While Sony has this 55-inch prototype on display at the conference, it is no where near production or consumers' hands. (CNET staffers at the show are going to give it a look and report back on … Read more
There's no telling where you might encounter the U.S.S. Enterprise.
Since 1966 it's been on a many-year mission to explore strange new worlds of the pop psyche, to seek out new life as a pizza cutter or a Halloween costume for a dog, to boldly go where no spacecraft--fictional or otherwise--has gone before.
So while in LA recently, exploring the beachside neighborhood of Venice and its canals (vestiges of the Italianate fantasy the area had been in the early 20th century), we weren't exactly surprised to round a corner and run into our beloved starship.
The Enterprise as a gondola? Why not?… Read more
Pedestrians have sometimes felt neglected when it comes to GPS directions.
Indeed, not so long ago, one lady sued Google because the directions its map offered led her (she believed) to be struck by a car.
Now Microsoft has been granted a patent that is designed to make its maps more pedestrian-friendly.
Somehow, this patent has immediately been dubbed the "avoid ghetto" feature.
The gist of it seems to be that Microsoft's GPS--which will reportedly be inserted into Windows Phones in the future--will use input from more varied and up-to-date sources in order to create suggested routes. … Read more
Sony veteran Kazuo Hirai will be the company's next president, Japan's Nikkei business daily reported.
Current CEO Howard Stringer will remain the chairman and CEO of the company, the report says. The executive shuffle, which CNET has not yet confirmed with Sony, is said to be finalized sometime this month, with Hirai taking the post in April.
Hirai became the chairman of Sony's Computer Entertainment group in June of last year, taking over the spot previously held by Andrew House. Prior to that--in March--he was named as president of Sony's entire consumer business.
Hirai has been … Read more
Amazon's Lovefilm has inked two important deals as it prepares to wage a streaming-video war with Netflix in the U.K.
BBC Worldwide will bring its programming, including "Doctor Who" and "Life On Mars," to Lovefilm's streaming service. In addition, Lovefilm, which operates solely in Europe, announced today that it has signed a deal with the U.K.'s largest commercial broadcaster, iTV, to stream its shows, including "Marchlands" and "Above Suspicion" among many others.
Warner Bros. has kicked off a new trend that could make it even harder for you to rent a DVD when you want, according to a report.
The movie studio has signed a deal with Netflix, Redbox, and Blockbuster, requiring the rental firms to wait to rent DVDs 56 days after they go on sale, All Things Digital reported yesterday, citing sources. The deal is expected to be announced at the Consumer Electronics Show next week.
If the companies did, in fact, ink the deal, it could be a major blow to the rental companies. Currently, consumers are forced to … Read more
One of the prettiest looking games on Apple's iOS platform turns out to be pretty profitable too.
The popular Infinity Blade franchise, which grew to two games last month, has earned Epic Games and developer Chair Entertainment more than $30 million since its debut near the end of 2010.
Epic announced that figure today, while noting that Infinity Blade II has brought in net earnings of $5 million in the month since its launch, a benchmark the company says took the first game three months.
The series was unveiled at Apple's once-annual music event in 2010 and was … Read more
On February 10, "Star Wars: Episode I--The Phantom Menace" will come back to theaters, this time in 3D. That means we can expect to see Star Wars tie-ins squeezed out worldwide.
With that in mind, if you're in Europe and you're near a Quick restaurant, you might want to swing by and try one of the trio of Star Wars-themed burgers. There's the Jedi Burger, which looks relatively benevolent; the Dark Burger, the bun of which has poppy seeds, a sure sign of evil if I ever saw one; and the Dark Vador Burger. Dark Vador is what Darth Vader is called in French (man, they have a word for everything, don't they?), but that's probably not what draws your attention so much as the OMG WHAT IS--
--the black bun.… Read more
Sony's PlayStation 3 and the rest of company's gaming division have yet to make consumers recognize their value, DFC Intelligence analyst David Cole says.
Speaking to Industry Gamers in an interview published yesterday, Cole said the PlayStation 3 has proven "incredibly robust" and comes with a "great content library." However, he cautioned that "not all consumers seem to have gotten the word," and Sony is in need of consumer excitement.
"The key challenge in 2012 is to bring back consumer excitement around the Sony and PlayStation brand," Cole said of … Read more
The next iteration of Microsoft's Xbox may be a real game-changer for consumers' living rooms.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the software giant a patent on December 27 for an "integrated gaming and media experience," in which content could be recorded on a gaming console.
Here's the essence of patent No. 8,083,593 according to the USPTO abstract:
A digital video recorder (DVR) application running alongside a television client component allows users to record media content on the gaming console. The DVR application also integrates itself with the console menu. Once integrated, … Read more