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Technologies on the rise in 2008

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343w 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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344w 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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344w 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...
 

Mobile retro gaming with the Space Invaders keychain

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345w ago - If you're old enough to recall feverishly shovelling handfuls of pocket change into ever-willing coin-op arcade machines (perhaps you're sporting one or two grey hairs about the temples), then this little handy tool of distraction is likely to pull mightily on your memories as well as your purse strings.

There are scant few arcade games scattered throughout gaming history that can truly rival the likes of Taito's classic Space Invaders, which pitted players against a never-ending horde of advancing aliens while arming them a puny spaceship lacking in shielding and equipped with only a single static weapon. Difficult, unforgiving, and endlessly addictive? Rather.

So, for those old-skool gamers looking to relive the past without pouring their college funds into a coin slot, there is this, the Space Invaders Mini Arcade Keychain from Excalibur Electronics. While it may be gimmicky in the extreme and a blatant cash in on the endearing popularity of a genuine gaming great, this baby is guaranteed to cut down the monotony of bus and train journeys whilst also keeping your house and car keys company when you're busy with the rest of the day's activities.

Arriving with a full colour display screen, endless waves of alien action can be yours for a mere $15 USD - just don't leave it hanging...
 

Connect the PS3 to Your Phone, Starting Next Year

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345w ago - Seems that Sony's not only trying to compete with Xbox Live and Nintendo's similar services, but also with Apple's iTunes. The news of the day is that the PS3 will be able to hook up to your cellphone and you surely know that this is just another reason for those PSP Phone rumors to resurface. We're already loving the Remote Play functionality featured on the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3 and we guess that it can be expanded in order to allow the next-gen gaming device to connect to many other gadgets.

Linking a PS3 to a mobile phone means hardcore media streaming and maybe a chance to take screenshots and capture videos from the games you play, plus some neat content management of your saves and files. We'll see this new feature being launched by April 2008, probably with the aid of a brand new firmware. I'm curios to see if the connectivity option is only available for Sony's phones, or we'll be able to hook up iPhones to our beloved consoles.

Can you read into the future and really figure out what such a feature means? Here's a couple of high-tech lucky guesses (even reaching sci-fi levels at times):

* We'll play games using our Sony Ericsson phones as joysticks, maybe even taking advantage of their vibration function and accelerometer

* In case you're hooking up a...
 
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