We haven't heard much recently about the rumored Amazon tablets codenamed Hollywood and Coyote, but that's because it's the calm before the storm. The tablets are indeed brewing and new supplier information suggests that Amazon expects to ship as much as 3 million units this fall.
Today there were a handful of leaks that made the whole thing just a big ol' glass of awesome - potential awesome, that is. First lets get to the facts: tomorrow is the official BETA launch of Spotify here in the USA. Spotify is a music streaming service that you pay a monthly fee for to get basically every music track in the universe to your computer and/or your mobile device over the internet - the UK already knows how awesome it is, now it's time for some USA flavors to drop on by. Next: wouldn't you know it? Amazon Android tablets!
Battle of the social networks kicked off this week with Facebook announcing group chat support, a new design, and a video calling feature developed in partnership with Skype. However, the Google+ Hangouts group video chat feature still has Facebook beat although we won't know how real adoption of Google's social platform will be until it opens to the public sometime around July 31st. Continue after the cut for the full weekly roundup video and list.
Sony may have confirmed that the PS4 next-gen console is in development, but the company isn't so foolish as to announce any launch details for fear of cannibalizing PS3 sales. That hasn't stopped the tattle-tales in Taiwan, of course, which inform DigiTimes that Sony is readying production though Foxconn and Pegatron at the end of 2011.
We've seen a good deal of design concepts that incorporate some sort of folding method to create a hybrid device and improve portability such as with the LG Tryptych folding smartphone/tablet concept. And despite tablet and smartphone combos being the rage right now, the Feno concept designed by Niels Van Hoof goes back to tackling the good old notebook. His foldable notebook design features a unique folding method that makes the portable size just slightly wider than the diameter of a DVD.
This week was heavy on developments in the smartphone location tracking controversy that now involves not only Apple and Google, but all six major players in mobile platforms including Microsoft, Nokia, HP, and RIM. Not only are there class-action lawsuits, but Congress is also stepping in with the House Committee on Privacy seeking some answers. Another topic heavy with new developments was Sony's PlayStation network outage, which continues to leave its over 70 million subscribers without service and possibly with compromised personal information and credit card data. For the full list and video, continue after the cut.
Welcome to the latest edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! Monday bought with it news that Nintendo was set to unveil a replacement for the Wii console at E3 this summer. The console itself is due to land for purchase sometime next year according to reports. The biggest story of the week has been the Sony PSN outage. Sony admitted that the Dev accounts and user accounts were hacked by outside sources.
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!
Toshiba have announced their latest high-end LCD TV, and it's the first to include the Cell Broadband Engine for multi-channel display and DVR recording. The Toshiba CELL REGZA 55X1 has a 55-inch, 5,000,000:1 contrast LED-backlit panel, with independent control over each of the 512 LED backlighting zones and 240Hz refresh. It's accompanied by a processor box, housing the Cell goodies, which can pump out eight channels to be shown on-screen at once, time-shift up to eight channels simultaneously for 26 hours, or boot up a web browser based on Opera.
Capcom have revealed their plans to introduce as many as forty new PlayStation Network titles over the next few months, comprising a selection of original PS1 titles that have been ported over to the newer Sony consoles, and PSP games now available for download. According to Capcom's Chris Kramer, users themselves will play a part in choosing which titles will be available first.