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Service now open to N81 multimedia phone owners

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345w ago - After delays, Nokia has begun to roll-out its N-Gage gaming service and its media sharing site.

The company twice delayed N-Gage's launch last year due to unexpected software difficulties.

The service has now been opened to owners of Nokia's N81 multimedia phones around the world, with the company asking for feedback before opening the service to a wider audience.

"These are the first steps on the long journey towards becoming a competitor in the Web 2.0 services space," CCS Insight research director Ben Wood told The Washington Post.

"It now faces the challenge of building awareness for these and other services with consumers who have already gravitated towards established web brands such as Google."

Nokia released the original N-Gage, a combination phone, handheld gaming device, MP3 player, PDA, and FM radio, in 2003. A year later, a subsequent redesign - the N-Gage QD - removed radio reception and MP3 playback features.

The latest iteration of the N-Gage is an application, built into or downloaded to a supported Nokia phone, that acts as a central hub for content including games.

Nokia's social networking site - "Share on Ovi" - allows people to share photos and videos and is built on technology acquired last year with the US firm Twango.
 

Sony's new mylo (2) now official

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350w ago - The mylo is back, and this time it's gotten serious. The once humble, even kind of laughable device has been upgraded with specs respectable enough to make former naysayers sit up and take notice. Check it out:

>>> 800 x 480 3.5-inch (resistive) touchscreen display!
>>>1GB internal storage, mini-USB
>>> 1.3 megapixel camera, 802.11b/g, colored info-LEDs
>>> WMA / PlaysForSure DRM, MP3, AAC, ATRAC, and MPEG-4 codec support
>>> Flash Lite 3 (capable of playing back YouTube videos, for example)
>>> Netfront-based browser, AIM / Gtalk / Yahoo IM support
>>> Skype support, podcast and RSS aggregator (!), and an expandable widget panel with access to Google, YouTube, Facebook and other web 2.0 sites
>>> Attachable face plates ($20) and cradle ($30) options
>>> Free Wayport WiFi access at your local participating McDonald's until December 31, 2010
>>> 5.1 x 2.5 x 0.8-inch footprint

Unfortunately you still can't add your own apps to the device, making it far less compelling then, say, the similar but far better equipped Nokia N810 -- which goes for $180 more. It's shipping this month for $300, "BS" key included for no additional charge.
 

Technologies on the rise in 2008

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350w ago - A number of technologies have exploded throughout 2007 from Facebook and the iPhone to the Nintendo Wii.

But what will be making the headlines over the next 12 months?

Here the BBC News website gives its predictions for five technologies that could become big in 2008.

THE WEB TO GO

One of the biggest drawbacks of web applications is that they can only be used when there is an internet connection.

Although mobile working is becoming increasingly common, ubiquitous connectivity is still a long way off.

But there are tools that are beginning to blur the online and offline worlds.

Over the last 12 months a number of technologies that could have a significant impact on the way people use the web.

Search giant Google announced its Gears application whilst Adobe launched Air and Microsoft released Silverlight.

All the technologies have the ability to take rich web content and make some of it available offline.

For example Adobe has shown off an Ebay desktop application built using Air that would allow users to do much of the legwork required in setting up auctions offline.

The next time the user connects to the internet the listing would be posted to the website.

Silverlight offers...
 

New Kingdom Hearts compilation scans

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351w ago - Three new scans of the Kingdom Hearts trio from this week's Famitsu issue have surfaced. These scans confirm all the rumors that were flying around the past few weeks:

KH 358/2 Days
Screenshots from Wonderland, Agrabah, Olympus Coliseum and Twilight Town. All these locations are now confirmed.

KH Birth by Sleep
Screenshots of Ven, Cinderella and Maleficent. Terra's command gauge will have a Fatal Mode which he can use to eliminate enemies with powerful moves. The multiplayer concept is gone. According to the scans Terra is a powerful warrior, and Ven has excellent agility.

View KH: 358/2 Days scan HERE

View KH: Birth by Sleep scan HERE

View KH: Coded scan HERE
 

PlayStation emulation comes to iPhone nation!

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352w ago - Got an iPhone? Not fully satiated by its wealth of features and functions? Miss losing yourself in classic PlayStation games from years gone by? Wish you could combine the two for accessible mobile gaming? Well, the creative folks at ZodTTD might have just the thing you're longing for.

Not convinced? Want to see the emulator running in real-time? Below is a YouTube video showing psx4iphone in action:





Specifically, only a few days after officially announcing its PlayStation/iPhone emulation project, ZodTDD has whipped the covers off its PSX4iPhone application, which will allow iPhone users to take PSOne titles with them wherever they go.

Off course, Sony's official hardware offshoot for mobile gaming exists in the form of the sexy PlayStation Portable - and what a super piece of kit it is too. However, the PSP is not the smallest piece of tech on the market and it doesn't provide a solid platform for original PlayStation titles, especially as its increased power generally sees it dipping into the PlayStation 2 catalogue. Plus, when physically carried alongside the iPhone, well... there's no contest in terms of current tech...
 
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