Figuring that its Touareg is too big for some people, Volkswagen will launch a smaller SUV, the Tiguan, at the 2007 Frankfurt auto show. But VW is no tease--the company offered up photos and a short press release today with a few specs. The Tiguan has five different engine options: two diesel and three turbocharged gasoline. Different combinations will be made available worldwide. In the United States, we will most likely get the 200 horsepower version mentioned in the press release, which is most likely the same engine found in the Volkswagen GTI, a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. A version with … Read more
Why be the 250th person standing in line at the Apple store on Fifth Avenue to get an iPhone when you could be the third person in line at the AT&T store on West 95th Street and Broadway in Manhattan? That's exactly what Scott Zegar, 29, asked himself.
"I went to the Apple store at 5:00 a.m. this morning," he said. "And there were like 500 people already in line (A more accurate count from our intrepid reporter, Caroline McCarthy, is more like 250 people.) So I came back uptown, slept for … Read more
With under six hours to go, some people in line for the iPhone in New York are seeing if they could make a few bucks off the product hype by selling their places in line. As far as I can tell, there have not yet been any takers.
Considering the exorbitant amounts they're asking, you wonder if they're actually serious about it.
iLiner #12 (software consultant Scott Conley), however, has been in it for the long haul. In order to power his MacBook Pro, he brought a portable generator. He's able to tap into the Apple store'… Read more
It's a slow summer for Star Wars game fans. Star Wars: Force Unleashed is a very long way off, LucasArts hasn't even officially announced its inevitable lightsaber-oriented Wii game, and let's face it, there hasn't been a good X-Wing/TIE Fighter title since the late 90's (hint, hint, LucasArts). Not all is lost, though: a new Star Wars game just came out that lets you play with all the Star Destroyers, Nebulon B Frigates, and even the copious, not-nearly-as-memorable prequel ships as you want. Best of all, you don't need a game console or … Read more
Michael Ephraim, managing director of Sony Australia, has officially announced that the Playstation 3 is the console war king - in Australia. According to Ephraim, sales figures in the Land Down Under have shown the "PS3...outselling Wii and Xbox 360 every week, except for last week."
The recent stories like this one out of the Sony camp are becoming pathetic at best. The company who formerly touted its dominance over the video game industry is left touting a 50,000 unit sale for March and a sales lead "for every week, except for the last week.&… Read more
The hot topic at the front of NYC's biggest iPhone-waiting location right now: whether or not the early "iLiners" will even have to pay for their phones. As I reported earlier, the game company Imagination Games has a bit of a publicity stunt going in the 5th Avenue Apple Store "iLine." Someone claiming to be a company rep handed out "Tetris Cubes" (think Rubiks cube, but Tetris) to the first dozen or so people in line, along with a press release that said anyone who could solve it would get his or … Read more
We love it when we're right. Okay, so it isn't exactly a surprise, but AMD's announcement that its native quad-core Opterons will ship in August means that, as long as the company hits that ship date, we don't have to update the old CPU road map feature. What it means for you is less certain.
If AMD's plans stay on track, the quad-core tech that comes late this summer to AMD's server/workstation Opterons should roll into AMD's forthcoming Phenom desktop and laptop CPUs later this year. And on paper, AMD could have … Read more
As expected, Apple on Friday issued iTunes 7.3, which adds support for that ringy thingy that hits the market today.
The software contains a link in its help section to the iPhone manual, but when I went to check it out it was a dead link. I'm leaving the link here, because I assume at some point Friday it will be live.
There is also an iPhone tab in the preferences page. But if, like me, you don't have the super-gadget, all you get is a painful reminder that you are leading an iPhoneless existence.
"The … Read more
eMachines has become so regular with its quarterly refreshes, it might be more newsworthy if they didn't announce new systems every three months. But rest assured, if you head to your friendly-neighborhood desktop retailer next week (and possibly even today), you'll find three new eMachines budget PCs on the shelves: the $500 T5230, the $450 T5062, and the $400 T3616. All come with a $50 mail-in rebate as well.
We've been lukewarm on eMachines the past few releases, mostly due to questionable CPU selection. This time, though, we're particularly impressed with the T5230 and its Athlon … Read more
There's nothing we hate more on the face of the planet than cockroaches--the mere thought of them can send us into a skin-crawling fit. So we think that the geniuses at Bandai Japan who invented the "Hex Bug" should be shot or, better yet, ordered to serve a life sentence in a gigantic Roach Motel.
Just reading Technabob's description of the $16 bug-bots makes us twitch: "The Hex Bug series of miniature insect robots scurry along on six legs, just like real bugs," and will "change direction when you clap in their vicinity.&… Read more