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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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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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Duracell Launches New Advanced Power Inverters and Laptop Adapters

clock January 11, 2011 18:15 by author Ty

Duracell has launched a new line of Duracell Portable Power Inverters and Duracell Laptop Power Adapters for this year in 2011. The new portable power products include a first to market advanced USB 2.1 Amp charging ports available on power inverters and laptop power adapters.  For today’s power-hungry USB electronic devices, recharging can be done twice as fast for iPads, iPods, tablet PC Pads, e-Readers, and smartphones with the new 2.1 Amp USB charging port.

The new Duracell Portable Power Inverters include the Mobile inverter 30, Mobile Inverter 100, Pocket Inverter 100, Pocket Inverter 175, and the Power Inverter 130.  All of the new Duracell power inverters come equipped with AC to DC power, 2.1 Amp port charging capacity, high-quality cooling technology, low fan noise, and efficient power. Other competitors use 1 Amp USB ports, loud cooling fans, and low quality power inverter technology that can bring an unsatisfactory consumer experience.

The Duracell laptop power adapter family now offers the Universal 90-Watt AC Adapter and the Universal Energy Efficient 90-Watt AC Adapter. These new laptop power adapters meet strict EnergyStar efficiency requirements with a 90 percent reduction of power consumption over similar laptop power adapters on the market. “Both models include 10 patented voltage-controlling tips to ensure safe, efficient power to all popular laptop models from top manufacturers including Acer, Asus, Compaq, Dell, Gateway, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba and more. The additional USB 2.1 Amp power port can simultaneously charge thousands of popular handheld devices.”

The new Duracell Portable Power Inverters and Duracell Laptop Power Adapters will be available to consumers Spring 2011 with a MSRP cost ranging from $29.99 to $59.99 and a full 3-year warranty.

Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Duracell-Unveils-Advanced-prnews-495824992.html

Check out the current products available in the Duracell Portable Power Solutions; which include battery chargers, power inverters, jump starters and powerpacks.

 

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European Commission Pushes for Standardized Chargers

clock December 30, 2010 00:39 by author Jeremy

In June 2009, fourteen mobile-phone producing companies agreed to start using a standardized charger for all data-enabled mobile phones. The agreen-upon connector will be the Micro USB.

The fourteen companies included are: Apple, Emblaze Mobile, Huawei Technologies, LGE, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, Research in Motion (RIM), SonyEricsson, TCT Mobile (ALCATEL), Texas Instruments and Atmel. The first mobile phones to use the new standardized Micro USB charger should hit the European market as soon as 2011's first quarter.

"It is a true win-win situation," the press release states. "The common charger will make life easier for consumers, reduce waste, and benefit businesses."

For those that wish to celebrate this wondrous occasion with us, feel free to purchase a Micro USB Charger at EBatts.com, and then marvel at the fact that your new charger will soon be used everywhere in Europe. :)

Source: Europa Press Release

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