourself mosaics from TomyTec, all of which depict classic Nintendo characters. » 10/13/06 7:25am 10/13/06 7:25am

Lonely Walkman Bluetooth Transmitter Spotted Skulking Around Sony Press…


Speaking of Sony, amid all the hoo-hah yesterday about the new Walkman lineup, did anyone even notice the Bluetooth transmitter that was also slipped out between those candy-colored confections? That's it hugging the end of the player in the pic for dear life (it can also be seen lurking at the foot of yesterday's… » 10/13/06 4:19am 10/13/06 4:19am