Thursday, February 14, 2013

New PlayStation 4 To Feature New Playing Options

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The new PlayStation 4 of Sony is expected to feature a number of new playing options and is expected to come with better graphics, according to recent reports from Nikkei.

Reports have indicated that the next-generation game console of Sony is designed to become the nerve center of the living room. Although the new PlayStation 4 is expected to feature better graphics, the additional playing options were given more focus by videogame enthusiasts.

The new playing options of the upcoming videogame console are expected to be unveiled by Sony this coming February 20. 

Reports have indicated that the new PlayStation 4 will feature a major upgrade compared to the current PlayStation 3. One of the upgrades that the upcoming device will feature is the use of an eight-core processor from AMD. Despite the major hardware upgrades, the new playing options are expected to be in the spotlight among videogame enthusiasts. 

The latest playing options that will be featured on the new PlayStation 4 include the capability of connecting to mobile devices as well as sharing of data between the two devices. The strategy of Sony has also included the use of multiple screens, which may be featured on the new PlayStation 4 of Sony. This strategy was used on the PlayStation Vita, which is capable of connecting to the PlayStation 3. This provides gamers with a dual-screen gaming experience. 

The next generation videogame console of Sony is expected to be unveiled during an event scheduled on February 20. It is also expected to enter the market before the end of the year.

For the moment, Sony has not released any statements in connection to the report about the new PlayStation 4.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Regulatory Document Reveals Nokia Lumia 520 And Lumia 720


The Nokia Lumia 520 and the Lumia 720 may be on its way to the launch pad after a regulatory document emerged in Indonesia.

The two new Lumia devices from Nokia were listed on a regulatory filing that was found by The Nokia Lumia 520 is expected to succeed the Nokia Lumia 510. On the other hand, the Nokia Lumia 720 is the successor of the Lumia 710. The inclusion of the two devices on the list shows that they were already given a certification in Indonesia.

No specific details were revealed in the regulatory document although a number of rumors have started to emerge recently. Reports have indicated that the Nokia Lumia 520 will feature a four-inch touchscreen, 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, and an internal storage of 8GB. It will also feature a microSD memory card slot. The Nokia Lumia 520 is also expected to feature a 5MP camera and will use the Windows Phone 8 OS.

The Nokia Lumia 720 will be a high-end smartphone that comes with a 4.2-inch ClearBlack display screen, 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, and an internal storage of 8GB. It will also have a microSD memory card slot and will use the Windows Phone 8 OS like the Nokia Lumia 520.

The report did not reveal the source of the information, which means that the supposed features of the two devices may be taken with a grain of salt. However, more information may be released by Nokia during the Mobile World Congress where the company is expected to unveil its latest entries into its Lumia device lineup.

No statements were released by the spokesman from Nokia in connection to the reports about the Nokia Lumia 520 and the Nokia Lumia 720.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Xbox 720 Demand May Be Lower Due To Used Game Restrictions

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Reports that the Xbox 720 will supposedly reject used video games compelled a videogame retailer to issue a statement recently. The retailer gets a good portion of its revenue from the sales of used videogames.

Matt Hodges, spokesman for GameStop, indicated that a survey conducted by the company showed that a good number of their clients will not acquire a game console that restricts the use of previously-owned videogames.

The statements were issued following a report confirming the rumors about the plan of Microsoft for the next generation videogame console. The report supposedly confirmed earlier rumors that the Xbox 720 will prevent the use of previously-owned video games using a game activation control procedure.

Hodges revealed that the demand for the supposed Xbox 720 will be affected by its restriction against playing used videogames. He added that the 21 million members of the loyalty program of the retailer were tapped in the survey to establish whether this reported videogame console will be popular among users.

No statements were issued by Microsoft in connection to the report about the Xbox 720. Although GameStop has not revealed if it had any details about the plans for the next generation console of Microsoft, it has a number of reasons in making the revelation. Shares of the company declined by six percent after the emergence of the reports that confirmed the limitation set by the device on used videogames.

