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Google Fiber everywhere

You have inevitably hear about Google Fiber by now. It has launched in Kansas City, will be expanding to Austin Texas and was announced to be heading to Provo Utah.  Google Fiber is using Google installed fiber optics to bring internet and TV service at Google says 100 times faster. The hope is that Google would eventually step into the ring as an Internet Service Provider(ISP) and bring Google Fiber nationwide. However many posts have been written about the enormous cost it would take and also the roadblocks and hurdles Google would face to take on such an endeavour. However there is a way that there could be Google Fiber everywhere.

Well at least here in North America. The problem is just one word “Greed” but you’ll understand more about that when we get into it. It will take many billions of dollars to bring Google Fiber to all the cities in North America. A huge cost even for Google but if you think about what fiber and that 100 times faster internet means there is a way that it might happen. The recent talks of the new video game consoles Sony’s Playstation 4 and Microsoft’s XBox 720 or whatever it will be called brought up a very interesting idea. The idea that games would be streamed to the consoles making a fast and stable internet connection a must. Then if you think about the topic of streaming music like Matt Weber imagines again Google Fiber would make it a more attainable goal.

Google might not have enough money on their own to tackle this project but if they roped in Microsoft, Sony and some of the other big companies who stand to gain from Google Fiber. Then it could very well become a reality and along with it crazy internet speeds that would enable gaming consoles to stream games like butter. The North American market is huge for video games and since the casual market and mobile devices have gained in popularity gaming consoles are not what they once were. So they stand to gain in a very big way from having Google Fiber in as many places as possible. However like I said the problem is going to be greed. When you have so many big companies in one venture it will undoubtedly lead to them arguing over who gets a cut of what. Parties will threaten to go to the existing ISPs who will be shaking at the thought of Google Fiber. That would be the huge monkey wrench that smashes the possibility of innovation and advancement and that’s too bad.

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DUALSHOCK 4 has some great tricks

Sony is being naughty; right after the XBox reveal announcement the company has released a new video showcasing various additions to the DUALSHOCK 4 controller. And to be honest they way Sony is doing things; it won’t surprise us a bit if the controller turns out to be the console. We have yet to see the actual solid box, while many fan boys will argue that you don’t need great design to play great games, I believe that great design is very much important in the aesthetic value of a device. Either Sony has yet to finalize the console or the company is waiting for E3 to showcase it and try to steal the show from Microsoft. Nonetheless the new DUALSHOCK 4 controller does have some interesting features.

The Light bar

The light bar on the DUALSHOCK 4 controller will act as a beacon which will allow the PS4 to detect who is who. Remember playing Burnout Revenge’s crash mode? Or playing Tekken with your friends? Well this time around the game will detect who has the controller and will adjust the screen display accordingly so that it makes more sense. No you don’t have to worry about who is on the right side of the screen or who is on the left, playing split screen games will be much easier as the console will be making all the intuitive adjustments for you.

The Share Button

The Share button on the DUALSHOCK 4 will allow you to instantly share any gameplay video or screen shot with your friends, and even share it on popular social networks. Scored an amazing goal in soccer? Well why not share the moment with your buddies. Went on a kill spree in Call of Duty? No worries, now your friends will have to believe you. All this is done without the need of any additional hardware. Just press the share button on the DUALSHOCK 4 controller and you are ready to brag.

The Track Pad

I call it gimmick. They call it innovation. Let’s go with innovation for this time, the track pad on the DUALSHOCK 4 will be able to do various stuff for you. It may even come in handy while browsing internet. But if you bought the PS4 just to browse internet and check Facebook, well you may need to visit the local doctor. That said, I don’t see any amazing use for the track pad, when you have a ton of buttons who would like to swipe to climb ladders? Maybe developers will come up with meaningful implementation of the Track Pad in the future but until I see it, it’s just going to be the Track Pad.

Source: Gamespot

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Interested in One Sony 20 MP camera phone?

A word of warning: This is an unconfirmed rumor about One Sony and should be taken with a pinch of salt. Like always, never believe anything until you can hold it.

If latest rumors are to be believed, Sony is going to launch a new smartphone which will feature the best camera ever from the Japanese company. One Sony, as it is being called for the time being, is going to be a dedicated camera smartphone which will be similar to the CyberShot series. PhoneArena uncovered this interesting piece of information (rumor) form Esato forum threads which are dedicated on predicting the next move from Sony.

The aforementioned forums have been the source of many correct predictions in the past, so we are inclined to give attention. The One Sony, PhoneArena states, will not belong to any existing Sony smartphone series but will be an entirely new brand. The One Sony will also offer the best camera the company can offer in a mobile device and will be made in collaboration with other departments outside of Sony.

The One Sony is currently codenamed Honami, and is not yet finalized according to the poster but will be fully decided during this month. The suggested specs of the One Sony smartphone are actually very desirable. The smartphone is reportedly going to pack a Snapdragon 800 processor and 2 GB of RAM. The One Sony will have a 5 inch full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution screen and Adreno 330 GPU. The most interesting fact however will be the 20 megapixel camera which will be exclusive to Sony smartphones and will not be available to any other manufacturer. Other specs include 4G/LTE support, 2700 to 3000 mAh battery and Walkman Audio.

