Microsoft has begun testing the Unified Update service, which is what the expect to replace the all-too-notorious Windows Update. The public beta is being tested by about 25,000 users, most of which also participated in the Windows Update version 5 test in preparation for Windows XP SP 2. The plan for Unified Update is that it will provide all downloads for Windows, as well as Microsoft Office, Exchange, and SQL Server. In the long haul, the hope is that the platform will be able to update any and all Microsoft products, including games.
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A month or so ago, I got a call from NPR personality Laura Sydell asking about the impending launch of the Sony PSP. We spoke a bit on the phone, and I was then invited to come to the radio studio to talk at length about Sony’s handheld. The studio segment recording lasted about 20 minutes, and the piece aired the other day. Of course, as with most media channels, segments are cut up. Take a listen to NPR’s report on the PSP launch, and you will even get to hear me mention an outdated way of putting video onto the device!
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Last month weeks ago we reported on a new web application that allows users to organize and archive their textual content. The idea was excellent but the execution was a little weak. Members had to cut and paste their textual content to bbBuddy. The site has just released a new bookmarklet that automatically fills in the subject, body and source of every post that you highlight with your mouse. Now you can archive your textual content with just 2 clicks. Unfortunately, it looks like it only works on a Windows box with later versions of Internet Explorer or Firefox. If you leave comments on blogs, or post on a message board, you may want to try this.
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It’s always great to see what some free time, creativity, a notebook, and a digital camera can do. The results are illusions of transparent desktops on various notebooks. At first you might say, “Ah, that’s easy” (much like I said at first) – boy was I wrong. These are harder to accomplish then it seems. You must first get the right angle with your camera, take the shot, upload it, set it as your desktop and adjust the screen to match. Seems pretty simple, right? Try it out for yourself and let us know how the result came out.
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Cell phones with cameras are great. You can take a quick snapshot where ever you are and of almost anything you desire. One thing that really isn’t possible with cell phone cameras – taking a good image of yourself. Sure you could have someone take the picture for you, but what about those times when there isn’t anyone around to take the picture for you? That’s where Cellpod comes to save the day. Cellpod is a pocket sized tripod for your cell phone which can be attached via the belt clip button or with an included attachment. This cell phone accessory will set you back $24.99 and available in black or “Edge glow” blue.
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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.
Read More | Sony Connect PSP
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