Microsoft XBox One – No DRM Nothing!

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Looks like Microsoft made a decision after getting so much bad press and losing the E3 gaming conference to Sony.

You don’t have to connect your device every 24 hours.

Your game won’t be registered to you. It will be exactly the same as the XBox 360, so you can sell your games any way you see fit.

They haven’t switched off the feature, its there if developers want to lock their games, they can do that.

Fast switching gaming won’t happen the way they envisioned because we have to take the discs with us, but I’m fine with that. They want to take a different way for Gaming, fine let them do that, but they shouldn’t restrict what we do with our property.

The PS4 – Sony Did It Right

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Simply put Sony annialated Microsoft on their launch, seriously, so many good things and they made fun of the XBox One’s DRM Crap. 80% of all games are launched on both machines, will the exclusive games push you to one or the other?

The Main Points of the PS4:

  • $399
  • Buy or Sell
  • Don’t Need to be Online
  • No kinect thats on all the time
  • Region Free
  • Indie Developers Liking
  • Alot of Games at launch

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The only reason I would buy the XBox One is for Halo, because even XBox live on XBox One is region locked, bad move on Microsoft. Even if they have the greatest exclusive games people will flock to PS4 because they made it a gaming machine. I think they forgot the main aspect of their success which is gaming, now they are looking at locking people in but I don’t think that would work. I was always buying XBox Games before if I had to to choose between the two, now it seems like I will be moving over to Sony’s camp. The first round of the big console wars has been lost by Microsoft, now lets see what they do when the device launches.

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The Android Line Up For 2012

With the end of the Mobile World Congress everyone has something to show, there is a lot software vendors there but its where all the big mobile players show off their new phones and the line up for Android looks very enticing. I don’t really need a new phone since my Galaxy Nexus is a fantastic phone but damn these phones have amazing specs and look hawt.

HTC One X

As usual HTC come out with powerful machines, they were the powerhouse of Android when it first came out and still come with some impressive hardware. The main issue I had with HTC is that they had too many phones, I didn’t know what was good or bad from them and it seems they learned that lesson so they came up with the HTC One line up, only three phones and the One X is the powerhouse of the bunch. Also I was a huge fan of the HTC Sense User Interface since initially it made things so much smoother with Android 1.6 but over the past two years it has gotten a bit bloated and not simple as it used to be and they are planning to fix it with the new line up which is excellent.

  • CPU Speed 1.5 GHz, quad core
  • Android 4.0 with HTC Sense 4
  • Total storage : 32 GB RAM:1 GB
  • HSPA/WCDMA:Europe/Asia: 850/900/1900//2100 MHz
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE:850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Sensors: Gyro sensor,G-Sensor, Digital compass,Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
  • NFC3
  • Bluetooth with aptX® enabled (Bluetooth® 4.0)
  • Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection (Special cable required for HDMI connection.)
  • Camera with ImageSense – 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, smart LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures), F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens, 1080p HD video recording

Sony Xperia S

Sony do know how to design their phones and in this one it seems they got it right. The one part they always do an amazing job with is their cameras, they seem to be the best possible cameras out of all the phones but you never know what to expect. But the design of this phone looks very clean cut, and I had the last Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, it was a fantastic phone so I’m looking forward to their next line up, but I would wait until they ship with Android 4.0, I wouldn’t want it with Gingerbread since I have been using Ice Cream Sandwich and it is a fantastic operating system.

  • Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread) (Upgrade to Android 4, Ice Cream Sandwich, planned in Quarter 2 2012)
  • Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon
  • Dual-core 1.5 GHz
  • 4.3”, 1280×720 pixels 16 million colours TFTDisplay
  • Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
  • 12.1 megapixel camera with LED flash and Auto focus / Sony’s Exmor™ R for mobile CMOS sensor
  • Front-facing camera (1.3 megapixel, 720p)
  • HD video recording (1080p)
  • Talk time (up to) 8 hours 30 minutes / Standby time (up to) 420 hours
  • Internal phone storage: 1 to 1.5GB / RAM: 1GB / Flash memory: 32GB eMMC
  • Networks: GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 / UMTS HSPA 850, 900, 1900, 2100Colors: Black / White

Samsung Galaxy S III

No specifications have been released by Samsung yet for this phone, but it seems it might have a Quadcore chip and all the bells and whistles to make it one very powerful phone. The S II surprised the market and Android became synonmous with the S II, even people who didn’t know what Android is they know its Samsung Galaxy SII, so now with the SIII I’m expecting it to be top of the line. At this point they are expecting some news in March and a release date set for July.

