The good news is that the PSP-3000 has a new brighter screen that gets rid of a lot of the older PSP’s ghosting, but the bad news is that there’s a price to pay. Some PSP owners are reporting at the official PlayStation forums that their PSP-3000 suffers from really bad interlacing defects during video playback AND gaming. That means that there are nasty visible jagged edges and scanlines on anything that’s moving. According to Joystiq, turning off the Wide Color Space option helps. We can only assume that Sony is in the process of investigating the problem.
Archive for October, 2008
When BioShock first hit store shelves for the PC and Xbox 360 it proved to be one of the most popular games around. The PC version of the game had its share of early bugs, but the game overall was great. It offers fun play and a very original storyline.
2K Games has announced that BioShock for the PS3 is now available to purchase. The PS3 version may be late to the game, but 2K promises some exclusive PS3 content to make up for it. One of the exclusives are challenge rooms that will be available for download at a later date.
The people from CEA are the group behind the geek fantasia that is CES. CEA is into more than putting together one of the greatest displays of geek debauchery on the planet, it also does things like predict holiday electronics sales.
You might expect this holiday season to be slow with the sluggish economy around the world. According to the CEA, despite the economy shipments for Q4 2008 are expected to grow by 3.5% compared to Q4 2007 shipments.
Over the summer, an unknown company called GoLive2 announced what at first glanced sounded like a cool product called Stix. Stix was basically Wii-like motion controls for the PC. I tested a set of the Stix 200 controllers and found they weren’t that good.
GoLive2 is back with a new MMO racing game designed for the Stix controller titled GoLive2 Racing. Let’s be honest about this, the chances of the game being decent are slim to none when you consider how poorly the Stix controllers themselves functioned.
Smart devices are all the rage, we have smart phones, smart cards and the like, why can’t we have smart keys? At some point in the future, smart keys that allow users to do much more than start their car and operate the alarm may be the norm. Naturally, the technology will first be seen on a luxury car.
NXP Semiconductors and BMW are teaming up to bring smart key technology to car buyers. The key prototype contains a contactless payment system along with personalized access control and other advanced functionalities.
These days you want a unique way to display important messages. Something quiet but easily seen. The programmable scrolly LED badge is just the thing. It’s a pocket-sized gadget that goes with you anywhere. You can store up to 6 messages, one of which can have up tp 512 characters and the rest can have up to 256 characters.
That should be more then enough capacity to tell those around you anything you want. I would recommend sitting in the front of a crowded movie theater and letting those behind you know just what you think about the steaming pile on the screen. As you can see from the picture, it’s a belt buckle too.
It took place in Melbourne, Florida. A truck carrying over 1400 PlayStation 2 systems was been stolen today. After a long trip over the weekend, the driver slept overnight on Sunday and didn’t realize the truck was gone until he woke up on Monday morning.
Apparently, the thieves were smart enough to disable the truck’s GPS before leaving with the goods. The police and the trucking company apparently had no idea where it went. There’s nothing worse then a truck full of stolen game consoles. Why do they never think of the children? The poor 30+ year old children…Now what will they play?
These new Kawaii headphones from Green House will have you torn between good behavior and bad since they feature an angel and a devil. Instead of one sitting on each shoulder and talking smack to you, they’ll sit in your ear and go directly to your brain.
These in-ear headphones provide a frequency response of 20Hz -20,000Hz, an impedance of 16 Ohms, accept a maximum power input of 5mW, and come with a stand/case so you can have them both where you can see them. They’ll be available at the beginning of November for $31.04.
If you do a lot of cooking, you’ve probably thought about getting a laptop or other device just for your kitchen so you can always have recipes on hand. The Demy Digital Recipe Reader is all you need for your recipe needs. It will show you all of your ingredients so you can make light Martha Stewart. The device is small so it won’t take up much room and it has a touchscreen display.
If you’re looking for something new to eat, it features a recipe database as well. The built-in memory will let you store 2,500 recipes. You can transfer them via USB. As you might expect, it’s splash resistant and even has three cooking timers, a substitutions database and a conversion tool. You can pre-order it for $299 and it will be available by the end of the month.
I love pinball, but I don’t think I’m lazy enough to play it vertically…with a remote. Okay, maybe I would. There may be a few benefits to upright pinball: Like not hurting your back, being able to sit comfortably, it saves space in your home etc. But at $119.95 it’s cheaper to play one of the many far superior console versions of pinball. Plus that HUGE remote isn’t a winning me over. No, it’s not a good idea to play pinball in this sacrilegious manner. You will look like a tool because that’s what you are.
If you’re looking for a bar in your home, but want something with a space age flair, this is right up your alley. It simultaneously ups your geek cred and makes your home look more like a 24th century dwelling. It will also give the aliens a place to mingle after you’ve been abducted and safely put back in your bed.
It’s the work of architect Zaha Hadid, who designed this masterpiece. I don’t think it has a single straight line on it’s metallic surface. It was designed for a showcase involving Lacoste footwear for some reason. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it suddenly lifted off the ground and entered hyperspace.
And thank god, cuz that one is fugly. Makes me queasy just looking at it. Fujitsu recently intro’d the new LifeBook A1110 15.4-inch consumer- oriented notebook with a swappable lid. That way you can show your style with a green mod labyrinth, bright pink with butterflies, or a cool blue Victorian print. The green mod labyrinth pis making me dizzy.
Fujitsu’s LifeBook A1110 is powered by an Intel Centrino 2 and comes with the Core 2 Duo P7350 or T5800 processor, up to 4GB of DDR2 memory, up to 320GB of hard drive space, and a DVD burner. Some other features are a 1.3MP webcam, 802.11n wireless module, Ethernet LAN port, 56K modem, Bluetooth, three USB ports, ExpressCard and SD Card slots, and a VGA output. It only weighs 6.3 pounds and runs on Windows Vista Home Premium OS. The LifeBook A1110 retails for $799.
Asus ups it’s LCD inventory with four new high-end displays arriving this month. The VK266H and VW266H are 25.5 inches, making them the largest Asus has offered. The VK246H and VW246H are the new 24 inch models. All feature the company’s new Splendid Video Intelligence Technology, 1,920 x 1,200, Full HD 1080p video playback via an HDMI input, with a 20,000:1 contrast ratio, a nice improvement over the current 3,000:1 of Asus’ flagship. Specs are identical on all four, with the VK266H and the VK246H having built-in webcams. No word on pricing just yet.
What can you say about a Noose shaped hanging lamp. It’s mood lighting for sure. And that mood is depression. I suppose the noose lamp is a creative way to kill oneself, while making some comment about light and darkness in society. Or maybe the light and darkness of your soul. Designer Marie Thurnauer must be a super cheerful person with a sunny disposition. Somehow I don’t think so. I think the idea is that if you buy this 135-centimeter tall fixture for $6,395, you’ll definitely want to use it on yourself. It’s a great gift to send to your banker friends too.
It’s been a long wait. A long and winding road if you will. At last, the Beatles iPod is out, with only 2,500 units available. You know you want it. And in these tough economic times, Paul, Ringo, and Yoko need your help. So why not fork out $795. The Limited Edition Ultimate Collector’s Beatles iPod Set comes complete with a wooden box designed by Psycho Bunny, where you can store your 120GB Beatles iPod, 13 original Beatles albums on CD, two masters, the Love CD, and an engraved guitar pick that is surely the pick of destiny.
Uh, hang on a minute here. Anyone wanting a Beatles iPod surely owns all of these CDs anyway, so what gives? I don’t need all of that extra junk for 800 clams. Just give me a decent Beatles iPod. Preferably something with a classic album cover on it.