The latest happenings from around the web - August 18th, 2010
- ASUS AT3IONT-I Deluxe Atom 330/nVidia ION Motherboard @ ThinkComputers
- GIGABYTE 880GMA-UD2H AMD 880G Motherboard @ Legit Reviews
- Jetway MA3-880GP Socket AM3 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
- ASRock X58 Extreme3 @ Pureoverclock
- Gigabyte Radeon HD 5770 Super Overclock @ Hardware Canucks
- ATI HD5550 and HD5570 GDDR5 @ LANOC
Sony has obviously taken offense to the fact that some are looking at smartphones as a gaming platform. After last week's demo at QuakeCon of Rage on the iPhone4, it seems Sony is not-so-subtly firing a shot across Apple's bow with their latest commercial.
This is a bit odd after Sony's own announcement not too long ago that they are developing an Android "gaming" phone. Maybe they're just planning on making the PSP able to make phone calls? It better be "built for big boy games" or this may come back to haunt them.
Halo, Castlevania, and Guitar Hero were among the familiar names mentioned when Microsoft announced today their full list of launch titles for the Windows Phone 7 version of Xbox Live. Over sixty games are on the docket for the WP7 version of Xbox Live Marketplace.
Microsoft also showed off a big set of features for XBox Live's WP7 integration including full avatar integration, messaging, friends lists, and achievements. Every game will have a try-before-you buy demo available which is excellent for those of us who don't like to plop down hard earned cash for games we end up hating.
Nokia has announced a major facelift to their X3 phone lineup with the X3 'Touch and Type' phones. These "hybrid" phones look like a normal candy bar phone with a standard 12 button keypad, but also features a 2.4" touchscreen as well.
Bluetooth, 3G, and WiFi connectivity, an FM and music player, a 5mp camera, and an included 16GB memory card round out the major features of the phone which will be available in five different colors with a brushed aluminum design. Access to Nokia's Ovi Store will of course be available, and the phone is expected to release this fall with a pricetag around $160 USD.
While using PayPal on your Android phone has been around for a while now, purchasing apps from the Android Market with your PayPal account has been beyond the user's grasp. This may be changing soon, as the folks from Google and Paypal are in talks and could may paying for apps via PayPal a reality by the end of the year.
Currently, Android users that don't have carrier billing have to use Google Checkout for app purchasing which makes sense since they fly under the same flag. This would definitely take some work, as app sales are currently split 70/30, with the developer getting the 70 percent. As those of use who use this system regularly know, PayPal is definitely going to want their cut of the money.
Sony has announced today that the Playstation 3 units sold in North America will be getting a hard drive upgrade. The new options will be units with 160 or 320 gigabyte drives. According to Sony, customer demand for more space for music, movies, and game content is the main reason for the upgrade.
Scott Steinberg, VP of Product Marketing at Sony, stated that "as PlayStation Network continues to evolve with exciting new services, the hunger for digital content grows." The 160GB PS3 will replace the 120GB version and take on the same $299 USD price tag, while the 320GB version will be packaged with the Playstation Move for $399 USD.
Asus is not doing well with its netbook shipments right now. The company has been shipping tons of the small machines, but over the last few months the netbook market overall has started softening as the market matures. The improving economy also means that more consumers have the extra money to buy a normal notebook rather than a netbook. One other big reasons that shipments of netbooks for Asus are slowing is the iPad.
Asus has announced that it has been forced to reduce its shipping estimates for netbook for the year. Asus has reduced its target shipment for its Q3 to 1.4 million units. That announcement came from an investor's conference on August 13 and was made by Asus CEO Jerry Shen. Asus also announced at the time that it was reducing its overall financial outlook for the year due to decreased shipments of mainboards, notebooks, and netbooks.
I have been impressed with the last few MSI notebook computers that I have messed with. The things tend to offer lots of performance and style at a good price. Some details of the MSI FX600 leaked online not too long ago, but we were missing a few key pieces of the puzzle. Those pieces included things like price and when you could buy the machine.
Judging by the specifications of the machine it was easy to imagine that the machine would be selling for well lover $1000 when it landed. The MSI FX600-002US notebook has gone official and offers a 15.6-inch LED backlit screen and an Intel Core i5-450M CPU. The machine also has an NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M GPU with 1GB of memory and 4GB of system memory.
Sceptre has been peddling some nice and inexpensive LCD TVs for a while now that come in a range of sizes. The sets can be purchased online and in retail stores like Target and more. One thing that many people who buy a new TV want and need is a place to set that TV for viewing. Sceptre has announced a nice new line of home theater furniture that you don't need tools to build.
If you have ever put together one of those DIY style wood entertainment centers that has all the screws and cams, you know what a massive pain the build process can be. The big feature of the Sceptre line of entertainment furniture is that the build process needs no tools and claims to be able to be finished in only a few minutes. The line includes three different pieces.
A while back Nikon unveiled a cool digital camera in its point-and-shoot Coolpix line that had a projector built in to share those photos and video on the camera with more people. The company has now unveiled a follow up to that original projector equipped camera called the Coolpix S1100pj. Compared to the predecessor, the new camera has more features and a better projector module according to Nikon.
The S1100pj is 40% brighter than the previous projector camera with 14 lumens of light output. That is certainly not that bright and will mean that you need a dark room to really see detail in the video and photos projected with the camera. Most pico projectors are questionable in even dimly lit room with more lumens than that. Still, the camera is interesting and has another cool feature the original lacks -- USB connectivity.