Thin & Powerful Laptops

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Asus ZenBook

  • Extremely Thin with High Specs
  • Screen Sizes 11 & 13 inches
  • Core i5 & i7
  • 4 GB Ram
  • USB 3.0
  • SSD
  • Extremely Reasonable Priced For The Power Your Getting

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Sony VAIO Z

  • Power Machine On Steroids
  • 13inch Screen
  • Win 7 64 Bit Premium to Ultimate
  • Core i7
  • USB 3.0
  • SSD
  • 4-8 GB Ram
  • AMD Radeon HD 6650M (1GB) Graphics Card
  • Very Nice Expansion Dock
  • Most Expensize

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Dell Latitude

  • The Work Horse, Perfect For Business But Not That Powerful
  • E6320
  • HD not SSD
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Core i7
  • 4 GB Ram
  • Mid Price Range

The Round Up:

There are a lot of great laptops that have come out over the last few months, some more interesting then the rest. If you are looking for a Windows laptop then this is a very good selection, there are other laptops to choose from but I went for more mobile and powerful. If you are looking for a good robust midrange workhorse then the Dell Latitude is the best option, if you are looking for the most powerful the Sony VAIO Z is top dog at the moment, and if you are looking for high specs but extremely mobile and light then the Asus Zenbook is the best option. From reading all the details regarding the laptops I would have definitely go with the Zenbook, the Sony VAIO is a great option if price is no issue.

UpComing Cameras

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I have two cameras which I am extremely dependent on and I swear by them because of their quality, consistency and overall ability to still work after my heavy usage. Once you start with a brand its very hard to go back because you start collecting lenses and they only work with a certain brand in my case I went with Canon and never looked back. I can admit that other brands make amazing cameras such Leica, Nikon, Sigma, Lumix, and Sony. DSLRs are great cameras that taking amazing photographs but sometimes they are too bulky to carry around, and I’m tempted to try out Four Thirds Cameras which also take interesting pictures.

Constant Use:

  • Canon 7D
  • Canon G12

Here are a few of the tempting new cameras that I have been looking at, I wouldn’t mind just renting them and trying them out. I would honestly just stick to Canon for now, I have always been eyeing the 5D MII but I love my 7D, does everything I want and more, but for few interesting cameras the ones below have peaked my interest.

  • Sony A77
  • Sony A65
  • Leica MP-9
  • Lumix GF3
  • Sony NEX-7

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

Now this new phone has peaked my interest, I have always been a fan of Sony Ericsson but I feel like they haven’t gotten the smartphone formula down yet except when I saw the look of this phone and the specifications. Its a powerful phone inside a very thin sexy looking case and its running Gingerbread (Android 2.3), when they first launched the Xperia they launched it with Android 1.6, and Android 2.01 was out by then and they didn’t upgrade. SE makes great hardware but very slow to upgrade their software, this is where HTC excel, they keep updating your software and the phone just keeps on going.

Specifications:

  • 8.7mm Thick
  • The Arc comes with a 4.2” display
  • GPS
  • 8.3Mpix Camera
  • HDMI Out
  • 1GHz Snapdragon CPU
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

My phone life cycle started off with Nokia back in the early 90s, then switch to Ericsson (before the merger) in early 2000, then switching to Sony Ericsson, and just recently switched to Android with the Google Nexus first came out. Now this phone is making thinking of switching back to the Sony Ericsson platform but the best part is that its all Android and I won’t really won’t have to do much except sign in with my Google account and everything will sync automatically.

I was thinking of upgrading next year, it was probably going to be one of the HTC phones which are to be announced some time in February but the Xperia Arc is a definite candidate with its specifications and style, I just hope its released very soon.

