Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Sony announced last week that PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) to be launched in the PAL territories, which includes South Africa, on 23 March 2007 would utilise a new hardware specification.
The local PS3 will feature the Cell Broadband Engine™, 60 GB hard disc drive, Blu-ray Disc player, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and SIXAXIS™ wireless controller. It also embodies a new combination of hardware and software emulation which will enable PS3 to be compatible with a broad range of original PlayStation®(PS) titles and a limited range of PlayStation®2 (PS2) titles.
“PS3 is first and foremost a system that excels in playing games specifically designed to exploit the power and potential of the PS3 system,” said David Reeves, President of SCEE. “Games designed for PS3 offer incredible graphics quality, stunning gameplay and massively improved audio and video fidelity that is simply not achievable with PS and PS2 games. Rather than concentrate on PS2 backwards compatibility, in the future, company resources will be increasingly focused on developing new games and entertainment features exclusively for PS3, truly taking advantage of this exciting technology.”
Some additional PS2 titles will become compatible on the PS3 system through regular downloadable firmware updates, which will be made available through the PLAYSTATION®Network, from www.playstation.com or via PS3 game discs, with the first update planned for the launch date of the 23rd March 2006.
Users will be able to check whether their titles are compatible with PS3 at http://faq.eu.playstation.com/bc. This site will be available on 23rd March to meet launch day.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
How much can you take out of a phone to make it cheap yet still be used by the "cool" people?
The Motorola Motofone F3 hs gone the opposite of all cell phone companies and created a pretty phone, thin and light, that is difficult to use!
As you can see, it's thin, very thin. But as you can see, no colour screen and no camera. It wasn't too long ago that people were asking why a camera was in a cell phone. These days, people NEED that camera. I know people who don't own a stand-alone camera and use just thier cell-phone camera. In an attempt to create a cheap phone, Motorola have dropped the camera.
The phone comes in a pretty tin-type-container. Massive manual which you HAVE to read. Unlike modern phones, you can't just pick it up and useit. There is no menu, but a left/right key to chose highlighted icons. You havr to know what these icons mean t be able to select them. They just didn't make sense to me.
No MMS, no E-mail, no MP3. All the things I expect from a modern phone. Remember, it is thin.
The spec sheet from the Motorola site lists the things it can do, like Voice Prompts. Now that is cool. The phone tells you what to do. Good when you are alone, not so good when at work or in a noisy area where you can't hear it.....
Otherwise not much to say except I used it for one evening and HAD to change it. I am not the target market for this one.
You can buy one from Bid-or-Buy for R459 but the price is R549. Cheap, very cheap.
I have been working on the 4000 for a couple of weeks now and didn't like it, at first. This review is being typed on a regular keyboard, Microsoft's fingerprint reader. Now that I am on a regular keyboard, I have to say that the Ergonomic one is a little better. Already my wrists are not as comfortable and I have nothing to rest on. How lazy have we become that we need something to rest on while type?
Let's start at the beginnig...
The Ergonomic 4000 is a USB keyboard, which is strange, I would have thought that everything would be wireless these days. Plug it in and it works. I am running VISTA at the moment and all seemed to work well.
The one thing you will notice about the keyboard is that it tilts down to the monitor unlike EVERY other keyboard ever made, that tilts down to the user. According to Microsoft, this is a better posistion in which to type. Strange that someone only thought of that now, my music teacher could have told them that in the 80's. The angle does take some getting used to as finding a key at the top of the board, there the Function keys are is a challenge. You kind of have to peak over the hill, as it were.
The Keyboard is a split one. Some letter on the left and some on the right. For a typist like me that only uses one finger on his left hand to type, this was not right. I felt as if the B was in the worng place and I had to cross over a few times to type something. I found that I made more mistakes when typing on the 4000.
The keyboard has a GREAT wrist rest, made of what feels like, fake leather. Very pretty in black and doesn't make you sweat at all like a plastic rest would.
The keyboard comes with all the expected added exras, like a zoom knob, multimedia controls and shortcut keys. You can find out all the details at thier site.
