Qplay, the streaming video box designed by the creators of TiVo, has officially launched, packaging together new and popular online content for what's billed as plug-and-play entertainment. The compact Qplay TV Adapter, smaller than a deck of cards, plugs in via HDMI and the viewer then uses a companion iPad app to customize their preferences and interests, with curated playlists - dubbed "Qs" by the company - being generated accordingly.
Amazon has been investing a lot of its resources into the TV business. Just a few days ago, it launched 14 new original series, with their pilot episodes being available for free for any user. Now it looks like Amazon will be diving even deeper into the TV business by releasing a TV set-top box in the future. According to Business Week's sources, Amazon will be introducing its very own set-top box come this fall.
Google's tablet plans could be for a so-called Google Play slate, if a clutch of new domain acquisitions are anything to go by. Naming for the upcoming tablet - believed to be a 7-inch model, and the first to be explicitly sold under Google's own brand - has been hinted at by registrations of googleplayapps.com, googleplaygames.com and other terms, though details of the registrant itself have been masked.
As well as the 250GB PS3, Sony Japan have also announced a new digital TV tuner peripheral for the console. The Sony Torne will drop in March 2010, and offer Japanese buyers a way to watch digital terrestrial TV broadcasts on their PS3, together with PVR functionality that allows for recording content (either to the PS3's HDD or a connected USB 2.0 drive) even while the PS3 is being used for gaming, Blu-ray playback or just in standby mode.
It's taken a while, but Sony Ericsson's Satio and Aino cellphones are finally hitting shelves, at least in the UK. The two touchscreen handsets were first announced back in May - you can see our hands-on videos with each after the cut - and aim to deliver both entertainment and communication. The Aino (seen here in its bundled dock) can stream content from a PlayStation 3 via the Sony Remote Play system, while the Satio (previously known as the SE Idou) packs a 16:9 3.5-inch touchscreen and 12.1-megapixel autofocus camera.
Video demos after the cut
As well as the Satio, Sony Ericsson announced another touchscreen handset today: the Aino. A slender slider with a 3-inch touchscreen and numeric keypad, the Aino has an 8.1-megapixel camera, Sony Remote Play support for streaming media from a PS3, GPS, HSPA and a nifty docking station that will also charge the wireless remote.
Video demo after the cut
This week's highlight has been the SlashGear team knuckling down to cover HTC's London launch of the Touch Diamond smartphone. Our hands-on video of the Windows Mobile 6.1 device is pulling in some serious views, so if the thought of a 3G iPhone is leaving you cold then you need to be checking out the competition.
Meanwhile, budget ultraportables continued their onslaught, with pre-order pricing for both MSI's Wind and HP's XP version of the 2133 Mini-Note announced. ASUS hasn't been letting the grass grow under them either, confirming that the Eee PC 900 will hit the US on May 12th. Slightly bigger, word of Dell's upcoming Inspiron 1435, 1535 and 1735 ranges leaked, bringing with them some of the XPS' specs including optional 3G and Blu-ray.