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Bluetooth 3.0 Specifications & What it Could Mean for Sony's PS3

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285w ago - The Bluetooth Special Interest group have [Register or Login to view links] that on April 21st they'll officially unveil the details regarding their updated Bluetooth profile 3.0.

Within 3.0, the new update will allow for less disconnects and faster transfer speeds.

To quote: On April 21st, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group will officially unveil its Bluetooth 3.0 technology to the world. Unsurprisingly, Bluetooth 3.0 is promised to be much faster than the current 2.0/2.1 standard, according to the SIG:

"Transferring an entire music library, a complete DVD, a vacation's worth of photos, all within seconds at the touch of a button and wirelessly will now be possible."

Three-point-oh will also feature new Enhanced Power Control (or EPC), which will "reduces the incidence of disconnects caused by movement such as placing a phone in a pocket or purse."

On the technical side, it is a Generic Alternate MAC/PHY (AMP) that will enable Bluetooth profiles to take advantage of 802.11 speeds. The 802.11 Protocol Adaption Layer (PAL) will enable the Generic AMP feature to be used with an 802.11 radio.

What will this mean for Sony's PlayStation 3? If Sony updates the PS3 Bluetooth profile, perhaps your headsets will have...
 

Video: Patapon 2 Hero for Sony's PlayStation Portable

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285w ago - SCEA Associate Producer Chris Hinojosa-Miranda shared the following this weekend via PlayStation Blog:

One of the new great features of Patapon 2 is the great masked warrior Hero Patapon.

Hero Patapon is a mythical creature (like a yeti, but cuter and real-er), with magical powers and a heart of gold. His fighting skills are second to none and it's rumored that he beat Chuck Norris in a staring contest (with one eye!).

True this: he is the most powerful Patapon in the WORLD!

So your question is: how do you tap into this awesomeness and channel his amazing-ness into complete Karmen oblivion? Well friends, I have two syllables for you: fe-ver.





That's right, Fever Mode, the magic point in time when your rhythmic prowess sets the Patapons into a frenzy is also the time when Hero Patapons special abilities come to shine. So here is how it will work: lets say you are headed down a jungle, spear in hand chanting Pata-Pata-Pata-Pon (march command) to you heart's delight...and then you see a Kachidonga in the distance...and you strike Pon-Pon-Pata-Pon (attack command).

Under normal conditions, this would set of a hail of spears and arrows from your troops, and if you are in Fever Mode, the hail would blacken...
 

Sony is Planning Facebook and PS3 In-game Tie-in

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286w ago - Those who have dreamed of your Facebook profile automatically being updated when you gain a trophy on a PS3 game may soon get your wish.

Sony's John Davidson has indicated that they are already working on a PS3-Facebook integration system for games, to quote:

According to [Register or Login to view links], a panelist asked John Davidson from Sony whether there would ever be a time when someone could do something on a PS3 game and then could 'spit it out to Facebook'.

Davidson replied that such an idea is already in the works and is "critical not just for marketing but for the types of games we're trying to develop. That day is coming quicker than some may think."
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for April 9, 2009

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286w ago - Today PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen has graced us (pun intended) with another PSN update, as follows:

Hi everyone. It's time again for the weekly PlayStation Store update.

Congrats to NCAA Basketball Champ University of North Carolina! For all you UNC fans out there, be sure to check out the NCAA National Champions University of North Carolina Premium Theme for both PS3 and PSP!

PULSE
PULSE 4/9 Edition (free)
Join host Christina Lee for PULSE presented by the PlayStation Network. This edition features a look at brand new titles Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic, FLOCK and Puzzle Quest: Galactrix. New video arrivals include Yes Man, starring Jim Carrey, and Comedy Central's new series, Krod Mandoon. We also have a preview of Qore Episode 11 hosted by Veronica Belmont, available free from the PlayStation Store.
File size: 235 MB (HD) 390 MB (1080)

Downloadable Games
Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic ($9.99)
All the puppets were kung fu fighting! Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic is a unique party fighting game featuring hilarious, customizable kung fu puppets that deliver a sharp jab to the funny bone!
ESRB Rated E
File size: 623 MB

FLOCK ($14.99)
Protect your cornfields and lock...
 

Video: Flock! Lands on Sony's PlayStation Network Today

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286w ago - Capcom's John Diamonon announced today that Flock! is now available on Sony's PSN, to quote:

I want to set the record straight because I'm not one to hide from anything. We will NOT, I repeat, NOT be charging for extra animals in FLOCK!

Yes, the game will be complete with all the sheep, roosters, pigs and cows you can herd to your heart's desire.

So the wait is over. FLOCK! finally lands on PSN today. Here's what you can expect:





•Over 50 levels of intense flocking action!
• Level creating, sharing and rating!
• Trial mode! (Basically a demo with an in-game purchase option) Trophies!
• In game XMB music support!
• Two player local co-op!
• Cow poop!
• Flies on cow poop!
• Pigs rolling on cow poop with flies!
• UFOs and a Motherflocker!
• A $14.99 price point.
• Commenters complaining about said price point!
• Gamers purchasing FLOCK and exclaiming that it's totally worth it!
• More harassment about trophy support for previously released games!
• Shameless cameo appearance by Blanka from Street Fighter!
• Many more surprises and prizes!

I want to congratulate last week's contest...
 
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