The information provided does make the One Sony a standout device. If Sony is indeed working on the One Sony, expect it to arrive as soon as this fall. We will definitely be keeping any eye out for further movement on the forums.

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Xperia Tablet Z coming to UK on 20 May for £499

There is no other tablet available in market which is as stylish as the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. Sony has really done a number on its flagship tablet this year and it is looking really amazing. I recently had the pleasure to handle the Xperia Tablet Z imported from Japan, where it has been released for quite a while and I was frankly blown away by the thin profile and surprisingly strong build quality.

While the tablet has been roaming the Asian territories for a while, there has been no solid word about its availability in UK.  Today we got a report that a British online store Clove is offering the Xperia Tablet Z for £499 with an expected delivery date of May 21st to 22nd. A little while back Sony’s official UK store was offering to deliver the tablet around mid-April, but it seems that the release date has been pushed a little far ahead.

The Xperia Tablet Z is a very beautiful tablet, one of the most attractive ones I personally ever saw. It has a very sleek and thin profile which has the uncanny ability to suck your attention. The blocky slab look is suiting the 10.1 inch tablet really well. The Xperia Tablet Z comes with a 10.1 inch Full HD 1080p resolution screen and runs on a quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. 2 GB of RAM and 16/32 GB of internal storage will also be included in the tablet. The Xperia Tablet Z also has an 8 MP Sony Exmor R rear facing camera as well as 4G LTE capabilities. The device is running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean along with Sony’s own UI but is expected to be upgraded to 4.2 shortly after release.

Although the Xperia Tablet Z is one hell of a looker, we are suspecting that its high price range will be a hurdle for many potential customers. And the fact that it is releasing almost 4 months later than its initial Japan release makes the hardware a little outdated, especially if you consider the high price point. We will get back to you if there is something more substantial.

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Sony NEX-3N Removable Lens Camera

Sony NEX-3N digital cameraSony isn’t exactly known for their cameras. They’re more of a video game and TV kinda company. However, that doesn’t stop the Sony NEX-3N from being a very handy little (emphasis on little) digital camera. Did I mention that it also features interchangeable lenses? That makes the $500 snapper one of the most affordable lens-swappable entries into the digital shooting arena and a perfect “first camera” for wannabe photography professionals and dedicated amateurs alike.

Sony NEX-3N Specs

The Sony NEX-3N features a 16 megapixel APS-C sensor which is just barely a step up from the affordable and ubiquitous compact point-and-shoots available everywhere from Best Buy to Walmart. However, it’s housed in a body that’s just small enough to fit in your hand (you don’t have to worry about breaking your back with the camera bag for this one). And it’s designed well enough that you don’t feel as if you’re going to drop it every time you line up a shot. The body, however, is a bit “plasticky” and probably won’t survive a fall all that well – something to consider because even a “mere” $500 is a hefty replacement cost.

The Sony NEX-3N does sport a downgraded LCD (from 921,600 dot to just 460,000) but this favorably impacts the battery life – a strong consideration when portability and pocketablity is an issue. And really, the LCD isn’t the draw. It’s just there to let you frame the shots. The photos will look better on your computer and in print though the loss of subtlety in the digital viewfinder is something that may become annoying.

The lens is another “issue” that just won’t satisfy a professional. The glass that comes with the kit is a basic 16-50mm f/3.5-5/6. It’s not going to deliver the crisp results that you’d expect from a more expensive piece of grinding. However, with such a small price tag on the camera, it’s not unthinkable that buyers will be willing drop another $200 on a more sophisticated instrument.

Info and Image Source:  Gizmodo

It’s clear that the Sony NEX-SN is aimed at a niche market – amateurs who want a little more. It’s not going to function as a back-up for a true professional but for something to drop in a pocket or purse as you’re headed to the beach it’s perfect.

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More Details on Firefox OS Released by Sony

Only a few short days after the commercial release of the Firefox OS was first announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Sony has come out with a flashable image that can be applied by any curious users who own an Xperia E handset.

Along with the statement they included a short video, which showed the OS booting up and what the home screen would potentially look like at launch. It showcases the camera app first, which at least in its current state doesn’t seem to be much to write home about. It has basic functions you’d expect on a mid-range smartphone and about the same level of response time too, but as the months goes on I’m sure the lag will be ironed out by developers on both sides of the software/hardware spectrum.

Sony doesn’t encourage anyone but the most curious of those out there to try this build, as it has no network functionality (carrier, WiFi, or bluetooth), and doesn’t seem to be good for much more than providing an environment to test apps.

 

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Sony’s new Campaign

 

Company representatives sounded excited about the potential the new OS had for their devices, “Now we’re ready to share our initial experiments on Firefox OS with the tech community, to get valuable feedback.” They continued about their focus on the app developers scene in particular, voicing interest in making FFOS a large part of their coming lineup.

“More importantly, we want to reach out to the application community and support the early adopters who can start to develop applications for Firefox OS.”

We can’t recommend trying this out unless you’re really eager and have the required hardware, but if you find it boring after the first 10 minutes (much like we did), you can easily flash back to Android by following instructions provided by Sony.

