If you own a PlayStation 3, it is important to note that the firmware update is now live. Sony has released the update mainly for the improvement of the PlayStation 3's media capabilities. Among other things, it allows the user to wield a new set of tools for sorting through and displaying their personal collection of digital photos.
Sony's Computer Entertainment chairman, Kazuo Hirai, has expressed strong feelings and opinions regarding the gaming console industry. Hirai feels that the PlayStation 3 is well on its way to outselling and thriving better than the Xbox 360. He says Sony will "continue official leadership in this industry."
For years the music industry has been making great strides and taking extreme measures to prevent pirates from illegally copying and downloading its content.
On Thursday, YouTube announced the launch of the YouTube for television portion of the website that has a new user interface designed for simplified viewing on television screens. The service will be enabled in beta by users with either Wiis or PS3s.
The concept of having one set-top box which is capable of delivering to your television set newly released video and film is very appealing. Companies such as Apple have shown that delivering a service of this caliber is almost impossible today, at least until better technology is developed. Even though this type of service might be a far cry from being fully developed, companies are still attempting it - and most recently Blockbuster.
According to NPD Group's statistics, in 2008 Nintendo managed to sell 10.17 million Wii game consoles in the United States, breaking sales records. Nintendo's DS handheld game device also sold 9.95 million units last year, the success of which is largely attributed to the DSi's delay in this country.
IGN has started a rumor that the successor to Nintendo's DS Lite, The DSi, will hit U.S. store shelves in April for $179.99. The devices have already sold more than one million units in Japan for the equivalent of $211.
Late last week at CES, Andy Parsons, president of the Blu-ray Disc Association announced that 2008 was a banner year for Blu-Ray sales. Surpassing the adoption rate of DVDs, CDs and HDTVs (as well as several other common household technologies), Blu-Ray sales topped 28.6 million in the 4th quarter alone (up from 9.5 million a year earlier). Top seller was Dark Knight.
Apple's DRM-free iTunes service is proving to be completely DRM-free, meaning any player can play new music downloaded from iTunes in the AAC (.m4a extension) iTunes Plus format. However, the DRM-free versions still have internal tags which link the music purchase back to the purchaser.
Opinion – Every time a new processor announced, we often wonder what we could use this new horsepower for besides a few more frames in games and faster Photoshop filters. Ten years ago, a 450 MHz (single-core) CPU sounded like overkill, and in ten years we may be wondering what that heterogeneous many-core chip might be good for. You know what I mean. We are typically looking for those new types of applications the hardware vendors tell us have not been invented yet. However, for the next generation of hardware, I will make a prediction: Multi-core processors and capable graphics hardware will enable movie production studios to outsource Hollywood actors, and keep Angeline Jolie as young and attractive as she is now for as long as they want. And there may even be more uses for this technology.
I personally have always felt that free thinking should be encouraged and condoned. I love to hear the opinions of tech geniuses, and gadget gurus as to what the future in technology holds for me. Even if the concepts are off the wall, outrageous, or ridiculous it’s still fun to ponder, right?
Today, Nvidia unveiled 3D Vision for GeForce. Designed to operate wirelessly with high speed shutters and selected 120 Hz frequency monitors, the gaming, photo and movie industry can now go fully 3D out of the box with little or no modification.
Microsoft’s Robbie Bach provided some updates on Xbox 360 content at
CES. Halo Wars received a new release date and Kodu will allow users to
create their own games.
Netgear is taking this week's Consumer Electronics Show to unveil two new Internet-connected set-top boxes for those looking to enjoy online video content. These are the Internet TV Player (ITV2000) and Digital Entertainer Elite (EVA9150), priced around $200 and $400, respectively.
One of the most impressive product demos on the first day came from
Mitsubishi. It showcased Nvidia 3D technology on one of its 3D-enabled
TVs. You will be able to buy this stunning product for $200 next month
(TV not included, of course).
Remember last year when EMI was the only big music label that
offered its music on Apple's iTunes free from the dreaded digital rights
management (DRM)? It now appears that the remaining three labels have
given up trying to build an iTunes rival. They've done this by now giving everyone DRM-free
tracks, including iTunes.
The upcoming mandatory switch from analog to digital TV has been known about for some time. Projections were made, estimates were budgeted, and everything was to proceed smoothly. Except, nobody counted on a recession. As a result, digital TV sales are down, fewer consumers are switching to cable/satellite, and converter box sales are up causing the government's coupon program to run out of money. It was a plan well executed!