Archive for July, 2009

Xbox Live Preview video demo: new Netflix UI, Avatar marketplace

Xbox Live Preview video demo: new Netflix UI, Avatar marketplace

Invitations to Microsoft's Xbox Live Preview have begun to hit Xbox 360 owners, and rather than sit hunched over their consoles rubbing their hands and gloating about having access two weeks ahead of everyone else, some are sharing video of the new enhancements.  Dave Zatz has shot a video demo focusing on one of the most eagerly anticipated changes, the 10-foot interface for Netflix Instant Viewing.

Video after the cut

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Creative demo Zii EGG gaming, ZMD 05 Plaszma module [Video]

Creative demo Zii EGG gaming, ZMD 05 Plaszma module [Video]

Creative have been showing off some of their new Zii EGG developer device's 3D gaming skills, with a video of the iPod touch-like handheld running a 3D OpenGL ES enhanced racing game complete with accelerometer control.  The company has also released a more technical video about their StemCell Computing platform, demonstrating some of the abilities of the ZMS 05 System Module at the Zii EGG's core.

Video demo after the cut

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Sony finances still dire: PS3 and PSP sales crash

Sony finances still dire: PS3 and PSP sales crash

Sony have announced their latest financial results [pdf link], and given their last set of figures revealed a dire 95-percent crash in profits a quarter ago, all eyes are on the Japanese giant to see if they've managed to turn things around.  Unfortunately, it's still not looking good: sales decreased 19.2-percent compared to the same quarter 2008, and an operating loss of 25.7bn yen ($268m) recorded.  That's 99.1bn yen down from the previous year.

JVC announce four new sets of headphones

JVC announce four new sets of headphones

Headphones-a-plenty from JVC today, as the company announces two new sets of over-the-ear cans and two sets of multicolored in-ear headphones.  The former, the HA-M750 and HA-S650, are each foldable for easy transport and storage, and have carbon compound diaphragms, rigid carbon housings and memory-foam ear cushions.  The M750 uses 1.57-inch drivers while the S650 uses slightly smaller 1.42-inch drivers; they'll be available in August for $79.95 and $69.95 respectively.

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Viewsonic VOT 130/132 and VOT 120/121 nettops get video demos

Viewsonic VOT 130/132 and VOT 120/121 nettops get video demos

Of Viewsonic's new ULV lineup from last week it was the nettops that prompted the most interest.  The Viewsonic VOT 130 and 132 (on the left) and the Viewsonic VOT 120 and 121 (on the right) offer such notable features as NVIDIA Ion (in the VOT 132), a magnetically-attached DVD drive (the 13x models) and 1.3GHz CULV processor (the VOT 121).  NetbookNews stopped by for a couple of video hands-on demos with the nettops.

Video hands-on after the cut

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