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Predicting the next big thing is never easy, especially when it comes to technology. It's easy to lose count of the number of times Microsoft or Googlehave promised to create products that will revolutionize our lives. Granted, occasionally the corporate gurus are right – smartphones and wireless networks being two great examples. But for all the successful launches, there are as many products that don’t quite get it right. It could be a fantastic idea on paper, but when it comes to fulfilling the dream, they become nothing more than technology failures.
In a repeat of last year’s back-to-school promotion, Microsoft last month began offering a free Xbox 360 to U.S. and Canadian students buying a new Windows PC. But what about those students whose allegiances lie elsewhere in the HD video game console wars? They need not worry, for there’s a deal for them too.
If you weren't quick on the draw earlier this week, you would have missed out on a firmware update for your PlayStation Vita. Sony issued a system software update to version 1.65 on Tuesday and then pulled it down yesterday because of a "technical fault." Don't fret though, there's a new software update -- version 1.66 -- that includes all the previous fixes, plus a handful more.
The electronic surgeons at iFixIt point out that they don't break gadgets, they tear them apart. We love when they do, because then we can spy the innards of expensive tech gear laid bare without ruining our own equipment, allowing us to live vicariously through their teardowns. This week iFixIt took apart Sony's new PlayStation Vita handheld console, which turned out to be surprisingly easy to service.
If you listen to our good friend The Internet, you might be led to believe that PS Vita -- Sony's PSP successor -- launched in Japan and then promptly caught on fire. Maybe literally. The pint-sized powerhouse has been pegged with everything from crashes to lock-ups to sudden bouts of sentience followed by very hurtful comments about owners' frail, fleshy bodies. It's allegedly gotten so bad, in fact, that many sites -- including our own -- reported on a supposed “apology” from Sony. However, according to Sony UK PR head David Wilson, there might be a little smoke, but there's definitely no fire.