Intel was set to revolutionize television.
In fact, Erik Huggers, the head of Intel Media, said in February that this would be the year Intel shakes things up. After all, he had a small army of 300 at work and more than 2,000 Intel employees testing OnCue, a new box and service that would allow users to watch live TV, on-demand video, and other Internet-based offerings like video apps in one package.
The Xbox 360 was released in the fall of 2005 and the PlayStation 3 a year later. Back then smartphones weren't all that smart, the mobile market was dominated by players like BlackBerry and Nokia, and gaming was split between consoles and PCs.
Everything changed, however, when Apple released the iPhone; and once again with the release of the iPad. The mobile revolution has changed the way we share, consume media, and play games. You would be hard-pressed to find someone without a cell phone these days, let alone a smartphone.
To take advantage of the increased adoption rate … Read more
A talking toupee? It might be a reality one day if Sony decides to do anything with a new patent it's been awarded.
The patent's broadly titled "Wearable Computing Device," but things get more detailed in the patent abstract:
"Wearable computing device, comprising a wig that is adapted to cover at least a part of a head of a user, at least one sensor for providing input data, a processing unit that is coupled to at least one sensor for processing said input data, and a communication interface that is coupled to the processing unit for communicating with a second computing device. The at least one sensor, the processing unit, and the communication interface are arranged in the wig and at least partly covered by the wig in order to be visually hidden during use." … Read more
Sony might acquire a chip plant in Japan that has heretofore been used to produce large-scale-integration (LSI) chips -- assuming it can find a way to change the facility's focus.
Sony executives have toured a Renesas Electronics plant in Japan to determine if it's a worthy acquisition, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people with knowledge of the discussions between the companies. Before Sony puts in an offer, however, the company wants to see how difficult it would be to convert the facility into a CMOS production plant.
Renesas has been in a world of trouble … Read more
Sony's PlayStation 4 has hit another important milestone, some two weeks after the console launched.
Sony on Tuesday announced that global PlayStation 4 sales have reached 2.1 million units worldwide. The company was quick to point out that the tally includes actual sales to consumers and not merely shipments into the retail channel.
The PlayStation 4 hit North America on November 15 and quickly became a sales hit. Sony announced at that time that it sold 1 million PlayStation 4 units in just 24 hours to customers in the US and Canada. On November 29, the company launched … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- Uri Minkoff, CEO of fashion brand Rebecca Minkoff, climbed through an opening in a wall leading to an empty retail space inside the Westfield Shopping Centre in downtown San Francisco. It was an unexpected sight: The stylish Minkoff, sporting a slim-fitted blazer and designer jeans, checking out the dark room, construction material strewn about.
But Minkoff doesn't care about the room itself; he cares about the entrance, where there is a computer setup that, he hopes, will boost his sales this holiday season. That's where potential shoppers will touch a piece of glass, iPad style, … Read more
It's a prizefight punch out between Sony and Microsoft in a battle for bragging rights for the next generation of gaming!
Sony's PlayStation 4 is the sleekest console we've ever seen, with powerful hardware to boot, and has its sight set on the hardcore gamer.
Microsoft's Xbox One brings new innovations like HDMI pass-through and voice commands. Gaming is its heart, but it also hopes to rule your living room.
So which gaming console is your prizefight King of the Ring? It's the PS4 versus the Xbox One.
Cast your vote!
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are both equipped with a 2.5-inch 500GB hard drive that spins at 5,400 revolutions per minute. Only the PlayStation 4's hard drive, however, can be replaced or upgraded.
Sony previously allowed gamers to upgrade their hard drives in the PlayStation 3, and with some games taking up more than 50GB of space, we are thankful the company kept the same philosophy with the PlayStation 4.
The process is relatively simple and should only take you a couple of minutes to complete.
Here's what you need to know:
The tools The … Read more
Those holding out for a cheaper next-gen console come next year may need to reconsider their timeline for taking the plunge.
This month's PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launches have given Sony and Microsoft a definitive and reassuring answer to the demand question mark looming over high-end living room gaming. That means that unless one starts to aggressively undercut the other, we aren't likely to see our options decrease in price until well into the devices' life cycles.
"You would certainly cut the price of hardware because there is a demand issue," said Colin Sebastian, an … Read more