New PS3 Comes Slimmer in September

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Whew.. I’m so glad that I have made the right decision for not buying Sony Playstation 3. The rumors have been floating around for the past few months about the PS3 price would cut down and the newer and slimer PS3 would be released soon.

 

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Finally, the rumors have become true. Sony will release the new model of PS3 in September. The price for previous model of PS3 will be lowered by $100.  The news also reported that Sony introduced the PS3 Slim Tuesday at the GamesCom conference in Germany. The new model, scheduled for release in the first week of September, has the same features as the older versions, but takes up 33% less space and consumes 34% less power, according to Sony. It’ll be out in the first week of September (September 1 in North America and Europe, September 3 for Japan), and will retail for $300 (or 300 Euro, or 29,980 Yen). It’s smaller and lighter, has a 120GB HDD, and packs “all the same features” of the regular PS3.

 

The Endgadget website provided the full spec below:

Spec sheet:

  • Product name: PlayStation 3
  • Product code: CECH-2000A (Charcoal Black)
  • CPU: Cell Broadband Engine™
  • GPU: RSX
  • Audio output:LPCM 7.1ch, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC.
  • Memory: 256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
  • Hard disk: 120GB 2.5″ Serial ATA
  • USB 2.0 ports: 2
  • Networking:Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T), IEEE 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 (+EDR)
  • Controller:Wireless Controller (Bluetooth) x 1
  • AV outputs: HDMI x 1, AV MULTI OUT x 1, Digital out (optical) x 1
  • Resolutions: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i (for PAL 576p, 576i)
  • BD / DVD / CD drive (read only): BD × 2 (BD-ROM), DVD × 8 (DVD-ROM), CD × 24 (CD-ROM)
  • Power: AC 220 – 240, 50/60Hz
  • Power consumption: Approx. 250W
  • External dimensions (excluding maximum projecting part): Approx. 290 × 65 × 290 mm (width × height × length)
  • Mass: Approx. 3.2kg
  • Included in box: PlayStation 3 system × 1, Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK 3) × 1, AC power cord × 1, AV cable × 1, USB cable × 1

Apple Tablet

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Apple has been focusing so much on touch-screen devices and it is a time for Apple to step up the game. Rumors about Apple Table has been spread out for a few months now. Lately, analyst has predicted what apple tablet would look like. Here are some predictions:

 

• Be similar to an iPod touch, only larger, capable of running most of the 70,000 applications on the iPhone App Store plus a new category of apps designed for the bigger screen.

• Will be used primarily for Web surfing, e-mail, and digital media, competing with netbooks without being a netbook.

• Will be priced between an iPhone and a MacBook — between $500 and $700.

• Is likely to include a 3G cellular modem and could be subsidized by a carrier — either AT&T (T) or Verizon (VZ).

• Will sell better than Apple TV did its first year (1.2 million units).

• Could in fact sell 2 million units at $600 each to generate $1.2 billion and add about 3% to Apple’s revenue stream in calendar 2010.

 

Source:  http://brainstormtech.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2009/08/07/apples-1-2-billion-tablet-computer/

Arctic Ice is Thining

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Daily Tech reported that NASA study showed how Arctic sea ice thinned between the winters of 2004 and 2008. According to the satellite measurements, the ice has been thinning at a rate of 7 inches per year for a total of 2.2 feet in the last year.  Multi-year ice, meanwhile, shrunk by 42 percent.  Ice cover, meanwhile decreased 595,000 square miles (nearly the size of Alaska’s land area!!)

 

 

The new study is much more accurate than previous studies that estimated ice volume based on area.  The team says a combination of recent global warming and anomalies in patterns of sea ice circulation are to blame for the melting sea ice.

 

So.. please raise awareness of global warming!!

 

Source: Daily Tech

Sony New Netbook

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Sony has just announced that they are going to release a new line of Netbook, called Vaio W.

 

 

The Sony Vaio W is a 10.1-inch Netbook, with an Intel Atom N280 CPU, 1GB of RAM, Windows XP, and a 160GB hard drive–all fairly common specs for the category. But many laptops with similar specs run $299-$399, while Sony says the Vaio W “will retail for about $500.”

 

 

You know.. Sony always sells stuff higher price than others because they believed that their product quality is higher than others. the Vaio W packs in a higher-resolution screen at 1,366×768. There’s also 802.11n Wi-Fi, a separate Memory Stick slot (on top of the standard SD card slot), Bluetooth, and Sony’s typical fit and finish, which usually includes excellent keyboards and touchpads. The Vaio W is 1.3 inches thick, weighs 2.6 pounds, and will come in three colors–berry pink, sugar white, and cocoa brown.