Mozilla has said the first wave of Firefox OS-ready phones and tablets will be available to consumers in Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Colombia, Hungary, Poland, Montenegro, Serbia, and Venezuela this summer, expanding to more international markets by fall.

 

Read more at SonyMobile; http://developer.sonymobile.com/2013/02/27/experimental-firefox-os-software-for-xperia-e-available-for-developers-rom/

 

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Playstation 4 subscription packages and network upgrades make the console more social and prone to streaming

Playstation 4 Subscription and Network Speculation

Since Sony announced the new Playstation 4 last week, everyone has been wondering exactly what this new gaming console is capable of and what sort of limitations might be placed upon it. Now it appears that the console will make use of a newly created Playstation 4 network in which some content will be subscription-only. New of Playstation 4 subscription content has caused a buzz on the blogosphere with many wondering if “premium content” is simply a euphemism for “pretty much everything.” However, The Guardian sat down with Shuhei Yoshida, Sony’s president, to discuss the new console and some of the rumors swirling around it.

Playstation 4 Subscription Details Emerge

Playstation 4 subscription and netowrk announcementsDigital delivery will play a big part in the lifespan of the new Playstation 4. In fact, every single game on the console will be available digitally. Now you can bet they’re not all going to be free and it just plain wouldn’t make sense for users to have to buy every single “streamed” game on their shiny new console. But what type of Playstation 4 subscription packages can we expect to see?

When Yoshida was asked about that, he mentioned that because streaming content will be such a large component that “we’ll have more of an option to create attractive packages … we could have gold, silver or platinum levels of membership…”

It sounds very similar to the current Xbox Live marketplace with the addition of on-demand content that’s hosted in the cloud and not on your hardware. Yoshida went on to mention Gaikai technology (streaming game content) saying “With one subscription you have access to thousands of games – that’s our dream.”

So it looks like Playstation 4 subscription packages will be tiered and different levels will have access to different content. Intersting enough, Yoshida also hinted at a strong social component and the ability to play Playstation 4 games on multiple platforms through the use of Sony’s own app for mobile devices. “In a couple of years I’d like to be playing PS4 games on all my devices, with the main experience on the big screen, and smaller sections on mobile screens … It will all be connected.”

This last will be made easier by the Playstation 4’s more designer-friendly PC-like architecture.

Playstation 4 Subscription Pricing?

It’s hard to put a potential price tag on a service when you don’t even know the cost of the hardware. However, leaked info and speculation puts the price at launch of both the Playstation 4 and Xbox 720/Durango at under $400.

However, similar MMO services top out at $15 per month so Sony would be wise to heed that price tag.

Info Source: BGR and The Guardian | Image Source: O.Canada

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Playstation 4: cloud is the future for it

The PlayStation 4 has been released to much fanfare and there have been many changes that have taken place since the seven years that the PlayStation three was released. In terms of raw power, Sony crafted this new product with an AMD Jaguar, a PC style graphics processors and a whopping 8 GB of RAM. Sony showed off the debut of this new PlayStation with two new games. However, it is being pushed as a cloud type of device.

 PlayStation 4: what lies within

While the individual performance of the PlayStation for is indeed impressive, this new product has its future in the cloud, unique streaming opportunities. It allows users to stream select PlayStation four games to their handheld PlayStation Vitas. This allows the small console to have more power than you previously had and those who own a PlayStation 4 will be able to stream titles to their PlayStation. There is no need to download or have any type of legacy hardware, as all the titles are available on a remote server. Of the games are available, they include those which the trail back to the original PlayStation.

PlaystationThis is an exciting new step for the PlayStation and Sony as well, it should come as no surprise to learn that the console industry has been in and out lately, thanks to the rise of smart phone and tablet makers. These new smart phones have games that rival the quality of the PlayStation mobile device. By using the cloud device, Sony is hoping to compete and offer more than was been previously offered by mobile devices and smartphones in general.

Does this mean that these devices will ship away in coming years of the market share of Sony? Not exactly. There are many things, such as exclusive titles, that these smart phones and tablets do not have. It seems that having a simple self-contained gaming device is no longer enough. People want more bang for their buck, but they don’t want to carry around a bunch of consoles, when one would do the tickets. Hopefully with this new streaming option and opportunities are available in the cloud, Sony will be able to achieve a greater market share there has done in the past. After all, other councils have already been in Sony to the punch, such as the Nintendo Wii U. This console is allowed for users to stream games to the mobile Nintendo device.

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Dude, WTF is that sound? – The 3 Cast #110

This week we talked about Sony’s PlayStation 4 non-announcement, about the current cyber warfare between China and the US, and we talked about the failure that is Windows 8.


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Hosts: Matthew Weber, Ricky Williams, Vincent Hui, Paul Shirey

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Lost Episode: The Sequel – The 3 Cast #109

This episode was recorded two weeks ago, but is just now being posted. Matt had some Apple software issues, that prevented the podcast from going up on time. This episode we talked about the playstation 4 announcement and what to expect, we bashed RIM some more, and we talked about Jailbreaking your iPhone.


 

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