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Samsung Focus Review

Well, a few weeks ago was the HTC Inspire, so apparently it’s time to do a 180 degree turn and review something developed by Microsoft instead. And so, like a plot twist in a bad movie, in comes the Samsung Focus, practically dripping Windows ubiquity, right when needed. As a somewhat jaded Microsoft PC user, the question is as follows: how will the Win7 Phone OS stack up against the other available mobile OSes, and would it be enough to warrant a switch?

Samsung Focus

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HTC Inspire Review

Our Friends over at HTC sent us the HTC Inspire to take a look at, and this is what we thought.

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Recap: E3 Sony Keynote Conference

Today brought another day of festivities at Electronic Entertainment Expo, colloquially known as E3. While there were games, events, and other random happenings, the main draw today was the Sony Keynote Conference at 3pm EST. This event drew tens of thousands of live-stream viewers, and caused a few technical hiccups (G4 feed not starting on time, feeds crashing, global warming, etc..). Once the technical difficulties were sorted out however, we were all treated to Sony’s plans for the PS3 and PSP systems.

After a nice intro movie, composed of snippets we would see often during the conference itself, we started to get into the meat of Sony’s presentation. First up was Jack Tretton, giving us a rehash of Sony’s previous plans. While not really introducing any new information, it was a very good segue into the introduction of Kaz Hirai. His presentation is all about how Playstation will pioneer the 3D environment, similar to how they pioneered the Bluray disc format. The PS3 is already capable of running 3D games, but a 3D HDTV is still necessary to actually get the 3D effects. Sony already has 4 titles that are 3D compatible, and promise 20 titles coming by the end of March 2011.

The demonstration of the PS3’s 3D effects? A live demo of Killzone 3. While we, the home viewer are incapable of actually getting the 3D effect, I can easily imagine how intense such a game would be. Something to notice is that this demo is still ‘Pre-Alpha Code’, so for all those who complain about the graphical problems present in the demo, pipe down and enjoy the 3D bloodbath. The graphics will only get better given time.

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