For a regular typist, I am sure that this keyboard would work fantasically. Some one who doesn't have to look at the keyboard while thy type. My PA would love one. As for the regular home user, I think that the cost of $60 is a little high for a pretty dekstop attachment.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
In computing, is there ever such a thing as too much? Too much speed, too much memory, too much space? How about too many screens? Seems not.
Check out what this guy has done to his office. I must say that I WANT ONE!!!!
Rogue wireless Internet Service Providers (ISPs) providing Internet access to consumers in contravention of the Telecommunications Act put extreme pressure on South Africa’s scarce radio spectrum.
“Ultimately, people must decide whether they want to be customers of the Enrons and Masterbonds of the Internet industry,” said Thami Mtshali, CEO of iBurst. Only certain operators such as iBurst are licensed to build their own public communications networks.
The Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) has already warned illegal wireless ISPs that some contraventions of the Telecommunications Act are criminal offences and that it has decided to establish a “working relationship” with the South African Police Services (SAPS).
“We hope that consumers will not be seduced by unrealistic promises and remember that doing business with potential criminals will harm South Africa’s war on crime,” said Mr Mtshali.
Degradation of the available radio spectrum in a certain area will inevitably result from the operations of illegal wireless operators reselling unreliable, saturated and high latency ADSL lines.
Already, rising demand from licensed mobile and fixed-line operators, broadcasters, ISPs and others is causing ICASA to reevaluate the procedures and criteria for awarding the precious national resource that is radio spectrum.
Illegal operators using the public 2.4 GHz frequency band for commercial purposes not only degrade the spectrum they deny ICASA revenue in the form of license fees which could be used to provide the regulator with the resources it is currently lacking.
Consumers who didn’t carefully choose wireless ISPs with solid track records now face disconnection as ICASA cracks down on illegal operators. ICASA’s view is that all wireless operators outside of wireless hotspots in specific areas and limited in size are illegal.
License conditions stipulate certain minimum service standards and make operators liable for contraventions. Consumers are therefore at risk of paying unlicensed operators for a sub-standard service. ICASA has taken a hard line with non-compliant wireless ISPs by either shutting down their operations or confiscating equipment.
Consumers unsure of whether or not a certain ISP is operating legally should call ICASA’s Licensing, Enforcement and Numbering (LENA) Department on 011 321 8200.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
The revolution has started… Following widespread speculation, Ster-Kinekor Games has just announced that Sony’s PLAYSTATION®3 home entertainment-console (PS3) will be on sale in South Africa from 23 March 2007 – in conjunction with the console’s launches in the UK and Australasia. An expected one million PS3 units will be made available during the initial launch period.
PS3 is one of the most highly anticipated & sophisticated home entertainment systems to hit the international gaming market. Its features are the first of its kind and also revolutionize features usually associated with gaming consoles. Launching in a sleek black casing designed to enhance the contemporary home entertainment-lifestyle, the PS3 enables games & multimedia to be viewed & experienced in an unparalleled High-Definition environment with top-end audiovisual potential through BlueRay DVD. The system’s revolutionary sensor-sensitive Sixaxis controller can connect up to 7 gamers wirelessly via advanced Bluetooth technology.
Apart from being able to play games with the BlueRay DVD system – the next generation of DVD created for High-Definition (HD) TV systems – the PS3 also acts as a standalone high-end BlueRay DVD player (with a 60GB harddrive), provides storage space for personal photos, videos & music, has more speed than the best PC available commercially and also links to the Internet for downloads & gaming interaction.
A stellar launch line-up of game titles has been confirmed for PS3, including eagerly awaited titles published by Sony Computer Entertainment such as Resistance: Fall of Man™, MotorStorm™, Genji™: Days of the Blade, FORMULA ONE CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION and Ridge Racer™ 7. An exceptional range of titles in every genre will also be available at launch from the world’s leading third party publishers, including Electronic Arts, Activision, Namco Bandai, Sega, Take 2, Ubisoft, Vivendi Universal, and Sony Online Entertainment.
