Nintendo is bringing its popular franchise character Mario and company
to baseball for the Wii with the launch of the new interactive title Mario Super Sluggers. It will cost you around $50 when it hits retail shortly.
A solid state drive, more specifically an Intel
SSD, could mean the difference between killing your virtual opponent
and taking a dirt nap on the electronic battlefield. At the Intel
Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel engineers touted the speed of
their upcoming flash drives saying that they can keep up with the
bandwidth demands of modern CPUs. They also boldly claimed that
competitive gamers could get in the first kills while their spinning
platter hard drive using opponents were still on the loading screen.
The reluctant mating of Sony products with Apple iPods is something the
guys back at Sony Japan HQ will probably always kick themselves about.
The digital version of the Walkman never really had a chance to get off
the ground with the iPod dominance. One of the latest Sony devices to
highlight this love-hate relationship is the Xross Fade (LBT-DJ2i), a
"DJ-style" music system priced around $500.
Planar is introducing its first 3-chip DLP projector built for the
custom home theater market (which should tell you that this means
‘pricey’). It is called the Viper and it will sell for $15,495 MSRP.
Wii owners holding out for a dedicated force feedback racing wheel will
be happy to note that Logitech is debuting one this November here and
in Europe. It is called the Logitech Speed Force Wireless and will cost about $100.
Microsoft announced its new SideWinder X6 Keyboard and SideWinder X5 Mouse,
priced around $80 and $60, respectively. Microsoft claims it has "the
first-ever" switchable key pad that can be attached to the left or
right side of the keyboard. This, the company believes, will offer
greater flexibility when moving between Excel for accounting and your
favorite PC game.
Analyst Opinion - Given the number of problems the iPhone had, the
device was lucky to have been brought to market by Apple. Any other
company would be dead in the market. Battery life is terrible, the
connectivity is unreliable, the MobileMe application deleted email for
large numbers of users and weeks after the launch it is still having
issues. But the iPhone also shows that Apple marketing, packaging, and
overall user experience can overcome almost any obstacle. And it may be
exactly what Netbooks and MIDs need.
Once again, it is an exclusive game title that is the decisive factor
in console sales. In this case, it is worth a special note, as the Xbox
360 sold almost three times more units as the PS3 over the course of
one week. Nationally and internationally, the Xbox 360 and the PS3 seem
to be involved in a dead heat with sales advantages shifting almost
every month. Who will make the winning move?
Toshiba today announced its “near HD” DVD player, which effectively
succeeds the company’s HD DVD players that were removed from the market
earlier this year. Toshiba’s first XDE player will debut later this
month, are promised to offer better image quality than standard DVD
players for a price that is twice that of other 1080p upconverting DVD
players, but only half the price of Blu-ray players.
Most, if not all problems the Xbox 360 console had over the past
several years were related to the fact that Microsoft chose a
cost-effective, but very weak cooling solution. If you're willing to
void your warranty, Lian-Li has a solution for you.
Disc labelers aren’t anything new and they
certainly aren’t the most exciting things to report on, but we saw a
nifty little labeler from Dymo that could churn out full color covers
in just one minute. The company showed off the hand-held printer at
the Siggraph trade show and told us that almost any type of
inkjet-friendly disc can be used.
Blizzard Entertainment’s President and co-founder, Mike
Morhaime, publically apologized today for the company’s Blizzcon ticket
buying meltdown. Tickets to the fan convention were scheduled to start
on Monday after midnight, but website and other server crashes delayed
that until late morning. Crashes continually brought down the ticket
buying site for the next two days until Blizzard suddenly closed
sales. Morhaime posted his apology on the World of Warcraft homepage
and said 3000 extra tickets will now be sold on a lottery system.
Unlike previous Lara Croft models that mostly came from the world of
fashion or acting, the new face of Tomb Raider: Underworld has a
Analyst Opinion - I was watching the Olympics over the weekend and
couldn’t help but cheer when the US swim team beat the French. Going
in, the U.S. team was clearly overmatched – yes, they had a couple
strong swimmers, but as a team they were underpowered. The French
team, feeling deservedly confident, publically disparaged the U.S. team
and indicated they would “smash” the U.S. team. Well, that isn’t what
happened, now is it? In fact the victory likely wouldn’t have been
anywhere near as sweet had the French been a bit more modest. In that
sense, I couldn’t help but think of the initial reaction of the Apple
faithful to the WSJ article on Dell’s new MP3 strategy. Apple’s FUD
machine seemed to go overtime, particularly after it learned that I had
been briefed and provided a few minutes of feedback on the product.
Shutterfly, an Internet veteran that sports an online photo site, is
going Web 2.0 as it plunges into a new social network offering. The
company is calling this new offering Shutterfly Share Sites.