Archive for Mar 29, 2010

Cowon J3 AMOLED PMP gets official

Cowon J3 AMOLED PMP gets official

Cowon's reputation for strong audio performance and well-constructed PMPs has left us eagerly anticipating the company's new J3 mediaplayer, and while we've still to listen to the end result, from a style point of view the J3 certainly packs a punch.  Fresh to Cowon's site, the J3 has a 3.3-inch 16m color AMOLED touchscreen, Bluetooth 2.0 (with A2DP support), T-DMB and a TV-out connection, together with a microSD card slot and their own JetEffect 3.0 and BBE+ DSP.

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Sony PS3 firmware v3.21 strips “Other OS” functionality

Sony PS3 firmware v3.21 strips “Other OS” functionality

Sony have announced a new PS3 firmware update, but while most users generally look forward to such events, v3.21 is likely to cause Sony no end of headaches.  That's because, rather than add in functionality, PS3 firmware v3.21 seems only intended to remove the ability to install other OSes to the console.  Sony have described the move - which will impact versions of the PS3 prior to the current PS3 Slim model - as prompted by "security concerns", though fail to detail exactly what those concerns might be.  It's a decision that some believe is connected to geohot's hacking of the PS3 back in January 2010.

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Interpark Biscuit 3G ereader hits Korea

Interpark Biscuit 3G ereader hits Korea

Another week, another oddly named ebook reader.  Korean shopping heavyweight Interpark have announced their own entrant to the ereader market, in the shape of Biscuit.  Similar to the Amazon Kindle, though with a distinctive keyboard layout that moves the core navigation buttons to below the display rather than their more common edge positions, the Biscuit includes 3G connectivity for mobile downloads of ebooks and newspapers.

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Google: “We share revenue on search, not on mobile apps”

Google: “We share revenue on search, not on mobile apps”

Have Google been attempting to lure in carrier support by offering a slice of their in-app advertising revenue?  According to the company's spokesperson, despite rumors to the contrary last week, network operators only ever see a portion of ad revenue on search results, not from Google-branded apps like Gmail.  In fact, the deal is just the same whether the handset runs Android or another OS.

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