In addition to games on disc, an exciting range of fully-featured downloadable games will debut on the PLAYSTATION®Network. These will include gaming icons such as Tekken®: Dark Resurrection and Gran Turismo® HD Concept; the fully-featured PS3 debut of the best-selling franchise Gran Turismo, realised with full HD (1080p) visual quality. Created by Polyphony Digital Inc and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, Gran Turismo® HD Concept has been downloaded by more than 350 000 users since it was released in December 2006 in North America and Japan.
Also available on the PLAYSTATION®Network will be brainteasers such as Go! Sudoku and Go! Puzzle, and innovative games such as Blast Factor™ and flOw™, designed exclusively for PLAYSTATION 3 and delivering on the promise to provide original content created by non-traditional developers and publishers.
Selected Sony movie titles are already available in the BlueRay DVD-format. This format is expected to be the preferred format for delivering media in the future. BD-ROM (Blu-ray Disc ROM) has a maximum storage capacity of 54GB (dual layer) which stores 77 times more information than a CD and six times more than a double layered DVD, which means it can hold over 50 000 high resolution photographs, 15 000 music tracks, store full High-Definition movies and games, enabling delivery of entertainment content in full High-Definition (HD) quality, under a secure environment made possible through the most advanced copyright protection technology.
PS3’s console design, features and general iconic status again signals progression in terms of the PlayStation brand’s legendary penchant for stylish, sexy, cutting-edge product design. PS1, PS2 and PSP games (linked via the PSP console) are compatible with PS3.
Responding to a major retail and consumer demand, it has been confirmed that initially only the 60GB model would be available, with the 20GB model to follow later in the year dependant on demand.
Concurrent with the launch, a new System Update to further enhance the entertainment potential of PS3 will be issued.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
When it comes to the screens on navigation devices, you can’t be too big or too bright. The latest in-car navigation models from Garmin follow that maxim, with more map display space and clearer viewing in bright ambient light.
Avnic Trading has announced the release of the new nüvi 660 and 610 models in the popular nüvi family of GPS navigators and Personal Travel Assistants which feature a new super-bright, 4.3” (109mm) widescreen display for an even clearer navigation display, media player and picture viewer applications. The screen is 480x272 pixels with a white backlight, and is touch-sensitive. All interaction with the units, other than the power button, is through an exceptionally easy to use touch screen interface.
The nüvi 660 and 610 have a further great new feature: both offer Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free calling when paired with compatible phones, turning the nüvi into a Bluetooth car kit. An external microphone jack is provided if you want to use a separate microphone.
Top GPS performance is ensured by the high-sensitivity integrated GPS receiver. Navigation instructions are both audio and visual, and the 660 features Text-To-Speech which gives you the full street names – for example “Turn right on Main Street” instead of just “Turn Right”. You can choose between overhead 2D views (track up or North up), or a 3D perspective view. A Points of Interest (POI) loader program lets you set up proximity alerts for school zones, safety cameras, or any other POIs you chose.
Internal memory available for supplemental maps, MP3s and audio books is approximately 700MB, and an SD memory card expansion slot allows you to add even more capacity.
Both units are supplied with Garmap Southern Africa Version 1 on CD and SD card, vehicle suction cup mount and dashboard disk, carrying case, USB interface cable, 12-volt adapter cable and sample MP3s and Language Guide content. The nüvi 660 additionally includes preloaded City Navigator Europe for travellers abroad and an AC charger.
The units weigh just 176g with built-in Lithium Ion battery that gives 3 to 7 hours use.For further information, please contact Dealer Sales Queries firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0861 GARMIN / 0861 427646
Monday, February 12, 2007
LG Electronics today announced the unveiling of its latest products and future technologies which will take place at the 3GSM World Congress 2007, in Barcelona, Spain, from 12 to 15 February 2007.
One of the main highlights of this congress will be the launch of LG’s second model in the premium “Black Label” series, which will be made known to the consumer as the LG “Shine” phone. The “Shine” will initially be launched in Europe and is expected to arrive in South Africa during May this year.