Link: AkibaharaNews

Sony Dash

There was some buzz about the Sony Dash, but unlucky for Sony they released this little product at the same time they launch the Apple iPad. Its a media delivery device which concentrates on connectivity and information, everything you can do with a laptop or an iPad but simplified and cheaper at $200. To me it looks like a night stand device with a lots of information and different applications running on the screen. It integrates with Facebook, Twitter, email and weather to stream it onto the device for your viewing pleasure.

There is always going to be comparisons with the iPad, but this isn’t an iPad and isn’t meant to serve the same reasons. Keeping in mind that this little guy has over 1000 applications to choose from, some a little bit more annoying to setup then the others, and this isn’t like choose applications from Apple but still 1000 isn’t a small number. You can have your GMail viewer or your Twitter account, as well as other more complex widgets. Its not meant to be portable as it is wired for power, but connects to the internet via wifi and had a USB connection. For $200 it looks like a cool night stand alarm replacement which keeps streaming data, its not for everyone but if your a technophile then you would appreciate it.

Link: Luxist


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HDBaseT – The New TV Standard

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From RCA to HDMI, if your in the UK it you would have also have been through SCART, and now hopefully coming soon the HDBaseT. In simple terms HDBaseT is our regular Cat5e or home Ethernet cable, which is a great new development even though a bit late. I always wondered why they didn’t use ethernet cables before for regular tv broadcasting, it seems that they have just got around to agreeing to it. Since ethernet can easily handle 1080p its a given that it can handle all forms of HD broadcasting, and LG, Sony, and Samsung are already onboard, so hopefully it will take the fast track to consumers. A perfect idea to utilize current technology for advancement of broadcasting and high definition tv, now I will look forward to this technology being utilized soon and it looks like 2011 will be the year its coming in.

Link: UnPlugged

3D – Headache

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All these companies releasing 3D capable TVs, AV recievers and more. Now Sony, Microsoft, and Wii are talking about 3D games and when they think they will come to market. Some manufacturers are even releasing new 3D TVs without the need for 3D glasses, even after seeing it at a recent expo it did give me a decent headache. Wide spread adoption of 3D TV is going to be harder then adoption of Blu Ray which still hasn’t taken off, they will try pushing it through broadcasting but I still don’t think people will be drawn to it as much as they would like to think. Key anaylists think that porn is the key to the early adoption of 3D TV but lets see how they plan on doing that.

Drawbacks of 3D:

  • It isn’t standardized, meaning that different manufacturers have different ways of presenting TV on your screens. Which means that the 3D glasses that work for your Panasonic screen won’t work for your Samsung screen
  • If your looking at the wrong object on the screen you may still get a little nauseated or develop a headache, so basically you have to know where is the right place to look
  • 3D TV without 3D glasses do give you a headache if your looking at them for too long and it only took me about 5 minutes

“Adult videos will likely be an incentive for consumers to buy a 3-D TV,” says content analyst Yuji Fujimori, at Barclays Capital in Tokyo. “It’s worth paying attention to the move because it’s lack of content that’s hindering expansion.”

Link: Kotaku

Sony & Ericsson Split

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Now this is a shocker, Sony Ericsson became synonymous with phones, I can only remember back in the late 90s and early 2000 when I had a few Ericsson phones then the joint venture took place and I don’t remember as anything else but Sony Ericsson. Its no secret that I’m a huge fan of Sony Ericsson, because they built quality phones which didn’t have too many software bugs and could survive a major beating. I switch from Nokia a little while back and loved the phone. Now this major surprise is a shock, they will cease operations in four months and all employees will be distributed between Sony and Ericsson. It seems the recession hit them hard as well and they couldn’t get out of it.

Sony Ericsson CEO, Bert Nordberg, says: “We truly did believe in the vision that was Sony Ericsson, we had an ambition to rise to the top, but sadly, our way towards there has been hampered in numerous ways during the past few years, both financially and strategically. We are saddened to announce that our parent companies, Sony and Ericsson have decided to quit the joint venture and put its reinstatement on hold indefinitely.”

Link: SEBlog