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Retrode 2 Proves Retro Gaming Alive And Well

By David Ponce

Although not everyone agrees to this definition, there’s a loose consensus that people born in the 80s are Generation Y. They’re relevant in this article because they’re the ones who grew up as console gaming was coming of age. The Nintendo Entertainment System was launched in 1985 in North America and nothing was ever really that same after that. But Generation Y is getting older and getting their game on nowadays with modern shooters like COD, or RPG giants like Skyrim. That doesn’t mean we don’t like to kick it old school now and then, so there’s always a place for something like the Retrode 2 on the market. It allows you to play any of your old Sega Genesis/Mega Drive and Nintendo SNES/SFC games on any PC, no drivers required. The device features two ports for Sega and SNES controllers and two slots for the cartridges. You simply download an emulator (any emulator will do, and the product page features links), plug into the USB port and you’re off to some 16-bit gaming goodness. The device will read the ROM data and even save your games. It’s $85, on pre-order now with shipments January 24.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Add USB 3.0 To Your Laptop


By Chris Scott Barr

With USB 3.0 devices slowly trickling to the market, some people are going to be on the lookout for ways to add such ports to their computer. We’ve already seen a desktop solution and now it seems that road warriors will be able to upgrade their laptops to the standard as well.

StarTech has announced their new 2 Port ExpressCard USB 3.0 adapter. As you would imagine, this slides into your ExpressCard slot and gives you a pair of USB 3.0 ports. There is, however, one major flaw with this device. It would seem that the ExpressCard slot does not provide enough power to supply each port with the required 900mA. You’ll be fine so long as you don’t have two devices which both require the maximum amount of power, otherwise you’ll be forced to plug in the included AC adapter. With such a drawback and the limited number of USB 3.0 devices on the market, I can’t see many people coughing up $50 for this add-on.

[ StarTech ] VIA [ RedFerret ]

DVI-To-Mini Display Port Allows Older Computers To Play Nice With 24-Inch Apple Cinema Displays

Atlona AT-DP200

By Chris Scott Barr

If you’ve had your eye on Apple’s latest 24-inch Cinema Display, then you no doubt know that it doesn’t play nicely with older hardware. Specifically, it only has a  Mini DisplayPort connector. Unfortunately unlike DVI and VGA, you aren’t going to find a simple $2 adapter. In fact, if you were running an older laptop without a Mini DisplayPort, there was no way to get the two to work together, short of buying a whole new computer. Well the folks over at Atlona have whipped up something to help you out.

The AT-DP200 takes a regular DVI connection from your computer and transforms it into a Mini Displayport connection that you can use with your fancy-pants monitor. The converter will still keep your full 1920 x 1200 resolution and HDCP compatibility. You’d better be really attached to that older computer though, as this device will set you back $179 when it ships next week.

[ Atlona ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

Belkin Introduces Adapter For iPod Shuffle Headset


By David Ponce

The third generation iPod shuffle is great and tiny and whatnot. But it’s also pissed off a few people by forcing them to use Apple’s own earbuds, since all the controls were moved to the cord. While these are capable, they’re also nothing to write home about. So you should be happy to know Belkin has released an adapter that allows you to use any headphones you like with the shuffle by simply giving you a 3.5mm jack input on one side, a 3.5mm connector on the other and controls in between.

It’s all of $20 and will be available at the end of July in North America and in mid-August everywhere else.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]