This range of striking new mobile phones with revolutionary technical features and luxurious designs will be launched under their theme “Born to Shine: the shining moments in your life.”
“In 2006, LG established its reputation in the world market with the Chocolate phone,” said Mr. K.W. Kim, President of LG Electronics – Middle East and Africa. “The European market is experiencing rapid growth in the demand for products with the latest technology and trendy designs, making it a vital market for mobile phone manufacturers around the world”.
“LG will make take a huge leap forward as its premium brand in the mobile industry will be the star of this event. We will introduce some of the most advanced technology that LG has employed to date in order to showcase these masterpiece handsets,” he added. “The models demonstrate how we continue to innovate across our range of products and in so doing, cultivate an unsurpassed customer experience.”
LG’s booth will feature the stunning new “Shine” handset, embodied in exquisite real-metal with a mirrored style. This new phone is the second installment of its premium Black Label series, and has been predicted another bestseller, as was the case last year with the Chocolate phone.
LG and Nortel will also demonstrate long term evolution (LTE), an almost-4G technology, which features data-transfers at twice the speed of HSDPA.
LG will display its second commercialised HSDPA phone and showcase its HSPA (HSDPA, HSUPA), WiMAX and mobile broadcasting (DVB-H, MediaFLO and DMB) during this event in Spain.
The 3GSM World Congress is the world's largest exhibition for the mobile industry, featuring mobile operators, vendors and content owners from across the world. Last year, the event hosted over 50,000 people who attended this unique experience.
LG’s booth is located at Hall 8, 3GSM World Congress in Fira de Barcelona, Spain.
Friday, February 09, 2007
Disc replicator MPO Group admitted that its Thai subsidiary inadvertently replicated thousands of Microsoft server software discs after relying on a fake licensing agreement. MPO agreed to a multi-million-dollar settlement, and cooperated in the investigation. Details of the agreement have not been disclosed.
Microsoft SA’s Mark Reynolds, Microsoft SA Group Manager: Small Business & Transactional Partners, says that even though MPO “stepped up and did the right thing” by cooperating with the investigation and acknowledging its responsibility, Microsoft felt it had little choice but to insist on a substantial settlement.
“Microsoft cannot stand by when counterfeiting and piracy undercuts the work of honest and responsible resellers and partners whose prices are compromised by the introduction of counterfeit software into the market,” said Reynolds.
“There’s no question that software piracy is a global problem for the industry. By addressing the trade in counterfeit software at the manufacturing level, we are effectively shutting down illegal operators down to the point of production.”
According to MPO, its Thai office manufactured 20,000 counterfeit copies of Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server products in July 2003 on the basis of what turned out to be forged documentation from a third party that purported to have a license to distribute Microsoft software. In fact, Microsoft does not license its software to be reproduced and distributed in this way.
Reynolds continued to say that Microsoft would continue to identify and investigate organisations that manufacture illegal software, with several suspected South African pirate operations under surveillance. The company has been dogged in its pursuit of software piracy, launching the Genuine Software initiative to educate customers and resellers about the tell-tale signs of piracy.
According to the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the software industry lost US$34bn to piracy in 2005 globally, amounting to 35% of all software used worldwide. This figure was up US $1.6bn from 2004. In South 36% of business use illegal software.
“In the last 18 months, Microsoft and law enforcement agencies around the world have seized more than 675,000 units of fake Microsoft software and components. This represents a loss to Microsoft of $84 million,” concluded Reynolds.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at the London-based firm Sophos, said Tuesday's incident "seems to have been the most serious attack against these domain name servers since December 2002."
Cluley said three of the 13 domain name system (DNS) servers that control global Internet traffic were hit with a so-called "denial of service" attack, which means they were bombarded with information requests in an effort to bring them down.
He said that since the 2002 attacks, "the system has become more resilient and is well set up to bounce back from these attacks."
