I will admit that I was excited at the prospect of OnLive when I first heard about it. Once I learned more about the system and realized that you had to pay monthly to access the OnLive network and still buy the video games, I wasn't nearly as interested in the service. I have tried OnLive and in my instance, it had some lag and the graphics weren't as good as some stand-alone games I have on my gaming PC, but it was certainly playable.
If you are a fan of OnLive, you can now pre-order the OnLive Game system that lets you hook OnLive to your TV in the living room and play some of the coolest games you can get on PCs and consoles from the comfort of your couch. The downside for gamers used to a PC is that you have to play using a gamepad that looks like the standard PS3 arrangement.
Over the last year or so Netflix has gone from something I would have never considered joining after experienced years ago with never getting the DVDs I wanted to see to something that I am very interested in trying. The change for me is completely due to the streaming offerings that Netflix has today. Netflix has done so well with its streaming offerings that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has stated previously that the company is a streaming firm that also ships DVDs.
Hastings was on hand at the Web 2.0 Summit and offered some insights into the values of mobile apps for Netflix and what affect those mobile apps have had on the bottom line at the company. Hastings said in a nutshell, that mobile apps for the iPhone and iPad have had a minimal effect on the bottom line for Netflix. Hastings went so far as to say people aren't interested in streaming long-form video to mobile devices.
The most popular tablet on the market right now is the iPad. The popularity of the tablet had something to do with the fact that the machine was the only tablet around for a while. There are more and more tablets coming to the market each day and many of them will be running Android as an operating system just like the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The Galaxy Tab launched not too long ago and is one of the first major Android tablet offerings to land.
With more and more Android tablets coming to the market, analysts are expecting truly big things from Android in the tablet market. Research firm IMS Research as predicted that by 2011 Android tablets will have 15% of the overall tablet market globally. That percentage of the global tablet market will boom and by 2015, the research firm predicts Android tablets will hold 28% of the tablet market.
ASRock has pulled the wraps off its new line of LGA1155 mainboards. The new line of boards runs the gamut from value up to enthusiast class boards. Enthusiast boards are based on the P67 chipset from Intel with value and mainstream boards using the H67 chipset. At the top of the new range is the P67 Extreme6 mainboard with six SATA 6Gb/s ports, and four external USB 3.0 ports with two more USB 3.0 ports inside. The board also has three PCIe x 16 slots and an 18-phase CPU VRM.
Under that board is the P67 Extreme4 with four SATA 6GB/s ports, four USB 3.0 ports, and the same triple PCIe graphics slots. Under those offerings are the P67 Pro and the P67 Pro 3 sporting two 6Gb/s ports, dual rear USB 3.0 ports and a single PCIe x16 slot and packing a 10-phase CPU VRM. That last feature is very good for the class of board.
Did you get my Simpsons joke? *nudge* If not, well onto the article!
AMD's Fusion APU is getting a lot of buzz lately - it is looking to smash into the netbook/ultra-mobile market and judging from early benchmarks, it's flexing some serious muscle toward Intel.
Microsoft brings controller-free entertainment to Australia today, with Kinect for Xbox 360 launching at retailers in time for Christmas.
Predicted to be one of the most significant consumer electronic product launches in history, Kinect's world first technology features a revolutionary sensor which allows full body play for the first time.
Our Download of the Day today is Picasa 3.8 Build 117.24.
Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organized.
Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips. And Picasa makes it a snap to share your pictures, you can email, print photos home, make gift CDs, instantly share your images and albums, and even post pictures on your own blog.
The latest version includes Web Albums (along with other improvements), but requires that you request an account from Google.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 3.8 Build 117.24
* Fixed various translation issues.
* Face Movies now correctly display captions.
Ready for a mobile revolution?? Lately we've been posting about the upcoming Cortex-A9 based Tegra 2 chips, but Qualcomm has been patiently waiting in the shadows to launch out and attack with a revolutionary new chip.
The MSM8260 and 8660 SoC's chips, they're based on current Qualcomm tech - integrating two Scorpion cores and an Adreno 205 GPU on a single 45nm die. The 8260 has HSPA+ support while the 8660 features HSPA+, CDMA2000 and 1xEV-DO Rev. B - both chips will run at 1.2GHz.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Refurbed ASUS SDRW-08D1S-U External DVD Writer - $9.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!.
Offer: With all these new slim laptops foregoing built-in optical drives, getting one of these is a good idea. Plus, it's just $9.99 after rebate!
Ready to get your... jollies on? The Jolibook might be launching this Friday in the UK first - just as a rumor at the moment. Pricing is set at 279 pounds - just a pound under the Acer Aspire One D255 netbook.
It won't ship with a Windows OS - but it has another market it wants to put its tentacles in - the education market. There are supposedly deals iwth education suppliers in the UK and Europe.