10 accessories Nintendo should add to the Wii

Andy Merrett Gaming, Top tens 4 Comments

The Nintendo Wii is an insanely popular gaming console, but there’s always room for improvement, right?

Here are ten bits of kit Nintendo could add to he Wii console to make it even more versatile – ranging from the fairly sensible to the downright weird.

What would you add to the Wii?


1. Bluetooth Headset

OK, so this one is pretty sensible, and you’d think would be fairly easy for Nintendo to create and market.

I know there’s the Wii Speak, but perhaps you’d like to have a more private conversation with someone about subjects more personal than Animal Crossing.


2. WiiPhone

A few years ago we didn’t think Apple would venture into the mobile phone market, but it happened.

Nintendo has denied that it will ever get into telephony, but it wouldn’t be hard to hook up a telephone interface to the Wii and use the controller to dial your numbers.

After all, it’s likely that not everyone you want to talk to has a Wii, and it’s just so much effort to pick up the real phone when you’re constantly attached to the Wii.

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Gallery: Top 10 All-in-One PCs

Andy Merrett Computers, Gallery 2 Comments

1 Apple iMac 24-inch

No surprises that I’ve put the Apple iMac at the top of the pile, not simply for its current incarnation but because Apple has been making all-in-one desktop machines for years now.

Sometimes a little quirky, always Apple, these all-in-ones have had their critics but there’s no denying their appeal for those that want stylish design in a single unit.

The current iMac features a 24-inch widescreen display, Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 8GB RAM, and gorgeous aluminium body. Yes, you’re paying for Apple-ness, but they’re gorgeous aren’t they? Read more

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10 reasons why Brits love Twitter

Daniel Sung Top tens, Web 2.0 3 Comments


So it is official, Brits absolutely love the microblogging (no, I don’t know what that means either) service Twitter. According to online trend watchers Hitwise UK, internet traffic to Twitter has increased 10-fold over last 12 months.

UK Internet traffic to the website has increased by a staggering 974% over this period. Hitwise also admits that Twitter is probably even more popular than its numbers imply, as Hitwise is only measuring traffic to the main Twitter website, not access via mobile (it’s big on the iPhone, I can tell you) or third party applications like Twitterrific and Tweetdeck.

So why is this? It is obvious why Twitter is growing on the other side of The Pond:

1. The Yanks invented it
2. Culturally, Americans are not afraid of…

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The Scan Toaster: concept USB gizmo burns pictures onto toast

Andy Merrett Gadgets, Gallery, Top tens Leave a Comment


There seems to be a fascination with burning recognisable images into toast, and we’ve covered quite a few already, but this concept (which I really hope Electrolux decide to make) is for a USB-powered Scan Toaster.

One of the nine finalists of this year’s DesignLab competition, the Scan Toaster can “print” news, weather, and pictures on to bread, and was developed by Sung Bae Chang of Sejong University in South Korea.

The concept is fairly simple. Plug in the toaster to a free USB port, place the bread, and the software will then start burning whatever it is you want.

I’m sure overzealous health and safety officers would instantly ban this should it ever make it to production. I suppose in an age of saving paper, this method of creating a hard copy of a document needn’t go to waste after being read. Just don’t try to fax it.

And now, for your stomach’s pleasure, here are the Top Ten Tech Toasties. If you can recreate these in an ordinary toaster, we’ll be really impressed. Click on the image below to see the whole gallery.

(Via OhGizmo)

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5 Best and 5 Worst iAccessories for iPods and iPhones

James O'Malley Digital Music, Gallery Leave a Comment

If there's one thing the world probably doesn't need more of, it is media studies graduates. If there's two, it is probably media studies graduates and iPod cases.

There's so many hanging around (iPod cases, that is, though there's probably a fair few unemployed media graduates too) because the iPod has been so ludicrously successful, and a "product eco-system" has built up around it, and other companies have released companion products to try and make some money of their own out of it. Apple don't mind it either, as it expands the functionality of their products and they get to license a "compatible with iPod" logo and rake in the cash for doing little or no work. It's just like nature: the parasites and the host have developed a symbiotic relationship.

But with so many billions of parasites to choose from… what accessories should you get for your iPod? I present to you, the top five best and worst iAccessories…

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10 things I hate about lame "10 things we hate about Apple" articles

Andy Merrett Columns & Opinion, Computers, Top stories, Top tens 1 Comment

Well, the over-hyped “10 Things We Hate About Apple” article (that caused a few staff changes at PC World) has finally aired.

The ranting of two ‘veteran Mac users’ – who are obviously not true Mac zealots – have inspired me to write:

Ten things I hate about lame “10 things we hate about Apple” articles

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