Refreshed PSP to launch in Japan for $180

Sony’s Playstation Portable (PSP) will see its first major feature update next month: Scheduled for an October 16 launch in Japan, the new PSP-3000 is positioned to challenge Nintendo’s DS console, which currently outsells the PSP by almost 3:1 and has a substantial lead in total units sold.

Babes of NVISION gallery

Ok so NVISION was mostly about computers and games, but as is common to most trade shows companies bring out their best booth babes to lure in the crowd.  Following in the great TG Daily tradition of providing great booth babe coverage, here’s our gallery of the finest girls at NVISION.  We’ve also included a few shots of Tricia Helfer, star of Battlestar Galactica, when she appeared at Jen-Hsun Huang’s keynote.

Behold the five radiators, six graphics cards and 50+ fans “DayWalker” system

While many of the case mods we saw at the NVISION conference and LAN party were extraordinary, the “DayWalker” Blade-themed case - or more accurately towering, human-sized, case – impressed us the most.  Created by Richard “DarthBeavis” Surroz, a computer maniac and noted case modder, the DayWalker contains several radiators, dozens of fans and six graphics cards.

Logitech’s Slim Devices intros Squeezebox Boom network player

Slim Devices, a company Logitech acquired in October of 2006, today announced its Squeezebox Boom “all-in-one” network music player, which promises to deliver a wireless Internet music experience throughout your home. It’s a natural evolution for Slim Devices, but we are still waiting for an integration of the technology with other Logitech devices.

NVISION LAN party sets world record

Hundreds of very tired attendees at the GeForce LAN party pumped their fists and gave a weary cheer when they broke a Guinness World Record for the longest continuous LAN party.  The event was part of the NVISION conference hosted by NVIDIA and had hundreds of people playing video games for 36 straight hours.  For their efforts, the “winners” – if you can call them that – received “gold medals”, had their LAN party entrance fees refunded and their pictures taken for posterity.

Samsung, Sony roll out BD-Live Blu-ray players

Samsung and Sony are showcasing their latest Blu-ray player flagship models at the IFA 2008 tradeshow. Both players are priced outside the mainstream market and may not see especially high production volumes. But the arrival of more BD-Live players carries the hope that there is room for previous-generation and entry-level Blu-ray players that are more interesting for mainstream buyers.

TiVo, EW hop into content bed

Sony pops out pricey SACD player

Last time we checked, the Super Audio CD (SACD) was one of Sony’s big failures in recent history. The idea of a DRM-laden specialty audio listening experience did not stick too well with high-end consumers. It never really seemed to gain much threshold and one could assume it died off like other failed Sony formats. Not so, it seems – at least if we believe that Sony is serious about launching a new SACD/DVD player later this year.

Nvidia to become a software publisher and a digital distribution giant?

Canon EOS 50D digital camera shoots pictures in 15.1 megapixels

Canon is pulling out a new big gun in its digital camera arsenal with the unveiling of the EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera with 15.1-megapixel resolution and its new DIGIC 4 image processor. It will be available in October in either body only for around $1400 or in a kit version with Canon’s EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens for about $1600.

Sony enhances the screen of the PSP, adds microphone

Cases from hell at the NVISION GeForce LAN party

Regular folks are just happy to own a working computer, but the attendees at the NVISION GeForce LAN party aren’t regular folks.  From glowing LEDs, water cooling blocks to a Team Fortress 2 Sentry Gun case, these guys and gals love showing off their computers while they blast each other in the latest first person shooter games.  Several hundred attendees are also trying to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people at a lan party in a 36 hour period.  However it really doesn’t look good so far as many of the seats in the world record section are empty.

Palit shows off upcoming video cards and artillery at NVISION

Palit is showing off some serious graphic firepower at the Nvidia NVISION conference and LAN party over the next couple days.  An upcoming Nvidia GTX 280 card will feature an integrated water block so you don’t have to mess with those pesky cooling kits.  Another card, that’s available now, is a 9800 GTX+ with 512 MB of DDR3 RAM.  While the cards are certainly cool, Palit had some other toys that attracted much more attention.

10 ways to modify your Xbox 360

Feature - As a self-proclaimed tech-nerd I do not believe I own one piece of technology that I haven't taken apart, modified or hacked into. The Internet is booming with hacks, cracks, and mods, I try as many as possible on my gadgets. Here are my top 10 recommendations for the Xbox 360.

Olympus launches five new cameras

Mario goes Baseball for Nintendo Wii

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.

Load faster, kill faster, win more – Intel touts SSDs for extreme gaming

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.

New Sony DJ system now in love with Apple’s iPods

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 kicks out $15,495 projector. Popcorn not included.

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.

Logitech premieres force feedback wheel for Wii

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.