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PSP Owners: SanDisk 4GB Memory Stick Pro Duo for $30

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338w ago - This is probably one of the best deals we've seen on a SanDisk-branded 4GB Memory Stick Pro Duo in a long time, if not ever.

Complete with free shipping, online retailer Buy.com (linked above) is currently offering the stick at a very attractive price of $30 dollars, $50 off the standard list price.

There are no strings attached, aside from the fact that this offer is not an International one, as Buy.com only ships to addresses located within the continental United States.

We have seen Lexar branded cards for cheaper, but those often have issues with loading plug-ins with PSP Custom Firmware. That being said, those interested may want to grab one while they're still available!
 

PSP Phone Specifications Unveiled

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338w ago - The PSP phone idea has been thrown around for quite a while now, but according to this piece of scanned white paper you see below, it shows just what a device would carry. Click on it for the larger image, unless you've got vision as good as Superman to read everything in fine print.

Among the specifications listed include:

- 4.3" 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD display at 480 x 272 pixels and 16.77 million colors
- 2 megapixel camera
- Built-in web browser
- Built-in podcasting
- Flight mode
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Memory Stick Micro/microSD memory card slot
- Streaming audio/video
- Video calling
- Speakerphone
- Alarm clock, calculator, calendar, other PIM functions

It would be interesting to see whether such a device will be able to live up to the 5 hour game time claim. This could be possible if it doesn't use UMDs, but should Sony decide to make it backwards compatible with the media, game time will be severely shortened if you happen to turn on the cell phone functionality simultaneously.

How much are you willing to fork out for such a dream device?
 

Pioneer develops 400GB Blue Laser Disc

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338w ago - Pioneer has developed an optical disc that can hold up to 400GB of data, easily surpassing previously announced prototypes.

The new disc manages to pack 16 layers, each with a 25GB capacity, into a conventional 12-centimeter diameter optical disc. The new discs are similar to Blu-ray Disc technology and slight changes to the hardware on a Blu-ray drive would allow the new Pioneer discs to be used on one.

Pioneer doesn't have any plans to commercially produce the disc but is looking to work with disc manufacturers that would make it themselves. The technology is about ready to enter commercialization, said Michiko Kadoi, a spokeswoman for Pioneer Corp. in Tokyo.

A one-sided Blu-ray Disc has 25GB of capacity, far less than the Pioneer disc. Currently, dual-layer 50GB discs are the highest capacity discs available commercially. Various companies have worked on higher capacity discs and TDK Corp. previously announced development of a 6-layer disc with 150GB capacity, but that has yet to reach the market.

Getting a clear signal from each recording layer has been a stumbling block for higher capacity discs with more layers, but Pioneer said it has managed to solve this problem by employing technology it developed for DVDs. The new disc has a structure that reduces interference...
 

SCEE can't confirm PS3 Firmware 2.41 report

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338w ago - SCEE has just said that it can't firm up reports that a PS3 Firmware 2.41 release is to be made this week, but fell short of issuing a denial.

"I saw them," said a rep when asked if Sony was aware of the rumours. "I can't confirm anything at the moment, though."

We were also told that it's unknown as yet when an official statement will be made on the status of Firmware 2.40/1, but PR is waiting to hear back on the matter.

CVG reported this morning that Sony customer service is telling callers that a Firmware 2.41 update if to be issued to PS3 users this week.

The news comes in the wake of the pulling of Firmware 2.40 last week, after numerous users complained of system lock-ups.
 

Rumor: PS3 Firmware 2.41 due out Midweek says Sony

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338w ago - The huge in-game XMB PS3 update that was pulled from PSN last week following technical issues will be re-released for download by Wednesday, CVG has been told.

According to customer support, Firmware version 2.41, which should be clear of all errors, will out "midweek", although Sony has yet to make an official announcement to confirm that.

In case you missed it, Sony last week was forced to pull the much-anticipated update after widespread reports of it breaking PS3 consoles.

The Firmware is available to download from various Web sites on the Internet (like HERE), but to be on the safe side you'd be best to wait for the update from Sony.
 
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