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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 (Shakira) Unseen Photos Surface

Remember the smaller brother of the X10 we told you nearly a couple of weeks ago? Some unseen pictures of the bigger brother of the X10 Mini, and the smaller brother of the X10 have been published at Se-nse blog. The X8 handset will be known as the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8. Earlier, the X8 was known by its code name – Shakira.

Looking at the pictures published on the blog, the phone lacks a LED flash. The screen size of the phone will be around 3.2-inch to 3.5-inch. The XPERIA X8 will also feature the proprietary Sony Ericsson MediaScape and TimeScape UI.

Also from the above pictures, the phone looks quite bulky. As of now, there is no information available about hardware specifications of the device. We need to wait for the official announcement from Sony Ericsson for the hardware specification of the phone, or for a leak.

In all probability, the hardware specification of the phone will be similar to that of the X10 Mini.

The Rundown to Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2010 – Livestreams, Schedules & What To Expect From E3 2010

Electronic Entertainment Expo, aka E3 is here. For a gamer/gaming enthusiast, E3 is one of the most sought-after events in the gaming industry. Events at E3 often define new trends and tantalize gamers with a preview of what can be expected in the near future. The big 5 – EA, Microsoft, Nintendo,  Sony and Ubisoft  – each have their own press conferences to demonstrate their products and keynotes.

Livestreaming schedules

Most of the major keynotes and demos will be  livestreamed, below is the schedule. ( all times mentioned are in PDT, do click on the time to get the time in most major places) :

Monday, June 14, 2010
  • 10:30: Microsoft Media Briefing
  • 12:30:  EA Media Briefing
  • 17:00: Ubisoft Media Briefing

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

  • 09:00: Nintendo Media Briefing
  • 12:00: Sony Media Briefing
  • 14:00: Microsoft Xbox 360 Demo (Possibly Natal ?)
  • 14:40: Ubisoft Demo
  • 15:00: Crysis 2 Demo
  • 15:40: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2
  • 16:00: Madden NFL 11
  • 16:20: Sony Move Demo using Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11
  • 17:00: EA Sports MMA
  • 17:20: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
  • 17:40: Halo: Reach

Where to watch the livestreams

A handful of sites are livestreaming the events – including YouTube which has tied up with IGN in providing an E3 channel. Gamespot will have a live streaming camera as they move across the E3 floors and across keynotes. If both the sites are not available, you could also check out G4TV’s live streaming option. Some more live streaming options have been covered in our prior post, so do have a look if these sites are timing our or causing problems.

What to watch pre-E3 ?

If you can’t wait for E3 to start, here’s some great videos and resources to check out which should keep you busy till E3 starts:

Mini series:

Game trailers:

What to expect from E3?

Here’s a list of some of the big publishers’ lineup for E3:

Other Notes:

  • Microsoft will officially debut, demo and name “Project Natal” at E3 ( as of now, Natal is still a codename).
  • Sony’s page mentions “new games and hardware” revealed. Is this is a reference to the PSP2 ?
  • The Last Guardian is most probably one of the most anticipated games of E3. Little is known about this game, apart from a brief video shown at last year’s E3. Wonder what’s in store ?
  • Valve has confirmed a “big surprise” for E3 2010, which will be in-place of the existing E3 event that was Portal 2 screening. What will it be?

This year’s E3 boasts of a killer lineup. I can’t wait for the press conferences to start. What’re your expectations ? Do post a comment and let us know!

Sony Launches The VAIO E Series Of Notebook In India

Sony India today has announced the new VAIO E series of notebooks. The Sony VAIO E series of notebooks come in variety of colors, with a screen size of 14-inch and 15.5-inch. The notebooks will be available in a variety ofSony VAIO E configurations to cater to all kinds of people.

These vivid color schemes of the notebooks will make its user stand out in a crowd. Sony will also be launching a Go Vividadvertising campaign with their brand ambassador Kareena Kapoor.

Mr. Masaru Tamagawa, Managing Director, Sony India, said, The E Series models are designed keeping in mind, everyday ease of use. With vibrant, colourful looks, the new E Series laptops are perfect for everyday browsing, blogging or enjoying one’s digital media collection. He added, With the message of GO VIVID’, brand VAIO sets a befitting tone with youngsters making them the proud owners of great looking, vibrant laptops. Our brand ambassador, Kareena is a cool youth-icon who exudes a tremendous sense of style that resonates well with brand VAIO.

The notebooks will be available in glossy colors like Blue, Pink, Green, White and Black. The basic glossy colors will be complemented by the glossy vivid colors Blue, Pink, Green, Black and white color with dot gradation to grab attention of the passers-by.

The pricing of the VAIO E series starts from Rs 34,990.

US Air Force Supercomputer to be Used as Simulators in Training Now That Sony Removes Linux Support

Sony has recently removed the other OS support from its PS3 latest firmware and that poses as a setback for a number of industries and organizations who use the PS3’s supreme hardware in clusters as supercomputers.

