Looks like Sony is in some trouble at least in Europe. LG had recently sued Sony with a Patent dispute over their blu-ray technology and have been granted a preliminary injunction in the matter. This injunction prevents the PlayStation 3 from currently being imported to Europe. For at least the next 10 days, every PlayStation that is imported will be seized by Government officials. LG has its target on the US next.
Sony imports around 100,000 consoles a week to Europe. Sony may see massive revenue drops if this dispute is not resolved in a timely manner it would be in their best interests to settle as soon at possible. Sony has been quiet on the topic thus far I doubt that will last long.read more
The iPad 2 announcement is around the corner and details keep surfacing about it as well. Today we have seen the first iPad 2 panel that is white. Now if you remember, Apple still hasn’t released the White iPhone 4 that they promised when the iPhone 4 was announced. Apple blamed it on “manufacturing” issues which were later revealed to be differences in color between plastics and the glass on the iPhone.
Time will tell if the White iPad will actually be released or if it will even be released at launch time. Hopefully Apple has fixed all of its manufacturing issues and will be able to deliver on the White iPad if it even will exist in the first place.
The next iteration of the iPad is to be thinner, include a Facetime HD camera, come in both black and white, and be quite faster than the current version. These rumors will be made fact on March 2nd so stay tuned.read more
Today Sony announced a price drop to $129.99 for the PlayStation Portable (PSP). Sony is also adding 13 new games to its “Greatest Hits” collection and $9.99 “Favorites” selection. Some of the hits included are Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines, DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY , LittleBigPlanet PSP, METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER and Toy Story 3: The Video Game, while Daxter, Tomb Raider Anniversary and more are now priced at $9.99 as part of the PSP Favorites library. It looks like Sony is trying to clear up some warehouse space for all of the NGP systems and titles coming soon. Check out the full press release inside and the teaser video from Sony. Are you going to buy a PSP now?read more
Apple has refreshed its line of Macbook Pro’s today. The biggest change that came to the new Macbook Pro’s is the addition of a Thunderbolt port that uses Light Peak technology. It looks like Intel actually ditched the Light Peak name and went with Thunderbolt according to their website. The port is able to transfer data at up to 10GB per second and will support many different peripherals.
Apple says that the Thunderbolt port brings PCI Express speeds to the external of the computer for consumers to use RAID technology, Display Port which supports HDMI, DVI, etc.
Thunderbolt delivers PCI Express directly to external high performance peripherals such as RAID arrays, and can support FireWire and USB consumer devices and Gigabit Ethernet networks via adapters. Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays. Freely available for implementation on systems, cables and devices, Thunderbolt technology is expected to be widely adopted as a new standard for high performance I/O.
Other changes include a faster processor in the 13-inch model with Intel dual Core i5 and i7 chips up to 2.7GHz and Core i7 Quad-core at 2.3 GHz on the 15-inch and 17-inch models. Also new Radeon HD cards with up to 1GB onboard memory which should allow for stunning graphic and gaming.read more
It looks like Apple is holding an event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at 10:00 am in San Fransisco. Apple has used this location to announce several other products in the past.
No other details have been released about the iPad 2 from Apple. It is said that the 2nd iPad may have a front-facing camera with facetime support and a thinner design than the 1st generation iPad.
More details will arise on March 2nd so stay tuned.read more