Sony has just released its financial statement for the Fiscal year ending March 31st, 2010, and things don’t look good. The company posted a loss of $439 million, down from the $1 billion loss it faced in the 2008-09 financial year. Sales of the various Sony products were down except for the PS3. Sony managed to sell 13 million PS3s compared to the 10.1 million units in the 2008-09 financial year.
The number of PSPs sold fell from 14.4 million units to 9.9 million units. The Sony PS2 sold 7.2 million units, down by only .5 million units from the previous financial year. Quite surprising for a console whose timeis now over. The sale of games of the various consoles from Sony also fell this year. Sony sold 44.4 million PSP games, down by 5.9 million units. The sale of PS2 games saw a huge decline, going down to 35.7 million units from 2008’s 83.5 million units.
The only good news here for Sony fan boys is that the Sony PS3 has finally become profitable for the company. The profit margin will now continue to increase thanks to the shift to a 40nm Graphics card. Hopefully, the launch of PSP2 and the PlayStation Move at the E3 Expo will turn things around for the company.
The prices of LCDs have gone down a lot from the time of their introduction. Manufacturers have understood the consumers need for low priced LCDs, and are launching LCDs carrying a low price tag. HP will soon be launching three new LCDs carrying an extremely low price tag. The LCDs will be available in sizes of 20 inch, 21.5 inch and 23 inch. The 20 inch S2031 LCD will have a contrast ratio of 1000:1, along with a VGA and a DVI-D connector.
The LCD has a response time of 5ms and it has a resolution of 1600×900. The S2031 LCD will also use a two-lamp panel instead of the usual four-lamp one to reduce the power consumption. The other two LCDs the S2231 and the S2331 are of 21.5 inch and 23 inch respectively. Both the LCDs have a resolution of 1080p (1920*1080). Like the S2031, the S2231 and S2331 LCDs have a contrast ratio of 1000:1, and feature the VGA and DVI-D ports. The response time of both the LCDs is 5ms.
The S2031 LCD is expected to cost $150, while the S2231 and S2331 will cost $190 and $220 respectively. All the three LCDs are expected to go on sale from May 16th.
The biggest gaming event of the year the E3 Expo is just a month away now. This time the E3 expo is going to be held in the Los Angeles Convention Center. The event will start on June 14th and continue until the 17th of June. It is already known that Microsoft will demo the Project Natal, Sony will provide a demo of the PlayStation Move and Nintendo will give us the preview of the Nintendo 3DS.
Now rumors suggest that Sony might announce the PSP2. The original PSP was launched six years ago, and was quite popular among the teenagers. With the passage of time though, the device has lost its charm. The popularity of the Apple iTouch as a gaming device has further pushed the PSP into the oblivion. In the past six years, the Sony PSP hardly got any major makeover. Sony did launch the PSPgo, but the device has been a failure.
Analysts now expect that Sony will launch a new PSP at the E3 Expo, so as revive the falling PlayStation Portable brand. If Sony does launch the PSP2 at the E3, it will be one of the biggest surprises of this year event.
Airtel the biggest network provider of India has launched a new promo pack for its prepaid users in Kolkata. This pack will allow users to call any local Airtel mobile number for 25p/minute. This pack carries a validity of 30 days.
Price: Rs 12
Validity: 30 days
Benefits: Call local Airtel numbers for only 25 paisa a minute.
This pack is not valid for customers who are on per second tariff. The low call rates are only valid for 19 hours of the day. The 19 hours starts from 11 pm to 6 pm. If you have any queries, please feel free to ask us through comments.
Remember the Apple iPad Wi-Fi connectivity issue? Well, Apple updated its support document a few days ago listing possible ways to solve the Wi-Fi problem. The support document states “Apple will also address remaining Wi-Fi connectivity issues with a future iPad software update.”
In other Apple iPad related news Apple seems to have serious shortage of the iPads. Everyone knows that the Apple iPad has been a roaring success in the U.S. It was just a few days ago that Apple officially announced the iPad international launch date. Apple has now pushed back the pre-order shipping date of the device to June 7th in the U.K. This delay in shipping is however not valid for people who have already pre-ordered the device. An Apple insider told Pocket-Lint.com –
“Demand for iPad has been off the charts. We are working hard to get iPads into customers’ hands as quickly as possible.”
Earlier the pre-orders were supposed to be shipped by May 28th. The delay is valid for both the 3G and Wi-Fi versions of the iPad. Apple is also facing a shortage of the iPads in the US. This is clearly visible from the 7 to 11 days shipping time of the Apple iPad.