Well, Sony knew that already and did not care much about its loyal customers though, included in this list of customers was the US Air Force which runs 2000 PS3s in a cluster to create a state-of-the-art and cost effective supercomputer.

The US Air Force is not happy about this move and has remarked that they are also aware of the class action lawsuit faced by Sony in this matter.

Now that this fact is released, those fighting Sony in the court will have a better standing now that the US Air Force is unofficially in their team.

The supercomputer at the air Force could compute at 53 teraFLOP and was built by Fixstars. The contract of buying these PS3s was so huge; the USAF had to send a letter to Sony making sure it could provide that many PS3 units.

Here is what USAF had to say on this,

We will have to continue to use the systems we already have in hand,” the lab told Ars, but “this will make it difficult to replace systems that break or fail. The refurbished PS3s also have the problem that when they come back from Sony, they have the firmware (gameOS) and it will not allow Other OS, which seems wrong. We are aware of class-action lawsuits against Sony for taking away this option on systems that use to have it.

Now that they are out of options, the soon to be removed PS3s can make excellent flight simulators in training rooms.

(Via: Techdirt)

Sony Publishes Its 2009-10 Fiscal Year Financial Report; Posts Another Huge Loss

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.

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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.

Sony To Launch The PSP2 At The E3 This Year?

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 onSony PlayStation Portable 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.

Sony Releases New VAIO P Series Netbook

Sony today released the new VAIO P series netbook. The ultra-portable P series netbook weighs just 600g and is available in five colors. Sony VAIO P series netbook is the first netbook from Sony to feature a GPS and digital compass. It also has an accelerometer sensor and a touchpad.

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The P series netbook has WLAN 802.11b/g/n and Everywair 3G connectivity up to 7.2 Mbps. Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR along with stereo speakers and microphone is also on board. Two USB ports, Motion Eye camera and a mic is also present. The P series netbook will run Genuine Windows ® 7 Home Premium (32-bit) OS.

The processor present in it is Intel ® Atomâ„¢ Z540 with a clock speed of 1.86GHz. 2GB DDR2 SDRAM along with 64GB SSD Flash drive is also present. The screen size is 8 inch with a resolution of 1600*768. The battery life is up to 5hrs, it can be expandable up to 10hrs ( extra charges).

The Sony VAIO P11S1E will be available in Orange, Green, Pink, Black or White. The price starts at $799.

(Image Source & News Source)

Sony Ericsson Rolls Out Firmware Update For The Aino, Adds 3 New Themes

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.sony-ericsson-aino

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.

FOSS Friday: Ubuntu, Ubuntu and More Ubuntu

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx has already crawled into my hard dive and boot sector. To tell you the truth, I just let it in. This week in FOSS Friday, we will talk about Ubuntu and some other topics, whose thunder Ubuntu stole with its launch.

News

  • Ubuntu Release

Ubuntu 10.04 is here. Get Ubuntu by download from the server today.  The latest version features removal of HAL, better GPU support and better looks. Get more release and download information. Already have the CD? Install Ubuntu following a guided walk-through.

  • Ubuntu CD

Ubuntu Shipit is Open. Order your free CD at Shipit. You will need a Launchpad account and get your CD within 10 weeks of order.

  • Sony gets a class action  Lawsuit for removing Other OS Support

An individual from San Francisco has filed a class action lawsuit against Sony for removing the Other OS support with its latest firmware for PS3. This is a bold move by an aware consumer and should be supported. Get more on this at  Wired.

Tips

  • Ubuntu Installation Walkthrough

Are you planning to install Ubuntu on your system? This detailed walk-through will take you to installing Ubuntu on your computer safely without destroying any data. Follow the steps given here.

New MediaGo Update Adds Multiple Download Support and More

Being downloaded as I write this, the free PlayStation media manager from Sony, MediaGo’s new update promises quite a ton of useful changes. The 91.2MB update contains these new features:-

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  • The update allows users to download games/comics without having to connect their PSPs (PlayStation Portables) to the computer first. An amazing plus point because having to connect your device to MediaGo every time you download something from PSN (PlayStation Network) just looks silly.
  • Users can download and playback videos from the PSN and view them on their computers (in standard definition, as opposed to what one would see when they used their PlayStation 3)
  • Downloads can be queued something that was sorely missing in the previous versions and can be automatically sorted once downloaded. Very neat!

So who all have started downloading MediaGo?

[via Joystiq]

Sony To Stop Producing 3.5 Inch Floppy Disks In Japan

If you guys thought that Floppy Disks were already extinct Hold your breath – Sony managed to sell 12 million 3.5 inch floppy disks in Japan last year. Yes, thats 12 Million! Seriously, I wonder why people purchase a floppyfloppydisk disk in this age and time? Well even with such an impressive sales figure, the days of 3.5 inch floppy disks are numbered.

Sony today announced that it will stop the production of 3.5 inch floppy disks by March 2011. Sony is one of the major manufacturers of the oldest data storage medium the floppy disk – which started its journey in 1981. Sony had already stopped the production of floppy disk drives all over the world, except for Japan. Now, by March 2011, the company will cease the production of floppy disks in Japan as well. This will effectively be the end of the road for floppy disks.

