Tech Briefs: Dell assimilates Alienware, more

Dude, you're getting an Alienware! That slogan could be coming your way soon as world's largest PC maker, Dell, announced that it's acquiring Alienware, known for its gamer-friendly UFO-themed PCs. The Miami-based Alienware will continue operate under its own brand name, which should allay some of the fears of gamers who worry about losing face by showing up at their next gaming competition with a Dell.… There may be no October Revolution for Nintendo. Although the company typically launches new products in the fall, the GameCube maker is rumored to be planning a June release date for its upcoming Revolution console system (shown). An official announcement for the next-generation machine, which may also get a name change, could come at this week's Game Developer's Conference.… PayPal, the online payment service owned by eBay, is testing a new option that will allow people to make and receive payments via their mobile phones. The service is intended to enable users to pay for items by sending the product codes as text messages, though it may have the side effect of making people really, really nervous about losing their cell phones.