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Mobile retro gaming with the Space Invaders keychain

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362w 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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362w 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...
 

PSP Phone concept, I think I like this one the best

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363w ago - So gamers realize that when cellphone manufacturers try and combine gaming and cell-phones they usually screw it up, so in an effort to push Sony-Ericsson in the right direction, some guy came up with this design for the PSP phone. It maintains the full functionality of the PSP but adds the phone functionality in.

It looks like it's a dual slider that slides up for the phone keypad or at an angle for the PSP controls. Sure, you might lose the UMD slot with this design, but it's on its way out already, so by the time this phone would be released, you should be good to go.

The best part is that instead of trying to build a gaming platform onto some mediocre mobile devices, you'd be taking an already fairly well-developed gaming platform and try and build a phone into it, I have a feeling that it would work a lot better this way. Also, this guy apparently things that a PSP phone would be deservant of a 3.2MP cam on the back and hopefully 3rd or 4th generation WWAN access on top of the WiFi the PSP already has. Sadly, this is just a concept, and not even one from Sony or Sony-Ericsson, but it's a great one, so it probably won't get used.
 

20% of iPhones in France unlocked

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364w ago - Mobile phone company Orange has said 20% of customers who have bought iPhones from it in France have opted for unlocked ones. Orange sold the popular Apple product for 399 euros (£288) with a two-year contract, or 749 euros without one.

Elsewhere, mobile companies only sell iPhones to customers who take out network contracts with them. Orange sold 30,000 iPhones in the first five days, 20% of which were unlocked so they could be used on any network.

Orange says that 48% of people buying the phones were new customers for the network.

Court ruling

On Tuesday, a German court overturned an injunction that had forced T-Mobile to sell unlocked phones.

In the two weeks that the injunction was in place, T-Mobile sold unlocked iPhones for 999 euros, compared with 399 euros for a phone with a two-year contract. The company has not revealed how many unlocked phones it sold at that price but says it did sell some.

The exclusive agreements between Apple and mobile operators have caused controversy outside France, with software circulating online that claims to unlock the iPhone.

Apple has warned that hacking into the phone's software could render the phones "permanently inoperable" if software updates are downloaded.
 

Source: Hudson Lays Off Half of US Staff

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365w ago - Next-Gen has learned that Redwood Shores-based Hudson Entertainment has laid off approximately half of its workforce.

All of the layoffs occurred within the company's mobile division this morning, according to a source who wished to remain anonymous.

"Their mobile division has not been profitable for about the last year-and-a-half or so," the source said. "They've just been having a lot of trouble getting their games onto big carriers like Verizon and Cingular. It's a very competitive market place."

He pegged Hudson Entertainment's workforce at around 50-70 people total, meaning layoffs ranged somewhere between 25 and 35.

The source said that Hudson Entertainment intended to bring original ideas to US carriers as well as port over mobile games from Japan, but those ideas were "shot down."

He said that missteps in marketing and management were also contributing factors that led to poor performance of the mobile division.

Workers laid off will receive two weeks of severance pay. Our source said that there are "lots of unhappy people" at Hudson Entertainment today.

"It seemed like it caught everyone off guard. They didn't see it coming," he said.

A call to Hudson Entertainment marketing director John Lee was unreturned as of press...
 
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