I got my shiny new PSP today at Gamestop. There I was, all psyched up and ready to roll. I was prepared to experience the joy that comes will all things new and electronic - and BAM! Three dead pixels on the right hand side. Many have reported that this is a problem with their PSP’s. This is most likely due to the fact that Sony ramped up production to get a million units ready for the US launch. I just returned from my local Gamestop, and unfortunately they have no PSP’s in stock (surprise!), and they don’t know when they will receive more. I did manage to get them to agree to call me as soon as they get one for exchange. Anyone else experiencing this problem?
Not much to say about this one, as it is pretty obvious what’s going on here. The Gizmondo gaming device is pictured here, and it has two problems. First of all, the design just looks atrocious. Secondly, the system Windows software interface has crashed. Come on now. This is apparently why most gaming handhelds fail. Where is the simplicity?
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Motorola rolled out a new musicphone at Miami Music Multimedia (M3) last night and MobileTracker has got a first look. It’s a CDMA handset that will support EV-DO, and it comes with 41MB onboard memory. The E725 also has a MiniSD slot, allowing to you expand your memory up to 1 GB. The slider phone also features scroll wheel control, stereo speakers and a built-in FM transmitter for sending tunes to home or car stereos. Unlike the Sony Ericsson W800i, the E725 comes with a standard 3.5mm mini jack so you can use it with your own headphones. Not the first iTunes phone, but it is certainly looking like a pretty solid entry into the musicphone market.
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I was owned. I mean, completely owned by the impending launch of this sexy device. The PSP images swam in my head daily, the unquenchable desire of having it in my hand invaded my dreams, and its capabilities punctuated almost all my conversations. It is handheld gaming taken to a whole new level, and after a great launch in Japan a few months ago it was finally coming to the US in grand fashion. Today we’re covering the midnight launch experience in New York City, at the same time that we look at how this thing changed lives.
Okay guys, the Sony PSP has finally hit the US, and initial reports show that it is already a huge success. We will be bringing you pictures and a report of Sony’s PSP launch party tomorrow once we get all the pictures uploaded. For now, you may want to know that Sony Connect has about a dozen or so videos available for download which are optimized for the Playstation Portable. The videos are nothing spectacular, but they give you an idea of things to come for the PSP. They range in lengths from 1-14 minutes.
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Podbrix brings you a new type of t-shirt that may be used as a holder for your iPod shuffle. By using a magnetic clasp, the lego-styled figure printed on the shirt will hold the shuffle in place, even under vigorous activity. The website marks the t-shirt as being sold out and the description says only 300 units will be made - however, we can expect other manufactures to follow suit. Now if only the figure actually clasped its “hands” around the iPod Shuffle – now that would be sweet!
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In an effort to be one step ahead of security exploits, Mozilla has released a critical update to its Firefox Internet browser. Our favorite browser goes out to prove once again that no software is safe, but they will take every step necessary to provide its users with the most secure and stable web browsing possible. If you haven’t tried out Firefox yet, you may do so here.
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Apple’s interest in satellite HD content delivery has become more than obvious. Just a note to Phil Schiller and company: your (potential) competitors are taking notice!
The more we look into these developing rumors of Apple’s planned HDVN high-definition content delivery system, with each new report this is becoming one of the biggest stories in our 11 years dishing dirt—right up there with Mac OS X, the iMac, the iPod….yeah, that big. Seriously. - Mac OS Rumors
Just because Apple rebuffed Sirius is by no means an indication that Apple isn’t interested in satellite content delivery. Apple just doesn’t want to piggyback on someone else’s network—they’re interested in building their own on existing satellites and potentially launching more than one of their own in the next few years as well.
This “HDVN” will not just be through satellite however. The same service will be available over the Internet and as a “drop in, plug in, tune in” service at its retail stores.
Having learned the digital middle-man game with iTunes, Apple is eager to get a piece of the larger multimedia content pie but doesn’t want to go directly head-to-head with services like Blockbuster’s new flat-fee unlimited Internet rental system.
Apple believes that this network will drive sales of Macs, but also create a market for low-cost home devices which act as a sort of “video iPod” without actually handling display duties.
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Dividuum at blOrg has found a way to use RFID tags with a reader to store and play back music. SID-files are stored on RFID tags. When you put the tag near the reader, the music is played on the stereo. A stack of tags placed near the reader will act as a playlist. Remove one of the playing tag, and the program will play the next SID-File in the stack. This could be the most awkward way of listening to music ever… but a great use of technology.
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Engineers from the University of Michigan have developed a snake-like robot that conquers obstacles. It is composed of 5 segments which are 8 inches in diameter and weigh 26 pounds. Piloted by a human operator, the OmniTread can maneuver in extremely rugged terrain, even climbing stairs and pipes. “It moves by rolling, log-style, or by lifting its head or tail, inchworm-like, and muscling itself forward.” This robot will be used for industrial inspection and surveillance in hazardous environments, and also for military and urban search and rescue operations. It’s actually pretty cool, which you can see for yourself in this video.
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