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What You MEGATech Missed: Corkscrews and Barrel Rolls

That’s right. We’ve already wrapped up another awesome week of awesome content, so let’s take a look at a few posts on MEGATechNews that may have flown under your radar.

First, resident gadget guru Beth Snyder lets us know about the rechargeable corkscrew. I’m not a big wine drinker myself, but I do find that using a regular corkscrew can sometimes be an exercise in utter frustration.

With this electric version, all you do is line it up, push the button, and enjoy your delicious glass of Pinot Gris. Another button releases the cork so you can go and open that bottle of Cabernet too.

What You MEGATech Missed: Corkscrews and Barrel Rolls

For the computer enthusiasts in the audience, James White reports on the overclocking world record set at a recent event. You might be impressed by some people that get processors up to 6GHz, but this record blows them out of the water.

At the AMD tech day, someone was able to blast through to 8.428GHz using liquid helium. Because, you know, liquid nitrogen just isn’t good enough for this level of super cooling and super overclocking. I can’t imagine the 8+ GHz CPU is all that stable, but there you have it.

What You MEGATech Missed: Corkscrews and Barrel Rolls

Myself, I took to the world of casual gaming to review Ugly Americans Apocalypsegeddon. I played the version available through Xbox Live Arcade, but it’s also sold through PlayStation Network for the same price.

Basically what you get is a twin-stick shooter heavily inspired by the popular Comedy Central animated series. The gameplay is somewhat similar to the classic Smash TV, but with the 90s-style side scrolling element thrown in, along with some RPG-ish attribute distribution and leveling up. It’s funny, fun, and affordable.

What You MEGATech Missed: Corkscrews and Barrel Rolls

Dylan Duarte is also a big fan of the video games and he took to Xbox Live Arcade to find “Mario Kart with planes.” Okay, that’s not the real title, but SkyDrift for XBLA and PSN plays pretty much in that way.

You get planes (but no characters, sadly) and you fly through a series of canyons and courses, going through a combat-style race with other similarly equipped planes. You want to fly faster, but you can also shoot down the competition to get the lead too.

Much like Ugly Americans, Skydrift isn’t exactly reinventing the wheel or doing anything all that groundbreaking, but it still looks like a lot of fun. And really, that’s all that matters, right?

What You MEGATech Missed: Corkscrews and Barrel Rolls

Last and certainly not least, tech expert Michael Lim gets into the realm of scientific advances to discover carbon nanotubes. These could represent the future of electrical cables.

Basically, the carbon nanotubes are much, much lighter than the metals currently used, but they are able to conduct the same amount of electricity. These huge weight savings could be monumental for airplanes, automobiles, and other forms of transport, not to mention all kinds of infrastructure in other places.


More power, less weight, and potentially increased efficiency? Count me in.

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