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PS3's Warhawk Connects to iPhone from XBL App Developer

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331w ago - We hope Microsoft returns to Live Anywhere at some point, but in the meantime, gamers are picking up the slack.

1337pwn, who developed the Xbox Live application for iPhone (also compatible on browsers, Blackberries, etc.) recently developed a Warhawk scoreboard application, too.

There's not much functionality to the "Warhawk" application yet, and it's only designed for use on the iPhone and iPod Touch. You can view it through a browser just fine, though. The application is a little limited, however, because Sony doesn't have a community outreach program yet.

"Third party game publishers don't have access to PSN friends list information on the platform right now," said 1337pwn founder Det Ansinn.

"It's tough to predict when that might change. Given some of their initiatives like Home and the new PlayStation store, I would not be surprised to see them working in that direction."
 

iPhone to interface with PlayStation 3 Blu-ray playback

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332w ago - Blu-ray Disc solutions provider NetBlender is expected to announce this week a software kit for iPhone developers that will allow them to expand upon the Blu-ray playback features of Sony's PS3 gaming console.

Dubbed BD Touch, the technology aims to leverages the network capabilities of Blu-ray players, meaning that iPhones and iPod touches could soon add to their repertoire the ability to dual as a multimedia remote for supporting Blu-ray players like the PS3.

In addition, BD Touch could also serve to funnel movie extras from the PS3 to the iPhone, build an iPhone-based database of a user's movie collection, and beam iTunes Digital Copy versions of movies from Blu-ray discs to the Apple handhelds.

"It's a technology that is built into our professional Blu-Ray authoring tool that will allow studios, independent movie companies to enable BD Touch features," Denny Breitenfeld, the CTO of NetBlender, told Gizmodo. "These features send data in two directions from the Disc to the iPhone and vice versa. Video, Audio, text, and player commands can be sent."

Breitenfeld added that while the idea for remote control functionality has been well received, it should be noted that the BD Touch technology will also allow Blu-ray players to control the iPhone and iPod touch.

"One idea...
 

PSP Firmware 3.95 includes Customizable Controls for PSOne Titles

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332w ago - Update: PSP Firmware 3.95 is now available via Network Update or here: PSP FW 3.95 (US) / PSP FW 3.95 (EU)

PlayStation Network head Eric Lempel has revealed that a new PSP firmware is coming and will be "available shortly."

Firmware 3.95 will introduce two new features, the first of which is the ability to customize control settings in PSP PSOne settings. The second is a more PlayStation 3 centric feature, allowing PSP owners to turn off their PS3 console or leave it on when exiting from a Remote Play session. To quote:

* While playing PSone games on your PSP, you can now customize how the buttons are assigned by going to [Controller Settings] > [Assign Buttons] and select [Custom].
* You can now quit Remote Play and choose to turn off your PS3 or leave it on after quitting. This is useful if you are performing a download and want to quit Remote Play, but still want your download to continue on the PS3. Select [Quit and Turn Off the PS3 System] or [Quit Without Turning Off the PS3 System] from [Quit Remote Play] when you press...
 

Gates hints at Vista 'successor'

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333w ago - Microsoft boss Bill Gates has dropped a hint about the next version of Windows.

He said Windows 7 could be released "sometime in the next year or so" during a Q&A session at a meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank.

After the event a Microsoft spokeswoman said the new version was scheduled for 2010 - three years after the January 2007 release of Vista for consumers.

But industry experts warned that Microsoft's estimates about delivery dates have often proved optimistic.

Long wait

Mr Gates made his comments in response to a question from the audience gathered to hear him talk about corporate philanthropy during IADB's annual meeting.

Said Mr Gates: "That'll be sometime in the next year or so that we'll have a new version."

He added: "I'm super-enthused about what it will do in lots of ways." However, Mr Gates did not detail what changes or novel features are being lined up to appear in Windows 7.

Microsoft has started the developer program for Windows 7 and there are reports that a test version, of it, called Milestone 1, have been given to some of the software giant's biggest customers.

Afterwards a spokesperson for the company said Mr Gates was talking about pre-release versions of Windows...
 

Pioneer drops plasma but pushes on Blu-ray

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333w ago - Pioneer has confirmed its intention to cease the in-house production of plasma panels, but will increase its focus on Blu-ray and audio/video products linked with displays.

The company plans to develop next-generation wall-mounted TVs with wireless connections. It will also develop video and audio analysis technologies through research into high picture and sound quality.

It will focus on new Blu-ray players which will be combined with other products and recorders, and will also continue to develop its speaker business.

Through its ongoing alliance with Sharp, Pioneer will develop acoustic systems for ultra-thin, flat-panel TVs, with outstanding sound quality. Pioneer will also work with Sharp Blu-ray Disc-related products.
 
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