Old school adventure gamers who own an Apple iPhone may soon have reason to raise up a mug of grog, and those who have never matched wits with LeChuck might be in for a treat. In a not-so-subtle Twitter update, LucasArts stopped just short of saying it would release The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition on the iPhone.
"For our Monkey fans - an iPhone sized wallpaper. No reason. Wink wink nod nod," LucasArts tweeted.
LucasArts plans to release the remastered adventure game for the PC and Xbox 360 on July 15th, just two days from now, and the Twitter message is being seen as a (strong) hint that the game will also find its way to the iPhone, though it's anyone's guess as to when that might be.
The remastered title will feature high definition graphics, original cast member voice-overs, renewed music score, a new interface, an in-game hint system, and the ability to switch between Special Edition and Classic Modes at any time during gameplay, LucasArts says.
You can already order Core i7-based notebooks from OEM outfilts like CyberPower and Eurocom, but doing so means settling for a desktop chip crammed into a laptop chassis, power management be damned. If you've been holding off for Intel to release mobile versions of the popular desktop chip, you might not have to wait much longer.
According to news and rumor site DigiTimes, Intel has updated its launch schedule for three laptop Clarksfield CPUs -- a trio of mobile chips built on the Nehalem architecture that will most likely carry the Core i7 brand -- for a late September or early October release.
The upcoming Clarksfield chips include the Core 2 Extreme XE (2GHz), Core 2 Quad P2 (1.73GHz), and Core 2 Quad P1 (1.6GHz).
In addition to the Clarksfield CPUs, Intel also plans to announce Celeron SU2300 and Celeron 743 processors for ultra-thin notebooks around the same time.
At $2,300, CyberPower’s Extreme M1 17-inch gaming notebook is the antithesis of the budget Gateway P-7811 FX we’ve been raving about for months. The most obvious extravagance you get for the higher price is dual-GPU graphics in the form of two ATI Radeon HD 3870 cards in CrossFireX. The Extreme M1’s 2.53GHz T9400 Core 2 Duo CPU is also 270MHz faster and features twice the cache as the Gateway’s proc, its 320GB hard drive is more than 50 percent bigger, and its optical drive supports Blu-ray playback.
The question is, how do these extras translate in performance? Compared with our zero-point notebook, the Extreme M1 excelled in all the benchmarks to varying degrees—not surprising, given the zero-point’s age. Against the Gateway P-7811 FX, there was a little more give and take. For example, in the ProShow Producer and MainConcept benchmarks, CyberPower’s rig had gains hovering around 10 percent, which is proportionate to the M1’s clock-speed advantage over the Gateway’s 2.26GHz CPU. But in our Photoshop benchmark, the Extreme M1 was actually around 7 percent slower than Gateway’s P-7811 FX.
Asus has fleshed out its notebook line with a number of new models with screen sizes ranging from 15.6 inches to 17.3 inches. The notebook maker didn't play favorites, either, as both AMD and Intel are represented in the new units.
At 17.3 inches, the K70AB-TY002C and TY001C are the biggest of the bunch, both of which sport AMD chips inside. The 2C uses an AMD Turion 64 X2 RM 74 (2.2GHz) processor, while the 1C steps to the plate with a Turion 64 X2 Ultra ZM-84 (2.3GHz). Different processors aside, both machines come with 4GB of DDR2 memory and an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 with a 512MB frame buffer.
Of the 15.6-inch models, the U50VG-XX060C comes equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo T6500 (2.1GHz), 4GB of memory, Nvidia GeForce G 105M graphics with a 512MB frame buffer, 250GB hard drive, HDMI port, and a 1.3MP webcam.
Another Intel machine, the F52Q-SX071E sports a dual-core T3200 processor (2GHz), 2GB of RAM, and the GL40 chipset. This one's aimed at business users.
Lastly, the K50AB (AMD Turion 6 4X2 Ultra ZM-84) and KB0IJ (Intel Pentium dual-core T4200) both come with 4GB of RAM, with the former sporting an ATI Mobile Radeon HD 4570 and the latter outfitted with Intel GMA X4500HD graphics with shared memory.