Mike Poor at the US-based SANS Internet Storm Center said experts at the computer security institute were "aware of the attacks," and trying to get more information about them.
Cluley said a big part of the attacks was linked to so-called "zombie" computers that are infected by spam e-mails, leaving them open to control by hackers.
He said some reports traced the attacks to South Korea, but added that "it doesn't mean the hackers are based there ... the bad guys could be based anywhere in the world."
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Tuesday, February 06, 2007
The Sony PlayStation 2 sold 20,995 units while the PlayStation 3 sold 19,996 units from Jan. 22 to 28, according to numbers from Media Create. This marks the first time that the PS2 outsold the PS3, though the PS3 has only been available for a couple of months.
The digital entertainment analyst uses the sales data from 3,000 stores to estimate nationwide sales of all Japanese retailers. Sony plans on shipping more than 6 million PlayStation 3 game consoles worldwide before April.
The PlayStation 2 offers a lower price tag, more variety in video games, and higher availability to consumers, which contributed why it was able to sell more units than the PS3. The Nintendo Wii sold 83,000 units in the same time frame -- the Microsoft Xbox 360 sold 7,365 models. Analysts still believe the PS3's superior technology over its competitors will make it the viable console in the long-run.
Reports claim Sony's games divison could see losses as high as $2.57 billion USD for its fiscal year, which ends in March.
Monday, February 05, 2007
The iTunes maker has released a small repair tool that solves one compatibility issue between its jukebox software iTunes and Microsoft's newest version of Windows, but says PC users are better off waiting for the next version of iTunes before upgrading to Vista.
The latest version of iTunes, 7.02, may work with Vista on many typical PCs, but Apple knows of a few incompatibility problems, including some that are serious.
For instance, users who remove their iPod from their computer using the "safely remove hardware" feature in Vista may corrupt the contents of their iPod, Apple says. In addition, users may not be able to make changes to their iPod settings, synch contacts and calendars with the iPod, or play songs they've bought online from the iTunes Store.
Apple offers a support document with tips for customers who do decide to upgrade to Vista before the new iTunes release, including reinstalling the latest version of iTunes. Apple is also now offering the repair tool which should help customers who are having trouble playing songs they've bought from the iTunes Store.
Still, Apple recommends that customers wait until a new release of iTunes becomes available in a couple of weeks before upgrading to Vista.
Microsoft, which launched the long-awaited operating system last week, recommends just the opposite.
"We're committed to ensuring that all partners, including Apple, get all of the resources they need to ensure that their applications work with Windows Vista. Customers shouldn't feel that they need to wait to adopt Vista for these reasons," Microsoft said in a statement.
Microsoft offers software partners a variety of resources to ensure that their products will be compatible with Vista, it said.
Iomega Corporation, a global leader in data storage and protection, has announced new versions of two of its versatile storage products: the high-end Iomega UltraMax desktop hard drive with expanded capacity to a towering 1Terrabyte, and a new stylish black small form-factor Iomega dual interface portable hard drive with 120Gigabytes of storage capacity.
Designed for Mac OS X users, Iomega’s popular UltraMax desktop hard drives deliver secure, high-capacity storage in a rugged enclosure that complements the Apple Mac Pro and Power Mac series of computers. With RAID 1 and a built-in FireWire and Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) hub for future expansion, Iomega’s UltraMax drives excel in digital content creation, graphic design, and other disk-intensive tasks.
“Apple’s Mac Pro is a thoroughbred personal computer that needs an external storage system that can keep pace,” said Bobby Kennedy, Key Account Manager for Iomega in South Africa. “With FireWire 800, the Mac HFS+ file system, and RAID 1 performance, Iomega’s new UltraMax drive has incredible power right out of the box, and its interface choices and RAID options will enhance your workflow whether you’re connecting it to Mac Pro, an iMac, or a MacBook.”
