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How Did You Decide Upon Your Next-Gen Console Purchase?

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296w ago - Too often, analysts and journalists forget that with the sheer amount of information available these days, it can be difficult for a consumer to make a decision.

I can distinctly recall working down at EB during the launch of the PS2 (yes, I'm that old; just shut up), and it became painfully clear that most consumers, even some who considered themselves gamers, were dazed and confused.

"Just too many conflicting reports," or something to that affect, is a commonly heard comment. So, how did you decide upon your console purchase?

Bear in mind I'm only talking about this new generation, so if you've purchased a PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or Wii, I want to know why. How did you arrive at the conclusion? None of these, even the relatively inexpensive Wii, is cheap enough to be considered an "impulse buy," so obviously, one would assume a great deal of thought went into your purchase decision.

I am well aware of the fanboys who plunked down their money without doing any research whatsoever, but if they bothered with responsible research, they wouldn't be embarrassingly biased, now would they? Anywho, I suppose I'll start; I own a PS3 and a 360, and here's why-

The Xbox 360 Purchase

I had an Xbox, and although it turned out to be a far less reliable machine...
 

Guide: YouTube on Your PlayStation 3 Console in Full-screen!

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296w ago - Earlier today YouTube TV was [Register or Login to view links] for PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii game consoles.

Here is a follow-up from Sony's Sr. Director of Promotions Ginger Kraus: Simply open up the Web browser on the PS3, and enter the following URL: www.youtube.com/tv (note: this link will not work from a PC or Mac, only from a PS3) and hit enter.

Now you're good to go! You'll notice a new YouTube interface that allows you to watch videos in full-screen. With enlarged text and simplified navigation, it makes watching YouTube on your TV as easy and intuitive as possible. Here's a helpful video that guides you through the process:





We're working closely with the YouTube team to make a more PlayStation-centric version of the YouTube TV Website page accessible from the lefthand menu bar (the YouTube button currently takes you to our branded channel on YouTube).

So stay tuned for that and in the meantime grab a cold one and sit back to enjoy your favorite videos on the big screen!

Happy watching,
Ginger Kraus
 

CES 2009: Ten Ultra-cool Gadgets Coming Your Way in 2009

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297w ago - We trawl through the CES 2009 mayhem so you don't have to, and below are ten of the coolest gadgets we ran across as follows:

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The Palm Pre has been the undisputed champion of CES this year. Just when everyone thought that CES was shaping up to be a bit of a damp squib, Palm shocked us all with the Pre.

It looks like it could be the best challenger to the Apple iPhone yet - and everyone who's had a play with it thus far has been smitten by its awesomeness.

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Mini projectors can now be made so small that you can fit them inside mobile devices like phones and MP3 players. It's another example of the old cliché: ten years ago this would have been science fiction. Today it's very much a reality. The Logic Bolt Projector Phone does exactly what it says on the tin - it's a phone, with a mini projector built in.

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Until now, the MacBook Air has ruled the roost in...
 

CES 2009: Why Your PS3 Doesn't Have Backwards Compatibility

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297w ago - I can't help it; whenever I look over at my giant shelf full of fantastic PS2 titles, or read about a great title like Persona 4 coming out for the lingering system, I look under my television at the shiny PS3 that won't play any of them, and it makes me grumble.

We all know, of course, that in trying to keep the PS3 cost-effective, backwards compatibility was a feature that Sony felt they needed to abandon.

Still, as a gamer who still cares about these things, I found it interesting when I was shown, at CES, just how this had been achieved. While exploring the Digital Experience! event at the Mirage, I visited the Rambus booth, where a pair of PS3 motherboards were on display.

As the helpful Rambus representatives explained to me, their business is the design and implementation of integrated memory and chips in various consumer electronics, including a particular Sony videogame console. They had helped Sony to create the original hardware for the PS3 launch hardware, and later, had also helped refine the PS3 motherboard into a more efficient and streamlined system.

In this photo, the Rambus rep is pointing to a launch-era PS3 motherboard; that particular area on the left is essentially a PS2, contained within the PS3 architecture – the fabled "Emotion Engine." The board...
 

British Police Now Allowed to Hack Into Your Private Computer

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298w ago - The power of anti-piracy organizations is constantly growing and latest news from Great Britain sounds somehow scary: The Home Office has adopted a new policy that will allow police to hack into British people's computer systems without a warrant.

The hacking known as 'remote searching' allows officers to covertly examine the hard drive of people's PC's anywhere. E-mails, Web browsing habits and messaging conversations can all be gathered.

To quote: The Home Office has quietly adopted a new plan to allow police across Britain routinely to hack into people's personal computers without a warrant.

The move, which follows a decision by the European Union's council of ministers in Brussels, has angered civil liberties groups and opposition MPs. They described it as a sinister extension of the surveillance state which drives "a coach and horses" through privacy laws. The hacking is known as "remote searching".

It allows police or MI5 officers who may be hundreds of miles away to examine covertly the hard drive of someone's PC at his home, office or hotel room. Material gathered in this way includes the content of all e-mails, web-browsing habits and instant messaging.

Under the Brussels edict, police across the EU have been given the green light to expand...
 
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