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TASTY, TASTY, VERY VERY TASTY...

FEAST your eyes on the new LG Chocolate phone.

The Chocolate is likely to be the next fashion sensation in the mobile phone world - the firm have already sold nearly half a million in Korea.

Although it has stunning looks, the Chocolate has a fairly standard feature set: A 2inch, 256k colour display, 1.3 megapixel camera and 128MB memory.

It's light and there's support for digital audio in the shape of MP3, WMA and AAC playback.

But let's face it, you're not going to buy a Chocolate for its features - just look at it... it's gorgeous.

Available in UK stores now.

REVIEW...

Devolo dLan Starter Kit

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Nintendo win name game

LAST week I had a pop at Nintendo who, in their infinite wisdom, have decided to call their next-generation games console "Wii".

Not surprisingly, websites and forums have been awash with bemused commentators wondering if Nintendo are taking the, well, you know.

But, once I'd thought about it for a while, I began to change my mind. Well, kind of.

It's still a rubbish name, but you can't deny it has done the job it was designed for - drawing attention to itself.

Nintendo have a long history of being a bit "out there" with their thinking.

They've always been the weird kid in the playground, dressing a bit wacky and doing faintly disturbing stuff behind the bike sheds.

But they've also produced some classic game franchises - think Mario, Zelda, Metroid and Pokemon. Never ones to rest on their laurels, recent months have seen some of the most innovative gaming I can remember, all designed to make full use of the Nintendo DS.

I'm talking about Nintendogs, Animal Crossing, Rub Rabbits, Phoenix Wright - all odd, and all brilliant in their own ways.

And the weirdness shows no sign of abating, as the review below will reveal...

WIRELESS home networks are all the rage at the moment, but they're not the only solution for those wanting to use a computer in different rooms around the house.

The best way to spread your broadband service is to use ethernet cables, but that often involves drilling holes in walls or running wires across rooms.

One alternative is to use your home's mains electrical network, and Devolo's dLan starter kit (www.devolo.co.uk/) provides all the gear you need.

Plug in two adapters, one into your computer and one into a mains socket, load up some basic software, and you are up and running . It really is that simple.

Of course, there has to be a catch, and it's the price.

The pounds 140 cost of the starter kit is fairly high when compared with the price of wi-fi adapters.

But I'd say the ease of use and extra flexibility it provides make it well worth the investment.

DAB HANDED...

UK digital radio company Oono (www.oono.co.uk) will ship their first handheld offering, the iPod-esque MiniDAB, next month.

The asking price for the radio is pounds 180, but for that you get a 2inch, six-line mono display and 128MB of Flash memory (which you can boost up to 2GB by adding an MMC or SD card).

The memory's not just for station pre-sets - the MiniDAB is a full MP3 player too.

The headphones double up as the radio's antenna but the MiniDAB also has its own speaker, and there's also an analogue FM tuner.
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Date:May 12, 2006
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