In addition to the default mode of RAID 0, which stripes data across the UltraMax drive’s two 7200-RPM SATA hard drives, other drive settings include RAID 1, ‘spanned’ (both hard drives are treated as a single volume), and ‘simple’ (each hard drive is treated as its own drive letter). For ease of use, the new Iomega UltraMax Desktop Hard Drive has a manual RAID switch, allowing the user to turn off the RAID configuration and use the drive configured as JBOD.
The Iomega UltraMax Hard Drive is preformatted with Apple’s HFS+ file system for Mac OS X users. HFS+ makes more efficient use of large hard drives and supports journaling under Mac OS X, which makes it easier to recover data in case of a problem.
The stackable UltraMax drive enclosure complements the new Mac Pro series of Apple computers as well as the older Power Mac series. The enclosure is metallic grey with a mesh grill, an echo of the Mac Pro computer’s industrial design. Its three interfaces include FireWire® 800, FireWire 400, and Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0), and it provides users with a three-port Hi-Speed USB hub for easy expansion. Cables for FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0 operation are included with the drive.
Fashionably thin at just 0.5 inches (12.7 mm) and an incredibly light 5.8 oz.(163 g), the Iomega black portable hard drive 120 GB Hi-Speed USB 2.0/FireWire is packed with ideal features for mobile users. It is the perfect storage companion for a Mac notebook, including host-powered operation and Drop Shock technology. The drive’s 2.5-inch hard drive delivers fast 5400 RPM performance and comes with both FireWire 400 (1394a) and USB 2.0 cables.
“Host-powered products are great for mobile users because they eliminate the need to bring along a power adapter and find a wall outlet for it,” said Kennedy. “The Iomega black portable hard drive gets all the power it needs from the USB or FireWire cable. Choice of connectivity combined with 120 Gigabytes and a stylish little package make the new Iomega black portable hard drive an ideal portable hard drive for road warriors and others that need more freedom and versatility in their storage products.”
For secure storage and worry-free backup and disaster recovery, Iomega also includes EMC Retrospect Express software with the new UltraMax Drive and the new Black Portable Hard Drive. Retrospect Express delivers automated, reliable, cost-effective protection for Windows® and Mac® users. Its award-winning design makes it easy to set up and manage highly efficient backups on any personal computer, greatly simplifying disaster recovery. Users can back up open files, verify backup integrity during the backup, have scheduled backups proceed even without logging in, and recover individual files or a complete system to any point in time.
A single Iomega 120GB Dual Interface Black Portable Hard Drive can hold up to 480,000 photos, 2,220 hours of music, or 180 hours of video.
The Iomega UltraMax desktop hard drive 1TB Triple Interface is compatible with Mac OS X 10.1 or above on Apple computers with an Intel processor or G3 processor or higher. The UltraMax Drive can be reformatted to NTFS or FAT32 for use with a PC (instructions included), making it compatible with Microsoft® Windows® 2000, Windows XP Home and XP Professional editions, as well as the upcoming Windows Vista. FAT32 format allows cross-platform use.
The Iomega portable hard drive 120GB Hi-Speed USB 2.0/FireWire is compatible with Mac OS X 10.1 or higher, as well as Windows 2000 Professional/XP Home/XP Professional and Windows Vista.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
When I wanna do for now one is not do any corrections. Any mistakes you C and the rest of this paragraph is simply that made by the computer. I promise you I haven't type of thing. I enjoy using Windows Vista so far and I think that I could deduce that. I was talking to a friend of mine today and we were wondering what the big hype was. Shelley, there shouldn't be a big help. That is supposed to be hyper not help. Even that was not supposed to be hyper just hype. There we go. It only took three times to work out what I wanted to say. Back to the Windows-based the hype.
Windows is ubiquitous. There is nothing we can do about. I guess they could be better and want to fight with other operating systems. I like windows because when you do something it just works. There is no having to mess about worth codes and things. Take the speech recognition for example; all I did was plug in my headset, typed in speech recognition and here I am typing a blogger to the world. And when assayed tapping I mean talking.
So what about speech recognition? A little known while. Theez for now. Another mistake. But as for now, I'm going to have to learn to speak correctly. At least my spelling is correct.