Microsoft's Xbox 360 dashboard is in line for a new, significant update, insiders claim, paving the way for the next-gen "Xbox 720" with elements of Windows 8.1 among other changes. The interface will include smaller Live Tiles and a new color-theme, according to The Verge's sources, though also be used to more readily transition gamers from the current Xbox 360 to the new console expected to be officially unveiled this coming week.
Changes afoot at Sony, as freshly-installed CEO and President Kaz Hirai announces a significant "One Sony" restructuring that, the outspoke exec hopes, will bring the Japanese firm back into profitability. Sony is set to focus on "three core pillars" - digital imaging, gaming and mobile - and are intended to drive revitalization and growth across Sony’s core electronics businesses" the company says, hoping to "deliver compelling user experiences through convergence of the unique assets in place throughout the Sony Group."
Freshly-appointed Sony CEO Kaz Hirai faces the difficult challenge of delivering on predecessor Howard Stringer's ambitious four-screen strategy: convincing users to buy not just one Sony device, but as many as four of them. Stringers' grand design - of tablets, TVs, smartphones phones and computers all interacting - is an determined attempt to follow Apple's lead of a tightly integrated ecosystem of content sharing across devices
Sony plans to introduce a dual-view 3D mode for its PlayStation 3 that will eliminate the need for split screens when gamers play against each other in the same room on the same TV. The new technology was just demoed in London.
Sony has frozen work on its little-known SNAP developer platform, originally billed as an application framework for "games, widgets (weather, news, traffic, etc), remote controls, social apps, media sharing apps, media players [and] home automation" on connected devices like the company's Dash and Smart TVs. "SNAP development is currently on hold" the updated website claims, suggesting developers should wait for further information.
Sony has pulled the covers off two new Xplod in-car CD receivers, the CDX-GT920U and CDX-GT620U. Support for CD and radio is a given, but they also have USB ports for playing music stored on memory sticks and Sony's Quick BrowZer technology to speed tracklist navigation. Both have fold-down, removable face-plates, which in the GT920U's case is motorized.
This phone has a QWERTY keyboard, WinMo OS, and a 3-inch VGA screen to show it all off on. It also has the XPERIA Panel Interface group which is apparently a grouping of 9 different iterations of the phone’s dashboard that are reorganized/different, each one being more convenient for a certain task that you might be trying to accomplish.
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Since he's just bought a new car, my lovely father is currently in the market for a Bluetooth hands-free kit. I was going to point him toward any of the regular, bland units currently on the market, but now that I've seen Sony Ericsson's HCB-120 I'm tempted to make him buy it instead. Talktime of 24hrs should be enough to drive round the UK a couple of times, and a 300hr standby is pretty special too.
Do you have trouble finding your phone while you are driving? Holding phone while you are driving is not only illegal in some countries but also hard and dangerous. That is why handsfree become handy. The bluetooth car handsfree from Sony Ericsson makes it even more convenient for you. The HCB-700 is a truly handsfree call handling in the car. You can make a call by saying the phone number or the name of the person that is already registered in your phone’s address book and the HCB-700 dials it for you. This Voice Digit Dialing feature makes call handling much safer and more convenient.
The HCB-700 comes with two separated unites. The control unit can be attached to your hand while mounting info display at the eye level - i.e. on the car’s dashboard or close to the rearview mirror. With the Bluetooth technology, you don’t even have to take the phone out. This HCB-700 cost £99.95 ($131)
What a week! While a few of us on the R3 crew were rolling around in different parts of the world that weren't Vegas, the bulk were rolling hard at CES 2011! The Consumer Electronics Show had blasts of this, slips of that, and a wacky array of stories and happenings that shall forever go down in the history books as a CES to be clicked with! How ever in the world will we organize all of this information? How about one big monster of a list of links, for starters? Who could we call for such a tast, hm? So much exclusive content, so much time time - I know! The Daily Slash! Get one of the biggest heaping helpings you've ever seen, below!
This isn't the first and it isn't going to be the last roundup post of CES news and info for this season. It's one big thwack. Comb with me, if you will, through the content and devour the ingredients. Joy! PREVIEW: my favorite is the Notion Ink Adam hands-on at CES 2011 - wowie!