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Comment Re:Netcraft confirms Kickstarter is dead? (Score 1) 157

Right, like that Orbit smartphone ball could have a prototype made out of wood or 3D printed plastic, and that would satisfy the requirement just fine. It doesn't have to be representative of the final product, just a physical prototype that shows that the creator is actually doing something other than blowing hot air.

Nintendo 3DS Launching On March 27 For $250 120

Sam writes "Nintendo executive Reggie Fil-Aime today revealed US availability and pricing for the Nintendo 3DS at an event in the Nintendo World store in New York City. The 3DS will launch on March 27, 2011 with a retail price of $250 and will be available in two flavors: Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black. There will be roughly 30 games released between the launch day and E3 2011 (June 7 to June 9). These include Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, Madden NFL Football, The Sims 3, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D, and LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars. The device will have the same form-factor as the DSi and will be backwards compatible with both DS and DSi games. Users will also be able to download games via an online store, called the eShop. In Europe, the 3DS will launch on March 25, 2011. While Europeans will get the device two days early, pricing is not good news. Nintendo held a second event in Amsterdam today and said that pricing would be left up to retailers. Retailers in the UK are reportedly planning a £229.99 ($367.64) price tag, while other European retailers are going with €249 ($336.00)."

Comment Re:Glad I don't have a smartphone (Score 1) 406

Looks like the breakdown of frequencies based on carrier is as follows:

AT&T: 850/1900 GSM (mostly 850), and HSPDA (3G) 1900 TMobile: 850/1900 GSM (mostly 1900), and WCDMA (3G) 1700 Verizon: 850/1900 CDMA2000, and EVDO (3G) 1900 Sprint: 1900 CDMA2000, and EVDO(3G) 1900

The other GSM frequencies used outside the US are 900 and 1800 bands.

The N900 looks like it is a quad band (850/900/1800/1900) GSM radio, as well as a tri-band (900/1700/2100) UMTS radio. Data Source

Comment Re:That does look cool (Score 2, Informative) 156

I've had one of these RAT7 mice for a month or two now, and so far the build quality is very nice. The different pieces screw in with a little hex driver that actually lives in the bottom of the mouse, so you never have to go find it. There's a nice sensitivity rocker button to turn up or down the mouse sensitivity, the main scroll wheel is metal with a nice textured rubber grip band around it. Haven't used the thumb wheel much, and the big red button seems to be able to only be programmed as a modifier button (like to change the function of the other buttons), not as a regular key in of itself. Overall, I'm greatly satisfied with my purchase.

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