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New launches from Sony® in Smartphone Arena

As has been announced, the CES Show 2011 saw the references made by Sony for all the products showcased with a common content shared across all products like the Play station devices PS3, PSP, PSP2, and the PS phone.

Microsoft being ahead of Sony with regards to tying the new Window Mobile Phone 7 handsets into the live providing a live login. Gaming is already made available by Microsoft. Sony seems to be heading the same direction with services which will hook on to the devices from Sony like PS3, TV, PC and Blu-Ray players.

The PS3 introduced in 2004 was dubbed the `Walkman of the 21st Century` was not a great success in the markets. But subsequent PSPs introduced have been very successful and now Sony is looking to make great profits with the release of the PSP2 stealthily. They are hoping to oust Nintendo and Apple at their own game.

The world`s second largest portable player maker has outlined a strategy to use, networked entertainment services. Sony intends to launch the PSP 2 on January, 27th of 2011 which is 2 days ago. The PSP smart phone is set to be released in February.

Sony will also outline their strategy to use its networked game system on portable devices. The Mobile World Congress is all set to take off on February 14th through 17th showcasing Sony`s Ericsson made PSP phone which is also called the Xperia Play, although no comments are available from Sony regarding this.

Company faced some troubles getting any grip with the PSP, failing to catch up with Nintendo, when it was released in 2004, selling only 18.5 million units compared to 47 million units of the Nintendo. Sony plans to gain market from Nintendo and Apple dominated market. It has revealed the networked services to share games, movies, and music over handheld devices, TVs and the likes.

With the release of the PSP Go in 2009, Sony did away with disc drives and introduced direct downloads of games. Bloomberg has been keenly following the news from Sony and their report on the Sony PSP2 is intended for the CES show this year in 2011 and later in February of the smart phone. The updated PSP will compete with Apple`s iPod Touch and Nintendo`s 3DS which are gaming devices and have been a threat to the Sony`s PSP.

Samsung® to support Google® TV with Blu-ray player

Samsung announced at CES 2011 that it is planning to develop a Blu-ray player and a set-top device, which are compatible with Google TV. The product is scheduled for a launch around June 2011. There will be a remote with the equipment with a QWERTY keyboard. It will allow voice searching through an inbuilt microphone. The new Blu-ray player and companion box were made available for testing throughout CES 2011.

Samsung Electronics on January 7, 2011 came together with Sony, Vizio and Logitech as one of the hardware partners for Google TV. Sony, currently selling Google TV-loaded sets and Blu-ray players, and Logitech selling just a companion box loaded with Google TV were a competition to the Samsung Blu-ray companion, while Vizio also showcased the Google TV sets and Blu-ray players at CES. Samsung is making available new Android-based smartphones as well as tablets to operate the Google TV appliances through a built-in IR blaster with a universal remote control application. Google TV is the search engine’s Android-based platform which will allow buyers to surf the Web through the Google Chrome browser while managing the television and DVR content with one interface that is coming with complete search and applications.

The users can for instance, watch a game of football and then open up a Web browser while they continue to watch the game in a small dual window facility which they can move around on the TV screen. According to people, reports of hardware delays were not true and were blown out of proportions, while Google is on track for releasing a special Android software development kit. This can be used by Google TV which enables its developers to write the applications for a larger screen. Much has been contemplated by the crowd at the CES Show and it remains to be seen how well is the product of Blu-ray player and companion box which supports Google TV.

Review of Kanex XD

The Kanex XD, an exceptional product, works extraordinarily well at a job that shouldn’t even exist. As always, whenever Apple gives something on one hand, it takes something away on other hand so when Apple launched its 27″ iMacs, this time they provided those huge, beautiful screens, but on the other hand the company pushed the video input to the Mini DisplayPort standard.

The Kanex XD is an HDMI adapter specifically for Apple’s 27-inch iMac, which allows for video input via Mini DisplayPort. The Kanex XD is a fairly simple product that takes HD video from HDMI-enabled source, such as an Xbox 360, PS3, or Blu-ray player, and converts it into an iMac-compatible signal.

Design

The design of the Kanex XD is also incredibly simple, consisting of a relatively small aluminium box with an HDMI input and AC adapter on one side, and a Mini DisplayPort port on the other. To set it up, all you have to do is connect your HDMI source, then the AC adapter, and finally the Mini DisplayPort, after which the iMac will recognize the incoming source and users, will be able to swap between their desktop and the incoming video source using the keyboard.

