PlayStation Vita Hits stores in Japan

Good news for PlayStation fans. The long awaited PlayStation Vita is now available in Japan. It was launched in the market yesterday. This was the biggest launch ever for any Sony product since the launch of legendary PlayStation 3 and that too was five years ago. Thousands of fans throughout the country rushed to their nearby stores and lined up in the early morning to lay their hands on the successor of PlayStation Portable(PSP.

PlayStation Vita has a touch interface with motion sensing ability. Gamers can connect their devices via mobile networks or Wifi hotspots to play multiplayer games. With GPS functionality, this gadget has a lot more to offer as compared to the other gaming consoles of the same category.

There are two cameras in Vita, one on the front and the other on the back. Plus there is even a touch pad on the back and there are two joystick buttons which can be used in the multiplayer games.

Sony Corp expect Vita to be a huge success. 2011 has been a pretty bad year for Sony so far. Earlier this year, Sony PlayStation Network(PSN) was targeted by a massive cyber attack after which a large number of customers decided to shift their attention to other gaming consoles available in the market.

According to market reports, Sony has suffered huge losses, approximately of $1 billion this year. All it needs is a breakthrough in sales, so that it can cover up the losses in gaming sector as well as other fields.

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Google gets Patent for Driverless Car

Google has been granted a patent for driver-less cars which is related to the method of shifting the control of a vehicle from human to the vehicle itself. Google has been experimenting with this technology for a while and applied for this patent in the month of May this year but did not made it public at that time.

According to Google, the technology makes use of two sets of sensors. The first pair determines a landing strip when the car has to be stopped and the second pair tells the vehicle its location and its destination. This can be used to find a suitable parking place where the vehicle can make transition into full autonomous mode.

The concept of self driving vehicles is not new. It has been researched by some universities(funded by Google) and some individuals over a long period of time. Various prototypes have been made available to the public over the years but this is the first time that a major company has been awarded a patent in this regard.

No doubt that this technology can be of a greater use in scenarios where the human reaction becomes very slow. For example, it can come handy while driving at a continuous stretch. Still a lot of work has to be done to make it economically available to the general public.

What do you think? Will Google be able to develop the Cars of the future?

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Windows Phone Down 38%

Microsoft has tried its best to boost its smartphone sales but recent data from comScore shows that Microsoft’s share in US smartphone market has decreased from 7.5% to 5.8%, nearly 38%, which is not a good sign for the company’s future in smartphone sector.

Recently, Microsoft’s Mango OS, which is said to be the best software update by the tech giant till now, was deployed in Fujitsu-Toshiba’s IS12T and it is expected that major manufacturers will also be using this OS in their future handsets.

But the thing here is that “Mango” is yet not widely available in the market and even when it does, there is no guarantee that it will be able to create a buzz as experts say that its competition will be with the iPhone 5 and some major Android based smartphones.

Microsoft Windows Phones are quite good but they haven’t enjoyed the limelight as much as the handsets based on Android OS and the iDevices.

Most likely, the reason behind this is that Windows Phones are not advertised as much as its competitors especially in third world countries who are the largest consumers of smartphones. Secondly, it is not as cost effective as Android based handsets.

Will “Mango” be able to boost Windows Phone sales or has it been a bit late to do the needful?

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BlackBerry All Set For The iPhone Challenge

RIM(Research In Motion) will be releasing 5 brand new phones including its first ever all-touch screen phone within weeks. RIM has taken more than a year to release its new models and is expecting that this move will bring back its lost reputation.

These phones will be available on more than 200 carriers worldwide and are meant to increase RIM’s market share. Though this is a good news for BlackBerry lovers, these phones are not expected to generate a lot of success for the company.

The Canada based company is currently facing its worst time in the smartphone market. Recently it fired nearly 2000 of its employees in order to provide financial stabilization to the company.

RIM’s stock has fallen upto 68% and it is not expected to rise quickly. A lot of reasons are responsible for RIM’s failure but the delay in launching new phones is the major one.

Apple is going to launch the iPhone 5 in this fall and a lot of Android phones will be rolling around that period too. RIM will face a tough challenge from the world’s leading manufacturers in near future.

No detailed specifications were available till this post was written. We’ll keep you updated.

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Samsung Galaxy Tablet Launch Delayed In Australia Due To Apple Suit

Samsung has delayed the launch of its ambitious Galaxy Tablet in Australia as the ongoing lawsuit with Apple Inc. gathers pace. Samsung spokesman said that they are only delaying the launch till some “favorable conditions” are met.

Samsung Electronics is the biggest competitor of Apple in smartphone and tablet markets because of its cost effective products and its ability to provide better services at the minimal cost.

Apple sued Samsung Electronics in April this year over patent infringement issues. The Cupertino, California based company claims that Samsung has copied the iPhone and the iPad’s design in its Galaxy range of products.

A Sydney court has provided an injunction which prohibits Samsung to release its Galaxy Tab. Samsung has confirmed that Apple filed for an injunction but at the same time, it declared that this will not affect sales of its Galaxy tab.

This injunction cannot be lifted without agreement with Apple which means that the future of the Galaxy Tab depends completely on this lawsuit and even more on the future relations between both these tech giants.

Will Samsung reach an agreement with Apple or will the Australians be deprived of the Galaxy Tab?

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iPhone 5 To Be Launched In October ?

The world wide web is currently flooded with rumors about the launch date of Apple’s marvel but still no one has been able to give satisfactory reason for their views. But the news that Apple is going to launch the iPhone 5 in October this year certainly has got a solid base.

According to some insiders, who are watching this matter closely, AT&T which is the major carrier of the iPhone has ordered its employees to work each and every day in the last 2 weeks of September. Furthermore, AT&T has canceled every holiday in that period.

This kind of move by AT&T suggests that it is planning a “big thing” during that period. And we already know that Apple will launch its latest iPhone during that period.

So logically, it can be said that the iPhone 5 will be launched in October rather than September which many tech blogs have predicted.

There is no official specifications of the iPhone 5 provided by the American giant but it is expected that the iPhone 5 will use A5 chips which is currently deployed in the iPad 2.

Is this reason enough to predict the iPhone 5 launch date or is it just another rumor which is loosely based on some insider news?

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Xbox Addiction Claims A Life

A 20 year old guy Chris Staniforth died because of pulmonary embolism, which occurs if someone sits in the same position for a very long duration of time. According to his family, Chris died after following a marathon session on his Xbox.

Chris’s father said that his son normally spent upto 12 hours playing on his Xbox. He further stated that,”He got sucked in playing Halo online against people from all over the world.”

This is not the first time that a gamer has lost his life due to excessive playing. These type of news are commonly heard throughout Asia. In the past, a South Korean gamer had died after 3 days of non stop online gaming in 2005.

Online computer games have become an addiction now a days. Various games are available on the Internet which can be played with other players from all over the globe.

Though these games are pretty good, but addiction of anything is always bad. Obesity and lack of interest in other pursuits of daily life are the common diseases that are found in gaming addicts.

Our take on this is that games should be considered as games only. They should not become the target of a person’s life. There is a real life beside virtual one which is the most beautiful gift of the god almighty.

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