Lenovo has just unveiled the Lenovo IdeaCentre A700 all-in-computer with a 23LED full HD touch screen display. Seems like every computer manufacture is jumping into the new all-in-one computer with touch screen display bandwagon. Way back in December, Dell had also launched its all-in-one Inspiron One 19 PC with a 19touch screen display. The multi-touch display on the A700 is optional and is sadly not available in all regions of the world.
According to Lenovo, the A700 uses the Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) touch screen technology which is used in medical applications. This technology arguably improves the touch screen response. The Lenovo A700 is at its thickest point a mere 2.5 inch thick, and a mere 0.88 inch thick at its slimmest point. This all-in-one computer will definitely turn some eye-balls when it will be launched. The Lenovo A700 is also wall mountable, making for a perfect living room PC.
Users can select any processor up to the Intel Core i7 processor. The device also has a HDMI in and a HDMI out port. The device can be loaded with up to 8Gb of DDR3 RAM and 2TB of storage space. The Lenovo A700 will come with an ATI Dx 11 based graphics card. The device also features 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and a 6-in-1 card reader.
The Lenovo A700 will be available since June-end onwards and the base model of the device will cost $699.
Dell is a company which many people think only sells LCDs, computers and laptops. Well Dell also manufacturers mice for computers and laptops . Their mice might not be as popular as that from Logitech, Razor but nevertheless they still manufacture them. Dell has just released a new wireless optical mouse. The mouse has a density of 1000 dpi and features 3 buttons. The mouse is named as the WM311. The plus point of this mouse is that the mini USB receiver of the mouse can be stored within the device itself.
The WM311 is available in Red, Blue and Black colours. The device has a two tone colour, and the base of the mouse will be in black irrespective of the colour users choose. Users can purchase the mouse from Dell’s Online shop for $29.99 excluding shipping and taxes.
The upcoming handheld console from Nintendo the Nintendo 3DS will have support for both the 2D and 3D gaming modes. Nintendo had announced the Nintendo 3DS in March, and a public demo of the device will be given at the upcoming E3 event in Los Angeles.
The device will hit the retail market sometime in early 2011. The Nintendo 3DS, when released, will be the first handheld console in the market to feature 3D gaming without the use of special 3D glasses. Many analysts criticized the device, saying that 3D gaming may have ill effects on the gamers health. Nintendo’s President Satoru Iwata in a recent interview with the Forbes cleared the doubt about 3D gaming on the Nintendo 3DS.
He said that it will be easy to turn off the 3-D function on the new machine, allowing people to play games, with or without 3-D.”
According to Eurogamer, the ability to switch between 2D and 3D modes give hints that the Nintendo 3DS utilises the Sharp’s parallax barrier technology. Currently, the Sharp’s parallax technology is the only technology in the market which allows to quickly switch between 2D and 3D view modes.
Samsung will soon launch the Samsung YP-RB Digital Audio Player (DAP) which has 60 hours battery backup. The player has a 3 inch screen with a resolution of 400*200 (WQVGA). The player will come in 4GB, 8Gb and 16Gb storage variants. The player also has a T-DMB tuner. The dimensions of the player are 52.4 x 101.2 x 11.4 mm, and it weighs 97.9 grams. The Samsung YP-RB Mp3 player also features the Samsung’s proprietary DNSe Sound Alive technology which helps in providing a richer audio quality to the users.
The player supports MP3, OGG, WMA, FLAC, and AAC audio formats. The player is also capable of playing back video files of the following format AVI, WMV, ASF, MP4, H.264, and DivX. The device can also display JPEG, BMP, PNG and GIF images. The wowfactor of the Samsung YP-RB MP3 player is its battery life. The player is capable of playing back videos for up to 10 hours, or 60 hours of audio playback. The battery life of the device is among the highest ever offered by a MP3 player.
PC World reports that Intel is working on a Core i3 Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) processor for the ultra-thin laptops. The processor will be launched before the end of this quarter. The Core i3 ULV chip will be based on the 32nm fabrication process, which helps reduce power consumption.
According to Stephen Smith, Vice President and Director of PC Client operations at Intel The new processors will reach laptops in the second half of the year.These ultra-low voltage CPUs are used by manufacturers in ultra-thin laptops.
