Archive for February, 2009

PSP2 dropping UMD, hardware is ready claims developer

PSP2 dropping UMD, hardware is ready claims developer

Sony just can't seem to convince people that its gaming hardware developers are sitting around idle; everyone is desperate to believe a replacement to the PSP is in the works.  Latest to stoke the rumorburn is David Perry, former COO of game developer Acclaim, who tweeted "I hear Sony FINALLY has the PSP 2. And thank goodness, they've removed the stupid battery-sucking UMD disc drive. I'm excited" earlier in the week.

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Vintage Synths get mini felt-homage

Vintage Synths get mini felt-homage

With classic synthesizers fetching huge prices on eBay, never mind what you'd pay in a specialist music shop, those of us with a fondness for retro music design could do far worse than turn to Australian fabric artist pulsewidth and her incredible miniature replicas.  Lovingly crafted out of felt, with hand-stitched buttons, knobs and patch-cables, each is a tiny reproduction of a classic analog synth.

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Walt Mossberg reviews Kindle 2: ‘Vast improvement’

Walt Mossberg reviews Kindle 2: ‘Vast improvement’

Everyone's favorite bearded tech pundit, Walt Mossberg, has delivered his opinion of the Kindle 2 in the Wall Street Journal, and much to Amazon's relief it's a pretty much glowing review.  Mossberg reminds us how "clumsy and annoying to use" he found the first-gen Kindle, before praising the Kindle 2 for its "vast improvement" in controls, design and the detail possible from its epaper display.

Mossberg also highlights Amazon's plans for ebook content on non-Kindle mobile devices, suggesting that such a move would easily eclipse the Kindle 2.  The ebook market "could explode" he says, if Amazon offered iPhone or BlackBerry apps.

Video review after the cut

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Nokia eying laptop market in face of growing convergence

Nokia eying laptop market in face of growing convergence

Nokia is considering a move into the laptop business, according to Chief Executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, with the exec citing convergence between cellphones and notebooks as a key motivator.  Speaking to a Finnish broadcaster this week, Kallasvuo highlighted the growing number of people whose first internet experience is on a cellphone, saying that Nokia was "looking very actively" at the segment.

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