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Sony's Next Generation Portable (NGP): The PSP's Successor

clock January 28, 2011 00:39 by author Jeremy

Sony has finally unveiled the long-awaited PSP2, codenamed the "NGP", this morning at Tokyo, Japan. Along with the specs (seen directly below), Sony also focused on a few software pieces that they'll be using in conjunction with the NGP.

PlayStation Suite: Cross-platform software that Sony hopes will hit big. Think "PlayStation Network"...but available for your PS3, PSP, and interestingly enough, your phone. That's right: Sony wants to be able to make it so that your game can be played on your tablet and phone (with buttons being produced through an overlay feature). So far, Sony has promised that PSOne games will be available, and that the Suite requires a minimum of Android 2.3 on tablets and phones.

LiveArea: A feature embedded in each game that lets you keep up with how others are doing with the same game. It sounds like Sony is hoping for "real-time communcation among users" through LiveArea. There's an activity-log as well that will show accomplishments others made, sort of like an achievements-system.

Near: Sony's location-based service that comes pre-installed in each NGP. I imagine this uses the wi-fi/GPS functinos; the player can access Near to see players in the vicinity, and also see what those people have played recently or are playing now.

Sony says that the games they release won't be using the UMD anymore, but rather will be delivered through the Suite and can be saved onto a flash memory card, which can be used for not just the games, but also save files as well.

As you can see from the specs above, the NGP looks like it's going to be pretty intense. Two cameras (front and back), two touch pads (the front screen and rear pad), 3G wi-fi, GPS, two joysticks (not the little nub-buttons from the PSP, mind you), plus the original action-and-shoulder buttons.

The NGP is slated to release by the 2011 Holidays, but we're unsure whether that's for all areas at once, or just starting with Japan.

Source: NGP Press Release, PlayStation Suite Press Release, List of 3rd Party Game Developers and Publishers; pictures brought by engadget

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BlackBerry PlayBook Competes with Apple iPad for Battery Life

clock January 27, 2011 00:19 by author Jeremy

It's common knowledge that Apple's iPad comes with a hefty battery life: it's almost magical how it manages to stay alive without being plugged into a wall for so long. And yet RIM (Research In Motion) promises that their BlackBerry PlayBook will be able to compete with the iPad in this particular feat of strength.

"It's going to be equal or greater than the iPad with smaller battery size," says Jeff McDowell, RIM's Senior Vice President of Business Marketing and Alliances.

That's a hefty call to make, but I suppose we'll just have to wait and see if it's true. We saw the PlayBook at CES and were sad to hear it didn't have a release date - and it still doesn't.

Even if it fails to beat the iPad's battery life, they can at least make the claim that they've outlasted my patience. Waiting is hard. :(

Picture: us.blackberry.com

Source: Reuters

 

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LG's Green Newspaper! ... not literally.

clock January 26, 2011 00:43 by author Jeremy

Either this is an attempt by LG to go green and save paper, wastewater, and carbon emissions, or an attempt to just create something quite awesome. Coincidentally, they've managed to do both.

This futuristic newspaper (an e-paper, if you will), uses ink on metal foil, rather than glass or plastic (which is what's normally used). It can bend just like your normal newspaper, only this time, you won't have those permanent crease-marks! If you're familiar with how the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader work, then you'll be familiar with how the LG e-paper works.

Why didn't LG show this off during CES? We'll never know. But we do know that this 19 inch e-paper is just a prototype, and that LG plans to actually release a smaller 11.5 inch version to the market.

I don't know about you, but I can't wait to have my comics constantly with me, without having to stop by somewhere to pick up a new paper each day. I mean, look at these happy people below: I'm sure there's a Peanuts or Zitz comic somewhere on the page they're looking at.

Warning: Just don't let your dog put this in their mouth every morning to bring to you. I'm sure he/she is trained to do just that, but the times...they are a'changin.

Source: inhabitat.com

 

 

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Toshiba Unofficially Names Their Tablet: the Toshiba Tablet.

clock January 24, 2011 23:47 by author Jeremy

Yes, that's right folks: an official teaser website from Toshiba themselves shows (mostly already known) specs and pictures of their long-awaited device. The website's URL? Why, it's thetoshibatablet.com ....thus indicating that the name of their tablet (unless otherwise changed in the future) is... the Toshiba Tablet. Wow.

In more exciting news, the specs on the website show that the battery of this particular tablet will be replaceable, but only for the "screwdriver-savvy people".

Keep an eye out for Toshiba's latest products, including their aptly-named laptop (the Toshiba Laptop) and television (the Toshiba TV). You know we love you Toshiba. :)

Oh, and best of all? It seems we're not the only ones with a sense of humor. Try going to the website on an iPhone and see what happens.

Well played, Toshiba. I applaud you for that one.

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CHOBi CAM ONE Brings Out Your Inner-Spy

clock January 22, 2011 01:07 by author Jeremy

Ever have a recurring dream where you're James Bond and you've been sent to spy on the enemy base with only floss, a microphone-pen and a tiny camera? ...No? .....Okay, just me then.

But in case you want that sort of dream to become reality, you'll first need a few things: floss, a microphone-pen, an enemy base, and JTT's newest "CHOBi CAM ONE". 

The tiny DSLR spy-cam can shoot pictures in 1600x1200, and VGA video at 30 frames per second. For the creative-kind of spy, there's three magnetically-swappable lenses to fulfill your photographic-urge. And even better, the camera has a micro SD slot so that you can take as many pictures of secret documents as you want.

The CHOBi CAM ONE brings a whole new meaning to "micro DSLR". It's also only available in Japan, though. Guess I'll keep dreaming... 

Source: Akihabara News, JTT

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