Garmin and Asus team up for satnav phone


Garmin, maker of satnavs, and Asus, maker of the Eee PC, are teaming up for an assault on the smartphone arena. They’ve just announced an alliance to design, manufacture and distribute location-centric mobile phones. They’ll be called the Garmin-Asus nüvifone series, and will be on the market before the end of the year.

The idea is pretty simple – when you’re in the car, it goes into a dock and works as a satnav, but when you get out, you take it with you and it works like a phone. Garmin already has a product that does this – the nüvifone, which will be rebranded as the nüvifone G60 and delivered in the first half of this year. Beyond that? Well, we’ll have to wait and see.


More on the nüvifone: Garmin’s first mobile phone with web browser and navigation | Garmin to launch Android mobile, too

WIN WIN WIN! – Nintendo DS and a copy of Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Jedi Alliance – last day!


Just a quick reminder that today’s the last day to enter our Nintendo DS competition. Want to pretend that your stylus is a mini-lightsaber? Now’s your chance!

It’s ridiculously easy to enter. Go here, fill in the form, and hit okay. Go do it now, in fact. Imagine how jolly your little kid (or you, if you’re sprog-free) will feel on Christmas day when he or she unwraps it.

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Wrath of the Lich King event was "biggest HMV has ever seen"

If there was any more proof needed that World of Warcraft fans are a force to be reckoned with, then last night was it. Somewhere between 2,000 and 2,500 fans (there was no official headcount) crammed into HMV Oxford Street last night after the midnight opening. It’s the single biggest entertainment launch in UK history, beating the previous record holder (the previous WoW expansion!) by nearly 1,000.

People dressed up, as you’ll see over the jump, and Blizzard helped too, with a large chap dressed as Arthas the Lich King. There was an ice sculpture of the WoW logo, and senior execs from Blizzard and Activision showed up too. Best of all was the HMV logo over the shop door, which featured a Murloc instead of the usual dog.