Archive for January, 2009
Ready 2 Rumble Revolution for the Wii
We all know and love the Wii’s motion sensitive controls- you know, the motion sensitive Wiimote and Nunchuck controllers. Well, this new game, Ready 2 Rumble Revolution, looks to take full advantage of those controllers, as it looks like a cooler, funner version of the traditional boxing game found in every Wii Sports game. More >
That G2 leaked pix we showed you other day? That was nothing compared to this new phone Verizon and LG have up their sleeves. The phone is the LG VX9600, or Versa, and once you see what it can do, you’ll see why we’re giving this the title of the COOLEST PHONE EVER! So what you waiting for? Hit the read link and let’s go!
Well pix are out now on the internet of T-Mobile’s next possible version of Google’s Android powered T-Mobile G1 (to learn about the original G1, see our previous posts here). The pix show a whole new design with no annoying “chin” for the trackball, and instead has the trackball built straight on the device (Finally! That “chin” must be really annoying to use for texting).
There also appears to be different forms of buttons underneath the screen, a 3.2 megapixel camera, and what is arguably the biggest design change– no physical keyboard. Yup, the G2 looks to drop one of it’s biggest feature in order to get a thinner design. Oh, and as of right now that would be a pretty big problem as Android doesn’t have a virtual keyboard like the iPhone. Don’t worry though possible G2 owners, we fully expect Android to have an official virtual keyboard well before this thing comes to it’s rumored launch in May
I personally don’t find the new G2 design to be so great, as the smaller buttons and new design just look plain ugly to me (at least from this shot), especially when compared to phones like the iPhone, Blackberry Storm and Bold, and I even think it looks worse then the original G1 (which I didn’t think was so bad to begin with, minus the whole “chin”). Though, a bunch of awesome features would make that feeling go away pretty quickly (you know, an awesome, possibly even multi-touch touchscreen, a normal 3.5 mm headphone jack instead of the current “do all USB port” on the G1 would be some good starts).
Again all this is just a rumored device, as neither T-Mobile, HTC (the makers of the phone as well as the G1), or Google have said anything. But hey, assuming this is the G2, what features would you like to see in this phone? Do you like the new design, even if it means losing the keyboard? G1 owners, you like/dislike your G1, and would you reccomend the G1, or that people wait for the G2 to come out? Sound off in the comments.
Info and pix from Engadget.com
Dell’s Inspiron Mini 10 (Pic from Laptop Mag)
Well our finals are finally over, so it’s time for us to get back to “work”. A lot of things happened at CES, and we hope to give you info on the best netbooks, laptops and desktops (aka. regular computers), cell phones, as well as some general cool things we saw happen.
Let’s start with netbooks, and boy were there A LOT of these. HP, Dell, Asus (the guys who really started the netbook frenzy with their Eee PC line), and a bunch of other companies all came out with some new stuff, so read on for some of the best you should look to see in 2009!
Remember back in October, Nintendo announced their new DS, called the Nintendo DSi? Well there are rumors going around that the DSi might come around in early April for the price of $179.99.
In case you missed it, here is a recap of some the new, and cool, features of the new DSi
- The DSi boasts not one, but 2 cameras (one on the inner hinge; the other, on the outside)
- Free internet browser built for checking who the Yankees are going to steal from the Mets next ; )
- A DSi store, allowing you to buy and download games using the same Nintendo Points found on the Wii Shop Channel.
- The device screens are slightly larger, and also thinner, because Nintendo is removing the GBA (Game Boy Advance) slot– no more Sonic 3. Aw.
- Internal memory (to take pictures on presumably) in addition to an SD Card slot.
- Music playback
What do you think: Are you going to wait on this rumor? Sound off in the comments.
Info from Engadget.com
Just in case you missed it, here are some exciting features of the P Series:
- The P Series will be the lightest netbook around, tipping the scales at about 1.4 pounds! Oh, and it fits into a regular mailing envelope– take that MacBook Air!
- The LED backlit screen has a 1,600 x 768 resolution, which is one of the best out there for netooks and just stunning.
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- A battery that boasts 4 hours of work time, which could be 8 if you decide to go with the optional high capacity battery.
- Just in case, it also comes with built-in GPS
- A one touch button for access to Sony’s Xross Media Bar interface for your movies and music and internet browsing, which you can start up without going into full Windows (this is known as a “instant on OS”, as your computer goes on in much quicker time than it would to load the regular OS).
Just a small note, this netbook will not include a trackpad but instead have a small track ball in the middle of the keyboard which can be used like a mouse.
The P Series will ship sometime in early February in the very creative colors of garnet red, emerald green, onyx black, crystal white and black hues for $900 and up (way too much for a netbook in my mind– heck, you could get 2 fairly decent netbooks for the price of one of these things!), depending on your specs.
So do you think it was worth the wait? Let your voice be heard in the comments.
Info and pix from Engadget.com
Apple today unleashed the restrictions on the iPhone’s wireless iTunes Music Store, letting you finally download songs over 3G! So me being crazy to try this out, took out my iPhone 3G and put this to the test.
I gotta say it works as advertised; I was able to download a 4 minute song in about 1 minute, and my 3G wasn’t even going at its normal speeds! (I think this has something to do with AT&T’s data/internet network going down earlier yesterday morning on the east coast, and it hasn’t fully recovered as of this writing). Anyways, the quality of the songs are the exact same as the ones on your computer’s iTunes, and the mobile iTunes Store even started selling the new DRM free tracks – which you can also download today.
All the songs you downloaded get transferred to your regular iTunes on the computer the next time you sync and go to File–> Transfer Purchases from “____’s iPhone”, so don’t worry about losing your newly bought tracks
Another pretty important thing worth mentioning here is that the pricing on the iPhone’s iTunes store remains the same. Unlike other carriers’ music downloading services (we’re looking at you Verizon, and AT&T with your non-iPhone phones’ $1.99 pricing per song), you’re not paying more than the standard .99 cents to download a song.
Oh, and for all you original iPhone owners: don’t worry, this works over EDGE as well, but I would recommend sticking to Wi-Fi for your downloads, as you may not have enough time to sit and wait for your song to download (downloading over EDGE is that slow).
iTunes Music Store over 3G on my iPhone 3G. Click on pic for bigger version.
(The song, by the way, is “If Today Was Your Last Day” by Nickelback, and the download is paused so I could take the pic- not because of 3G problems )
I still was hoping (wishing really) that Apple did more for the iPhone today (please, all I want is: a landscape keyboard like in Safari for texting, syncing with more than one computers like a regular iPod, a lil video recording, and some picture messaging. Honestly Apple, is that so much to ask?). But all in all, the “new” iTunes Store over 3G is great, and gives the iPhone yet another edge over the competition as both a music player and phone.
What you think of the new iTunes Store- both the iPhone’s new ability to download over 3G and the new DRM free songs? How the iPhone 3G’s wireless iTunes Store working for you? Let us know in the comments.