Archive for Jan 27, 2011

Hulu facing free show cull as “virtual cable operator” plans considered

Hulu facing free show cull as “virtual cable operator” plans considered

Hulu is reportedly facing a cull on its free content, with Fox and ABC both considering pulling some of their shows in an attempt to make more money through paid subscriptions. According to the WSJ's sources, Hulu's management may reposition the service as an "online cable operator" which would use IPTV to deliver live TV and video-on-demand, similar to channel bundles currently offered by cable and other operators.

Continue Reading

Motorola sales dip under Verizon iPhone 4 pressure

Motorola sales dip under Verizon iPhone 4 pressure

Motorola has revealed smartphone sales have already dipped in anticipation of the Verizon iPhone 4, with the company's Q4 performance impacted even before the official announcement had been made. According to CEO Sanjay Jha,"since the announcement of the iPhone, we have seen a little slow down in our sell through of devices at Verizon. There was anticipation of devices coming to Verizon even prior the announcement of the iPhone." However, Jha also suggests that expectations around a flagship Motorola device in Q1 2011 also impacted the previous quarter's sales.

Continue Reading

MacBook Pro stock shortage could point to imminent Sandy Bridge refresh

MacBook Pro stock shortage could point to imminent Sandy Bridge refresh

Apple's MacBook Pro range could be due for an imminent refresh, if reports of dwindling stocks of existing 15- and 17-inch models pan out. According to multiple MacRumors sources both Apple Stores and third-party retailers are running low on supplies of the notebooks, with Amazon listing 1-2 month delays on shipping the 17-inch MBP. The shortage could herald a refresh of the MacBook Pro line, introducing Intel's new Sandy Bridge 2011 Core processors.

Continue Reading

Sony PlayStation Suite & PS Store for Android gaming

Sony PlayStation Suite & PS Store for Android gaming

The Sony NGP isn't the company's only gaming announcement; there's also the PlayStation Suite, a new download store and licensing program that promises to bring PlayStation gaming to Android devices. The PS Suite combines a new PlayStation Store for Android 2.3 devices and above - and which will be initially populated with PSOne classic titles - and a development program for coders to produce their own titles for inclusion in that store.

Continue Reading

Sony NGP is “next generation portable” PSP2

Sony NGP is “next generation portable” PSP2

As expected, Sony has outed its "PSP2", currently codenamed the Sony next generation portable entertainment system or NGP, and expected to go on sale at the end of 2011. Based on a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor and Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX543MP4+ GPU, the NGP has a 5-inch OLED 960 x 544 multitouch-capable touchscreen on the front and a multitouch pad on the back, for what Sony describes as "touch, grab, trace, push and pull" gestures in gameplay.

Continue Reading

The Daily Slash: January 26 2011

The Daily Slash: January 26 2011

First get your spoons and cereal bowls out, because Google's released the SDK file for developers to take a look at Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Next get super pumped up at the thought of running Android apps on your brand new BlackBerry PlayBook. Get a weird feeling in your hearing at Plantronics Infamous Wall of Ears. Hammer away at your social brain with more unique details about the HTC Facebook phone. See as both Facebook and the infamous Farmville game get hacked via their fanpages. Some BlackBerry users are getting their handsets dipped in real gold while others are ready to toss them in the garbage as a Verizon BlackBerry outage leaves everyone stumped. Check out the latest in developers to cash in Android apps with Adknowledge and a 95% profit share. Have a close and personal look at a very odd device with our unboxing and hands-on of the Motorola Roadster. Finally, see a fantastic analysis of our modern slab reality in the article General Purpose vs Use-Case Specific Tablets by Ben Bajarin. All this and MORE on The Daily Slash!

Continue Reading

Plantronics and The Infamous Wall of Ears

Plantronics and The Infamous Wall of Ears

Today is Plantronics 50th anniversary as a company.   I was at their corporate headquarters to join in the celebration, which included American hero Buzz Aldrin as a guest speaker.  As a part of the celebration they launched two new products and then took a few of us to see their industrial design labs which included the infamous wall of ears.   This wall is not just famous it is IN-famous (kudos to the commenter who ID's this movie quote.)


Continue Reading