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Sony Ericsson Xperia Phones Go Hollywood and Underwater

posted Sunday Jun 26, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Sony Ericsson Xperia Phones Go Hollywood and Underwater

I've been talking about Sony Ericsson Xperia phones for a while now and when I heard about the announcement of the Xperia Ray and Xperia Active I was actually intrigued as to what they would have to offer. We know that Ericsson has taken well to Android and is now looking to become the top seller of phones on the Android platform. With Xperia Arc, Xperia Play and Xperia Neo already on the roster what directions would they take with 2 new phones?

It turns out that despite small screen sizes, 3in. for the Active and 3.3in. for the Ray, both phones will take advantage of the Mobile Bravia engine which is intended to transplant the Sony Bravia TV experience to mobile handsets by improving contrast and color management. One noticeable difference is the resolution of the Ray at 854 x 480 compared to the much more standard 480 x 320 of the Arc. That seems cool, we already saw some of that at CES this year but the Arc will deliver something more interesting that might make up for a more lacking display.

Hit the break to see the Reality Display in action from CES this year and for more details.

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3M Keeps Your TV Plugged in with Ethernet

posted Sunday Jun 26, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

3M Keeps Your TV Plugged in with Ethernet

3M, the stationary company, has created something so cool that you'll want one of their Post-It notes to remember it. They have come up with an Ethernet-powered TV that doesn't need a power plug. If you didn't know or are trying to figure out what index cards and page labels have to do with new technology with TVs, 3M has been also working in the display industry for a long time. They have worked in-depth on a device called a front polarizer, which determines how to infuse light into the TVs. This polarizer rests between the glass on the TV and the actual liquid crystals.

So while that work doesn't relate directly to creating a new tech for televisions, 3M has also been behind pushing the industry to find out how to make displays manage power more efficiently. 3M's polarizers are said to help bring down the power consumption of LCDs, to the point where it won't need to be plugged in.

We have a fact sheet image and more after the break.

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Android Out, HP webOS In?

posted Sunday Jun 26, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Android Out, HP webOS In?

Are you frustrated with Android? Of course you are. It seems to be under a now constant attack from virus software, you never know what features you might be getting from the incredibly fragmented landscape and now Google has closed the OS. If you are frustrated, imagine how Samsung, HTC and Motorola feel. They are the ones constantly fighting against Google and having to try and prove to customers why their $599 Motorola Xoom is worth it compared to Velocity's $149 Micro Cruz.

When the OS is free and unregulated, these are the things that happen. This has caused the big 3 handset manufacturers to start considering abandoning the platform in favor of something else. Windows Phone 7 is certainly an option, but it has very limited hardware flexibilities and cannot be run on tablets. So, Trip Chowdry, an analyst at Global Equities Research believes that we may see them move to HP's webOS.

Will HP be willing to license? Will manufacturers want to get involved? Hit the break to find out.

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Xbox LIVE to Show Up on More Than Just WinPho 7

posted Sunday Jun 26, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Xbox LIVE to Show Up on More Than Just WinPho 7

Since the inception of WinPho 7 we knew that Xbox LIVE would play a huge role and integrate easily into the new mobile devices. What we also guessed is that we would see LIVE show up on PCs in some capacity. As it would turn out, we have learned Xbox LIVE will be built into Windows 8.

Mike Delman, VP of global marketing for Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business revealed it all in an interview.

We have parts of the interview and thoughts on the integration after the break.

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PS3 Slim, Meet PS3 Green

posted Sunday Jun 26, 2011 by Jon Wurm

PS3 Slim, Meet PS3 Green

To be fair, the next version of the PS3 is still in the 'Slim' family and Sony has managed to trim off almost another pound from the CECH-3000B, 6.6 pounds in the previous model down to 5.7 pounds now, but more efficient power usage is where most consumers will find value. The CECH-2500B, Sony's last version, was rated at 230W which has been reduced to 200W with the CECH-3000B. Fortunately, the 'less is more' mentality for the PS3 Slim hasn't translated over into the included accessories that still consists of a Dualshock 3 controller, power cord, AV cable and USB cable. The 320GB console and accessories can all be yours for the low low price of 34,980 yen or $436 USD but there's still more noticeable changes discussed after the break. Don't go rushing over to Japan just yet.

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Hackers Didn't Pass Up on Sega Pass Online

posted Sunday Jun 26, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Hackers Didn't Pass Up on Sega Pass Online

Coming off the heals of the PSN attacks that happened in April this year it's not just Sony that found itself under siege by hackers.

This month Sega experienced what the PSN did to a much smaller degree but the consequences were still devastating. Sega Europe is responsible for the Sega Pass online service that was breached, which resulted in the names, birth dates, encrypted passwords and e-mails of 1.3 million users being compromised. Luckily no credit card information had been stolen but the Sega Pass service has been shutdown since June 16th, probably to revamp security measures, and there is currently no tentative date for resuming the service. Sega representative, Yoko Nagasawa delivered the following statement on behalf of the company,

We are deeply sorry for causing trouble to our customers. We want to work on strengthening security.

Guess which hacker organization has some involvement in this incident and hit the break to see why it might not be who you think.

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