Computers:

Dell to buy Compellent for $960 million

Dell Inc agreed to buy data storage company Compellent Technologies Inc for about $960 million in cash, to expand beyond PCs and catch up with rivals Hewlett-Packard Co and IBM in technologies like cloud computing.

Shares of Dell dropped nearly 1 percent early Monday after it announced that it would offer $27.75 a share for Compellent, a price that is about a 3 percent discount to Compellent’s closing price on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange.

Compellent shares were down 2.4 percent, or 71 cents, at $28 in premarket trading, although they were still trading nearly 1 percent above Dell’s bid.

Dell will pay $820 million, net of cash.

Compellent shares have risen about 46 percent since late October when Reuters first reported the deal was being discussed.

Monday’s deal was widely expected after Dell and Compellent announced last week that they were holding “advanced discussions.” At that time, Dell said it would bid $27.50 a share.

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Guy Makes Electric Guitar Out Of NES

There used to be only one way to play a NES. You’d put the game cartridge in the slot, push down and then get ready to play. Then you’d have to take the cartridge out, blow on it, then put it back in, then it would work. But now, thanks to the fine folks at GetLoFi, you can also use your NES to shred.

The chopped NES Electric Guitar will only run you $150 which isn’t bad to own such a gem. Here’s the description:

Custom 6 String Electric Guitar with an NES body. Features a standard neck with a hard-tail bridge. Single coil pickup with volume control and an output jack. (Note: Each guitar will be slightly different with constant improvements to the design)

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Refurbished iPads For Sale!

Apple is selling refurbished iPads (Wi-Fi only) for the “special limited time price” of $429 for the 16GB, $499 for the 32GB and $599 for the 64GB. That’s up to $100 bucks off the retail price, which relatively speaking, is a fantastic deal. If you want the super fancy 3G models, well there is only a $50 discount for those. The only question we have is why did these iPads need to be refurbished so soon, are they cursed or something? Oh well, a deal’s a deal!

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Gizmos:

Xbox 360 Kinect Has Gone Mobile

Not mobile in the sense of “Hey, I can play my 360 on my iphone!” but more in the sense of “Hey, my 360 is independently running those flying robots over there”. Some “Kinect Hackers” have figured out a way to use Kinect as a 3D radar that can track and avoid obstacles as the Quadropter it is attached to travels around the room. This is either the coolest new use for Xbox 360′s Kinect or the scariest thing to come out of video games since PediSedate.

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Playboy’s 250GB Hard Drive: The Best Way To Study History

Playboy Magazine has partnered with publisher Bondi Digital to release a 250GB external hard drive loaded with every issue of Playboy released since 1953. Its $300 asking price is about four times what you’d pay for a 250GB drive today, but compared to the price of a 57-year subscription, it’s a steal. Now you can witness first hand the changes over 60 years has had on our society and the size of Pamela Anderson’s chest.


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Electronics:

Delorean External Hard Drive

For anyone born during the 80′s the greatest car in movie history has to be the Delorean. However not just the DMC-12, but the Delorean from the “Back to The Future” movies. Since an unfortunate cocaine bust caused the end of the manufacturing of these wonderful automobiles, your chances of owning one of these treasures is pretty terrible.

Fortunately your chances just improved dramatically with the release of Flash Rod’s Delorean Time Machine Hard Drive. Their version not only is a 1:18 scale replica of the time machine, but also is a working 500GB hard drive. The down fall is it isn’t USB 3.0 enabled and will never actually go 88 MPH, but it is as close as you are going to get to your dream changing your family history just to get a sweet 4X4 truck.

Electronics:

Shadow Puppets From The Future

Just when you thought the Xbox 360 Kinect couldn’t get any cooler, a couple of “Kinect hackers” decided to bring shadow puppets into the 21st century. Emily Gobeille and Theo Watson, used an Xbox Kinect connected to a laptop using the libfreenect Kinect drivers and ofxKinect. Then the openFrameworks system tracked the parts of the arm to map a skeleton onto the movements of an animated bird on their wall. Check out the video evidence after the break.

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Report: Microsoft Kinect Only Costs $56 to Make

According to information gathered by Kotaku, the Microsoft Kinect which retails for $149 only costs $56 to make, and for some reason, this is shocking people.

From Kotaku:

UBM have got hold of a Kinect, torn it apart to examine each of its components then tracked how much each of them cost. What they found was that each of the cameras costs Microsoft approximately $56, of which the single biggest expenditure is Israeli company PrimeSense’s “reference system” of cameras, microphones and processor, which clocks in at $17.

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