• The Blackbird Rider might be the dorkiest-looking travel guitar around — that rectangular shape is more ye old minstrel show than rock 'n' roll — but the Rider is cleverly designed to squeeze maximum sound out of a tiny body.

    Built out of carbon fiber, the manufacturer, SF-based Blackbird Guitars, claims that at 3 pounds, the Rider is one of the lightest guitars in the world. Contrast that to your average Fender Stratocaster, which weighs more than twice that.

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  • Apparently content to leave US buyers wanting, Asus [TPE: 2357] has started shipping its powerful gaming notebook in the UK. The G70 is a 17-inch beast of a machine, featuring a WUXGA/WXGA+ panel that is ultra-wide and optimized for watching Blu-Ray video. It also features a Core 2 Extreme chip, two (yes — two) GeForce 8700M GT graphics cards, a rather measly 1GB of RAM and an optional Blu-Ray writer. In addition, there are the usual specs: gigabit ethernet, Bluetooth/WiFi and a bunch of LED lights that look fancy and high-tech.

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  • While HP's [NYSE: HPQ] Blackbird 002 gaming PC isn't exactly new, its availability has been pretty limited until now. HP has just announced the Blackbird 002 will be available in an "exclusive configuration" at NewEgg.com and Amazon, as well as in select Best Buy, Circuit City, J&R and Micro Center stores. This will be the first time the machine will be for sale in in the big box retail stores, and for the occasion, HP has upgraded the guts (and the retail price) of the Blackbird 002 to suit the occasion.

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