Steam’s New Controller … Just WOW! Reinvent The Game Pad!

September 29, 2013

They are right on track here …

We set out with a singular goal: bring the Steam experience, in its entirety, into the living-room. We knew how to build the user interface, we knew how to build a machine, and even an operating system. But that still left input – our biggest missing link. We realized early on that our goals required a new kind of input technology – one that could bridge the gap from the desk to the living room without compromises.

So we spent a year experimenting with new approaches to input and we now believe we’ve arrived at something worth sharing and testing with you.

Where Microsoft and Sony show zero innovation with the Xbox One and the PS4, Valve is the one pushing limits.

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HDMI 2.0 Is Here

September 4, 2013

The not …:: HDMI 2.0 officially announced: 18Gbps bandwidth, 60fps 4K, 32 channel audio

The cables won’t change either, as the group claims current high-speed Category 2 wires can handle the increased bandwidth. Some companies have suggested upgrade paths for their UHDTVs already on the market — hopefully we’ll find out more about those plans this week at IFA 2013.

My advice if you are in the market for cables buy the best monoprice offers, so you will be ready for the next generation of stuff.

Sony Takes The Lead?

August 18, 2013

Sony To Rival Google, Intel With New TV Streaming Service

At this point, it’s not really a question of whether the television industry will be massively disrupted, but when. Analysts have been expecting Apple to take the lead, but it has been smaller outfits such as Roku and HULU changing things up. But, there’s still no true replacement for pay-TV, at least not yet, as most channels that offer online viewing options won’t allow streaming without a pay-TV subscription. But Sony may come out of nowhere and shock us all, according to a new Wall Street Journal report.

“Zero Dark Thirty”

December 24, 2012

They find something every day to be outrageously outraged over, don’t they?

Claims that the Obama administration provided the “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmakers special access to high-level national security officials and shared sensitive information about the bin Laden raid have led to an internal Pentagon investigation of suspected security leaks.
So if anything happens we can now blame Obama.
  • Upcoming film Zero Dark Thirty claims that Bin Laden might not have been found if not for a young female CIA analyst
  • She devoted the best part of a decade to finding the terrorist
  • According to colleagues, she was one of the first to advance the theory that the key to finding Bin Laden was in Al Qaeda’s courier network
  • But, astonishingly, it has now emerged that truth may indeed be as strange as fiction. According to Zero Dark Thirty, a forthcoming film about the hunt for Bin Laden — whose makers were given top-level access to those involved — he might never have been found if it hadn’t been for an attractive young female CIA agent every bit as troublesome as Homeland’s Carrie Mathison

The criticisms from politicians and the CIA didn’t hurt Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” in its first weekend at the box office.

CIA insiders have confirmed claims by the film’s director Kathryn Bigelow that she is entirely justified in focusing on the role played by a junior female CIA analyst, named Maya in the film and played by Jessica Chastain. And just as in Homeland, the real agent has been snubbed by superiors and fallen out with colleagues since the Bin Laden raid in May last year.

But who is this CIA super-sleuth? Although the woman is still undercover and has never been identified, Zero Dark Thirty’s emphasis on Maya’s importance tallies with the account of a U.S. Navy SEAL involved in the raid who later wrote about it in a book.

An Oscar front-runner, Sony’s tale of the manhunt for Osama bin Laden brought in $410,000 from five screens in New York and Los Angles over the weekend. That’s a whopping $82,000 per screen, by far the best of any film in release.

Haven’t seen it don’t plan on doing so.

Foxconn Throws $1.6 Billion Into Sharp For Flatscreen Panels

March 28, 2012

Apple manufacturer Foxconn is investing $1.6 billion in Sharp and committing to buying up to 50% of the company’s flatscreen panels, reports Bloomberg.

This could be a move on Foxconn’s end to simply ensure that it has a decent supply for future products, such as the long-rumored Apple television.

Sharp is also “in trouble and their very survival is at stake. Maybe the tie-up will help,” said Edwin Merner, president of Atlantis Investment Research.

Whatever the reason, it’s a brave move on Foxconn’s part when you consider recent market research from iSuppli that indicates flat-panel TV sales are falling in the US.

Sony’s Concept PCs Yanked Straight From Star Trek?

January 13, 2012

Sony showcased three concept products, two of which consisted of a flexible material.

During CES 2012, DVICE came across a few rather interesting concepts presented by Sony that seem to borrow some esthetics from Star Trek: The Next Generation (Sorry Kirk fanboys, but Picard is The Man). The concepts were encased in glass, so there wasn’t any touchy-feely going on. But that’s ok, because if these products are any indication of what’s to come, then the future is looking rather slick.

Nintendo And Sony Rethink Unpopular SOPA Bill

December 31, 2011

A quiet update to the list of Stop Online Piract Act supporters (PDF) has shown that Nintendo and Sony have backed away from the proposed bill. Both were originally endorsing the bill as of November but quietly removed themselves from the list sometime in the past month. Neither has acknowledged the change in attitude.

Game developer EA has also dropped its SOPA support.

All three have an interest in curbing piracy of their games. They may have withdrawn support after seeing the full consequences of the bill, which could see site taken down or blocked if even just a small portion of its content was deemed illegal. As drafted, it would also compromise Internet security by taking apart the DNSSEC initiative the US government has wanted to prevent domain name poisoning attacks.

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