Toshiba has announced that it will stop using its HD DVD format. Since this company tried harder than most of the others, this undoubtedly marks the end of the disc war. The official announcement will probably be made in the next several days.
“We have entered the final stage of planning to make our exit from the next generation DVD business,” said a spokesperson from Toshiba who wished to remain anonymous. The company estimates they will lose hundreds of millions of dollars because of the concession.
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While we know that most people are into the MP3 experience, many of the
“earlier” generation still use cassettes for recording and duplication. Besides, if you head into any bargain aisle, you can get some decent prices on tapes. Sony has issued the CDF-W77, a dual dubbing tape recorder with AM/FM tuner. In case you have some of both or want to take the plunge in digital music, there is a CD player included. The CDF is available for €100 (~$146.00,) at this point only in Japan.
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Harold Clay was burned at school today after his PSP caught fire in his pants pocket. Knowing what to do, the 12 year-old dropped and rolled when he felt it heating up. The middle school student from Metro Detroit’s Farmington Hills was treated at a nearby hospital for minor burns. The portable game system was confiscated by local police to investigate the cause of the blow-up. A local news station called Sony where a spokesperson claims it is the first occurrence of overheating. We are not sure if that is the case, we are just surprised that the PSP was allowed in school in the first place. By the way, Burn Out was the game inside the PSP at the time of the accident.
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Okay, PSP and PS3’ers, take note…and start saving your pennies now. Why? Because at CES, Sony announced that their 16GB Memory Stick Pro Duo will hit stores in March. That’s right, 16GB, four times more the highest capacity Pro Duo currently available. That’s way more photos, music, videos,
movies and pure fun than ever. The downside? The storage card will cost a whopping $300 USD—more than a PSP itself. Worth it? You make the call.
Sony showed up in force for CES 2008 with a bevy of Blu-ray players in tow. Check the video above for a good run down of the Blu-ray technology. Some of the new interactive features are sure to impress, although many of the features have been available within HD DVD for some time.
Take note of the awkward cut that occurs when we ask them about the whole format war thing and the fact that studios are jumping over to Blu-ray left and right. That is when they stopped and told us they didn’t want to talk about that subject. We pushed the issue a bit, but they wouldn’t budge, so we just cut that portion out. Not sure what the big deal was though, I mean, it seems victory may be at hand for the Blu-ray side of things.
It’s a sad state of affairs when a company creates a commercial with a human competing for a top dance spot with a robotic device. Remember Miuro? Sony has devised its own dancing bot to be released in the States sometime this spring. Palm-size, Rolly uses the reflection of the floor to create an acoustical image, with speakers at 180º angles. Considering how identically the two bots operate, it might be a better alternative to pit them against each other.
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Since the odds are slim to none that you can give a Kindle for Christmas, you may be able to opt for the Sony Reader, which has taken advantage of the situation and is offering 100 Classics from its Connect e-store. Simply purchase the device before January 31, have the recipient set up an account, and she/he will be credited for the amount. As a nice side note, the Reader is only $279.99 with free shipping, so that makes it a savings of $100.00 over the Kindle. You may not be able to access the Wall St. Journal, but since each Classic costs merely $2.00 apiece, that’s a lot of Shakespeare for the money.
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Sony’s new Walk
man NW-EO13 set of PMPs has obviously been designed to include the princess in your life. With its 1 GB storage capacity, it can handle MP3s, ATRACs, WMAs, AACs, and PCMs. It features a color LCD display and FM tuner. Powered by a built-in lithium-ion battery, and with a size of merely 82.9 × 22.4 × 13.6 mm, look for a mid December release for 10,980 yen (~$102.00.) Perhaps your princess will grant you one of those Christmas favors you have been trying to earn for the entire year.
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My mission was clear. Behind a barbed wire facade and slew of No Camera signs lurked one of the few worthwhile E for All offerings: a playable Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots demo. The official word was that this short demo was the only taste we Americans would get of the latest Solid Snake outing before its release next year, so Konami’s booth was naturally my first stop at the show. The line snaked around the entire booth. I queued up and waited. And waited some more. Finally, we were led into a makeshift theater (appropriately outfitted with sandbags and cargo netting) where a company representative gave us a crash course on the game’s controls. Afterwards, the door opened and we were unleashed upon the demo kiosks.
Sony has introduced its new VAIO Type G notebook, which actually has a drainage system built under the palm rest, and draining holes under the notebook itself. Plus, if you spill your Pumpkin Spice Latte on the machine, it automatically shuts off (Sony does recommend having the computer checked out anyway). In addition, the LCD screen has a special coating to prevent scratches, and can withstand a drop from 28” while turned on, and almost 35.5” when powered off. This take-no-prisoners VAIO is available in Japan for approximately $1500 USD, depending on how it’s customized. No word on when it will be available stateside.