Rumors also suggest that these processors will feature the Intel HyperThreading technology. These chips will offer a better performance than the Intel Atom processors. The Core i3 and Core i5 processors have a graphics core and a processing core integrated into a single chip. This helps in reducing the power consumption while improving the graphics performance of the notebooks.
Intel had launched the Core i3 and Core i5 series of processors for Desktops and Notebooks at the beginning of this year.
It was just a week ago that HP announced that it will acquire Palm for $1.2 billion. The acquisition of Palm has given HP control over arguably the best mobile phone operating system the webOS. HP even said that they plan to “scale it (webOS) across multiple connected devices.” Everybody concluded that HP meant that they will launch a webOS based tablet device soon, and apparently everyone is right.
The Examiner reports that an insider at HPhas told them that HP is working on a webOS based tablet device. The tablet device will supposedly be released by the third quarter of this year. The code name of the tablet device is Hurricane. It looks like the holiday season of 2010 is surely going to be an awesome one, with the launch of so many tablet devices and WP7 based phones.
HP was earlier working on the HP Slate tablet running on Windows 7. Over the past week, many rumours cropped up that the HP Slate is now dead, and I think it is true. It won’t make any sense for HP to launch a Windows 7 based tablet device, instead of using the webOS from Palm.
Sony Ericsson has just rolled out a new firmware update for the Sony Ericsson Aino. The Sony Ericsson Aino is a slider phone with a 3 inch 240×432 resolution capacitive touchscreen. This is the second major firmware update for the Sony Ericsson Aino. The first firmware update brought with it a new game Loco Rocco and better battery life. This new firmware update also focuses on better battery life, and improves performance and stability.
The new firmware update also includes 3 new themes, along with a new game the Bubble Town 2. The Aino now also supports MIME-type MPEG4-generic video codec. The WLAN and Bluetooth performance of the phone has also improved. Sony Ericsson has been doing a good job by providing major firmware upgrades for all the phones present in their portfolio.
It was just yesterday, that Sony Ericsson had announced that they will release the Android v2.1 update for the Xperia X10 in Q4, this year. The new update will bring with it HD recording, and improvements in the proprietary MediaScape and TimeScape applications from Sony. Sony Ericsson will soon release another update for the X10 which will double the phone’s battery life.
It has been six years since the Nintendo Wii was launched. Nintendo Wii managed to set the sales chart on fire, even though many people criticized it. Nintendo has been making record profits every year since then. But now it looks like the Nintendo Wii is finally running out of steam.
Yesterday, Nintendo released its financial statement starting from April 2009 to March 2010. Surprisingly, the company’s net profit dropped by 12% to $2.44 billion. This is the first time in six years that the company’s net profit has dipped. The sales of both the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo DS – were also lower compared to the previous financial year (2008-09). The Nintendo DS sales were down to 27 million from 31 million, which is a 12% drop year-to-year wise.
Nintendo managed to sell 20.53 million Wii consoles in the last financial year, which is a 21% drop compared to the 2008-09 Wii sales figure. The sale of Wii games were also down to 191 million copies, which is a 6% drop year-to-year wise.
Ironically, even with the fall in sales, this was the third best year sales wise for Nintendo.
We all know that Sling Media is currently working on the SlingPlayer mobile application for the Android OS. Apparently, Sling Media has sent out private beta of the application to a few Android users. SlingPlayer allows users to watch television on their phone over a 3G connection. The application is scheduled to be released sometime in Summer, this year.
Phandroid got hold of the mail Sling Media sent to one of the private beta tester which goes as follows :
The wait is finally over! A new private beta is available for the SlingPlayer Mobile for Android. Since your beta profile is a good match for testing, you have the opportunity to join the new beta program.
Please note this is a special invitation so do not share this email or the below URL with anyone else. Also, do not mention you received an invitation, that the beta is starting, or anything that’s related. Due to the overwhelming demand for this program, we’d like to keep things as quiet as possible. Just think of it as a secret club! ;)
Hopefully, a public beta of the application will soon be available for the general masses.
Motorola Milestone users in UK rejoice! Motorola has finally released the long-awaited Android 2.1 update for the Milestone users in UK. Motorola made this announcement through their Facebook page. Sadly, users can’t upgrade using OTA (Over-The-Air). They must use their PC and should make a backup of their data before proceeding with the update. The update is available on the official Motorola website, and users should follow the instructions given there.
The new update brings with it Live Wallpapers, up to 9 new homescreens, speech-to-text, and performance and stability improvement. Motorola has been rolling out the Android OS v2.1 update from March 22 to various parts of the world.