Cell phones are available in combinations with .MP3 players, digital cameras, audio and video
recorders, and mobile computers. Now it looks like Sony is once again
considering combining a cell phone with its Playstation PSP portable
Reuters on Monday reported that the Nikkei business daily on
Saturday wrote that Sony is considering a hybrid cell phone-gaming
device to compete with Apple's iPod and iPhone.
Sony could set up a project team as early as next month to develop a
new portable device combining the function of a PSP portable gaming
console and a Sony Ericsson mobile cell phone, Reuters reported.
Mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson is a joint venture between Sony and Sweden's Ericsson.
This would not be the first time Sony is considering offering a combination ... Read more »
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Apple appears to be playing games with shipments of its new iPhone 3G S to customers who ordered online. Earlier promises of "delivery by June 19"
have been replaced by "delivery by June 22." Meanwhile, downloads of
iPhone OS 3.0 updates, promised for today, have apparently not yet
iPhone 3G S
customers report that their phones, according to UPS tracking
information, appear to have arrived in the U.S. from China. Earlier
this week, the tracking site promised delivery to customers as early as
UPS then pulled any mention of a delivery date, ... Read more »
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The NPD data for January 2009 is in, and it paints the expected picture
of gaming trends in the US: Nintendo continues to own hardware along
with strong first-party sales, with EA and Activision landing
blockbusters on the Xbox 360. Sony is going to have a rough time
spinning fewer sales than last year and no games on the top ten list,
The NPD sales data for January has been released, and video game
sales in the US remain strong. Overall, sales saw a thirteen percent
jump from last year, proving that the gaming industry is one of the
rare strong points in the US economy... even if individual developers are struggling.
While both Nint... Read more »
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By SETH BORENSTEIN and DOUGLAS BIRCH
MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. and Russian officials traded shots Thursday over
who was to blame for a huge satellite collision this week that spewed
speeding clouds of debris into space, threatening other unmanned
spacecraft in nearby orbits.
The smashup 500 miles (800
kilometers) over Siberia on Tuesday involved a derelict Russian
spacecraft designed for military communications and a working satellite
owned by U.S.-based Iridium, which served commercial customers as well
as the U.S. Department of Defense.
A prominent Russian space
expert suggested NASA fell down on the job by not warning of the
collision. But U.S. space experts said the Russian has the wrong agency.
U.S. military tracks the 18,000 objects in orbit, monitoring only
certain threats because it lacks the resources to do everything, said
Maj. Regina Winchester, spokeswoman for U.S. Strategic Command, which
oversees the military's Space Surveillance Network.
<... Read more »
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Microsoft plans to open its own retail stores to "transform the PC
and Microsoft buying experience," the company said Wednesday as it
hired an executive to run the retail operation.
The stores will
help Microsoft engage more deeply with consumers and learn firsthand
about what they want to buy and how, according to a Microsoft press
release. Deciding where the stores will be located and what they'll
look like will be the first order of business for David Porter, who
will report to work on Monday as corporate vice president of Retail
Microsoft has long been perceived as lagging behind
rival Apple in appealing directly to consumers, and Apple has a head
start of several years in running a chain of stores. While Microsoft
makes its own Xbox game terminals, Zune media players and some other
devices, it doesn't have a branded PC product of its own like Apple's
In December, Apple neared 10 percent of personal
computer... Read more »
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By Barry Levine
Despite negative reviews for the touchscreen
Blackberry Storm, Verizon Wireless says one million have been sold.
Meantime, iSuppli said its analysis shows Research in Motion is selling
the BlackBerry Storm at a loss, since it costs more to make than
Apple's iPhone 3G. BlackBerry Storm complaints have focused on
bugginess and performance.
The first touchscreen BlackBerry, the Storm, received a mixed reception
from reviewers when it launched in late November. But Verizon Wireless,
the exclusive U.S. carrier, said earlier this week that the smartphone
has taken the market by storm, with one million sold.
Verizon is... Read more »
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By Frank Caron
Square-Enix has been extremely tight-lipped about Final Fantasy XIII
Aside from the odd scanned Famitsu page or brief recut trailer, very
little is known about the new game other than the fact that it features
some gorgeous graphics and will hit the PS3 and Xbox 360 simultaneously
in the West. One disappointing new detail has been confirmed, though:
Square Enix president Yoichi Wada has gone on the record to say that
the long-awaited game won't be coming to North America or the UK until
April 2010—at the earliest.
Wada spoke with Reuters, where he said that ... Read more »
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This here is the 10-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7.
I know that not just because it says so on top of its skinny, 0.8-inch
body, but because it's the only one of the two newly announced
FS-series cameras that comes in this love-it-or-hate-it green that
seems to be popular this year. (It'll also come in silver, black, blue,
and pink.) It's joined by the DMC-FS15, a 12-megapixel version in silver, black, and blue.
So, other than fun colors, slim bodies, and reasonable prices (the FS7
is $159, the FS15 $199), what have th... Read more »
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