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Sony's new mylo (2) now official

342w ago - The mylo is back, and this time it's gotten serious. The once humble, even kind of laughable device has been upgraded with specs respectable enough to make former naysayers sit up and take notice. Check it out:

>>> 800 x 480 3.5-inch (resistive) touchscreen display!
>>>1GB internal storage, mini-USB
>>> 1.3 megapixel camera, 802.11b/g, colored info-LEDs
>>> WMA / PlaysForSure DRM, MP3, AAC, ATRAC, and MPEG-4 codec support
>>> Flash Lite 3 (capable of playing back YouTube videos, for example)
>>> Netfront-based browser, AIM / Gtalk / Yahoo IM support
>>> Skype support, podcast and RSS aggregator (!), and an expandable widget panel with access to Google, YouTube, Facebook and other web 2.0 sites
>>> Attachable face plates ($20) and cradle ($30) options
>>> Free Wayport WiFi access at your local participating McDonald's until December 31, 2010
>>> 5.1 x 2.5 x 0.8-inch footprint

Unfortunately you still can't add your own apps to the device, making it far less compelling then, say, the similar but far better equipped Nokia N810 -- which goes for $180 more. It's shipping this month for $300, "BS" key included for no additional charge.

Microsoft CES Keynote Overview - Utterly Underwhelming

342w ago - You've read our Live Blog of Microsoft's CES Keynote, now here's the impressions. What a waste of time. No product announcements, no talk of what we can expect over the next year. It was an hour long boast session. "Look what we did".

I don't know if the HD-DVD cancellation cut out any announcements or what, but this was pathetic and boring. I'm going to go on record as to say it was the worst keynote from Microsoft ever.

Here's what happening, in a nutshell. They showed off Windows Live and all it's components, then bragged about how cool it is. Said how cool Xbox 360 is and how many consoles and Live subscriptions they've sold. Talked about how cool Mediaroom and Zune are. Showed off the Zune Social website. Showed off Sync in cars, then Windows Mobile (followed by bragging about how it's the best). Gates shows one thing that could happen in the future, but it's very far off and not extremely interesting. Robbie Bach challenges Bill Gates to a game of Guitar Hero 3, but they never play. Show ends.

Yeah, waste of an hour. Thanks guys. I'm going to go back to waiting for Live to work.

[Update] For the record, since I'm already hearing people (via other means) telling me I should look at the whole perspective and not just gaming, that's what I did. I...

Sony claims HD format gap to widen

342w ago - Sony has said that its Blu-ray format will pull further ahead of HD DVD in the coming year. Speaking at CES 2008 in Las Vegas, Randy Waynick, senior vice president of Sony's home products division said: "Blu-ray discs outsold HD DVD discs in North America by two to one this year. In 2008 that gap will just widen."

Waynick praised Warner Brothers' decision to stop supporting HD DVD and said that the move was "in response to consumer demand".

Sir Howard Stringer, chairman and CEO, Sony Corporation also praised the decision.

"All of us at Sony are feeling blu today, but that's a good feeling around here," he said. "I want to thank Warner Brothers for making the decision."

Stringer went on to say that the move was in the long-term interest of the consumer.

GPS for Sony PSP coming to US

342w ago - The GPS receiver for the Sony PSP is about to find its way out of Japan and into US gamers' hands.

According to Sony's CES 2008 page, "Your PSP will provide 2D/3D locations, driving directions, POI's, and even downloadable city guides."

No official release date or price - the peripheral in Japan retailed for approximately US $51. Of course, if you're impatient, you can always hack the PSP now.

Tech show to fight economic fears

342w ago - More than 140,000 people are expected in Las Vegas for the start of the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday.

The latest in gadgets and home electronics will be on display, as technology firms hope to ride out a global economic slowdown.

"The industry has to brace itself," admitted Gary Shapiro, president of the US Consumer Electronics Association.

Microsoft boss Bill Gates opens the show with a speech on Sunday, which will focus on social technologies.

"My feeling is that the US is in for tough times," said Mr Shapiro.

'Technology tourists'

But he said that economic slowdown and the widespread credit crunch could see people investing more in their homes, rather than buying new property.

"If we were [an] industry selling boats or travel, I'd be concerned. In terms of consumer electronics the industry is fairly well positioned."

He said the weak dollar had helped the US market, with many "technology tourists" visiting the country to buy electronics.

"People are coming to the US because it is such a bargain."

CES is the focus point for many technologies due to hit shops in the coming 12 months, such as OLED TVs, offering brighter, thinner displays, and a plethora of digital living room technologies, such...
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