Sony’s New PS3 Slim Model To Have A 40NM GPU

The Playstation 3 from Sony is arguably the best console – hardware wise – in the market currently. The PS3 has a Nvidia RSX GPU with 256MB of GDDR3 memory and, a Cell Microprocessor designed by IBM.PS3 RSX GPU With the launch of the PS3 Slim Model, the Cell CPU of PS3 moved to a 45nm manufacturing process. This led to a decrease in power consumption, lower temperatures, and reduction in the cost of production.

Now Playstation University reports that the new PS3 Slim RSX GPU will be based on the 40nm fabrication process.  At the time of its launch, the PS3 RSX GPU used the 65nm fabrication process. The shift to a lower fabrication process has many advantages including the reduction of the Yellow Light Of Death on the PS3s. Thanks to the shift in lower fabrication process, the cooling unit of the new PS3 Slim has also been redesigned. It is now less complex compared to its predecessor.

It is reported that the drop in power consumption is around 15%. The power supply has also seen a weight reduction, and now weighs in at 412g. The original PS3 power adapter used to weigh 815g. Quite a few chips have also been removed from around the Nvidia RSX GPU, leading to a lower cost of production.

The main benefit of the shift to 40nm fabrication process is the lower cost of production. The new PS3 Slim, even though cheaper by 100$, will allow Sony to earn profit on every console sold. Until now, Sony has been incurring losses on every PS3 they have sold.

Sony Announces Three New Walkman Players – A845, W250 And B150

Sony today announced the A845 OLED Walkman player. The Mp3 player is a mere 7.2mm thick and has an AMOLED screen. The size of the screen is 2.8 inches and has a resolution of 240*400 (WQVGA). The device has a storage capacity of 16Gb. Sadly the player is available only in England as of now.

One unique feature of the A845 Walkman player is that it is compatible with BBC iPlayer. The player can provide continuous audio playback of 29 hours and video playback of 8 hours. The device weighs in a mere 62g. Amazon.co.uk lists the Sony A845 OLED Walkman player at 149.90 Pound.

Sony also announced the W250 MP3 player and the B150 MP3 player. The W250 is a water-resistant and wearable MP3 player, made for rough use. The player has a storage capacity of 2Gb and the battery life is rated at 11 hours. The B150 series has increased bass which is mostly preferred by school and college going students. The B150 MP3 player features a dedicated Bass Boost button along ‘with flashing red LEDs.’ The B150 also has a 2Gb storage capacity.

The pricing of Sony B150 and Sony W250 is still unknown though. All the three MP3 players are expected to release all over the world by June, this year.


Sony PS3 Will Feel the GeoHot Heat; GeoHot Threatens to Release Custom Firmware with Other OS Support

We are all familiar with the genius hacker George Hotz (GeoHot)  for successfully hacking the Sony PS3 three years after its release  and the Apple iPhone jailbreaking. To counter his efforts, Sony has recently announced the latest firmware upgrade for its PlayStation 3. This firmware upgrade has removed the Other OS support which allowed us to install another OS on the gaming console.

Now, this upgrade from Sony has upset many people, especially George Hotz. GeoHot has written in a blog post saying,

I never intended to touch [custom firmware], but if that’s how you want to play…

GeoHot has threatened to release a custom firmware which will enable the support for the Other OS feature. This is a direct threat to Sony and should get it seriously worried. As we all know, GeoHot has it in himself to make this happen and he will if he says so. He has done it in an earlier instance already.

Another important question that GeoHot has raised is that Sony is changing the advertised features on offer with PS3. This may not be legally wrong but it is ethically. The Other OS feature was what made many people buy this powerful piece of hardware. Running  PS3s in clusters gave them near-supercomputer powers for various purposes.

He puts an argument that if a possible exploit is found in iPhone’s Safari browser, the solution does not lie in removing browser support for iPhone! At least, we can have something to learn from Internet Explorer. They can spend a lifetime releasing patches.

(Via: ars technica)

Green Man Gaming Signs Deal with Sony for SecuROM DRM

The independent PC digital distributor  Green Man Gaming has signed a deal with Sony DADC to include its SecuROM DRM in the distributor’s games. For the UK-based retailer, this deal is a sweet opening ceremony gift about 19 days before their release day.

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Digital Rights Management, though shunned by many of the gaming community, is a necessary evil for the protection of intellectual and digital property and the first barrier against piracy. Capcom, Take2 Interactive, Ubisoft and EA all use SecuROM. Online retailers such as GamersGate, Steam and Impulse use (or have used) SecuROM on some of their titles although the client for most of these digital distributors acts as a sort of DRM on its own.

Paul Sulyok, CEO of Green Man Gaming, said,

This partnership dramatically accelerates our initial offer to include the majority of AAA PC titles that are currently available. We are looking forward to working with SecuROM and bringing PC gaming to a wider audience through Green Man Gaming and our retail partners.

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While the site is not going to be up for a few more weeks, we will try to find as much info on this new digital distributor as possible. Stay tuned for more!