 

 

The system is available for pre-order from Sony starting Tuesday, and should be arriving in retail stores sometime next month.

Source: CNet

Happy 30th Birthday to Walkman

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Sony Walkman is the biggest hit gadget in 80s and today is its birthday! According to the InfoWorld

The first Walkman, the TPS-L2, cost ¥33,000 in Japan and US$200 in the U.S., but despite the relatively high price tag the reception was enthusiastic. In 1980 The Wall Street Journal called the Walkman “one of the hottest new status symbols around” and noted that prospective U.S. owners faced a month-long wait because of a backlog in orders.

 

Windows 7 Half Price

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Microsoft’s new strategy to boast up the sales is to offer 50% Windows 7 upgrade version. This is very very good deal! Many websites are participating in this promotion. You can pre-order from BestBuy.com or Amazon.com.

 

It’s only $49.99 for home premium version and $99.99 for the professional premium version. The Windows 7 will be officially released on October 22.

The Hero Has Come

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The HTC Hero Android phone was officially announced At a press event in London on Wednesday as the latest Google Android device. 

The HTC Hero will be available in Europe starting in July and in Asia later this summer, while a “distinct” North American version will ship later in 2009. However, pricing was not announced at this time.

 

 

According to the CNET, The new Sense UI allows users to customize the device to their needs and give them more access to the information they want at a glance through widgets, customized profiles, and consolidated views of all communication with a contact, whether it be e-mail, text or multimedia message, Facebook status updates, or photos. In addition, HTC said that all of its future devices will use Sense UI.

 

Below is the Hero’s spec I got from Boy Genius Report website:

 

  • Android with HTC Sense
  • 112mm x 56.2mm x 14.35mm, 135g
  • Qualcomm MSM7200A 528MHz processor
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, dual-band 7.2Mbps HSPA/WCDMA
  • 512 ROM / 288 RAM
  • 3.2″ HVGA capacitive touchscreen
  • 5.0 megapixel camera with auto-focus
  • Gravity sensor
  • Digital compass
  • WiFi 802.11b/g
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR + A2DP
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • microSD
  • 1350 mAh battery
  • 420 minutes talktime / 750 hours standby (WCDMA)
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    RIM BlackBerry Rules the Market

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    This morning I just had discussed with Tar (a friend of mine in Bangkok) about iPhone versus BlackBerry. Which one is better or is the winner? Tar admitted that he is now rooting for the iPhone resort. So do I declare that I am taking on BlackBerry side… hahaha. We kept debating to each other. I admitted that I did not like any other BB’s models except the Curve. I do like the fact that iPhone offers more applications. But, for personal purpose of use, I still want to pick BlackBerry over the iPhone. I think there are a few things that I cannot live if I have to use an iPhone. But for Curve, it suits me well at this point.

     

    Anyhow, to backup my vision and thoughts, I decide to blog  about how well BlackBerry is doing in the market now. The news has confirmed that Research in Motion (RIM)’s BlackBerry is the one to beat.  Yeahh…!

     

     

    International Data Corp’s Mobile Phone Tracker data puts Research In Motion at more than half of the smartphone marketshare for the first quarter of 2009: that 55.3 percent share compared to a 19.5 percent share for Apple’s iPhones. That’s a dramatic surge from two quarters earlier, when BlackBerry devices hung on to 40.4 percent and Apple had 30.1 percent, according to IDC.

     

    A recent survey by Yankee Group revealed that of 41 percent of Americans who planned to buy a smartphone for their next phone, half were planning on a BlackBerry — is versatility. Sure, BlackBerry phones have reliable features and an entire app store, BlackBerry App World. But where iPhones and other flashy smartphones are often tethered to one wireless carrier in the United States — iPhone is exclusively AT&T, for example — all of the major carriers support at least one BlackBerry.

     

    Source: ChannelWeb

    MacBook Pro Price Reduced

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    I just noticed that the price of MacBook Pro has been reduced. The new MacBook Pro comes with more options to choose with lower prices and better battery life. This is awesome!! I always dream to get one of MacBook Pro, but the price is always ridiculously expensive. Now, it looks like more affordable. The 13″ MacBook Pro looks nice!! 7-hours battery life sounds so GREAT!

     

    For college students, Apple offers a free iPod Touch if you get a Mac too. What a deal!

     

    Netbook with AA Batteries

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    I’m so excited to see some company thinks forward and goes with AA batteries as power supply for a Netbook. This is so awesome!!

     

     

    Engadgetreported that this Netbook is even available to purchase from NorhTec ‘s Gecko EduBook for only $199. It runs Windows XP too.