Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Samsung reveils Galaxy Tab 2

Samsung has shown recently their response to Apple's next incursion in the tablet's market, the iPad 2.

Named Galaxy Tab 2, only a few details are known about it, so far it's known to have a 10,1 inches screen, with 1280x800, a 8MP camera with HD recording, surround sound and comes with Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

Sadly no price has been reveiled yet.

Darkspore Beta testing

Seems like Maxis' new title, Darkspore, has started it's beta testing phase. For the moment the participants are selected from the registered users of the game's website.

It's still possible to try and enter the Beta testing with a simple registry over at the site. This phase is scheduled to run for five weeks. A reminder that Darkspore is a RTS with a feel of Spore, where you can costumize your creatures and engage in ferocious combat with other races.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Another Guild Wars 2 video released

Guild Wars 2 release is still to come but the company behind it, ArenaNet, continues to amaze us with each new video they release. This time it focuses on the human race and their respective homeland Kryta.

This game never ceases to amaze us with each new detail, see for yourselves the beauty of it, in the video below.

As a reminder, GW2 is to be release later this year. Enjoy the video.

Nokia and Microsoft collaboration

this came as a huge surprise on the Smartphones market, Nokia and Microsft have agreed on a extensive collaboration making the WP7(Windows Phone 7) the main OS for Nokia's smartphones. However, this doesn't mean MeeGo and Symbian will be dropped, only that they will be less relevant.

This collaboration will be at different levels, Microsoft and Nokia will work to bring WP7 to a broader range of consumers since as of now WP7 is only avaliable at a high-end price. Nokia will also help in the development of Microsoft's OS since they have expertise in the hardware and software optmimization. There will also be a deep connection between both companies services, Microsoft's Bing and AdCenter will be present in Nokia Devices as well.

As for the Symbian and the MeeGo, the first will continue to be put into some of their phones and the later will be a open-source mobile OS.

This transition, according to Nokia, is planned to take place in 2011 and 2012.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Sony reveals the PSP successor

Although a little late for the show we couldn't start a games and technology blog without mentioning the recent announcement from Sony of their next handheld. Sony unveiled the NGP, Next Generation Portable(working title), in an event held on January 27th in Tokyo, Japan. Still on a prototype phase Sony's new handheld is quite impressive already with a similar look to the PSP only slightly bigger. It seems Sony listened to their consumer base, who had been asking for another analog stick on their consoles since the first PSP model, the PSP-1000.
For what we can see from the videos of the demos shown, it's a pretty powerful machine boasting PS3-like graphics in an impressively big screen. The specs are as follow:

"Next Generation Portable Entertainment System" Hardware Specs

CPU: ARM Cortex-
A9 core (4 core)
External Dimensions: Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
Screen: 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED
Touchscreen: Multi-touch screen (capacitive type)
Rear touchpad: Multi-touch pad (capacitive type)
Cameras: Front camera; rear camera
Sound: Built-in stereo speakers; built-in microphone
Sensors: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer); three-axis electronic compass
Location: Built-in GPS; Wi-Fi location service support
 PS button; power button; directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left); action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square); shoulder buttons (Right/Left); right and left sticks; Start button; Select button; volume buttons (+/-)
Wireless communications: Mobile network connectivity (3G); IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1x1) (Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode); Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP) 

Many have been the names in the video games industry that have already shown their support to the NGP and even John Carmack has tweeted that he expects "the Sony NGP to perform about a generation beyond smart phones with comparable specs."

The look of the NGP

Back Touch Pad

Uncharted demo shown running on the NGP

The release date for Sony's handheld is still unclear but Sony has already shown intent in releasing the console in at least a region before the holidays' end of 2011 and as Sony already stated it will be affordable for an handheld.

We eagerly wait for more news on it.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Welcome to Games and Tech

In the past few years the entertainment and consumables technology has been evolving in a fast pace every year. Break troughs in the display of images and video, increasing processing power and miniaturization of certain components made possible the appearance of new and exciting ways of communication, playing, watching movies and listening to music.
This space will try to follow the latest news in the various markets, may them be videogames, smartphones, televisions or computers.

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