On the outside, it would be easy to mistake the F88 clamshell netbook with Asus' Eee PC 1002HA, but appearance is about all the two have in common. Unlike the 1002HA, the F88 packs a VIA Nano processor (1.6GHz, 800MHz frontside bus) with S3's Chrome graphics and boasts 1080P playback on its 10.1-inch LED display.
Further distancing itself from the netbook-norm, the F88 comes configurable with up to 4GB of DDR2-667 memory and up to 500GB of hard drive storage. Not bad for a market used to seeing 1GB of memory and 160GB hard drives.
Other specs include WiFi, Bluetooth, a 1.3MP webcam, HD audio, multi-card reader, three USB ports, HDMI output, and a 6-cell battery.
There's a good chance the F88 will appear in rebadged form, though in the meantime, no word on price or availability.
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No big deal, just request permission and Amazon will oblige, right? Apparently not. Developer Wil Shipley tried to do just that, but was told that no exceptions were being made. In addition, Shipley tweeted "they told me to remove it today, or they'd shut me down." Never mind that he had been working on the app for the past 8 months.
We've seen some cool looking Xbox mods, but Ben Heckendorn's portable Xbox 360 creation stands apart from them all, and his latest is the sexiest one yet.
Now in revision 5, Heckendorn again gutted the same Gateway 1775W laptop with a 17-inch 1280x720 screen as he done in the past, but this time has added a bevy of new features. His portable Xbox 360 now comes with a built-in Ethernet port, WiFi, a digital push-button volume control, flush-mounted DVD door and side panels, remote IR sensor, two USB ports, a bunch more air holes, and the latest Jasper motherboard.
If you like what you see (and we certainly do), Gizmodo has a heaping handful of other Heckendorn-mods worth checking out right here.
Just over a year ago, Finnish mobile firm Nokia acquired Symbian, a move that put the handset maker in direct competition with Google and Apple for mobile internet market share. But despite a vested interest in sticking with its Symbian platform, word on the web is that Nokia is developing a mobile phone powered by Google's open-source Android OS.
Nokia's decision came after seeng its global smartphone market share drop from 47 percent in 2007 to 35 percent last summer and 31 percent by the start of 2008. That's a frightening trend for a company which makes about four out of every 10 mobile phones being sold.
The smartphone maker has been doing everything it can to remain relevant in the mobile sector, including forging an alliance with Intel to develop a new breed of Intel Architecture-based mobile devices.
Already announced in Europe last month, Archos is bringing its new Archos 9 PC Tablet to the U.S. market. The ultraportable tablet weighs less than 22.29 ounces and measures just 0.63-inches thick.
On the hardware front, the Archos 9 boasts a full touch-sensitive 9-inch screen, an Intel Atom Z515 processor (1.2GHz, 512KB cache, 400MHz frontside bus), 1GB of RAM, up to 120GB of storage, 1.3MP webcam, and an optical track-point mouse.
On the software side of things, the new tablet will come pre-loaded with Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 OS. It will also include Microsoft Office and a host of other apps, such as "Web TV & Radio, video conference, antivirus, parental control, photos and movies edition applications, and more."
The Archos 9 PC Tablet will go on sale sometime this fall for an as yet undetermined price.
That shiny new netbook is light and portable, plays music and movies, and cost less than an iPhone (with service). Problem is: you might be ready to chuck it off a bridge. Running the Intel Atom processor at only 1.60GHz, netbooks are a bit on the clunky side when it comes to actual data processing. No one is going to play World of Warcraft on one of these thin machines, but it sure would be great if OpenOffice, a music player, and Mozilla Firefox could run a little faster.
The answer to the netbook dilemma is: find an alternative operating system. Of course, this is a time-consuming proposition, considering you have to download the OS, burn it to a CD or USB key, load the OS, and then configure it. To find out which OS will actually add pep to your Sony P – or any number of low-cost, Atom-based netbooks – we loaded six different options on the same machine and performed a series of tests – looking at the interface, networking features, the browser and built-in apps, and how much customization you can do and ended up picking a clear winner.
Linux or Windows? Read on to find out which OS is best for your netbook.