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  • Playstation comes to Android

    January 27, 2011 @ 12:58 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Although we’ve all been waiting for the official announcement on a Playstation phone, Sony made an interesting announcement today. The games firm is to make its Playstation content available on mobile phones through the Playstation Suite.

    The catch? It’s only for Android phones. Bad luck for iPhone users.


  • The week that….

    January 21, 2011 @ 11:22 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Google announced it was replacing existing chief executive Eric Schmidt with its co-founder Larry Page. Schmidt will become executive chairman of the firm. A form of executive musical chairs.

    Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said he was taking some time off . Tim Cook will take over the day to day running of the tech company while Jobs is on medical leave. Investors worry what will happen without him. The rest of us just wait for Macworld and listen to the increasingly noisy iPad 2 rumour mill.

    Nintendo finally revealed the launch date for its 3DS, plus a line-up of games. March 25th for Europe, the 27th for the US.  Trying to work up enthusiasm for this. At €270, it’s a bit of a struggle.

    Facebook unveiled a new mobile version of its site that can be used on regular phones. Now you have no excuse for ignoring your aunt’s friend’s daughter’s best friend when she sends you a friend request.

  • CES: 3D gets a second shot

    January 13, 2011 @ 11:39 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    There was a bit of deja vu at CES. Like last year, 3D was big news. But this time, there was a more personal slant to it.

    Every manufacturer seemed determined to bring 3D to consumers – whether you like it or not.


  • CES: Dunking your phone

    @ 10:19 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Ever felt the need to take your iPhone for a dip? I may be surgically attached to my phone, but I don’t think even I would go this far. Besides the fact that I don’t really swim (I drown better) it’s putting a lot of trust in some plastic and seals.

    There are practical aspects to the DryCase, of course. Now you can take your delicate electronics to the beach, out fishing or skiing without worrying that it will get wet. And we all know water means death to electronics.

    Still, it also removes a cast iron excuse for being out of contact. Your choice.

  • CES: Avatar for Kinect

    January 7, 2011 @ 5:44 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Microsoft unveiled the latest function for Kinect – an avatar that mimics how your face moves. Not impressed? Take a look at the video.

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    Avatar Kinect is a chat function that tracks your facial expressions, how your mouth moves, even if you raise your eyebrows. It will be interesting to see how this works for everyone else, and where else Kinect will go.

    Avatar Kinect is a free service for Xbox Live Gold members, and is coming this spring.

  • A few quick CES photos…

    @ 12:13 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    So yesterday was the first full day of the show. By 4pm, I was shattered, and it wasn’t over yet.

    This place is huge. I’ve already got lost in the North Hall twice. And I have a map – well, several. Plus an app on my iPhone. I still haven’t a clue where I am half the time.


  • Vegas!

    January 6, 2011 @ 6:03 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    It’s that time of year again. The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas today, and I’ve been sent over to cover it. Which pretty much means I play with gadgets for the next few days and report back.

    Tough job.


  • iPhone users beware!

    January 1, 2011 @ 1:21 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Just a quick post to flag this. If you rely on your iPhone as an alarm clock, you might have noticed it’s not working as it should.

    A bug appears to have knocked out one-off alarms. Of course, most people weren’t aware of the issue until it was too late. Angry users are complaining on Apple’s discussion boards about the flaw, which even affects devices running the latest software.

    The way around it at the moment is to set recurring alarms. Apparently setting the date forward to January 3rd also kills the bug. Not much good to those who were running late this morning, but should keep you on time until Apple fixes the bug, or we actually get to January 3rd – more likely the latter.