With the release of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform and Sony looking like its going to release a PlayStation phone, will the next gaming console war take place in the smartphone sector? If so, don't bet on Nintendo making an appearance.
Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime told Forbes it's much more interested in handheld consoles than it is smartphones.
"Certainly we are adding more and more elements to fill out the experience and take away more and more time from competing devices," Fils-Aime said. "But our handhelds will always lead with games."
Instead of releasing a mobile phone, like Sony is doing, Fils-Aime sees Nintendo's upcoming 3DS as the epitome of mobile gaming, giving Nintendo a major competitive edge over the competition.
"3DS content will be dramatically unique to our platform, because I don't think a smartphone manufacturer will invest to put a 3D parallax screen in their device and not have the content to bring to life."
ViewSonic's UK division announced a new low price camcorder capable of shooting videos in 3D, the 3DV5. The thing runs around $240 and includes a 2.4-inch 'autosterescopic' display somewhat similar to the Nintendo 3DS. That means you can watch your 3D videos on the device without having to wear any special glasses.
Alternately, videos can be uploaded to YouTube's 3D channel and watched in 3D using the supplied 'anaglyph' glasses, which works even on a 2D display. Otherwise, the camera comes ready to beam 3D (and 2D) content to your 3D HDTV using the included HDMI cable.
"Everyone has watched 3D movies at the cinema, and lots of people are considering purchasing a 3D compatible display, whether a TV, monitor or projector. However, there is a lack of available 3D content, and people want to create 3D content that they will be able to watch for years to come," says James Coulson, European product marketing manager, ViewSonic. "The ViewSonic 3DV5 makes it easy for anyone to create future-proof, high quality 3D home movies and also shoot in standard 2D. As well as being easy to use, the camcorder is also excellent value for money, and will make a great gift this Christmas."
Other features include 720p recording, 10MB of internal memory, SD card slot, and a Li-Ion battery that's rechargeable via USB.
One of the selling points of HP's Envy 14 Beats Edition laptop has been the Monster Beats Solo headphones you saw Dr. Dre sporting in the television advert. Due to "supply constraints," HP is no longer bundling the cans, Engadget reports.
As for pricing, HP has gone and knocked $100 off the Envy 14 Beats Edition, lowing the starting configuration from $1,250 to $1,150. It's worth mentioning that you can get the Beats audio experience from the regular Envy priced at $1,000 to start, albeit with a Core i3 370M processor instead of a Core i5 460M.
HP's Beats audio technology essentially entails a beefed up EQ, a Digital Signal Processor (DSP), the inclusion of an amp, and a board layout intended to provider cleaner audio output.
While there is no dearth of solutions for streaming PC-based movies, music and pictures to your TV, the PC games in your personal collection are still “unstreamable.” Enter AfterCAD, and its GameString Adrenalin service, and personal PC game libraries will become just as “streamable” as other media content.
So what exactly is GameString Adrenalin? AfterCAD is calling it “personal cloud gaming.” It essentially allows for PC games to be played remotely from within any Flash- or HTML5-enabled web browser. The company has even posted a video (below) of World of Warcraft being played on Google TV.
"Our GameString technology represents the next generation in cloud gaming as it doesn't rely on downloads, plugins, java or obscure codecs to work. The proof is in the fact it works with the Google TV right out of the box while other cloud gaming services will have to write an app to run it on,” said Chris Boothroyd, CEO of Aftercad.
“For Game Publishers looking to leverage the cloud to spice up the production values for Flash based social games, it is clear our approach is the way of the future and the way to go."
Microsoft tomorrow will begin pushing out its Fall Dashboard update for the Xbox 360 console, three days ahead of the Kinect launch.
In addition to adding support for Kinect, the mandatory update revamps the user interface and adds some new features, like ESPN 3, Zune Music, a new voice communications codec, and perhaps best of all Netflix search functionality.
Those who decline the update will not be able to connect to Xbox Live, though all the offline features will remain intact. View the full FAQ here.
MSI continues to flood its notebook line with new models, the latest being the new FX600MX. Described as "powerfully chic," the FX600MX looks attractive and comes built around Intel's Core i3/i5 platform.
"The FX600MX laptop is proof that MSI continues to insist on the best," MSI said. "Its jet black cover is sheathed in non-peeling raised totem seal coating to prevent scratching and smudging. The center of the cover is graced with MSI's glowing platinum logo and the wrist rest areas with a soft raised diamond coating that not only soothes hands, but adds an extra touch of glass."
MSI's sweet talking aside, it always comes down to the hardware. Towards that end, the 15.6-inch FX600MX comes with up to 8GB of DDR3-1066 memory, Nvidia GeForce 310M graphics, 320/500GB hard drive, DVD burner, a pair of USB ports, eSATA/USB combo port, 4-in-1 card reader, Wireless-N, 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium.
Amazon on Thursday announced that its upcoming Kindle for Windows Phone 7 app will be the first major eBook software available for WP7 devices. As with all Kindle apps, WP7 users will be able to sync their downloaded books to multiple devices.
"When you buy a Kindle book, we make it easy for you to get your books on all of the devices you want to read on - your iPhone, iPad, Android-based device, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, and of course your Kindle, Kindle 3G and Kindle DX," said Dorothy Nicholls, Director, Amazon Kindle. "Kindle for Windows Phone 7 extends our vision of 'Buy Once, Read Everywhere.' The app is optimized for the unique user interface of Windows Phone 7, and will include our Whispersync technology, so you always have your library with you and never lose your place in a book as you switch between devices."
Kindle for WP7 will launch later this year. You can sign up for email notifications here, and in the meantime, catch a quick demo of Kindle for WP7 below.
Asus company president Jerry Shen has been talking tablets, saying his company plans to launch several iterations in the coming months, including 7-inch, 9-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch models, DigiTimes reports.
The 12-inch model will feature Windows and sport Intel hardware inside. Mass production is scheduled for December with hopes of launching the Wintel device in January 2011.
Asus is also prepping two 7-inch and two 9-inch tablets for a March 2011 release. One of the 7-inch tablets will be Wi-Fi only, while the second will include 3.5G support and phone functionality. As for the 9-inch models, one will come built around Nvidia's Tegra 2 platform wrapped in Android, while the other will be another Wintel device. About $100 will separate the two devices.
An interesting rumor is coming out of Android and Me today. According to the site, the upcoming Samsung event is going to be the unveiling of the Google Nexus Two. This phone will supposedly be running stock Android Gingerbread (3.0 or 2.3, version number unclear). We've been expecting an announcement regarding the next version of Android, but a new Nexus seemed unlikely.
The Nexus One, while generally positively regarded, didn't sell very well. Carriers were nervous about supporting the stock Android phone and users could only buy it online. The Nexus One online store was closed, and even the support forums are going read-only soon. The Nexus One was made by long time Google partner HTC, but would Google contract Samsung to create a new Nexus?
This could end up just another situation like the Droid. Google officially backs a handset with a new version of Android, but the phone itself is managed by the manufacturer. What's your take?