Archive for June, 2010

Sony finally making money on PS3 hardware; no price cut in foreseeable future

Sony finally making money on PS3 hardware; no price cut in foreseeable future

Sony has confirmed that, for the first time since its original debut, the PS3 is finally making them money.  A long standing joke among gamers, until now the console has cost Sony more to produce than they've been able to sell it for; according to Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony's Worldwide Studios, "This year is the first time that we are able to cover the cost of the PlayStation 3."  "We aren't making huge money from hardware," he told IGN, "but we aren't bleeding like we used to."

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OMG… Street legal Tron lightcycle up for auction!

OMG… Street legal Tron lightcycle up for auction!

I like Tron and would have gladly sold my brother to the circus as a kid to get a real Tron lightcycle. I tried to make one myself by using duct tape to secure some of those glow sticks to my three-wheeler, but it just wasn't the same. You can now get your own real light bike that is actually street legal and comes with a Tron helmet. Someone needs to go check on Tron Guy, he's probably in a nerd overload induced coma somewhere right now.

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Emblaze First Else smartphone axed; Intuition UI may be licensed

Emblaze First Else smartphone axed; Intuition UI may be licensed

Fledgeling touchscreen smartphone UI developer Emblaze has axed its First Else handset, citing "critical delays in deliveries and the current status of the project."  The First Else was to be the first device to use the company's one-thumb interface, Intuition, promising single hand ease of use with a new, semi-circular options wheel.  The First Else itself had specs much in line with the rest of the smartphone market, perhaps adding to Emblaze's concerns they wouldn't be able to sufficiently position the handset as distinct.

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Leaked AppleCare memo: iPhone 4 signal is normal so no free Bumpers

Leaked AppleCare memo: iPhone 4 signal is normal so no free Bumpers

Apple may be reasonably upfront about the iPhone 4's so-called "death grip" position, where holding the smartphone in the lower-left corner leads to noticeable signal degradation, but that doesn't mean they're going to start "appeasing" users.  Despite having suggested that their Bumper cases can address the issue, a leaked internal memo to AppleCare staff makes it very clear that a free case is not on the cards.  Instead, employees are supposed to point out that the iPhone 4 has better reception than its predecessors, and that every cellphone has signal issues depending on how you hold it.

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Palm Foleo hits eBay [Update: Sold for $750!]

Palm Foleo hits eBay [Update: Sold for $750!]

Palm's Foleo was - depending on who you ask - either the ideal companion device, cruelly axed before it had a chance to shine, or a pointless distraction for the company's engineers and implicit in their downward spiral.  Either way, if you've always wanted to own one yourself, now you have the chance.  Ixle picked up a Foleo a month or so ago and has been blogging about it ever since; now he's putting the Palm pseudo-netbook back up on eBay.

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Onkyo TX-NR5008 and NR3008 flagship streaming receivers outed

Onkyo TX-NR5008 and NR3008 flagship streaming receivers outed

Onkyo's latest pair of network-enabled A/V receivers have been outed, the TX-NR5008 and TX-NR3008, complete with eight HDMI 1.4a inputs, THX Ultra2 Plus certification, network audio streaming, multi-room and 3D support, and 1080p HD upscaling.  As well as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio support, the 9.2-channel Onkyo pair also work with Audyssey DSX or Dolby Pro Logic IIz, for boosted height or width channels.  Meanwhile there's Pandora, Rhapsody, Napster, Slacker and other streaming radio, via the ethernet port, together with DLNA 1.5 for funnelling content within the home.

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Magellan rugged ToughCase for iPhone boosts GPS & battery

Magellan rugged ToughCase for iPhone boosts GPS & battery

GPS specialists Magellan have launched a new combination ruggedized battery case and signal-enhancing GPS cradle for the iPhone and iPod touch, promising increased accuracy as well as the freedom to take your Apple device out into the rougher elements.  The Magellan ToughCase is waterproof to up to a meter for 30 minutes, together with being resistant to dust, rain, mud, water and snow.

There's also a 1,840mAh battery in there too, which Magellan reckon is sufficient to double your iPhone's runtimes, while the SiRFstar III GPS chipset is accurate down to three meters.  It's not just usable with the company's own RoadMate software, either; just about any GPS app in the App Store should get the positioning boost.

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The Daily Slash: June 29th 2010

The Daily Slash: June 29th 2010

Welcome to tonight's edition of The Daily Slash. By now, you've probably finished your dinner, and you're sitting back to get a recap of some of the other stories that have made the rounds over the Interwebs. Well, that's exactly why we're here. So, sit back and enjoy. To start us off, we have the Best of R3 Media. We've got the first images of the Samsung Fascinate, along with Hulu Plus getting announced, and to wrap it up we've got some more Verizon iPhone rumors for you. And then in the Dredge 'Net, it looks like Google's back in China, and there's a real flying car.

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Open University Reaches Epic Milestone of 20 Million Downloads on iTunes U

Open University Reaches Epic Milestone of 20 Million Downloads on iTunes U

If you're a fan of iTunes, and you're a student of some major university out there, then you might have skimmed through iTunes U, or iTunes University. It's designed to help students continue their learning with extra materials, visual elements, and other assorted materials based on a particular university. And, within that store, you could find The Open University, and they've just reached a pretty big milestone for the company.

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