The report also showed that the next generation videogame console will be bundled with the latest Kinect hardware and will use the Blu-ray format for its physical media discs. It will also be necessary for the supposed Xbox 720 to have an internet connection to function. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 Spotted

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Even though the iPhone 5 of Apple has yet to cool its heels, reports of the supposed iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 have started to gain momentum. A post on a micro-blogging site based in China revealed that the two devices have already made an appearance at a Chinese Apple supplier.

The post by Old Yao on Sina Tech added that the two new iPhone models may be released into the market this year. He indicated that one of his friends was able to catch a glimpse of the two devices. The iPhone 5S reportedly has a similar design as the iPhone 5. On the other hand, the iPhone 6 will be longer, wider, and slimmer.

Apple did not release any statement in connection to the report. However, experience has shown that each time Apple is getting nearer to releasing a new device, reports and speculations about the device normally increase. However, some of these reports are unsubstantiated, which means that the post of Old Yao about the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6 should be taken with a good amount of salt.

Previous speculations by analysts hinted at the possibility that the iPhone 5S will be released sometime in June or in July. A redesigned model of the device, which may probably be the iPhone 6 is also speculated to be released at around the same time. 

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst from KGI Securities, indicated that the S model of the iPhone 5 will have a similar design as the current model of the iPhone. But it will come with a number of enhancements including a fingerprint sensor and the A7 chip, which will improve the performance of the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 6 will reportedly offer a bigger screen display, which may be more appealing to consumers particularly those who fell in love with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Xbox 720 To Come With Voice Control Feature

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Shouting at a game console normally does not result to anything but strained vocal chords and angry neighbors, but if recent reports are true, the upcoming Xbox 720 can probably give you a piece of its mind if you have some rather unsavory comments about  a game you are playing.

Recent reports have indicated that a continuous internet connection may be necessary for the upcoming device. This continuous internet connection for the upcoming Xbox 720 may be related to reports that the device will come with a voice control feature that is similar to Siri of Apple. A continuous internet connection is required for virtual personal assistants such as Google Now and Siri to function properly.

The living room has become the latest battleground for gaming consoles, and reports have given indications that Apple is set to unveil its own HDTV offering.

Despite years of rumors, the supposed Apple HDTV has never made appearance in the market. On the other hand, Microsoft seems to be working on making a beachhead at the favorite place of the house of couch potatoes. But reports about the supposed Xbox 720 remain in the realm of rumors even up to now.

A representative from Microsoft said that the company does not make any statements in connection to speculations. The representative added that the company us always working on the next big thing for their platform although it does not have anything else to share for the moment.

All of this may change soon due to reports have hinted at the possible launch of the next generation Xbox of Microsoft in the coming month. But this remains to be seen, so unless an official announcement is made by the company about the reported Xbox 720, all of the reports will remain in the realm of rumor-mongering.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Raspberry Pi Camera Coming Soon

Raspberry Pi Camera Prototype
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Images of the Raspberry Pi camera initially emerged in the later part of last year, and recently additional information about the add-on camera for the device is set to be released soon by the team working on the camera.

Official statements released indicated that the camera for the small-sized computer will feature a 5MP sensor that is normally found on a smartphone. The camera is currently being fine-tuned to allow it to offer optimal performance for users of the device. The Raspberry Pi camera is currently good enough for use, however the team is apparently working to make it an impressive addition to the pint-sized computer.

The upcoming add-on to the Raspberry Pi will reportedly be capable of recording 1080p videos and it will feature an integrated infra-red filter. However, the Raspberry Pi camera will not feature an optical zoom. But it is expected to allow users to attach any lens or filters that are normally found on the PentaEye for the iPhone of Apple.

The team working on the camera has not given indications on a specific release date for the camera add-on of the micro-computer. The earliest release date will be one month after, however it is possible for the add-on to be released at a much later date.

Users of the micro-computer are anxiously waiting for the release of the Raspberry Pi camera so that they can have another accessory to use together with their pint-sized computer.