BIC lighter iPhone app to light up stadium power ballads worldwide

BIC's new My BIC Lighter app lets you pledge your devotion to the altar of rock without breaking any fire-saftey regulations. As the first few chords of "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" chime in, you can fire up the app…

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Gerald LynchBIC lighter iPhone app to light up stadium power ballads worldwide

Misa Digital Guitar: rocking the stadiums of the future (video)

As a fervent disciple at the altar of Rock, I tend to treat any digital modification of the hallowed axe as a sacrilegious act. The immortal words of wisdom, "if it aint' broke, don't fix it" usually come to…

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Gerald LynchMisa Digital Guitar: rocking the stadiums of the future (video)

Rock adds Intel's Q9000 quad-core chip to its Xtreme 780 gaming laptop

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There are very few true PC gamers that’ll willingly buy a laptop over a desktop, primarily because the performance-price difference is so great. Rock’s just added an Intel Q9000 chip to its flagship gaming laptop – the Xtreme 780, but I suspect the majority of gamers out there simply won’t care.

It’s not even that great a machine. Quad-core aside, the 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTS is merely adequate, the 2GB of memory will look very meagre before the end of 2009, and a 250GB hard drive is considerably less than most gamers will need. For £1700, which is what the Xtreme 780 costs, you could make two desktop PCs that outspec this laptop.

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Duncan GeereRock adds Intel's Q9000 quad-core chip to its Xtreme 780 gaming laptop

Gigjunkie is a social network for UK live music fans

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Live music fans have a tough time of it. You’ve got to contend with awful ticket agencies, heavyhanded security, and crap listings services, and even when you get inside there’s always the risk that you’ll be stood in front of some drunk idiot who’ll hurl abuse and beer at the band throughout the show, ruining your enjoyment.

Well, music fans, there’s a new website that aims to solve at least one of those problems. That of the rubbish listings services. Gigjunkie.net is a “the UK’s definitive and independent Gig Listing”. It aggregates data from loads of sources, and then allows fans, venues and bands to add anything extra.

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Duncan GeereGigjunkie is a social network for UK live music fans

Windows Strata: Has Microsoft got rock and cloud mixed up in its new OS name?

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It seems Microsoft may have another name for its imminent Cloud-based Windows operating system which Steve Ballmer called “Windows Cloud” last week.

According to a screen grab of a web page at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference, hastily edited after being spotted by eagle-eyed bloggers, the new operating system is Windows Strata.

This makes me wonder whether Microsoft has got its geology and meteorology mixed up. I don’t claim to be an expert, so I’d better watch myself, but I always thought “strata” related to rock layers, while “stratus” referred to clouds…

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Andy MerrettWindows Strata: Has Microsoft got rock and cloud mixed up in its new OS name?

rock intros Pegasus 520 notebook: world's first sporting nVidia 9650M GT

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rock has announced its new Pegasus 520 notebook, claiming it as the world’s first portable to use nVidia’s 9650M GT graphics processor.

Sporting a 15.4-inch widescreen display, this notebook packs a performance punch that’s great for intensive applications like showing high definition movies and gaming.

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Andy Merrettrock intros Pegasus 520 notebook: world's first sporting nVidia 9650M GT

Rock announces new Xtreme and Pegasus notebook PCs for extreme users (but not winged horses)

Adding to the cornucopia of laptops we’ve looked at today, Rock has announced four new models — two each in its Xtreme and Pegasus ranges.

All feature up to Intel Core 2 Extreme X9100 or T9500 processors (using Centrino 2 technology for quieter, more efficient operation), nVidia GeForce graphics processors, 15.4-inch widescreen, up to 8GB of RAM, two megapixel webcam, Wi-Fi, DVD or Blu-ray reader / writer, and up to 500GB hard drive.

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Andy MerrettRock announces new Xtreme and Pegasus notebook PCs for extreme users (but not winged horses)

Rock lessens the burden with new Pegasus 210 ultraportable

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The laptop world’s a funny old place. You can buy a top-spec machine in an ugly old case for £299, or you could have a Vaio or MacBook Air with the same specs for £1500. How does that make sense?

Aggressively attacking the vacant mid-ground is this – the new Pegasus 210 from power-maker Rock. It features a 12″ screen, classy magnesium alloy body…

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Gary CutlackRock lessens the burden with new Pegasus 210 ultraportable

Laptop specialist Rock grudgingly offers Blu-ray support

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Hardcore power-laptop maker Rock has decided to dump its HD DVD-exclusive stance and let buyers stick Blu-ray drives in its range of gaming laptop beasts should they so desire.

Rock’s CEO Nick Boardman said “We’re disappointed that HD-DVD didn’t make it and we value the support Toshiba has given us. Although Blu-ray has technical advantages…

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Gary CutlackLaptop specialist Rock grudgingly offers Blu-ray support