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

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306w 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...
 

Ten Things You Should Know About the New Xbox Experience

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314w ago - The New Xbox Experience, a.k.a. the new Xbox 360 Dashboard, hits today. If you've got an Xbox 360 that's connected to the Internet, you're going to be prompted to update your console as soon as you turn it on.

No exceptions; this is what your machine will look like until either it dies, you die, or Microsoft decides to make ANOTHER Xbox Experience.

Unfortunately, unlike Batman, you didn't have time to prepare. Here are the ten things you should know about the new Xbox experience so you can be set for today.

1) Installation is quick. Owners with hard drives that aren't 100% full will be able to update with no problem, but Xbox 360 Arcade fans that rely on memory cards can get in on the free 512MB card deal from Microsoft. We'd recommend you go for the 20GB hard drive for $20 if anything.

The update won't be as fast as the 10-second patches you're used to for standard Xbox Dashboard upgrades, but clocking in at somewhere between five to ten minutes, it's still faster than standard PS3 firmware refreshes. And this changes the entire UI!

2) Avatars are neat, but need some work. They're not necessary in the sense that you've still got the option of using your old gamerpics to represent your gamertag to the rest of Xbox Live, but everyone can create a Nintendo Mii-like...
 

Top Ten reasons to own a PS3!

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328w ago - Gamervision has posted 10 reasons why everyone should own a PS3, so here are those reasons:

The list isn't in any real order, more of a "loose order," so before you're at my throat about something being number two when it should really be number three realize that these aren't in any real order, just sort of ascending in importance.

10. Warhawk
Incognito's PlayStation 3 exclusive online-only shooter offers an experience unmatched on the Xbox 360 or Wii. 32-player online battles across huge landscapes in various different vehicles is an impressive feat for a console to handle, and allowing up to four players to jump online with one system makes it an achievement in technological prowess.

9. Resistance: Fall of Man
Resistance didn't live up to the photorealistic promises of the early PlayStation 3 commercials, but the launch title was definitely the best among the early PlayStation 3 releases. The story was there, and the game's unique enemies and weapons were enough to gain the game an online following, leading to hectic multiplayer battles. The game's sequel is coming soon, and looks to follow in the original's footsteps while adding a huge amount of polish, so the time is right to jump on board and give Resistance a play-through.

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Ten Things We Still Want in PlayStation 3 Firmware

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334w ago - Gizmodo has posted a list of 10 things they still are seeking in PS3 Firmware. To quote:

10) Smarter Firmware Updates

Let me agree to terms and conditions–a tiny 1K file transfer–before downloading the whole software update. Then once the update downloads it can roll into an install without me having to push some stupid buttons on the controller.

9) Automatic Downloaded-Game Installation

We're really still manually installing most game and demo downloads? Seriously? No, seriously?

8) Real Keyboard Support

The PS3 "supports" a mouse and keyboard. But keyboard support is still not functional or assignable in most games. Some middleware solutions would be nice here, Sony. I should be able to play anything on a mouse and keyboard by mapping SIXAXIS/DualShock3 buttons.

7) In-Game Web Browsing

OK, so here's an instance where we can access the XMB while in a game, but we can't really access it. Because you can't browse the web while in a game. I'd love the option to look up walkthroughs...err...hints and tips without going to the computer.

6) Controllers Don't Charge Without PS3 "On"

Why do I need to leave on my entire PS3 to charge one controller? A firmware update could program the USB portion of...
 

Sony exec: Ten-year lifespan for the 'PlayStation Networked' PSP

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335w ago - In an interview, a Sony exec admitted the 'PlayStation Networked' PSP has "probably suffered" due to a high reliance on third-party content which is no longer appearing on the PSP as regularly as previous years."

"We need to revitalise the developer community to get behind PSP," said Zeno Colaço, VP of publisher and developer relations for Sony Europe.

"One of the issues when you rely on a business model that relies on 25 per cent games from Sony and 75 per cent from other publishers is that if they start to refocus, you can't recover that space because you don't have the internal capacity, so we've probably suffered from that," he stated.

"Our sales for PSP is over 37 million units, which is huge, particularly when you take into account the level of third-party sales there are for PSP compared to DS."

"So from my perspective, what's important is we continue to tell publishers and developers that there's an opportunity to make money on PSP, which is something that will become apparent over the next two years as the network services are developed," said Colaco.

He also stated that with support of the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Network, the company hopes the handheld will enjoy a ten-year lifecycle.

"We definitely have the ambition for it to...
 
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