As if being the world’s wealthiest man wasn’t enough, William Gates (also known as Bill Gates to the commonfolk) will be knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on March 2, 2005. His title will be Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. An honorary title, nevertheless this honor is well deserved of the Microsoft co-founder whose visions have led us to many of the great technologies we now enjoy – and profit from.
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Good news for everyone who has yet to preorder a PSP while hoping to pick one up on March 24th. Sony has now confirmed the availability of 1 million PSPs by launch day. This comes as great news since it was earlier said that the one million systems would not be available until March 31st. This should not stop you from preordering one if you are serious about picking one up come launch day - however, if you feel adventurous go ahead and try to fight the crowd with a now better chance of walking out victorious.
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If you have ever wanted a way to make your tech a bit more personalized, DecalGirl has your hookup. DecalGirl makes high quality skin decals for all sorts of devices, including the Nintendo DS, iPod (3G, 4G, shuffle, mini), Xbox, Gamecube, PS2, etc. We got a few skins in house to test them out, and I must say we came away impressed. More pictures, along with our thoughts, after the jump.
Why carry along a portable music player and a cell phone when you can carry around a cell phone Walkman? Sony Ericsson wants you to be able to take your favorites songs wherever you take your cell phone without having to take along two devices. The W800c cell phone allows you to transfer your music to your Memory Stick Duo using the included software. With 38MB of memory, be prepared to buy some memory sticks if you want to really take advantage of its Walkman features. The W800c also comes with a 2 megapixel camera so you can take pictures and video on the go while listening to your favorite tunes. No word yet on when it will be released or how much the device will set you back.
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I don’t pretend to know much about cars, even though I do own one. That’s why I find articles that help explain their complexities so invaluable. Case in point is How Stuff Work’s overview of the Lotus Elise, which has been available in Europe for some time, but is about to enter the US market with its 2005 model. It comes with a sticker price of $40,000…which is actually a lot cheaper than most supercar prices. If you still don’t find yourself drooling at some of the pictures though, then maybe cars aren’t for you.
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Little Shop of Horrors fans rejoice! Now you can have your very own eating plant that actually burps after snapping down on those pesky flies. This little curiosity measures about 8 inches and operates on three AAA batteries. A non-toxic bait (read: not dog dung) based at the bottom of the jaws lures the insect inside. As the insect crawls into the mouth of the trap, two sensors detect the insect causing the mouth to shut, swatting the insect dead. I’m wondering if it works on cockroaches too - and also, how you are supposed to dispose of the bugs?
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The UK’s gadget shop Boystuff has announced a line of geek friendly binary watch faces, so only the geeks among us will know what time it is. Unfortunately, this look has been done long ago, one only needs to visit Tokyoflash.com to see not only binary watches, but all sorts of unusual LED faces and graph faces. It’s hard to choose just one. I personally favor the Barcode SS but then again, I’m more old school. Perhaps you want a newer more pimp flashed LED movement watch that has running light shows. Just take a look through their selection and choose the watch that meets your idea of time.
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Ever wanted to be able to connect your iPod photo to your digital camera and transfer some images to free up some space on your card? The time is nearing when that will be a reality. Apple Japan held a press briefing where they revealed some iPod accessories along with what you see above – a digital camera attachment. The attachment hooks up to the dock connector of your iPod and has a female USB port where you plug in your digital camera to transfer the images. At a minimum of 30GB for your digital camera, this puts my puny 512MB card to shame.
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XM has announced a price increase for their satellite radio service effective April 2, 2005. The increase will raise the now current rate for their basic service of $9.95, to $12.95 per month. They are also going to include two premium services free of charge. Those two premium services are XM’s online radio access, and the show “High Voltage”. These two services are currently offered at a price of $3.95 and $1.95 respectively. What seems to be a good deal deserves a second look. Sirius, XM’s competitor, offers online satellite radio free of charge on its basic plan of $12.95 and states it will allow subscribers to listen to Howard Stern free of charge when his program launches next year. If you are a current subscriber, you may lock in the rate of $9.95 for the next 5 years. Now that these two services will be the same price, the decision on what service to purchase will be based on what truly matters – hardware price and quality. Expect to see hardware price cuts in the coming months.
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Man, this would totally suck. Imagine Apple releasing a firmware update for current iPods (with new iPods coming with the firmware by default) that made the gadget display ads on its screen at various times. Or better yet, 15-20 second audio ads between songs. Even shuffle owners aren’t safe! Luckily, this is just a gag. Let’s hope Big Steve doesn’t get any ideas.
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