Yet simplicity seems to be the biggest weakness of Kanex XD as the converter does nothing extra than just simply converting the incoming signal. It doesn’t have any auto-scaling functionality or even have an on/off switch, which makes setup and use fairly unintuitive. If you want the iMac to detect the incoming video, the HDMI source and power cable have to be connected to the converter first, and any deviation from the necessary order of connections won’t be recognized. Without any sort of on-board on/off switch, alternating between several HDMI sources becomes difficult, as users needs to go through the initial setup every time.

DrawBacks

There are other limitations of the iMac’s Mini DisplayPort as it can only accept 1280×720 resolution video (720p) whereas on the other hand the 27-inch iMac’s display’s native resolution is 2560×1440, 1920×1080 (1080p) video input is which at present is unsupported through Mini DisplayPort. Hence for the Kanex XD or any HDMI source will be scaled to match the display’s massive native resolution. When scaled to that size, any HDMI source we tested had a slight level of pixilation, which can be offset by a viewing distance of three feet or more. But again, the problem lies with the iMac, not the Kanex XD, which the company says will be ready to support full 1080p HDMI conversion as soon as Apple allows the 27-inch iMac’s video card to do so.
While the image isn’t nearly as smooth as would have hoped, any HD source stands to benefit from the iMac’s LED-backlit display, which is bright and boasts a wide and natural colour range. The iMac’s glass screen makes glare a bit of a problem in areas of mixed lighting, but that will vary according to surrounding.

The only other major complaint we have with the Kanex XD is that it is a very expensive, very narrowly focused product as it can only be used with the 27-inch model iMac. If you’ve got the means, interest, and a lack of display alternative for your Xbox 360, PS3, it’s only than that you may want to check out the Kanex XD.

New features of Bluetooth and WirelessHD Laptops

Ever dreamt of transferring large volumes of music and data from one laptop to the other wirelessly? Well, it is not a dream anymore, as Asus and Acer have come out with Bluetooth 3.0 and WirelessHD enabled laptops, which are expected to hit the markets some time later this year.

Great Expectations
Sure thing, they’re going to be the head turners, but a lot more is expected from these laptops, as each one will be one of its kind, and there won’t be any direct competitors either. What’s more, you will now be able to convert even your PC into Blu-ray player or a high definition gaming console, thanks to the capability to transmit high-definition videos to larger TV screens.

As you must be aware of the fact that the latest Bluetooth 3.0 standard boasts of unbelievably fast transfer rates of 3MBPS+, which goes as high as 25MBPS. This will simply mean that you’ll be able to transfer an entire movie, or copy contents of a 7GB DVD in a matter of few seconds. The latest standards are also expected to add a world of stability and reduce the power consumption too.

Features
Asus has unleashed the G53 and G73JW gaming laptops with WirelessHD capabilities, and added that they will soon be releasing the Bluetooth 3.0 enabled laptops too, though the company did not announce any specific model number with the Bluetooth 3.0 compatibility.

Another interesting point to be noted here is that the connections used to break really fast as soon as the paired device were taken out of range. However things will be far different in case of the new Bluetooth 3.0 and WirelessHD standards, as these latest laptops will shutdown the Bluetooth radio lot more faster than the previous devices, resulting in a good deal of power saving.

Trends
The best part of the story is that these laptops will make use of the 60GHz frequency band, and Sibeam’s WirelessHD technology to facilitate data transfers preventing interference of wireless communication with these transfers; in simpler words, you will be able to wirelessly transfer data, and also make use of Wi-Fi or cordless phones, at the same time, due to usage of different frequency bands.

Of course, you can’t count out the 3D feature, and no points for guessing that these next generation laptops will feature 3D screens; G73JW will have a 17.3-inch large screen, while the G53 will have a smaller 15.6-inch screen.

So, gone are the good old days of wired connectivity; say hello to these ultimate Bluetooth and WirelessHD enabled laptops that will allow you to live wirelessly!

Perhaps the day is not too far when we will be able to wirelessly connect all the devices such as a Smartphone, projector, TV set, camcorder, and digital camera, and operates with absolutely no strings attached!

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